While the arc of the moral universe may bend toward justice, that has never meant it doesn’t need help, or that there aren’t forces trying to push it the other way.
Be they the ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness enshrined in our Declaration of Independence or our pledges of egalitarian education here at the University of Maryland, we work each day to strive toward goals that are difficult to meet—but all the more worthy for being so.
Writing a book is challenging enough, but it becomes especially tricky when the subject matter is constantly shifting with the news cycle. That’s whyDana R. Fisher, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland, is trying a new tactic: letting readers join her along the writing journey.
As policymakers consider complex scientific issues such as genetic engineering or climate change, they rely on the work of international scientific panels and assessments to inform their decisions. New research from the University of Maryland (UMD) uncovers how the nominations process for one such organization works, and how it may influence who serves on other, similar global scientific bodies.
Melissa Brown, SOCY PhD Candidate, was interviewed by Inside Higher Ed during the ASA Annual Meeting in Montreal. The article, "Teaching Sociology in 2017" addresses how sociology professors are "teaching in the political now." In other words, how are sociologists helping students learn to make sense of the current events.
Many of our faculty and graduate students are heading to Montreal, Canada for the 112th ASA Annual Meeting on August 11-15, 2017. UMD sociology will be well represented with our faculty and students presenting at 55 different sessions between ASA and other concurrent conferences, including the Association of Black Sociologists, the Group Processes Conference, the Media Sociology Preconference, the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction Conference, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems Conference.
Founded in 1999, theSummer Research Initiative (SRI)was created by the Office of the Dean in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and is supported by the Office of the Provost, the Graduate School, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the College. The program is designed to encourage and enhance the diversity of scholars working in the social and behavioral science fields. This year, Associate Professors of Sociology Julie Park and Rashawn Ray mentored three students in the program.
The Sociology Department would like to congratulate PhD Candidate, Anya Galli, for being awarded the 2017 Mayer N. Zald Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Student Paper Award from the Collective Behavior and Social Movements section of the American Sociological Association! The article was based off of Anya's second year paper.