Category Archives: Alumni

Graduate Program Alumni, “Organizing Organic”

Michael Haedicke, UCSD Sociology PhD 2008, and now associate professor of sociology at Drake University, has just published Organizing Organic: Conflict and Compromise in an Emerging Market (Stanford University Press 2016).

For anyone studying organizations, movements, food, and/or culture, this is a must read. Or, if you want to know how Whole Foods execs can position themselves as keepers of the public good, this book’s for you. An added attraction:  Michael’s tongue in cheek writing style is wonderful.

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Book by Tom Waidzunas

UCSD alum Tom Waidzunas’ new book (a revised and expanded study that was originally based on his dissertation) is now in print!

The Straight Line: How the Fringe Science of Ex-Gay Therapy Reoriented Sexuality, by Tom Waidzunas, is published by the University of Minnesota Press.

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Book by Liberty Walther Barnes wins Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize

Great news about UCSD Sociology alumna Liberty Walther Barnes! Her book Conceiving Masculinity has won the Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize. Liberty  graduated with her PhD in 2011 and is now a research associate in the department of sociology at Cambridge University.

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Recent grads research cited in the New York Times

Congrats to Erin Cech (now at Rice University) and Tom Waidzunas (now at Temple University)—two recent UCSD Sociology graduates, whose research was cited a couple of days ago in the New York Times. Nice work!  Check out the article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/05/opinion/manil-suri-why-is-science-so-straight.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=opinion-c-col-right-region&region=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region&_r=0

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Queenie Zhu wins ASA Sociology of Education award

The  ASA Sociology of Education David Lee Stevenson Award has been given to UCSD Sociology Alum, Queenie Zhu for her paper titled, “On Common Ground: How Spatial Layout Facilitates Schools’ Power to Segregate Students.” Congratulations!

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Tricia Wang keynotes conference with Zygmunt Bauman

Dr. Tricia Wang, an alumni of our graduate program, recently keynoted a conference with eminent sociologist, Zygmunt Bauman. Both of them spoke at Re:publica in Berlin, Germany about the tensions of living in an increasingly tech-mediated future.

Tricia’s talk, How to Avoid Curses in the Era of Big Data, examines how quantitative data has become more valued than qualitative data. She traces it back to three key moments in history: the emergence of management science, the incipience of mass popular culture, and the rise of the Information Revolution. She concludes her talk by discussing the social consequences of overly focusing on measurement to define value.

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Michael Evans’ book accepted by University of California Press

Michael Evans, PhD 2012 (Currently Post-Doc at Dartmouth) has recently had his book accepted with the University of California Press. The book, built upon his dissertation, is titled Seeking Good Debate: Religion, Science and Conflict in American Public Life.

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Liberty Walther Barnes’ upcoming book- Conceiving Masculinity: Male Infertility, Medicine, and Identity

Recent alum, Liberty Walther Barnes’  upcoming book Conceiving Masculinity: Male Infertility, Medicine, and Identity (May 2014) is featured in Atlantic Monthly.  Liberty is currently in a postdoc as a research associate and fellow at University of Cambridge.   You can see the article here: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/10/why-we-ignored-male-infertility/280673/

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Jessica Huerta, 1st generation undergrad, gets full scholarship to UCLA Soc PhD program

Jessica Huerta, one our honors students last year, was a first generation, non-traditional undergrad. She did excellent work at UCSD while working almost full time in the Equal Opportunity Office of the US Airforce and serving in the Air National Guard. She collected original data for her  honors thesis in Prof. Ivan Evans’ honors course, she wrote a critique of neo-institutionalist frameworks for understanding sex discrimination and sexual harassment in the Air Force.

Jessica Huerta applied for doctoral programs in Sociology this year and received several offers, including a generous 5-year scholarship to UCLA.

Congrats Jessica!

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