Sociology Academic News

James E. Hawdon, from the Department of Sociology and director of the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, published “Crises of Security and Crises of Legitimacy: Organizational Evolution in American Policing, 1860–2017,” On These Mean Streets…People Are Dying: Police and Citizen Brutality in America, ed. Ashraf Esmail and Lisa Eargle (Lake Charles, Iowa: Green Legacy Publishing, 2019), pp. 40–70.

Anthony A. Peguero, an associate professor from the Department of Sociology, published “Are Violence and Disorder at School Placing Adolescents within Immigrant Families at Higher Risk of Dropping Out?” in the Journal of School Violence 18.2 (2019): 241–58, with Jun Sung Hong.

Black Women and the Criminal Justice System: Towards the Decolonisation of Victimisation by Onwubiko Agozino, a professor in the Department of Sociology, was republished by Routledge Press as part of its Routledge Revival Series that includes classics in Sociology. The title was first published in 1997 by Routledge.

Department of Sociology faculty members Jennifer Bondy and Anthony Peguero published “The Children of Immigrants’ Bonding to School: Examining the Roles of Assimilation, Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Social Bonds,” Urban Education 54.4 (2019): 592–622, with Brent Johnson.

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.