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Richard Swedberg was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Social Sciences at Uppsala University.

Benjamin Franco-Suarez, PhD, fulfilled a lifelong dream by defending his dissertation at the age of 90 years young. His research, which he conducted in the 1970s, assesses marriage and fertility among rural and urban Bolivian Aymara women.

Paromita Sanyal won the 2015 Outstanding Book Award from the ASA's Sociology of Development section for Credit to Capabilities: A Sociological Study of Microcredit Groups in India.

Youngjoo Cha (PhD 2010) and Kim Weeden won the 2015 Outstanding Article award from the ASA's Inequality, Poverty and Mobility section for their ASR paper on overwork and the gender gap in wages.

Victor Nee won a $1.2M grant from the John Templeton Foundation to continue his research on China's transition to a market economy with Sonja Opper, the Gad Rausing Professor of Economics at Lund University.

Michael Macy and his collaborators were awarded a $2M Minerva grant from the Department of Defense to study social contagions.


Welcome to the web site of the Department of Sociology at Cornell University. The department, a unit of the College of Arts and Sciences, is a vibrant intellectual community of approximately 15 faculty, 50 graduate students, and more than 100 undergraduate majors who share an interest in understanding the social world.

On these pages you'll find much more information about the department and its faculty, graduate program, and undergraduate program. We hope you enjoy your virtual visit, and take some time to learn about the cutting-edge research in which our faculty and students are engaged.

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