Graduate Awards and Accomplishments


Excellence in Teaching:

Hyo Joo Lee for her work in Sociology 1101 "Introduction to Sociology" with Kendra Bischoff

Shiyu Ji for his work in Sociology 3010/6010 "Statistics for Sociological Research" with Barum Park and Sociology 1101 "Introduction to Sociology"with Landon Schnabel 

Robert McGinnis Best Paper Award: 

Cody Reed, "The Relationship Between Spatial Racial Structure and Movement Patterns Across U.S. Cities"

The Robert McGinnis Award is given annually to a graduate student paper that is the best contribution to methodological literature, selected from among those papers submitted for the Robin Williams Award.  The McGinnis Award honors the pioneering methodological scholarship of Robert McGinnis, developer of the Cornell Mobility Model, founder of the Journal Sociological Methods and Research, and the first director of the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research.

Robin M. Williams, Jr. Best Paper Award:

Ben Rosche, “Socioeconomic segregation in adolescent friendship networks: Prevalence and determinants of same- and cross-SES friendships in US high schools”

Tianyao Qu, “A Bridge too Far? Social Network Structure as a Factor in Depression in Later Life”

The Robin M. Williams, Jr. Award is given annually for the best graduate student paper and honors the memory of Robin M. Williams Jr. a longtime Cornell faculty member, distinguished researcher of Racial and Ethnic Relations, and a former President of the American Sociological Association.

Robin M. Williams, Jr. Best Paper Award on Race and Ethnicity:

Meaghan Mingo, “That Camera Sees Everything and Hears Everything” School Surveillance in the Rural American South

This award recognizes the best graduate student paper that examines issues related to race and/or ethnicity, including racialization, racial or ethnic inequality, immigration, segregation, and inclusion. This award commemorates Williams’s research on race relations and school desegregation during the Civil Rights Era and supports graduate students’ research on topics relevant to our current national reckoning on racism and xenophobia. 


Excellence in Teaching Award:

Seokyoung Kim – Soc 1101 Introduction to Sociology with Kendra Bischoff

Tianyao Qu – Soc 6020 Intermediate Statistics for Sociological Research

Abdullah Shahid – Soc 1101 Introduction to Sociology with Landon Schnabel

Yunsub Lee - Robert McGinnis Best Paper Award: “A Monte Carlo Approach to Measuring Centrality: How to Identify Influential Nodes within Context-Specific Network Flows”

Emily Sandusky - Robin M. Williams Jr. Best Paper Award: “Do Voters Respond to Local Economic Conditions? Examining Support for Raising the State Minimum Wage”

Meaghan Mingo - Robin M. Williams Jr. Best Paper Award on Race and Ethnicity: “Stay in a Child’s Place’: Adult Authority in Schooling in the Black Belt”

Loredana Loy - Authored a publication in Science and Public Policy titled, “Experts and the Politicization of Climate Change in Congress. A Case Study of the Environmental Protection Agency (1983–2015).”  10.1093/scipol/scac020


Excellence in Teaching Award:

Reid Ralston, Soc 3380 Urban Inequality with Kendra Bischoff

Wesley Stubenbord, Soc 2208  Social Inequality with Kim Weeden

Alec McGail -Robert McGinnis Best Paper Award: “Lost & Forgotten: An Index of the Famous Works Which Sociology Has Left Behind”

Remy Stewart -Robin M. Williams, Jr. Best Paper Award on Race and Ethnicity: “From Leaving Welfare to Leaving Food Stamps: A Multilevel Event History Analysis of SNAP and TANF Program Dynamics”

Xuewen (Shelley) Yan -Robin M. Williams, Jr. Best Paper Award: “Ties from the Edge: Friendships outside of School and Adolescent Suicidality “

Katherine Zaslavsky, recipient of the College of Arts & Sciences’ 2021 Deanne Gebell Gitner ’66 and Family Annual Prize for Teaching Assistants

Ben Rosche, awarded a two-year $240,000 National Science Foundation grant. Ben's project examines whether disadvantaged youth benefit from interacting with children from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Both the conditions that promote friendships crossing socioeconomic boundaries and their long-term impacts on educational and occupational trajectories will be analyzed. Ben will be working with Michael Macy and Eleonora Patacchini.


