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Sociology hires a new faculty member, Michael McFarland
Michael's work focuses on the intergenerational and multigenerational origins of mental and physical health. The early life course is a key component of this agenda and ranges from pre-birth to adolescence including socially and developmentally sensitive periods such as infancy. Accordingly, Michael’s work pays careful attention to issues of timing, exposures, and shared lives. He is currently engaged in several studies focused on the inter- and multigenerational impact of poverty for infant health, child behaviors, child cognitive skills, and adolescent health. Michael’s work highlights the importance of biosocial interplay for understanding the early-life origins of health and wellbeing. For example, one study introduces and tests an early-life origins of family-stress framework and shows that poverty experienced in infancy and early childhood has lasting effects on adolescent mental health that operate via a series of chains of risk. This study has strong policy implications as it identifies windows of vulnerability and the corresponding pathways by which these early-life experiences operate. He is also interested in life course processes more broadly and their relationship with health throughout adulthood. His articles have been published or are forthcoming in several outlets including: Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Social Science Research, and Society and Mental Health, among others.
Dr. Deana Rohlinger attended a Oxford Workshop on Reputations and NGOs. A by-invitation three-day workshop, sponsored by the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation, was held at the Saïd Business School. The workshop explored the different dimensions of NGOs’ reputations: how reputation might serve to regulate NGOS; how NGOs shape their multiple reputations; and the reputational dynamics of NGO–firm interactions.

Dr. Rohlinger was invited to attend, facilitate a session, and present a paper. The workshop included NGOs (non-governmental institutions) including, Amnesty International, Greenpeace International, Global Witness, INTRAC, and Transparency International.

Pictured in the photo (Left) Dr. Mae McDonnel, Georgetown University and (Right) Dr. Deana Rohlinger, FSU.


Sociology professor wins FSU's top teaching award!  Congratulations to Dr. Annette Schwabe, Florida State University's 2014 Distinguished Teacher Award recipient.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Center for Global and Multicultural Engagement (“The Globe”)
110 S. Woodward Avenue


The aim of the symposium is to provide a platform for researchers, educators, community leaders, policy makers, artists and cultural producers to present their ideas and practices and to further develop and encourage activities in Hip Hop and Education.

Invited Panelists:

  • Niteisha Clark, City Parks and Rec Afterschool Supervisor
  • Dee-1, Recording Artist and Educator
  • Jermaine Fletcher, The Curators of Hip Hop
  • Carl Gillespie, Publicist
  • Angelyn Hirai, Florida State University Schools Music Educator
  • Major Lewis Johnson, Tallahassee Police Department
  • Dale R. Landry-President of NAACP-Tallahassee Branch
  • Dr. Mason, FAMU Professor and Author
  • Tanza, R&B Artist and Entrepreneur
  • Stanley Walker, Entrepreneur and Former A&R for Island Def Jam

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Congratulations to Dr. Gloria Lessanrecipient of the 2012-2013 award for “Innovative and Effective Uses of Technology” from the Office of Distance Learning as part of their annual ceremony.  This competitive award was given based on her new e-book Sociology of Law (2012, Great River Technologies Publisher).  This is the first e-book on this topic. 







Congratulations to Stephanie Bradley, a Sociology graduate student, who was recently awarded the 2013 Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council.

 The Sociology Department is very pleased that Stephanie has been selected for this highly competitive opportunity. The Social Science Research Council’s Dissertation Development Program provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary scholarly exchange among program fellows and leading scholars in the field of fiscal sociology – an area broadly concerned with the relationship between public finance and society. Her advisor Dr. Daniel Tope, Associate Professor in the Sociology Department, lauds the many benefits of this award stating – “This experience will help Stephanie sharpen her dissertation research focus, formulate a strong research proposal, and build her grant writing skills. In brief, she will be able to work through the early phases of her dissertation project with some of the leading scholars in the field. This experience will advance her dissertation, expand her professional network, and provide firm grounding for her subsequent research trajectory.”

"Andrew Mannheimer is a southern boy from Tallahassee who loves his home town so much he’s sticking around to get his Ph.D. in sociology at Florida State University. He works there now as a co-teacher for a class on sociology and hip-hop.  And in his free time he raps."  Read the full WFSU article about Andrew Mannheimer!

USA Today featured Dr. Lisa Weinberg and Andrew Mannheimer's Sociology of Hip Hop course (read that article here), as did FSU's campus newspaper, FSView.



The Tallahassee Democrat featured an article on Andrew's video "Tallahassee."


Left to right: Michael Bane (Bane), Charlton Stevens (Mista Kingz), Andrew Mannheimer (Yt), Michael Fahey (Faba) and local DJ Sean-D on the set of "Tallahassee."   Photo courtesy of Michael Fahey