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Lane Kenworthy to discuss the American Dream

March 30: Socially Speaking on ‘Addressing Inequality’
Join Lane Kenworthy of Sociology and the Yankelovich Center, Thad Kousser of Political Science and Associate Dean Amanda Datnow of Education Studies for conversation. The evening is moderated by Voice of San Diego CEO Scott Lewis.

Project Paint featured in Union Tribune

The UT has recently published a feature on Project PAINT, the prison arts program founded and directed by Sociology alum and Miramar College professor Laura Pecenco, and fostering empathy:


Heidi Schneider selected for Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Heidi Schneider has been selected to be a member of the UC San Diego Chapter of the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society for 2016. This Graduate Division award goes to graduate students who exemplify Edward A. Bouchet: Character, Leadership, Advocacy, Service, and Scholarly Achievement.   As a member of the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Heidi will attend the 12th Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity in Graduate Education April 1-2, 201 at the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences campus. New society members will be inducted into the society at the conference.


Michael Evans’ book published

Michael Evans, who received his Sociology and Science Studies Phd in 2012 has recently published his book,  Seeking Good Debate: Religion, Science, and Conflict in American Public Life.      Evans, Michael S. 2016.   Oakland: University of California Press.

Why do religion and science often appear in conflict in America’s public sphere? In Seeking Good Debate, Michael S. Evans examines the results from the first-ever study to combine large-scale empirical analysis of some of our foremost religion and science debates with in-depth research into what Americans actually want in the public sphere. The surprising finding is that apparent conflicts involving religion and science reflect a more fundamental conflict between media elites and ordinary Americans over what is good debate. For elite representatives, good debate advances an agenda, but, as Evans shows, for many Americans it is defined by engagement and deliberation. This hidden conflict over what constitutes debate’s proper role diminishes the possibility for science and religion to be discussed meaningfully in public life. Challenging our understanding of science, religion, and conflict, Seeking Good Debate raises profound questions about the future of the public sphere and American democracy.

It can be found on Amazon as well:

Lane Kenworthy quoted in Washington Post

Democratic Socialism Might Be Inevitable in America
Even if Bernie Sanders loses, not only is social democracy possible in the United States, but it’s near inevitable, argues Professor Lane Kenworthy  in a Washington Post Wonkblog Q&A.



Emma Greeson receives NSF Dissertation Award

Graduate student Emma Greeson has received the NSF Dissertation Award.  The dissertation title is Valuation of Non-Standard Goods in the Global Economy.

Well done  Emma, and congratulations!

ASA Sociology Career Award given to Professor Bud Mehan

This year’s American Sociological Association Distinguished Career for the Practice of Sociology Award will go to our own Professor Emeritus Bud Mehan. This award recognizes “work that has facilitated or served as a model for the work of others; work that has significantly advanced the utility of one or more specialty areas in sociology and, by so doing, has elevated the professional status or public image of the field as a whole; or work that has been honored or widely recognized outside the discipline for its significant impacts, particularly in advancing human welfare.”

Bud is a natural for this award, given the depth and breadth of his scholarship in the areas of education, culture, qualitative methods, inequality, as well as his tireless application of his sociological work to the fields of educational reform, teacher preparation, and school creation. He has changed the lives of thousands of students—undergraduates and graduates alike—during his years at UCSD.

Congratulations to Bud for this great recognition! The award will be presented at the ASA annual meetings in Seattle. You can read more about the award at http://www.asanet.org/about/awards/careerpractice.cfm