April 22nd, 2014

Critical Engagements Symposium

The Leader-Scholar Communities presents our first annual symposium, Critical Engagements, April 28th from 5-8 PM in the Ridgewood Commons.
We warmly welcome the Brandeis Community to come witness the application of academia into action in the works of 60 first-year students who are part of the Leader-Scholar Communities: Media & Politics, Global Perspectives: place, race & gender, and Leadership in Health & Medicine. These students have intensively engaged in rich, critical, and intellectual thought over the past year, and have spent the majority of their second semester learning the process of putting thought into action. Each project was specifically created in order to engage a larger audience on a specific issue, interest, or idea. Come see the process of their first-year experience in the leader-scholar program.
Light refreshments will be served!

For more information, please contact Alex Vasquez at avasquez@brandeis.edu.
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April 2nd, 2014

Meet the Majors on Thursday April 3!

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March 17th, 2014

Colloquia Series: Assistant Professor Ofer Sharone on “Unemployment Experiences: Why Americans Blame Themselves and Israelis Blame the System”

Join us this Thursday, March 20th at 3:30 pm to learn about MIT Assistant Professor Ofer Sharone’s research on unemployment experiences in the United States and Israel. The event will be held in Pearlman Lounge, and is handicap accessible. Great food provided! See below for more information. We hope to see you there!


Sponsored by the Brandeis Department of Sociology, The Martin Weiner Distinguished Lecturers Fund, and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies.


March 3rd, 2014

Justice Brandeis Summer offerings

Brandeis is expanding its offering of Justice Brandeis Summer programs, and these two might be of particular interest to any Sociology students. Check them out!

Joint Information Session for both Sociology programs next week!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
From 1:00-2:00 pm
Study Abroad Conference Room
Usdan 169

Why choose JBS this summer?

Are you interested in gaining work and research experience this summer while earning 12 academic credits in Sociology?  These two JBS programs may be for you!
Students say the JBS experience is unlike any they’ve found in a standard classroom setting. It offers an intensive, hands-on engagement in the field with first-hand exposure to issues related to social justice.  It’s a great way to earn 12 credits while getting work and research experience over the summer.
PLEASE NOTE:  The final application deadline for all JBS programs is March 15. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so sign up now!

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March 3rd, 2014

Teach-In on South Sudan Conflict

Source: BrandeisNOW

The outbreak of ethnic strife in South Sudan last December has spurred a humanitarian crisis in a region that already has experienced great suffering. The United Nations estimates that the fighting has resulted in 10,000 deaths, the displacement of nearly 500,000 people and untold human rights violations and abuses.

This quickly developing tragedy has touched the Brandeis community directly. Mangok Bol, an administrator for the international and global studies program, the graduate global studies program, and the Mandel Center for the Humanities, learned in early February that his brother and sister-in-law were murdered and their four children were abducted when gunmen attacked their village. In all, 28 adults were killed and 11 children were taken.

To help focus attention on the needs of South Sudan and the surrounding region, Brandeis is hosting a teach-in on Monday, March 3, 6-7:30 pm, Shapiro Campus Center Atrium.

The teach-in is sponsored by the departments of anthropology and African and Afro-American studies, the global studies, international and global studies, and women’s and gender studies programs, and the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life.



December 11th, 2013

An article about how men’s role in reproduction has been culturally diminished, co-authored by a Brandeis PhD Miranda Waggoner

Miranda Waggoner received her PhD in Sociology from Brandeis in 2011; currently she is a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University and this article that she co-authored with Rene Almeling of Yale University, has been featured at Slate and this week at Time Magazine:

More and Less than Equal
How Men Factor in the Reproductive Equation

“In both social science and medicine, research on reproduction generally focuses on women. In this article, we examine how men’s reproductive contributions are understood. We develop an analytic framework that brings together Cynthia Daniels’ conceptualization of reproductive masculinity (2006) with a staged view of reproduction, where the stages include the period before conception, conception, gestation, and birth. Drawing on data from two medical sites that are oriented to the period before pregnancy (preconception health care and sperm banks), we examine how gendered knowledge about reproduction produces different reproductive equations in different stages of the reproductive process. We conclude with a new research agenda that emerges from rethinking the role of men and masculinity in reproduction.”

