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Prof. Madsen spending the quarter at the Chinese University, Hong Kong

Professor Richard Madsen is spending the quarter at the Chinese University, Hong Kong, as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar.  He has been traveling  from Hong Kong to Shanghai, Taipei, Beijing and parts in between, doing research and giving lectures.  He has given 15 lectures at various universities  in Hong Kong alone, including the inaugural lecture for Chinese university’s new Humanities Research Institute.  Professor Madsen has been able to meet with some of his former students who are now working or studying in China.  Lucky them!

We miss you Professor Madsen and are looking forward to your return in January!

Undergrad Honors student’s paper accepted for publication

The Sociology department is proud to announce that the research paper  Michaela Simmons submitted in last year’s undergraduate Honors class has been accepted for publication in The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.  Michaela’s Honors thesis, “Voices on the Outside: Mass Incarceration and the Women Left Behind” was based on ethnographic research that was conducted with extraordinary sensitivity and sociological insight. The essay explores the financial, practical and emotional hardship that the incarceration of males since the passage of the “Three Strikes Law” has on women, particularly minority working class women. It is a wonderful piece of feminist intersectional sociology, theoretically tight and a compelling ethnographic illumination of gendered dynamics that the sociological literature has all but ignored.  Michaela was advised by Prof. Ivan Evans.

The Sociology department is quite proud of its Honors Program. Michaela’s accomplishment comes one year after Josephine Pang, an Honors student that Prof. Bennetta Jules-Rossette and Prof. Ivan Evans co-advised, was awarded the Best Undergraduate Essay Award at the African Studies Association.   Not bad at all.

Jeff Kidder’s Bike Messengers book published

UCSD Sociology Ph.D. Jeffrey Kidder has published a book with Cornell University Press titled Urban Flow: Bike Messengers and the City.

Bike messengers are familiar figures in the downtown cores of major cities. Tasked with delivering time-sensitive materials within, at most, a few hours—and sometimes in as little as fifteen minutes—these couriers ride in all types of weather, weave in and out of dense traffic, dodging (or sometimes failing to dodge) taxis and pedestrians alike in order to meet their clients’ tight deadlines. Riding through midtown traffic at breakneck speeds is dangerous work, and most riders do it for very little pay and few benefits. As the courier industry has felt the pressures of first fax machines, then e-mails, and finally increased opportunities for electronic filing of legal “paperwork,” many of those who remain in the business are devoted to their job. For these couriers, messengering is the foundation for an all-encompassing lifestyle, an essential part of their identity. In Urban Flow, Jeffrey L. Kidder  introduces readers to this fascinating subculture, exploring its appeal as well as its uncertainties and dangers.

link to the book: <http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/?GCOI=80140100527860>.

Prof. Klatch serving as an adviser to the Kent State Historical Museum

Professor Rebecca Klatch  is serving  as an adviser and consultant on the May 4 Kent State Historical Museum being built in Kent, Ohio, to commemorate the student protests in 1970 which left four students dead by the National Guard.

Kent State gained international attention on May 4, 1970, when an Ohio Army National Guard unit fired at students during an anti-war protest on campus, killing four and wounding nine. The Guard had been called into Kent after several protests in and around campus had become violent, including a riot in downtown Kent and the burning of the ROTC building. The main cause of the protests was the United States’ invasion of Cambodia  during the Vietnam War. The shootings caused an immediate closure of the campus with students and faculty given just 60 minutes to pack belongings. Around the country, many college campuses canceled classes or closed for fear of similar violent protests. In Kent, schools were closed and the National Guard restricted entry into the city limits, patrolling the area until May 8. With the campus closed, faculty members came up with a variety of solutions — including holding classes in their homes, at public buildings and places, via telephone, or through the mail — to allow their students to complete the term, which was only a few weeks away at the time