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Department of Sociology receives the TWU Distinguished Department Supporting Graduate Students

This award honors department contributions which might include excellence in teaching, availability of research opportunities for students, TWU community relations, graduate mentoring, outreach and professional development, administration, and staff support. The department was nominated by Allison Ray, doctoral candidate in sociology.

“I am so excited about this award. I wish to thank the faculty, staff, and students who have helped create a supportive environment for our graduate students to thrive and succeed. Proud to be part of this department at TWU." –Celia Lo, Ph.D., TWU Sociology Professor and Chair

Celia Lo, PhD, receives the TWU Distinction in Scholarship Award

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"Thanks to the inimitable support of sociology faculty members and graduate students, I am honored to receive TWU’s 2018 Distinction in Scholarship Award, which the university uses to note distinguished records of scholarship accompanying sustained dedication to the deepening of knowledge. My research has explored social inequalities of many stripes, and has demonstrated the intersectionality of various social statuses—race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status—with health. People’s health in our globalizing world exhibits disparities reflecting long-standing, widespread injustices. I want to see health disparities severely diminished; my research is my means of promoting the change I want to see." – Celia Lo, Ph.D., TWU Sociology Professor and Chair

TWU Department of Sociology well represented during 2018 Homecoming Festivities

21st Annual Student Creative Arts & Research Symposium

Hollie Teague, Poster Presentation
"Neighborly Removal: Forced Relocation in 1920’s Texas and the Maintenance of Racial Hierarchy"

Prauttus Konte, Poster Presentation
"The Rise of Obesity as Related to Dietary Guidelines from 1984 to 2014"

William Smith, Platform Presentation
"Why They Choose What They Choose: Factors Influencing High School Students’ Postsecondary Choices"

William Ash-Houchen, Showcase of Student Research, received the Graduate Council Award for Exceptional, Original Scholarship
"Strain, Depression, and Adolescent Substance Use and Temporal-Ordering Analysis"

Book-in-Common Essay Contest

Ph.D. sociology student, Petina JD Powers, received first place in the graduate student division in this year’s Book-in-Common Essay Contest. My Beloved World by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was this year’s Book-in-Common. Powers’ essay, “She said, Some Women Need to be Hit” was a story of surviving trauma and moving forward to build a better life while effecting positive change in society.

Associate professor Jessica Smartt Gullion publishes 'Diffractive Ethnography: Social Sciences and the Ontological Turn'


Congratulations to associate professor of sociology Jessica Smartt Gullion, Ph.D. Her new book, Diffractive Ethnography: Social Sciences and the Ontological Turn, recently was published by Routledge. 

What would happen if social researchers de-centered themselves and humans? How do social scientists tackle important policy issues? These questions are deftly explored by Gullion in a fascinating and timely volume about the ontological turn in the social sciences. Diffractive Ethnography is for social scientists who want to be rid of hierarchies in order to engage deeply in social justice. It is for those of us who want to throw away the tool box, and see what creative new connections we can make across disciplines and ways of being. This is the most exciting book on methodology I have read in years.

- Review from Sandra L. Faulkner, Bowling Green State University, author of Real Women Run

Associate professor's book featured in international journal of science

A book authored by associate professor of sociology Jessica Smartt Gullion, PhD, is featured in this month's 'New in Paperback' section of Nature, an international journal of science. Fracking the Neighborhood: Reluctant Activists and Natural Gas Drilling, is available through MIT Press and

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Andrea Laurent-Simpson, Ph.D., TWU sociology alumna and recipient of the 2017 Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award.

Sociology alumna receives national Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award

Andrea Laurent-Simpson, Ph.D., a December 2016 graduate of the Texas Woman’s University sociology doctoral program, has received this year’s Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award. This award is presented annually to the author of the best graduate student paper in the tradition of symbolic interaction by the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.

Philip Yang, PhD, receives the TWU Distinction in Scholarship Award

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Philip Yang, PhD, receiving the 2017 TWU Distinction in Scholarship Award.

"I am honored and humbled to receive the TWU Distinction in Scholarship Award, which is recognition of my more than two and a half decades of research.

My research endeavors to capture the real social world as closely as possible and to impact the academic community and people’s lives. Quite a few of my publications break new grounds in uncharted territories.

If you keep doing and publishing your research, one day you will be recognized. Even if you may not receive an award, you know that you have impact on the world if people read and use your works."

Philip Yang, PhD, TWU Sociology Professor and Graduate Program Director