2016 Graduation: Academic Awards & Special Honors

Department Academic Achievement Awards

Outstanding Senior in the Field of Sociology: Shaun Harrison (BA, Sociology ’16)

Hilda Haves Manchester Award for Outstanding Scholarship by a Woman in the Field of Sociology: Emily Daenzer (BA, Sociology ’16)

Excellence in Undergraduate Research & Writing in the Field of Sociology: Marwa Moaz (BA, Sociology ’16)

William J. Chambliss Award for Outstanding Senior in the Field of Criminal Justice: Vera Kiefer (BA, Criminal Justice '16)

Excellence in Undergraduate Research & Writing in the Field of Criminal Justice: Maya Weinstein (BA, Criminal Justice’16)

Honey W. Nashman Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Field of Human Service & Social Justice: Shanna Helf (BA, Human Services & Social Justice ’16)

Excellence in Graduate Research & Writing in the Field of Criminology: Angela Lee (MA, Criminology ’16)

Special Honors

Sociology: Leah Cunningham, Emily Daenzer, Robert Donoghue, Joanna Davin, Kelsey Edwards, Leslie Fouché, Jerry Harrison, Shaun Harrison, Jonah Lewis, Joanna Livinalli Marcano, Marwa Moaz, Rodrigo Restrepo, Mackenzie Sulenski, Gwendolyn Walker

Criminal Justice: Kaleigh Christie, Cecelia Kinnane, Danielle Marton, Valerie Sakellaridis, Ryan Tom, Maya Weinstein

Human Services & Social Justice: Kara Campbell, Kate Delis, Shanna Helf, Lauren Hinkel, Aashna Rane, Kathleen Rodrigues, Hannah Schaefer, Hannah Schaeffer, Caroline Welch

Click here for a copy of the Department's Awards Reception program.

Presidential Administrative Award Fellowship

Zunara Naeem (BA, Human Services & Social Justice '16)


News & Events

Upcoming Event: Fulbright Visiting Scholar Jui-Hua Chen

Please join us April 24th for Jui-Hua Chen's lecture "What is the Immigration Museum? Representations of Immigration in France and the United States".  Click here for more details.

Course Registration: Summer 2017!

For our full course listings, go to the GW Schedule for both on campus and online courses, and the GW Registrar site for registration dates. Also, be sure to visit our Academics webpages for details regarding degree requirements. 

Upcoming Events

Be sure to visit the News & Events page and our Facebook news feed regularly for department updates, events, scholarly activities, and new course descriptions.

Recent Faculty Awards: Dr. Emily Morrison Awarded 2017 Early Career Engaged Scholarship Award! 

Emily Morrison has received the 2017 Early Career Engaged Scholarship Award from the Maryland-DC Campus Compact.This award recognizes and honors Dr. Morrison for her outstanding research in curricular and co-curricular service-learning which advances the field. GW President Steven Knapp presented Dr. Morrison with the award at Georgetown. Way to go, Emily! 

In Memoriam

The Department lost a dear friend with the passing of Ruth Wallace on March 2, 2016. Ruth was an integral part of Sociology at GW where she taught for 31 years. And she was a giant in the field of sociology in the US and around the world. Through her many books, journal articles, public lectures, and other venues she was a pioneering voice in sociological theory, gender, and religion. Among her publications were the following books: They Call Him Pastor: Married Men in Charge of Catholic Parishes, Contemporary Sociological Theory: Expanding the Classical Tradition, (co-authored with Alison Wolf), Gender and the Academic Experience: Berkeley Women Sociologists. (coedited with Kathryn Meadow Orlans), They Call Her Pastor: A New Role for Catholic Women. and Feminism and Sociological Theory. Among the many awards she won were the American Sociological Association's Jessie Bernard Award for scholarly work on the role of women in society, the District of Columbia Sociological Society's Stuart Rice Award for Outstanding Contributions to Sociology, the Religious Research Association's H. Paul Douglass Lecturer, Marquette University's Joseph McGee Lecturer, and Santa Clara University's Distinguished Visiting Scholar. She will be missed by everyone who had the opportunity to know her. -- Greg Squires

Recent Faculty Books

Privacy in a Cyber Age: Policy and Practice. Amitai Etzioni. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

The New Normal: Finding a Balance between Individual Rights and the Common Good. Amitai Etzioni. Transaction Publishers, 2014.

Discover Sociology. William J. Chambliss and Daina S. Eglitis. Sage, 2013.

The Long, Lingering Shadow: Slavery, Race, and Law in the American Hemisphere. Robert J. Cottrol. University of Georgia Press, Studies in the Legal History of the South series, 2013.

From Foreclosure to Fair Lending: Advocacy, Organizing, Occupy and the Pursuit of Equitable Credit. Gregory Squires and Chester Hartman, Eds. New Village Press, 2013.

Religion, Politics, and Polarization How Religiopolitical Conflict Is Changing Congress and American Democracy. William V. D'Antonio, Steven A. Tuch, and Josiah R. Baker. Rowman & Littlefield, 2013.

