"Student Debt and Black Homeowners" (The Wall Street Journal)

A study by Dartmouth’s Jason Houle and a colleague from the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that student debt appears to have a bigger impact on homeownership among black borrowers than among white borrowers, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Houle, an assistant professor of sociology, and his colleague found that among those with some secondary education, “having $10,000 more in student debt is associated with a 6 percentage point lower probability of homeownership and a 7 percentage point reduced probability of having a mortgage,” writes the Journal.

“One troubling conclusion in the report: To the extent student loan debt is deterring homeownership, the authors find that it is more of a deterrent for blacks than for whites,” the Journal reports.

Read the full story, published 6/20/14 by The Wall Street Journal.

New Sociology Course Offered Summer 2014

Community: Analysis & Action
Sociology 49.16
Dist:  SOC
2 hour

This course examines the idea of a safe, inclusive community and how to realize it on a college campus. We examine the sociological changes that society experiences as it moves from a social order based on personal interactions & obligations to one based on anonymous market forces, bureaucratic organizations & virtual relationships. We compare the practices that undermine & support community. We engage in action-oriented research concerned with community at Dartmouth.

Social Problems Related to the Innocent in Prison, Racism, and Mass Incarceration

Students in Professor McCabe’s Social Problems (Socy 2) course learned first-hand about social problems related to mass incarceration, the innocent in prison, and racism through a powerful guest lecture by Fernando Bermudez and Reyna Ramirez, from the New England Innocence Project.

Fernando Bermudez was wrongfully convicted in 1992 of murdering a teenage boy in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Eyewitnesses identified Bermudez from police photographs and then a lineup; however, four of Bermudez’ friends testified that he was with them, miles away, at the time of the crime. No forensic evidence linked him to the crime. Nonetheless, Bermudez was convicted and sentenced to serve 23 years to life in prison. Later, five eyewitnesses to the alleged crime recanted and Bermudez was acquitted in 2009, after serving 18 years. Mr. Bermudez is married with three children. He now travels around the country and world talking about his experience and the broader causes of wrongful conviction.

"Intergroup Dialogue as Vigorous and Positive Action" seminar

Monday, January 27

9-11am, DCAL in the Library

This seminar is with Dr. Kristie A. Ford, Associate Professor of Sociology, Director of Intercultural Studies, and the Director of the Intergroup Relations Program at Skidmore College.

Dr. Ford will share research findings that evidence Intergroup Dialogue as a unique and transformative educational method that engages students to explore issues of identity, diversity, and inequity while building skills for and commit to social responsibility and action.

Dr. Ford received her B.A. in sociology from Amherst College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research and teaching interests include: race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and social justice education.

Please register for this event here.

In Their Own Words: Alumni in Sociology

Blythe George '12

In my senior year at Dartmouth, I completed a Senior Fellowship on Native student achievement in the state of California from an interdisciplinary perspective. After graduating in 2012, I continued this work as a guidance counselor for a school associated with my tribe, the Yurok tribe of Northern California, and as a data consultant for schools in my home area. This fall I began my dissertation studies at Harvard University in their Sociology and Social Policy program, emphasizing in education and economic reform policy focused on poverty relief in Native and rural low-income communities. None of this would have been possible without the tutelage of the Dartmouth Sociology Department, and I am increasingly grateful as each day of grad school brings new challenges that my Dartmouth tools are learning to tackle!

Emily Carian '11

The wonderful classes I took at Dartmouth and my research experience with Professor Anthony convinced me to pursue a PhD in sociology. I've completed my first year as a graduate student at Stanford University. My research interests are always changing, but right now they include gender and social movements.