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The following students have won the GC dissertation fellowship:

Colin Ashley: MAGNET Dissertation Fellowship (Jerry Watts, chair) 23,000 + instate tuition
Jonathan Davis: Dissertation Fellowship (Paul Attewell) 22,000 + instate tuition
Jan Haldipur: Dissertation Fellowship (Phil Kasinitz) 22,000 + instate tuition
Jacob Lederman: Dissertation Fellowship (Sharon Zukin) 22,000 + instate tuition
Koby Oppenheim: Randolph L. Braham Dissertation Award (Richard Alba) 12,500 + instate tuition
These awards come with no service obligation, which help students finish their dissertation.

Christina Nadler has been offered the Dissertation Fellowship with the Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies. This fellowship includes participation in a seminar with faculty and other fellows as well as an award of $10,000.

Jane McAlevely, a fourth year student in the program, was in The Nation again, honoring and describing her work, about women changing the labor movement.


April Henning, a 6th year level 3 student,  has received a two-year fellowship, July '14-July '16: National Institute on Drug Abuse Post-Doctoral Fellowship.

Sou Hyun Jang, a 4th year level 3 student, has received the Nadri Dissertation Fellowship ($3,000) from the Research Center for Korean Community.

Bernadette Ludwig has accepted an offer for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Wagner College starting fall 2014. She is working on her dissertation, “America is Not the Heaven We Dream Of: Race, Gender, and Refugee Status among Liberians in Staten Island, New York” with Nancy Foner (chair), Philip Kasinitz, Holly Reed, and William Helmreich on her committee.

Amalia Leguizamon’s work was picked up by Third World Network. Read about it here. Amalia is planning on defending in January.


Christina Nadler was interviewed in a USA Today news story about professors and students taking to social media to highlight the conditions of the facilities on the campuses where they teach. Christina was asked to discuss her blog  #HolesAtHunter. Read the USA Today Story here.

Vadricka Etienne, NSF grant recepient, is part of CUNY's All-Star Science Team. View photos here and here.


A new review of Jane McAlevey's book Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement is available to view on Jane's website.

Abbie Kolker has published a paper with Professor Cynthia Epstein titled  "The Impact of the Economic Downturn on Women Lawyers in the United States" in the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies.

Professor Patricia Clough along with students Karen Gregory, Benjamin Haber and Josh Scannell have just been accepted for publication in the volume Non-Representational Methodologies: Re-envisioning Research, edited by Philip Vannini published by Routledge.  There article is “The Datalogical Turn: Sociality and Big Data”.

David Jancsics's article "Petty Corruption in Central and Eastern Europe: The Client's Perspective," which recently appeared in Crime, Law, and Social Change (May 2013), was discussed in the latest issue of the Anti-Corruption Research Network, an online outlet of Transparency International.  The article can be seen at

Natascia Boeri has received the NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant for her research with homebased workers in Ahmedabad, India. Natascia is working on "Bringing Labor Home: Constructions of Identity in Home-Based Workers" with Hester (chair), Sujatha and Rupal Oza on her committee.

Alexandre Frenette's paper, "Making the Intern Economy: Role and Career Challenges of the Music Industry Intern," was accepted for publication in Work and Occupations. It will appear in the November 2013 special issue on artistic careers and the creative economy. The paper previously won the Harry Braverman Award (2013) from the Society for the Study of Social Problems' Labor Studies Division.

Ershnee Naidu has an article published in the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review, vol 19, 2012- 2013 entitled ' Symbolic reparations and reconciliation: lessons from South Africa'.

Jane McAlevey - The Nation has named “most valuable book of 2012.”  Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement.  The book details her experiences in the labor movement.

Alyson Spurgas – Her essay " Interest, Arousal, and Shifting Diagnoses of Female Sexual Dysfunction, or: How Women Learn about Desire," has been awarded the Symonds Prize by the journal Studies and Gender and Sexuality. This will be published as the lead essay in Studies in Gender and Sexuality  Issue #4 (this year).

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