Faculty in the News

Faculty in the News

Robin Simon’s latest publication in the American Journal of Sociology was covered by the Council on Contemporary Families, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and a host of other national news outlets.


Amanda Gengler received a Provost Fund for Academic Innovation grant for her course development project, Food and Inequality in Global Context.


Steve Gunkel was voted the 2016 President of the North Carolina Sociological Association.  Under his leadership, Wake Forest University is hosting the association’s annual meeting in Winston-Salem, NC in February 2016.


Hana Brown was interviewed on WUNC’s The State of Things about her research on immigration politics in the South.


Amanda Gengler discussed her research published in the September 2014 issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior in a recent Sage Podcast.


Ana Wahl was elected a 2015 Council Member for the North Carolina Sociological Association.  


Hana Brown received the 2014 Distinguished Contribution to Research Award from the Political Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association and the 2014 Louis Wirth Best Article Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association.


Saylor Breckenridge just completed his two-year rotation as the director of the National Science Foundation’s sociology program, where he managed the program’s approximately $10 million annual budget. He recently presented on “big data” research at the “The Big (Data) Bang: Prospects and Challenges for the Future” session as part of The Dupont Summit, in Washington D.C.


Ian Taplin gave the annual Global Futures Lecture at The Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art, Design & Media, University of Southampton, England. In February 2014, he was one of the keynote speakers at the N.C. Wine Growers annual meeting in Winston-Salem.


David Yamane published, “Becoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape” (Oxford University Press) — the first book-length study of Roman Catholic converts in contemporary America.


Hana Brown received a Presidential Authority Award from the Russell Sage Foundation to research the determinants of state immigration policy in new immigration destinations.


Joseph Soares was interviewed on Marketplace after an announcement by the College Board of a planned overhaul of the SAT test.  He was also quoted in a New York Times article about the test changes.  Throughout March, Dr. Soares participated in the discussions of the first national study of test optional colleges, with his insights features in Inside Higher Ed, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, and the New York Times Magazine.


Robin Simon’s research was featured in Wake Forest Magazine.


David Coates published an editorial in the Greensboro News and Record.


David Yamane‘s research on gun culture was featured in the Huffington Post.


Ana Wahl and Steve Gunkel were profiled on Inside WFU for their recent publication, “Living High on the Hog’? Race, Class and Union Organizing in Rural North Carolina.”


Amanda Gengler received the 2013 Herbert Blumer Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.


Hana Brown’s research on immigration politics was profiled on the Wake Forest homepage and in a Voice of America story about U.S. immigration politics.


Robin Simon’s research was cited in a USAToday story on parenting and happiness and in an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education on the decision to have a child.


Steve Gunkel is a professor of sociology who specializes in criminology and white-collar crime was recently profiled in Old Gold & Black. 


Ian Taplin commentary about the state of the North Carolina economy was covered by the Winston-Salem Journal


Joseph Soares’ new book, SAT Wars, was profiled on the New York Times website as well as in multiple other media outlets.


Catherine Harnois’ book, Feminist Measures in Survey Research, was recently published by SAGE press.


Robin Simon’s  work was recently published in US News & World Report as part of the Happiness portion of their Longevity Project.  The three stories are “Why Marriage Makes People Happy,” “How to Be Happy — Despite Parenthood,” and “How to Find Happiness at Work.”


Ana Wahl explained the 2010 Census and why it matters, including comments published in USA Today.


David Yamane commented on the apparent rise of religious “nones” in the Sacramento News & Review.


Joseph Soares was the featured speaker at a national conference, “Testing the Limits and Limiting the Test,” for the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools at Agnes Scott in Atlanta.


Robin Simon was elected to membership in the Sociological Research Association.


David Yamane discussed is supervision of the vocational reflection component of Wake Forest’s Community Engagement Internship program in the Winston-Salem Journal.


David Yamane commented on Catholic lobbying in state legislatures in the Georgia Bulletin.


Ana Wahl was quoted in an Associated Press story, “Town Wonders if it’s the Next to Face Immigration Raid.”


David Yamane’s supervision of the vocational reflection component of Wake Forest’s Community Engagement Internship program was discussed in a Winston-Salem Journal article.