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  1. 1. DUKE SOCIOLOGY Spring 2012 NOTE FROM THE CHAIR Sociology at Duke had another productive and visible year. Our faculty continue to be visible and active in extramural funding (over 10 new grants in the past DUKE SOCIOLOGY year), scholarly output, and university and national visibility. The faculty are extraordinary in the high rate of co-authorship with graduate students. Our graduate students also had an exceptional year with many publications and professional presentations, and five new NSF dissertation improvement awards. Our administrative and IT staff continue to be models of efficiency and professionalism. Two new faculty members joined our community in July. Matt Bradshaw (Ph.D. UT Austin, 2008) joined us after a two year post-doctoral fellowship at the Carolina Population Center. Matt’s teaching and research interests center in biodemography, health, genetic epidemiology, religion and quantitative methods. Steve Vaisey (Ph.D., UNC Chapel Hill, 2008) joined us from the University of California at Berkeley, where he has been an assistant professor for the past two years. His specializations include cultural sociology, the origins and consequences of different moral world views, and statistical techniques for set In this Issue: theoretic analysis.Note from the Chair 1 Two other of our faculty have recently or will soon transition to emeritus status. Nan Lin transitioned to emeritus status July 1, 2011. Nan has multiple decades ofFeature News 2 contributions to research on social networks, social capital, stratification andWorking Groups 2 mobility, mental health, and China. We will honor Nan at a reception in New York City at the Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association inNew Faculty Spotlight 3 August 2013. Miller McPherson will transition to emeritus status July 1, 2012. Miller has multiple decades of contributions to literatures on voluntary groupsFaculty News 5 and associations, social networks, his general ecological theory of affiliationPostdoc News 14 (including Blau Space!), and quantitative methodology. We will honor Miller in the future at a time and place to be announced.Recent Job Placements 15 The departmental transitions extend to my office. I am in the last months of myRecent Ph.D. Recipients 16 term as chair. I owe many people thank you’s. Grateful acknowledgement goes toNew Graduate Students 17 Deans Laurie Patton and Angela O’Rand. They always listened to us carefully and supported us in recent years of budget cuts and reorganization. I warmly thankGraduate Student News 18 our staff---Theresa Shouse, Lisa Palmano, Jessica Ellington, Bob Jackson, RobUndergraduate News 25 Marks, and Jesse Riggan---who work exceptionally hard on our behalf behind the scenes. I thank my faculty colleagues, for their patience and support, and for theirSenior Honors Students 26 endless willingness to roll up their sleeves and go to work on behalf of our collective endeavor. I thank our graduate students, for they too contribute mightily to our collective sense of community and our accomplishments. I Sociology Department Duke University reserve special thanks to our departmental officers during the past three years, Jim Moody as Director of Graduate Studies, Linda Burton and Becki Bach as Directors of Undergraduate Studies, and Lisa Keister as Director of Markets and
  2. 2. Management Studies. They give heroically of their students who consistently serve as effective mentors. Thisprofessional time and energy, and did exceptional jobs award includes a $2000 honorarium. Victor Ray was alsoin their respective leadership roles. Finally, I thank my selected as a 2012-2013 ASA Minority Fellow. Thiswife Barbara for her support and willingness to give up prestigious fellowship is aimed at increasing the diversityfamily time to the chair role, sometimes including of the discipline. In addition to a year of funding, thenights and weekends. fellowship provides training and networking opportunities at the ASA annual meeting.Finally, it is a pleasure to announce that EduardoBonilla-Silva has accepted an appointment as the Working Groups &new chair of Sociology, effective July 1, 2012. Eduardo Collaborative Centers Thriveis an accomplished scholar of racial stratification,theory, critical race methods, political sociology, Economic Sociology WorkshopLatinos, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Economic sociology is one of Duke’s traditional andepistemology. Eduardo, from all of Sociology’s internal current research strengths. The department’s newand external audiences, we wish you the best in your economic sociology workshop facilitates dialogue amongterm as chair! department members on topics in this large and growing -Ken Spenner sociology subfield. We define economic sociology broadly, and recent talks highlight both that breadth and the excellent work being done by faculty and graduate FEATURED NEWS students in our department. This semester’s topics have included networks and power in Chinese homeowner Rebecca Bach Wins Teaching Award associations (Qiang Fu), labor markets and wage inequality (Ryan Finnigan), racial implications of segmentation in the U.S. financial services market (Kieran Healy), networks among sex workers in India (Dave Brady), and immigrant bounded solidarity and wealth accumulation (Paige Borelli). Upcoming talks will address equally important topics: Gary Gereffi: global commodity chains (March 28), Jake Fisher: organizational isomorphism, and Megan Reynolds: county-level job losses and student suspension rates (April 11), Hang Young Lee: adoption of corporate social responsibility among Korean Firms (April 25). The groups will meet at 12:00pm in the McKinney conference room in the Soc-Rebecca Bach has won the Southern Sociological Psyh Bldg. Contact Lisa Keister for additional information ( (SSS) Distinguished Contributions to Teachingaward. This award recognizes outstanding classroomteaching and honors individuals whose contributions go Race Workshopbeyond their institutions to benefit the discipline as a Now in its fourth year, Sociology’s Race Workshop haswhole. This award includes the opportunity for Becki maintained its role as a crucial space for the vanguard ofto arrange a session at the 2013 SSS annual meeting. race scholarship. For the 2011-2012 academic year, the Workshop is honored to collaborate with the Social Victor Ray Wins 2012 Dean’s Award Science Research Institute to bring in a wonderful slate of For Excellence in Mentoring outside scholars to present at the workshop. The Workshop also appreciates the financial support of theCongratulations to Victor Ray who is the recipient of the Sociology and African/African-American Studies2012 Deans Award for Excellence in Mentoring by a departments, and the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Lauriegraduate student! The mentoring award recognizes the Patton, all of which have helped expand the scope of theconsiderable efforts and accomplishments of graduate Race Workshop. ~2~
  3. 3. Market & Management Studies Markets and Management Studies (MMS), which is housed in sociology, remains Duke’s largest certificate program (similar to an interdisciplinary minor). With more than 600 enrolled students, it is larger than all other undergraduate certificate programs combined. The program meets the needs of undergraduates wanting to study business, management, organizations and organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, and related issues. MMS exposes students to cutting-edge research and provides opportunities to engage in real-worldIn the fall of 2011, the workshop enjoyed presentations experiences both at home and globally in a range of areas.from Charles Mills, professor of philosophy at MMS allows students with interests in business andNorthwestern, Robert Turner, a postdoc from UNC, related areas to take a series of courses that are relevant toClaudia Milian, professor of Romance Studies at Duke, these career paths and to learn many of the skills that willand our own Sarah Mayorga. In the spring, the workshop enable them to succeed in more applied areas. What isis looking forward to a great lineup of presentations, perhaps most unique about MMS is that although itbringing in scholars Larry Bobo, Tanya Golash-Boza, prepares students for some applied fields, it retains aJonathan Metzl, and Howard Winant. We will also host strong focus on a liberal arts approach to these areas, asDuke’s own Dean Patton and Thavolia Glymph at future evidenced by the centrality of courses from various coreworkshops. Lastly, members of the Race Workshop are disciplines (e.g., sociology, political science, economics).working with students from UNC and NCCU to organizean interdisciplinary graduate student conference on racein March 2012. The conference is being partially funded New Faculty Spotlightby a Kenan-Biddle grant encouraging collaboration We are pleased to have Matthew Bradshaw and Stephenbetween