Erin McCauley received a pilot award funded by the National Institute for Drug Abuse and distributed by the Criminal Justice Research Training Program to build a database of daily jail rosters for 300 counties.

C.A. Smith completed his A-Exam with his Qualifying Paper titled " Violent Transitions in Nonviolent Protests: A Partial Forms of Contention Theory".

Juhwan Seo received the DOJ NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship.

Abdullah Shahid coauthored a publication titled "Limited Attention, Analyst Forecast, and Price Discovery" forthcoming in Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research.

Alexander Ruch published "Opinion cascades and the unpredictability of partisan polarization" in Science Advances with Michael Macy, Sebastian Deri, and Natalie Tong.

Remy Stewart had her paper accepted for the 2020 ASA Roundtable on Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility.
Title: Immigrant Enrollment in The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Through the Trump Era.

Loredana Loy contributed to a piece in the special COVID-19 issue of ASA's Footnotes entitled "COVID-19, Animals, and Us: Human Supremacy as an Environmental Pathology."

Yoselinda Mendoza received a 2020-2021 California State University Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program Fellow.

Wonjeong Jeong co-authored an article in Econofact on the unequal impact of COVID-19 on children.

Juhwan Seo received a grant from Einaudi-SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Program

Youngmin Yi published a paper in American Journal of Public Health. (w/ Ram Sundaresh, Brita Roy, Carley Riley, Christopher Wildeman, and Emily Wang)
Title: Exposure to the U.S. Criminal Legal System and Well-Being: A 2018 Cross-Sectional Study

Erin McCauley received a grant from National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant

Erin McCauley received a grant from Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Doctoral Dissertation Grant

Alex Cooperstock was co-winner of the 2020 Robin M. Williams, Jr Award for Best Paper for, "The Demographics of School District Session."

Tom Davidson was co-winner of the 2020 Robin M. Williams, Jr Award for Best Paper for, "Opinion Leadership in Online Debates: The Brexit Referendum on Facebook."

Lisha Liu was co-winner of the 2020 Robert B. McGinnis award for her paper, "Matchmaking Only for the Equals?  Power Asymmetry, Triadic Closure, and Reciprocity in Inter-Firm Loan Guarantee Networks."

Ben Rosche was co-winner of the 2020 Robert B. McGinnis award.

Camille Portier was co-winner of the department's 2020 award for excellence in teaching for her contributions as a TA in SOC 3010 / 6010: Statistics for Sociological Research and SOC 6020: Intermediate Statistics for Sociological Research.

Katherine Zaslavsky was co-winner of the department's 2020 award for excellence in teaching for her efforts as a TA in SOC 1101: Introduction to Sociology.



C.A. Smith - Publication- Smith, C. A. (2019). The uses of pilot studies in sociology: A processual understanding of preliminary research. The American Sociologist, , 1-19. doi:10.1007/s12108-019-09419-y

Yoselinda Mendoza - Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) Equity and Inclusion Student Fellowship

Youngmin Yi - Article publicationin Journal of Marriage and Family: "Leaving Home, Entering Institutions: Implications for Home-Leaving in the Transition to Adulthood" (link:

Loredana Loy - American Studies Graduate Research Grant and Provost Diversity Fellowship Award

Katherine Zaslavsky - American Studies Research Grant

Thomas Davidson's paper, "Black Box Models and Sociological Explanations: Predicting High School GPA from Neural Networks," is forthcoming in Socius.

9 graduate students in the Field of Sociology presented papers at the 2019 American Sociological Association meetings. 10 graduate students presented papers at the 2019 Population Association of America meetings.

