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Sociologist professor discusses how having hidden wealth may be embarrassing
Nov. 11, 2019
How do people afford luxury things? Frederick Wherry, Professor of Sociology at Princeton University joins the Matt Bubala Show live to discuss the age old concept: is the grass always greener on the other side?
Entrenchment and Overcoming the Power of Concentrated Wealth Featuring Paul Starr
July 17, 2019
Efforts at controlling the powers of concentrated wealth has been an ongoing problem within society. Some believe overcoming the issue involves looking back at the foundations of democratic societies.
Summer institute advances social science in the digital age
July 16, 2019
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Written by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications
What factors make a political movement successful? Can internet searches reveal patterns of economic inequality? How do racial and gender biases influence health outcomes?
Pipeline program founded by Sociology Professor Centeno in 2000 continues to open opportunities for local high school students
July 10, 2019
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Written by Emily De Jesus – Trenton Daily
Positive, prosperous, priceless, — three words that perfectly describe the Princeton University Preparatory Program and their community of young, driven scholars.
Sociologist Alejandro Portes receives Princess of Asturias Award in the Social Sciences
June 10, 2019
Alejandro Portes, the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, and senior scholar in sociology, has been awarded the 2019 Princess of Asturias Award in the Social Sciences. The Princess of Asturias Awards are the highest form of recognition bestowed by the Spanish Crown and among the most important prizes conferred in the European Union.
Three seniors win Labouisse Prize for international civic engagement projects
May 13, 2019
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Written by Pooja Makhijani, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
Princeton University seniors Jazmyn Blackburn, Mariachiara Ficarelli and Isabel James have been awarded the Henry Richardson Labouisse ’26 Prize to pursue international civic engagement projects for one year following graduation.

Sara McLanahan and Kathryn Edin elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
April 26, 2019

Sara McLanahan and Kathryn Edin have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences!  They will be inducted alongside Sociology department alum Michelle Obama ‘85! Congratulations to Sara and Kathy!…

Learning From NASA's Robotic Planetary Missions
Nov. 27, 2018
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Written by Janet Vertesi
The scientist at the front of the room hunched over and splayed his arms out to his sides. Waddling a bit like a penguin, he shuffled his feet over to one side, then the other as he described how the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity had recently explored a part of the planet Mars. Suddenly he looked up, his eyes searching for the ethnographer in the back of the room. “Janet, get your camera!” he exclaimed, “I’m doing the Rover dance!”