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Congratulations to Charlotte Woodward

Congratulations to Charlotte Woodward

Sociology major Charlotte Woodward made history this month as the first student with Down syndrome to be inducted into the discipline of sociology honors society, Alpha Kappa Delta. As an advocate for disability rights, Charlotte is putting her sociology to good use. We are very proud of her and all our hardworking and smart sociology students!

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Congratulations to our 2019 AKD and Alpha Lambda inductees

Congratulations to our 2019 AKD and Alpha Lambda inductees

We are proud to have you as our newest members of sociology and anthropology honor societies.

Congratulations Sociology PhD student Claire Anderson on her Summer Language Institute Scholarship

Congratulations Sociology PhD student Claire Anderson on her Summer Language Institute Scholarship

Claire will be studying Polish at the University of Pittsburgh's Slavic, Eastern European and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute to support her dissertation research.

SSSP General Elections

SSSP General Elections

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) is holding its 2019 General Elections. Voting will begin on February 15, 2019, and the poll will close on March 15, 2019. Prof. John Dale is one of two candidates on the ballot for President-Elect this year. If you are a member of the SSSP, please vote. If you are not a member of the SSSP, but are interested in becoming a member, visit https://www.sssp1.org/ . (And then vote!) This year’s annual meeting will be held in New York City, August 9-11.

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IIR Releases New Report on Immigrant Teachers

IIR Releases New Report on Immigrant Teachers

While immigrants comprise 13 percent of the U.S. population, they make up only 11 percent of all teachers. This paper and infographic provide a statistical and demographic portrait of immigrant teachers in the United States and highlight differences between native- and foreign-born teachers as well as between postsecondary and non-postsecondary teachers.

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Immigration and the Midterm Elections, Nov. 28, 5-7pm

Immigration and the Midterm Elections, Nov. 28, 5-7pm

Immigration and the 2018 Midterm Elections Wednesday, November 28, 2018 5-7pm Johnson Center, Meeting Room F, 3rd Floor The results of the 2018 midterm elections are in, and there will likely be important consequences for immigration policy. Come hear expert panelists and policymakers discuss their predictions for immigration in 2019 and beyond.

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Pathways to your Future Press Release

Pathways to your Future Press Release

George Mason’s Department of Communication and the Insight Committee host the annual communication forum, Pathways to your Future, on Tuesday Oct. 23, 2018. The venue is Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center on Mason’s Fairfax campus. Sports broadcaster, Lindsay Czarniak, gives the keynote address. All students are welcome to attend.

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Webinar October 17, 2018 1-2pm EDT

Webinar October 17, 2018 1-2pm EDT

Immigrants in our communities thrive when they are given the opportunity to participate in the decisions that affect their lives. In this free webinar, learn what local leaders can do to include immigrants' interests, safeguard their families, and ensure they can contribute to their fullest potential.

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IIR Hosts Film Screening of "Human Flow"

IIR Hosts Film Screening of "Human Flow"

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

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His PhD research hit close to home

His PhD research hit close to home

When the Supreme Court upheld President Trump's travel ban, Mason PhD student Ismail Nooraddini said he remembers thinking, "This doesn't make sense." Not only because his research showed how well immigrants from the banned countries have done in the United States, but because "someone was calling into question all of my father's hard work."

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Share Your Story

Share Your Story

Well-being is more than just a concept – it’s a way of living. At Mason, we aim to thrive together. A vital part of that is inspiring each other. Have you screwed up? We all do sometimes. Tell us your rebound resilience story. Do you enjoy a certain well-being practice? Let us know.

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Shannon Davis receives mentoring award from SSSP

Shannon Davis receives mentoring award from SSSP

Sociology professor Shannon Davis has been named as the recipient of the 2018 Kathleen S. Lowney Mentoring Award by the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Photo: Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University.

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Congratulations to Melissa Gouge on being honored with an Outstanding Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching from Montgomery College

Congratulations to Melissa Gouge on being honored with an Outstanding Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching from Montgomery College

Faculty and students at Southern Sociological Society in New Orleans April 2018

Faculty and students at Southern Sociological Society in New Orleans April 2018

Hutnick honored with Spirit of King Faculty Award

Hutnick honored with Spirit of King Faculty Award

Sociology doctoral student Carrie Hutnick has received the 2018 Spirit of King Faculty Award for her work as an instructor with Mason's Social Action and Integrative Learning program. She is among several CHSS students, alumni, and faculty members recognized.

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Welcome new students to Mason's Sociology and Anthropology Department!

Welcome new students to Mason's Sociology and Anthropology Department!

