About the Department
The Department of Sociology congratulates the recipients of the 2012-2013 Departmental Awards For Outstanding Sociology Majors. Congratulations to Jahneille Cunningham on the receipt of the Alvin W. Rose Award for Outstanding Sociology Major awarded in honor of Dr. Alvin W. Rose, chair of the Department of Sociology from 1977 to 1979; and, to Kate Hollenbeck on the receipt of the Award for the Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology International Honor Society in Sociology, awarded to the honor society member with highest GPA.
Criminology major who won the award for Outstanding Criminology Student also wins Outstanding Student Award for the College of Arts and Sciences
The Department of Sociology would like to congratulate Criminology Major Sami Polenberg for the receipt of the Outstanding Student Award for the College of Arts and Sciences, along with the Bryce Finely Ryan Award for Academic Excellence in Criminology, and Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society Award. Sami teaches kick boxing and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She graduated with Summa Cum Laude in Criminology and will continue her studies at the University of Miami in the Master of Arts in Sociology Program this fall.
Congratulations to Ashley B. Mikulyuk for receiving a College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Award. During the academic year 2013-14 the College will grant only six dissertation awards. Her selection by a small faculty committee reflects the quality of your application and your accomplishments to date as a doctoral student.
Prof. Marvin Dawkins named new Faculty Athletic Representative to the ACC and NCAA
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Welcome to the Department of Sociology
Welcome to the Department of Sociology at the University of Miami. As part of UM’s College of Arts and Sciences, our department includes approximately 15 faculty and 35 graduate students. We offer a B.A. degree in either Sociology or Criminology, which provides students with broad exposure to contemporary material in each field and prepares them for a variety of job opportunities or graduate education. The Ph.D. degree in Sociology provides graduate students with the intellectual and professional expertise necessary to teach Sociology at the university level and conduct advanced sociological research. The department offers three substantive areas of concentration at the doctoral level: (1) Criminology; (2) Race and Ethnic Relations; and (3) Medical Sociology. The National Research Council (2010) recently ranked our Ph.D. program among the top 5 graduate sociology programs in the U.S.
Dr. Olena Antonaccio Among Most Prolific Female Criminologists
Dr. Olena Antonaccio, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, was recently acknowledged for being among a small group of highly productive female criminologists. A study published in the third 2013 issue of the Journal of Criminal Justice Education ranked all female scholars who had published in eight elite criminology and criminal justice journals between 2000 and 2010. Rankings were based on total number of publications, publication rate taking into consideration years since Ph.D., and a weighted index incorporating journal impact factors. Dr. Antonaccio was ranked 16th among the top 25 female authors overall and 3rd among the top 25 female authors when adjusted for year of PhD. In addition, Dr. Antonaccio was among a small group (3) of recent graduates who have been extremely productive over a short period of time. Dr. Antonaccio’s interests include crime, deviance, sociological theory, survey research, and cross-national research. Her work has appeared in some of the top journals in Criminology and Sociology, including Criminology, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and Social Forces.
Sociology Professor Receives Prestigious Harvard Fellowship
Dr. George Wilson, Professor in the Sociology department, has received the Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellowship to be in residence at the W.E.B DuBois Institute at Harvard University during the Spring 2014 academic semester. The Fellows Program, the oldest of the W.E.B DuBois Institute’s activities, invites up to twenty scholars to be in residence each year, reflecting the interdisciplinary breadth of African and African American Studies. While at Harvard, Professor Wilson will continue conducting his research on evolving patterns of racial inequality in the public sector and will present several lectures on the topic. Professor Wilson’s work examines whether changing conditions of employment brought about by neo-liberal reform are in the process of altering the public sector as the long-standing segment of the American labor market in which minorities achieve relative parity with Whites in socioeconomic outcomes. His broader research interests focus on the institutional production of racial and ethnic inequality in the American workplace and the social structural determinants of beliefs about the causes of racial and ethnic inequality.
Featured Graduate Students
Graduate Student Receives Dean's Dissertation Award
Department of Sociology Ph.D. candidate, Ms. Ashley Mikulyuk, was recently selected to receive a very prestigious College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Dean’s Dissertation Award. Judged by a faculty committee, only six dissertation awards were granted by CAS during the 2013-14 academic year, which reflects the progress and quality of Ashley’s accomplishments as a graduate student. Ashley’s dissertation, The Impact of Institutional Diversity on Social Cohesion and Economic Productivity: A Macro-level Analysis, merges data from the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey to metropolitan area-level data from the U.S. Census. She will assess how the institutional context of diversity, measured using indices of segregation across schools and neighborhoods, shapes social and economic outcomes across U.S. communities. Based on her research findings, Ashley hopes to generate sociological knowledge that can inform social policy and judicial sentiment pertaining to equality of educational and occupational opportunity. Under the guidance of Drs. Jomills Braddock (Chair), Marvin Dawkins, Alejandro Portes, and Koren Bedeau, the CAS dissertation award will allow Ashley to work full time on her research.
Graduate Student Awarded Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Grant
Department of Sociology doctoral student, Ms. Bisma Sayed, was recently awarded a prestigious and highly competitive doctoral dissertation grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Bisma’s dissertation, The Effect of Economic Conditions and Social Capital on the Use of Clinical Preventive Services, links data from the General Social Survey (GSS), the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), and state-level economic statistics from the U.S. Census to analyze the relationships between economic conditions, social capital, and clinical preventive services (e.g., influenza vaccinations, HPV vaccinations, breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings). This project is particularly timely and policy relevant given recent passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA seeks to increase preventive health care utilization by expanding health insurance coverage for clinical preventive services. This dissertation will form the foundation for future research on how to incentivize clinical preventive services during periods of high economic instability. Under the guidance of Drs. Michael T. French (Chair), Robert Johnson, Olena Antonaccio, and Laura Giuliano, the AHRQ grant will allow Bisma to work full time on her research.