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Sociologists at Tulane University have been busy lately. Below is just some of the many impressive things we’ve done in 2019 alone!


The Sociology Colloquium Series recently hosted Ruha Bejamin, Associate Professor & Arthur H. Scribner Bicentennial Preceptor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. Her talk was titled “A New Jim Code?: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life” took place on September 6, 2019

  • A big thank you to Robin Bartram and Mariana Craciun for running the sociology colloquium series this year, and to Camilo Leslie and Amalia Leguizamon for the work they’ve done on the colloquium in previous years.

The Tulane Culture Workshop recently hosted Robin Wagner-Pacifici, the University in Exile Professor of Sociology at the New School of Social Research to discuss her work-in-progress “Habermas in Starbucks; Starbucks in Philadelphia” on October 4, 2019

Patrick Rafail was awarded a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation in Computational Social Science to fund a project examining fatal police shootings between 2014 and 2018

Patrick Rafail and CCC graduate student Margaret Mahoney have a forthcoming article in The Sociological Quarterly titled “A Long Road to Freedom: The Exoneration Pipeline in the United States, 1989-2015.”

Partick Rafail and CCC graduate student Isaac Freitas published “Grievance Articulation and Community Reactions in the Men’s Movement Online.” In Social Media & Society

Xiaojin Chen and Patrick Rafail. Have a forthcoming article in Crime & Delinquency titled "Do Housing Vacancies Induce More Crime? A Spatio-Temporal Regression Analysis."

Xiaojin Chen and Xin Jiang published “Are Grandparents Better Caretakers? Parental Migration, Caretaking Arrangements, Children’s Self-Control, and Delinquency in Rural China” in Crime & Delinquency.

Mariana Craciun published “The place of therapy: Between lab and field in the psychoanalytic office.” in Sociology of Health and Illness. Online first: doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12977

Laura McKinney was named the Director of Environment Studies at Tulane University.

Laura McKinney and Arianna King published a chapter titled “Gender and Climate Change” in Women’s Journey to Empowerment in the 21st Century: A Transnational Feminist Analysis of Women’s Lives in Modern Times. Edited by Kristen Zeleski, Annalisa Enrile, Eugenia L. Weiss, and Xiying Wang,Oxford University Press.

Mimi Shippers’ latest book Polyamory, Monogamy, and American Dreams: The Stories We Tell about Poly Lives and the Cultural Production of Inequality is scheduled to be published in November 2019 with Routledge Press.

Kevin Gotham’s latest book Practicing Forensic Criminology (with co-author Daniel B. Kennedy) is now available through Elsevier, Academic Press.

Kevin Gotham published an invited chapter titled “Space/Time” in The Cambridge Handbook of Social Theory. Edited by Peter Kivisto, Cambridge University Press.

Kevin Gotham was invited to give the keynote presentation titled “Tenacity of the Troost Wall: Real Estate, Housing Policy, and Residential Segregation in Kansas City” during the Reflections on Education, Equity, and Integrated Communities conference, hosted by the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC) Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching (FaCET) & Rockhurst University. October 09, 2019.

Katherine M. Johnson (along with Arthur Greil, Ophra Leyser-Whalen, Julia McQuillan, Karina Shreffler, and Michele H. Lowry) have a forthcoming article titled “Does Self-Identifying as having a Health Problem Precede Medical Contact? The Case of Infertility." in Sociological Focus.

Katherine M. Johnson (along with Arthur Greil, Julia McQuillan, Michele H. Lowry Kathleen S. Slauson-Blevings, and Richard M. Simon) have a forthcoming article in Sociological Quarterly titled “Degrees of Medicalization: The Case of infertility Health-Seeking.”

Katherine M. Johnson has a forthcoming article in Sociological Forum titled “Making Milk and Money: Contemporary Working Mothers’ Orientations to Breastfeeding.”

Katherine M. Johnson (along with co-authors Richard M. Simon, Jessica Liddell, and Sarah Kington) has another forthcoming article titled “Feeding the Cesarean Cycle? Childbirth Education, Current Cesarean Outcomes, and Future Maternal Requests.” In Advances in Medical Sociology.

Katherine M. Johnson is the lead author (along with Arthur L. Greil, Julia McQuillan, Ophra Leyser-Whalen, Karina M. Shreffler) for the article “Infertility and Self-definition: Indeterminacy of the Illness-Self Relationship.” Published with Sociological Perspectives. DOI 10.1177/0731121419867691.

Robin Bartram has a forthcoming article titled “The cost of code violations: How building codes shape residential sales prices and rents” in Housing Policy Debate.

Robin Bartram was invited to participate in the Sociology of Housing Conference at Georgetown University. Her presentation is titled “Damned if you do and damned if you don’t: building inspections and housing inequality”.

Stephen F. Ostertag has a forthcoming invited chapter in the book Breaching the Civil Order: Radicalism and the Civil Sphere titled “Antiracism Movements and the US Civil Sphere: The Case of Black Lives Matter.” Edited by Trevor Stack, Jeffrey C. Alexander, and Farhad Khosrokhavar, Cambridge University Press.