Duke and UNC. This will be a great way for Vaisey join our sociology family! They offer uniquelocal scholars of race and ethnicity to meet and build research interests and skill sets that will enhance the scopestronger connections between the three schools. of faculty work and students’ overall learning. Both Bradshaw and Vaisey were panelists on a job market workshop sponsored by the Graduate Student Forum. Duke Network Analysis Center Matthew BradshawThis year marks the second year for the new DukeNetwork Analysis Center (DNAC), based on generousfunding from the university. This is an excellentopportunity for graduate students interested ininterdisciplinary work, and S. Joshua Mendelsohn andpost-doc David Diehl (Phd 2011, Stanford) have beenactively coordinating work on the center. DNAC seeks tobuild a community of network scholars across programsat Duke, with significant attention to graduate studentfunding and training. Opportunities for network researchabound at Duke, making this a perfect place for linkingbroad substantive interests in sociology, political science Matt joined the sociology faculty in Fall 2011 afteror public health to a rigorous tool-set. To help foster this earning his Ph.D. from the University of Texas atgraduate community, Jim Moody has worked with a long- Austin and completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship at thestanding working group of graduate students who share Carolina Population Center. His research focuses on threeand comment on each other’s work. interrelated topics: (1) gene-environment interplay and ~3~
  4. 4. health; (2) genetic and other biological influences on Predict the Use of Complementary and Alternativereligious life; and (3) religion and health. Medicine among US Adults.” Preventive Medicine.In the first area, Bradshaw is working on a manuscript Stephen Vaisey(with Felicia Tian) examining sex differences indepressive symptoms. Findings suggest that social,psychological, and genetic risk factors for depression areall more common among women compared with men,and that these account for observed sex differences. Mattis also working on a paper (with Melanie Sereny) thatexamines the psychosocial correlates of subjective SES inan attempt to understand how it is linked with health netof objective aspects of social status.Bradshaw’s research on biology and religion has shownthat genetic and environmental factors both contribute toindividual differences on a variety of religious outcomes.His current work attempts to explain these findings by Steve Vaisey joined the sociology department Fall 2011,mapping the potential pathways of genetic influences, as but he is already feeling very much at home. Prior towell as examining whether they interact with arriving at Duke, he was an Assistant Professor at UCenvironmental contexts. Findings from one working Berkeley. The main goal of his research is to understandpaper suggest that genetic influences function, in part, by the varieties, origins, and consequences of different moralshaping psychological characteristics such as extraversion, worldviews. He also has conducted research on 1970sagreeableness, and sociality, which subsequently affect communes, religion and marijuana use, educationalreligious behaviors. Findings from a second manuscript overqualification, gene-environment interactions, and thesuggest that genetic factors are stronger in contexts where relationship between poverty and educational aspirations,social forces are weaker (e.g., the west coast of the US), among other topics. Essentially, he is interested in theand less influential in settings where cultural norms are role of culture and cognition in explaining humanpowerful (e.g., the southern portion of the US known as behavior.the “Bible Belt”). In the past few months, Vaisey was awarded a $400,000With respect to research on religion and health, Bradshaw grant from the John Templeton Foundation to lead a teamrecently completed a manuscript showing that support of 12 sociologists and psychologists to improve thefrom others in one’s congregation and a perceived measurement of moral worldviews. This project involvesintimate relationship with God both buffer against the a conference on measurement and two separate datadeleterious effects of financial hardship on psychological collections aimed at piloting and fielding existing and newwell-being in late life. To fund this research, he submitted measures of moral differences in the United NIH proposal (with Margarita Mooney of UNC-Chapel In addition to the grant, Vaisey continues to pursue hisHill). The proposed research will examine the other work on morality, culture, and cognition. Amongrelationships between religion, stress, and psychological other things, he is working hard on a book manuscriptwell-being using four waves of Add Health data. (tentatively titled Worldview: How Culture Shapes MoralIn addition to his research activities, Matt helped organize Judgment and Action).the Jensen Seminar Series (with Phil Morgan). He Select Recent/Forthcoming Publications:recently joined the editorial board of Sociology ofReligion. Vaisey, Stephen and Margaret Frye. Forthcoming. “Theory and Psychology entitled "The Old One-Two: PreservingSelect Recent/Forthcoming Publications: Analytical Dualism.” Psychological Sociology."Ellison, Christopher G., Matt Bradshaw, and Cheryl A. Stephen Vaisey. 2010. “What People Want: RethinkingRoberts. Forthcoming. “Spiritual and Religious Identities Poverty, Culture, and Educational Attainment,” Annals of ~4~
  5. 5. the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 629:75- May (previous lectures have been delivered by notables101. such as William Julius Wilson, Anne Stoler, and Alejandro Portes). Lastly, he was invited by the SociologyStephen Vaisey and Omar Lizardo. 2010. “Can Cultural department at Penn to be the 2011-2012 DistinguishedWorldviews Influence Network Composition?,” Social Visiting Professor and, as such, will teach two graduateForces, 88 (4): 1595-1618. seminars in the spring of 2012. FACULTY NEWS Bonilla-Silva has continued his public intellectual work by delivering in 2011 keynotes before the SouthernRebecca Bach Sociological Society, Michigan Sociological Association, Association of Black Sociologists, and the “Afro-Latin@sRebecca Bach continues to direct the undergraduate Now! Strategies for Visibility and Action” conference heldprogram in the department of sociology. In 2011 she in New York. He also delivered keynotes or lectures atdeveloped a pretest/posttest assessment tool for use in Hamilton College, Appalachian State University, Emory,ongoing evaluations of the undergraduate program. She and the sociology department at The Ohio Statepresented the paper, “Motherhood in the Context of University. The titles of some of his keynotes show theDomestic Violence: A Shelter Study” at the annual range of his concerns these days, “The Real ‘Racemeeting of the American Sociological Association in Problem’ in Sociology: The Power of White Rule in ourAugust 2011. She was invited to present a feminist Discipline,” “It’s Real! Racism, Discrimination, and Colorcritique of one of the proposals received by Erin Olin Blindness in Obamerica,” “The Invisible Weight ofWright for his ASA theme on Real Utopias in a session Whiteness: The Racial Grammar of Everyday Life inorganized by Wright and Catherine Berheide at the America,” and “Notes on Race in the Americas by awinter meeting of the Sociologists for Women in Society. Negrito Acomplejao.”Bach recently learned that she will receive the SouthernSociological Society’s Distinguished Contributions to For students interested in coming to Duke to work withTeaching Award in 2013. Bonilla-Silva, he is working, or contemplating to work, on projects such as: (1) a textbook on race and ethnicitySelect Recent/Forthcoming Publications: with David G. Embrick (Loyola at Chicago) underBach, Rebecca and Julianne Weinzimmer. 2011. contract with Rowman and Littlefield, (2) a book on his“Exploring the Benefits of Community-based Research in work on “racial grammar,” (3) a paper on race matters ina Sociology of Sexualities Course.” Teaching Sociology, 39 the Americas, (4) a paper on the politics of Afro-(1): 57-72. Latinidades in the USA, (5) a grant proposal to examine the “racial formations” of multiple cities in the USA, (6)Bach. “Can’t Nobody Take that Away from Me: updating his papers on the Latin Americanization of racialMotherhood in the Context of Domestic Violence.” stratification in the USA and racism in the world-system,Under review. (7) a paper based on his keynote speeches on white rule in American sociology, (8) his slow-book-in-the-making onEduardo Bonilla-Silva race, methods, and sociology, and (9) updating his work on the Obama phenomenon for the 2012 PresidentialBonilla-Silva’s fifth book, The State of White Supremacy: campaign.Racism, Governance, and the United States with Moon-KieJung (Urbana-Champaign) and Joao Costa Vargas Select Recent/Forthcoming Publications:(Texas), was published in 2011 by Stanford Press. He Bonilla-Silva Eduardo and Austin Ashe. “The End ofreceived several distinctions last year such the Founders’ Racism? Forthcoming. Colorblind-Racism and PopularAward for Scholarship and Service given by the Section of Media in Post-Civil Rights America.” In Sarah E. TurnerRacial and Ethnic Minorities of ASA, Duke’s Dean’s Award (Ed). Colorblind Screen, University of Vermont.for Excellence in Mentoring, and the ASA Cox-Johnson-FrazierAward for his work in the tradition of Oliver Cox, Charles Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo and Louise Seamster. 2012. “TheJohnson, and Franklin Frazier (he is the youngest Sweet “The Sweet Enchantment of Color Blindness in Black Face:recipient of this award). He also delivered the Ethnic and Explaining the ‘Miracle,’ Debating the Politics, andRacial Studies Annual Lecture at City University London in ~5~
