Amy Binder Featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education Article

Amy Binder, professor at UCSD Sociology, shared her expertise with The Chronicle of Higher Education on an article titles “It’s Been a Messy Semester for Free Speech on Campus. What’s Next?” The article discusses controversial speakers invited to speak at universities across the country. Binder shared that the best practice to avoid blowups would be for universities to hold events despite the security costs.

“I would also advise faculty, students, and those in the community to ignore the events and not even show up to protest, quite frankly.”

Read the full article here.


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Undergraduate Sociology Student to Speak at All Campus Comencement

Ricky Flahive, an undergraduate student double majoring in Sociology and Political Science, was selected to speak at the all campus commencement ceremony this year. He will be representing the graduating class as this year’s student speaker and sharing the stage with the Dalai Lama who will too address the graduates this year.

“It’s kind of surreal, I will be sharing a stage and speaking immediately after the Dalai Lama himself. To be frank I am pretty terrified, beyond nervous, but extraordinarily thankful.”

Rick’y experiences and involvement as a UCSD Triton include serving as president of the All Campus Transfer Association and as a peer mentor for TRiO Student Support Services. He was also involved in Associated Students, Muir College Council, Triton Television, MENding Monologues, Transfer Year Experience, Global Seminars, and the McNair Research Program. In the time he spent here as a transfer student, Ricky took advantage of the opportunities available to him as a Triton and is now proud to represent the class as a whole during commencement.

The All Campus Commencement will be held Saturday June 17th, 2017 from 9am to 10:30 am in RIMAC Field and is invitation only for graduates and friends & family of graduates.

For more information on Ricky Flahive and his backstory, read the UC San Diego News Center article here.

More information on Ricky Flahive and his backstory will soon be available in an upcoming series titled Undergraduate Student Spotlight we hope to feature in the near future.

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David FitzGerald Featured on Liberation

David FitzGerald, professor of sociology at UCSD spoke with the French publication Liberation about his book “Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas.” Read the full article online here.

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Amy Binder’s Article Published on The Washington Post

The Washington Post has published an article written by UCSD professor of sociology Amy Binder. Her article titles “There’s a well-funded campus industry behind the Ann Coulter incident” discusses how some conservative campus organizations, often the most well-funded, thrive on confrontation and how there’s a lot of organization behind these types if events. In the article, Amy Binder writes:

Although Coulter and her sponsors — the Berkeley chapter of the College Republicans, local donors and a national organization called Young America’s Foundation — complained about the unfairness of the situation, they actually won by gaining attention from the fallout.

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David FitzGerald Interviewed on ABC News Australia

David FitzGerald, professor of Sociology at UCSD and Co-Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, was invited as a guest at ABC News Australia to speak about the Trump Administration’s bid to curb illegal immigration from Mexico. In the interview, he says:

“What’s interesting is what he didn’t talk about, which is that apprehensions of irregular migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border are actually at historic lows. They’re at the lowest level that we’ve seen since the early 1970s and in many way the idea of building a 21, or even more, billion dollar wall is a solution looking for a problem.”

Click here to watch the full interview on the ABC News Australia website.

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Lane Kenworthy on The Real American Jobs Crisis

In an article for Foreign Affairs, Lane Kenworthy of the UCSD Sociology Department writes about The Real American Jobs Crisis. He explains how in the U.S., the employment rate rose steadily throughout the second half of the 20th century which stood out among affluent democracies and prompted the U.S. to be known as “the great American jobs machine’. However, since the start of the 21st century, the employment rate has decreased. In the article, Kenworthy aims to define the problem behind this issue and claims that better family policies can help.

This article is only part two of a two-part series. Read Part two here, which examines the decline in men’s employment in the U.S. since the late 20th century.

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Lane Kenworthy on The Trouble With Male Unemployment

In an article for Foreign Affairs, Lane Kenworthy of the UCSD Sociology Department writes about The Trouble With Male Unemployment. He explains how the employment rate among prime working-age men has been falling fro nearly half a century and described this problem as catastrophic and urgent. In the article, he aims to answer the question what caused the crisis? and claims that benefit-cutting won’t help.

This article is only part one of a two-part series. Read Part two here, which examines the US’ employment performance in recent years.

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Lane Kenworthy Interview with ASA Section Newsletter

Prfessor Lane Kenworthy of Sociology was featured in the Spring 2017 issue of Accounts on Economic Sociology and Inequality. The contributions in this issue show the wide variation in the topics addressed in high quality research by Section members. It also brings to attention the outstanding contributions of the Accounts co-editors, who initiated informative interviews with scholars who are breaking new ground in the field of economic sociology.

In the Interview, Lane Kenworthy and David Grusky discuss the topic of policy engagement. Kenworthy describes what it means to him and how he initially got involved. He explains:

 ​My policy engagement has consisted mainly of researching policy-relevant issues and trying to convey my findings to audiences beyond academia. I’ve always been interested in “big” questions, though not always policy-relevant ones. As an undergraduate and in my first two years of graduate school, the kinds of questions that most interested me were: What did the 1960s social movements accomplish? What is the class structure of advanced capitalist societies? What are the advantages and disadvantages of different types of capitalism and socialism?


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Erica Bender Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

Erica Bender, a UCSD graduate student at the sociology department was selected by the committee on Senate Awards as a recipient of the 2016/17 Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate Students.

The Distinguished Teaching Award is a prestigious award bestowed upon up to five members of the Academic Senate, three non-Senate faculty members, and three graduate students at UC San Diego each year.It was created because UC San Diego faculty recognize the important role excellent teaching plays at the University. This Award is a tangible expression of UC San Diego’s commitment to excellence in teaching and to ensuring that this commitment is maintained. The Committee on Distinguished Teaching seeks to select those who exhibit creativity, innovative teaching methods, the ability to motivate students to actively seek out knowledge, and an extraordinary level of teaching commitment.

As a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate Students, she will receive an award of $500 and an individualized plaque at the Awards Ceremony to be held at the Faculty Club.

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Gershon Shafir Writes for Forward

Gershon Shafir of the UCSD Department of Sociology wrote an article published on Forward in which he discusses how the Israeli settler movement isn’t much of a movement. In the article he writes:

“In short, the settlement project has not created the conditions for the annexation of the West Bank to Israel nor made it inevitable. The turn to blunt tools of politics is an indirect admission that the 50 years of colonization have stalled.”

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