Mauricio Bucca (PhD 2018), Mario Molina, and Michael Macy have a forthcoming paper in Science Advances entitled, "It’s Not Really About How the Game is Played: It’s About Whether You Win or Lose."

Erin McCauley was selected to the Lifespan/Brown Criminal Research Training Program in the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights.

Jan Spieker was a co-winner of the 2019 Robert McGinnis award for his paper, "Introducing a Life Course Perspective to Studying the Intergenerational Reproduction of Wealth: The Impact of Parental Wealth Trajectories on Children's Wealth Accumulation in the United States."

Youngmin (Min) Yi was co-winner of the 2019 Robert McGinnis award for her paper, Instability in Care and Living Arrangements: Putting Foster Youth in Context. The McGinnis award celebrates excellence in methodological innovations, broadly defined.

Bridget Brew won the 2019 Robin Williams, Jr Award for Best Paper for "The Increasing Significance of Race: Discipline in North Carolina State Prisons during the Prison Boom."

Yunsub Lee was co-winner of the department's 2019 award for excellence in teaching for his work as a TA in Sociology 2220: Controversies about Inequality and in Sociology 2460: Drugs and Society.

Kaye Nantah was co-winner of the department's 2019 award for excellence in teaching for her work as a TA in Sociology 2208: Social Inequality.

Ningzi Li and Abdullah Shahid  won best paper award by the Canadian Sociological Association in Economic Sociology for "Liberalization and Legitimacy: Relationship Formation in a Newly Liberalized Market."

Mario Molina and Filiz Garip published  "Machine Learning for Sociology"  in Annual Review of Sociology.

Alexander Ruch won the PyTorch Scholarship Challenge from Facebook.

Peter K Enns, Youngmin Yi, Megan Comfort, Alyssa Goldman, Hedwig Lee, Christopher Muller, Sara Wakefield, Emily A. Wang, and Christopher Wildeman published  “What Percentage of Americans Have Ever Had a Family Member Incarcerated? Evidence from the Family History of Incarceration Survey (FamHIS)” in Socius 5:1-45 (March 2019).  

Yoselinda Mendoza won a Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, a Latino/a Studies research grant, and was selected to participate in the Summer Dissertation Proposal Workshop, organized by the Center on Race and Wealth at Howard University and the Institute for Research on Poverty of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. 

Xinwei Xu: Research Grant from German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Mauricio Bucca and Daniela Urbina's paper, "Lasso regularization for selection of log-linear models: an application to educational assortative mating" (Sociological Methods and Research, Feb 2019) won the 2019 Clifford Clogg Best Paper award from the ASA's section on Methodology.



Hall, Matthew, John Iceland, and Youngmin Yi. “Racial Separation at Home and Work: Segregation in Residential and Workplace Settings.” (Population Research and Policy Review)

Hall, Matthew, Kelly Musick, and Youngmin Yi. "Living Arrangements and Household Complexity among Undocumented Immigrants." (Population and Development Review)

Erin McCauley: Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award 

Erin McCauley: Lead workshop on using administrative data from the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect at the Society for Social Work and Research Conference  

Berry, George, Christopher J. Cameron, Patrick Park, and Michael Macy. : "The Opacity Problem in Social Contagion" (Social Networks)

Matthew Hall, Emily Greenman and Youngmin Yi "Job Mobility among Unauthorized Immigrant Workers" (Social Forces)  

Megan Doherty Bea and Youngmin Yi  "Leaving the Financial Nest: Connecting Young Adults’ Financial Independence to Financial Security" (Forthcoming in Journal of Marriage and Family)

Megan Doherty Bea "Racial and Ethnic Differences in Consumers' Economic Expectations." (Forthcoming in Socius)

Tom Davidson "Black Box Models and Sociological Explanations: Predicting High School GPA Using Neural Networks" (Forthcoming in Socius)

Tom Davidson and Mabel Berezin “Britain First and the UK Independence Party: Social Media and Movement-Party Dynamics” (forthcoming in the December issue of Mobilization)  

Lauren Griffin received the Family Strengthening Scholars Grant from the Administration for Children & Families in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Erin McCauley  received the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program distributed by Policy Research Inc.

