Undergraduate Studies

Alpha Kappa Delta - International Sociological Honor Society

Applications for AKD membership are accepted by the Sociology Department during the spring semester of each academic year. Detailed instructions on the application procedures are sent to all Sociology majors at least two weeks before the application deadline.

Check out the following:

  • A Brief History of Alpha Kappa Delta  
  • Description and Purpose
  • Applying/Eligibility for AKD Beta Chapter of Syracuse, New York 

    AKD Inductees

    2018 Honor Society Awards Ceremony

    Class of 2018 Alpha Kappa Delta Inductees:

    James Arnowich
    Jared Birchmore
    Shannon Bozman
    Margaret French
    Andrew Gunter
    Seung Yi (Ashley) Han
    Chaunci Letang
    Alexa Mirotznik
    Jeong Hyun Park
    Matthew Sala
    Rachel Roth
    Tichina Sewell-Richards
    Cortney Simmons

    Shiyang Xu

    Paper Award Winners for 2017/18

    Pictured Below: Professor Gretchen Purser, Jennith Lucas, Leishla T. Agosto-Ortiz, Felicia Widjaya, and Professor Amy Lutz

    Sociology Paper Award Winners

    100/200 Level Course Paper Award

    Felicia Widjaya 

    “Being an Ethnic Chinese in Indonesia” nominated by Professor Amy Lutz

    Felicia Widjaya’s paper is an extremeley well-written and well-researched account that draws upon an interview with her father, Jofanda Wijdaya. She weaves together his personal experience with a compelling analysis of the historical context and economic and political changes in Indonesia. She translates a very complex story of ethnic inequality and authoritarianism into an intelligible sociological narrative. As she herself wrote on the nomination form: “Growing up as an ethnic minority in Indonesia, I had begun to believe that being marginalized in a conservative country was normal. Ethnic Chinese should always be the ignored minority because that was the status quo. Anything that challenged the status quo was dangerous to avoid instability in society. Because of this mentality that had been so ingrained in us, we learned to gloss over racial and ethnic inequalities targeted towards our people. When I took Soc 248, however, my mentality started to shift. I learned to question the ‘normalcy’ of inequalities….”

    300/400 Level Course Paper Award

    Leishla Agosto-Ortiz

    “The Implications of the Gender Revolution: an Assessment of Gender Notions in Post-Revolutionary Cuba,” nominated by Professor Cecilia Green

    Leishla Agosto-Ortiz's paper presents a compelling and original analysis of the Cuban government’s efforts at gender egalitarianism, with a specific focus on the informal economy where women predominate. She does an excellent job of engaging and intervening in the long-standing debate regarding the primacy of class. Based on her careful, intersectional analysis, she traces how the Cuban government shifts its discourse on and approach to sex workers: from victims to counterrevolutionaries. She argues that because gender issues were subordinated to a class-based framework, many gender notions of womanhood remained the same in post-revolutionary Cuba.

    Senior Thesis Award

    Jennith Lucas

    “Blind Industrial Workers and the Struggle to Organize,” nominated by Professor Gretchen Purser

    Jennith Lucas' thesis is both ambitious and critically important. It begins to unearth the largely unknown story of the organizing efforts in sheltered workshops. She explores how constructions of disability have been developed around work, but also how that leads to a fissuring or fracturing within the disability rights movement. She uses her historical case study of the organizing efforts at the Chicago Lighthouse to contribute not only to disability history, but to ongoing sociological debate on the “classification struggles” that increasingly typify the world of work. Who gets to be considered a worker? And what is at stake in this definitional struggle? As one faculty member on the committee stated, Jennith’s thesis is "a great example of the analytical leverage of a concept like ‘intersectionaliy,’ which is often thrown around too easily."