  6. 6. Suggesting a Way for Hope to be ‘For Real’ in America,” with rising gross domestic product per capita. Yet, sincein Special Issue of Political Power and Social Theory. the early 1980s, government spending as a percent of GDP declined in the typical year in affluent democracies.Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. Forthcoming 2012. “The Invisible The analyses show that government expanded as a resultWeight of Whiteness: The Racial Grammar of Everyday of power resources and despite structural pressures in theLife in Contemporary America.” Ethnic and Racial Studies. 1970s and 1980s, but declined mostly due to institutions after the 1980s. Also, the paper demonstrates thatDavid Brady government spending no longer grows with a rising GDPDavid Brady’s current research clusters into three broad per capita in affluent democracies. Finally, with Thomasareas: 1) poverty; 2) work, labor and economic Mustillo, he is investigating how globalization has shapedsociology; and 3) political sociology, social policy and democracy in Latin American since the 1970s. This paperpolitical economy. In the area of poverty, he is editing a will include economic, political and institutionalvolume with colleague Linda Burton that is provisionally dimensions of globalization and aims to move beyond thetitled, The Oxford Handbook of Poverty and Society. This longstanding focus in the democratization literature onvolume aims to be a key reference across the social domestic factors.sciences of poverty, and will be both interdisciplinary and Select Recent/Forthcoming Publications:international. Also, he is involved in a longer term projecton working poverty in the U.S. One paper in this project Brady, David and Rebekah Burroway. with graduate students Regina Baker and Ryan “Targeting, Universalism and Single Mother Poverty: AFinnigan. This paper examines the influence of state-level Multi-Level Analysis Across 18 Affluent Democracies.”unionization on individual-level working poverty in the Demography.U.S. 1991-2004. The results show that the effects of Reynolds, Megan M. and David Brady. Forthcoming.unionization are more important than economic “Bringing You More Than the Weekend: Unionperformance and social policies, and that unionization Membership and Self-Rated Health in the U.S.” Socialreduces working poverty for both unionized and non- Forces.unionized households. Brady, David, Yunus Kaya, and Gary Gereffi. 2011.In the area of work, labor and economic sociology, he is “Stagnating Industrial Employment in Latin America.”involved in a multi-method study of female sex work in Work and Occupations, 38:179-220.India. One paper with Kim Blankenship and MonicaBiradavolu examines how social relations affect thenumber of clients of and payment received by female sexworkers. We use this study to advance the embeddednessliterature by developing a novel typology of intimate,solidaristic, coercive and transactional relations.In the area of political sociology, social policy and politicaleconomy, he is working on a number of projects. Onepaper with Ryan Finnigan examines the effects ofimmigration on social policy attitudes in affluentdemocracies. This paper analyzes three measures ofimmigration and six social policy attitudes with survey Linda Burtondata from 1996 and 2006 for 17 affluent democracies. Linda Burton continues to enjoy her work withContrary to much recent literature, the results mostly fail undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoralto support the hypothesis that immigration undermines fellows at Duke and is particularly excited about co-public support for the welfare state. In another paper directing a highly successful program on secondarywith graduate student Hang Young Lee, he is investigating analysis of ethnographic data for graduate students atthe sources of declining government spending in affluent North Carolina Central University. She recently receiveddemocracies. One of the enduring conclusions of political grants from the National Science Foundation to continueeconomy is that the state tends to grow over time and her research on the social, cultural, and contextual forces ~6~
  7. 7. that shape the romantic unions of America’s poor, and Bai Gaofrom the MacArthur and William T Grant Foundations toexamine the impact of housing on family and child Bai Gao continues his work on China. Last Fall, he gave adevelopment. During this past year, Burton presented a talk called “The Changing International Environment forkeynote address at the Rural Sociological Society and at a China’s Blue Ocean Strategy” at Shanghai University ofnumber of national conferences including the annual Finance and Economics. He and graduate students,meeting of the American Sociological Association and the Xiaohan Xu and Paige Borelli, have signed a book contactNational Academy of Sciences. She currently serves on with the British publisher Polity for a book titled, Thethe Child Maltreatment Research, Policy, and Practice for the Chinese Model of Economic Development. Gao also editedNext Decade Workshop Planning Committee for the another book manuscript titled, Social Construction ofInstitute of Medicine and the National Research Council, Competitive Advantage: China’s Industrial Upgrading.the Board of Directors for the Council on Contemporary Selected Recent/Forthcoming Publications:Families, the Advisory Board of the National Center onMarriage Research, and the Minority Fellowship Advisory Gao, Bai. The High Speed Rail and China’s Grand Strategy inPanel for the American Sociological Association. She also the 21 Century (in Chinese). Forthcoming. 2012. Beijingwas recently appointed to the editorial board of the China: Social Science Literature Press.American Sociological Review. Burton is co-editor (with Gao, Bai. “International Monetary Regime and DomesticDavid Brady) for the Oxford Handbook of Poverty and Society Political Economy: The Origin of the Global Financialand spends quite of bit of time writing these days: Crisis.” Forthcoming. 2012. In Karin Knorr Cetina andSelect Recent/Forthcoming Publications: Alex Preda, eds., The Oxford Handbook for the Sociology of Finance. Oxford University Press.Burton, L.M. & Hardaway, C. R. Forthcoming. “Low-income mothers as ‘othermothers’ to their romantic Gao, Bai. “The High Speed Rail and China’s Grandpartners’ children: Women’s coparenting in multiple Strategy in the 21 Century.” (In Chinese). Economicpartner fertility unions.” Family Process. Observer. March, 2011.Cross-Barnet, C., Cherlin, A., & Burton, L.M. 2011. Linda K. George“Bound by children: Intermittent cohabitation and livingtogether apart.” Family Relations, 60:633-647 Linda K. George is broadly interested in the social structures and social processes that affect individual well-Burton, L.M. & Stack, C.B. 2011. “Ethnography: A being. Among the social structures most closely linked tomethod that “rocks our soul.” NCFR Reports, 55:F5-F8 well-being are socioeconomic status (SES), gender and race/ethnicity. Social position, in turn, is strongly linkedMark Chaves to the major risk and protective factors that moreMark Chaves’s most recent book, American Religion: proximally determine health and well-being. Among theContemporary Trends was published by Princeton University risk and protective factors that George investigates arePress in September, 2011. He also received a grant from stressful life conditions, social relationships, and socialthe Lilly Endowment for $850,000 to launch the third integration/civic engagement. The outcomes of herwave of the National Congregations Study (NCS), a research include mental health, especially depression,survey of a nationally representative sample of religious physical health, disability, and mortality. The effects ofcongregations from across the religious spectrum. The some social structures cannot be observed within societies,NCS’s third wave also will be supported by the Pew but are placed in bold relief by comparative research.Forum on Religion and Public Life, RAND Corporation, George is also investigates well-being in comparativeCenter for the Study of Religion and American Culture at perspective, focusing on macro-level factors includingIUPUI, Church Music Institute, and Duke University. economic development, income inequality, and the statusThe survey will be fielded in 2012.” Mark Chaves book of women. Much of her research focuses on socialAmerican Religion: Contemporary Trends has won the 2012 pathways of vulnerability and resilience that lead toChristianity Today Book Award, in the category of different health and well-being destinations."Christianity and Culture." Another recent area of research is global health and aging. George is co-investigator of a grant that examines the ~7~