Faculty News

Fran Buntman continues to serve as Director of the Law and Society Minor, in addition to her new role as Director of Graduate Studies for the Sociology and Criminology MA programs. She has begun a new research project on Nelson Mandela and the law, and was recently an invited panelist to the Greater Boston Jewish Community Center's symposium on "From Conflict to Peace: Lessons of Diplomacy from Other Nations." At the end of March, she will speak at GW on a panel disccussing “Reentry to Civilian Life: Life After Incarceration.”

Robert Cottrol published The Long, Lingering Shadow: Slavery, Race, and Law in the American Hemisphere (University of Georgia Press, Studies in the Legal History of the South series, 2013) and "Positive Discrimination/Affirmative Action with Respect to Gender and Race,"  (co-author Megan Davis) in Routledge Handbook of Constitutional Law, edited by Mark Tushnet, Thomas Fleiner and Cheryl Saunders (Routledge, 2013).

Cynthia Deitch received a Community Based Participatory Research grant for 2015-2016 from the GW Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service. In collaboration with the DC Ceneter for Employment Justice, she will be conducting research on the DC paid sick leave law. She recently published a chapter, “Sexual Harassment of Low Wage Immigrant Workers in the United States: Lessons from EEOC Lawsuits," in Sexual Harassment in Education and Work Settings: Current Research and Best Practices for Prevention, edited by Michele Pauludi, Jennifer Martin, James Gruber, and Susan Fineran (Praeger, 2015).

Daina Eglitis recently published the third edition of her introductory textbook, Discover Sociology (Sage, 2017). In 2016, she co-authored (with colleagues Fran Buntman and Dameon Alexander) the article, “Social Issues and Problem-based Learning in Sociology: Opportunities and Challenges in the Undergraduate Classroom,” which was published in Teaching Sociology.

Amitai Etzioni has recently published two books. Privacy in a Cyber Age: Policy and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) defines the foundations for a privacy doctrine suitable to the cyber age and examines the implications of the availability of personal information to corporations and major federal agencies (click here for more). The New Normal: Finding a Balance between Individual Rights and the Common Good (Transaction Publishers, 2014) argues that societies must find a way to balance individual rights and the common good, and that this point of balance may change as new technologies develop, the natural and international environments change, and new social forces arise (click here for more). He has also contributed “The Standing of the Public Interest” to Barry Law Review; “The Democratisation Mirage” to Survival; and “NSA: National Security vs. Individual Rights” to Intelligence and National Security.

Hiromi Ishizawa returned to GW in Fall 2016 from her sabbatical in Japan. She has continued to work on civic engagement among immigrants in the US. In Summer 2016, she presented a research project at the ASA with a former graduate student, Renee Stepler (Pew Research Center), titled, “Immigrant voices: How do patterns of expressive forms of civic engagement differ across and within immigrant generation.”

Antwan Jones has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. He is currently on sabbatical completing projects on neighborhood effects on cardiovascular outcomes in Appalachia. He has been contributing to the public discourse on race, place, and health in media outlets such as WalletHub, Democracy Journal, and The Huffington Post.

Michelle Kelso spent the fall semester working on her manuscript about Roma and collective memory of the Holocaust in Romania as well as teaching as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bucharest. She was also interviewed on several national Romanian news program on Digi TV and Realitatea TV regarding the sociological aspects of the U.S. presidential election. This April she will be speaking at the British Sociological Association on "Reflections on Holocaust Education of the Roma Genocide in Romania." Michelle also became a contributor for the Huffington Post and for University World News.

Ivy Ken published an article in the 2016 issue of the Yearbook of Women's History (Jaarboek voor Vrouwengeschiedenis) on Gendered Food Practices from Seed to Waste.  The article, written with Benjamín Elizalde, focuses on the neoliberal harms and political possibilities experienced by women in a rural, southern Chilean town who received technical assistance from the state on organic farming techniques and personal development.  Prof. Ken, who serves as GW Food Institute Faculty Coordinator, has also co-authored a paper with Kenneth León (MA, Criminology, 2013) on state-corporate crime in the food industry.

Peter Konwerski has been honored as the 2015 NASPA Region II Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean. This award recognizes "individuals who have made significant and outstanding contributions to their campus, student affairs and the field of higher education.... [It is awarded to] an individual who has sustained professional service as a senior student affairs officer, high-level competency in administrative skills, significant contributions to the field through publications or professional involvement and leadership in community and university affairs."

Daniel Martínez co-authored a study with Kenneth León that was published at the end of last semester. It is a study that examines the risk factors associated with non-prescribed stimulant use among adolescents, and is published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. Available here. He also has articles forthcoming in the journals Social Problems and Population Studies. Martinez also recently accepted a position in the School of Sociology at the University of Arizona and thanks his colleagues and students for a great experience at GW. We wish him the best of luck in his new position!

