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

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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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.

Award-winning Dedman College student loves SMU traditions

Year of the Student Blog

Elishah Ramos ’15 was one of 10 students who received the “M” award, SMU’s highest commendation, at the University’s 18th annual Honors Convocation, in April.

25955D_0561-680x451“I’m pretty excited about it. It was a surprise for me. I know so many other students who work so hard for the University and are equally deserving of this award. So it’s humbling for me to be acknowledged in this way,” says Elishah, who also has served as an SMU Ambassador and is the first in his family to go to college.

An esteemed University tradition, Honors Convocation is a celebration of academic excellence achieved by SMU students. And Elishah, a double major in markets and culture and Spanish and a human rights minor, loves traditions. He also served as a Peruna handler, in charge of the SMU mascot during athletic events. READ MORE

Professors receive tenure, promotions effective in 2015-16



Congratulations to the Dedman College faculty members who are newly tenured as associate professors or have been promoted to full professorships to begin the 2015-16 academic year.

The following individuals received tenure or promotion effective Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.

Recommended for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor:

Angela Ards, English
Greg Brownderville, English
Justin Fisher, Philosophy
Matthew Keller, Sociology
Matthew Lockard, Philosophy
Daniel Moss, English
Nia Parson, Anthropology
Christopher Roos, Anthropology
Stephen Sekula, Physics
Alicia Zuese, World Languages and Literatures (Spanish)

Recommended for promotion to Full Professor:

Thomas Coan, Physics
Darryl Dickson-Carr, English
Robert Kehoe, Physics
Francisco Morán, World Languages and Literatures (Spanish)
Tony Ng, Statistical Science
Sherry Wang, Statistical Science