  8. 8. health and life quality of the “oldest old” (persons age 80 (2) an ongoing collaboration with the Environmentaland older) in China. Five waves of data have been Defense Fund and other sponsors on clean (low-carbon)collected at three year intervals. The sample size is large technologies and U.S. jobs; (3) a project on “Clean(11,000+ per each wave) and the survey content is both energy, U.S. competitiveness, and the role of coal” withbroad and deep. George, in collaboration with Yi Zeng, is the Bank of America; (4) food safety and quality standardsexamining a variety of research questions with these data in several global food and agricultural value chains; andincluding the relationship between religious participation, (5) the competitiveness of North Carolina industries inwhich is very different from Western religions, and the global economy, utilizing a value chain; gender differences in health and longevity; andurban/rural differences in health and well-being. Recently, Gereffi gave a keynote address in Mexico City titled, “Latin Americas Prospects for Upgrading in GlobalGeorge remains heavily involved in working with Value Chains," co-sponsored by the World Bank, thegraduate students. She currently chairs or co-chairs the Inter-American Development Bank, OECD, and the UNdissertation committees of five graduate students, serves Economic Commission on Latin America. He also gave aon the dissertation committees of several others, and colloquium, "Globalization and development in a post-works closely with two students who are pre-dissertation. Washington Consensus World" at Brown University.George is a recipient of the Distinguished MentorshipAward of the Graduate School here and has also been Select Recent/Forthcoming Publications:awarded the Distinguished Mentorship Award of the Gereffi, Gary, Karina Fernandez-Stark and Phil Psilos.Gerontological Society of America. Her latest award is 2011. “Skills for Upgrading: Workforce Developmentthe Lifetime Career Award from the Gerontological and Global Value Chains in Developing Countries.”Society of America (2010). Durham, NC: Duke University, Center on Globalization,George is active in professional societies and related Governance & Competitiveness.organizations. She is Past President of the Gerontological Gereffi, Gary, Karina Fernandez-Stark and Phil Psilos.Society of America. She is Past Chair of the Life Course 2011. “Shifting End Markets and Upgrading Prospects inand Aging Section and Past Chair of the Sociology of Global Value Chains.” Special issue of International Journal ofMental Health Section of the American Sociological Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 4, Nos.Association. She continues as co-editor of the Handbook of 1/2/3.Aging and the Social Sciences. Gereffi, Gary. 2011. “Global value chains and inter-Selected Recent/Forthcoming Publications: national competition.” The Antitrust Bulletin, 56(1):37-56.George, L.K. 2010. “Still Happy After All These Years:Research Frontiers on Subjective Well-Being in Later Lisa KeisterLife.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 65B:331-339. Lisa Keister continues to do research on wealthZeng, Y., Gu, D., & George, L.K. 2011. Association of ownership in the United States and firm behavior inReligious Participation with Mortality among Chinese China. Her research on wealth ownership andOld Adults. Research on Aging, 33: 31-83. accumulation explores the various processes that lead to asset accumulation and debt. She has studied work,Dupre, M.E. & George, L.K. 2011. “Exceptions to the family, intergeneration, educational, and culturalRule: Exceptional Health among the Disadvantaged.” influences on asset ownership and resulting inequalities inResearch on Aging, 33:115-144. wealth. Her recent work has focused on the important role that religious belief and practice plays in shapingGary Gereffi saving, investment, and accumulation. She is currently organizing a conference on religion and inequality (to beGary Gereffi’s ongoing research includes: (1) economic, held September 2012 at Duke), and she is working onsocial and environmental upgrading in global production papers on consumption and fringe banking, debt andnetworks, including a 3-year project with the UK’s luxury fever, and the social origins of financial crises.Department for International Development (DFID) on Keister´s work on China focuses on the process by which“Capturing the Gains: Economic and Social Upgrading in firms are making the transition to a market economy. SheGlobal Production Networks and Trade” (2009-2012); ~8~
  9. 9. continues to study interfirm relations during transition, Kail. In addition, the grant supports one pre-doctoralthe emergence of banks and financial markets, and the student in Economics, one in Public Policy Studies, andeffect of changing organizational practices on workers and one post-doctoral fellow in Biology.inequality. Keister is also director of the Markets andManagement Program. Ken continues his work on research and development pertaining to a Child and Youth Well-Being Index (CWI)Selected Recent/Forthcoming Publications: to track changes in numerous social indicators of the well- being of children and youth in the United States over theKeister, Lisa A. and Darren E. Sherkat, (eds.) In 34 years since 1975. Currently working with Ken on thisprogress. Religion and Inequality. Cambridge University project are Duke Sociology doctoral student Qiang Fu andPress. Vicki Lamb, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology at NorthKeister, Lisa A. (Ed.) Forthcoming. Religion, Work, and Carolina Central University and Research Scientist atMoney. Research in the Sociology of Work. Duke. The CWI project is supported by the Foundation for Child Development in New York City. Its annual reports receive substantial general public exposure andKeister, Lisa A. 2011. Faith and Money: How Religious press coverage. The project has produced a number ofBelief Contributes to Wealth and Poverty. Cambridge peer-reviewed journal articles and a book is now underUniversity Press. preparation for publication. Ken also continues to be very active in the development and empirical application of new models and methods in demography, aging, criminology, and social statistics. Selected Recent/Forthcoming Publications: Zheng, Hui, Yang Yang, and Kenneth C. Land. 2011. “Heterogeneity in the Strehler-Mildvan General Theory of Mortality and Aging.” Demography, 48:267-290. Patricia L. McCall, Kenneth C. Land, and Karen F.Ken Land Parker. 2011. “Heterogeneity in the Rise and Decline of City-Level Homicide Rates, 1976-2005: A LatentJohn Franklin Crowell Professor, Ken Land, serves as Trajectory Analysis.” Social Science Research, 40:363-Director of the Center for Population Health and Aging in 378.the Duke Population Research Institute (DuPRI). Kenrecently finished a three-year term (2007-2010) as Editor Zheng, Hui, Yang Yang, and Kenneth C. Land 2011of Demography. With the assistance of twelve Deputy “Variance Function Regression in Hierarchical Age-Editors, all but two at Duke, the efficiency of reviews at Period-Cohort Models: Applications to the Study of Self-Demography was greatly improved. In response this, new Reported Health,” American Sociological Review,submissions increased by more than 50 percent from 76:955-983.2007 to 2010, to about 300 per year. Current issues ofDemography also have been expanded in size by about 50 Miller McPhersonpercent to make room for the additional articles acceptedfor publication. Two articles published in the American Sociological Review and one in Contexts are the first results from the NSF-Ken is Principal Investigator of the National Institute on funded study of Miller McPherson’s theory of groupAging-funded T32 Training Grant in Social, Medical, and affiliations. Another paper co-authored with Jeff SmithEconomic Demography of Aging, which recently was and Lynn Smith-Lovin (on his favorite topic, homophily)renewed for a five-year period, 2011-2016. This training currently has a revise-and-resubmit at American Sociologicalgrant currently supports three pre-doctoral graduate Review. He is working with graduate students on severalstudents in Sociology, Wendy Brynildsen, Ryan Finnigan, more. There seems to be tremendous interest in this lineand Melanie Sereny, and one post-doctoral fellow, Ben of work—there were over 12,000 Google hits on the title ~9~
