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    Congratulations to our fall 2015 and spring 2016 graduating seniors in Anthropology and Sociology!  

    We are so proud of you!  Stay in touch and remember to continue to encourage contributions towards the well-being of humanity!

    Graduating seniors in Anthropology:

    Emily Grover

    Drew Kotlarczyk 

    Jen O’Neil

    Adriana Romero

    Daniel Ross

    Rhiana Stevens

    Caroline Young


    Graduating seniors in Sociology:

    Guillermo Alvarado (Dec 2015)

    Shelby Alvarez (Dec 2015)

    Claire Blyth

    Daryan Green (Dec 2015)

    Lucas Grisham

    Bethany Lewis

    Monica Miller

    Mitch Petersen

    Marta Selby

    John Semlitsch

    Forrest Stanley-Stevens (Dec 2015)

    Sophie Strang

    Kaitlin Vincent

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    The line-up for the spring 2016 anthropology capstone presentations
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    The line-up for the fall 2015 sociology capstone presentations
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    Dr. Brenda Sendejo has been at Southwestern five years, and in that time, she has made an important impact as a teacher-scholar and a university citizen.  

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    As millions of “Doctor Who” fans anxiously await the Season 9 premiere, some Southwestern students are diving into the show right now.
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    Reggie Byron, Associate Professor of Sociology, had a teaching exercise titled “Teaching the Sociological Imagination with SAT Data” published in TRAILS, The American Sociological Association’s Teaching Resources And Innovations Library for Sociology and had a co-authored methodological paper titled “Patterns of Local Segregation: Do They Matter for Crime?” accepted for publication at the journal Social Science Research. Additionally, Reggie has been invited to serve on the editorial boards for the journals Work and Occupations (a leading international sociological journal) and Social Currents (a new journal affiliated with the Southern Sociological Society).
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    A heartfelt congratulations to Jessica Jones (Soc 2015) for winning the 2015 Shearn Writing Award in the Social Sciences Area for her capstone paper titled, ‘This School Just Isn’t Set Up For Me’:  The Experiences of Transfer Students From Community Colleges at Southwestern University”! Super congrats to Jessica!
  • Are you interested in finding out more about Southwestern’s Sociology and Anthropology Department and how we are able to get students so engaged in research?  If so, check out this video clip of our department chair, Dr. Sandi Nenga.
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    Dr. Brenda Sendejo, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, along with two students, Nani Romero and Tori Vasquez, have been working to build the Latina History Project, an online resource funded by a three-year grant from the Sommerlee Foundation.  Dr. Sendejo, along with Dr. Alison Kafer, Professor of Feminist Studies, are Co-Directors of the project, and Charlotte Nunes, the Digital Humanities Fellow has also played a pivotal role in the development of this important online resource on Latina histories at Southwestern University.
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    Dr. Sandi Nenga, Associate Professor of Sociology, and two sociology majors, Guillermo Alvarado (Dec. 2015) and Claire Blyth (May 2016), recently published a chapter titled, “I Kind of Found My People: Latino/a College Students’ Search for Social Integration On Campus” in the co-edited book, College Students’ Experiences of Power and Marginality (Routledge Press, 2015).  Such impressive work, Dr. Nenga, Guillermo, and Claire!!!
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    A heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Reggie Byron who received word on April 16th that he was granted tenure!  He is an exemplary teacher-scholar and university citizen and we are so glad to have him at Southwestern.  We are also very proud of him and his many outstanding accomplishments!  Way to go, Dr. Byron!
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    Julia Hollingsworth (Sociology and Business ’14) has been notified that her paper, “Being Upward Bound: A Qualitative Analysis of How the Upward Bound Program Fosters Academic Success Among First Generation Students,” has been accepted for publication in Sociological Insight, a peer-reviewed undergraduate  journal.  Her manuscript represents a revised version of her 2013 sociology capstone paper.  A heartfelt congratulations to Julia!!
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    Congratulations to Joanna Hawkins (Soc, Dec. ’14) for winning the Southern Sociological Society’s (SSS) Odum Undergraduate Paper Competition for her capstone paper titled, “A Risky Act of Social Justice: Health Care Workers Responding to Outbreaks of Ebola in Africa.” The Odum Award includes a cash prize of $100 and up to $200 toward expenses of attending the SSS meeting. Impressive work, Joanna!!
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    Congratulations to Jessica Jones, this year’s winner of the 2015 Frank E. Luksa Award for the outstanding senior in Sociology. Nicely done, Jessica!!
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    Congratulations to three sociology majors who graduated in December 2014. They are Joanna Hawkins (right), Tara LeDay (left), and Taylor Moore (center). The Departmental faculty wish each of you the very best in all of your future endeavors!
  • Dr. Lowe and Dr. Byron’s co-authored article (with Susan Mennicke of Franklin and Marshall University) titled “The Racialized Impact of Study Abroad on U.S. Students’ Subsequent Interracial Interactions” has been published in the peer-reviewed journal, Education Research International.  The article can be viewed here.  This project was carried out with funds from an Associated Colleges of the South Faculty Mellon Grant awarded to Lowe, Byron and Mennicke.

