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Sociology News

  • 2020

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      June 10, 2020

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      May 06, 2020

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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      Summer Courses

      May 05, 2020

      Explore the media’s influence on society, the role of the United Nations and the causes and consequences of aging in these new and noteworthy summer courses. While course meeting times are listed for scheduling purposes, courses may consist of a mix of synchronous and asynchronous engagements

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      April 03, 2020

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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      Living with Autoimmune Illnesses

      March 31, 2020

      Kelly Joyce, PhD, a professor in the Department of Sociology and the Center for Science, Technology and Society (STS), and Mel Jeske, an alum of Drexel’s MS in STS program, published a series of articles that explore how people living in the United States make sense of and manage autoimmune illnesses.

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    • Amanda McMillan Lequieu, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology

      Meet Sociology Prof Amanda McMillan Lequieu

      March 31, 2020

      Amanda McMillan Lequieu, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and an environmental sociologist of work and home. She studies how working-class communities impacted by natural resource economies adapt to globalizing economies and changing environments across rural and urban contexts.

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      ‘But You Don’t Look Sick?’ How Broad Categories like Autoimmune Impact Patient Experience  

      March 23, 2020

      When your disease is hard to name and doesn’t have visible symptoms, it can be hard for others to understand that you are sick. And, when people don’t know much about your disease, it can be hard to explain it to family and friends.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      March 02, 2020

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      February 03, 2020

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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      Contemporary Sociology Theory Class Visits Eastern State Penitentiary

      January 31, 2020

      In November, Kelly Underman, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, took her students in SOC 356 Contemporary Sociology Theory, to Eastern State Penitentiary. The field trip was intended to set the stage for the course unit on sociological theories of “Power,” beginning with the work of philosopher Michel Foucault.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      January 08, 2020

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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  • 2019

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      November 18, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • Coal companies, railroads and electrical utilities are influential members of the Climate Change Countermovement

      Exposing the Networks of Climate Action Opposition, It’s Not Just Oil…

      October 25, 2019

      It comes as no surprise that coal companies, railroads and electrical utilities are the most numerous and influential members of the Climate Change Countermovement (CCCM). For the first time, a Drexel University researcher has exposed the corporate membership of the twelve major coalitions opposing climate action in the United States.

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    • Isabella Sangaline - Drexel Dual Major History and Sociology

      Three Cool Co-Ops From Spring/Summer Cycle

      October 22, 2019

      What do Drexel history, MIT research and an electric vehicle startup have in common? They are all topics of recent co-ops completed by students in the College of Arts and Sciences! As the University celebrates 100 years of co-op, learn more about the amazing research and industry experiences of our majors in three recent co-ops.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      October 21, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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      Student Work-Study Jobs

      October 18, 2019

      Sharpen your professional and research skills, earn extra money and gain valuable experience with these work study job opportunities!

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      Winter Courses

      October 18, 2019

      Explore creativity in research, the history of the Earth, globalization and more in these new and noteworthy winter courses!

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      September 25, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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      Welcoming New Faculty to the College of Arts and Sciences

      September 24, 2019

      We are thrilled to welcome the following new faculty members to the College of Arts and Sciences community.

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      New CoAS Major and Minors for 2019

      August 15, 2019

      Cultivate your intellectual passions and diversify your skills and with one of these new CoAS programs!

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      Fall Courses

      July 23, 2019

      Explore your interests in these cool fall courses — from war narratives to the history of the universe and the link between philosophy, politics and economics.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      June 25, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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      College of Arts and Sciences Tenure and Promotion

      June 25, 2019

      We are pleased to announce faculty promotions and tenure appointments in the College of Arts and Sciences. Please join us in congratulating the following faculty members.

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      College of Arts and Sciences Student Fellowships

      June 25, 2019

      Students in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences are scientific innovators, global explorers and leaders in education, communication and advocacy. Reflecting their accomplishments is the impressive number of national and international fellowships they received this year to support graduate education, professional experiences and research abroad.

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      CoAS Students Receive University-Wide Awards

      May 23, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the following College of Arts and Sciences students who have received university-wide awards.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      May 23, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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      College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Awards

      May 21, 2019

      The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University could not be accomplished without the dedication and support of our faculty members. It is their pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship that reinforces our position as a modern liberal arts college, and enhances our University’s reputation as a world-class research institution.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      April 29, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • Drexel Experts Consider the Green New Deal

      Drexel Experts Consider the Green New Deal

      April 12, 2019

      Unrealistic. Not ambitious enough. Too little, too late. Worth a shot? Already the subject of a great deal of conjecture and debate, the Green New Deal, a broad set of policy goals addressing environmental justice and climate change, recently reinvigorated by House Democrats, is likely to remain a central issue as the 2020 election approaches. Drexel faculty experts, with background spanning environmental science, engineering, atmospheric chemistry, environmental justice and policy, labor and environmental economics weigh in on the origin, scope and viability of the GND’s goals and similar policy efforts.