  10. 10. of the 2006 ASR paper, “Social Isolation in America,” and Centers for Foreign Language and Area Studies, memberthe Annual Review of Sociology paper on networks that of the Executive Committee of the Coalition forMcPherson, Smith-Lovin and Cook did a few years ago International Education (Washington, DC), member of(“Birds of a Feather”) is now the second most cited the Board of the Scholars at Risk Network (New Yorkchapter in the history of the journal. McPherson and City), and member of the Board of VeniceSmith-Lovin are currently carrying out a survey International University (Italy). This fall Merk spoke atexperiment in the 2010 GSS that will help determine Cornell on “Latin American Studies: Past, Present, andwhether or not the downward trend in close ties is real, Future,” for the 50th anniversary celebration of theor is created by context effects, and will write a paper Cornell Center for Latin American and Caribbeanwith Peter V. Marsden of Harvard. Studies.McPherson also has data from his re-interview study Select Recent/Forthcoming publications:(funded by the Human and Social Dynamics program atNSF), which will create the first ever nationally Merkx, Gilbert and Hans de Wit. Forthcoming 2012.representative panel data on voluntary affiliation at two “The History of Internationalization of Higher Education:points in time and additional life history calendar data Europe and the United States.” In Darla Deardorff, Hanswhich will allow an unprecedented dynamic analyses of de Wit, John Heyl and Tony Adams, (Eds.) The Sagethe co-evolution of networks and voluntary memberships. Handbook of International Higher Education.The study, called the National Voluntary Association Merkx, Gilbert. Forthcoming 2012. “International andSurvey, will allow the first national-level test of his Area Studies: Past, Present, and Future,” in Area Studies;ecological evolutionary theory of association. Relevant or Obsolete? University of MichiganSelect Recent/Forthcoming Publications: International Institute.McPherson, Miller, Lynn Smith-Lovin, and Matthew E. James MoodyBrashears. 2009. “Of Models and Marginals: StudyingSocial Networks with Survey Data.” American Sociological James Moody continues his work on the dynamics ofReview. 74(3):670-81. social networks, focusing on diffusion over dynamic social networks and network visualization, primarily in the areasMcPherson, Miller, Lynn Smith-Lovin, and Matthew E. of adolescent network development and methods/modelsBrashears. 2008. “Loosening the Ties That Bind: Do for sexual networks and STI diffusion. This workPeople Have Fewer Confidants Than They Had Two proceeds on multiple fronts funded by NSF, NIH, NIDADecades Ago?” Contexts, 7:32-36. & Robert Woods Johnson (RWJ).Gilbert Merkx For the adolescent network project, on-going projects included wrapping up a major grant from NSF/HSD toGil Merkx continues to wear several administrative hats, study the dynamic of youth networks (with Danserving as Director of International and Area Studies, McFarland, Stanford & Scott Gest, PSU). Here the teamDirector of the Islamic Studies Center, Director of the worked on building cross-level models for networkCenter for International Studies, and Director of the John evolution that can ultimately account for sustenance ofhope Franklin Center for International and peer cultures in youth networks. Graduate student JeffInterdisciplinary Studies. He sits on the Committee on Smith is a primary collaborator on that project, workingFacilities and Environment, the Library Council, the on a new statistical model for multi-level networkAcademic Space Planning Committee, and the Advisory formation processes, a key paper from this project isBoard of the Global Health Institute. He also is PI on a currently R&Rd at ASR. The PROSPER Peers projectCarnegie Corporation grant supporting a project on the (NIDA; with collaborators at Penn State), Moody isdissemination of research about Islam in transcultural mapping network trajectories over time to understand theperspective. linkages between peer network structure and substance use. For example, in a recent paper with Duke graduateIn addition, Merkx serves as Treasurer of the Association student Wendy Brynildsen and others in Social Networks,of International Education Administrators (AIEA), Co- he shows that status dynamics in the school network areChairman of the Council of Title VI National Resource significant predictors of substance use. Graduate students ~10~
  11. 11. Robin Gauthier and Jake Fisher are also key collaborators analysis, soc of science work on trends in scientificon this project, working on gender differences in local disciplines, and new tools for visualizing networks. A newpeer dynamics and the life-history of peer group third edition of his two-volume text on Sociological Theoryrespectively. This project seeks to understand how peers (with Calhoun, Gerteis and Virk, Blackwell 2012) has justaffect substance use and includes panel data on thousands been released.of young adolescents (6th grade – 9th grade), who will befollowed through graduation, with fantastic opportunities Select Recent/Forthcoming Publications:for new work related to peer influence, network adams, jimi, James Moody, Stephen Q. Muth and Martinadynamics, and community program effects. Adolescent Morris. Forthcoming. “Quantifying the benefits of link-school networks are a wonderful test-bed for ideas about tracing designs for partnership network studies.” Fieldnetwork evolution and structure, allowing multiple Methods.observations of the “same sort” of networks, allowing usto ask general questions about the social forces shaping adams, jimi, James Moody, Martina Morris.networks. Forthcoming. “The Relative Contribution of Sex and Drug Ties to STI-relevant Network Connectivity.”Moody has two new projects (NIH) to tackle deep American Journal of Public Health.methodological problems related to network diffusionand health. With M. Giovanna Merli (PI, Duke Public Cleveland, Michael J., Mark E. Feinberg, D. WaynePolicy & Sociology), he is examining the assumptions Osgood, James Moody “Do peers’ parents matter forunderlying tools used to sample hard-to-reach adolescent substance use? Forthcoming. A new linkpopulations. The state-of-the-art procedure, “respondent between positive parenting and adolescent substance use.”driven sampling” (RDS) is an adaptive network-based Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.sampling technique that, in principle, gives unbiasedestimates of hard-to-reach populations. But these S. Phillip Morganassumptions are rarely met in practice, so their project Phil Morgan, the Norb F. Schaefer Professor ofseeks to understand the bounds of RDS in a sample of sex- International Studies, is faculty director of Duke’s Socialworkers in China. Related work here uses data gathered Science Research Institute (,in Shanghi to model the size and diffusion risk structure of one of Duke’s seven signature interdisciplinary researchgeneral population sexual networks. Multiple students, institutes ( S. Joshua Mendelsohn, Jake Fisher & Robin tutes-centers). SSRI provides infrastructure for socialGauthier are involved with that project. In another NIH science training and research activities and incubatesproject, Moody tackles the general problem of building promising interdisciplinary diffusion simulation tools by developing a newsimulation architecture for diffusion over dynamic Morgan’s research focuses on family change, with anetworks. The goal is to have a comprehensive tool to special focus on human fertility. The recently publishedhelp health researchers build tractable network models book below develops a broad theoretical framework thatfor health and behavior diffusion. can account for family change, including both very low fertility and that at or above replacement levels.A new grant (funded by RWJ with colleagues at Cornell) Recent journal publications focus on the fertility responsetakes the networks and health question to physicians, to the Great Recession of 2008-09. Other recent papersasking how networks among doctors shape health care document current Chinese low fertility, replacementcost and quality. Using Medicare data files, Moody and level fertility in the United States and the correspondencegraduate student Jonathan Coleman are building networks between fertility intentions and behavior in the U.S.among physicians based on shared patients. The goal is tothen identify whether currently unexplained variance in Select Recent/Forthcoming Publications:cost and care quality can be accounted for at the physicianpractice community (observational equivalents to care Johnson-Hanks, Jenna, Christine A. Bachrach, S. Philipprovision networks) level. Morgan and Hans-Peter Kohler. 2011. Understanding Family Change and Variation: Toward a Theory of ConjuncturalIn addition to these funded projects with students, when Action. New York, Springer.time allows, Moody continues his work on network text ~11~
