Alumna Spotlight: Sara Raley (by Megan Wilhelm)

 Raley Sara -ProfessorDr. Sara Raley graduated from the department in 2007. She is now an Associate Professor of Sociology at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. Her research interests include demography and gender, work, and family issues. Dr. Raley has publications in a number of journals, including the Journal of Marriage and Family, the Annual Review of Sociology, and the American Journal of Sociology. In 2012, she received the ASAI SAGE Teaching Innovations & Professional Development Award.

 I was able to connect with Dr. Raley and ask her some questions about her time in the department, what it’s like to be a professor at a small, liberal arts college, and her advice for current graduate students who might be interested in following a similar career path.

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The 4th Annual William Form Alumni Lecture: Tim Moran (by Jonathan Jackson)


Dr. Timothy Moran

The 2013 William Form Alumni Lecture on April 26, 2013 featured Dr. Timothy Moran Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at Stony Brook University, SUNY. Moran received his PhD from the University of Maryland Department of Sociology in 2000. Moran’s talk, titled “Studying Social Stratification: From Art/Soc to the World as a Whole,” covered his work in stratification and social mobility which has led to a research partnership with Dr. Patricio   Korzeniewicz, the current Chair of our department.


Jonathan Jackson

Jonathan Jackson, a 3rd year graduate student, wrote this reflection on Moran’s talk.

I enjoyed Dr. Moran’s talk in part because it was nice to put a face to one of the many papers I had to read for comps. Moran’s research with Dr. Patricio Korzeniewicz on global inequality helped ground my overview of the topic.  And as I found out, the amount of reading I had to do for my exams paled in comparison to what graduate students had to cover in the 1990s. Continue reading