Stephen F. Ostertag presented “Reciprocity of News in the Context of Disaster: News Sharing, Blogs and Collective Action Over Time” at the Sharing Society, International Conference in Bilbao, Spain (May 23-24).

Amalia Leguizamon published “The Gendered Dimensions of Resource Extractivism in Argentina’s Soy Boom” in Latin American Perspectives.

Amalia Leguizamon (along with co-authors Nienke Busscher, Eva Lia Colombo, Lidewij van der Ploeg and Julia Ines Gabella) published “Civil society challenges the global food system: the International Monsanto Tribunal” in Globalizations.

Amalia Leguizamon’s book Seeds of Power: Environmental Injustice and Genetically Modified Soybeans in Argentina is accepted and under contract with Duke University Press.

Christopher Oliver was appointed as one of the 2019-2021 Faculty Fellows in the Tulane Mellon Graduate Program in Community Engaged Scholarship (see website:

Christopher Oliver and students from his Critical Visualization and Media Lab (CVML) worked with residents of Gordon Plaza to highlight the ongoing battle with toxicity, relocation and environmental justice in New Orleans. Their work is currently being showcased at the Newcomb Art Museum as part of “The American Dream Denied: The New Orleans Residents of Gordon Plaza Seek Relocation” exhibit.

  • This work is funded through a Newcomb Institute Community Engagement Grant and a Center for Public Service Community Engagement Grant.

Christopher Oliver is also a contributor to the Anthropocene Curriculum’s Risk /Equity Seminar, a project that “draws together heterogeneous practices of knowledge production and dissemination, inviting academics, artists, and activists from around the world to co-develop a new culture of capacity and awareness that responds to an unfolding global crisis.”

David Smilde continues to draw on his expertise on Venezuela to provide insight and analysis as the country continues to undergo civil and political unrest. With Abraham Lowenthal, he’s published a number of articles, opinion pieces and commentary in the nation’s leading news and political outlets:

Over the past year, David Smilde has traveled to Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Oslo, Brussels, The Hague, Bogotà, Caracas and Sao Paulo to talk about the Venezuela crisis.

Michele Adams was appointed by Tulane University President Michael Fitts to be the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) for Tulane University.


Other Notable News:

A big thank you to Camilo Leslie for running a very successful and active sociology colloquium series in 2018-2019. We hosted Javier Auyero (with help from Amalia Leguizamon), Kimberly Hoang, Stefan Timmermans, and Debbie Becher.

Amalia Leguizamon won the 2017 ASA Section on Environmental Sociology’s Robert Boguslaw Award for Technology and Humanism

Laura McKinney won the Morton Deutsch Award from the International Society for Justice Research for the best article published in Social Justice Research in 2015

Mariana Craciun published the lead article “Emotions and knowledge in expert work: A comparison of two psychotherapies.” In the American Journal of Sociology, (2018), 123(4): 959-1003.

Stephen F. Ostertag won the 2015 Barbera E. Moley Service Learning Teaching Award from Tulane University for his Criminology course’s ongoing work with the Orleans Public Defenders and their Client Division Services.


City Culture and Community PhD program news: 

Wesley Cheek has been selected by the The Social Science Research Council for a fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.  He will be a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. 

Curtis Davis will start a tenure track job at University of Southern Mississippi.

Emily Starr will join the Sociology faculty at Loyola University, New Orleans. 

Jesse Chanin received a Spencer Dissertation Fellowship from the National Academy of Education. 

Arianna King received a Fulbright for her dissertation research in Ghana.

Announcements and Awards 

2012-2013 Academic Year

Patrick Rafail received the National Science Foundation funding ($258,172) for his project with John D. McCarthy titled, "Accounting for the Emergence, Persistence, and Media Coverage of Social Action Organizations." (2013-2015).

2011-2012 Academic Year

Michele Adams won the newly renamed April Brayfield Teaching Award. (SLA Awards 2012)

2010-2011 Academic Year

Stephen Ostertag was named this year’s recipient of the International Communication Association’s James W. Carey Urban Communication Award

2009-2010 Academic Year

New Multi/Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in City, Culture, and Community (CCC) has been approved! (For more information, click on the Graduate Program menu at the sidebar.)

Sociologists featured in SLA Newsletter
December 22, 2009 ("Graffiti Art"")

Sociologists featured in New Wave
December 18, 2009 ("Crafts Projects Help Kids")
December 16, 2009 ("We’re a School of Creativity’")

"Faculty Gender Equity" Acknowledgment from the Sociologists for the Women in Society (2009)

Kevin Gotham was awarded National Science Foundation Urban Long-term Research Area (ULTRA) Exploratory Award (with John McLachlan, the Center for Bio-Environmental Research)
- $300,000 grant will fund their research focusing on the impact of trauma on urban ecological and social diversity (Abstract)

2008-2009 Academic Year

April Brayfield (SGA Excellence in Teaching Award 2008-09)

Prior to 2005

April Brayfield (Presidents' Award for Excellence in Teaching 2004)