  12. 12. Morgan, S. Morgan, Erin Cumberworth, Chris. Wimer. groups. She is interested in how networks and groups2011. “The Great Recessions Influence on Fertility, influence self-structures. Since many of our self-identitiesMarriage, Divorce, and Cohabitation.” In The Great come from role relationships or group memberships,Recession. D. Grusky, B. Western, & C. Wimer (eds). McPherson’s structural theory of affiliation should implyNew York, Russell Sage Foundation. an ecological theory of the self. New data from a re- interview of respondents from the 2004 General SocialMorgan, S. Philip and Heather Rackin. 2010. “The Survey are now available to address these questions. She,Correspondence of Fertility Intentions and Behavior in Miller and graduate student Robin Gauthier are currentlythe U.S.” Population and Development Review, 36:91-118. analyzing those data to establish whether memberships create ties, ties create memberships or both. They areAngie O’Rand also collecting new data in the 2010 General SocialAngie ORand will continue as Dean of Social Sciences Survey to examine how context affects the measurementuntil July 2014. She is still engaged in research and of ego networks. That should solve a major dispute thatworking with graduate students in stratification, life developed over their 2006 ASR paper.course and economic sociology. Her current research The third project is a study of affective meanings andfocuses on life course risks and their impact on health and reactions to social events in Arabic. A grant from theincome trajectories in aging populations. Office of Naval Research funded a pretest of theSelect Recent/Forthcoming Publications: questionnaire using Arabic speakers here in the Triangle area. Smith-Lovin worked with Jen’nan Read, MaryORand, A. M. 2011. "The Changing Life Course." Hovespian, Kim Rogers and Rob Freeland on this project.George Ritzer (ed.) The New Blackwell Companion to A new international phase of the project involves dataSociology. Wiley Blackwell Publishers, Oxford: 197-211. collection in Egypt, Kuwait and several other Arabic- speaking countries.Remle, R. Corey and ORand, A.M. Forthcoming."Intergenerational solidarity in blended families: The Select Recent/Forthcoming Publications:inequality of financial transfers to adult children andstepchildren." Chapter in M. Silverstein (ed.) From Owens, Timothy, Dawn Robinson and Lynn Smith-Generation to Generation: Continuity and Change in Aging Lovin. 2010. “The Many Faces of Identity.” Annual ReviewFamilies. Festschrift in Honor of Vern L. Bengtson. Johns of Sociology, 36:477-499.Hopkins University Press (forthcoming) Smith-Lovin, Lynn and Piotr Winkleman, 2010. "TheORand, A. M. and Hamil-Luker, Jenifer. "Late Social Psychologies of Emotion: A Bridge That Is Not Tooemployment careers, transitions to retirement, and Far", Social Psychology Quarterly, 73:327-332.retirement income in the U.S." Chapter 11 in Hans-Peter Mark, Noah, Cecilia Ridgeway, and Lynn Smith-Lovin.Blossfeld, Sandra Buchholz, and Karin Kurz (eds.) Ageing 2009. “The Construction of Status Value.” AmericanPopulations, Globalization, and the Labor Market: Journal of Sociology, 115: 832-862.Comparing Late Working Life and Retirement in ModernSocieties. Edward Elgar (2011): 283-305. Jen’nan ReadLynn Smith-Lovin In her 4th year at Duke, Jen’nan Read’s research continues to focus on intersections between sociology,Three projects dominate Smith-Lovin’s research agenda. global health, religion and immigrants, particularlyFirst, she continues her work on identity, action and Muslims in the west. Three projects have dominated heremotion in an NSF-funded grant. In collaboration with agenda. The first was a collaborative project with thirdresearchers at the University of Georgia, Smith-Lovin and year graduate student David Eagle that extended Markgraduate students Kim Rogers and Steven Foy explore Chave’s (JSSR 2010) argument that much of the work inhow people respond emotionally and behaviorally to the sociology of religion is susceptible to the religiousinjustice. congruence fallacy—the tendency to assume consistencyIn a second project, Smith-Lovin is working with Miller between religious beliefs and one’s attitudes andMcPherson to study social networks and voluntary behaviors across situations when they are in fact highly ~12~
  13. 13. variable. They added an important piece to this argument schools). They are in the data analysis phase of the projectby identifying intersecting group identities as a mechanism and plan to produce two papers and a book.for motivating such incongruence. Specifically, Read andEagle show how race, gender, and religion interact to Select Recent/Forthcoming Publications:produce different levels of attitudinal and behavior Read, Jen’nan G. and Megan Reynolds. 2012. “Healthincongruencies on key issues of the day, namely Migrants or Just Healthy Men? Gender and Health amongconservative social values and voting behaviors. Their Middle Eastern Immigrants.” Forthcoming in the Journalfindings highlight the conditions that result in of Health & Social Behavior.incongruence at the intersections of identity categoriesand pinpoint where social scientists are most vulnerable Read, Jen’nan Ghazal and David Eagle. committing the congruence fallacy (JSSR 2011). “intersecting Identities as a Source of Religious Incongruence.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion,Her second project continued to build on a successful 50:116-132.collaboration with 4th year graduate student MeganReynolds. In a forthcoming article in the Journal of Health Ken Spenner& Social Behavior, they draw on theories of gender Ken Spenner continues his research with the Campus Lifeinequality and immigrant health to argue that utilization and Learning data, a prospective panel of the Dukeof the healthcare system (which is different from access to undergraduate classes of 2005 and 2006.the healthcare system) contributes to the gender andimmigrant gap in health. Specifically, immigrants are less Select Recent/Forthcoming Publication:likely than U.S.-born whites to interact with the healthcare system, and women are more likely to do so than Arcidiacono, Peter, Esteban Aucejo, Hanming Fang andmen. Thus, immigrant and gender health disparities may Kenneth Spenner, "Does Affirmative Action Lead topartly reflect knowledge of health status rather than actual Mismatch? A New Test and Evidence." Quantitativehealth. They conclude that apparent differences in illness Economics 2: 303-333.between men and women or immigrants and native-born Yi ZengAmericans may partly reflect differences in knowledge ofillness. Women likely engage with the health care system Yi Zeng had a productive year in 2011, with six articlessooner and more often than their male peers given published in peer-reviewed journals in English, onebiological differences in reproduction and social article published in peer-reviewed journal in Chinese, anddifferences as caregivers, and thus they may be more one book on “Methods and Applications of Demographicaware of their ailments than men. Immigrants likely Analysis (second edition)” in Chinese published by Pekingengage the health care system less frequently than the University Press.U.S.-born for a variety of reasons other than health Select Recent/Forthcoming Publications:selectivity, including pre-occupation with other aspects ofsettlement, lack of knowledge about the system, and/or Zeng, Yi, Zhenxin Zhang, Tao Xu, Zhongjie Fan, Xinhualack of resources to access the system. The policy Xiao, Xia Chen, Zishi Wang, Enling Ma, Danan Gu,implications is that we should get everyone, black/white, Fengyu Zhang, and Joseph M. Corless. 2011. “Associationmale/female, old/young, to the doctor much sooner of Birth Weight with Health and Long-term Survival upwhen ailments in a more preventative and much less to Middle and Old Ages in China.” Journal of Populationcostly stage than curative practices. Aging, 3:143–159.Read’s third, and ongoing, project is a comparative study Zeng,Yi. 2011. “Effects of Demographic and Retirement-of Muslim integration in the United States and England. Age Policies on Future Pension Deficits, with anWith a colleague from the University of Oxford (Serena Application to China.” Population and Development Review.Hussain), she is assessing the role of private Islamic 37(3): 553–569.schools in the assimilation process of Muslim youth. Theyconducted focus groups and interviews with students at Zeng, Yi, Claude Hughes, Megan Lewis, Jianxin Li,private schools and their parents, as well as college Fengyu Zhang. 2011. “Interactions between Life Stressstudents who had attended private Islamic school in their Factors and Carrying the APOE4 Allele Adversely Impactyouth (to assess their experiences after leaving the Self-Reported Health in Old Adults.” Journal of ~13~