Best discusses mentorship in Alexandria Gazette Packet article

Best discusses mentorship in Alexandria Gazette Packet article

Amy Best, faculty member and director, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, talks about the attributes of effective mentors in an Alexandria Gazette Packet article on the WISE mentoring program at Northern Virginia Community College.

Congratulations to Kayla Peterson!

Congratulations to Kayla Peterson!

Congratulations to sociology undergrad, Kayla Peterson, for being selected as a 2017 Virginia Victory Fellow. Kayla will spend her summer working for the Virginia Democrats campaign.

Celebrating success

Celebrating success

The mood in EagleBank Arena was lively on May 18 and 19, as the College of Humanities and Social Sciences held its degree celebration ceremonies. Congratulations again to all of our graduates! We are pleased to welcome you to an impressive community of alumni, made only stronger by the class of 2017.

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Students and their mentors shine at the sixth annual Celebration of Student Scholarship

Students and their mentors shine at the sixth annual Celebration of Student Scholarship

The Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities and Research (OSCAR) took over the Center for Performing Arts on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 for their 6th Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship. The college is pleased to congratulate professor Julie E. Owen, and students from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Leila Martinez-Bentley, and Chrysanthi Violaris who were among this year's award recipients.

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The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the May 2017 degree celebrations will be led by two outstanding alumni: chief historian for the White House Historical Association, Edward Lengel, and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin, a former acting chief of police for the Fairfax County Police Department and the current supervisor of safety and security for Loudoun County Public Schools.

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Congratulations to Hilarie K. Huley!

Congratulations to Hilarie K. Huley!

Hilarie K. Huley, a MA student in Anthropology at George Mason University, was awarded the prestigious Cockburn Student Research Prize at the 44th Annual North American Meeting of the Paleopathology Association.

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Congratulations to Maria Valdovinos!

Congratulations to Maria Valdovinos!

Maria Valdovinos, doctoral student in Sociology wins the research award from Interdisciplinary Curriculum Collaborative.

Students well represented at Southern Sociological Society meeting

Students well represented at Southern Sociological Society meeting

At the SSS meeting in Greenville, SC March 29-April 1, 2017, the department was represented by undergraduate students Selena Chaivaranon, Sarah Wagner, Laurel Robinson, and Jordan Wicht (all pictured here), graduate students Marisa Allison, Emily McDonald, and Melissa Gouge, and faculty member Shannon Davis.

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SOCI grad student wins Spirit of King Award

SOCI grad student wins Spirit of King Award

For his efforts to help his fellow graduate students’ voices be heard and amplified at Mason, Christian Suero has been named a 2017 Spirit of King awardee by George Mason’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education.

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Sisters gain perspective on overseas experiences

Sisters gain perspective on overseas experiences

Rachael and Lauren Agnello—sisters from Pittsburgh and both students in the college--said their parents always encouraged them to learn the way they saw best. What was best, the sisters decided, was to get out of the country, experience other cultures and learn new languages.

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Sociology Students Win AKD Travel Grants

Sociology Students Win AKD Travel Grants

Congratulations to Jason Smith, Maria Valdovinos, and Felicia Garland-Jackson for being awarded Alpha Kappa Delta Student Research Travel Grants to attend the Eastern Sociological Society's annual conference this month in Philadelphia. Students interested in applying for research travel grants or graduate students research paper awards in the future should connect to akd@lemoyne.edu.

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New Global Bioarchaeology Book

New Global Bioarchaeology Book

Dr. Haagen D. Klaus has co-edited with Dr. Melissa S. Murphy a recently published book, Colonized Bodies, Worlds Transformed: Toward a Global Bioarchaeology of Contact and Colonialism.

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Following their footsteps

Following their footsteps

Anthropology professor Justin Lowry is using a 3D printer in Mason's Innovation Lab to produce prints of ancient footprints preserved in volcanic ash in a suburb of Managua, Nicaragua.

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PhD candidate comments on media exclusion

PhD candidate comments on media exclusion

Jason A. Smith, PhD candidate in sociology, posted a piece on the sociological blog Sociological Images regarding the inequity that communities of color may face in the on-going AT&T and Time Warner deal.

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The History of the Election of 2016

The History of the Election of 2016

This semester, classes in the Department of History and Art History have examined issues raised in the presidential election from a variety of contexts. Prior Election Day, the public was invited to join in!

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Policing Race: Critical Analyses of National Trends

Policing Race: Critical Analyses of National Trends

Wendi Manuel-Scott will moderate a dialogue with thought leaders Laurie Robinson, Earl Smith, Rita Chi-Ying Chung and Shirley Ginwright on policing and crimes against people of color, including current issues and the national climate, for this semester's President's Freedom and Learning Forum.

