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Maxwell Sociologists Honored and Elected to Leadership Positions at ASA Annual Meeting

Prema Kurien and Janet M. Wilmoth received awards, and several faculty colleagues were elected to roles in the American Sociological Association. 

October 4, 2023

Huber Discusses the Climate Class War in UnHerd Article

"Rather than tackling the problem of who owns and controls fossil-fuel based production (a relative minority of society), carbon behaviouralism aims its sights on the “irresponsible” choices of millions of consumers of all classes," writes Matt Huber, professor of geography and the environment.

October 3, 2023

Kristy Buzard Explores Gender Disparities in Economics

She is part of a three-member team that received a $157,065 grant from the Women in Economics and Mathematics Research Consortium.

September 28, 2023

Rutherford Talks to Marketplace About the United Auto Workers Strike

When automakers faced bankruptcy in 2008, auto workers faced a tough decision: lose jobs or agree to contract changes that would help the companies get a federal bailout. The union chose the latter. “This was a concession they had to make in order to sustain the bailouts and have some kind of recovery,” says Tod Rutherford, professor of geography and the environment.

September 25, 2023

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Huber Weighs In on United Auto Workers Strike in The Hill

“The UAW…strike action is ultimately trying to realize one of the Biden Administration’s core policy goals and political selling points: you can have good, family-sustaining union jobs alongside climate action. The problem is the automakers see EV production as a way to trim labor costs and shift production to non-union plants,” says Matt Huber, professor of geography and the environment.

September 19, 2023

Action anthropology and public policy change: Lead poisoning in Syracuse, NY

Sandra D. Lane, Robert A. Rubinstein, Occeana Fair, Katie Farkouh, Melaica Delgado, Tanya S. McGee, Kinley Gaudette, Paul Ciavarri, Maureen Thompson, Md Koushik Ahmed

"Action anthropology and public policy change: Lead poisoning in Syracuse, NY," co-authored by Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Robert Rubinstein, was published in the Annals of Anthropological Practice.

September 19, 2023

Taylor Speaks with CBC News, International Business Times About the Prigozhin Plane Crash

Brian Taylor, professor of political science, says that he believes Prigozhin is dead and he agrees with Biden. "Putin made clear at the time he saw the mutiny as 'treason' and 'a stab in the back,' which he was unlikely to forget or forgive," he says.

September 1, 2023

Does Community-Based Adaptation Enhance Social Capital? Evidence from Senegal and Mali

Hannah Patnaik, John McPeak

"Does Community-Based Adaptation Enhance Social Capital? Evidence from Senegal and Mali," co-authored by Hannah Patnaik, managing director of the Maxwell X Lab, and John McPeak, professor of public administration and international affairs, was published in the Journal of Development Studies.

August 29, 2023

Ryan Griffiths Receives NSF Grant to Research Global War Patterns

The professor of political science will focus on historical trends of intrastate and interstate battles since the 18th century. 

August 17, 2023

Sanctions: Greater Congressional Oversight Needed for Costly, Ineffective "Go-To" Policy

Kristen Patel, William A. Lichtenfells, Esq.

"Sanctions: Greater Congressional Oversight Needed for Costly, Ineffective "Go-To" Policy," co-authored by Kristen Patel, Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor of Practice in Korean and East Asian Affairs, was published in the Syracuse Law Review.

August 7, 2023

Sultana Named to First Cohort of American Association of Geographer’s Elevate the Discipline Program

One of 15 geographers from 11 states and the West Indies, Farhana Sultana, professor of geography and the environment, will focus on climate and society. 

August 3, 2023

Huber Weighs In on Tennessee Valley Authority’s Small Nuclear Reactor Program in Canary Media Piece

“This is a perfect sweet spot for a public power entity to take on some of that risk, to try to really get a technology that we need off the ground,” Matt Huber, professor of geography and the environment, says of TVA’s small modular reactor program. ​“They have the resources and the social mission to do that, where private capital wouldn’t.”

August 3, 2023

Maxwell School Announces 2023 Faculty Promotions

Six faculty members were granted tenure and promoted to associate professor and three were promoted to professor.

July 31, 2023

Thompson Discusses the Legacy of Far-Right Women’s Groups in the US on WORT 89.9FM

"There have been women involved for a long, long time. For example, there was a very active women’s branch of the Klu Klux Klan in the 1920s. And many of those women, but not all, had been members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy," says Margaret Susan Thompson, associate professor of history and political science.

July 27, 2023

Research by Gallo-Cruz Cited in Salon Article on the Human Costs of Global Warming

Citing the work of organizations like Global Witness in conflict zones worldwide, Selina Gallo-Cruz, associate professor of sociology, points out that a significant part of the violence on this planet comes from the North's "extraction of natural resources through mining or deforestation—palm oil plantations are a big one—and mega-, mega-agricultural projects," all of which lead to "outbreaks of very violent conflict."

July 18, 2023

A New African Elite: Place in the Making of a Bridge Generation

Deborah Pellow

"A New African Elite: Place in the Making of a Bridge Generation," authored by Professor Emerita of Anthropology Deborah Pellow, focuses on a sub-set of the Dagomba of northern Ghana, and looks at the first generation to go through secondary school in the north.

July 17, 2023

Africa and Urban Anthropology

Deborah Pellow and Suzanne Scheld, editors

"Africa and Urban Anthropology: Theoretical and Methodological Contributions from Contemporary Fieldwork," co-edited by Professor Emerita of Anthropology Deborah Pellow, offers valuable anthropological insight into urban Africa, covering a range of cities across a continent that has become one of the fastest urbanizing geographic areas of the globe.

July 17, 2023

Students, Faculty Receive Spring 2023 SOURCE and Honors Research Grants

The awards support undergraduate research projects.

July 14, 2023

Farhana Sultana Addresses European Parliament

The Maxwell School professor participated in a conference on climate and sustainability.

July 14, 2023

Sultana Quoted in ScienceAlert Article on Rising Sea Levels

"This can't continue as systems that become more unstable and unpredictable will harm more in chaotic ways," says Farhana Sultana, professor of geography and the environment.

July 11, 2023

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The Labor Movement in the Age of Trump: Challenges and Prospects

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Presented by the Labor Studies Working Group.  Guest Speaker: Jeffrey Grabelsky, Associate Director, The Worker Institute at the Industrial and Labor Relations School at Cornell University.  

The Labor Studies Working Group is an interdisciplinary group of faculty members and graduate students from Syracuse University. The primary goal of the group is to institutionalize Labor Studies at SU and to elevate labor―broadly defined―as a topic of intellectual inquiry and social and political importance on campus. The group meets on a regular basis to discuss research concerning labor and employment and to spark conversation on these issues on campus and in the community.   
The Labor Studies Working Group organizes workshops on faculty and graduate student research and symposia which are designed to bring together leading labor scholars with activists and/or practitioners to explore pertinent issues facing workers and workers’ movements. If you are interested in helping to plan, organize, or attend labor studies group events, contact the coordinators: Professor Gretchen Purser, gwpurser@maxwell.syr.edu, 315.443.5848 and Professor Matt Huber, mthuber@maxwell.syr.edu, 315.443.3845.                          

Sponsored by the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) of the Syracuse University Maxwell School.


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