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Upcoming discussion

UD's Joel Best will discuss his book "Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists" at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct 19, in Townsend Hall. UDaily article



Tom Mowen's research was mentioned in Time Magazine

Sociology graduate student Thomas Mowen and his professor Ryan Schroeder tracked the emergence of the argument that the death penalty – preferably with minimal appeals – would bring closure to the families of the victims. Read article



Tricia Wachtendorf has received an award from NSF

Tricia Wachtendorf has received an award from NSF for her research on Collaborative CDI-Type II: Cyber Enabled Discovery System for Advanced Multidisciplinary Study of Humanitarian Logistics for Disaster Response. Read article



Learning from Earthquakes
The March 11, 2011, Great East Japan (Tohoku) Earthquake and Tsunami: Societal Dimensions

EERI sent several reconnaissance teams to Japan, including one on societal and governmental response. This 11-member social science team consisted of academics as well as practicing emergency managers and urban planners, and staff of an international nongovernmental organization. The team was in the field from June 19-26, 2011, roughly 100 days after the earthquake. Tricia Wachtendorf article.



Sociology in the Storms

When a hurricane or earthquake strikes, a small group of unusual first responders is at the ready: Sociologists. To read more, see the insidehighered.com article.



Delaware's response to Hurrican Irene

As Delaware cleans up and recovers from Hurricane Irene, emergency planners in the state will also have the opportunity to assess its emergency plans and response to determine what worked and what can be done better in the event of future emergencies. To read more, see the delawarefirst.org article.



After the disaster

It has been said that natural disasters are equalizers that affect the rich and poor, the healthy and sick, and the young and the old alike.
But Tricia Wachtendorf, associate director of the University of Delaware's Disaster Research Center (DRC), whose scholarship examines disaster mitigation and emergency responses, disagrees. To read more, see the UDaily article.



Decoding Disasters: Are We Prepared for Another 9-11?

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), sociologist Tricia Wachtendorf and teams from the Disaster Research Center (DRC) go to devastated locations to learn more about how lives may be saved in the future. To read more, see the nsf.gov article.



Dr. Tammy Anderson Quoted in Dallas News

Dr. Tammy Anderson was quoted in the Dallas, Texas newspaper, "Dallas News" regarding her expertise on Raves. Dallas News article.



CJ major wins Miss Delaware

Katie Hanson, a junior criminal justice major from Newark, is Miss Delaware USA 2011. To read more, see the UDaily article.



Dr. Leon's News Journal Article

Dr. Chrysanthi Leon recently wrote an article for the Delaware News Journal. To read her article, "Health workers save lives, dollars," visit Delaware Online.



Steve Lerner

Steve Lerner, a journalist and author of the book "Sacrifice Zones: The Front Lines of Toxic Chemical Exposure in the United States," will speak at noon, Thursday, May 12, in the Ewing Room of the Perkins Student Center. For more information, contact Victor Perez, Assistant Professor, at his website.



Cooley Award

Dr. Tammy A. Anderson received the 2010 Charles Horton Cooley Best Book Award for her book, Rave Culture: The Alteration and Decline of a Philadelphia Music Scene. Read the award introduction...



ASC Awards

Congratulations to graduate student Erin Kerrison for winning the Student Paper Award from the ASC Division on People of Color and Crime, and to faculty member Aaron Kupchik for this year taking home the 2010 Distinguished New Scholar Award from the ASC Division on Corrections and Sentencing. This is Aaron's third ASC award.



2010 New Faculty

The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice is pleased to announce Eric Tranby as a new faculty member. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. His dissertation research examines the effect of family policies on gendered employment inequality in fourteen modern welfare states. His research interests include gender and racial inequality in contemporary social life, comparative public policy, work-family balance, the sociology of religion, the life course, research methods, and quantitative methods and statistics.



Professor Chrysanthi Leon

Chrysanthi S. Leon received the Juan A Villamarin Mentor of the YearAward from the University of Delaware's Ronald E. McNair ScholarsProgram. Read More...



Professor Aaron Kupchik

According to Aaron Kupchik, associate professor in the University of Delaware Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, that is at the heart of what is wrong with today's school discipline tactics. Read More...



Stephen Smisson

Stephen Smisson was supposed to graduate in May, 2010 but unfortunately he never lived long enough. Read More...



Criminal Justice Council

Christian Kervick, Director of Programming for the Delaware Criminal Justice Council received a national award for juvenile justice. Christian is a senior in the Criminal Justice bachelor's degree program in Georgetown. Read More...



DRC - Haiti Research

Dr. Tricia Wachtendorf and graduate student Jenniffer Santos-Hernandez from the Disaster Research Center went to Florida and Dominican Republic to do research on the earthquake that struck Haiti. Read More...



2009 Fall Faculty

The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice is pleased to announce Barret Michalec as a new faculty member. He received his Ph.D. from Emory University with a major in Social Psychology. His dissertation title was Learning to Cure and Learning to Care: Empathy in the Preclinical Years of Medical Training.



DRC - Haiti Research

Dr. Tricia Wachtendorf and graduate student Jenniffer Santos-Hernandez from the Disaster Research Center went to Florida and Dominican Republic to do research on the earthquake that struck Haiti. Read More...



Students Visit IKEA

Students in Dr. Perez's Honors Introduction to Sociology course tested one dimension of Ritzer's McDonaldization thesis: the irrationality of rational systems. Though cheap, IKEA furniture usually is bought at the store which requires driving at some length to get to, finding it and picking it up in the warehouse, taking it home, and then assembling it yourself. Though sometimes seamless, it often can be very difficult and frustrating to put together. Overall, the students experienced this range of ease and difficulty, highlighting the irrationality.See Pictures...



