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Larry Isaac received the 11th Annual “Allen and Polly Grimshaw Distinguished Lecturer Award,” Indiana University, 2012.

David Hess received the 2012 Star-Nelkin Award from the ASA Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section for the paper, “Science and Neoliberal Globalization: A Political Sociological Approach,” published in Theory and Society in 2011. (David’s coauthors are Kelly Moore, Scott Frickel, and Daniel Kleinman.)

Evelyn Patterson received the 2012 Award for distinguished Contribution to Scholarship in Population from the ASA Section on Population for her paper, “Incarcerating Death: Mortality in U.S. State Correctional Facilities, 1985-1998,” published in Demography in 2011.

Professor Laurie Woods is conducting research Summer 2012 at New Scotland Yard, the City of London Police and the Crown Prosecutor’s office. She is doing interviews with both investigators and prosecutors. This project is funded by research funds from the Ingram Scholars program.

Dan Cornfield is cited in The Wall Street Journal on June 13, 2012, which features a story regarding immigrant children and whether they lag behind in learning and success. Click here.

Professor Jonathan Metzl gave the annual endowed applied ethics of behavioral healthcare lecture at Universisty of Pennsylvania this February, 2012. A synopsis of this lecture can be found here.

Professor Tony Brown has been elected (2012) to the Inter-Varsity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Council. His term is five years.

Jonathan Metzl and Alondra Nelson and Harriet Washington join together on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for a conversation on race and health in America. These three noted experts on health care and distinguished authors will discuss how access to quality health care—or in far too many cases, any health care at all—often falls along racial lines and is an issue that activists, beginning with the Black Panthers, have been fighting for decades. Click here.

Professor Larry Isaac received the Vanderbilt University Chancellor’s Award for Research, 2011.

Richard Lloyd commented on 9/10/11 on the national and local meanings of the 9-11 memorial on National Public Radio. Click here.

Katharine M. Donato spoke about the decline in unauthorized Mexican migration to the United States on NPR’s “On Point” (Click here.) on July 7, 2011, and on NPR’s “To the Point” (Click here.).

Tony N. Brown comments in The Tennessean which features a story the city of Franklin, TN and its population growth. Click here.

Evelyn Patterson is cited in the grio which features a story about whether black men get better care behind bars. They take a look at Professor Patterson’s research on this topic. Click here.

Shaul Kelner received an Honorable Mention from the ASA Culture Section’s Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book, 2011. The award is for his book Tours that Bind: Diaspora, Pilgrimage and Israeli Birthright Tourism.

Steven J. Tepper’s research on the Tea Party is featured on research news for Vanderbilt University, entitled “Who or What is the Tea Party Movement?”  Click here.

Shaul Kelner is quoted in The Nation (July, 2011). They quote from his book, Tours That Bind: Diaspora, Pilgrimage and Israeli Birthright Tourism (NYU Press, April 2010). Click here to read article.

Story in USA Today about the big survey and study of arts graduates with our sociology professor, Steven Tepper, as the senior scholar of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP). Click here.

Steven Tepper wrote an article in the Huffington Post (May 27, 2011) pertaining to job acquisition when graduating with a degree in the arts. Click here to read article.

Lijun Song was featured in the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching Newsletter (May, 2011). Professor Song discussed her teaching philosophy and interests with the Center. Click here to read article.

Jonathan Metzl’s book is discussed in the society The book’s title is The Protest Psychosis. Click here to read discussion.

Daniel Cornfield was quoted in USA Today (March 17, 2011) on Nashville’s growth, diversification, and increasing global linkages that have accompanied immigration and refugee resettlement in an article announcing the release of the 2010 Census data on Tennessee. Click here to read article.

Daniel Cornfield commented on March 8, 2011 on National Public Radio’s program “All Things Considered” about the national political implications of the Tennessee state legislature’s deliberation over eliminating collective bargaining for Tennessee’s public school teachers. His recent op-eds in the Tennessean and Nashville City Paper can be viewed by clicking here to read (Tennessean) article clicking here to read (City Paper) .

Professor Cornfield’s interview on “All Things Considered” on NPR can be heard by clicking here.