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Witte Co-organizes Megacities Conference in Karachi, Pakistan

Witte Co-organizes Megacities Conference in Karachi, Pakistan

In a partnership between Mason and the University of Karachi, James Witte, director, Center for Social Science Research and the Institute for Immigration Research, trained doctoral students from Karachi in statistical survey techniques to promote empirically based research in policy-making. The conference marked the culmination of a three-year project between the two universities.

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SOCI PhD student appointed grad editor

SOCI PhD student appointed grad editor

Bradley W. Williams, a sociology PhD student, has recently been appointed as one of six graduate editors for The Southern Sociologist, the publication of the Southern Sociological Society.

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Fall for the Book: a Fairfax Tradition

Fall for the Book: a Fairfax Tradition

Fall for the Book brings writers, readers, and scholars together like no other event in the region. In its eighteenth year, Fall for the Book is a weeklong literary festival with events taking place on Mason's Fairfax campus and at other venues across the region between September 25 and September 30.

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SOAN invites the Nigerian First Lady to Mason

SOAN invites the Nigerian First Lady to Mason

Her Excellency Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, wife of the President of Nigeria, and a delegation were invited to George Mason by SOAN’s Visiting Scholar Sylvester Okere and Professor Lester Kurtz. The purpose of the visit was to highlight the First Lady’s initiative, Future Assured, to promote women and children’s health in Nigeria and to look for ways in which the Mason community can collaborate with their work.

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Looking for a Fall Course? Here Are Some Good Ones!

Looking for a Fall Course? Here Are Some Good Ones!

Educational inequality. Social innovation. Public relations. Human rights. These courses, offered in fall 2016, will expand your view on real issues that affect the world around us. No matter what your major, your awareness of any of these big issues will bring new perspective to your education. Learn more!

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Nigeria's First Lady Visits George Mason University

Nigeria's First Lady Visits George Mason University

Last week, Her Excellency Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, wife of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, visited George Mason University at the invitation of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, along with the Office of Global Strategy, Office of Admissions, and the College of Health and Human Services.

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5 Myths about the Liberal Arts

5 Myths about the Liberal Arts

In this issue of the Mason SPIRIT, the college's senior associate Dean, Robert Matz, takes a look at some misconceptions about getting a liberal arts degree and how the degree meets up with what employers are looking for in a challenging job market.

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Coming this fall!  The Global Health Fellows

Coming this fall! The Global Health Fellows

The Global Affairs program and the Department of Philosophy are teaming up to offer a unique opportunity for their undergraduate students. The inaugural cohort of the Global Health Fellows will spend its fall semester at the Arlington campus focusing on the realities of today’s global health challenges and the resources offered from a humanities and social sciences perspective.

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Congratulations to Associate Professor Shannon Davis who was just elected to serve on the Council of the American Sociological Association's Section on Teaching and Learning.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Shannon Davis who was just elected to serve on the Council of the American Sociological Association's Section on Teaching and Learning.

"What is Anthropology? What is it not? Why does it matter?"

"What is Anthropology? What is it not? Why does it matter?"

"The skills that anthropologists wield are sought after by cutting-edge development organizations, design companies, and consulting firms. Technology giants such as Google and Apple hire ethnographers, while Microsoft and Intel have in-house anthropologists and sociologists to gain a better understanding of their consumers."

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Understanding Change from Many Perspectives

Understanding Change from Many Perspectives

History, business, psychology, sociology, and conflict analysis all contribute to an understanding of cultural shifts: their meaning and significance, how they happen, and how people can affect change in their own lives.

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Students help save ancient Nicaraguan site

Students help save ancient Nicaraguan site

George Mason students, including archaeology major Bryan Dalton, joined others on a dig in Chiquilistagua, Nicaragua, led by Dr. Justin Lowry, and unexpectedly became involved in the re-excavation of the Acahualinca Museum, which had been recently flooded by heavy tropical rains.

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NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten speaks at IIR Colloquium

NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten speaks at IIR Colloquium

The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) hosted Tom Gjelten, correspondent for National Public Radio and author of A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, at the April colloquium. Mr. Gjelten shared his insights on how the landscape of America has changed over the past fifty years with the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, as told through the experiences of families in one suburban county in Virginia.

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Public Sociology in Action

Public Sociology in Action

Professor Johanna Bockman is collaborating on a public sociology project with her colleagues at Empower DC, Syphax Gardens Public Housing, and the University of the District of Columbia. They are studying public housing perceptions among private housing residents in Southwest DC.

