Category Archives: Graduate Students

Gary Lee Successfully Defends Dissertation

Gary Lee, graduate student at UCSD’s Department of Sociology, successfully defended his dissertation “The Illiberal Commonwealth: On the Problem of Difference and Imperial Control in Jamaica, the Straits Settlements and the Nineteenth Century British Empire” in August.

In 2017-18 school-year, he will be serving as a visiting assistant professor of sociology at Oberlin College in Ohio.

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Armand Gutierrez Recipient of Two Different Honors

Armand Gutierrez, a graduate student in the UCSD department of Sociology recently received two different honors: The California Immigration Research Initiative Graduate Student Fellowship, as well as Honorable Mention for the 2017 Graduate Student Paper Award from the Asia and Asian American Section for the American Sociological Association for his paper “A Family Affair: How and Why Second-Generation Filipino-Americans Engage in Transnational Social and Economic Connections.”

The California Immigration Research Initiative offers four graduate students fellowships of $9,000 each for doctoral students at any University of California campus researching immigration in California.

The Graduate Student Paper Award from the Asia and Asian American Section for the American Sociological Association awards a prize to the best graduate student paper addressing any topic in the sociology of either Asia/Transnational or Asian America. The winner(s) receive a cash prize of $300 at the annual meeting, divided equally first between co-winning papers, if any, and second between co-authors, if any.

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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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Rawan Arar Published on Nations and Nationalism Journal

Rawan Arar, a graduate student at the sociology department and recipient of one of this year’s FISP awards, had her work “International Solidarity and Ethnic Boundaries: Using the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict to Strengthen Ethno-National Claims in Northern Ireland” published in the journal Nations and Nationalism.

In the article she writes:

This study examines flags, graffiti, murals and political speech on display in Northern Ireland that advocate for either Israelis or Palestinians. Through the concept of ‘borrowed legitimacy’, I acknowledge the strategic use of the ethnic boundary in expressions of international solidarity.

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Sociology Graduate Students Receive FISP Awards

The UC San Diego Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program (FISP) awards project fellowships to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars who focus on on the themes meant to build the student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university of the future.

  • Understanding and Protecting the Planet
  • Enriching Human Life and Society
  • Exploring the Basis of Human Knowledge, Learning and Creativity
  • Understanding Cultures and Addressing Disparities in Society

This year, three of the UCSD graduate students were recipients of this award:

  • Rawan Arar, who’s research interests are Refugees, international immigration, human rights, the Middle East, and gender.
  • Emma Greeson, who specializes in culture, economic sociology, markets, material culture, materiality, and secondhand.
  • Lindsay DePalma, who’s areas of specialization include sociology of religion, culture, economic sociology, stratification, and comparative-historical sociology.

 

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Teresa Zimmerman-Liu’s Article Featured in Review of Religion and Chinese Society

Teresa Zimmerman-Liu, a PhD student at the UCSD Sociology department, has an article coming out in the Review of Religion and Chinese Society this spring. She also did a podcast interview with the Center for Religion and Chinese Society, who published the journal that features her article “From ‘Children of the Devil’ to ‘Sons of God'”, where they discussed her life experiences and research paper.

 

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Cristina Lacomba to start one-year postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard School of Education

Congratulations to Sociology PhD Cristina Lacomba, who will begin a postdoctoral fellowship with Professor Roberto Gonzales at the Harvard Graduate School of Education this Fall. Dr. Lacomba and Dr. Gonzales are seeking to understand how the American immigration policy known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) affects the everyday lives of eligible young people. Dr. Lacomba’s primary responsibility will be to manage and analyze the National UnDACAmented Research Project (NURP) interview-based qualitative data set. In her position, she will be expected to lead particular strands of inquiry and to publish this work with others on the research team.

 

Congratulations, Cristina, and good luck with this important endeavor!

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Upcoming Publication for Stacy Williams

Congratulations to Stacy J. Williams, who has had yet another research piece accepted for publication.  Her article, “Personal Prefigurative Politics: Cooking Up an Ideal Society in the Woman’s Temperance and Woman’s Suffrage Movements, 1870-1920” is forthcoming in The Sociological Quarterly.

Abstract: The literature on prefigurative politics currently suffers from an organizational bias. To reduce this bias, I demonstrate how the personal sphere can be prefigurative. An analysis of woman’s temperance and woman’s suffrage newspaper articles about cooking reveals that these activists advocated cooking in ways that would prefigure their visions of social change within individual families. Therefore, this article broadens the concept of prefigurative politics beyond organizations, expanding it to the home. I demonstrate that the home is a site of social movement action, where women in particular may campaign for social change.

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Graduate student Daniel Davis and Professor Amy Binder’s research on “career services headhunting” covered in Inside Higher Ed.

Graduate student Dan Davis and Professor Amy Binder’s research on career services’ “headhunting” practices, originally published in the journal Research in the Sociology of Organizations, was picked up by the online magazine Inside Higher Ed .

In their article, Davis and Binder show that university career centers are embracing a new model of career services. Rather than focus most of their energy preparing students to lead their own career searches, they are increasingly leaning on corporate partnership programs to secure student job-placements and raise funds. The career centers offer a menu of services, with preferential access to the best students chief among them, to the corporations able and willing to pay fees. While this new strategy is good for some students landing jobs, some career centers raising funds, and some companies securing talent; it is also potentially problematic for students whose campuses lacking such partnerships, career centers facing underfunding, and some companies who cannot afford the fees involved.

 

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Beauty Behind Bars

Featured in the Triton Magazine is an article called Beauty Behind Bars which showcases Sociology alumna Laura Pecenco’s (M.A. ’10, Ph.D. ’15) implementation of arts in prisons through Project PAINT.

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