See the full article


December 9th, 2013

A Toast to the Department: Brandeis Sociology’s Publications Reception

Thursday, December 5th,  we celebrated the Department’s remarkable publication record  including new books, articles, book chapters, and more! Since 2010, our faculty and grad students have been busy writing and many more than 100 of their articles appear in major Sociology professional journals. This has been a a particularly fertile time and these pieces and the ten books authored this year reflect that fertility.


Chair David Cunningham toasts the Department’s many accomplishments: promotions, anniversaries, and publications, and more.



December 4th, 2013

Brandeis Sociology Department Publications Reception!

The Department of Sociology is proud to announce that we’ll be hosting our Publications Reception tomorrow, Thursday December 5th at 4:00 pm in Pearlman Lounge! Come by and check out our bounty of Soc-authored books, articles, and chapters written by our prolific faculty, students, and department alums! Refreshments will be provided.

Publications Reception Invitation


November 13th, 2013

The Not-So-Hidden Cause Behind the ADHD Epidemic

The diagnosis of ADHD has skyrocketed over the past few decades, causing a shortage in low-dose generic medications. A large percentage of people diagnosed with the disorder likely have no neurological problems at all, and the common diagnosis is likely because of sociological factors. Parents expect more from their children which causes children to need to focus more intently.

A study was done at Michigan State University to find a genetic basis of the disorder. Using both fraternal and identical twins, researchers concluded that traits of hyperactivity and inattentiveness are highly inheritable. There are different regions of the brain where ADHD genes affect neuronal circuitry, showing that there is a physiological feature of the disorder.

Although ADHD is physiological, many patients that have the medication do not have the disorder. Policies such as the Individuals With Disabilities Education act in 1991 and the Food and Drug Administration Act in 1997 allow drug companies to market to the public. The rates of diagnosis in eastern America are also higher than the rates in the western part of the country, giving more evidence of the sociological influences that cause ADHD diagnosis.

When President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act, diagnoses began to skyrocket even more. The diagnosis is on the rise because the way our societies define disorder continues to change. Schools used to punish kids who wouldn’t sit still, but now schools support these children with medications and therapy. As Joel Nigg says in the article, “When people don’t fit in, we react by giving their behavior a label, either medicalizing, criminalizing it or moralizing it.”

Medications can hurt people as well as help them, and the increasing diagnosis of ADHD may do both.

See Original Article Here


October 7th, 2013

Patricia Hill Collins, Sociology Alumna, wins Gittler Prize

Patricia Hill Collins, ’69, Ph.D. ’84 <http://www.brandeis.edu/gittlerprize/recipients/index.html>, is the winner of this year’s Gittler Prize <http://www.brandeis.edu/gittlerprize/>, which honors “outstanding scholarly contributions to racial, ethnic, and/or religious relations.” Professor Collins, a distinguished university professor of sociology at the University of Maryland/College Park, is the author of seven books including the award-winning “Black Feminist Thought.”

Graduate students are invited to join Professor Collins for a special seminar discussing the implications of her groundbreaking work on intersectionality, race, gender and class. The graduate student co-facilitators will send out short readings in advance to inform the conversation.

Date: Tuesday October 29
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Shapiro Campus Center, Room 313
Session Facilitators: Danielle Cole (SOC), Callie Watkins Liu (Heller,
Social Policy), and Caty Taborda (WGS)

RSVP to ethics@brandeis.edu

Also mark your calendar for the Gittler Prize lecture:

“With My Mind Set on Freedom:Black Feminism, Intersectionality and Social Justice” <http://www.brandeis.edu/gittlerprize/lectures.html>
Date: Tuesday, October 29
Time: 2-4 pm, followed by a reception with refreshments
Location: Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

We hope you will join us for that talk as well. No RSVP needed.

For more information, visit www.brandeis.edu/gittlerprize/ or email ethics@brandeis.edu




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