Month: December 2020

In Memoriam – William DiFazio (Alum, 1981)

Bill DiFazio (April 7, 1947 – March 2020), who graduated from our program in 1981, passed away from Covid last Spring 2020.

Bill was a professor of sociology at St. John’s University and did research in work and technology, urban sociology, social theory. He was the author of several books and articles on domestic and global poverty, including his latest, Ordinary Poverty: A Little Food and Cold Storage. He was also co-host and co-producer of the radio show, City Watch on WBAI 99.5 FM.

May he rest in peace.

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ASA Minority Fellowship Program (deadline: 1/31/2021)

The Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) is designed to support the development and training of sociologists of color in any sub-area or specialty in the discipline. MFP seeks to attract talented doctoral students to ensure a diverse and highly-trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in research. The annual stipend for each award (August 1 – July 31) is $18,000. Additional financial support is detailed on the Minority Fellowship Program page.

Graduate Center Dissertation Fellowship Competition (deadline: 1/15/2021)

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Dissertation Fellowships are intended for students who expect to complete the dissertation during 2021-2022 award year; the applicant’s likelihood of completing the dissertation during this period may be taken into consideration in the selection process. Students must be officially advanced to candidacy (level III) before February 18, 2021.

Contact Rachel Sponzo for more information: