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THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF LAW AND SOCIETY has named Sociology graduate students, Christopher Herring and Caleb Scoville, 2017-18 Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies (BELS) Graduate Fellows for Christopher's "Pervasive Penality: The Criminalization of Homelessness in San Francisco" and Caleb's "Resuscitating Nature: Science, Law, and the Morality of Endangered Species Conservation in California".
Vol. 7 of Eleven, the Undergraduate Journal of Sociology is now out. It features four critical articles by students of Michael Burawoy's Fall 2016 course, "Our University," which he co-taught with graduate student Kara Young. John Towey applies a Marxist class analysis to executive compensation. The other three authors: Thea Matthews, Natalie Ruiz, and Aaron Palmer draw from Weberian theory in their examination of campus sexual violence, student parents' experiences navigating the financial aid system, and Campus Shared Services.
Claude Fischer, a professor emeritus of sociology. He is best known for his work on urban and community studies, inequality, social networks and personal relationships and social change in American history. His books include America Calling: A Social History of the Telephone to 1940 (1992), Made in America: A Social History of American Culture and Character (2010) and Still Connected: Family and Friends in America since 1970 (2011).
Professor Trond Petersen was named a recipient of the Berkeley Faculty Service Award for 2017.
Congratulations to PhD students Luis Tenorio and Jeffrey Gordon, who were awarded 2017 Graduate Research Fellowships by the National Science Foundation. "The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions."
Assistant Professor of Sociology Daniel Schneider has received a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation to study  “Income Inequality and Class Divides in Parental Investments.”  
PhD candidate Zachary Levenson has published three papers on his research on social movements for housing in Cape Town, South Africa:
PhD Candidate Andrei Boutyline published his paper "Belief Network Analysis: A Relational Approach to Understanding the Structure of Attitudes" in the American Journal of Sociology. 
PhD student Josh Seim has published his research on poverty governance in the American Sociological Review. "The Ambulance: Toward a Labor Theory of Poverty Governance"
Professor Samuel Lucas edited a new issue of The American Behavioral Scientist on "Effectively Maintained Inequality in Education." 
Professor Irene Bloemraad published an op-ed in The Globe and Mail, "Canada should welcome America's 'dreamers'"
Volume 60 features a special forum on W.E.B. Du Bois and a range of essays, photo essays, and commentaries on the gender dynamics of holi, liberalism and the American left, Latin American recycling workers, reconciliation in post-conflict Guatemala, gentrification and "rebranding" in Detroit, and reviews of Mathew Desmond's Evicted and Aldon Morris' The Scholar Denied – featuring pieces by our very own Martin Eiermann, Thomas Krendl Gilbert, and Manuel Rosaldo.   
Ann Swidler was awarded a Distinguished Teaching Award from the Division of Social Sciences in the College of Letters and Sciences for the 2015-16 academic year. Each year the Division recognizes faculty who are outstanding for their excellence in graduate and undergraduate classroom teaching.
PhD Candidate Kara Young recently accepted a position in the Department of Sociology at The Ohio State University. She will be Assistant Professor of Sociology starting Fall 2017. 
PhD Candidate Orestes (Pat) Hastings recently accepted a position in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University. He will begin as Assistant Professor of Sociology in August 2017. 
PhD Candidate Jonathan M. Smucker has published a new book, Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals. For more information, see the following websites: AK Press  
PhD Candidate Orestes Pat Hastings recently published a paper on the reliability of survey questions in the General Social Survey: Michael Hout and Orestes P. Hastings. 2016. "Reliability of the Core Items in the General Social Survey: Estimates from the Three-Wave Panels, 2006–2014." Sociological Science. November 14, 2016. DOI 10.15195/v3.a43 Abstract:
PhD Candidate Jason Ferguson was awarded a 2016 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. Ferguson also recently received the John L. Simpson Memorial Research Fellowship in International and Comparative Studies from UC Berkeley's Institute of International Studies. 
We are sad to announce the death of Bob Blauner, professor in the department from 1964 to 1993. You can find 20 tributes to this inspirational figure at
Eaton, Charlie, Jacob Habinek, Adam Goldstein, Cyrus Dioun, Robert Osley-Thomas, and Daniela García Santibáñez Godoy. 2016. “The Financialization of U.S. Higher Education." Socio-Economic Review