Presidential Fellowship in Sociology
State Policy, Migration
Utah State University
The Sociology graduate program at Utah State University seeks
applicants for a Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship who have research
interests in state policy, migration and gender.The Presidential Fellow
will receive an annual stipend of $20,000 for four years. We are soliciting
applications from those with a master’s in sociology or a related field or
those with a bachelor's degree who are committed to pursuit of a PhD.
Additional qualifications include GRE scores above the 70thpercentile
and a cumulative GPA above 3.5. The Presidential Fellow will work closely with
sociology faculty on one of several on-going research projects related to
policy, migration and gender. To learn more about these projects, see below. Information about the Sociology graduate
program is available at http://sociology.usu.edu/socgrad.aspx.
Interested prospective graduate students should complete an
application and provide a letter of intent outlining their research interests,
a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, official transcripts and GRE scores and
three letters of reference. To apply for the position go to http://sociology.usu.edu/grad%20summary.aspx.
Review of applications will begin November 15th and continue until a
qualified candidate has been selected. The Sociology Program is committed to
excellence through diversity, and we strongly encourage applications from
women, persons of color, ethnic minorities, international students, veterans
and persons with disabilities.
Utah State University
is located in Logan, Utah, a small city of almost 50,000 people nestled in the
Wasatch mountain range. Utah is an important new immigration destination with
one of the fastest-growing Hispanic populations in the country. Logan is also an
ideal location from which to pursue diverse outdoor recreation opportunities –
either in the canyons and mountains that surround Logan or in the many national
parks located in nearby mountains and in Utah's famous red rock desert country.
Immigration Patterns in New Destination States
PI: Dr. Erin Hofmann, Assistant Professor of Sociology
The geographic diversification of immigration to the U.S.—bringing
international migrants to both urban and rural areas that had previously
experienced little immigration—has received a great deal of attention, while
the fact that the ratio of men to women among migrants varies widely across
different destination states is less well known. New destination states provide
an excellent opportunity to study the ways in which the job market, the political
climate, living conditions, and cultural norms make some destinations more
appealing to men, and others to women. This study will identify the factors
that attract male and female migrants to specific destinations using both
survey data and interviews with migrants. In doing so, this study will identify
factors behind the geographic diversification of immigration to the U.S., with
a specific focus on the gender aspects of this trend.
Global Migrants, Guest Workers and Good Mothers: Gender and
(Con)Temporary Labor Migration to Spain
Co-PI: Dr. Peggy Petrzelka, Associate Professor of Sociology
Co-PI: Dr. Christy Glass, Associate Professor of Sociology
This project analyzes a
novel circular migration program currently being touted as a model for the
future of migration management in the European Union. Policy makers and
employers in Spain’s strawberry industry have designed and implemented a pilot
guest worker program that exclusively targets Moroccan women with dependent
children. This practice is guided by the assumption that mothers’ emotional
attachments to children will compel their return to their home country
following the expiration of their contracts. After several experiments with
various categories of workers, employers have come to view mothers as the ideal
worker due to their discipline in the fields and willingness to return home.
The success of this program has led EU policy makers to tout this model as a
"win-win” for citizens, workers and industry and a model to be replicated
throughout the EU. Analysis of this program will inform theory, scholarship and
policy on immigration, employment practices and gender in the global economy.
Dr. So-jung Lim is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the
Department of Sociology, Social Work & Anthropology at Utah State
University. She joined the department in 2013 after receiving her Ph.D. in
Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Lim’s research focuses on the causes, processes, and consequences of
social inequality with various substantive and regional foci, with a particular
interest in the interaction of labor market dynamics and social and political
forces. Currently she is engaged in research projects 1) examining the extent to which job quality and the unequal
distribution of "bad jobs” (i.e., those that offer low wages and do not provide
access to health insurance or pension benefits) across different sub-groups are
associated with several key family outcomes in the U.S. such as union formation
and dissolution, fertility, and children’s outcomes; 2) conducting cross-national research on family transitions and
economic well-being in Europe, the U.S. and Asia with
colleagues in the U.S. and abroad; 3) studying
how gender, work, and family changes are intertwined in East Asian societies
where gender inequality is still prevalent both inside and outside the family; 4)
children’s mortality in Central Asia in
the face of limited data availability and imperfect data quality; and 5) the predictors, linkages, and
consequences of early family building behaviors and subsequent well-being with
a particular focus on regional variations in the U.S.