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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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Awards in November 2020 – Chris Maggio, Ruth Milkman, and Luke Elliott-Negri

Chris Maggio received the Junior Scholar Award from the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality


Ruth Milkman (Faculty) and Luke Elliott-Negri won a $48,300 grant from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth to study food workers and collective action in light of COVID-19.