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Presidential Fellowship in Sociology

Presidential Fellowship in Sociology

Presidential Fellowship in Sociology

State Policy, Migration & Gender

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

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 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.

Gendered 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) Estimating 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.


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