Department Highlights

Professor Caleb Scoville recently published journal article, “So You’ve Provincialized the Canon. Now What?” with coauthor Dr. Heather Mooney in Teaching Sociology. In it, they engage with criticisms of the traditional sociological theory canon, and offer a practical approach to teaching contested works after an instructor has committed to diversifying or decolonizing their pedagogy.

Professor Freeden Blume Oeur was honored with the Distinguished Early Career Award by the American Sociological Association’s Section on Children and Youth

Professor Daanika Gordon’s book, Policing the Racial Divide: Urban Growth Politics and the Remaking of Segregation, was just selected as the winner of the SSSP 2023 Law and Society Division’s Edwin H. Sutherland Book Award Competition. 

Professor Caleb Scoville has been awarded a 2023 ACLS Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). The ACLS Fellowship Program supports exceptional scholarship in the humanities and interpretive social sciences that has the potential to make significant contributions within and beyond the awardees’ fields. 

Professor Natasha Warikoo two books, Race at the Top: Asian Americans and White in Pursuit of the American Dream in Suburban Schools  and Is Affirmative Action Fair? The Myth of Equity in College Admissions  were published in Spring 2022.  Read recent book reviews of each here and here.

Professor Felipe Dias recently published journal articleThe (In)Flexibility of Racial Discrimination: Labor Market Context and the Racial Wage Gap in the United States, 2000 to 2021, In this article, Professor Dias tests empirically the association between economic conditions and racial wage discrimination for black, Hispanic, and Asian workers. Using data from the Current Population Survey, the author finds that the wage gap between Hispanics and whites, and between Asians and whites, increases with the job-seeker rate and unemployment rate

Professor Anjuli Fahlberg, co-authored an article with three of her students; "Tangential Movements: How feminists organizing against gender-based violence offers an alternative avenue for protesting drug violence in Latin America" in this article, they extend their understanding of social movements and drug violence by analyzing the relationship between feminist movements against gender-based violence—or feminist anti-violence (FAV)—and drug violence. 

Professor Daanika Gordon was selected as the winner of this year’s Recognition of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence (ROUTE) Award! The ROUTE Award (formerly the UNITE Award) is presented to junior full-time faculty members in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and advising, concern for students’ academic and personal growth, and the ability to convey a passion and enthusiasm for their field of study.

In January 2023, Professor Helen Marrow, spoke with Tufts Now writer Grace van Deelen about her recent studyImmigrants with Darker Skin Tones Perceive More Discrimination.”

Professor Natasha Warikoo was elected Chair of the Sociology of Education of the American Sociological Association for 2023-24.

Professor Freeden Blume Oeur guest-edited a special issue of Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, titled "The Children of the Sun: Celebrating the One Hundred-Year Anniversary of The Brownies' Book. Professor Blume Ouer discusses how through The Brownies’ Book, Du Bois sought to foster Black children’s pride in their race and their heritage, encourage Black success, and give Black children the tools necessary to safely navigate a racist society. 

Professor Anjuli Fahlberg, was recently awarded the Tufts Springboard award, for her research in “Dictatorship or Democracy? How opposing regime styles impact the lived experiences of urban violence in El Salvador and Honduras”.

Professor Helen Marrow discusses her article, "Skin Tone and Mexicans’ Perceptions of Discrimination in New Immigrant Destinations," published in the December 2022 issue of Social Psychology Quarterly
Podcast with Jamie Aughenbach, American Sociological Association.

Professor Anjuli Fahlberg recently published two articles, The Impact of the Pandemic on Poor Urban Neighborhoods: A Participatory Action Research Study of a “Favela” in Rio de Janeiro and Decolonizing Sociology Through Collaboration, Co-Learning and Action: A Case for Participatory Action Research