In Fall 2010, the Department of Sociology welcomed four new faculty members:

Professor Tyson Brown (Assistant Professor, PhD, University of North Carolina)

Professor André Christie-Mizell (Associate Professor, PhD, The Ohio State University)

Professor Evelyn Patterson (Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Pennsylvania)

Professor R. Jay Turner(Professor, PhD, Syracuse University

Also, in Fall 2010, nine new graduate students joinde the PHD program in Sociology:

Jonathan Coley, Helena Dagadu, Mary Laske, Leslie McClure Rodriguez, Minyoung

Moon, Samantha Perez, Bhumika Piya, Lauren Stavish, Courtney Thomas

Larry Isaac has received 3 awards in 2010 for his article titled “Movements, Aesthetics, and Markets in Literary Change: Making the American Labor Problem Novel.” American Sociological Review 74 (December 2009) He received the “Best Article Award” given by the Labor & Labor Movements Section of the ASA; the ASA Culture Section’s 2010 Clifford Geertz prize for the Best Article; the 2010 Distinguished Lecturer Award from the Southern Sociological Society.

Shaul Kelner has been recognized by The Association for Jewish Studies for Tours That Bind: Diaspora, Pilgrimage and Israeli Birthright Tourism as outstanding scholarship in the field of Jewish Studies. He received the 2010 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award. The award was for the social science, anthropology and folklore category. Click here to read article.

Andre Christie-Mizell was quoted in the website concerning the changing culture of children who are identified as “bullies.” Click here to read the post on January 12, 2011.

Daniel Cornfield has an article posted in Nashville’s Tennessean on December 27, 2010, concerning increasing poverty in area shown in recent assessments. Click here to read article.

Katharine M. Donato was quoted in the December 22, 2010, website in an article using the figures of the U.S. Census of 2010. Donato is cited in the article as a “demographer… who studies the census.”Click here to read article.

Richard Pitt was cited in the CNN News Blogs about religion and sexuality. Click here to read the blog of December 7, 2010, Tuesday’s intriguing people.

Richard Pitt was quoted in the Orlando Sentinel concerning the culture of the black church and homosexuality. Click here to read the article on December 4, 2010.

Richard Pitt was interviewed by the Atlanta Post about the sociology of religion; concerning the church and homosexuality and hypocrisy. Click here to read the article in October 16, 2010.

Homicide Studies is the journal from Sage Publications which has been under the leadership of Gary Jensen for the last 3 years. Recent impact scores from Sage Publications shows that the journal has moved from 16th out of 31 criminology/criminal justice journals in 2008 to 12th out of 35 journals in 2009. Gary Jensen will complete his term as Editor of that journal at the end of December, 2010.

Steven Tepper was recognized in popular “barry’s blog” to be in the Third Anual Barry’s Blog’s Ranking of the Nonprofit Arts Sector’s 25 Most Powerful and Influential Leaders. Click here to read article.

Richard Lloyd was quoted in this week’s Washington Post in an article as a “culture scholar” addressing the issue of the mosque to be built in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Find it in the the August 23, 2010 issue. Click here to read article.

Vanderbilt’s Sociology Department was awarded the 2009 SWS Seal of Approval for Gender Scholarship.

Larry Isaac recently received three awards:

“The “Distinguished Lectureship Award” from the Southern Sociological Society

The Labor and Labor Movements Section of the American Sociological Association’s “Best Article” (2009)

The Culture Section of the American Sociological Association’s “Clifford Geertz Prize” for the Best Article published in 2008-2009. Both ASA awards were for Larry’s article, “Movements, Aesthetics, and Markets in Literary Change: Making the American Labor Problem Novel,” published in the December 2009 issue of the American Sociological Review.

Jay Turner, Tony Brown, and Katharine M. Donato, were interviewed by the Tennessean concerning the major study of race disparities in stress and aging. Click here to read the article from July 13, 2010.

Jay Turner has a feature article in the myVU here at Vanderbilt University in the July 10, 2010 issue. It describes his research project on stress and health disparities. Click here to read article.

Dan Cornfield was quoted in this week’s New York Times in an article as a “labor scholar” addressing global migration. Find it in the the June 25, 2010 issue. Click here to read article.

