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We are pleased to announce that Professor Paul Joseph is now the Interim Chair for the Department of Sociology. Please join us in welcoming Felipe Dias, Anjuli Fahlberg, Daanika Gordon, and Margaret McGladrey as the newest members of the department. More information and opportunities to meet them are forthcoming! (August 6, 2018)

Associate Professor Helen B. Marrow works with fellow sociologists to highlight how to be a critical thinker and assess sources in "is unauthorized immigration an economic drain on american communities? research says no." in Contexts (May 21, 2018).

Associate Professor Sarah Sobieraj is a guest on NPR's "On Point" to discuss TIME magazine's Person of the Year, the #MeToo silence breakers.

TuftsNow interviews Professor Paul Joseph about the Vietnam War and its consequences in light of the new Vietnam War documentary from Ken Burns.

The Sociology Faculty is pleased to announce that Associate Professor Cedric de Leon has joined the Department as a full time faculty member. Before arriving at Tufts, he served as Chair of sociology at Providence College, where he was a member of the department since 2007.

Assistant Professor Orly Clerge speaks to the benefits of having faculty and student interactions outside of the classroom as a part of the Scholars in Residence program in The Tufts Daily on April 6, 2017.

Assistant Professor Jill Weinberg joins the Give Methods a Chance podcast to discuss her current research project on how people define justice and injustice along with the method of using of post-it notes to gather responses. (March 18, 2017)

Listen to Associate Professor Sarah Sobieraj provide insight for NPR's story "On Both The Left And Right, Trump Is Driving New Political Engagement", which aired during Morning Edition on March 3, 2017.

After the mayor of Somerville reaffirms the city's status as a sanctuary city, Associate Professor Helen Marrow helps to clarify the term in an article for The Tufts Daily. (February 8, 2017)

An Op-Ed for the News & Observer by Associate Professor Helen Marrow outlines the effects of Obamacare and what its repeal could look like in "How the ACA's repeal will hurt North Carolina."

Associate Professor Helen Marrow comments on immigration and sanctuary cities in a Tufts Daily article "Somerville, Medford Reaffirm Commitment to Undocumented Immigrants." (December 14, 2016).

Tufts Daily interviews Professor Paul Joseph about his redesigned Political Sociology course on the Trump election and the new administration on December 8, 2016.

Associate Professor Helen Marrow speaks on a panel "What to Expect from a Trump Presidency" (December 2, 2016).

The Tufts Observer interviews Associate Professor Helen Marrow for her expertise on immigration in "What Makes a Sanctuary?" (November 30, 2016).

Associate Professor Sarah Sobieraj participates in Room for Debate, a part of The Opinion Pages in The New York Times with her piece "With a Snarl, Trump Ratifies His Supporters' Rage" on August 9, 2016.

Associate Professor Rosemary CR Taylor is interviewed for the American Sociological Association (ASA) Medical Sociology Newsletter in Interview with a Scholar: Rosemary Taylor (Summer 2016).

The Department of Sociology congratulates Helen B. Marrow on her promotion to Associate Professor and her tenure at Tufts University. Professor Marrow teaches courses on Immigration, Race and Ethnic relations, Social Inequalities and Social Policies, Health, and Qualitative Research Methods.

The Department of Sociology welcomes Assistant Professor Jill D. Weinberg to our faculty. Professor Weinberg will teach SOC 101: Quantitative Research Methods this fall and in the future will teach courses in the Sociology of Law, Sports, Crime and Deviance. Her book, Consensual Violence: Sex, Sports, and the Politics of Injury, examines the socio-legal construction of consent using two cases where the law views violence differently: mixed-martial arts and sadomasochism. Professor Weinberg is an avid distance runner and lover of her two pugs, Fenway and Pesky.

Professor Pawan Dhingra has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) for a three-year term. He will be presenting at the ESS Annual Conference in Boston in March 2016. For student tickets to the conference contact

Assistant Professor Freeden Oeur is quoted in an article in The Post and Courier concerning the rise of charter schools for at-risk boys on January 16, 2016.

Student News

Sociology major Yanelle Cruz Bonilla shares her educational journey from high school in Honduras to Tufts in this article for Forbes.

Congratulations to our Sociology Major Sophie Pearlman, who will be presenting a poster at this year's Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) Conference.

Congratulations to our Sociology Majors Max Farber and Neeki Parsa, who were selected to be Summer Scholars. Their independent research projects will be presented at the 2018 Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium.

Congratulations to our Sociology Majors Anna Ellis and Max Farber who were selected to participate in the ASA Honors Program. They will be joining sociologists at the ASA Annual Meeting in Montréal, Québec, Canada in August 2017 to fully participate in all facets of the conference, including the opportunity to present their own research.

Awards and Publications

Congratulations to Associate Professor Freeden Blume Oeur on the publication of his new book, Black Boys Apart!

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Freeden Blume Oeur for earning this year’s Recognition of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence (ROUTE) Award! The ROUTE Award (formerly known as 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.

Congratulations to Professor Freeden Blume Oeur on the publication of "Unmasking Masculinities."

Congratulations to Associate Professor Helen B. Marrow, whose article "Excluded and Frozen Out: Unauthorised Immigrants’ (Non)Access to Care after US Healthcare Reform" co-authored with Tiffany D. Joseph won the 2017 Donald W. Light Award for the Applied or Public Practice of Medical Sociology from the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.

Learn more about immigrants' perceptions of discrimination in this new article co-authored by Associate Professor Helen B. Marrow: "Out of Context: The Absence of Spatial Variation in U.S. Immigrants' Perceptions of Discrimination." Politics, Groups, and Identities 4(3): 363-92. (January 2016)

Associate Professor Emerita Paula Aymer's book, Evangelical Awakenings in the Anglophone Caribbean: Studies from Granada and Barbados, has been published (Palgrave Macmillan). The book compares the evangelization strategies used by two powerful evangelical projects directed at West Indian/Caribbean people. These evangelical programs have had significant socio-cultural repercussions on Caribbean society.

Assistant Professor Jill Weinberg published her symposium "New Directions in Law and Sexuality Scholarship" in Law & Social Inquiry 41(3). Read her introduction >

New Sociology Faculty member, Assistant Professor Jill Weinberg, published her book Consensual Violence: Sex, Sports, and the Politics of Injury in May 2016.

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Orly Clerge, who won the Scholar in Residence (SIR) Program of the Year Award for her screening event of the documentary "Tested" followed by a Q&A with the writer/director Curtis Chin.

Associate Professor Sarah Sobieraj and Professor Jeffrey Berry (Political Science) published an article "Anger is a Business" on Vox; April 26, 2016.

Assistant Professor Freeden Oeur published a new article in Socius Volume 2: 1-15: "Recognizing Dignity: Young Black Men Growing Up in an Era of Surveillance". (March 2, 2016)