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      “The Ambitious Elementary School:” Q&A on Educational Inequity

      April 03, 2019

      Elizabeth McGee Hassrick, PhD, an assistant professor in Drexel’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute and Department of Sociology, and colleagues spent five years investigating a charter elementary school in Chicago with a remarkably different educational model. The results? Students in the charter school — most of whom were admitted through a random lottery — had significantly higher test scores than peers in other schools, an effect that continued at least through middle school. The students’ results also nearly closed the racial achievement gap in the city.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      April 01, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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      Drexel Faculty and Students Present at the Annual ESS Meeting

      March 25, 2019

      The Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) Annual Meeting was held in Boston, MA from March 14-17, 2019. ESS was founded in 1930 to support sociological research in the northeast United States, and has about 1,200 members. Drexel faculty and students participated in the conference, making critical contributions to global health, medical education, race and clinical medicine, social theory and urban sociology.

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    • Kolkata, India - Drexel CoAS Majors Share Favorite Travel Destination

      Oh, the Places You’ll Go: 10 CoAS Majors Share Favorite Travel Destinations

      March 05, 2019

      Sure, you could complete your whole degree in Philadelphia, but why not take advantage of Drexel opportunities around the globe? With gorgeous photos, insider tips and stories from international locales, 10 College of Arts and Sciences students share the best place their major has taken them.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      March 05, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • Drexel College of Arts and Sciences Graduation

      Why Consider Graduate School?

      February 05, 2019

      When it comes to life after graduation, there are many exciting decisions to consider, from choosing where to put down roots, to applying for jobs and determining if graduate or professional school is right for you.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      February 04, 2019

      We are proud to recognize the recent presentations, publications, awards and honors of members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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  • 2018

    • Sumita Gangwani, Environmental Studies, Drexel University

      Environmental Studies Major Promotes Sustainability in Retail

      December 21, 2018

      If IKEA sounds like an unlikely co-op employer for an Environmental Studies and Sustainability major, it’s not news to Sumita Gangwani. The sophomore received questioning looks when she told friends that she would complete her first co-op in corporate communications at the Swedish retail giant’s North American headquarters.

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    • Kelly Underman

      Sociology Professor Invited to Serve on Diversity Task Force

      November 14, 2018

      The European Society of Intensive Care Medicine represents a global membership of over 9,000 healthcare professionals working in intensive care. The Diversity Task Force was initiated to increase gender, racial and ethnic, and interprofessional diversity in the Society's membership and leadership.

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      Sociology Professors Awarded NSF Grant

      October 30, 2018

      Diane M. Sicotte and Kelly A. Joyce were awarded $345,270 from NSF through the Science, Technology and Society program for a three-year project, titled “Societal Aspects of Energy Infrastructure Expansion.”

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      October 19, 2018

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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      Winter Courses

      October 15, 2018

      Explore how natural disasters shape our world, changing perceptions of mental illness, and the effects of social movements on theories of democracy in these new and noteworthy winter courses.

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      Student Job Opportunities

      September 26, 2018

      Sharpen your professional and research skills, earn extra money and gain valuable experience with these student job opportunities!

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      September 24, 2018

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • Fall Courses

      Fall Courses

      July 23, 2018

      Learn about the social dynamics of urban spaces, the language of the body in popular culture, and the philosophies of social and political life in these exciting fall courses.

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    • Fossil Fuels

      Report: Fossil Fuel Industries - The Goliath of Climate-Related Lobbying Efforts, Spent Billions

      July 19, 2018

      A new study by Drexel environmental sociologist Robert J. Brulle, PhDshows that between 2000 and 2016, lobbyists spent more than two billion dollars on influencing relevant legislation in the US Congress. As the first peer-reviewed, comprehensive analysis ever conducted of climate lobbying data, Brulle’s research confirms the spending of environmental groups and the renewable energy sector was eclipsed by the spending of the electrical utilities, fossil fuel, and transportation sectors.