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CHSS Scholars REDEFINE Security

CHSS Scholars REDEFINE Security

CHSS scholars Lisa Breglia (Global Affairs), Shannon Davis (Sociology) and Angie Hattery (Women and Gender Studies) presented their posters at the Provost’s annual multidisciplinary research symposium on Friday, February 12th.

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SOCI PhD student on NBCNews

SOCI PhD student on NBCNews

Erin M. Stephens, sociology PhD student, was recently featured on NBCNEWS for her work with The Beautiful Project's #dearblackgirl campaign. According to NBCNEWS, "The campaign was the brainchild of Stephens, who said she was inspired by a book entitled Letters to a Young Activist."

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Plasticity and Mortality

Plasticity and Mortality

Daniel Temple, a faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, earned a PhD in biological anthropology with a minor in anatomy. He studies the effects of stress that humans encounter at early ages, with significant results for the subjects' later lives, and has worked with skeletal and dental remains from Japan, Siberia, Alaska, Florida, New Mexico and Arizona. In this article, he describes the phenomenon and how it is used to learn about ancient cultures.

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Prof. Rashmi Sadana to speak at this year's Fall for the Book Festival

Prof. Rashmi Sadana to speak at this year's Fall for the Book Festival

Saturday, October 3, at 2 p.m., The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, will host the panel, “The Cities We Live In: New Writings from South Asia” as part of Fall for the Book. Moderator Leeya Mehta will speak with authors Kavita Daiya, Tula Goenke, and Rashmi Sadana about their ongoing projects and research.

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SOCI PhD wins Public Sociology Award

SOCI PhD wins Public Sociology Award

Sociology PhD student Marisa Allison has won the Robert Dentler Award for Outstanding Student Achievement from the American Sociological Association's Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology.

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Lowry Lands Top Prize by Encouraging Student Involvement

Lowry Lands Top Prize by Encouraging Student Involvement

Justin Lowry, faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, has been awarded the Center for Public Anthropology's Franz Boas Global Citizenship Award for effectively encouraging his students to address real-world anthropological issues in the center's Community Action Project and elsewhere.

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Congratulations to our Anthropology MA and BA Graduates!

Congratulations to our Anthropology MA and BA Graduates!

Sociology PhD student's article on conflict in the Sinai

Sociology PhD student's article on conflict in the Sinai

Congratulations to Abdallah Hendaway, a first year PhD Student in our Sociology Program, who has just published a very interesting news article and analysis that provides insight into the recent conflict in the Sinai and Egyptian and French diplomacy in The Diplomatic Courier.

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Inside Higher Ed: Anthropologists Issue Statement on Climate Change

Inside Higher Ed: Anthropologists Issue Statement on Climate Change

For the past three years, Susan Crate, faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, has been working with the American Anthropological Association's Global Climate Change Task Force. The task force's final report, released in late January, looks at the issues of climate change from an anthropological perspective.

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SOCI PhD student on Channel 7 news

SOCI PhD student on Channel 7 news

Channel 7 news interviewed sociology PhD student Olivia Blackmon after she was told to stop breastfeeding at the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatics Facility in Alexandria. Blackmon speaks about women's rights and the culture of our society.

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The Sociologist has arrived

The Sociologist has arrived

Mason sociologists have long been involved in the DC Sociological Society. This year and next, Professor Johanna Bockman is the DCSS President and is a great supporter of The Sociologist, a popular magazine bringing public sociology to all DC-area sociologists.

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How to Uncover a Skeleton’s Secrets

How to Uncover a Skeleton’s Secrets

Haagen Klaus studies the ancient and mysterious remains of societies along Peru’s northern coastal areas. A recent project has seen him racing against the clock in the modern-day town of Olmos to rescue skeletons from a looming construction project and the scathing rains of El Niño. Here, Klaus picks up his story beginning the morning after a torrential rainstorm.

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Faculty works with Oscar student

Faculty works with Oscar student

Sociology professor Les Kurtz is working with Alexandra Johnson, an Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) research assistant, on "Gods and Bombs," a social history of religion and the rhetoric of violence.

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Join the Sociology Honors Program!

Join the Sociology Honors Program!

The Sociology Program is accepting students into our Honors Program. In the Honors Program, you have the opportunity to work individually with a faculty member on a research project of your choice.

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Temple Finds Metastatic Cancer in 4,500-year-old Remains

Temple Finds Metastatic Cancer in 4,500-year-old Remains

Biological anthropologist Daniel Temple, a faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, has diagnosed one of world’s oldest cases of metastatic cancer, found in the skeletal remains of a man who died in Siberia some 4,000 years ago. The finding enhances understanding of the causes of modern day cancers.