  14. 14. Gerontology Series A: Biological and Medical Sciences, Kail is currently working on several projects using the66A:1062-1076. Health and Retirement Study to a) investigate the physical and mental health consequence of post-retirement POSTDOC NEWS employment, b) the impact of health insurance on the onset and trajectory of poor health in later life, and c) theDavid Diehl relationships between health, work, and retirement. Kail has recently presented his research at the annual meetingsDavid Diehl is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Social of the American Sociological Association, the Society forSciences Research Institute and affiliated with the Duke the Study of Social Problems and the PopulationNetwork Analysis Center. He graduated from Stanford Association of America.University in August 2011. One strand of his research islocated at the intersection of network analysis and Select Recent/Forthcoming Publications:symbolic interactionism and is concerned with the Kail, Ben Lennox, and Marc Dixon. 2011. "The Uneveninteractional strategies people use to initiate, maintain, Patterning of Welfare Benefits at the Twilight of AFDC:negotiate and dissolve their relationships. A second strand Assessing the Influence of Institutions, Race, and Citizenlooks at how organizational structures, practices and Preferences." The Sociological Quarterly.climates shape the nature and expression of relationalprocesses that happen within them. A final strand, and the Kail, Ben Lennox. Forthcoming. “Coverage or Costs: Thetopic of his dissertation, examines organizational reform Role of Health Insurance on Labor Market Reentryin terms of efforts to deliberatively change both the among Early Retirees.” The Journal of Gerontology: Socialstructure and meaning of relationships. Sciences.Select Recent/Forthcoming Publication: Kail, Ben Lennox. Invited Revise and Resubmit. “Leaving Retirement: Age-Graded Relative Risks of TransitioningMcFarland, Daniel A, David K Diehl and Craig Rawlings. Back to Work or Dying.” Population Research and Policy2011. “Methodological Transactionalism and the Review.Sociology of Education.” In ‘Frontiers in the Sociology ofEducation,’ edited by Maureen Hallinan. Springer Katherine KingPublishing: New York. Katherine King is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the ResearchDiehl, David K. and Daniel A. McFarland. 2010 “Toward Training Program (RTP) in the Center for the Study ofa Historical Sociology of Situations.” American Journal of Aging and Human Development. Her dissertationSociology, 115 (6): 1713-1752. examined biological, psychological, and social relationsBen Lennox Kail implications of the urban built environment. Her research interests include a) community physical and socialBen Lennox Kail is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the contexts in health-related psychosocial quality of life forDepartment of Sociology and the Duke Population older adults, b) exploring how and why personality andResearch Institute. His research interests include Aging emotions cluster in neighborhoods and regions, and c)and the Life Course, Political Economy, Welfare spatial quantitative methods and measurement.State/Social Policy, and Health. His current line of Katherine’s work in progress includes “Neighborhoodresearch examines the impact of public- and private- Stigma and Environmental Risk Perception: The Case ofbenefits on life course transitions and trajectories. His Air Quality,” “Socioeconomic, Policy, and Diffusionprimary focus is on how these benefits impact the Explanations of Fertility in China: A Spatial Approach,”domains of work, health, and mortality in later life, as “Life Phase and the Forms Volunteering Takes” (withwell as how these benefits work through one domain to Dawn Carr), and “Concentration of Poverty or Repulsioninfluence other domains. He is concerned with both the by Design? Associations of Housing, Urban Form, andproximal and distal consequences of benefits – Social Composition with Neighborly Social Relations,” asparticularly in terms of private benefits – and additionally well as several methodological manuscripts dealing withwith how the influence of these benefits changes over health-relevant neighborhood context. She is currentlytime. team-teaching Social Problems with Lydia Manning. ~14~
  15. 15. Select Recent/Forthcoming Publications: Age-specific survival as a threshold trait” Proceedings of the Royal Society, B 278:144-151.King, K.E. Under Review. Aggravating Conditions:Cynical Hostility and Neighborhood Ambient Stressors. Sabrina PendergrassKing, K.E., Morenoff, J.D., & House, J.S. 2011. Sabrina Pendergrass is a Provosts Postdoctoral Fellow atCumulative Biological Risk Factors: Neighborhood Duke. She completed her Ph.D. in May 2010 at HarvardSocioeconomic Characteristics and Race/Ethnic University. Her research interests are race, inequality,Disparities Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral internal migration, and culture. Her work has receivedMedicine, 73, 572-579. awards from the Association of Black Sociologists and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Sabrina isKing, K.E. Under Review. Comparison of Systematic working on a book manuscript that examines a majorSocial Observation and Aerial Photography Data on Land trend over the past few decades, the reversal of theUse in Chicago African American Great Migration. Drawing on more than 120 in-depth interviews in an emerging black magnetJacob Moorad city, Charlotte, North Carolina, the book offers the firstJacob Moorad is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Duke extensive field study of non-southern-born blacks who arePopulation Research Institute. He researches the moving to the urban South and it reveals divergentevolution of aging in human and animal populations. This pathways of reverse migration, especially betweeninvolves the investigation of the demographic, ecological, middle- and working-class blacks. In August 2012,physiological, social, and genetic processes that relate Sabrina will join the faculty at the University of Virginiafitness to vital rates, vital rates to phenotypes, and as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociologyphenotypes to genes. His current work focuses on how and the Carter G. Woodson Institute of African Americansocial interactions contribute to evolutionary change by and African Studies.modulating natural selection and the genetic expression of RECENT JOB PLACEMENTS!traits. Lane DestroRecent and ongoing projects include: 1) descriptive Assistant Professorstudies of how natural selection for longevity has changed Department of Sociologywith the demographic transition and with changes in Ronoake Collegemarital practices using longitudinal human data from ahistorical population (the Utah Population Database); 2) Elizabeth Hordge-Freemantheoretical investigations into how social interactions can Assistant Professor Department of Sociology &encourage the evolution of elevated juvenile mortality; Institute for the Study of Latin American and the Caribbeanand 3) comparative studies of how sex has evolved to University of South Floridadetermine longevity and aging using zoological records of200 captive animal species. Ben Kail Assistant ProfessorSelected Publications: Department of Sociology Georgia State UniversityMoorad J.A. and D.E.L Promislow. Forthcoming.“Evolution of Aging and Menopause” Invited book chapter Sarah Mayorgafor Princeton Guide to Evolution. (J Losos, ed). Princeton: Assistant ProfessorPrinceton University Press. Department of Sociology University of CincinnatiMoorad JA, D.E.L. Promislow, K.R. Smith, and M.J.Wade. 2011. “Mating system change reduces the strength Sabrina Pendergrassof sexual selection in an American frontier population of Assistant Professorthe 19th century.” Evolution & Human Behavior, 32:147- Department of Sociology &155.Moorad J.A. and D.E.L Promislow. 2011. Carter G. Woodson Institute of African-American Studies University of Virginia“Evolutionary demography and quantitative genetics: ~15~
