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The Department of Sociology Commencement will be on Friday, May 19, 2023. 


More information about commencement can be found here. 

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The Department of Sociology at University of California at Berkeley is generating an applicant pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach a range of
courses in the department should openings arise.

The position’s duties include: undergraduate and graduate teaching. In addition to teaching responsibilities, general duties may include holding office hours, assigning grades, advising students, preparing course materials (e.g. syllabus), writing exams, and managing GSIs.

Dr. Laleh Behbehanian was one of this year's recipients of the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award! 
Sociology major and Sotira founder Amrita Bhasin discusses representation in the tech and startup world in an article for The Berkeleyan.
Congratulations to Monica Gao and Sanjana Manjeshwar for being selected to receive the Charles H. Percy Undergraduate Grant for Public Affairs Research! Each year, the Institute of Governmental Studies awards four Charles H. Percy grants to UC Berkeley undergraduate students who are conducting research on an aspect of American politics, including public opinion, electoral behavior, civic participation, government institutions, social movements, and public policy.
Congratulations to Isaac Dalke for being selected to receive a Mike Synar Graduate Research Fellowship! The Synar Fellowship is awarded to distinguished UC Berkeley graduate students who are writing their dissertations on an aspect of American politics, which may include comparative research across nations with the United States as a major case.  
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The Department of Sociology Commencement will be on Friday, May 19, 2023.    More information about commencement can be found here. 
On January 20, 2023 Danny Thongsy's stor was published by Berkeley News. The message is about his journey through the school to prison and deportation pipeline.   Student Danny Thongsy: We can look within ourselves to find strength and persevere:
Michaela Simmons, Berkeley PhD 2021, has accepted an Assistant Professor position at the University of Wisconsin. Congratulations Michaela! 
Santiago Molina, Berkeley PhD 2021, and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology and the Science in Human Culture Program at Northwestern University has accepted an Assistant Professor position at Northwestern University. Congratulations Santiago!
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NPR's Marketplace Morning Report: Inside California’s new law allowing more people to seal old criminal records "An old criminal record can derail a person’s economic prospects for years. People who have served prison time often have a hard time finding jobs and qualifying for loans, while also facing higher rates of poverty.
Sarah Payne's paper, Equalization or Reproduction? “Some College” and the Social Function of Higher Education was recently published in the Sociology of Education journal.
On November 27, Professor Cristina Mora was quoted in The Washington Post article, UC-Berkeley can’t use race in admissions. Is it a model for the country?  Congratulations Prof. Mora!
On November 16, Professor Michael Burawoy was quoted in The Daily Califorian article, "Campus faculty strike in solidarity with academic workers".  Congratulations Prof. Burawoy!
Professor Arlie Hochschild was recently inducted into the California Hall of Fame! More information about Prof. Hochschild's induction can be found on the Letters & Sciences' News and Events page.  Congratulations Professor Hochschild!
Professor Mora's work is profiled in New York Times Op-Ed. See link to read the entire piece.  Congratulations Professor Mora!   
Professor Jennifer Carlson is a recipient of this year's MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship Award.    "Jennifer Carlson is a sociologist reconfiguring our understanding of gun culture in the United States. Through ethnographic research with gun owners, educators, and sellers; law enforcement; and state licensing bodies, Carlson investigates the motivations and assumptions that drive gun culture." _______________
"The Rise of Mass Incarceration: An Interview with Chris Muller and Alex Roehrkasse" is live on the UC Berkeley Social Science Matrix website. _______________________ On this episode of the Matrix Podcast, Julia Sizek spoke with two UC Berkeley scholars whose work focuses on explaining how mass incarceration has changed over the last 30 years.
"Institutionalizing Child Welfare: An Interview with Matty Lichtenstein" is live on the UC Berkeley Social Science Matrix Podcast. _________________________________
PhD Candidate, Maria-Fátima Santos's article "Modernizing Leviathan: Carceral Reform and the Struggle For Legitimacy in Brazil's Espírito Santo State" has been published in the American Sociological Review. Congrats Maria-Fátima!  ___________