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Spring 2015 course: Post-Soviet Life

Spring 2015 course: Post-Soviet Life

Sociology professor Johanna Bockman is teaching "Post-Soviet Life" this Spring 2015. In this course, we will explore the “fall of communism” and how the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe have transformed since 1989.

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Prof Bethany Usher's Research Unearths More Than Bones

Prof Bethany Usher's Research Unearths More Than Bones

As for the creepiest things she’s uncovered, Usher says she’s found bodies in European graveyards with crushed skulls and people who’ve been beheaded. She’s also found “double burials” or graves that were reused in societies with limited space.

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SOAN welcomes our new (and returning) staff

SOAN welcomes our new (and returning) staff

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is so glad to welcome our new and returning office staff (from left to right) -- Remaz Abdelgader (student worker). Anna Marie Burcham (Executive Assistant to Department Chair), Farhana Islam (Department Secretary), and Shaza Syeda (returning student worker and website genius). Please feel free to stop by and meet our extraordinary staff.

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Talk on Gentrification and Public Sociology in DC

Talk on Gentrification and Public Sociology in DC

SOAN is hosting the DC Sociological Society's Presidential Address by Mason sociology professor Johanna Bockman on Thursday, Sept. 4th at 6:30pm. Her address is titled "Sociology in DC, Sociology of DC: Studying Gentrification."

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Students Bone Up on Knowledge in Forensic Anthropology

Students Bone Up on Knowledge in Forensic Anthropology

In this summer's section of Anthropology 399, Special Topics in Anthropology: Introduction to Forensic Anthropology, Professor Haagen Klaus teaches the many ways in which bones and human remains can divulge clues about how their previous owner lived and died.

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Congrats to Michelle Roth who completed her Masters' in Anthropology this summer

Congrats to Michelle Roth who completed her Masters' in Anthropology this summer

Her thesis is entitled: Greek Diners: How Greeks Have Kept Traditional and Americanized Greek Foodways Alive in American Diners

Anthropology Masters' student Gabriela Galeano in northern Honduras doing field work

Anthropology Masters' student Gabriela Galeano in northern Honduras doing field work

Gabriela Galeano is doing field work for her Master’s thesis in anthropology on how the Garifuna people of northern Honduras are encountering and shaping tourism and development there.

College Faculty Members Honored for Excellence in Teaching

College Faculty Members Honored for Excellence in Teaching

Four faculty members from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences were recognized this year by the university's Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence. We congratulate Eric Anderson, Alan More, Amy Best, and Jeremy Hodgson for their contributions to the excellent instruction of our students.

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Prof Rashmi Sadana on the "pulping" of Wendy Doniger's "The Hindus" in India

Prof Rashmi Sadana on the "pulping" of Wendy Doniger's "The Hindus" in India

In her monthly column for the national Indian newspaper DNA, Prof Sadana shows what is at stake in Penguin India's decision to remove Wendy Doniger's book from Indian bookshelves and pulp the remaining copies. Can you really ban a book in the age of the internet? Is this a win for India's cultural right who took Penguin to court over the book?

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Prof Linda Seligmann gives keynote address at the “Localizing Globalization: Gendered Transformations of Work in Developing Economies” conference in Bergen, Norway.

Prof Linda Seligmann gives keynote address at the “Localizing Globalization: Gendered Transformations of Work in Developing Economies” conference in Bergen, Norway.

The conference, held in November 2013, was an interdisciplinary effort to investigate and compare how global flows of capital and goods shape local labor markets in different developing economies.

Prof Haagen Klaus's research on tuberculosis highlighted in Popular Science

Prof Haagen Klaus's research on tuberculosis highlighted in Popular Science

Excerpted from the article, "How Studying Mummies Could Cure Modern Diseases": "Work from Haagen Klaus, a biological anthropologist at George Mason University, suggests that, contrary to what some experts think, Europeans might have brought a particularly deadly form of TB to the Americas. His preliminary DNA data hints that Peruvian remains dating back to the 10th century—before Spanish explorers arrived—might have been infected with a more benign strain of the TB bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis, or a different species altogether, Mycobacterium kansasii."

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Anthropology Students Win International Acclaim

Anthropology Students Win International Acclaim

Each year, the Center for a Public Anthropology holds a competition for anthropology students in the United States and Canada, in which the students write persuasively about an anthropological research question. Twenty-five students from George Mason University were recognized for their work.

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Prof Hanrahan interviewed in The Tennessean

Prof Hanrahan interviewed in The Tennessean

Contemporary country music artists and the content of their songs have a history of protecting and empowering women. But one of the genre’s most recent chart toppers prompts the question: Is country music at a crossroads in the portrayal of the sex that comprises 60 percent of its radio audience?

