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Professor Schwartz's book "Dating After 50 for Dummies" (published by AARP/John Wiley & Sons) won the Silver Award from the 2014 Living Now Book Awards.  It was one of six AARP published books to receive an award.
In August Kelly Kistner successfully defended her doctoral dissertation entitled, "Organizing Knowledge: Comparative Structures of Intersubjectivity in Nineteenth-Century Historical Dictionaries."  Her committee, consisting of Gary Hamilton, Katherine Stovel and Steve Pfaff, were deeply impressed by an erudite, scholarly and highly insightful contribution to the sociology of science. Kistner... Read more
The dissertation is entitled "Individual-Group Dynamics in a 12-Step Fellowship: Identification, Service, and Recovery in Overeaters Anonymous." The committee, consisting of Edgar Kiser, Jerry Herting and Steven Pfaff, were united in praising the dissertation for its outstanding empirical study of self-help groups and its insights into how group processes inform the way that individuals identify... Read more
Katrina Leupp successfully defended her dissertation entitled, "Benefits of the Balancing Act: Motherhood, Employment, and Mental Health," on Tuesday, July 8. The project explores the benefits and strains of combining employment and family roles. Leupp investigates the mechanisms and conditions under which employment improves the well-being of individuals who perform the greatest amount of family... Read more
Congratulations to Maria Grigoryeva, who has been awarded an NSF Dissertation Improvement grant for academic year 2014-15.
On June 30, Danny Koski-Karell successfully defended his dissertation, “This Project We Call Spain: Nationality, Autochthony, and Politics in Spain’s North African Exclaves". This project provides several contributions to the study of ethnicity, ethnic politics, and Islam in Europe. It finds that Muslim residents of these cities differ in how they understand their ethnicity and its implications... Read more
Jorge Martinez has accepted a position as a Research Specialist for the Houston Independent School District in Houston, TX, as of July.  HISD is the 7th largest school district in the United States.  Jorge will be working on linking teacher and campus effectiveness to student performance, as well as developing his own research agenda.  Our congratulations, Jorge!
April Fernandes has been awarded an NSF Dissertation Improvement Award for Academic Year 2014-2015.  Congratulations, April!
Congratulations to Kelly Kistner, who has received the Hacker-Mullins Graduate Student Paper Award for her work entitled, "'A Word Factory Was Wanted': Organizational Objectivity in the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary."  The award is given annually by the American Sociological Association Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section.  Well done, Kelly!
NPR has a special series on the assessment of legal financial obligations.  Their reporting features work by/interview with Alexes.   You can find more information on this series, including comment from Alexes, in a Web story at Also see LA Times OP-ED piece by Alexes Read more