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2014

  • Erin Wolbeck and Anthony Roberts received third place honors in this year’s competition for the American Society of Criminology’s Gene Carte Best Student Paper Award. Congratulations to Erin and Anthony!
  • We are saddened by the passing of our long-time colleague, Austin Turk, on February 1st, 2014. Austin was a world-class scholar on the sociology of crime and socio-legal studies, and made a permanent contribution to the discipline over the course of his career. We will commemorate the career of Austin Turk on Thursday, June 5th, 2014. The details are available here.
  • Associate Professor Karen Pyke has been awarded the UCR Academy of Distinguished Teachers’ Innovative Teaching Award for 2013-2014. Congrats, Professor Pyke!
  • Jan Stets will become the new co-editor of Social Psychology Quarterly, which is the marquee Social Psychology journal in Sociology and the official journal of the ASA section on Social Psychology. Congrats, Dr. Stets, and thanks for your service!
  • Augustine Kposowa has been promoted to Full Professor, Step VI. Congrats to Dr. Kposowa!
  • Matthew C Mahutga has been promoted to Associate Professor. Congrats, Dr. Mahutga!

2013

  • Seth Abrutyn, UCR Alum and Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Memphis, published a book on Institutionalism (Revisiting Institutionalism in Sociology: Putting the "Institution" Back in Institutional Analysis. New York: Routledge), and an article on Suicide ("Are Suicidal Behaviors Contagious? Using Longitudinal Data to Examine Suicide Suggestion”, with Anna S. Mueller) in the American Sociological Review. Congrats, Seth! You make us proud.
  • Jacob Apkarian received a Dissertation Research Grant from U.C. Riverside’s Graduate Division.
  • Dinur Blum published “Rage against the Refs" in the Winter 2013 issue of Contexts magazine, published by the American Sociological Association. In the Spring 2013 issue of Contexts, he published “Better Helmets, Worse Injuries.”
  • For the 2012-2013 academic year, Matthew Grindal received an Outstanding Teaching Assistant award. His Ford Fellowship application also recently received an Honorable Mention.
  • Kerry Mulligan was recently awarded the National Science Foundation’s Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant in support of her dissertation, entitled, “State and Media Responses to Educator Misconduct.” She also received a Dissertation Research Grant from UCR’s Graduate Division.
  • Assistant Professor Tanya Nieri was recognized for her outstanding contribution to UCR's Undergraduate Research in the Community program.
  • Natasha Radojcic recently received a research grant from UCR's Queer Lab to support her dissertation project, "Heretical Queers and the Struggle for LGBT Equality in Anti-Gay Institutions."
  • Matthew Rotondi will soon receive a Graduate Dean Dissertation Research Grant from U.C. Riverside to fund his research.
  • Melissa Z. Savlov published “Modern Meanings in an Outsourced Society: An Analysis of Arlie Russell Hochschild’s Outsourced Self” in the Spring 2013 newsletter for American Sociological Association’s Emotions section. This June, Savlov also earned a University Teaching Certificate from UCR’s multidisciplinary program for exceptional teaching assistants.
  • Jason Struna was honored for his outstanding contribution to UCR's Undergraduate Research in the Community program.
  • Michael Walker received the Graduate Student Paper Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problem's Race and Ethnicity Division. Walker’s paper explores race and racialization in a Southern Californian jail. A stipend of $150.00 accompanies the award. Michael Walker also earned a Graduate Dean Dissertation Research Grant from U.C. Riverside to fund his research.

2012

  • Caryn Bell Gerstenberger (with Kirk R. Williams) recently published “Gender and Intimate Partner Violence: Does Dual Arrest Reveal Gender Symmetry or Asymmetry?” in Journal of Interpersonal Violence. (It was first published online, on December 24, 2012.)
  • Anna Penner published an article entitled “The Disability Gap in Happiness across Welfare Regimes” in International Journal on Disability and Human Development.
  • Preeta Saxena was awarded an NIHM postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Drug Abuse Research Center (DARC), which is one of the leading biosocial research centers on substance use and abuse in the US. Congrats!
  • Erin Wolbeck was awarded the CSU Chancellor's Fellowship, which is a highly competitive fellowship that provides substantial post ABD and Dissertation support and guarantees the recipient a tenure track faculty position somewhere in the CSU system upon completion of the PhD. Congrats!

2011

  • Brooke Johnson accepted a tenure track position in the Department of Sociology in Northeastern Illinois University. Congrats!

  • Annebelle Nery accepted a full-time position as Dean of Admissions at the College of the Desert. Congrats!

  • Ian Breckenridge-Jackson received a research grant from the UC Center for New Racial Studies. Congrats!

