2018 Graduate Student Workshop

The UCSD Sociology Department Graduate Student Workshop was held Friday May 18th. This year’s workshops included discussions related to theory, methods, and sociological sub-disciplines, as well as reflections on the past, present, and future of sociology and what makes something sociology (or not).

Throughout the workshop, participants had engaging and interactive discussions both with faculty from the sociology department and with other graduate students. Graduate students from all disciplines were welcome to participate in this year’s workshop as they discussed a variety of theoretical and methodological topics.

The organizing committee would like to thank all attendees for their participation in the graduate workshop, and looks forward to welcoming everyone back to next year’s workshop.

For more photographs of the event and information about the workshop, please visit the workshop site.

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Graduate Student Lauren Olsen Wins ASA Award

Lauren Olsen, PhD candidate at the UCSD Department of Sociology, has won the 2018 Louise Johnson Scholar Award of the ASA Medical Sociology Section. Selection for the Louise Johnson Scholar Award is based on academic merit and the quality of an accepted ASA paper related to medical sociology.

The Louise Johnson Scholar fund was established in memory of Louise Johnson, a pioneering medical sociologist whose mentorship and scholarship the American Sociological Association is pleased to honor. As the Scholar recipient, Olsen will receive travel funds up to $500 to present at the annual ASA meetings in Chicago and attend section events. Her award will be presented at the section awards ceremony at ASA.

Congratulations Lauren!

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Natalie Novick Interviewd on KPBS

Graduate student as the UCSD sociology department, Natalie Novick, was featured in a KPBS interview. In the interview, titled “The Next Big Idea: What Makes Cities Good Homes for Startups,” Novick spoke on about her own research, in which she studies startups and what policymakers can do to attract them.

Novick discusses what really drives entrepreneurs and states:

“What you really see, talking with these entrepreneurs, is that they’re really driven by a mission, some unique problem or question. So offering different kinds of incentives that would support an economically-minded entrepreneur doesn’t always work for these mission-driven, often very idealist entrepreneurs.”

She continues on by explaining how although San Diego has a lot to offer, it continues to be marketed only for its tourist appeal.

“For San Diego to be a great destination for startups it will need to share its strengths with the world and let it be known for them. It has much to offer but people must see this as a ‘serious’ place and not just a vacation spot.”

To listen to the full interview, click here.

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Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra Featured in Podcast Interview

Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, assitant professor of sociology at UC San Diego, was a guest on Spanish-language podcast, “Sociología con Acento.” During the podcast interview, Pardo-Guerra discussed his transition from the physics field to sociology.

Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra received his BSc in physics from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and his PhD in science and technology studies from the University of Edinburgh. Therefore, his research explores the connections between markets, cultures and technologies. His current research, as discussed in the interview, focuses of the sociology of finance.

To listen to the podcast, please visit here.


Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, profesor asistente de sociología en la Universidad de California en San Diego, fue invitado en el podcast, “Sociología con Acento“. Durante la entrevista de podcast, Pardo-Guerra discutió su transición de la física a la sociología.

Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra recibió su licenciatura en ciencias en física de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) y su doctorado en ciencias y tecnología de la Universidad de Edimburgo. Sus investigaciónes exploran las conexiones entre mercados, culturas y tecnologías. Su investigación mas reciente, como el discute en la entrevista, se centra en la sociología de las finanzas.

Para escuchar el podcast, por favor visite aquí.

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John Skrentny featured in CNN Article

John Skrentny, professor at sociology, was featured in an article published by CNN titled “How Trump became ‘the white affirmative action president’.”

“It’s odd that Trump’s Justice Department is going after affirmative action while Trump is putting all of these people in positions of power and influence who are clearly not qualified for their positions,” said John Skrentny of Sociology and the Yankelovich Center to CNN.

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Akos Rona-Tas to Speak in UCSD-TV Program

Premiering on UCSD-TV on Feb. 2: Literature professor emeritus Roddey Reid speaks about his new short book, “Confronting Political Intimidation and Public Bullying: A Citizen’s Handbook for the Trump Era and Beyond,” with Akos Rona-Tas of Sociology. The program is presented by the Division of Social Sciences, Division of Arts and Humanities and the Department of Literature.

Click here to watch it online.

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John Skrentny to Speak at Tribute Event for Daniel Yankelovich

The Social Sciences and Social Good luncheon will be held on Friday of January 19th as a tribute event for the late Daniel Yankelovich, 1924-2017.  The luncheon event will feature remarks from UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, Hilary Pennington of the Ford Foundation and Will Friedman of Public Agenda, as well as Social Sciences Dean Carol Padden, former deans Paul Drake and Jeff Elman, and John Skrentny, director of the division’s Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research.

Click here for the event program/invite.

The event begins at 11:30 in the Faculty Club. Please RSVP to mlapthorn@ucsd.edu.

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Isaac Martin’s Article on the Republican Tax Strategy Published in the New York Times

Isaac Martin, professor and department chair at sociology, has written an op-ed that was published in the New York Times. The article, titled “How Republicans Learned to Sell Tax Cuts for the Rich,” discusses the Republican tax strategy, rooted in the American populist tradition, which was first used to help the rich instead of the poor.

In the article, Isaac Martin argues that opponents of the current tax bill should reclaim their own populist roots. He writes:

It will not be hard. The tax bill pays for corporate tax cuts by increasing individual income taxes on poor and middle-class Americans in the long run. That tax increase will make people hopping mad. Another wave of economic populism is coming, and people who favor progressive taxation should not retreat to the seminar room.

Click here for the full article.

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Jennifer Nations Receives Dean’s Fellowship for Humanistic Studies

Jennifer Nations of sociology was under the impression that she was going into a meeting with her dissertation adviser Isaac Martin when she was surprised with an award and $20,000 prize. Nations, who recently received her PhD at the UC San Diego Department of Sociology, was selected as the first recipient of the Dean’s Fellowship Award for Humanistic Studies.

Nations said that it was both “gratifying and a little surreal.”

The Dean’s Fellowship Award for Humanistic Studies was created by an anonymous donor with the passion to support graduate students. It is described as a gift to benefit the recipient, which is selected selected on the basis of academic merit as well as demonstrated perseverance to overcome personal hardship. This award celebrates PhD students in Anthropology, Communication, History, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy and Sociology, recognizing these fields as ones who help to “drive creative innovation in our society” and are “intrinsic to campus enrichment and critical to our shared future.”

Jennifer Nations, who studies social inequality and public policy, explores in her dissertation how it is that states have wound up with wildly different approaches to helping their citizens afford the costs of college. Isaac Martin, in nominating her for the surprise fellowship, wrote both about Nations’ stellar scholarship and about how she’s been raising three young children in sometimes challenging financial circumstances. He also noted that she goes out of her way to help undergrads who are struggling for one reason or another.

A campus photographer snapped pictures of the shock, the smiles, the tears and more smiles.

Photos by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications.

Click here to read the full article.

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Martha Lampland Receives Honorable Mention for Book Prize

Martha Lampland, professor at UCSD’s Sociology Department, received Honorable Mention for the Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize for her book The Value of Labor: The Science of Commodification in Hungary, 1920-1956

Established in 1983, the Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize, sponsored by the Association for Slavic Studies, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) and the Stanford University Center for Russian and East European Studies, is awarded annually for the most important contribution to Russian, Eurasian, and East European studies in any discipline of the humanities or social sciences published in English in the United States in the previous calendar year. The Vucinich Book Prize carries a cash award and is presented at the Annual Convention.

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