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    Congratulations to Dr. Johnson for her promotion to full professor!  As of August 2014, she is now Dr. Melissa Johnson, Professor of Anthropology!
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    Dr. Kain’s co-authored article (with Stephen Sweet and Kevin McElrath) titled “The Coordinated Curriculum:  How Institutional Theory Can Be Used to Catalyze Revision of the Sociology Major” has been published on-line in the peer-reviewed journal, Teaching Sociology.  The article can be viewed here.
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    Dr. Byron is included in WalletHub’s “2014 Best and Worst States for Women’s Equality,” as one of twenty-six experts from around the country to discuss various aspects of the 2013 Global Gender Gap Report. You can read the article and Dr. Byron’s comments here.
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    Papers written for classes in kinesiology, sociology, Spanish and theatre each bring their authors $1,000
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    Paper examines how restaurant servers cope with rude customers
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    Dr. Sendejo’s chapter “Methodologies of the Spirit:  Reclaiming Our Lady of Guadalupe and Discovering Tonantzin Within and Beyond the Nepantla of Academia” was published in the anthology Fleshing the Spirit:  Spirituality and Activism in Chicana, Latina, and Indigenous Women’s Lives (edited by Elisa Facio and Irene Lara, University of Arizona Press, 2014).
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    Sociology professor also teaches one of the most popular fitness classes on campus
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    Sociology professor’s research sheds new light on pregnancy-related firings
  • Research focuses on how upcoming changes in the MCAT® may affect sociology and psychology departments as well as pre-medical advising across the country
  • Dr. Nenga and Dr. Johnson are part of research teams awarded ACS grants.  Dr. Nenga is part of a team that will organize an interdisciplinary workshop on social class research.  Dr. Johnson is part of a team developing a digital library of environmental justice materials.  Click the link above to learn more.
  • Megan Robinson (Sociology, ’13) has had a paper titled “I’m Feeding the World Tonight: The Impact of Moral Identity Standards on Mobile Loaves and Fishes Homeless Outreach Ministry,” published in The Journal of Undergraduate Ethnography. Robinson wrote the paper in the fall 2012 Sociology capstone class taught by Maria Lowe.  You can read the paper here:
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    Dr. Johnson’s environmental research in socionature-scape in Central Belize
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    Fehima Dawy, considers herself passionate, genuine, outspoken, goofy and thoughtful. The anthropology major was a biology lab assistant, a resident assistant, a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and studied abroad in India. She says her Southwestern Experience was transformative and, as a result, sees her future as limitless.
  • Brenda Sendejo published an article titled “The Cultural Production of Spiritual Activisms: Gender, Social Justice, and the Remaking of Religion in the Borderlands” in the spring 2013 issue of Chicana/Latina Studies:The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social.