Gilkes Pens Opinion Piece on George Floyd Death for Religion News Service

Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, wrote an opinion piece picked up by Religion News Service titled “Kneeling to venerate hate: The meaning of a police killing in Minnesota.” In the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, GIlkes wrote, “America needs to understand...

Mayrl Paper on Historical Sociology Published in American Journal of Sociology

Associate Professor of Sociology Damon W. Mayrl coauthored a study, “What Do Historical Sociologists Do All Day? Analytic Architectures in Historical Sociology,” recently published in one of the top journals for sociology, American Journal of Sociology. Mayrl and Assistant Professor Nicholas Hoover Wilson of Stony Brook University used quantitative and qualitative techniques to analyze 37...

Gross Discusses Collective COVID-19 Trauma on New Hampshire Public Radio

Neil Gross, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, was a guest on New Hampshire Public Radio’s show Lifelines discussing collective trauma in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. When asked what can help heal collective trauma, Gross responded, “I think a big part of it has to do with leadership and what people, from politicians, to faith...

Gilkes Contributes Chapter on Du Bois to Sage Encyclopedia

Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of African American Studies and Sociology, has contributed a chapter on W.E.B. Du Bois to the Sage Encyclopedia of Sociology of Religion. “In addition to many well-known publications, he produced a massive body of work—a hardcover annotated bibliography weighs 5 pounds—and his sociology of religion...

Kesler Writes Post About Public Preschool for American Sociological Association Blog

Associate Professor of Sociology Christel Kesler contributed a post to the Work in Progress, a blog of the American Sociological Association. Kesler’s post is titled “Public preschool helps some families more than others” and discusses her recent study, in which she sets out “to better understand the implications of the rise in children’s preschool attendance for the...

Gilkes Presents Paper on W.E.B. Du Bois at ESS Annual Meeting

Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, presented a paper at the 2020 Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, held Feb. 28 in Philadelphia. Gilkes’s paper is titled “The Gift of W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Gift of Black Folk: African Cultural Capital and the Making of America.”

Gilkes Essay on Red Summer, Trump Summer, Published in Religion News Service

Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, has an essay titled “Red Summer, Trump Summer and the politics of hate,” in Religion News Service. “Living memories of terror and exclusion within my family became personal, cultural and social capital, enabling and motivating my parents to resist discrimination...

Gross Op-Ed in New York Times On New Word in Lexicon: Structural

The latest New York Times op-ed by Neil Gross, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, looks at a new word used by Democratic presidential candidates: structural. “Some of what the candidates are up to by using the term ‘structural’ is merely rhetorical, signaling the boldness of their ideas,” he wrote. “Yet ‘structural’ is also a...

Gross Reviews Book Biased in New York Times

Neil Gross, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, reviewed Biased, a new book by Jennifer Eberhardt, in the Sunday New York Times. Gross called the book an “unexpectedly poignant overview of the research on cognitive biases and stereotypes, especially racial bias in criminal justice.”

Mayrl Awarded Project Grant for Researchers from Louisville Institute

Damon Mayrl, assistant professor of sociology, was awarded a Project Grant for Researchers grant from the Louisville Institute for his project titled “A Changing Wall: Local Religious Leaders and Church-State Interaction in a New Era.” Mayrl and his co-researchers plan to interview 150 religious leaders across the country “to document the changing landscape of church-state relations...

Gross New York Times Op-Ed Asks “Is Environmentalism Just for Rich People?”

In a Dec. 14 New York Times op-ed titled “Is Environmentalism Just for Rich People?” Neil Gross, Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, discusses the issue of whether or not environmentalism is a “boutique issue, a cause only the well-off can afford to worry about.” Gross compares the situation with the recent Yellow Vest protests in France and the...

Gilkes Quoted in Religion News Service Article on Jamal Bryant

Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, was quoted in a Religion News Service story about megapastor Jamal Bryant and his move from Baltimore to a church in Lithonia, Ga., which has lost two pastors since 2017. Bryant’s transition demonstrates the problem of continuity in churches with nationally significant pastors,...

Gross Reviews Book on Cultural Influences for New York Times

The Sept. 14 New York Times includes a book review by Neil Gross, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology. Gross reviewed Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World by psychologist Michele Gelfand. “Her aim isn’t to guide readers through all the complex elements that make up a culture, but to draw attention to...

Gross Quoted in CNN Story about Double Standards for Ugly Speech

Neil Gross, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, was included in a CNN story by conservative commentator Carrie Sheffield titled “Let’s acknowledge the political double standard for ugly speech.” Sheffield writes, “The list of the blind hypocrisy of the American entertainment complex goes on and on, but it’s symptomatic of its deep liberal leanings. Neil Gross,...

Gross Op-Ed in New York Times Asks “Is U.S. Too Big to Govern?”

“Is the United States Too Big to Govern?” is the title of the latest op-ed by Neil Gross, Colby’s Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology. “What if trust in American democracy is eroding because the nation has become too big to be effectively governed through traditional means?” he writes May 11. “There are clear economic and...

New York Times Op-Ed by Gross on Hollywood Liberalism

Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross penned an op-ed for the New York Times titled “Why is Hollywood so Liberal” in advance of the Oscars. “It’s award season in Hollywood, and it looks like the big winner will be progressive politics,” Gross wrote Jan. 27, then tries to explain why actors are liberal, offering several...

Gross New York Times Op-Ed on Role of Embarrassment

In a June 16 New York Times op-ed, Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross delves into the historical analysis of embarrassment and the function it has in modern-day society. “The embarrassed individual is a functioning member of society, attuned enough to the dynamics of interpersonal interaction that his or her body responds reflexively to a perceived...

Uzoma Orchingwa ’14 Awarded Soros Fellowship

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Born in Illinois to Nigerian immigrants, Orchingwa received a Truman Scholarship in 2013, earned his degree in philosophy and sociology from Colby, and went on to earn an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge (England). The Soros Fellowship “honors the contributions of immigrants to the United States...