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Featured Faculty Book: $2.00 a Day
March 4, 2018
Jessica Compton’s family of four would have no income if she didn’t donate plasma twice a week at her local donation center in Tennessee. Modonna Harris and her teenage daughter Brianna, in Chicago, have gone for days with nothing to eat other than spoiled milk. After two decades of groundbreaking research on American poverty, Kathryn Edin noticed something she hadn’t seen before — households surviving on virtually no cash income. Edin, whose deep examination of her subjects’ lives has “turned sociology upside down” (Mother Jones), teamed with Luke Shaefer, an expert on surveys of the incomes of the poor. The two made a surprising discovery: the number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to one and a half million American households, including about three million children.
Featured Faculty Book: The Philadelphia Barrio
March 4, 2018
How does a so-called bad neighborhood go about changing its reputation? Is it simply a matter of improving material conditions or picking the savviest marketing strategy? What kind of role can or should the arts play in that process? Does gentrification always entail a betrayal of a neighborhood’s roots? Tackling these questions and offering a fresh take on the dynamics of urban revitalization, The Philadelphia Barrio examines one neighborhood’s fight to erase the stigma of devastation.
Featured Faculty Book: The Genome Factor
March 4, 2018
For a century, social scientists have avoided genetics like the plague. But the nature-nurture wars are over. In the past decade, a small but intrepid group of economists, political scientists, and sociologists have harnessed the genomics revolution to paint a more complete picture of human social life than ever before. The Genome Factor describes the latest astonishing discoveries being made at the scientific frontier where genomics and the social sciences intersect.
Fragile Families Challenge uses ‘big data’ to answer big questions
Nov. 13, 2017
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What would happen if hundreds of social scientists and data scientists worked together on a scientific challenge to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in the United States?
Matthew Desmond receives Pulitzer Prize and other awards for 'Evicted'
Oct. 2, 2017

Matt Desmond has received the 2017 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award for Evicted.  The book also received the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal, the Order of the Coif Biennial Book Award, and the Silver Gavel Award of the American Bar Association. Evicted was also named one of the top ten books…

Board of Trustees Approves New Faculty Appointments
July 10, 2017
Meet the new faculty members joining the Department of Sociology this year.
Conley harnesses tools of social science, genomics to answer lifelong questions
May 18, 2017
Dalton Conley was just a kid in 1970s New York, but lessons about race and class came quickly.
Faculty Award: Massey recognized for work on Mexico-U.S. migration
May 2, 2017
The Society for Applied Anthropology has awarded Douglas Massey, the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, and Jorge Durand Arp-Nisen of the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, the 2018 Bronislaw Malinowski Award.
Faculty Awarded Funding For Innovative Education Research Projects
March 20, 2017
Six Princeton University faculty members will receive funding to work on innovative, cross-disciplinary education research projects over the next two academic years.
Salganik Starts Summer Institute for Computational Social Science
March 3, 2017

Matthew Salganik and Chris Bail are creating the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science, which will be funded by the Russell Sage Foundation. The purpose of the Summer Institute is to introduce graduate students and beginning faculty in the social and data sciences (broadly conceived) to computational social science. This year the…