Lynette Osborne is currently evaluating two NSF-funded projects: the GWU Computer Science program “Partnership in Securing Cyberspace Through Education and Service (PISCES)” and the National Academy of Engineering workshop “Understanding the Engineering-Education Workforce Continuum.” She recently co-authored the chapter, “Energy Ethics in Science and Engineering Education” in International Perspectives on Engineering Education: Engineering Education and Practice in Context, Volume 1. (Springer, 2015).

Hilary Silver joined the GW faculty in January 2015 as Professor of Sociology and Public Policy and Public Administration.  Her most recent publications include "National Urban Policy in the Age of Obama,” pp. 11-44 in James DeFilippis, ed. Urban Policy in the Time of Obama (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016) and “Youth Exclusion in the Middle East.” The Muslim World 107, 1 (2017): 13-40.

Greg Squires' co-authored book (with Larry Kirsch) Meltdown:  The Financial Crisis, Consumer Protection, and the Road Forward  tracing the first five years of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in action was published by Praeger, in March 2017.  His op eds on the CFPB have appeared in the American Banker, The Hill, and Social Policy. This past April, he was awarded the George Washington University Jackie and Rachel Robinson Society Appreciation Award in recognition and support to the sociological and historical connection between race and sports in America.

Steven Tuch is continuing work on his Dean’s Research Scholar project examining the racial attitudes and intergroup experiences of high school students. A book chapter, “The Color of the Dream: Latinos, African Americans, and the American Dream,” recently appeared in Latino/a American Dream (S.L. Hanson and J.K. White, eds.) published by Texas A&M University Press. His coauthored article with Michelle Kelso, “Exploring the Nexus Between Human Services and Sociology Through Engaged Scholarship,” recently appeared in Zeszyty Pracy Socjalnej (Issues in Social Work). During the 2017-18 academic year he will be a visiting scholar in the Institute of Sociology at Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland working on a study of causal attributions of inequality among citizens in post-communist and capitalist nations.

Ron Weitzer was featured in a debate, in Congressional Quarterly Researcher, on whether pornography has implications for public health. He was quoted by The Christian Science Monitor in the article “Backpage.com shutters 'adult' ads section: Did it do enough to stop child sex trafficking?

Richard Zamoff has been leading the Jackie Robinson Project's Educational Initiative, along with GW seniors Marwa Moaz and Yessenia Gonzalez, who recently traveled to Westchester County, NY where they visited schools and appeared on the local cable news show, "People To Be Heard."

Recent Events

Cisnero Charla Series
Wednesday, March 8th at 6:15pm in Tompkins Hall 306. Sponsored by the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute at GW. Dr. Ishizawa discussed patterns of volunteerism among Mexican immigrant and Mexican origin youth, a rapidly growing segment of the population. Through her research, she found that volunteerism varies by immigrant generational status.

Town Hall on College Student Homelessness and Hunger
Wednesday, March 15th at 12:00 pm in Duques Hall, Room 151. Several Sociology faculty and students were on hand for the release of the biggest and most detailed study ever of food and housing insecurity in higher education. More than 33,000 students at 70 community colleges in 24 states participated to reveal the challenges that American higher education now faces, and inspire action from institutional leaders and policymakers.

Fulbright Scholar Talk: “What is the Immigration Museum? Representations of Immigration in France and the United States”
Monday, April 24th at 4:00-5:30pm in Phillips 411. Please click here for flyer and information to attend.



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New Minor: Law & Society (LSoc)

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Law shapes our lives in ways we see and don't see. We, in turn, can shape the law in many ways - through research, advocacy, or a career in law. The new interdisciplinary Law & Society Minor allows undergraduates to apply knowledge of our legal systems to their disciplines, work, and lives. It offers a basic understanding of how courts and the law works in society, combined with the skills of legal research and writing, practical experience as an intern, and courses in specific fields and disciplines. For more information, check out our Law & Society Brochure, go to the new Law & Society Minor page, or contact the director, Prof. Fran Buntman.


Alumnus Cheryl Walton (BA, Soc '11) Fulbright Scholar to Malaysia

Walton, Cheryl Fulbright Scholar
Cheryl Walton (BA, Soc, '11) has been awarded a 2014 Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Malaysia for an English Teaching Assistantship. She departed in early January to begin her service. At GW, Walton was involved with several student organizations. She also served on the executive board of Alpha Phi Omega (Theta Chi Chapter), a national co-ed community service fraternity. During her senior year, she was selected as Gilman Scholar and pursued research in Cairo, Egypt in the days preceding the Arab Spring. She also worked on Capitol Hill, serving in the offices of Senator Mark Warner (a fellow Colonial) and Senator Richard Burr. Upon graduating from GW, Walton interned with the Department of Defense as a congressional liaison. She then earned a master’s degree in social work from Norfolk State University. After her service in Malaysia, Walton says her goals are “to return to Washington, DC to pursue a career with the federal government and to build strategic relationships between donors, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs to support GW.”