Daisy Reyes: Learning to be Latino

Learning to be Latino

In her new book, sociology and El Instituto professor Daisy Reyes investigates how the particular college that Latino students attend shapes their understanding of themselves and their world views. CLAS majors weigh in about their own experiences at UConn.

Posted by UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Thursday, October 25, 2018

Daisy Reyes is a professor of sociology and El Instituto: The Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies. Her current research interests focus on how race and ethnicity are constructed, with particular focus on sites critical for social mobility, like colleges and universities. In her new book Learning to be Latino, professor Daisy Reyes investigates how the particular college the Latino students attend shapes their understanding of themselves and their world views. CLAS majors share their own perspectives and experiences at UConn.

Grad students awarded 2018 Wood/Raith Living Trust summer fellowship

Caner Hazar and Jordan Rees, graduate students from Department of Sociology, were each awarded a 2018 Wood/Raith Living Trust summer fellowship!

The Wood/Raith Living Trust is named for Audrey Wood (UCONN class of ‘47) and Edeltraut Raith. Both Wood and Raith earned their Masters in Library Science from the University of Southern California and spent their careers as librarians with the San Francisco Public Library system. They generously gifted the University of Connecticut funds for the study of gender identity under the Wood/Raith Living Trust. 

This summer Wood/Raith Living Trust started the initiative with graduate fellowships to support work focused on gender identity. We received 38 submissions across 14 programs/departments. The top 12 candidates across 9 departments/programs were offered awards of $4,000 each. The award winners will appear on the website https://woodraithgender.uconn.edu/.

UConn Junior Wins Prestigious Truman Scholarship

Akshayaa Chittibabu ’19 (CLAS), a biological sciences and sociology major, has been named a 2018 Truman Scholar by The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. The competitive national award, given to 59 students across the U.S., selects and supports the next generation of public service leaders.

Akshayaa Chittibabu ’19 (CLAS), a biological sciences and sociology major and 2018 Truman Scholarship recipient, poses outside of the Wilbur Cross Building on April 12, 2018. (Bri Diaz/UConn Photo)

Chittibabu, a junior, is a STEM scholar who has worked on implementing better health education for rural women in South India as a Holster Scholar; assessed barriers in American healthcare as a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow; and studied Korean in Gwangju, South Korea through the U.S. Department of State.

Currently, Akshayaa serves as the vice chair of the Academic Affairs Committee and Senator for Multiculturalism and Diversity in UConn’s Undergraduate Student Government.  She is an editorial assistant at the peer-reviewed journal Social Science & Medicine and is conducting her thesis research with Professor Audrey Chapman at the UConn School of Medicine’s Department of Community Medicine and Healthcare.

In Storrs, she serves on the UConn Hindu Students Council and volunteers as a community health educator through the Collegiate Health Service Corps. Her investment in global health has led her to chairing Connecticut’s first student-run global health conference, serving on medical development trips to Panama and Ecuador, and advocating for global malaria and polio programs as a UN Foundation Global Health Fellow.

“All my life I’ve wanted to enter public service, and this feels like an incredible affirmation of that goal,” Chittibabu says of the award. “It feels like there are endless possibilities, and that I’m really working toward making America a better place.”

For her graduate work, Chittibabu would like to pursue an MD/MPP degree, and in the future, she aims to build and promote innovative health policies as a physician.

“As Dean of the College, it is enormously gratifying to watch our students achieve the national recognition they deserve,” said Davita Silfen Glasberg, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “And as a sociologist, I am especially proud of Akshayaa’s work in global health, which will undoubtedly produce innovative health policies for future generations.”

“Akshayaa is one of the most delightful and talented young scholars I have had the pleasure of knowing,” said Vincent Moscardelli, director of the UConn Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships. “She’s not only a double major, but a published poet, an accomplished artist, a speaker of five languages, and an aspiring physician. I simply cannot wait to see what she does next.”

