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Sociology Graduate Student Andrei Boutyline has been awarded the ASA Mathematical Sociology Section's 2015 Graduate Student Paper Award for  “Detecting Shared Cultural Schemas with Correlational Class Analysis: Theory and Methodology.”  Congratulations Andrei!
Professor Kristin Luker was awarded the ASA Sociology of Sexualities Section's 2015 Simon-Gagon Lifetime Achievement Award.
Cristina Mora, Assistant Professor of Sociology, was awarded the ASA Section on Latina/Latino Sociology's 2015 Distinguished Contribution to Research Article Award for "Cross-Field Effects and Ethnic Classification: The Institutionalization of Hispanic Panethnicity, 1965-1990."  American Sociological Review 79(2): 183-210.
Sociology Department Chair Mara Loveman was awarded the ASA Section on Global and Transnational Sociology's 2015 Best Scholarly Book Award for National Colors: Racial Classiciation and the State in Latin America (Oxford, 2014).  Professor Loveman also received the Sociology of Racial and Ethnic Minorities Section’s 2015 Oliver Cromwell Cox Book Award and the Section on Political Sociology Section's 2015 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award for her volume.
The Family Section of the American Sociological Association awarded its Best Publication Award to Professor Trond Peterson for his paper, “From Motherhood Penalties to Husband Premia: The New Challenge for Gender Equality and Family Policy, Lessons from Norway” (American Journal of Sociology, 2014) at this year's Annual Meeting in Chicago.  
The Family Section of the American Sociological Association awarded its Distinguished Career Award to Arlie Hochschild, Emeritus Professor, at this year's Annual Meeting in Chicago.  
Dr. Brian Powers was selected as a recepient of the 2015 American Cultures Innovatin in Teaching Award for his courses "Principles of Sociology," "The Sociology of Education," and "Senior Seminar in the Theory and Practice of Inclusive Schooling: Racial Diversity, English-Language Learners, and Students with Disability."   This award is given to faculty whose teaching significantly enhances students' learning in the AC classroom.
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.