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2012 New Faculty

The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice is pleased to announce Ann Bell and Asia Friedman as new faculty members.
Ann's interests are: Medical Sociology, Gender & Sexuality, Social Stratification/Inequalities, Social Epidemiology, Sociology of the Family, Intersectionality, Qualitative & Quantitative Methodologies.

Asia's interests are: Gender & Sexuality, Social psychology, Sociological Theory & Cultural Sociology, The Sociology of the Body, Medical Sociology, Qualitative & Quantitative methods, & Race and Ethnicity.



Congratulations to Karen Parker!

She was elected to a three-year term on the executive board of the American Society of Criminology. Best of Luck Karen!



From intern to employee

Craig and Susan Fromme assist UD interns interested in careers in juvenile probation. Since 1996, Craig and Susan have given hundreds of University of Delaware students a "free look" into the world of juvenile probation and 39 UD interns were hired by the state.
UDaily article



Doctoral student, Nicole Smolter, attends national conference on college and university teaching

The 10 University of Delaware doctoral students who were awarded competitive travel grants to attend the annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning held in Bethesda, Md., May 31-June 3, are now putting the new instructional ideas they have learned into practice.
UDaily article



Professor Joel Best to receive highest faculty honor

Professor Joel Best is the recipient of the 2012 Francis Alison Faculty Award, the University of Delaware's highest faculty honor. "Professor Best is a well-rounded, highly prolific and accomplished scholar, and a most worthy addition to this eminent body of scholars," said Provost Tom Apple. "He has made a remarkable impact on the field, on his students and on society, as a whole."
UDaily article



Chris West was interviewed for a story that ran in the Tampa Bay Times and the Miami Herald.

The congressional district for Miami-Dade and Broward counties has a "staggering drop-out rate of almost 61 percent.
Read article



Students Visit IKEA

At IKEA, students document their experiences as they relate to the critical social theory "McDonaldization." Students embody the theory by challenging the norms found in the setting. In addition to other activities, they walk against the arrows, ask for alternative foods, break scripted interaction with employees, and generally perform resistance to the model imposed on them.
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In Memoriam

Stephanie Prezant, a University of Delaware senior from Haworth, N.J., died on Sunday, April 29, after a climbing accident on Mohonk Mountain in New York. She was scheduled to graduate in May with majors in criminal justice and psychology.
UDaily article



Joel Best has received the Francis Alison Award

This is the highest competitive award bestowed annually on a single faculty member, with the competition being campus wide. The award goes to the faculty member whose record of accomplishment demonstrates notable contributions to his or her field of study. Read the Chair's memo



Eric Tranby wins Jan Burrows Award

When you get the chance congratulate Eric Tranby for being this years winner of the Jan Burrows Award. As you may know the Jan Burrows award is designed to recognize those faculty whose work with graduate students has been exceptional and has made a significant impact on the students' preparation for work in the field of sociology or criminal justice. Congratulations Eric.



CONGRATULATIONS JUDY

We all hope you enjoy your retirement !!
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Criminal Justice Majors: Serving Delaware Youth

Criminal Justice students have benefitted for many years from an outstanding field placement program. One of the best intern experiences is led by William (Craig) and Sue Fromme, supervising officers in Youth Rehabilitative Services (YRS) for the State of Delaware. UD interns are able to shadow juvenile probation officers from home visits to court proceedings and into correctional facilities, getting a feel for the ways that officers can impact the lives of youth.

Not only does this internship link classroom subjects with professional and practical experience, but for many interns, it leads to a full time job after graduation. YRS has just hired UD intern number forty: Daniella Spitelli will be working in the gun court unit for New Castle County. Craig Fromme reports that UD interns who continue in paid positions have a huge headstart over other new hires. Translation, internships work!



Professor Margaret L. Andersen presented Eastern Sociological Society Merit Award

Margaret L. Andersen, associate provost and Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Sociology at the University of Delaware, has been presented the Eastern Sociological Society Merit Award.
UDaily article



Joel Best and Tammy Anderson Study Abroad in London

The 2012 London CRJU Study Abroad program- directed by Professors Tammy Anderson and Joel Best -- exposed students to historical and contemporary British alcohol, drugs and criminal justice problems and policies. Class lectures, excursions to the Tower of London, Royal and Criminal Courts, Museum of London, Police Museum, Wellcome Museum, Science Museum, and Camden Town, and customized walks (pub tour, Jack the Ripper, and Kray Brothers) by a local historian are just a few highlights of our dynamic program.
UDaily article
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Chris West
  • The congressional district for Miami-Dade and Broward counties has a "staggering drop-out rate of almost 61 percent
  • Better High School Graduation Rates May Be An Illusion
  • Florida graduation rates soar, but there's a catch
  • New Formula, very different grad rates


  • Dr. Chrysanthi Leon on NPR

    Follow link to download Dr. Leon's interview http://www.thetakeaway.org/2011/dec/09/new-perspectives-statutes-limitation-regarding-child-sex-offences/



    Eric Tranby - Flexible Workplaces

    Eric Tranby, assistant professor of sociology at UD, is the co-author of a study showing that a flexible workplace improved employee health behavior and well-being. UDaily article



    Cheers to Susan!

    We should all congratulate Susan. Her book After the Crime has just been selected for the outstanding book award from the American Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.



    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...