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Sociologists head to ASA in NYC

Sociologists head to ASA in NYC

Sociology graduate students and faculty are excitedly heading to the American Sociological Association annual conference taking place in New York City August 10-13, 2013.

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Professor John Dale

Professor John Dale

Professor John Dale has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Society for the Study of Social Problems for a three-year term (2013-2016).

Professor Davis reporting from Moscow

Professor Davis reporting from Moscow

Sociology Professor Shannon Davis is visiting Moscow this week to participate in a seminar and collaborate with colleagues at HSE. Here is Professor Davis' special interview with the HSE portal.

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The newest issue of In the Field is out

The newest issue of In the Field is out

The newest issue of In the Field, the joint newsletter of the Graduate Student Sociological Association and the Public Sociology Association, is out. In it you will find updates on what some of the graduate students in the Sociology program have been working on, as well as some of their accomplishments.

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Mark Mack, Biological Anthropologist in DC

Mark Mack, Biological Anthropologist in DC

“He clearly understood … that your treatment of people’s remains has implications for how you treat people in the present. Arguably, you can see a connection between how people of color are treated in everyday life and how it is their remains and sacred spaces are treated.”

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Congratulations to Professor Mantz!

Congratulations to Professor Mantz!

Congratulations to Jeff Mantz, who has been selected to be Program Director for the Cultural Anthropology Program at the National Science Foundation. While on leave from George Mason, Dr. Mantz will be overseeing one of the nation's largest sources of funding for faculty and doctoral dissertation research in cultural anthropology.

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Professor Best collaborates with sociology PhD student Jeff Johnson

Professor Best collaborates with sociology PhD student Jeff Johnson

Sociology professor Amy Best is working with sociology PhD student Jeff Johnson on an observation-based program evaluation for a DC mobile market program run by Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture. Also, Symbolic Interaction just published their co-authored article based on Jeff's MA thesis work.

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SOAN welcomes new ANTH professor, Rashmi Sadana

SOAN welcomes new ANTH professor, Rashmi Sadana

We are pleased to announce that Professor Rashmi Sadana has joined the Anthropology faculty in SOAN. Her newest project is about the globalization of India’s cities with a focus on notions of the public and public spaces, and the politics of urban design and development.

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Students' work part of SSSP's Agenda for Social Justice

Students' work part of SSSP's Agenda for Social Justice

The Society for the Study of Social Problems has released its Agenda for Social Justice: Solutions 2012. The publication features entries from two of our Sociology PhD program's students - Katie Kerstetter and Jason Smith - as well as one of its MA alumni - John Robinson.

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More Than 2,500 Students Walk at College Convocations

More Than 2,500 Students Walk at College Convocations

A record number of students from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University walked across the stage in grand fashion during their convocations on May 17 and 18, 2012. More than 2,500 graduating students were recognized for their efforts in two distinguished ceremonies.

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Former SOCI MA student wins prestigious fellowship

Former SOCI MA student wins prestigious fellowship

John Robinson, MA Sociology 2010, was recently awarded a prestigious Ford Fellowship. He is a second year doctoral student at Northwestern University in Sociology.

Prof Kurtz at the United Nations!

Prof Kurtz at the United Nations!

Professor Kurtz was at the United Nations last week working on new approach to make governments accountable not for GDP or economic growth but for the happiness and well-being of its citizens.

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Graduate Student Accolades

Graduate Student Accolades

Congratulations to Randy Salm and Katie Kerstetter! The national office of Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the international sociological honor society, awarded travel funding to both Randy and Katie to attend the Eastern Sociological Society meeting in New York.

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Prof Dale's Burma book rethinks legal mechanisms

Prof Dale's Burma book rethinks legal mechanisms

Check out Sociology Professor John G. Dale's book Free Burma: Transnational Legal Action and Corporate Accountability. Through the experience of the Free Burma movement, Dale demonstrates how social movements create and appropriate legal mechanisms for generating new transnational political opportunities.

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SOAN welcomes students from Moscow!

SOAN welcomes students from Moscow!

SOAN welcomes eight sociology students from Moscow's Higher School of Economics (HSE)! They will be working on a project at Center for Social Science Research (CSSR) and taking classes. In the group, there are five BA students and three MA students: Elizaveta Germ Pavel Gladkov Anna Gosteva Victoria Koshurina Elena Nikitenko Tamara Petrova Sofya Rukhin Irina Vorobeva We are excited to work with these students this year. Welcome!