Shaul Kelner has a feature article in the myVU here at Vanderbilt University in the June 2, 2010 issue. It celebrates and describes his newly published book, Tours That Bind. Click here to read article.

Shaul Kelner has a feature article in the New York Jewish Week (one of the two major American Jewish weeklies) from his book. It is printed in their special magazine marking the May 14, 2010, anniversary of Israel’s independence. Find it the the May issue. Click here to read article.

Shaul Kelner was quoted in this week’s Forward (one of the two major American Jewish weeklies), in an article on the recent strains in US-Israel relations. Find it the the April 21, 2010 issue. Click here to read article.

The Sociology Department at Vanderbilt University was awarded the 2009 Seal of Approval for Gender Scholarship by the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS).SWS Awarded this to the Sociology Department at Vanderbilt in recognition of a commitment to gender equity among faculty and support of scholarship on gender or intersectional inequality.

Tony Brown was a panelist when Tennessee’s First Lady Conte hosted a Civil Rights Discussion at Conversation Hall. The event featured a discussion on civil rights issues and the types of rights for which Americans may be fighting in decades to come. Find it in The Tennessean article. Click here to read article.

American Sociological Review is coming to the Department of Sociology! Beginning with the February 2010 issue, ASR–the flagship journal of the American Sociogical Assocation–will be edited by the team of Tony N. Brown, Katharine M. Donato, Larry Isaac, and Holly McCammon. Click here to read more in ASA Footnotes.

Congratulations to Dan Cornfield. He was awarded the 2010 Susan C. Eaton Scholar-Practioner Grant by the Labor and Employment Relations Association for his book project on Nashville Music Careers supported by Vanderbilt’s Curb Center.

The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy is providing an innovative program in order to attempt to nurture creativity on campus. Click here to read more on this in the latest issue of Vanderbilt View publication.

Tony Brown was quoted in an article in The Tennessean article (September 28, 2009) concerning the hot topic of racism discussed at Scarritt-Bennett’s Diversity in Dialogue program. Click here to read article.

Tony Brown, Mike Ezell, Emily Tanner-Smith, Chase Lesane-Brown wrote an article which was published in the Journal of Marriage and Family. It was recently featured in Newsweek (September 14, 2009) in a story titled, “See Baby Discriminate.”To read the story, click here.

Gary Jensen was quoted in an article in USA Today article (September, 2009) concerning the incessant science/religion debate. Click here to read article.

Congratulations to Emily Tanner-Smith – 2009 PhD graduate – who was awarded the 2009 Student Paper Award from the American Sociological Association (ASA) section on Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco! The paper was titled “Pubertal Development and Adolescent Girls’ Substance Use: Race Ethnicity, and Neighborhood Contexts of Vulnerability.”

Vanderbilt-Edited Work and Occupations among the Most Frequently Cited Journals! Work and Occupations is the eighth most frequently cited sociology journal out of 99 in the world ranked in 2008. The journal’s “impact factor” ranked second highest out of 15 journals in the inter-disciplinary field of “industrial relations and labor.” The scholarly quarterly is a leading, social scientific publication on work, employment and labor themes, and is edited bya team of Vanderbilt sociology faculty, graduate students and staff: Dan Cornfield, Editor; Pam Tichenor, Managing Editor; Damian Williams, Deputy Editor; Sarah Glymm, Book Review Editor; Yang Gao, Assistant Editor; and Jarrett Thibodeaux, Assistant Editor. The journal’s international editorial board includes Vanderbilt Sociology professors, Bruce Barry, Larry Isaac, and Ronnie Steinberg. The journal has served as a resource for graduate instruction on peer review and critical thinking in the Vanderbilt graduate sociology seminar, Workshop on Sociological Criticism.

Tony Brown was quoted in a series of Boston Herald stories on the arrest of Henry Louis Gates. Click here to read article.

Sociology is a department building on existing strength. Click here to read more in the latest issue of VU’s Arts and Science magazine.

