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Sociology doctoral candidate, Alicia Smith-Tran, receives Woodrow Wilson Dissertation grant

Date posted: February 17th, 2017

Alicia Smith-Tran, Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology, was named a recipient of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Dissertation Grant through the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation for the 2017-18 school year for her dissertation research, “Racialized Runners: Life Stories of Black Women Who Run.” The selection panel noted that they were “impressed by the strength of [her] application and the outstanding scholarship demonstrated in [her] dissertation chapter.”

From “Manscaping Men” to “No Country for Old Wo/Men” Capstone Students Present Innovative Independent Research Projects

Date posted: December 16th, 2016

On December 13th nine sociology majors presented their Senior Capstone Experience (SOCI 392) research project to the scientific community of Case Western Reserve University. …Read more.

Article by Dale Dannefer recognized as second most cited paper in JGSS

Date posted: December 13th, 2016

At this year’s meeting of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Dale Dannefer’s 2003 paper “Cumulative Advantage/Disadvantage and the Life Course: Cross-Fertilizing Age and Social Science Theory” was recognized as the second most cited paper in the history of the long running journal.

Áine Ní Léime Presents at a Social Justice Institute Policy Seminar

Date posted: December 10th, 2016

Áine Ní Léime, a Marie Sklodowska Curie Research Fellow funded by the European Framework Programme 7, shared the preliminary results of a project conducted in the CWRU Department of Sociology entitled Gender, Older Workers and the Lifecourse (GENDOWL). …Read more.

Karie Feldman and Brian Gran featured in

Date posted: November 8th, 2016

Karie Feldman and Brian Gran were featured in a Guest Columnist article on entitled “With paid parental leave on both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s agendas, it’s time to adopt it: Karie Feldman and Brian K. Gran (Opinion).” Read the full article here:

Cassi Pittman Receives Glennan Fellowship from UCITE

Date posted: October 18th, 2016

UCITE, the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education at Case Western Reserve University, has named Assistant Professor Cassi Pittman one of its five Glennan Fellows for 2016-2017. Named after T. Keith Glennan, former President of Case Institute of Technology (1947-1965), the program recognizes tenure track faculty and is awarded based on promise as a scholar and teacher.

On Becoming a Teen Mom: Life before Pregnancy receives ASA Book Award

Date posted: October 10th, 2016

Professors Mary Erdmans and Timothy Black have received a second prestigious award for their recent book.  At the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) in Seattle, On Becoming A Teen Mom: Life Before Pregnancy received the William J. Goode Book Award, Honorable Mention from the Section of the Sociology of the Family, American Sociological Association.

Eva Kahana awarded one of the CJN 2016 Class of 18 Difference Makers

Date posted: October 7th, 2016

Eva Kahana was awarded one of the CJN 2016 Clsas of 18 Difference Makers. This class of honorees represents remarkable individuals who make a difference and help better the Northeast Ohio’s Jewish community by being active through nonprofit organization, volunteer group or professional endeavor, and must demonstrate the “mensch-like” characteristics of honor and integrity. An event will be held on November 2 honoring the Cleveland Jewish News 18 Difference Makers and award winners will also be featured in a commemorative section of the October 28 issue of CJN and on

Eva Kahana and Jeffrey Kahana’s new book available March 2017

Date posted: October 7th, 2016

What is the lived experience of previously healthy older adults as they face disability in late life, and how is disability assimilated in their identity? How do prevailing practices facilitate—or limit—options for elders living with new disabilities? To address these questions, Jeffrey Kahana and Eva Kahana uniquely synthesize disability and gerontological perspectives to explore both the unfolding challenges of aging and the practices and policies that can enhance the lives of older adults in their forthcoming publication Disability and Aging: Learning from Both to Empower the Lives of Older Adults available from Lynne Rienner Publishers April 2017.

Brian Gran Reviews for Fulbright US Scholar Program, joins board of Ohio Consortium of Crime Sciences

Date posted: September 9th, 2016

Brian Gran was invited to serve as a Discipline Reviewer for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program and also invited to serve as an Advisory Board member of the Ohio Consortium of Crime Sciences. …Read more.

Mary Erdmans presents at two events in Poland

Date posted: June 24th, 2016

Mary Erdmans presented at two events in Poland this June. …Read more.

Congrats to May and August 2016 Doctoral Graduates!

Date posted: June 21st, 2016

Congratulations to Relebohile Morojele, Robert Peterson, Rebecca Siders, and Margaret Waltz for successfully defending their dissertations! …Read more.

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