Lisha Liu won the 2018 SASE Early Career Workshop Award  

Alex Ruch received the NSF Grant Award (1756822): Testing Unpredictability with Multiple Worlds

Lucas Drouhot won the 2018 Aristide Zolberg Student Scholar Award from the ASA's section on International Migration for his paper, "Cracks in the Melting Pot: Religiousity and Assimilation Among the Diverse Muslim Populations in France."

Lisha Liu, along with her chair Victor Nee, won the Lehman fund award for their project, "Inter-Firm Corporate Governance Networks, Business Groups, and Strategic Alliances in Transitional China."

Yuanyuan Liu was awarded a one-semester C.V. Starr Fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The Outstanding TA award this year is shared by Loredana Loy and Xinwei Xu. An honorable mention goes to Paul Muniz.

The Robin Williams Jr award for the best paper goes to Mauricio Bucca for his paper, "Black-white differences in intergenerational mobility in the US: evidence from heterogeneous sibling correlations.

The Robert McGinnis award for best contribution to the methodological literature, broadly defined, goes to Sang Kyung Lee for his paper, "The politics of anti-austerity protest: South Korea in 1997-98 and Greece in 2009-10."



Hilary Holbrow’s paper, “The Role of Ethnic Bias in Wage Inequality,” won the 2017 Robert B. McGinnis Award for the best paper in social psychology, broadly defined.

Meg Doherty Bea and Alyssa Goldman are co-winners of the Robin M. Williams award for best graduate student paper. Meg’s paper examines racial and ethnic differences in consumer expectations. Alyssa’s paper examines how mothers’ health is affected when their adult children are incarcerated.

Theresa Rocha Beardall and Emily Sandusky are co-winners of the 2017 Departmental award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant. Theresa Rocha Beardall also won a SAGE Teaching Innovations & Professional Development Award from the Sage Publishing Company.

Lucas Drouhot was awarded the Cornell Institute for European Studies’ Sidney Tarrow Paper Prize for his paper, “Cracks in the Melting Pot? Religiosity and Assimilation Among the Diverse Muslim Population in France.”

9 Cornell students presented papers at the 2017 annual meetings of the Population Association of America in Chicago.

Tom Davidson and Paromita Sanyal’s paper, “Associational Participation and Network Expansion: Microcredit Self-Help Groups and Poor Women’s Social Ties in Rural India,” is forthcoming at Social Forces.

Lauren Griffin won the prestigious Buttrick-Crippen Award from the Knight Writing Institute. This year-long fellowship will allow Lauren to design and teach her own Freshman Writing Seminar, “Modern Romance,” about contemporary families


George Berry’s paper with Sean Taylor, “Discussion Quality Diffuses in the Digital Public Square,” was accepted for the Proceedings of the 2017 World Wide Web conference in Perth, Australia.

Ningzi Li won the competitive C.V. Starr Fellowship in East Asian Studies from Cornell’s East Asia Program.

Youngmin Yi’s co-authored paper with Kristin Turney and Christopher Wildeman, “Mental Health among Jail and Prison Inmates,” was published in the American Journal of Men’s Health.

Paul Muniz was selected for the Cornell chapter of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, which celebrates academic excellence, recognizes outstanding service and leadership, and promotes diversity in doctoral education and the professoriate.

Alyssa Goldman’s solo-authored paper, “All in the Family: The Link Between Kin Network Bridging and Cardiovascular Risk among Older Adults,” was published in Social Science and Medicine. 

A paper off of Daniel DellaPosta’s dissertation won the Organization and Management Theory section award for the best unpublished graduate student paper at the Academy of Management meetings.