NEW Spring Course: Family and Violence

NEW Spring Course: Family and Violence

Americans are more likely to be injured or killed in their own homes by someone they know than anywhere else by anyone else. This course can be applied towards either 1) the Childhood and Youth concentration or 2) the Deviance, Crime, and Social Control concentration in the sociology B.A.

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NEW course: Global Networked Youth Culture

NEW course: Global Networked Youth Culture

Today’s college students are the first to be “born digital.” This course provides an introduction to the study of digital youth culture, with attention to the globalizing forces at work as young people engage and consume new media and new technology. This course can be applied towards either the Culture concentration or the Childhood/Youth concentration.

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MCAT will soon require that students take Intro to Sociology

MCAT will soon require that students take Intro to Sociology

The MCAT2015 will require that all students have taken Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 101) and Introduction to Psychology prior to taking the exam, as material from both introductory courses will be incorporated into the exam. The MCAT2015 website includes the preview guide which details the new Foundations of Behavior content. Sociology plays a significant role in this new exam component.

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What is Anthropology?

What is Anthropology?

Students at University of South Florida respond to Gov. Rick Scott's assertion that the state of Florida doesn't need any more anthropologists.

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The Normal Bar Survey Tackles Age-Old Question: 'Am I Normal'?

The Normal Bar Survey Tackles Age-Old Question: 'Am I Normal'?

An article in The Huffington Post about the large-scale interactive survey created through the combined efforts of screen writer and private bank associate Chrisanna Northup, sociologist Dr. Jim Witte of the Center for Social Science Research at George Mason University, and Dr. Pepper Schwartz, a prolific author of books on relationships and sexuality and a regular guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

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Professor Seligmann researches markets in Peru

Professor Seligmann researches markets in Peru

Professor Linda J. Seligmann spent a month conducting research in the handicraft and agricultural produce markets in Cusco, Peru. Recipient of a Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund grant, she is looking at how neoliberal economic measures, globalization, and the sharp rise in tourism have affected the livelihoods, political engagement, and cultural and gendered identities of vendors. Seligmann has studied informal market economies in Cusco for twenty years, thus giving her the chance to track these changes over a relatively long period of time. She has noticed some striking changes.

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Professor Hanrahan teaches as Fulbright scholar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Professor Hanrahan teaches as Fulbright scholar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Professor Nancy Hanrahan spent the spring semester, 2011, as a Fulbright scholar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She taught a graduate seminar in feminist theory in the Department of Sociology and Politics of Pontificia Universidade Catolica, and worked with colleagues at the university to develop curriculum in Women and Gender Studies. She received many invitations to speak about her current research (on cultural criticism in the age of the Internet), and on the history and future prospects of women’s studies academic programs in the US.

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Mason Welcomes Prospective Students to  Fall Premiere

Mason Welcomes Prospective Students to Fall Premiere

Professors Brian Platt of History and Art History and Jeffrey Mantz of Sociology and Anthropology address prospective students and families at the Mason Fall Premiere on Saturday, Nov. 13. The admissions open house features faculty mini-lectures as a way for prospective applicants to take a closer look at studying at Mason.

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Fulbright Scholarships Send Mason Alumnae Abroad

Fulbright Scholarships Send Mason Alumnae Abroad

Three College of Humanities and Social Sciences alumni were among this year's Fulbright scholarship winners. Patricia Rivera (BA government and international politics ’03 and MS conflict analysis and resolution ’07), Lauren-Claire Kelley (BA English '10) and Carol Petty (BA sociology '10) will study abroad this academic year.

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Bickford Explores Soldier "Hero Worship" in Pat Tillman Case

Bickford Explores Soldier "Hero Worship" in Pat Tillman Case

Andrew Bickford, a professor of anthropology at George Mason University, is featured in The Huffington Post on Sept. 30. His story explores societal and political narratives of combat heroism, and centers on the death of Pat Tillman and the Army's portrayal of him afterward.

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Sociology Alum Uses Real Life as a Drawing Board

Sociology Alum Uses Real Life as a Drawing Board

The George Mason University Field House is an on-campus social hub where friends can get together and enjoy organized or quick pickup games of basketball. For John Robinson, MA sociology ’10, it was also a classroom and research facility.

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Sociology and Anthropology Student Makes Most of Second Chance

Sociology and Anthropology Student Makes Most of Second Chance

Originally a marketing major, Shana De Jahrling returned to school to pursue a career in counseling with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Her internship with the Tragedy Assistant Program for Survivors has allowed her to pursue her passion for counseling and fill a void left by her cousin's tragic death in Afghanistan.

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Recent MAIS Graduate Focuses on Global Water Issues

Recent MAIS Graduate Focuses on Global Water Issues

Shannyn Snyder, who received her master of arts in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on anthropology and global health in 2010, connects water, health and culture in her research. Snyder works for a local non-profit putting her studies to good work.

