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

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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.

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The Department of Sociology Commencement will be on Friday, May 19, 2023. 
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!  ___________
PhD Student, Meghna Mukherjee, to speak on topic "Shaping future generations? The ethics, markets, and movements of gene editing and assisted reproduction" at Haviland Hall Commons on October 26, 2022 from 3:30pm-5:00pm. _____________________ Gene editing technology like CRISPR may have potential to treat diseases, but does shaping future generations go too far?
Four Berkeley (2 former) students publish paper, "Prison, College, and the Labor Market: A Critical Analysis by Formerly Incarcerated and Justice-Impacted Students" in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences journal. 
Under the guidance of Professor Christopher Muller and recent PhD graduate, David Showalter, our Sociology undergrads wrote a policy brief on Creating Career Opportunities for Formerly Incarcerated Firefighters.  The full policy is now live on the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment's website.
PhD student, Aja Antoine Jones, received the Ford Predoctoral Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations Aja!