Hilary Holbrow and her collaborator Hiroshi Ono won a $37,000 grant from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and a $10,000 award from the BEST Alliance, a joint venture by the governments of Japan, China, and Korea to foster excellence in global business leadership training. Hilary’s paper (with Kikuko Nagayoshi), “Economic Integration of Skilled Migrants in Japan: The Role of Employment Practices,” is forthcoming in International Migration Review.

Dafna Gelbgiser’s paper with Kim Weeden and Cornell PhD Sarah Thébaud (UC-Santa Barbara) on gender segregation in doctoral education by field of study and program prestige is forthcoming in Sociological Science.

Lucas Drouhot’s qualifying paper, “Reconsidering ‘Community Liberated’: How Class and the National Context Shape Personal Support Networks,” is forthcoming in Social Networks.

Emily Taylor Poppe’s solo-authored paper, “Homeowner Legal Representation in the Foreclosure Crisis,” is forthcoming in Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. She also published a first-author paper (with Jeffrey Rachlinski) entitled, “Do Lawyers Matter? The Effect of Legal Representation in Civil Suits,” in the Pepperdine Law Review.

Alicia Eads’ co-authored paper with Mabel Berezin, “Risk is for the Rich? Childhood Vaccination Resistance and a Culture of Health,” is forthcoming in Social Science and Medicine.

Alex Currit’s paper, co-authored with Erin York Cornwell, on “Racial and Social Disparities in Bystander Support During Medical Emergencies on US Streets,” was published in American Journal of Public Health. It received press attention in 11 media outlets, including the Washington Post.

Daniel DellaPosta, Yongren Shi, and Michael Macy’s paper, “Why Do Liberals Drink Lattes?,” won the 2016 Outstanding Article Publication Award from the Mathematical Sociology section of the ASA.

Yongren Shi‘s dissertation, “Study of Political and Cultural Polarization Using Book Co-purchases and Reviews,” won the Outstanding Dissertation-in-Progress Award from the Mathematical Sociology section of the ASA.

Cornell graduate students solo- or co-authored 18 papers that were accepted for presentation at the American Sociological Association annual meeting in Seattle this August.

An abridged version of Dafna Gelbgiser’s paper, “College for All, Degrees for Few: For-Profit Colleges and Socioeconomic Inequality in Bachelor’s Degree Attainment,” was published in the Proceedings of the Academy of Management and selected as a finalist for the 2016 William H. Newman Award for Best Paper Based on a Dissertation from the Academy of Management.

Fedor Dokshin’s solo-authored paper, “Whose Backyard and What’s at Issue? Spatial and Ideological Dynamics of Local Fracking Opposition in New York State, 2010-2013,” is forthcoming in American Sociological Review.  An earlier version of this paper won the Robin M Williams, Jr. award.

Yongren ShiFedor Dokshin, Michael Genkin, and Matt Brashears are co-authors of “A Member Saved is a Member Earned? The Recruitment-Retention Trade-Off and Organizational Strategies for Membership Growth,” which is published in the American Sociological Review.

Rachel Behler’s solo-authored paper, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Network Determinants of Relationship Inactualization in Adolescence” is in press at Social Science Research. An earlier version won the Department’s Robin M. Williams, Jr. award for best paper.

Mauricio Bucca’s paper (coauthored with Kim Weeden and Youngjoo Cha) on trends in the gender wage gap, the motherhood page penalty, and the fatherhood wage premium is forthcoming in RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of Social Sciences.

Alicia Eads and Laura Tach published a paper in RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of Social Sciences entitled, “Wealth and Inequality in the Stability of Romantic Relationships.”

Mauricio Bucca published a solo-authored paper, “Merit and Blame in Unequal Societies: Explaining Latin Americans’ Beliefs About Wealth and Poverty,” in Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.

Alyssa Goldman’s paper (coauthored with Susan Fleming, Shelley Correll, and Catherine Taylor), “Settling In: The Role of Individual and Departmental Tactics in the Development of New Faculty Networks,” was published in the Journal of Higher Education.