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      College of Arts and Sciences Tenure, Promotion and Awards

      May 22, 2018

      The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University could not be accomplished without the dedication and support of our faculty members. It is their pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship that reinforces our position as a modern liberal arts college, and enhances our University’s reputation as a world-class research institution.

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    • Nada Matta, PhD

      Meet Global Studies and Sociology Prof Nada Matta

      April 30, 2018

      Nada Matta, PhD, assistant professor of global studies and sociology, hopes to refute stereotypes in her courses on the Middle East, and highlight universal trends and similarities across cultures and regions.

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    • Drexel Humanities and Social Sciences Lab

      Humanities and Social Sciences Lab Open House Fosters Interdisciplinary Collaboration

      April 03, 2018

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    • Drexel Student Stephanie Oppenheim

      Student Spotlight: Sociology Major Discusses Her Minor in STS

      March 16, 2018

      Data science major Laurel Vaughan interviewed Stephanie Oppenheim, a sociology major with minors in political science and science, technology and society, about her decision to minor in STS.

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    • Tale of the Mysterious Manuscripts, Illustration by Drexel Student Natalie Vaughn ’18

      Field Notes

      January 16, 2018

      The Unsung, Unpublished Adventures of Drexel Researchers in the Field

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    • Drexel Sociology Alumni Christopher Bonnaig

      Student Spotlight: Christopher Bonnaig, BA Sociology ‘15

      January 16, 2018

      Christopher Bonnaig graduated from Drexel University in 2015, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Communication, Magna Cum Laude. He is currently in law school at the Georgetown University Law Center. During his time at Drexel, Christopher participated in a co-op at the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General in the Bureau of Consumer Protection.  He describes his co-op experience as the “perfect marriage of my academic interest in Sociology and professional interest in a legal career”, and lauds his supervisors as “incredibly helpful mentors”, who he still keeps in touch with today.

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    • Ethics of Algorithms

      NSF-Backed Study Investigates the Ethics of Algorithms

      January 08, 2018

      Computer algorithms — the sequences of instructions or rules computers follow to solve problems — influence many aspects of our lives, from the products we buy to the people we date and even the jobs we are offered. But who makes algorithms and code, and how do their values translate into the work they do? That's what Kelly Joyce, PhD, wanted to find out in 2013, when she and a fellow researcher were awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for their study, The Ethics of Algorithms.

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  • 2017

  • 2016

    • Robert J. Brulle, PhD

      Drexel's Robert J. Brulle Receives Highest Honor in American Environmental Sociology

      July 07, 2016

      Robert Brulle, PhD, a professor of sociology and environmental science in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, is the 2016 recipient of the Frederick Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award. Brulle received the highest honor from theAmerican Sociological Association’s Section on Environment and Technology in recognition of his service, innovation and publications in environmental sociology.

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      Student Job Opportunities

      June 17, 2016

      Need extra cash to fund your summer travels? Apply to work with the Department of Communication or the offices of STS, Public Policy and Sociology.

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      STS Student Research Spotlight: Wearable Technologies - Innovation and STS

      May 26, 2016

      Designed by a multidisciplinary team at Drexel University, the smart fabric technologies could replace hospital instruments used during labor and in the NICU to monitor infants. Professor Joyce, and graduate students Hined Rafeh and Liz Owens designed and led focus groups with those who have had recent birthing room experiences.

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    • Student Job Opportunities

      March 24, 2016

      Looking for a job this spring? Apply to work with the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages, the offices of STS, Public Policy and Sociology, or the College of Computing and Informatics!

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    • Susan Bell, PhD

      Meet Sociology Head Susan Bell

      January 06, 2016

      Susan E. Bell, PhD, joined the College this fall as head of the new Department of Sociology. A contributing author of the renowned book "Our Bodies, Ourselves," Bell was inspired to become a professor after working in women's health centers in California and Massachusetts in the ’70s.

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  • 2015

  • 2014

  • 2013

    • Not Just the Koch Brothers: New Drexel Study Reveals Funders Behind the Climate Change Denial Effort

      December 20, 2013

      A new study conducted by Drexel University environmental sociologist Robert J. Brulle, PhD, exposes the organizational underpinnings and funding behind the powerful climate change countermovement. This study marks the first peer-reviewed, comprehensive analysis ever conducted of the sources of funding that maintain the denial effort. Through an analysis of the financial structure of the organizations that constitute the core of the countermovement and their sources of monetary support, Brulle found that, while the largest and most consistent funders behind the countermovement are a number of well-known conservative foundations, the majority of donations are “dark money,” or concealed funding.

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