Department of Sociology 2017 Award Winners

2017 Awards

2017 Academic Achievement Awards

Outstanding Senior in the Field of Sociology: Andrew Barondess and Alexandra DeLessio

Hilda Haves Manchester Award: Celia Islam

Excellence in Undergraduate Research & Writing: Julian Berkowitz

Ruth A. Wallace Memorial Award for Research and Writing on Gender: Ana Deros

William J. Chambliss Award: Nicole LeFort

Honey W. Nashman Award: Leah Cohen and Rachel Naugle

Sociology Special Honors Recipients: Andrew Barondess, Julian Berkowitz, Alexandra DeLessio, Ana Deros, Michelle Desien, Sally Gillis, Celia Islam, Kimberly Tanner

Criminal Justice Special Honors Recipients: Lauren Blackenau, Makiya Kreisher, Amanda Lynn Pierson

Human Services & Social Justice Special Honor Recipients: Teresa Cal, Becca Levy, Abby Marco, Abbie Martin, Sara Policastro, Victoria Rowe, Charleene Smith

Grad01Dean Ben Vinson III of Columbian College of Arts & Sciences stops by to congratuate students.grad02Celebrating with friends, family, and faculty.
awardsChair Hilary Silver speaking to students and faculty.
HSSJHSSJ award winners with Dr. Morrison.


News & Events

Upcoming Events

Dean's Lecture Series on Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice

When Protection Becomes Punishment: Coming of Age in an Unequal City

November 13, 2017 12:00 PM | Click here for more information.

Privilege & Punishment: Unequal Experiences of Criminal Justice 

November 20, 2017 12:00 PM | Click here for more information.

Immigrants and the Law: Crafting Moral Selves in the Face of Immigration Control

December 4, 2017 12:00 PM | Click here for more information.

Course Registration: Spring 2018!

Registration for Spring, 2018 begins November 9th for graduate students, and November 13th for undergraduate students. 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. 

Want to learn more about which Spring 2018 courses we are offering? Click here for more information. 

Recent Events

The Salvadorian Willie Horton? MS-13, Crimmigration, and the Translation of Gang Intelligence

On November 6th Ken Leon presented "The Salvadorian Willie Horton? MS-13, Crimmigration, and the Translation of Gang Intelligence" as part of the Dean's Lecture Series on Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice. Click here for more information.

Caught Up: Girls, Surveillance, & Wraparound Incarceration

On October 23rd Jerry Flores presented "Caught Up: Girls, Surveillance, & Wraparound Incarceration" as part of the Dean's Lecture Series on Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice.  Click here for more details.

Tally's Corner Revisited: A Half Century of Change in African-American Washington and Beyond

On October 19th, the Department of Sociology held a symposium commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of GW Alumnus Elliot Liebow's classic ethnography of African-American street-corner men in DC, Tally's Corner. For information about the event, please click here

Fulbright Vising Scholar Jui-Hua Chen

On April 24th Jui-Hua Chen presented "What is the Immigration Museum? Representations of Immigration in France and the United States".  Click here for more details.


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

Happiness is the Wrong Metric. Amitai Etzioni. Springer Open. 2018.

Forthcoming. The Fight for Fair Housing: Causes, Consequences and Future Implications of the 1968 Federal Fair Housing Act. Gregory D. Squires (ed). Routledge, 2018.

Meltdown: The Financial Crisis, Consumer Protection, and the Road ForwardLarry Kirsch and Gregory D. Squires. Praeger, 2017.

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.

Faculty News

Fran Buntman continued to serve as Director of Graduate Studies for the Sociology and Criminology MA programs as well as Director of the Law and Society Minor during 2016-2017. She gave the keynote address at the International Conference on Colonial Incarceration in the 20th Century in Lisbon, Portugal. In 2017-2018, she will be on sabbatical although she will teach in the Honors Program having been selected as a Mount Vernon and Honors Faculty Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year. Her research plans for her sabbatical include continuing her research about Nelson Mandela and the law. 

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 2017 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 “ 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."




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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, Ken Leon.