  • Jonathan Turner was elected chair of the ASA section on Biology, Evolution, and Society

  • Professor Katja Guenther’s research on how black immigrants from eastern Africa to the US negotiate race relations in America was featured on Sociology Lens and Contexts.
  • Professors Ellen Reese and Vanessa Estrada Awarded CHASS Research grant for “Understanding the Human Impacts of Housing Foreclosure: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Economic, Social, and Political Inequality” with Gary Dymski (Economics), Martin Johnson (Political Science), and Tyler Stallings (Culver Center of the Arts/Sweeney Art Gallery)
  • Professor Karen Pyke was elected Vice-President, Pacific Sociological Association, 2011
  • Professor Jan Stets was awarded a research grant from the UCR Chancelleor’s Strategic Investment Fund. 
  • Professor Jan Stets was elected Chair-Elect, American Sociological Association Social Psychology Section
  • Professor David Swanson received a research grant for his project on “Socio-Economic Status, Race, and Life Expectancy in Los Angeles County, 1970-1990: A Proof of Concept Proposal from the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, University of California (Principal Investigator).
  • Professor David Swanson received a research grant for his “Forecast Accuracy Study” from the ESRI
  • Professor David Swanson was elected Member, Development Committee, Population Association of America.

2010

  • Stephanie D'Auria accepted a tenure track position in the Department of Sociology at Vanguard University.  Congrats!
  • Professor Robert Hanneman delivered a three-session Webinar on social network analysis for Academy Health (a national professional association of health care researchers), and a three-day workshop on network analysis to the department of statistics at the University of Nebraska. 
  • Professor Katja Guenther was elected chair of the Discrimination Committee of Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS).
  • Dr. Kristy Shih accepted a tenure-trade assistant professor position at Central Michigan University.  Congrats!
  • Professor Karen Pyke was appointed to the Editor Selection Committee for Gender & Society.
  • Professor Jan Stets received the Lifetime Achievement Award, American Sociological Association Emotions Section for research on the sociology of emotions.
  • Professor David Swanson received funding for the development of a Virtual Co-laboratory for Policy Analysis in Greater Los Angeles” from the UC Multicampus Research Program and Initiatives, University of California. (Co-Investigator with Richard Arnott et al.).
  • Professor David Swanson was interviewed about his research by The Telegraph, Calcutta, India, by The-Press Enterprise, the Scientific American, the Arizona Republic, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Desert Sun and UCR: The Magazine of UC Riverside.   
  • Professor David Swanson was elected Facilitator, Census Scientific Advisory Committee, U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Professor David Swanson was elected Member, Development Committee, Population Association of America.
  • Professor Jonathon Turner was named University Professor by the Regents of the University of California System.  Professor Turner is the 37th faculty member to be so honored by the UC system, and becomes only the second sociologist to be so named (the other was Neil Smelser of UC Berkeley).
  • Allison M. Cantwell was awarded a Dissertation Year Fellowship from the Graduate Division of the University of California at Riverside.  Congrats!
  • Kirk Lawrence accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at St. Joseph's College, Long Island, New York.  Congrats!
  • Ian Breckenridge-Johnson was awarded the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.  Congrats! 
  • Distinguished Professor Christopher Chase-Dunn was elected Vice President of the Riverside Faculty Association, 2010-2011

2009

  • Professor Katja Guenther received a Faculty Fellowship from the  German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).  Congrats! 
  • Professor Tanya Nieri was awarded a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health and National Institute of Child Health and Development, National Institutes of Health to complete her research on the “Parents and youths study.” She is the Co-Principal Investigator.
  • Professor Tanya Nieri was awarded a grant from the University of California Regents Faculty Fellowship for her research project, “Deconstructing the parent-child acculturation gap in Mexican American families.”
  • Professor Ellen Reese was lected Secretary-Treasurer of Labor and Labor Movements Section of the ASA
  • Professor Jan Stets was elected Fellow, Society for Experimental Social Psychology
  • Professor David Swanson was elected Facilitator, Census Scientific Advisory Committee, U.S. Census Bureau

2008

  • Professor Karen Pyke was elected to the Executive Council, Pacific Sociological Association
  • Professor Karen Pyke was elected to the Publications Committee, Sociologists for Women in Society
  • Professor Karen Pyke was appointed to the editorial board of Gender and Society
  • Professor Jan Stets was awarded a National Science Foundation Grant for her research on Identity. 
  • Professor Jan Stets received the Outstanding Recent Contribution Award, American Sociological Association Emotions Section for Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions, edited by Jan E. Stets and Jonathan H. Turner. New York: Springer. 2006.
  • Professor Jan Stets was elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Professor Jan Stets was appointed to serve as the Sociology Program Director for the National Science Foundation through 2010.
  • Professor Jan Stets was elected Chair, American Sociological Association Emotions Section
  • Professor David Swanson received funding for Population Projections for Native Hawaiians from Policy Analysis and System Evaluation, Kamehameha Schools, Honolulu, Hawaii. (Principal Investigator, McKibben Demographic Research)
  • Professor David Swanson was elected Chair, Committee representing the Population Association of America, Census Scientific Advisory Committee. U. S. Census Bureau.
  • Professor David Swanson was elected Member, Development Committee, Population Association of America.
  • Distinguished Professor Christopher Chase-Dunn was elected Distinguished Senior Scholar of the International Political Economy (IPE) section of the International Studies Association
  • Distinguished Professor Christopher Chase-Dunn was appointed as the Series Editor, Themes in Global Social Change, Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Distinguished Professor Christopher Chase-Dunn was appointed as the Faculty Director of the University Honors Program 2008-2010
  • Distinguished Professor Christopher Chase-Dunn was elected to Chair the Senate Committee on Academic Personnel, 2008-2009.