Lucas Kirkpatrick, Sociology, discusses his new book “Reinventing Detroit: The Politics of Possibility”

Michigan Daily

Originally Posted: November 18, 2015

Along with a panel of local professionals and professors, Lucas Kirkpatrick, an assistant sociology professor at Southern Methodist University, discussed the launch of his new book “Reinventing Detroit: The Politics of Possibility” on Tuesday.

Edited by Kirkpatrick and Michael Peter Smith, a professor of community studies at University of California, Davis, the book comprises chapters written by various experts in urban policy, including professors from the University. The compilation aims to discuss the challenges Detroit faces and the methods currently being employed to overcome them.

In July 2013, Detroit declared bankruptcy and was placed under the control of an emergency manager. In December 2014, the city announced its exit from bankruptcy and control of the city was fully returned to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. The city has also struggled to cope with blight, crime, political corruption and a job loss. READ MORE

SMU students in Paris report they are safe; SMU monitoring situation

SMU News

Originally Posted: November 14, 2015

SMU has heard from all 11 of its students studying in Paris that they are safe. The SMU Travel Oversight Committee is closely monitoring the situation and is receiving updates from the U.S. State Department and International SOS.

SMU community members abroad are asked to be aware that France has declared a national state of emergency and has tightened its borders. On Saturday, November 14, the U.S. Embassy in France issued a security message regarding the terrorist attacks: “Further incidents are possible. We strongly urge U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal security, including limiting their movements to essential activity. U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.” While airports and train stations remain open, travelers may expect delays due to heightened security measures.
All SMU Abroad students are covered by emergency travel assistance through I-SOS and may use the services of I-SOS worldwide during their term of study abroad. During SMU Abroad orientation, students received laminated cards with emergency phone numbers for I-SOS. I-SOS contact information also is available online at In addition, every SMU-approved study abroad program has its own emergency preparedness plan and protocols.

Students with concerns or questions are asked to contact the SMU Abroad Director, Dr. Cathy Winnie, at (214-768-4904) or SMU Assistant Chief of Police Jim Walters at (214-768-1586). Student safety is the highest priority of SMU and our partner study abroad programs. READ MORE

Anne E. Lincoln, Sociology, Work-Family Conflict in Academic Science

LincolnIn “Failing Families, Failing Science,” Ecklund and Lincoln paint a nuanced picture that illuminates how gender, individual choices, and university and science infrastructures play a role in shaping science careers, and how science careers, shape family life. Their research reveals that early career scientists struggle with balancing work and family lives. This struggle may prevent young scientists from pursuing positions at top research universities—or further pursuing academic science at all— a circumstance that comes at great cost to our national science infrastructure.

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Meet Dedman College Faculty during Family Weekend

2:00PM 3:00PM

Dedman College, the heart of SMU houses the vital disciplines the underlie great accomplishment. Denman College offers 85 exciting majors and minors in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Their award winning faculty will be available to discuss their teaching and research interests. READ MORE

Lucas Kirkpatrick, Sociology, Reinventing Detroit

KirkpatrickNew assistant professor Lucas Owen Kirkpatrick’s book Reinventing Detroit was released this week. The book addresses the questions of what went wrong with Detroit and what can be done to reinvent the Motor City.

Spring Enrollment Event, Wednesday, October 21st

Sociology Department: Spring Enrollment Event

Wednesday, October 21st
11:00am- Noon and 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm in the Department Lobby, 3rd Floor Hyer Hall

Drop into a causal spring enrollment event to meet Faculty members (including three new faculty members), learn about course offerings for Spring 2016 and pick up a snack! Have questions about the major or classes? Our Undergraduate Advisor Professor DeArman will be there to answer your questions. Interested in Sociology, but not sure if adding a second major or a minor is feasible? Come talk to our Advisor and learn how many students have loved their second major.

RSVP to this Event by emailing Brita Andercheck at

Internship Development Seminar, Wednesday, October 14th

Department of Sociology: Internship Development Seminar

Wednesday, October 14th

4:30-5:30pm in Hyer Hall 104

Internships are key toward gaining relevant experience to land a job after graduation. Come to this seminar to learn about the Department’s plan to launch a semester long and summer version of a for credit internship class. Learn about previous internship placements and how to get started targeting a successful internship placement.

RSVP to this Event by emailing Brita Andercheck at


Annika Rieger, a senior majoring in Sociology, receives an engaged learning research grant.

Annika Rieger receives a 2015 engaged learning research grant for her research project, “Students, Sustainability, and Schooling: Undergraduate Perspectives on Campus Initiatives.” In this project Annika will be exploring how participating in coursework on the Taos campus leads to changes in environmental attitudes and behaviors among undergraduate students. Debra Branch, senior lecturer in Sociology, is her faculty mentor.

Alumni Announcements

Victoria Vinson (SOCI-BS, Class of 2013) began the Cyber Corps Graduate Program at the University of Tulsa Spring 2015 with a full scholarship.

Ellen Green (SOCI-BS, Class of 2012) will begin the Occupational Therapy program at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas Fall 2015.

Jessica Noel (SOCI-BS, Class of 2012) will begin the Master of Public Policy at UCLA Fall 2015.

Laura Orr (MKCL-BA, Class of 2008) is currently working at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center as a play therapist with trauma victims, Fall 2015.