STEW Autumn 2017 Schedule

Hi Everyone,
This 2017-18 academic year chairs for STEW and Placement are Professors Kimberley Kay Hoang and Xi Song. As a third-year Ph.D. student, I am excited to be the graduate student coordinator. Please email me at “Winnie Tong <wintong@uchicago.edu>” for scheduling and website feedback.

2017-18 Academic Year Schedule for STEW and Placement

All events will run on Mondays from 12:30 – 2:00pm, Room Location TBD

(updated 9.27.17 by Winnie Tong)

DATE PRESENTER                TITLE
September 25 Chad Borkenhagen Secret Recipes and Open Sharing in Modernist Cuisine and Mathematical Finance
October 2 Jaclyn Wong None of that Worked Out’: How Young Professionals Make Career and Family Decisions
October 9 Faculty Panel

Professors Kimberley Kay Hoang (Sociology), Robert Vargas (Sociology) and Ruben Miller (SSA)

 

Professionalization Panel: Preparing for the Job Talk
October 23 Nora Taplin Grasping for the American Dream: Racial Segregation, Residential Mobility and Homeownership
February 5

Faculty Panel

Professors Sanyu Mojola (Guest Speaker: University of Michigan, and University of Chicago alumni) and Robert Vargas (Sociology)

Professionalization Panel: “Mixed Methods Dissertations”
February 19 Guest Speaker 

Professor Jennifer Carlson (Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona)

June 1: Graduate Student Mini Job Talk Symposium

SCHEDULE CHANGE–Next S.T.E.W. Monday 5/16 @ 12 Noon

Hey Folks,

The Social Theory and Evidence workshop scheduled for Wednesday May 11 has been cancelled. The next S.T.E.W. will be held on Monday May 16 at 12 Noon when ChengPang Lee presents a paper titled “Learning Charisma: Organization, Networks and the Emergence of Charismatic Leadership.” A copy of this paper will be available next week. Lunch will be served so we hope to see you all there!

The Social Theory and Evidence Workshop presents:

Learning Charisma: Organization, Networks and the Emergence of Charismatic Leadership

ChengPang Lee

Ph.D. Candidate, The University of Chicago

Monday May 16, 12 Noon – 1:20 PM
*Social Sciences 302*

Please come early for refreshments. Vegans and Vegetarians welcome.

For further inquiries or if you require assistance to attend the event, please contact Antoine Jones at antoinej (at) uchicago.edu.

Call for Papers–S.T.E.W. for May

Hello Folks,

The Social Theory and Evidence Workshop has additional presenter slots open. For the month of May, S.T.E.W. would like to host student at earlier stages of completed work, such as recently submitted qualifying papers and/or early drafts of research proposals in which a data collection strategy is needed. The attendees at S.T.E.W. are fantastic at these things and this is a great opportunity to get some expert critiques in advance of data collection or submitting a paper to peer review. Advanced students who wish to present papers are naturally encouraged to present at S.T.E.W. any time!

If you have a paper or proposal that you would like to workshop in May, please email me.

Thank you all for a rather successful S.T.E.W. quarter, and we will see you all in the Spring. I’ll provide the lunch!

antoinej (at) uchicago.edu

UPDATED S.T.E.W./Job Talk Calendar

Hey Folks,

Below is an updated calendar for STEW and practice job talks. Tal Yifat will be practicing his job talk on this Wednesday 2/23 at 1:30 PM in the Albion Small Room (SS-305). S.T.E.W. will then return on Monday 2/29 for Notre Dame’s Erin McDonnell.

*Wednesday 2/24 at 1:30 PM*
Albion Small Room SS-305
Tal Yifat Practice Job Talk
Monday February 29 Erin McDonnell

University of Notre Dame Faculty Guest

Interstitial Bureaucracy: How high institutional variation affects organization characteristics of effective public sector agencies in Ghana
March 7 Anna Muller (CHD), Angela Garcia (SSA), Ellis Monk, John Levi Martin  Job Market Panel

Notre Dame’s Erin McDonnell visits the Soc Dept 2/29-INFO for FACULTY and STUDENTS

Hey All,

The University of Notre Dame’s Erin McDonnell (Kellogg Asst. Professor of Sociology) will be visiting the Sociology Department on Monday February 29. Erin will present a chapter of her upcoming book at STEW at 12 PM noon in SS-401 (her talk is titled Interstitial Bureaucracy: How high institutional variation affects organization characteristics of effective public sector agencies in Ghana ).

For Students: While catered lunch will be provided for the event, we would like to organize a post-talk coffee/tea for those of you who may share Erin’s research interests (Governance, state administration, international comparative sociology, development, elite migration, and classical social theory) and/or areas of study (Comparative / Historical Sociology, Social Movements / Political Sociology, Stratification and Inequality, Theory, Work, Economy and Organization). Please let me know at antoinej@uchicago.edu if any of you are interested (scheduled time for the coffee will be 1:30-2:50).

For Faculty: Kimberly and Cheol-Sung are organizing a faculty dinner for the evening of 2/29. If you are interested in joining them, please either let me know or talk to Kimberly and Cheol-Sung directly.

About Erin McDonnell:

Erin McDonnell (Ph.D. Sociology, Northwestern University) is a Kellogg Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. She is a theorist whose research engages Organizational, Political, Cultural, and Economic Sociology. Her work focuses on how social organization affects economic outcomes, from consumer groups to administrative capacity in African states. She recently published “Budgetary Units: A Weberian Approach to Consumption” in The American Journal of Sociology. This article rethinks organization within consumption, arguing that orienting research toward the analysis of budgetary units makes visible more general social patterns of consumption across diverse contexts. Other current work takes a sociological approach to examining the historical changes and group dynamics patterning notions of fairness in market pricing behaviors.

