News from the Department of Sociology

“Education, Activity Engagement, and Cognitive Function in US Chinese Older Adults,” the article by Sociology Department Chair Dr. Wei Zhang and her colleagues and graduate students, was featured in a special issue of Journal of American Geriatrics Society

UHM Sociology Professor Dr. Le Lin was awarded the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowship in China Studies, which will provide funding support for his book project. Dr. Lin was also the recipient of the 2019 C.F. and Grace Ning research/travel Award in Chinese Studies

Congratulations Dr. Aya Kimura and Dr. Nandita Sharma on their promotions to be full professors in UHM Sociology Department! Much deserved honors!

“Revisiting the Global Imaginary: Theories, Ideologies, Subjectivities: Essays in Honor of Manfred Steger” is the volume of essay honors UHM Sociology Professor Manfred B. Steger who has made extraordinary contributions to studies of globalization

Dr. Steinhoff‘s retirement lecture is available now! Don’t miss out her legendary talk about serendipity, sociology, and her amazing career studying social movements in Japan over 50 years! Visit YouTube for full transcript. Mahalo to @UHM_CJS !

UHM Sociology Professor and graduate students recently published an article titled: Neighborhood Social Cohesion, Resilience, and Psychological Well-Being Among Chinese Older Adults in Hawai’i. Get FREE access to the article from @OUPAcademic!

Yuki Asahina, our recent Ph.D graduate from Sociology Department, has moved to Boston to start his Postdoctoral program with the Institute of Japanese Studies @Harvard! Congratulations on this great accomplishment Yuki and best luck with your studies!!!

Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Steinhoff for receiving the Peter V. Garrod Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award and Dr. Jennifer Darrah-Okike for receiving the Board of Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching!

Congratulations Sizhe Liu on your successful dissertation defense! 🎆
With Dr. Zhang, Dr. Chai, Dr. Liu, Dr. Lee, Dr. Darrah and Dr. Chinen:

Dr. Kalma Wong graduated Saturday with her PhD in Sociology. Congratulations, Kalma! With Dean Denise Eby Konan of the College of Social Sciences and Professor Wei Zhang of the Sociology Department.

Joahna Rocchio passed her dissertation oral with flying colors and the committee did not want any revisions to the dissertation. Congratulations Joahna on achieving this mile stone!

Congratulations to Dr. Penn Pantumsinchai!!! With special thanks to Dr. Steinhoff, Dept Chair and Michael Bruno, Vice Chancellor!

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Our department's very own, Katherine Irwin, will be starting her book tour for #JackedUpandUnjust on Jan 30th at #UCLA! 📖😀

Our department's very own, Katherine Irwin, will be starting her book tour for #JackedUpandUnjust on Jan 30th at UCLA! 📖😀

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