  16. 16. CONGRATULATIONS RECENT PH.D. RECIPIENTS! Steven Frenk (March 2011) Dissertation: “The Role of Religious Congregations in the Mental Health Care System” Current Position: Research Associate at UNCs Carolina Population Center with a joint appointment at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Chapel Hill, NC Jillian Powers (March 2011) Dissertation: “Going Away to Find a Home: A Comparative Study of Heritage/Homeland Tourism” Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in American Culture Studies Washington University, St. Louis, MO Whitney Welsh (March 2011) Dissertation: “Unthinkable: Mathematics and the Rise of the West” Current Position: Research Scientist SSRI Duke University Mari Jean Armstrong-Hough (April 2011) Dissertation: “Imperial Splenda: Globalization, Culture, and Type 2 Diabetes in the U.S. and Japan” Current Position: Assistant Professor, Institute of Social Sciences Meiji University Tokyo, Japan Rebekah Burroway (April 2011) Dissertation: “Structural Violence and Child Health:A Multi-Level Analysis of Development, Gender Inequality, and Democracy in Developing Countries” Current Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology SUNY Stony Brook on Long Island, NY Allison Wisecup (April 2011) Dissertation: “Do We Have Consensus? Examining the Sources of Systematic Variation in Cultural Identity Meanings” Current Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology Radford University, Radford, VA Hui Zheng (April 2011) Dissertation: “Medicalization as A Rising Rational Myth: Population Health Implication, Reproduction, and Public Response” Current Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio Joonkoo Lee (June 2011) Dissertation: "Animating Globalization and Development: The South Korean Animation Industry in Historical-Comparative Perspective" Dietrich Awarded (July 2011) Dissertation “Rebellious Conservatives: Social Movements in Defense of Privilege” Current Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology Texas State University, San Marcos, TX Michelle Christian (December 2011) Dissertation: “"Its so Pura Vida": The Tourism Global Value Chain and Ethnoracial Stratification in Costa Rica”. ~16~
  17. 17. After graduating, he worked at the twentieth century Marxist and M.A. RECIPIENTS McKinsey & Co. as a Research liberation theology movements in (December 2011 & May 2012) Analyst, and later for Distressed Latin America. She presented her Children & Infants International senior thesis: “The Culture War’s Regina Baker doing public health research in Littlest Crusaders: Competing Sancha Doxilly Bangladesh. Most recently, he Discourses in Scouting David Eagle worked as a research assistant at the Organizations,” at the 2011 Institute of National Security Southern Sociological Society S. Joshua Mendelsohn Studies in Tel-Aviv, Israel focusing annual meeting. Currently, Mary Feng Tian on the impact of bureaucracy on the Beth’s research interests include the Chinese military. construction of perceptions and worldviews, particularly with Collin Muller regards to their influence on Collin graduated from Rice altruistic behaviors. NEW GRADUATE University in 2009 with Honors in STUDENTS Religious Studies before enrolling in a Master’s program at DukeIn Fall 2011, we welcomed six Divinity School as a Duke Scholar.students in the incoming cohort. His research interests include theThese students have diverse intersection of racial inequality,experiences and research interests. religious and non-profitWe are happy to have them join us! organizations, and health. He isRaphaël Charron-Chénier currently assisting Linda George toRaphaël received his B.A. (2009) design and implement a mixed- Joshua Finkand M.A. (2011) in sociology from methods study of neighborhood Joshua graduated with a B.A. inMcGill University in Montreal. His primary care clinics that serve low- Sociology from Pepperdine in MayM.A. thesis examined the impact of income populations. He worked 2011. He thought he had aasset-specifity in a countrys export with Mark Chaves, Shawna reasonably narrow research agendasector on a variety of social Anderson, and Cyrus Schleifer during the graduate schoolinstitutions. A native French- earlier this fall in pre-testing the application process, but his researchspeaker from Quebec, Canada, survey for the third wave of the interests have actually broadened asRaphaël joined Duke in 2011 as an National Congregations Study. a result of greater exposure tointernational PhD student in the Collin is married to Jenna, a third various literature during his firstsociology department. His research year Ph.D. student in Dukes semester at Duke. Now, he wantsinterests include the sociology of Department of Biomedical to study various aspects ofmarkets, credit and transactions. Engineering. They both enjoy stratification, hopefully in relationHe is currently working with Lisa cooking, living in Keohane Quad to education and/or criminology.Keister on the impact of car-debt in (where Collin serves as a Graduatethe United States. Resident), and exploring Durham Laura Weimer by bike. Laura received her BS inJonathan Coleman Chemistry/ Life Sciences from theJonathan graduated from Brandeis Mary Beth Fallin United States Military AcademyUniversity with degrees in Politics Mary Beth received her B.A. in (USMA) at West Point in 2003,and Sociology. While at Brandeis, Sociology with a minor in Spanish and has served as a Military Policehe worked as a research assistant in from Western Carolina University officer in the Active Duty Army forBrandeis’ Heller School for Social in 2010, graduating with honors. the last 8 ½ years. Through herPolicy and Management. He also Her undergraduate research leadership and staff positions,worked for the William J. Clinton focused on political and religious specifically those during twoFoundation during his senior year. discourse in youth scouting deployments to Iraq, Laura organizations, as well as mid- ~17~
  18. 18. developed her interest in cultural 2012-13 Sulzberger/Levitan Social Wendy BrynildsenSociology, and how understanding Policy Fellowship sponsored by the Wendy is currently working on aother cultures and societal Center for Children and Family number of projects that examineinfluences can improve her insight Policy and a Duke Graduate School the importance of socialinto nation building and training Summer Research Fellowship. relationships throughout the lifepolice forces. She will study toward course, from adolescence througha masters in Sociology in order to Paige Borelli older adulthood. Her dissertationteach undergraduate Leadership and Paige is currently working on her work looks at how social networksSociology at USMA in the fall of second year paper, which examines of close confidants differentially2013. Her research interests the effects of bounded solidarity affect the mental and physicalinclude the role social capital in the and enforceable trust on immigrant health of American men andmilitary and its transition to the economic outcomes. She intends to women, and the possiblecivilian work sector, as well as present her results at the Southern mechanisms responsible for thesecultural sociology in an Sociological Society conference in relationships. As a recipient of theinternational context. the spring. Paige is also Phillip Jackson Baugh fellowship for collaborating with Lisa Keister on research on aging, she will continue papers exploring the market to focus on her dissertation, as well GRADUATE transition in China and Chinese as other related projects. STUDENT NEWS immigrant wealth. In addition, Paige is co-authoring a book on Rose Buckelew China’s economic development Rose is currently collecting data for with Bai Gao and her cohort-mate, her dissertation, "Betting on Black Xiaohan Xu. Last summer Paige and White: Race, Gender, and the improved her Mandarin speaking Medicalization of Problem abilities by attending intensive Gambling." She recently finished language courses in Beijing, funded conducting ethnographic research through the Foreign Language and on lottery gamblers and is currently Areas Studies Fellows conducting interviews withRegina S. Baker problem gambling counselors.Regina is currently in her third Amie Bostic Over the summer, Rose wasyear. For her dissertation research, Amie is in her second year and awarded the NSF Dissertationshe wants to examine why child interested in the interactions Improvement Grant. Morepoverty in the South has remained between stratification and recently, she was awarded Dukesso high and persistent compared to institutions. Primarily her research Summer Research Fellowship.the rest of the U.S., as well as how interests center around issues ofregion of residence influences life gender inequality, income Trenita Brookeshire Childersoutcomes. In addition she worked inequality, immigration, the Trenita is a second year studentwith David Brady and Ryan welfare state and power with interests in medical sociologyFinnegan on a paper examining the resources. Currently, Amie is and race. Specifically, she iseffects of unionization on working working on her second year paper interested in the socialpoverty. Regina’s second year which evaluates cross-national determinants of health disparities.paper, which focuses on how the variation in immigrant poverty, This past summer, Trenita workedeffects of marriage and work on utilizing a multilevel modeling with Debby Gold as a researchchild poverty in the U.S. have strategy. She will be presenting this assistant on a project entitledchanged over time, recently won paper at the SSS Annual Meeting. “Racial and Ethnic Differences inthe Southern Sociological Society She also will be presenting a paper Osteoporosis Medication Decision-Odum Award for Outstanding titled, “New Social Risk: The Effect Making”. This year, she is workingGraduate Student Paper. She will of Political Factors on Children of closely with Linda George on herpresent this paper at the annual SSS Single Mothers in Poverty” at the second-year paper which examinesmeeting. Regina also received the ASA annual meeting. ~18~