Month: March 2021

Become a Sociology Honors Student!

Are you a Rising Sophomore or Junior Sociology Major with a GPA of 3.40 or above?  If so, we  encourage you to apply to be an Honors program student as a sociology major!  Deciding to do so is pretty straight-forward.  Below are information and links about the Honors Program application timeline and process.

Next Deadline: April 1, 2021 (Timeline:

Forms: A link to the online Honors Program application in the UConn Quest Portal can be found at

Approval and Invitations to Apply to Honors as Rising Juniors (Class of 2023):

  • Junior applications require approval of the Honors advisor via the online Honors preliminary plan of study process.

Rising Sophomore Applicants (Class of 2024):

  • All parts of the Honors Program application, except the Honors preliminary plan of study, must be completed by rising sophomores;
  • Honors admission is based on available space for sophomores as determined by the Honors Program;
  • Departmental approval is not required for admission into Honors as sophomores, but you will have to seek departmental approval via the Honors preliminary plan of study to continue in or join the Honors Program as juniors next year.

Professor Matthew Hughey is the incoming Sociology Honors advisor and would be happy to answer any questions that you have about the application process (  Or feel free to email the Honors Program ( if you have general questions.

Bradley Wright: 2020 OUR Mentorship Excellence Award

Bradley R. Entner Wright

Congratulations to Bradley Wrightrecipient of the 2020 OUR Mentorship Excellence Award! This award is given to an individual faculty member who has displayed outstanding mentorship of undergraduate researchers. Bradley Wright was nominated for his purpose-driven and student-focused approach to mentorship, with students citing the ways in which he helps students develop clarity of purpose and works proactively to challenge and support them in taking the next steps in their work.

Nabil Tueme: “All in the Family”

Congratulations to Sociology graduate student Nabil Tueme on her recent article in Sociology Compass, "All in the Family: The Role of Family Networks, Collective Action Frames, and Identity in Latino Movement Participation." The article discusses the importance of family for Latino communities.


***Excerpt from Article***

In this article, I review the literature on the role of the family in influencing Latino's participation in political activism. In doing so, I follow Pallares' (2015) view of the family, not just as a social institution, but also as a political construct shaped by immigration policy and migration and incorporation dynamics. Clearly, as suggested above, immigration policies play no small part in the social organization of Latino families living in the United States. I begin by outlining the recent contributions made by two groups of literature on the role of the family in Latinos' political activism: (a) social networks; and (b) collective action frames. I conclude by offering suggestions informed by social movement theory toward the development of a third line of work—identity—which may shed light on how the family can both enable and constrain Latino movement participation.

Adane Zawdu: Fellowship from the Polonsky Academy for Advanced Study

Adane Zawdu received a fellowship from the Polonsky Academy for Advanced Study in the Humanities and the Social Sciences at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem. During this four year fellowship, Adane will be studying the changing relations between ethnic culture and skin color among Ethiopian Israelis, from the early years of migration to today. He will focus on how categories of difference and group formation are linked to particular social spaces, networks, opportunities, and policing, as well as the social and political consequences of the changing classification structure.


Refugee Advocate Irene Soteriou Named 2021 UConn Newman Civic Fellow

Congratulations to Irene Soteriou, '23 (CLAS), who was nominated by President Thomas Katsouleas for a Newman Civic Fellowship for her investment in collaborative changemaking. The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are changemakers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. Read the full article here.


***Excerpt from the article***

As a student, Soteriou has founded the annual UConn Human Rights Symposium, serves as Deputy Speaker of the Undergraduate Student Government, and works at the Center for Career Development, where she lean effort to help non-native English speakers, formerly incarcerated individuals, and others from historically underserved or marginalized communities better prepare for employment opportunities. She formed the Student Coalition for Human Rights to facilitate collaboration among human rights groups on campus, and is bringing together student groups from universities across the state to advocate collectively for refugees during the pandemic.  

“I’d like to give a special thank you to Dr. [Bradley] Wright, professor of sociology, whose work has inspired me to pursue deeper reflection, introspection, and growth, especially within the context of my identity,” Soteriou said. “I’d also like to thank Kristen Soprano, a career consultant in the Center for Career Development, who has challenged me to step outside of my comfort zone, and who has supported me through obstacles I’ve faced.