4/8/2019 - 4/19/2019 

  • Tracy Fehr presented her third-year paper "Hururu Aayo, Hururu Gayo: Nepal's Post-Earthquake Development Surge" on April 16 at the British Nepal Academic Council's Nepal Days Conference at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Aubrey Limburg received her master’s degree. The title of her paper is “Place Matters: A Multilevel Analysis of Where People Die”.
  • Andrea Tilstra was awarded a 2019 Summer Graduate School Fellowship. The fellowship provides a full summer stipend as she works on her dissertation research.
  • Melissa Villarreal won a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF). Her research is on the housing recovery after Harvey among the documented and undocumented Mexican immigrant populations in Houston. Here is an article about her research.
  • Allison Scott Pruitt successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Managing the Inclusivity-Exclusivity Dialectic: A Comparison of Women in Tech, Funeral Directing, and Cannabis." Scott is a research manager for the Employment and Human Services Department, Contra Costa County, California. 
  • Bertha Bermudez-Tapia was granted the 2018-2019 Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award by The Graduate School. The Graduate Teaching Program recognized her as the best GTP lead among STEAM and Social Sciences leads. 
  • Vanessa Roberts received the Children, Youth and Environments (CYE) Award in 2018. There was an article written about the award she received. Click here to read it!  
  • Laurent Cilia's paper entitled "The Plight of the Honeybee: A Socioecological Analysis of Large-Scale Beekeeping in the United States," was accepted for publication in Sociologia Ruralis.

3/25/2019 - 4/5/2019 

  • Dan Simon had a paper accepted for publication in the journal Data. The study is titled “Estimating Internal Migration in Contemporary Mexico: The Missing Link in Understanding Gridded Population Distributions.” The work was co-authored by Fernando Riosmena, Deborah Balk, and Bryan Jones. 

3/8/2019 - 3/22/2019

  • Simone Domingue passed her specialty comp exam with “High Pass” flying colors.

2/18/2019 - 3/8/2019 

  • Ben Hutcherson, who not only studies the heavy metal music scene but is part of it, was interviewed for an article in the New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/heavy-metal-confronts-its-nazi-problem
  • Kendra Clark and Jennifer Tostlebe were among the 13 graduate students across the nation selected to participate in the 2019 Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency graduate student workshop, hosted by the editors of the journal, Sage Publications, the University of Maryland, and the University of Cincinnati. They will participate in a three-day meeting that aims to improve graduate students’ understanding of the peer-review process and workshop the papers they submitted as part of their application.
  • Bertha Bermudez-Tapia presented at the GTP panel "When Identity Impacts the Classroom: A Collaborative Workshop on Empowering Instructors" on March 1st.


  • Ade Modile is the recipient of the 2019 Henry David International Grant award given by the American Psychological Foundation (APF). This travel grant is to support his current work and help further his ongoing research in reproductive health/population studies. In addition to the travel grant, Ade will attend and participate in the 2019 Psychosocial Workshop, which is held in conjunction with the Population Association of America (PAA) annual meeting in Austin, Texas. The meeting will be held prior to the PAA, on April 9-10.


  • Kim-Phuong Truong-Vu received the IBS small grants award and the CARTSS award.
  • Melissa Villarreal was awarded some funding from CARTSS. Natural Hazards Center published this: https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/center-news/179
  • Bertha Bermudez Tapia has passed her Comprehensive examination. 


  • Cate Bowman received $1000 of support from the Center to Advance Teaching and Research in the Social Sciences for my dissertation research on the J-1 Summer Work Travel Program.


  • Hillary Steinberg received $1000 of support from the Center to Advance Teaching and Research in the Social Sciences here at CU for her project interviewing childhood cancer survivors about their transitions to young adulthood.


  • Elizabeth Whalley has been nominated for the second annual Jean Bovard Sanville Graduate Fellowship in the Social Sciences.  The fellowship is to be awarded for scholarly achievement in the areas of international and cross-cultural understanding.  Beth has been selected as a recipient of this Fellowship and will receive an award through the Graduate School early in Spring semester.


  • Michael D. Sousa (along with a co-investigator) has just been awarded a major research grant by the American Bankruptcy Institute (the largest national professional insolvency organization) to study the effects of the Affordable Care Act on the rate of consumer bankruptcy in various parts of the country. This will be the first study undertaken on the intersection between the ACA and consumer bankruptcy. 


  • Jessica Harrison won the graduate student paper competition and was awarded $250 for her work "Beyond the Binary in Adoption and Third Party Reproduction." 


  • Stephanie Bonnes won the Sociologists for Women in Society's Cheryl Allyn Miller Early Career Award for outstanding contribution to the field of women and work. The purpose of the award is to recognize a sociology graduate student or a recent doctorate whose research or activism constitutes an outstanding contribution to the field of women and work. Stephanie won the award for her paper titled "Bureaucratic Harassment of U.S. Servicewomen."


  • Sherri Sasnett-Martichusky won the Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award for "The Transgender Experience: In Search of an Authentic Self."


  • Beth Whalley received this year's "Joanne Arnold Award for Courage and Commitment" from the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Gender and Sexuality. The award is given to a faculty, staff, alumnus, or community member who embodies the character and values of Professor Emerita Joanne Arnold, who inspired many through charismatic leadership, tremendous courage, and unflagging optimism.


  • Jessie Luna was awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grant from the National Science Foundation for her dissertation research on conflict over genetically modified cotton in Burkina Faso: “Cultural Contestations and Genetically Modified Crops in a Non-Western Context.”


  • Congratulations to Stephanie Bonnes on being presented with the department’s Outstanding Research Paper of the Year award for her paper “Bureaucratic Harassment of U.S. Servicewomen”.  This honor is awarded to the CU Sociology graduate student whose written work best exemplifies outstanding scholarship in the field.


  • Congratulations to Nnenia Campbell on being presented with the department’s Ralph and Barbra Dakin Award.  This honor is awarded to a CU Sociology graduate student whose outstanding scholarship contributes to peace, inter-cultural understanding, resolution of conflict, and/or amelioration of important social problems.


  • Congratulations to Adelle Monteblanco on being presented with the department’s GPTI award for her demonstrated excellence in teaching and mentoring in the Sociology Department.


  • Congratulations to Bertha Alicia Bermudez Tapia on being awarded a Tinker Foundation grant from Latin American Studies Center (LASC) in support for her research, “The impact of a gendered and racial deportation strategy on transnational Mexican immigrant families and social capital”.


  • Congratulations to Nikki Lambert on her ASA paper submission, “Experiences with Intra-Familial and Intergenerational Violence among Undocumented 1.5-Generation Immigrants”, that has been selected as the 2016 ASA Student Forum Paper Award Winner. Nikki will receive a $100 award and an additional $225 in travel reimbursement to attend this year’s conference, where she will be presented with the award during the annual Student Reception.


  • Congratulations to Allison Scott Pruitt on receiving a $400 grant from CARTSS (The Center for Advancement in Research and Teaching in the Social Science) for her research project entitled “Increasing Racial and Gender Diversity in Computing”.


  • Congratulations to Stephanie Bonnes on being awarded a 2016-2017 Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the CU Graduate School for her dissertation, “Sexual Harassment and Abuse in the U.S. Military”.


  • Congratulations to Amanda Barrientez on earning her $1000 graduate student award from CARTSS to fund her dissertation research. Amanda’s dissertation research involves investigating the traumatic life histories of men who were previously involved gang members and are currently incarcerated. CARTSS is the Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences. Learn more about CARTSS here.