Faculty members Eric Brown and Rebecca Scott have been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor. Brown’s research on the Black professional middle class and his comparative work on racialized class formation add significantly to the Department’s social inequality program. Scott’s studies of Appalachian mining and masculinity and her research on the relationships between culture, identity, and materiality are important ingredients of the Department’s culture and identity program.
Professor Tola Pearce is the 2013 recipient of the Provost’s Award for Leadership in International Education. Her studies for the United Nations and her many research projects in Africa on women, work, and family issues attest to the prominence of her contributions.
Doctoral candidates Guðmundur Oddsson, Joshua Olsberg, and Mike Sickels are the 2013 recipients of the Department’s Robert Habenstein Dissertation Fellowship. Oddsson’s dissertation research is titled “Challenging Classlessness as Doxa: Change, Crisis, and How Icelanders Think about Class;” Olsberg’s research is titled “Landscapes of Belonging: Cuban Ethnicity, Class, and Community;” and Sickels’s research is titled “Postwork Retail and the Politics of Belonging.”