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

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 returned this year from her semester as a research fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Sponsored by the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, she conducted a project on Jewish and Latvian women in the Red Army in World War II. She has also published a paper, co-authored with Michelle Kelso, titled "Holocaust Commemoration in Romania: Roma and the Contested Politics of Memory and Memorialization" in the Journal of Genocide Research.

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 has been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure. She is currently on sabbatical at Kyoto University in Japan studying civic participation in non-U.S. contexts and volunteerism as a key indicator of civil society. She is also a GW University Facilitating Fund recipient for this academic year.

Hiromi Ishizawa and Antwan Jones presented a poster at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America on a project partially funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Information on the project can be found on PAA's website.

Antwan Jones is the recipient of a 2015 Young Trialist Award, granted by the Organizing Committee of Cardiovascular Clinical Trialists (CVCT) Forum. The award is in recognition of his US-based work on the spatial components to cardiovascular disease and his international work on cardiovascular risk among Latino elderly. Last spring, he joined Sharon Lambert (Psychology) and Ryan Engstrom (Geography) in receiving a Dean’s Interdisciplinary Collaboration Excellence (DICE) Award at GW. This interdisciplinary team examines associations between community violence exposure-including victimization, witnessing, and fear of exposure-and health risk behaviors among African American adolescents residing in Washington, DC Wards 5, 7, and 8. Their research aims to identify social and structural features of neighborhoods that support and compromise adolescents’ health outcomes.

Michelle Kelso received a 2016-17 Fulbright Scholarship and will travel to Romania while on sabbatical next year to research collective memory among Roma survivors of the Holocaust. In April 2016, she published a book chapter, "Roma Women and the Holocaust: Testimonies of Sexual Violence in Romanian-controlled Transnistria," in Women and Genocide: Gendered Experiences of Violence, Survival and Resistance. She also recently published a paper, co-authored with Daina Eglitis, titled "Holocaust Commemoration in Romania: Roma and the Contested Politics of Memory and Memorialization" in the Journal of Genocide Research. This past summer, Prof. Kelso's documentary "Hidden Sorrows: The Persecution of Romanian Gypsies During WWII" was shown in a Romani culture festival at the Romanian Cultural Centre in London. Her work on Roma and the Holocaust has been featured on the new human rights educational website Unsilence Project. She was also interviewed on a national Romanian news program “The Evening Journal” on Digi 24 regarding the sociological aspects of the American presidential elections. This April she spoke at a GW panel on “Monuments to a Conflicted Past: Memorialization of the Holocaust in East & Central Europe.”

Ivy Ken was elected President of the GWU Faculty Association (GWUFA).  The Faculty Association is grassroots organization representing more than 1 in 4 full-time faculty members at GW.  GWUFA fights for academic freedom, shared governance, tenure, and employee benefits and compensation and against the corporatization of the university.

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 was appointed to serve as the interim director of the recently-founded Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute at GW. He was also selected as a fellow of the National Science Foundation-funded Crime and Justice Summer Institute held this past July at Ohio State University. His research was recently cited in The New York Times here.

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).

Greg Squires was interviewed for and appeared in “Dog Parks & Coffee Shops: Diversity Seeking in Changing Neighborhoods,” a documentary about gentrification in three Washington DC neighborhoods. The film was nominated for an Indie Capitol Award for Best Documentary Short. He was also featured in “Expert Talks US Race Relations,” a video produced by Xinhua News Agency: New China TV (Japan). He was recently quoted in “Housing Market 2015: Despite Real Estate Rebound, Millions of Minority Homeowners are Still Underwater,” by Owen Davis in International Business Times, and in “America: A Surfacing of a Clash Between Races” a Kyodo News story published in Shinano Shimbun. This fall, his paper, “Foreclosure is Not an Equal Opportunity Stressor: How Inequality Fuels the Adverse Health Implications of the Nation’s Financial Crisis” (co-authored with Antwan Jones and Cynthia Ronzio) was published in the Journal of Urban Affairs. Jones and Squires also authored an op-ed, “Foreclosures Are Making People Sick” in American Banker, which was reprinted in the National Housing Institute online blog Rooflines (January 8, 2015).

Steven Tuch received a Dean’s Research Scholar award for academic years 2015-16 through 2017-18 for his project “Intergroup Contact and the Racial Attitudes of Youth: Does Contact Matter?” The research examines intergroup relations among African American, Latino, and white high school youth with a particular focus on the factors that promote or hinder positive intergroup attitudes and experiences. His most recent book, Religion, Politics, and Polarization, coauthored with William D’Antonio and Josiah Baker, was published in 2013 by Rowman & Littlefield.

Ron Weitzer was the keynote speaker at a conference on European prostitution and trafficking policies, organized by the European inter-university Center for Information & Research on Organized Crime. The presentation was delivered at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands this December. He recently co-authored an article in The Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology (October 2014) with former GW graduate student, Ken Leon (MA, CRIM '13), comparing four states with ballot measures to legalize recreational marijuana.

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

GW Jackie Robinson Project: 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Thursday, April14th from 7:00-9:00pm in the Marvin Center's Grand Ballroom (800 21st St NW, 3rd floor). Join the Jackie & Rachel Robinson Society as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the GW Jackie Robinson Project. We will be discussing the legacy of Jackie Robinson, as well as highlighting our major accomplishments over the past two decades. Please join us for food and beverages, fun, baseball memorabilia giveaways, and the presentation of awards. Click here and here for more information about the Jackie Robinson Project, and how you can help! Please rsvp to gwujackierobinsonsociety@gmail.com.

Panel Discussion: "Reentry to Civilian Life: Life After Incarceration"
Thursday, March 31st at 7pm, GW SMPA Building, Room 309 (805 21st St NW, DC 20052). Featuring Fran Buntman and Yavar Moghimi. Click here for more info.

3rd Annual Equitable Development Conference: "A Moment or a Movement? Why Black Lives Matter on the Path to Equitable Development in Washington, DC"
Tuesday, April 5th from 9am to 5pm, GW Marvin Center Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor - click here for more information, and here to register for the conference and additional events, including Walking DC Study Tours!

Panel Discussion: "Monuments to a Conflicted Past: Memorialization of the Holocaust in East & Central Europe"
Thursday, April 7th from 4pm to 5:30pm, GW Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, Room 412 (1957 E St NW, DC 20052). Featuring Marek Kucia, Michelle Kelso, and Daina Eglitis. Click here for more info.



Department Newsletter

The Sociology Department Newsletter is produced annually. Click below for our current and past issues.

Feel free to email us at soc@gwu.edu with any updates regarding your career, professional and civic activities, awards, scholarship, etc. We look forward to hearing from you!

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.”