News & Events

Christopher Muller has been awarded the 2015 Dissertation Award by the American Sociological Association for his dissertation, "Historical Origins of Racial Inequality in Incarceration in the United States."  Dr. Muller will join the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley in 2016 as an Assistant Professor, after completing a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Post-doctoral Fellowship at Columbia.  Congratulations Chris!  
Since 1955, graduate students of the Berkeley Sociology Department have annually published the Berkeley Journal of Sociology to "[challenge] social science to confront the crises of the world with intellectual creativity, theoretical competence, and historical awareness.” At a time when few professional journals accepted work from graduate students and junior faculty, the BJS served as an important venue for rising generations of scholars. Some of the the foremost sociologists of the 20th century have appeared in the journal, among them C.
Our friend Brian Lande graduated from the sociology department in 2010.  Those who were in the department around then will remember him well. Unfortunately, Brian and his family are in crisis.  His wife Melissa has been in a coma for the last 10 weeks while also pregnant with their first child. Their son, West Nathaniel, was delivered on Thursday May 22. While Brian and the rest of Melissa's loved ones remain hopeful that her condition will improve, Brian faces a future of both caring for his wife and raising a son alone.
Congratulations to the following Berkeley Sociology Graduate Students who have won NSF's 2014 Graduate Research Fellowship Program multi-year fellowships: Véronique Irwin - 1st year, project entitled, "School Organizational Culture and the Academic Achievement Identities of Minority Students" Liz McKenna - 1st year, project entitled, "Movement or Moment? A Class Analysis of Brazil’s Current Protest Cycle"
Announcing a new and exciting opportunity for undergraduates -- Berkeley Connect!  
We are saddened to announce the passing of Professor Robert Bellah.                      
Mara Loveman joins Berkeley Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is a comparative-historical and political sociologist with broad interests in ethnoracial politics, nationalism, and the state. She is also a Latin Americanist who studies inequality and the politics of development in the region. Her research has appeared in leading journals, including American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Comparative Studies in Society and History, and Social Science Research, among others.
Irene Bloemraad received the 2013 American Cultures Innovation in Teach Award.
Trond Petersen was awarded knighthood by the King of Norway with the official title of Knight, First Class, of The Royal Norwegian Order of Merit (Ridder av forste klasse, Den Kongelige Norske Fortjensteorden). Amongst other projects, Professor Petersen has been instrumental in the founding of the Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study.
Ann Swidler named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the prestigious 233-year-old national honorary society of leaders from academia, business, public affairs and the humanities. Once inducted, members contribute to the academy by participating in research and publishing studies in fields such as science and technology, energy and global security and social policy.
Raka Ray is a 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award for having demonstrated an outstanding commitment to helping graduate students succeed academically and professionally, and creatively pursue new ideas.