Department Highlights

A hearty congratulations to Professor Paul Joseph, who will be retiring at the end of the academic year. For well over four decades, Paul has been a dedicated teacher, scholar, mentor, leader, colleague, activist, and friend in the department. We wish him the very best as he embarks on his final semester!

In August 2021, Professor Natasha Warikoo's article, "Addressing Emotional Health while Protecting Status: Asian American and White Parents in Suburban America", (American Journal of Sociology) won the James Coleman Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Sociology of Education as well as the Outstanding Recent Contribution Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Sociology of Emotions.

Professor Jill Weinberg, together with colleagues Professors Hilary Binda and Peter Levine, received a grant from the National Endowment for Humanities for their project "Civic Humanities and Decarceration" which supports curriculum development and programs for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students.

Professor Felipe Dias recently published an article presenting evidence from the Current Population Survey examining the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 crisis on racial and gender inequalities in employment in the United States among prime-age workers "The Racial Gap in Employment and Layoffs during COVID-19 in the United States: A Visualization" in Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. (2021)

Professor Rosemary CR Taylor recently published, "The Global Governance of Pandemics" in The Sociology of Health and Illness. In it, she analyzes the history of efforts to cope with cross-border health threats that set the stage for responses to the current pandemic.

Professor Sarah Sobieraj’s book Credible Threat: Attacks Against Women Online and the Future of Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2020) was honored with the 2021 Best Book Award from the Communications, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.

Professor Caleb Scoville published two co-authored articles on the social and political implications of the uses of AI/algorithms in global environmental conservation: "Algorithmic Conservation in a Changing Climate," and "Promoting Equity in the Use of Algorithms for High-Seas Conservation." 

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 Felipe Dias received a grant as Tufts Springboard Cycle 2 Award recipient for "Racism as trauma: Physiological correlates of experiencing discrimination" (with Co-PI's Lisa Shin and Sam Sommers)

Professor Anjuli Fahlberg received a grant from the Social Science Research Council to examine how residents of a low-income Black neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro are mobilizing collectively to help residents impacted by the pandemic. 

Professor Daanika Gordon’s book, Policing the Racial Divide: Urban Growth Politics and the Remaking of Segregation (NYU Press) will be published in May 2022. The book offers a behind-the-scenes account of how the police are reconfiguring segregated landscapes, illuminating an underexplored source of racially disparate policing: the role of law enforcement in urban growth politics.

Professor Felipe Dias co-authored articles researching the various impact of the coronavirus pandemic "COVID-19, Public Charge Rules, and Immigrant Employment in the United States" in IRLE Working Paper Series. (2021)  "The Motherhood Penalty and The fatherhood Premium in Employment During Covid-19: Evidence from The United States" in Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. (2020).

Professor Helen Marrow was elected Chair of the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association for 2021-22.  This is a continuation of her service to the section. She was Chair Elect, Head of the Annual Program Committee, and Member of the DEI Subcommittee in 2020-21. She will also serve as Past Chair and Head of the Nominations Committee in 2022-23. 

Department Administrator John LiBassi, was recently honored with the Jumbo Appreciation Award, which recognizes extraordinary contributions by staff here at Tufts. 

Professor Freeden Blume Oeur’s book, Black Boys Apart: Racial Uplift and Respectability in All-Male Public Schools (University of Minnesota Press) was awarded the 2021 Distinguished Book Award from the Sex and Gender section of the American Sociological Association. 

Professor Rosemary CR Taylor recently published two essays examining the context and implications of the COVID-19 pandemic: "History Lessons: Can We Learn from the Past?" and "Pandemic deepens social and political cleavages".

Professor Felipe Dias co-authored an article outlining the research results from a field experiment examining racial discrimination in the hiring process: "Field Experiments and Job Posting Sources: The Consequences of Job Database Selection for Estimates of Racial Discrimination" in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. (2021)

Professor Natasha Warikoo was elected chair of the Sociology of Education Section of the American Sociological Association and treasurer-secretary of the Asian and Asian American Section of the American Sociological Association.

Professor Jill Weinberg was elected Council Member for the American Sociological Association, Sociology of Law Section for a term of 2020-2022.

Professor Sarah Sobieraj is a Faculty Associate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Professor Helen Marrow was elected to the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences and Engineering here at Tufts in 2020-22. 

Professor Freeden Blume Oeur gave the keynote speech, titled "Of the Meaning of Pedagogy: W. E. B. Du Bois and Propaganda in the Sociology Classroom," at the Section on Teaching and Learning preconference at the 2021 annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.

Professor Caleb Scoville has received a Tufts CREATE Solutions Seed Grant to support his project, "The Politics of Algorithmic Conservation: Artificial Intelligence and Environmental Governance in a Changing Climate."

Professor Natasha Warikoo published a paper in RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of The Social Sciences titled "Asian American Perspectives on Immigration Policy."

Professor Sarah Sobieraj’s volume, The Oxford Handbook of Digital Media Sociology (co-edited with Deana Rohlinger), is in production and will be published in 2022.