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Colloquia Series

Sociology Colloquium Series
All in room 6112, 3-6pm

Fall 2014 Colloquia

Sept. 12
Jasbir Puar
The Right to Maim: Disablement, Palestine, and Disaster Capitalism
Rutgers University, Department of Women’s  and Gender Studies

Oct. 24
Vivek Chibber
Rescuing Class from the Cultural Turn
New York University, Department of Sociology

Nov. 21
Elizabeth Shermer
The Business of Higher Education?
Russell Sage Foundation Scholar. Loyola University Chicago, Department of History

Dec. 12
John Iceland
Did We Win the War on Poverty? No, but...
Pennsylvania State University, Department of Sociology and Criminology

Spring 2015 Colloquia
Feb. 20
Caitlin Zaloom
New York University, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis

March 20
John McCarthy
Explaining the Likelihood of Disorderly Public Gatherings in Campus Communities. 1997-2007
Pennsylvania State University, Department of Sociology and Criminology

April 17
Eviatar Zerubavel
Hidden in Plain Sight: The Social Structure of Irrelevance
Rutgers University, Department of Sociology

May 8
Jeffrey Alexander
Societalization and Social Crisis: Church Pedophilia, Financial Upheaval, British Phone Hacking
Yale University, Department of Sociology


Spring 2014 Colloquia

Feb. 14: “A Moral History of the Household Budget”
Caitlin Zaloom, NYU/RSF
Caitlin Zaloom is Associate Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis at New York University.  During 2013-2014, she is a fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation.  Her research examines emerging forms of knowledge and practice related to financial risk.  Her book Out of the Pits: Traders and Technology from Chicago to London (University of Chicago,  2006) showed how traders, managers, and technology designers enact formal ideals of economic reason in trading screens and dealing rooms.  In another ethnographic project, she analyzed the rise of neuroeconomics, a new field that links decision-making to the neural substrate and challenges liberal understandings of autonomy and choice.  Zaloom is currently working on a book about the industry and practices of household finance centering on education, housing, and retirement.

March 14: Bowen Paulle, University of Amsterdam – “Toxic Schools: High-Poverty Education in New York and Amsterdam”

Bowen Paulle is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. After working on efforts to desegregate schools in various parts of the Netherlands, Paulle is presently working on a grass-roots effort to bring enriching experiences – after school, during vacations, and on weekends -- to roughly 1000 primary school students in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Rotterdam. His most recent articles are “Elias and Bourdieu” (with Bart van Heerikhuizen and Mustafa Emirbayer, Journal of Classical Sociology), “The Integration Matrix Reloaded: From Ethnic Fixations to Established Versus Outsiders Dynamics in the Netherlands” (with Barak Kalir, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies) and “Coming Hard: The primacy of embodied stress responses in high poverty schools” (forthcoming in The European Journal of Sociology).
April 4: Randall Collins, Penn -- “Violent Attention Space: A Theory of the Situational Dynamics of Violence”

Randall Collins is Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology at University of Pennsylvania, and former President of the American Sociological Association.  Among his publications are Violence: a Micro-Sociological Theory (Princeton Univ. Press, 2008); Interaction Ritual Chains (Princeton Univ. Press, 2004); and The Sociology of Philosophies: a Global Theory of Intellectual Change (Harvard Univ. Press, 1998); and, most recently, Does Capitalism Have a Future?  (with Immanuel Wallerstein et al., Oxford Univ. Press, 2013).  Collins’ current research is on the sociology of violence, on high-tech warfare, and on the micro-sociology of charisma.

May 9: Mike Hout, NYU -- The Social Recession: Americans' Personal And Collective Responses To The Great Recession, 2006-2012

The General Social Survey panels of 2006-2012 tracked Americans’ reactions to the Great Recession (officially lasting from December 2007 to March 2009) as well as to events in their personal lives. Record proportions of Americans described themselves as "lower class" in 2010. They also characterized their job prospects and children's futures in dismal terms. By 2012 they were still feeling low about the country's economic prospects but somewhat optimistic about their own job prospects and their children's futures. The GSS panel data allow us to separate the collective response from the impact of personal events. We find evidence of both. A collective negative trend added to the substantial impact of personal events like job loss and falling income.

Fall 2013 Colloquia
September 20, 2013- Paula England, NYU

The Long-term Trend in Premarital First Births: Is it About Sex or the Economy?
Paula England is Professor of Sociology at New York University.  In August, 2013 she became President-Elect of the American Sociological Association (ASA).  Her research concerns families, gender, labor markets, and inequality. She won the 1999 ASA award for career contributions to research on gender, and the 2010 distinguished career award for research on families from the ASA Section on the Sociology of the Family.  

October 18, 2013 - Neil Gross, UBC

November 15 - Carla Shedd, Columbia -  Tracking the Carceral Continuum:  The Case of Urban Youth
Carla Shedd is Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Columbia University.   She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University.  Her research and teaching interests focus on crime and criminal justice, race and ethnicity, law and society, social inequality, and urban sociology.  Shedd has published her work in the American Sociological Review and Sociological Methods & Research, and she has also received fellowships from the Russell Sage Foundation and the Ford Foundation.  She is currently finishing her first book, Arresting Development: Race, Place, and the End of Adolescence, which examines the two institutions that prominently shape the lives of Chicago youth: the public school system and the criminal justice system. It also highlights the racially stratified social and physical terrain youth traverse between home and school.  Shedd’s exploration of the “carceral continuum” is extended in her new book project, which analyzes the myriad legal and extra-legal attributes that impact juvenile justice processing and dispositions in New York City.

December 6: Andreas Wimmer, Princeton – “Waves of War: Nationalism, State Formation, and Ethnic Exclusion in the Modern World”
Short Bio: Andreas Wimmer is Hughes-Rogers Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Associate in Politics at Princeton University.  His research aims to understand the dynamics of nation-state formation, ethnic boundary-making, and political conflict from a comparative perspective.  His articles have recently appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, World Politics, Social Networks, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Sociological Theory, and the Annual Review of Sociology.  Some of these articles have won awards from the Comparative-Historical, Political, Cultural, Mathematical, Theory, and Rationality and Society sections of the American Sociological Association, the International Network of Analytical Sociologists, the Modeling and Simulation Section of the German Sociological Association, and the Thyssen Foundation.  His recent work has resulted in two new books: Waves of War: Nationalism, State Formation, and Ethnic Exclusion in the Modern World (Cambridge UP, 2013) and Ethnic Boundary Making: Institutions, Networks, Power (Oxford UP 2013).