Her current work on state capacity and development in Africa observes that states have a high degree of internal variation in their administrative capacities and organizational cultures. This has led to two lines of inquiry in her current book project. First, what explains the emergence of effective bureaucratic practice? She finds that even in conventionally identified “weak states”, effective, quasi-meritocratic, Weberian-style bureaucracy flourishes in “interstices”— relatively distinct niches embedded within dominant patronage and patrimonial institutions. Her ethnographic work in the economic sector of the Ghanaian state reveal how such interstitial bureaucratic cultures not just emerge but protect themselves from an environment hostile to such reforms. Second, what are the consequences of such internal variation of bureaucratic practice?  McDonnell’s mixed-methods approach to analyzing the causes and consequences of this internal variation in bureaucratic quality, from statistical analysis, interviews, participant observation, and comparative historical methods, paints a rich portrait of the birth of bureaucracy in African states.

Any questions, please let me know!

Calender Update–Added Practice Job Talk Dates

Hey Folks,

Two of our Ph.D. candidates, Marcelle Medford-Lee and Tal Yifat, that are due to give job talks very soon and the Social Theory and Evidence workshop is gearing up to set up practice talks for them. We will first host Marcelle this Wednesday 2/10 at 12 PM Noon in SS-401. Tal’s practice will be held on Tuesday 2/23 from 1:30-2:50 PM, Room TBD.

Below is the updated S.T.E.W. calendar with these two job talks added. All event’s will be in SS-401 from 12 PM – 1:20 PM except where noted:

Monday February 8
Andreas Glaeser, Andrew Abbott and James Evans
“… Get it Written:” Starting the Writing Process
Wednesday February 10
 
Marcelle Medford-Lee
Practice Job Talk
Monday February 22
Jaclyn Wong
“Competing Desires: How Young Adult Couples Negotiate Moving for Career Opportunities”
*Tuesday February 23 at 1:30 PM*
Room TBD
Tal Yifat
Practice Job Talk
Monday February 29
Erin McDonnell
University of Notre Dame Faculty Guest
March 7
Anna Muller (CHD), Angela Garcia (SSA), Ellis Monk, John Levi Martin
 Job Market Panel

UPDATED: STEW Winter 2016 Calendar

Social Theory and Evidence Workshop

Winter 2016 Calendar

January 25 Maryam Alemzadeh Revolutionary Armies and Mechanisms of Institution Building

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps in the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88)

February 1 Xi Song, Jenny T., Kimberly Hoang Journal/Book Publishing Workshop
February 8 Andreas Glaeser, Andrew Abbott and James Evans “… Get it Written:” Starting the Writing Process
February 22 Jaclyn Wong Competing Desires: How Young Adult Couples Negotiate Moving for Career Opportunities
February 29 Erin McDonnell University of Notre Dame Faculty Guest
March 7 Anna Muller (CHD), Angela Garcia (SSA), Ellis Monk, John Levi Martin  Job Talk Panel

STEW Winter 2016 Calendar

Hello Folks,

The Social Theory and Evidence Workshop will be kicking off the new quarter on Monday, January 25. Below are the Winter dates and we will update the calendar with notice as necessary. All of our events will take place in Social Science Room 401, which is accessible via elevator. We look forward to seeing you there!

January 25 Maryam Alemzadeh Cultural Mechanisms of Institution Building in an Unconventional Military: The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps in the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88)
February 1 Xi Song, Jenny T., Kimberly Hoang Journal/Book Publishing Workshop
February 8 Andreas Glaeser, Andrew Abbott and James Evans “… Get it Written:” Starting the Writing Process
February 22 Jaclyn Wong “Competing Desires: How Young Adult Couples Negotiate Moving for Career Opportunities”
February 29 Erin McDonnell University of Notre Dame Faculty Guest

Schedule Change [Final]

Hey Folks,

We had to rearrange our last two presenters, so Yang Zhang will be on deck for this Monday November 16, and Marshall Jean will finish our quarter on Monday November 30. Both presentations will take place in Social Sciences Room 401 at 12 PM Noon. We hope to see you all there.

Monday November 16 Yang Zhang –“Insurgent Dynamics: The coming of the Chinese rebellions, 1850-1873”
Monday November 30 Marshall Jean –“Can You ‘Work your way up?’ – Examining the relationship between achievement group assignments and the development of student learning behaviors”

Updated STEW Calendar

Hey Folks,

Please find here an updated practice job talk schedule for Fall 2015. Please note that STEW will run on select Wednesdays and a Thursday–in additional to its usual Mondays–in order to get all of our candidates prepared for the market as expediently as possible.

This calendar is subject to change and as it does, I will post it to you all as soon as possible. All changes, including rooms, can also be viewed at the ‘Schedule’ section of our webpage

Social Theory and Evidence Workshop
2015 Practice Job Talk Schedule
12-1:20 PM, SS-401 (except where noted)
Revised 10-22-15

Wednesday October 28 Chris Graziul –

“Opportunity Constraint and Religious Life: What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

Monday November 2 Naeyun Lee –

“Selecting by Origin and Class: Dual Nationality as a Strategy of Social Closure in South Korea”

Monday November 9 Tal Yifat –

“Social Enterprise as Collective Action: Mobilizing Resources for Mass Market Success”

Thursday November 12

*Social Sciences 305: Al. Small Room*

Rick Moore –

“Atheists and Evangelicals: Creating the category of religion in American life”

Monday November 16 Marshall Jean –

“Can you ‘Work your way up?’ – Examining the relationship between achievement group assignments and the development of student learning behaviors”