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Mayrose Wins Best Poster

Mayrose Wins Best Poster

Kattey L. Mayrose (Anthropology '12) was awarded the "Best Poster Presentation at the 2010 Undergraduate Research Symposium" for her poster, "Preservation of Vietnamese Business Cultural Beliefs: Ethnographic Survey of Eden Center, Northern Virginia."

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Student Award Recipients

Student Award Recipients

Each year, departments and programs present awards to their outstanding students. The college is proud to announce the recipients of these awards for 2009-2010. Congratulations to all the department's students for their outstanding achievements.

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Mason Graduate Receives Enhanced Chancellors Fellowship

Mason Graduate Receives Enhanced Chancellors Fellowship

Hayley Jackson, a 2009 graduate of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, has been awarded the Enhanced Chancellors Fellowship at the City University of New York (CUNY) to fund her doctoral studies. This prestigious fellowship will fully fund Hayley for five years as she works toward her PhD at CUNY. Hayley’s research interests are in the field of urban education, and she is excited to study sociology in New York City.

Jacobs Named Williams Lecturer

Jacobs Named Williams Lecturer

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is delighted and honored to announce that Professor Mark Jacobs, sociology, has been named the 2010-2011 Williams Lecturer by the Eastern Sociology Society.

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Frans B.M. de Waal to Lecture at Mason

Frans B.M. de Waal to Lecture at Mason

On Monday April 12 at 2 p.m., Frans BM de Waal, a Dutch-born ethologist/biologist known for his work on the social intelligence of primates, delivers a lecture, "The Age of Empathy: Primate Behavior and Human Society."

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Warren Brown and Robert Pinsky to Speak at Convocations

Warren Brown and Robert Pinsky to Speak at Convocations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is proud to announce the speakers for this year’s convocation ceremonies. Warren Brown, the founder and owner of successful bakery CakeLove and Love Café’, and poet and author Robert Pinsky are the speakers for this year’s convocation ceremonies.

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For Students Who Want to Go Global, New Advisor is the Ticket

For Students Who Want to Go Global, New Advisor is the Ticket

Students looking to add a global component to their education are no longer on their own. In mid-August, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences hired sociology graduate student John Robinson to be the university’s first global programs advisor. In this role, Robinson, also an advisor for the Global Affairs Undergraduate Program, serves as a liaison between students in any major and various global education programs at Mason. Robinson steers students toward different programs based on their interests and needs.

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Rosenblum Works With Diversity Research Group

Rosenblum Works With Diversity Research Group

Dr. Karen Rosenblum of George Mason University’s Sociology and Anthropology Department has embarked on many projects as part of a special group called The Diversity Research Group. These projects have put students at the center ground-breaking research and exposed them to experiences outside of the traditional classroom.

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New Course on Genocide

New Course on Genocide

Palkovich explores the difficult and complex topic of genocide in a new graduate offering in anthropology spring 2010. She will engage anthropological perspectives on genocide and consider the ways in which anthropologists have (or have not) confronted issues of mass violence.

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College Recognizes Exemplary Staff

College Recognizes Exemplary Staff

Karen Secrist’s three-decade career working for George Mason University started just off of Route 50 in Fairfax at what is now known as Paul VI Catholic High School. “There’s only a few of us left that remember those days,” said Dean Jack Censer during a Dec. 2 celebration that honored Secrist as one of the 2009 Mary Roper award-winners.

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From the Inside-Out: Gender Issues Examined at Mason

From the Inside-Out: Gender Issues Examined at Mason

Eleven undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in WMST 411 or 611 Gender Research Project, chose their own research topics, and used various methodologies to answer their sociological queries. On May 7, those researchers presented their findings and received feedback from professors, students and community members at the Second Annual Gender Research Conference.

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Students Present at Undergraduate Research Symposium

Students Present at Undergraduate Research Symposium

In a series of stations -- 31 posters positioned throughout Dewberry Hall -- students presented the findings of their research and welcomed questions and discussion from faculty and students who attended the first annual college Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 14, 2009.

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College is Home to Two Truman Scholarship Finalists

College is Home to Two Truman Scholarship Finalists

The finalists for the 2008 Harry S. Truman Scholarship – a prestigious, competitive program that provides $30,000 for graduate study – were recently named. The selection committee endorsed two Mason candidates with majors in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences who showed impressive academic achievements, leadership skills and community involvement.

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Q & A: David Haines

Q & A: David Haines

We asked Haines, Sociology and Anthropology, an immigration expert, for some insight on immigration issues on and off campus.

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