Professor Emeritus Pete Peterson and former Vanderbilt Professor Jennifer Lena, are “the first to tackle the development of many music genres across the United States during the 20th century” reads the article in the Vanderbilt View which features Lena and Peterson’s article entitled “Classification of Culture: Types and Trajectories of Music Genres,” published in the American Sociological Review, the top journal in the field of sociology. Look here to read the Vanderbilt release.

Professor Mariano Sana, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2003, and Professor Lijun Song, PhD, Duke University, 2009, have joined the Vanderbilt Sociology Department faculty.

Professor Tony Brown is the 2009 recipient of one of the Harambee Awards (Outstanding Faculty) given out at the Black Recognition Ceremony. The professors are nominated by students.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College is announced on March 5, 2009. The project will involve faculty and graduate students from the Departments of Sociology and Economics at Vanderbilt, with the goal of increasing the number and diversity of scholars trained in the social sciences who are engaged in health services and health policy research. Click here to read the press release. Look here to read the Vanderbilt release.

Katharine M. Donato voiced her opinion in The Tennessean. Her article in the “Voices” column on March 7, 2009, concerns immigration. Click here to read article.

Dan Cornfield, Professor of Sociology, had an op-ed column in the January 4, 2009, Tennessean and was quoted in a January 11, 2009, New York Times article; in both, he spoke against the proposed English-only amendment to the Metro Nashville Tennessee Charter.

Laura Carpenter was interviewed in a CNN (January 22, 2009) story about a woman who holds a public sale on the internet for her virginity. Click here to read article.

Lyndsay Boggess one of our undergraduates (Class of 2000) has accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Criminology at the Universiy of South Florida to begin in Fall 2009. She is currently completing her doctoral studies in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Lyndsay received her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Vanderbilt University in 2000; she completed her M.A. in Criminal Justice in 2003 from the George Washington University; she will receive her Ph.D. in June, 2009. Her dissertation research focuses on the reciprocal relationship between racial and ethnic composition and change in crime over time, and looks specifically at the effect of neighborhood change on inter- and intra- racial/ethnic youth violence and crime in schools.

Pete Peterson (Professor Emeritus), have the lead article in the October 2008 American Sociological Review: “Classification as Culture: Types and Trajectories of Music Genres.” Click here to read article.

Tony Brown, Associate Professor of Sociology, (and Faculty Head of House) is quoted in Time Magazine October 2008 issue featuring the new Vanderbilt Commons which is the new living/learning environment of freshman students and faculty. Click here to read article.

Katharine M. Donato was quoted in Business Weekly (Aug 4, 2008) about the employment of immigrant workers on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Laura Carpenter, Assistant Professor of Sociology, received $114,808 from the National Science Foundation for her new project, News Media Coverage and the Construction of Public Health Problems.

Richard Lloyd has been appointed a Consulting Editor for the American Journal of Sociology through 2009.

Katharine M. Donato was appointed as a member of the Immigration Advisory Committee at the Russell Sage Foundation in January 2008.

Gary Jensen has been appointed Editor of the Homicide Studies journal through 2011.

Daniel Cornfield received the 2008 Harvie Branscomb Distinguished Professor Award from Vanderbilt University for distinguished accomplishments at furthering the aims of Vanderbilt University. He is now focusing his energy as founding director of the new transdisciplinary Vanderbilt Center for Nashville Studies. Cornfield has had great impact on a number of programs including: enhancing the reputation of our sociology department’s research on labor issues while he served as chair; putting together an interdisciplinary, inter-university team to study Nashville’s immigrant community and its social services needs while serving as acting director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies; and editing the scholarly journal Work and Occupations..

Larry Isaac, Professor of Sociology, received a 2008 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to support his research on capitalist militias in the Gilded Age. Gary Jensen and Holly McCammon have been appointed to the Editorial Board of the American Sociological Review through 2010.

Larry Isaac delivered the 2008 Presidential Address to the Southern Sociological Society entitled Movement of Movements: Culture Moves in the Long Civil Rights Struggle.

Laura Carpenter is major contributor in article in The Tennessean concerning the concept of a birth control pill for men.

Tony Brown is the Faculty Head of House for the Hank Ingram House in the Vanderbilt Commons, which will open to first-year students in Fall 2008.Check out this video with Tony Brown’s list of his 5 reasons to be Faculty Head of House. Click here to watch video.