“Akshayaa’s selection as UConn’s sixth Truman Scholar is evidence of her academic potential, her demonstrated record of leadership, and her extraordinary commitment to public service at every level,” added Provost Craig Kennedy. “She represents everything we at the University of Connecticut challenge our students to be.”

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation was created by Congress in 1975 to be the nation’s living memorial to President Harry S. Truman. Recipients of the Truman Scholarship receive a $30,000 scholarship toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development programming to help prepare them for careers in public service leadership. They will receive their awards in a ceremony at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum on Sunday, May 27, 2018.

By: Christine Buckley, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Invited Speaker Series


Pawan Dhingra (Tufts University) Time/Location TBA. Organized by Asian American Studies. Co-sponsored by Sociology.

Ann Morning (NYU). “The Nature of Race: Investigating Concepts of Human Difference.”

Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Elizabeth Bennett, Alissa Cordner, Peter Klein and Stephanie Savell (Brown University). “The Civic Imagination.” TAULA workshop.

Glen Elder (University of North Carolina) “”Studying Lives in Changing Times: A Life Course Journey”.”

Yen Le Espiritu (UC-San Diego). Time/Location TBA. Organized by Asian American Studies. Co-sponsored by Sociology.

Kimberley Hoang (Boston College) “Dealing in Desire: The Hidden Currencies of Capitalist Ascendancy in Asia.”

Immanuel Wallerstein will give the Economic and Social Rights Lecture. Organized by the Human Rights Institute.


Pablo Lapegna (University of Georgia)”The Dark Side of the Boom: Genetically Modified Crops, Agrochemical Drifts, and Popular Demobilization in Argentina.” TAULA workshop.

Juan Battle (CUNY GC).  Two workshops: “Retention of Black men and students of color in Colleges.”PRLACC; “Academic Professional Development: Key issues in Building a Successful Academic Career.”

Elijah Anderson (Yale University). “Tayvon Martin and the Challenge for Civil Society.” Open university lecture cosponsored by Sociology Department, Institute for African American Studies, Urban and Community Studies Program, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity.

Julian Go (Boston University). “What is Postcolonial Sociology?” 3.30 PM.

Jamie Fader (SUNY Albany) “Falling Back: Community Reintegration of “Reformed” Urban Youth”

Helen Marrow (Tufts University) “In Ireland ‘Latin Americans are Kind of Cool’: Evaluating a
National Context of Reception with a Transnational Lens”

Fred Wherry (Columbia University) “Ritualized Markets: The Culture & Economics of Budgeting and Consumer Demand”

Rosana Pinheiro Machado (Visiting Scholar at Fairbanks Center, Harvard University) “On the edge of intellectual property: tracking a commodity chain in the global south (China-Paraguay-Brazil)” TAULA.


Julia Adams and Jessie Einhorn (Yale University) “Zombies Attack! Banks, Memes and the US Financial Crisis”

Jason Backfield (Harvard University) “Welfare-State Convergence in Europe: Regionalization, not Globalization.”

Richard Alba (CUNY Graduate Center) “The Transition to Diversity in Western Societies:  Challenges and Opportunities.”

Matthew Vitz (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) “Urbanizing the Revolution: The Political Ecology of Settlement in Mexico City.” TAULA.

Rene Almelling (Yale University) “Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm.”

Brian Powell (Indiana University) “Counted Out: Same-sex Relations and American’s Definitions of Family.”

Joanna Dreby (SUNY Albany) “The Burden of Deportation Policies on Children in Mexican Immigrant Families.”

Neda Maghboulegh (UC Santa Barbara) “Off White: A political history of the Racial Classifications of Middle Easterners in the United States.”

Jennifer Lundquist (UMass Amherst) “Love is Blind–Or is It? The Economy of Race among Gay and Straight Online Daters.”


Sujata Patel (University of Hyderabad)) “Sociology’s Other”

Sarah Sobieraj (Tufts University) “Protesters and the Press: Vying for Voice in a Shifting Media Landscape.”

Michael Sauder (University of Iowa) “Football and Status in Higher Education.”

David Brady (Duke University) “Does Immigration Undermine Public Support for the Welfare State?”