Division of Social Sciences

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The 2014 Tomlinson Prize

Posted by musegade on January 9th, 2015

Dr. Paul Jankowski, Raymond Ginger Professor of History at Brandeis University, has won the 2014 Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr. Book Prize for his book “Verdun: The Longest Battle of the Great War.”

The prize is offered annually for the best historical work on World War One by The World War One Historical Association. It consists of a check for $3,000 and a bronze plaque. For more information on the programs and publications of The World War One Historical Association, consult our website, ww1ha.org.

The winner is chosen by a panel chaired by Professor Dennis Showalter of Colorado College. Other members of the selection panel are Dr. Michael Neiberg of the U. S. Army War College and Amb. Leonard G. Shurtleff, a former WW1HA president.

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Brandeis Sociology Department in Top Ten in the Nation!

Posted by musegade on January 7th, 2015


USA Today reported College Factual’s ranking of the nation’s top undergraduate Sociology programs and Brandeis was ranked #6 overall out of over 500 sociology departments!  http://college.usatoday.com/2014/12/27/top-ranked-colleges-for-a-major-in-sociology/  Quite an accomplishment everyone can be proud of – faculty, staff, alumni, current students.   The ranking looked at “quality schools that are focused on delivering an education in Sociology and that are successful at it”.  The Brandeis Sociology department comes in at #6 overall, right behind Princeton and just ahead of Columbia, Chicago, Stanford, and Penn!  The ranking methodology emphasizes former majors’ career salaries, the percentage of current students enrolled in the major, departments’ connections to associated majors/programs, and overall college/university quality, so it’s great to see how well we fare relative to our distinguished peers.

Check out the list at USA Today.

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Brandeis ranked one of the top ten schools to earn an Economics major!

Posted by musegade on December 12th, 2014

USA Today recently ranked Brandeis as one of the top 10 schools to earn an economics major.

Describing the department the article writes:

Brandeis University is a private liberal arts school that focuses on promoting an interdisciplinary education. Students are challenged to apply theories taught in the classroom to real-world scenarios. Economics is one of the most popular majors at Brandeis.

By providing a broad range of courses — including international economics and finance, macroeconomics, monetary economics and labor economics — Brandeis prepares students to pursue a variety of careers following graduation. The comprehensive education gives economics majors the tools needed for success, with graduates earning an average early career salary of $54,000, jumping to $96,000 at the mid-career level.

Read the entire article here!

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Professor Conrad featured on the Brandeis Hoot

Posted by musegade on December 12th, 2014

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By Charlotte Aaron

 “I was the kind of kid who would get up and walk around, look at the goldfish, read the encyclopedias in the back of the room, talk to neighbors,” Peter Conrad, a professor of sociology, said in regard to his  childhood. “Had ADHD been an option as a diagnosis in the ’50s, which it wasn’t, I would have been probably labeled and gotten a trial and medications.”

Professor Conrad has researched ADHD, short for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, since he wrote his dissertation on identifying hyperactive children 40 years ago. While only three to five percent of school children were diagnosed with ADHD when he started his research, today, that number has increased to 11 percent. “That’s a lot of kids,” Conrad commented.

Read the remaining article here!

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Prof. David Cunningham featured on BrandeisNOW

Posted by musegade on December 5th, 2014

Professor David Cunningham, Chair of the SOC department, was recently featured on BrandeisNOW for his research on the influence of KKK on Southern voters in the 1960s. For more information, read the full article here.

Moreover, Cunningham’s documentary was aired on PBS! Check out additional information at BrandeisNOW!



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Karpf & Hahn Peace Prize Winners

Posted by musegade on December 3rd, 2014

Congratulations to the winners of the Karpf and Hahn Peace! They will be pursuing their projects all over the world and reporting back to Prof. Fellman.

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“Cognition Across Cultures” – Social Science Forum Lunch

Posted by musegade on December 2nd, 2014

Brandeis faculty and staff are invited to this week’s Social Science Forum lunch presentation — 

Presenter: Angela Gutchess, Associate Professor of Psychology

Title: “Cognition Across Cultures”

December 3, 2014, 12-1pm, Gardner-Jackson Room, Library

Please RSVP asap to Judith Salvucci   (jsalvucc@brandeis.edu), so she can order enough lunch. Hope to see you there for an informal presentation of work in progress, followed by Q&A discussion.

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How New England could become Farmville again

Posted by musegade on November 25th, 2014


In an article in the Boston Globe, Professor Brian Donahue discusses his “elaborate report laying out a scenario in which New England, in the year 2060, has three times as much farmland as it does now—a full 6 million acres, or 15 percent of the entire landmass, upon which to raise crops and livestock that would be consumed by the local population. Under these conditions, the authors of the report argue, New England could grow 50 percent of its own food.” Read more at the Boston Globe.

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Doherty Presents Hollywood and Hitler: The back story, at Drew University, Nov. 13

Posted by musegade on November 12th, 2014

hollywood and hitler by thomas doherty

In the last years of the 20th century, Hollywood was big on causes.

But in the 1930s, American cinema was virtually silent on one of history’s most urgent moral issues: The rising persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany.

This silence was especially curious because the era’s most powerful movie moguls were Jews, who themselves had fled Russian pogroms a generation earlier.

Presenting at the daylong conference, Hollywood and Nazi Germany, 1933-1945, Stories Told/Stories Untold, Professor Doherty, author of Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939, will delve deeper into this complex story with a panel of experts at Drew University in Madison on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014.

Read more about the conference and Professor Doherty’s talk here.

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“Ready To Turn The World Upside Down”: Women’s Liberation And Jewish Identity

Posted by musegade on November 10th, 2014


A talk by Professor Joyce Antler

Thursday, November 20th 12:00-1:00, Mandel Center 303

Reconstructing the lost Jewishness of radical feminism, Professor Antler explains why the honor-roll of women’s liberation pioneers includes so many Jewish women—and the complex identity politics behind their own—and others’—failure to chronicle this history.

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