Faculty Take a Look at Valentine's Day (Dartmouth Now)

There’s no denying that Valentine’s Day can be complicated. But not to worry: Dartmouth Now has canvassed faculty from across the divisions—a sociologist, a biologist, and an art historian—to find interdisciplinary answers to the age-old questions of dating, romance, and, of course, the mating habits of reptiles.

Read the full story, published on February 11, 2015 in the Dartmouth Now.

"Can Getting Sick Push You into Foreclosure?" (The Washington Post)

Piles of research link foreclosure to depression, increased emergency room visits and even suicide among people who have lost their homes or are close to it. But just as foreclosures can contribute to health problems, new research shows that health problems can contribute to foreclosure, as well.

Middle-aged adults with chronic conditions that got worse as they grew older are nearly twice as likely to default on their mortgages and 2.6 times as likely to lapse into foreclosure than those whose chronic conditions remained stable, according to a recent study that tracked people as they hit their 40th and 50th birthdays during the foreclosure crisis.

Read the full story, published 1/21/15 by the Washington Post.

"Health Problems Can Lead to Loss of Home" (Reuters)

People who develop a debilitating or chronic illness could be at least twice as likely to default on their homes or risk foreclosure, a recent U.S. study suggests.

Most research on links between financial troubles and illness has focused on poverty or declining income as a cause of poor health, rather than the other way around, the study team notes.

Read the full story, published on January 7, 2015 in ReutersHere is the publication in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.


Credit Suisse Youth Barometer 2014

Since 2010, Credit Suisse has sponsored an annual survey offering insight into the values and aspirations of young people in Switzerland, Brazil, Singapore and the United States. Assistant Professor Janice McCabe shares her take on Credit Suisse’s Youth Barometer 2014 survey results in the US in an interview with Alice Bordoloi:


Interdisciplinary Neukom Fellows Postdoctoral Program Seeks Applicants

Neukom Fellows are interdisciplinary positions for recent Ph.D.s, DMAs, or MFAs whose research interests or practice cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries, but has some computational component, whether it be a framing concept for intellectual exploration or an explicit component of the work that is pursued.  Please read here for more detailed information about this program.

"Young Americans More Saddled with Debt" (The Wall Street Journal)

According to new research by Assistant Professor Jason Houle, more than a third of today’s young Americans (age 24 to 28) have more debt than assets, reports The Wall Street Journal. “That’s roughly double the proportion of their peers in the late 1980s and mid-1970s,” notes the newspaper.

Houle examined how the type of debt carried by young Americans has changed since the 1970s. Houle, as assistant professor of sociology, found that today’s young Americans have less home-related debt, but more education debt than previous generations. “As the transition to adulthood has protracted, and the costs of education have risen, young adults have shifted their credit use away from home mortgage debt and towards student loan and consumer debt,” says Houle.

Read the full story, published 9/9/14 by The Wall Street Journal.

$1.2M NSF Award to Study Privacy in the Context of Wearable Cameras

PI Denise Anthony, along with Co-PIs Apu Kapadia and David Crandall at Indiana University, has received a four-year $1.2M collaborative NSF award to study privacy in the context of wearable cameras. The ubiquity of cameras, both traditional and wearable, will soon create a new era of visual sensing applications, raising significant implications for individuals and society, both beneficial and hazardous. This research couples a sociological understanding of privacy with an investigation of technical mechanisms to address these issues.  Read more about this project.

Assistant/Associate Professor Faculty Position Available

The Sociology Department at Dartmouth College invites applications for a full-time appointment at the tenure-track or tenured levels beginning Fall 2015, at the Assistant or Associate level.  For this position, we seek sociologists with expertise in inequality.  Special consideration will be given to candidates who build upon existing strengths in the department, which include medical sociology, social psychology, and political/economic sociology.  The successful applicant will be expected to teach one of the required undergraduate courses for the major: introductory sociology, theory, research methods or statistics.  We will begin reviewing applications on September 15, 2014.  Dartmouth has a strong commitment to supporting both quality research and teaching.  This goal is facilitated by the school's quarter system, which allows the four-course teaching load to be covered in two 10-week terms with a third term in residence for research and other departmental obligations.

"Gender in Twentieth-Century Children's Books"

Assistant Professor Janice McCabe co-authored a paper on gender representations in children’s books. It was recently featured in Contexts magazine in an article on female leadership in the Hunger Games. The paper analyzed nearly 6,000 children’s books and found that males are represented nearly twice as often as females in titles and more than one-and-a-half times as often as females as central characters.

The Contexts article can be read here.

The paper, “Gender in Twentieth-Century Children’s Books,” can be read here.