Sociology Academic News

Shannon Bell, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, published “Energy Transitions or Additions? Why a Transition from Fossil Fuels Requires More than the Growth of Renewable Energy,” Energy Research and Social Science 51 (2019): 40–43, with Richard York.

Megan Nanney, a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology, was awarded a Sociology Program Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) award for her proposal titled “Transgender Admissions Policies and Women’s Colleges as Gendered Organizations.”

The DDRI program is administered by the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences in the Division of Social and Economic Sciences of the National Science Foundation. Nanney’s proposal was one of only 15 awarded support in the Fall 2018 competition; the award of $15,979 will be used for Nanney’s living costs while in the field, archival reproduction, research assistants, and participant compensation.

Sarah Ovink, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, serves as Nanney’s dissertation advisor.

Brenda Husser, an office manager and chief academic advisor in the Department of Sociology, was a recipient of the 2019 Inspire Integrity Award from the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

The award, the only national student-nominated faculty and administration award program, is presented to full-time university faculty and administration who have, through their lessons and actions, made a significant impact on the lives of their students and instilled a high degree of personal and academic integrity. Husser was awarded a $1,000 professional development award.

Jenna Bender, a sophomore Criminology major, submitted the nomination; she received a $1,000 scholarship.

Anthony Peguero, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, published “School Disorder and Dropping Out: The Intersection of Gender, Race, and Ethnicity,” Youth & Society 51.2 (2019): 193–218, with Gabriel Merrin, Jun Sung Hong, and Kecia Johnson.

Anthony “Kwame” Harrison, a professor in the Department of Sociology, was reappointed the Gloria D. Smith Professor of Black Studies by Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands and Executive Vice President and Executive Vice President and Provost Cyril Clarke.

The professorship, in honor of the late Gloria D. Smith, a counselor and advocate of minority students on campus before her retirement, is awarded for a period of two years to an outstanding faculty member who contributes significantly to the growth and development of minority students, student athletes, and scholarly pursuits.

Harrison has held the title since 2014. A member of the Virginia Tech community since 2003, Harrison’s research in popular music studies and ethnography has enhanced the visibility of the Africana Studies program at Virginia Tech. His engagement with students garnered him the university’s Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2015, and he has demonstrated a deep commitment to recruitment and mentoring of students.

Harrison earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Syracuse University.

Paula Marie Seniors, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, published “Bob Cole’s ‘Colored Actor’s Declaration of Independence’: The Case of The Shoo Fly Regiment and George C. Wolfe’s Shuffle Along,” The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance, ed. Kathy Perkins, Sandra Richards, Renée Alexander Craft, and Thomas DeFrantz, Routledge Companions (London and New York: Routledge, 2019), pp. 88 –94.

Donna Sedgwick, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, and collaborators Liz Allen, Charlotte Baker, Mary Beth Dunkenberger, Kathy Hosig, Robin Lemaire, and Laura Nelson received an Advancing Transdisciplinary Communities in Rural Health Research seed grant from the Office of the Provost.

The project, “Supporting Healthy Rural Communities Through Increased Awareness of Well-Being and System Factors,” will serve to establish a new model for understanding the unique dynamics of health disparities and inequities within local communities.

Sedgwick serves as co-Principal Investigator; the amount of the grant is $20,000.

Fighting King Coal: The Challenges to Micromobilization in Central Appalachia by Shannon Bell, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, published by the MIT Press in 2016, received the Gerald L. Young Book Award in Human Ecology from the Society for Human Ecology.

In addition, Bell published “Indigenous Social Movements in Mountain Regions,” Global Mountain Regions: Conversations Toward the Future, ed. Ann Kingsolver and Sasikumar Balasundaram (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2018), pp. 83–118, with Carmen Martínez Novo, Subhadra Mitra Channa, Annapurna Devi Pandey, and Luis Alberto Tuaza Castro.

Toni Calasanti, a professor in the Department of Sociology, was appointed to the American Sociological Association (ASA) Committee on Professional Ethics for a three-year term beginning in January 2019.

The ASA has more than 13,000 members; the nine-member committee is appointed by the association’s Council.

Doctoral student Jonathan Lloyd from the Department of Sociology and faculty member James Hawdon, also director of the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, published “Framing Hate with Hate Frames: Designing the Codebook,” Companion of the 2018 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (Jersey City, New Jersey: ACM, 2018), pp. 201–04, with Shruti Phadke, Mattia Samory, and Tanushree Mitra.