Lucas Drouhot won the 2016 Robin M Williams, Jr. award for his paper, “Cracks in the Melting Pot? Explaining the Puzzle of Delayed Religious Assimilation Among Muslim Immigrants in France.”

Tony Sirianni won the 2016 Robert B McGinnis award for the best paper in social psychology, broadly defined, for “Taking One for the Team: The Specialization of Violence in Professional Ice Hockey.”

Paul Muniz won the 2016 Outstanding Teaching Apprentice award in the department for his outstanding work in Introduction to Sociology and in Urban Sociology.

Cornell Sociology graduate students presented 9 papers at the 2016 Population Association of America meetings in Washington D.C.

Youngmin Yi’s paper (co-authored with Christopher Wildeman and Kristin Turney), “Paternal Incarceration and Family Functioning: Variation Across Federal, State, and Local Facilities” was published in the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.


Xirong Shen’s solo-authored paper, “Negotiating Authorship in Chinese Universities: How Organizations Shape Cycles of Credit in Science” was published in Science, Technology, and Human Values.

Lucas Drouhot was awarded the Michelle Sicca Research Grant from the Cornell Institute for European Studies to conduct dissertation fieldwork in France.

Rachel Behler’s paper (with Erin York Cornwell), “Urbanism, Neighborhood Context and Social Networks,” was published in City and Community.

Emily Taylor Poppe’s paper (with Stephen Morgan), “A Design and a Model for Investigating the Heterogeneity of Context Effects in Public Opinion Surveys” was published in Sociological Methodology.

Lisha Liu won a Clifford C Clogg Fellowship to attend the 2015 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research.

Dan DellaPosta’s paper, “Bridging the Parochial Divide: Closure and Brokerage in Mafia Families,” won awards for the best graduate student paper from both the Economic Sociology and the Rationality and Society sections of the ASA.

Hilary Holbrow published a solo-authored paper in Work and Occupations entitled, “How Conformity to Labor Market Norms Increases Access to Job Search Assistance.”The paper is based on her MA thesis research.

George Berry was awarded one of the highly competitive Data Science Intern positions at Facebook for Summer of 2015, and was invited to return in 2016.

Rachel Behler was awarded a 12-month Health Services Research Dissertation Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a division of NIH/DHHS.

Cornell Sociology graduate students will present 18 papers at the 2015 American Sociological Association meetings in Chicago.

Daniel J DellaPosta and Yongren Shi are co-authors (with Michael Macy) of a 2015 paper in the American Journal of Sociology, “Why Do Liberals Drink Lattes?” Dan has also published solo-authored papers in RSSM and Social Forces.

Yongren Shi won a 2015 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad. Shi’s work, which looks at opinion dynamics in social networks, was also recognized with a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Award.

Alicia Eads’ paper with Laura Tach, “The Economic Consequences of Marital and Cohabitation Dissolution”, is forthcoming at Demography

Alicia Eads won the 2015 Robert B McGinnis Award for her paper “The U.S. Foreclosure Crisis: Government Agency Cultural Environments and Policy Responses”. She also won the 2014/2015 departmental citation for excellence in teaching.

Dafna Gelbgiser was awarded the 2015 Robin M. Williams, Jr. Award for her paper “College for All, Degrees for Few: The Expansion of For-Profit Colleges and Socioeconomic Differences in Degree Attainment”.

Alison Dwyer Emory was a blue-ribbon winner at the 2015 Population Association of America meetings for her poster, co-authored with Laura Tach, entitled, “The Spillover Effects of HOPE VI Redevelopment on Neighborhood Poverty and Racial Composition.”

Hilary J Holbrow was awarded a Fulbright Graduate Research Fellowship for 2014-2016 for her project on Japanese companies’ strategies for economic revitalization. She is an International Research Fellow at the Canon Institute for Global Studies and a Visiting Scholar at Sophia University in the 2015/16 academic year.