Larry Isaac has received a 2008 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to support his research on capitalist militias in the Gilded Age.

Holly McCammon has had her research on women’s jury rights in the U.S. appeared in both the October 2007 issue of American Sociological Review and the January 2008 issue of American Journal of Sociology. Several current and former graduate students were co-authors on one or both articles (Soma Chaudhuri, Lyndi Hewitt, Courtney Muse, Harmony Newman, Carrie Smith, and Teresa Terrell).

Steven Tepper and Bill Ivey have co-edited Engaging Art: The Next Great Transformation of America’s Cultural Life (2007, Routledge Press). Additional contributors include Dan Cornfield and Jennifer Lena (faculty in the Department of Sociology at Vanderbilt), Richard Peterson (professor emeritus in the department), and Yang Gao (Ph.D. student in the department).

Richard Pitt has been elected to the Executive Board of the American Men’s Studies Association, the national organization for the study of men and masculinities . (2007-2010).

Tony Brown has been appointed to the Editorial Board of Social Psychology Quarterly (2007).

Tony Brown was honored as the Distinguished Faculty of the Game Award during the Mississippi vs. Vanderbilt football game (9/15/07).

Richard Lloyd has been awarded a 2007 Chancellor’s Award in recognition of his book Neo-Bohemia: Art and Commerce in the Postindustrial City.

Richard Pitt visited the Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a Visiting Scholar. While there, he lectured on images of bisexuality in the media; spoke as a panelist in a discussion on “the intersection of race, sexual orientation, gender, religion, and violence;” and guest lectured in sociology of masculinity and sociology of gender courses. (2007).

Shaul Kelner and his Tourism, Culture & Place class were featured in an article in The Tennessean on 3/15/07.

Richard Pitt is quoted in the January, 2007 issue of Details Magazine in a feature article titled “Meet the New Bachelor” where he discussed the impact of divorce on the 21st century American bachelor.

Laura Carpenter is featured in an article in the Vanderbilt Register. They discuss what she wrote in the recently published Journal of Aging Studies.

Richard Lloyd has been appointed to the Editorial Board of City and Community.

Laura Carpenter’s newly published book entitled Virginity Lost gets reviewed.

Dan Cornfield visited Cardiff University as a Montague Burton Fellow. He conducted a faculty seminar on historical and contemporary realignments of the U.S. labor movement and a doctoral seminar on scholarly peer review and publishing, March 2006.

Richard Lloyd has been named co-editor (with Joshua Gamson) of the culture reviews section of Contexts (the ASA journal).

Shaul Kelner received a 2006 CAS Venture Fund Grant for Creativity in Curricular and Pedagogical Approaches. With it, he plans to develop a field-trip based course that uses tours of the Nashville area to teach the Sociology of Tourism.

Richard Lloyd’s book, Neo Bohemia: Art and Commerce in the Postindustrial City, appeared in November, 2005. For a sampling of reviews, go to Salon; In These Times; Nashville Scene; Chicago Reader; Chicago Journal, Eye Weekly, and City Magazine. There are podcasts of Richard’s interviews with Carol Coletta on “Smart City,” and with Steve Edwards on Chicago Public Radio’s “Eight Forty-Eight.” This book has also been selected as one of Planetizen’s Top 10 Books for 2006.

Larry Isaac has been elected President-Elect of the Southern Sociological Society; he will be President-elect for 2006-2007 and then President in 2007-2008.

Richard Pitt was quoted in the July 23, 2006 issue of The Tennessean in an article on family reunions.

Richard Peterson, professor emeritus, has been attributed with the most cited piece from Annual Reviews in economics and business regarding his research.

Gary Jensen received the Joe B. Wyatt Distinguished University Professor Award in Spring 2005. This award was created to honor Chancellor Wyatt upon his retirement in 2000. This award is given each year and is intended to recognize accomplishments that span multiple academic disciplines.

Holly McCammon received a National Science Foundation Grant for 2004-2006 for her project entitled, “Dismantling the Patriarchal State: Women’s Rights Activism, 19th-Century Married Women’s Property Acts, and 20th-Century Jury Rights Laws.”