Upcoming discussion

UD's Joel Best will discuss his book "Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists" at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct 19, in Townsend Hall. UDaily article



Tom Mowen's research was mentioned in Time Magazine

Sociology graduate student Thomas Mowen and his professor Ryan Schroeder tracked the emergence of the argument that the death penalty – preferably with minimal appeals – would bring closure to the families of the victims. Read article



Tricia Wachtendorf has received an award from NSF

Tricia Wachtendorf has received an award from NSF for her research on Collaborative CDI-Type II: Cyber Enabled Discovery System for Advanced Multidisciplinary Study of Humanitarian Logistics for Disaster Response. Read article



Learning from Earthquakes
The March 11, 2011, Great East Japan (Tohoku) Earthquake and Tsunami: Societal Dimensions

EERI sent several reconnaissance teams to Japan, including one on societal and governmental response. This 11-member social science team consisted of academics as well as practicing emergency managers and urban planners, and staff of an international nongovernmental organization. The team was in the field from June 19-26, 2011, roughly 100 days after the earthquake. Tricia Wachtendorf article.



Sociology in the Storms

When a hurricane or earthquake strikes, a small group of unusual first responders is at the ready: Sociologists. To read more, see the insidehighered.com article.



Delaware's response to Hurrican Irene

As Delaware cleans up and recovers from Hurricane Irene, emergency planners in the state will also have the opportunity to assess its emergency plans and response to determine what worked and what can be done better in the event of future emergencies. To read more, see the delawarefirst.org article.



After the disaster

It has been said that natural disasters are equalizers that affect the rich and poor, the healthy and sick, and the young and the old alike.
But Tricia Wachtendorf, associate director of the University of Delaware's Disaster Research Center (DRC), whose scholarship examines disaster mitigation and emergency responses, disagrees. To read more, see the UDaily article.



Decoding Disasters: Are We Prepared for Another 9-11?

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), sociologist Tricia Wachtendorf and teams from the Disaster Research Center (DRC) go to devastated locations to learn more about how lives may be saved in the future. To read more, see the nsf.gov article.



Dr. Tammy Anderson Quoted in Dallas News

Dr. Tammy Anderson was quoted in the Dallas, Texas newspaper, "Dallas News" regarding her expertise on Raves. Dallas News article.



CJ major wins Miss Delaware

Katie Hanson, a junior criminal justice major from Newark, is Miss Delaware USA 2011. To read more, see the UDaily article.



Dr. Leon's News Journal Article

Dr. Chrysanthi Leon recently wrote an article for the Delaware News Journal. To read her article, "Health workers save lives, dollars," visit Delaware Online.



Steve Lerner

Steve Lerner, a journalist and author of the book "Sacrifice Zones: The Front Lines of Toxic Chemical Exposure in the United States," will speak at noon, Thursday, May 12, in the Ewing Room of the Perkins Student Center. For more information, contact Victor Perez, Assistant Professor, at his website.



Cooley Award

Dr. Tammy A. Anderson received the 2010 Charles Horton Cooley Best Book Award for her book, Rave Culture: The Alteration and Decline of a Philadelphia Music Scene. Read the award introduction...



ASC Awards

Congratulations to graduate student Erin Kerrison for winning the Student Paper Award from the ASC Division on People of Color and Crime, and to faculty member Aaron Kupchik for this year taking home the 2010 Distinguished New Scholar Award from the ASC Division on Corrections and Sentencing. This is Aaron's third ASC award.



2010 New Faculty

The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice is pleased to announce Eric Tranby as a new faculty member. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. His dissertation research examines the effect of family policies on gendered employment inequality in fourteen modern welfare states. His research interests include gender and racial inequality in contemporary social life, comparative public policy, work-family balance, the sociology of religion, the life course, research methods, and quantitative methods and statistics.



Professor Chrysanthi Leon

Chrysanthi S. Leon received the Juan A Villamarin Mentor of the YearAward from the University of Delaware's Ronald E. McNair ScholarsProgram. Read More...



Professor Aaron Kupchik

According to Aaron Kupchik, associate professor in the University of Delaware Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, that is at the heart of what is wrong with today's school discipline tactics. Read More...



Stephen Smisson

Stephen Smisson was supposed to graduate in May, 2010 but unfortunately he never lived long enough. Read More...



Criminal Justice Council

Christian Kervick, Director of Programming for the Delaware Criminal Justice Council received a national award for juvenile justice. Christian is a senior in the Criminal Justice bachelor's degree program in Georgetown. Read More...



DRC - Haiti Research

Dr. Tricia Wachtendorf and graduate student Jenniffer Santos-Hernandez from the Disaster Research Center went to Florida and Dominican Republic to do research on the earthquake that struck Haiti. Read More...



2009 Fall Faculty

The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice is pleased to announce Barret Michalec as a new faculty member. He received his Ph.D. from Emory University with a major in Social Psychology. His dissertation title was Learning to Cure and Learning to Care: Empathy in the Preclinical Years of Medical Training.



DRC - Haiti Research

Dr. Tricia Wachtendorf and graduate student Jenniffer Santos-Hernandez from the Disaster Research Center went to Florida and Dominican Republic to do research on the earthquake that struck Haiti. Read More...



Students Visit IKEA

Students in Dr. Perez's Honors Introduction to Sociology course tested one dimension of Ritzer's McDonaldization thesis: the irrationality of rational systems. Though cheap, IKEA furniture usually is bought at the store which requires driving at some length to get to, finding it and picking it up in the warehouse, taking it home, and then assembling it yourself. Though sometimes seamless, it often can be very difficult and frustrating to put together. Overall, the students experienced this range of ease and difficulty, highlighting the irrationality.See Pictures...