Fedor Dokshin’s paper (with Ben Cornwell), “The Power of Integration: Affiliation and Cohesion in a Diverse Elite Network,” was published in Social Forces.

Dafna Gelbgiser co-authored a paper (with Stephen Morgan) in Sociological Scienceon Mexican ancestry and educational attainment. Dafna is also co-author on two papers in Social Science Research, one with Steve Morgan and Kim Weeden, and one with Sigal Alon.

Chan Suh’s paper, “Differential participation in professional activism: the case of the Guantanamo Habeas Lawyers” was published in Mobilization in 2014.

Allison Dwyer Emory’s paper (with Maureen Waller) on unmarried and divorcing parents in separated families was published in Family Court Review.

Fedor Dokshin was awarded the 2014 Robin M. Williams, Jr. Award for his paper “Fuel for Institutional Change: The Diffusion of Local Anti-Fracking Ordinances in New York State, 2010-2013”.

Hilary Holbrow won the 2014 Robert B McGinnis Award for her paper “How Conformity to Labor Market Norms Increases Access to Job Search Assistance: A Case Study from Japan”.

Kyle Albert published two solo-authored papers off of his Master’s thesis on labor union political strategies, one in Sociological Inquiry (2014) and one in Sociological Forum (2013).

Dafna Gelbgiser and Chan Suh were awarded the 2013-2014 Department Citation for Excellence in Teaching, going above and beyond the call of duty in for their students.


Michael Genkin‘s paper (With Robert Braun) “Cultural Resonance and the Diffusion of Suicide Bombings: The Role of Collectivism” (forthcoming in the Journal of Conflict Resolution) won an honorable mention from the Elise Boulding Graduate Student Paper competition hosted by the ASA Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section. He also won the ASA’s Mathematical Sociology Section 2008 Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award for his co-authored paper with Alexander Gutfraind “How Do Terrorist Cells Self-Assemble? Insights from an Agent-Based Model.”

Rachel Behler was awarded the 2013 Robin M. Williams, Jr. Award for her paper “You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Structural Determinants of Compromised Ideals In Intimate Behavior”.

Matthew Hoffberg was awarded the 2012-2013 Department Citation for Excellence in Teaching for his work in Sociology 1840 Six Pretty Good Books and Sociology 2160 Health and Society.

Daniel J DellaPosta published two solo-authored papers, one in Research in Social Stratification and Mobility on the economic returns to military service and one in Social Forces on immigration and the dynamics of Front National voting in France.

Hilary Holbrow received an honorable mention from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program and was awarded a Robert J. Smith Fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year. She published a co-authored paper (with Victor Nee) in Daedalus called “Why Asian Americans are Becoming Mainstream”


Emily Taylor Poppe and Scott Golder were awarded the 2011-2012 Department Citation for Excellence in Teaching: Emily for her work in Sociology 6020 Linear Models, and Scott for his work in Sociology 2208 Social Inequality.

Daniel J. DellaPosta was awarded the 2012 Robin M. Williams, Jr. Award for “Competitive Threat, Intergroup Contact, or Both? Immigration and the Dynamics of Front National Voting in France.”

Jessica Houston Su‘s paper, “Pregnancy Intentions and Parents’ Psychological Welll-Being,” was awarded the 2012 Robert B. McGinnis Award and was published in the Journal of Marriage and the Family.

Kyle Albert was awarded a three-year Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. His fellowship was awarded for a proposed program of research that considers the implications of the emergence of “green” occupations on socioeconomic inequality.

Matthew Hoffberg won the 2012 Best Graduate Student Paper award from the ASA Rationality and Society section and the 2011 Robin Williams Jr. Best Paper award from Cornell’s Department of Sociology. In 2010, he was awarded an NSF dissertation improvement grant for his project, “Reciprocity and Perceived Sincerity in Organizational Workgroups.” Matt also served as a Buttrick Crippen teaching fellow at Cornell’s Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines, where he designed and taught an undergraduate writing seminar on the topic of authenticity and modern capitalism.