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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.

Graduate Student Nick Adams’s research cited in article on the most interesting recent scientific news in article by SAGE's Global Publishing Director, Ziyad Marar.  Read the article here:
Read the Pacific Standard's profile of Sociology graduate student, Dani Carillo, in their "30 Top Thinkers Under 30," here:
Postdoctoral fellow, Stacy Torres, published an article in the San Francisco Chronicle on mental health and homelessness. Read the article here:
Daniel Laurison (Berkeley PhD, 2013) will be Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Swarthmore starting Fall 2016. Laurison is currently a postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Sociology Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science.
PhD Candiate Fidan Elcioglu will be Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at University of Toronto Scarborough beginning Fall 2016. 
  February 17, 5:00-7:30pm in 402 Barrows Hall BERKELEY SOCIOLOGY FORUM Wednesday, February 17, 5-7.30p.m., 402 Barrows Hall UNDOING THE DEMOS: NEOLIBERALISM’S STEALTH REVOLUTION  
PhD Candidate Alex Barnard published his paper, Making the City “Second Nature”: Freegan “Dumpster Divers” and the Materiality of Morality, in the January 2016 issue of the American Journal of Sociology. 
Trevor Gardner (Berkeley PhD, 2014) will be Assistant Professor in the Law School at University of Washington starting Fall 2016. Gardner is currently Faculty Fellow at NYU Law School.  
Julia Chuang (Berkeley PhD, 2014) will begin a position as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston College in Fall 2016. Chuang is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. 
PhD Candidate Gowri Vijayakumar has just accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University starting Fall 2016. 
PhD Candidate Alex Barnard has published a new book titled, "Freegans: Diving into the Wealth of Food Waste in America." (University of Minnesota Press, 2016).
Graduate Student Ugur Yildirim was recently awarded two grants to support his study of "The Double-Headed Rise of the Islamic Movement in Secular Turkey."  - Andrew Mellon Foundation Research Grant, Center for Middle Eastern Studies - Pre-Dissertation Research Grant, Institute of International Studies Congratulations Ugur! 
PhD Candidate Christopher Herring has recently published three pieces based on his research on mass homeless encampments: The Roots and Implications of the USA's Homeless Tent Cities | (2015) City, Vol. 19, No. 5, 689-701 (co-authored with Manuel Lutz):
PhD student Ana Villarreal will join the Sociology Department at Boston University as an assistant professor in Fall 2016. Congratulations Ana!
The print edition of the 59th volume of the Berkeley Journal of Sociology was published on November 16, 2015. You can learn more about it here: Articles will be rolled out in electronic form on the website in the coming months. 
Ph Candidate Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana has published a paper in The International Journal of Qualitative Methods: Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana and Ariel H. Bierbaum.  2015.  “Qualitative Spaces: Integrating Spatial Data for a Mixed Methods Approach.”  The International Journal of Qualitative Methods. Abstract:
Riley has published with his co-authors (Rebecca Jean Emigh and Patricia Ahmed) a two volume comparative and historical analysis of census taking covering over a thousand years of history and focusing on three cases: Britain/United Kingdom, the United States, Italy.
Congratulations to PhD students Helena Lyson and Pablo Gaston for their recent Dissertation Improvement Grants from the National Science Foundation. Helena Lyson: Federal Policy, Local Dynamics, and National School Lunch Programs Pablo Gaston: Healthcare Markets and Labor Structure
Sociology Undergraduate Anthony Williams has a short piece in the November 2015 issue of Sex and Gender News (p. 10), the newsletter  for the Sex & Gender Section of the American Sociological Association.  Williams reflects on his experience doing public sociology on Twitter and on starting the Twitter hashtag #masculinitysofragile.
  BERKELEY SOCIOLOGY FORUM Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 5-7.30p.m., 402 Barrows Hall Seeing Like a Rover: How Robots, teams, and Images Craft knowledge of Mars Janet Vertesiis Assistant Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. She will present her new book, Seeing like a Rover, with responses from John Lie, Roi Livne and Massimo Mazzotti.