Sociology News & Events
Purser Discusses Syracuse’s Housing Market, High Rent Costs in Syracuse.com Article
“Certainly, there’s not enough affordable housing,” says Gretchen Purser, associate professor of sociology. “You have a situation of high poverty and a really kind of outrageous rental market in Syracuse.”
See related: Housing, New York State
Benanav Quoted in WIRED Article on Compensation for Workers Who Train AI Chatbots
Surveys indicate that Swedish citizens display less anxiety about robots taking their jobs, in part because when companies introduce new technologies, they often pay to upgrade their workers’ skills. “If you upskill workers, you pay them more,” says Aaron Benanav, assistant professor of sociology. “That's a more durable and sustainable process.”
See related: Autonomous Systems, Labor
Madonna Harrington Meyer Reappointed as University Professor
In recognition of exceptional scholarship and innovative academic and professional activities, Madonna Harrington Meyer has been reappointed to a four-year term as University Professors, one of the highest honors the University bestows on faculty members.
See related: Promotions & Appointments
Purser Quoted in NPR Article on Worker Safety Standards
“There needs to be greater regulation of the staffing industry,” says Gretchen Purser, associate professor of sociology. “And we need to make it a lot easier for workers to unionize. All of the research has shown that in unionized workplaces, workers are far less likely to experience injury or fatalities.”
See related: Government, Labor, United States
Four Maxwell Students Will Participate in Highly Competitive Public Affairs Experiences This Summer
Isabella Brown and Madelin DeJesus Martinez, both policy studies majors, will attend the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) junior summer institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Alexandria Johnson, an international relations major, will participate in the summer enrichment program through the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program. Erykah Pasha, a political science and sociology major, will participate in the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) at the University of Michigan.
See related: Academic Scholarships, Student Experience
Silverstein, Takeda Receive 2023 Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Awards
The honor is presented to faculty members who have a significant, positive influence on graduate education through their commitment to superior graduate teaching, dedication to departmental and community presence and work in research initiatives.
Montez Quoted in Boston Globe Article on Life Expectancy and Where People Live
In one study, University Professor Jennifer Karas Montez and other researchers found that, if every state simply implemented the same policy environment as Connecticut, “The U.S. would increase its life expectancy by roughly two years,” she says. “That is a massive increase.”
See related: Economic Policy, Housing, Income, Longevity, State & Local, U.S. Health Policy, United States
Maxwell Faculty and Students To Be Honored at 2023 One University Awards
The One University Awards Ceremony, an annual event to honor members of the Syracuse University community who are making a difference through academics, scholarship, creative work and dedicated service, will be held Friday, April 21.
Benanav Discusses Whether AI-Led Job Displacement Will Reshape the Economy in New Statesman Article
"Even if the vast majority of jobs are unlikely to disappear, and if many new jobs are likely to be created, the nature of work will change due to the implementation of technologies like ChatGPT. We need to shift our thinking about how that change occurs," writes Aaron Benanav, assistant professor of sociology.
See related: Autonomous Systems, Europe, Labor, United States
Yingyi Ma Named an American Council on Education Fellow
As a fellow, Ma, professor of sociology, will receive customized leadership training and mentorship.
Demographic and Geographic Variation in Fatal Drug Overdoses in the United States, 1999–2020
"Demographic and Geographic Variation in Fatal Drug Overdoses in the United States, 1999–2020," authored by Shannon Monnat, professor of sociology, was published in the ANNALS of of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
See related: Addiction, Gender and Sex, Longevity, Opioids, Race & Ethnicity, Rural Issues, United States, Urban Issues
Harrington Meyer Quoted in New York Times Article on Grandfathering
Overall, grandmothers still take the lead in spending time with grandchildren, often rearranging their schedules to do so, says Madonna Harrington Meyer, University Professor and author of “Grandmothers at Work: Juggling Families and Jobs” (NYU Press, 2014).
See related: Child & Elder Care, United States
Purser Discusses the Impact of Short-Duration Strikes in Bloomberg Law Article
“They capture the attention of management in a much more dramatic way than other forms of action and negotiation,” says Gretchen Purser, associate professor of sociology. “They’re showing the capacity for the workers to take collective action.”
See related: Labor, United States
Benanav Discusses Latest Tech Company Layoffs in TIME Article
“When interest rates were very low, companies basically had endless money—and investors were telling them to focus on growth, not profitability,” says Aaron Benanav, assistant professor of sociology. “But because interest rates are rising, there’s a shift from big investors to say, ‘No, now you really have to focus on profitability.’ And the big way to do that is through cuts.”
See related: Autonomous Systems, Economic Policy, Labor, United States
Purser Weighs in on New York’s Minimum Wage Increase in WAER Article
"Because what we have been experiencing in recent years has been really historic levels of in terms of increase of the cost of living," says Gretchen Purser, associate professor of sociology. "And so this increased minimum wage doesn't reflect what we have all been experiencing, which is the rising cost of living."
See related: Income, Labor, New York State
Maxwell Students, Faculty Among SOURCE and Honors Grant Recipients
Eleven Maxwell School students have been awarded grants from the Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement (SOURCE) and the Renée Crown University Honors Program. The awards provide up to $7,500 in support for original undergraduate research projects.
See related: Grant Awards, Student Experience
Purser Talks to ABC News About the Nurse Strike in New York City
"Nurses are really bargaining for the collective good. They are putting, first and foremost, patients' safety above all else and that was the breaking point—they've been working under less-than-ideal conditions that jeopardized the safety of patients," says Gretchen Purser, associate professor of sociology.
See related: Health Policy, Labor, New York City
Socioeconomic Determinants of Anticipated and Actual Caregiving for Older Adults in India
This study, co-authored by Professor of Sociology Janet Wilmoth and published in the International journal of Aging and Human Development, investigates adult children's informal caregiving for, and living arrangements with, older parents in urban India.
See related: Aging, Child & Elder Care, India
Landes Speaks with Academic Minute About the COVID-19 Burden on People with Disabilities
"There is a well-documented history in the U.S. of marginalizing people with IDD (intellectual or developmental disability). Our hope is that we will not add to that history, but will take the necessary steps to ensure that people with IDD are provided the opportunity to live and thrive in the midst of the ongoing pandemic," says Landes, associate professor of sociology.
See related: Civil Rights, COVID-19, IDD, Physical Ability, United States
Montez Quoted in Washington Post Article on Politics, Policy and Increasing Mortality Rates
University Professor Jennifer Karas Montez says “state policy knobs are a lever that we could use to really turn this country around and stop this alarming—just horrible when you think about it—increase in the risk of dying before age 65.”
See related: Health Policy, Longevity, United States