About the Department

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Sociology, established in 1926, has particular strengths in the study of Social Movements and Politics and Culture and shares with the University of Pittsburgh a strong international and comparative orientation.


Feb 22

Hae Yeon Choo book talk: "Decentering Citizenship: Gender, Labor, and Migrant Rights in South Korea"

Hae Yeon Choo is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Affiliated Faculty of the Asian Institute and the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto.  Her book, Decentering Citizenship follows three groups of Filipina migrants' struggles to belong in South Korea: factory workers claiming rights as workers, wives of South Korean men claiming rights as mothers, and hostesses at American military clubs who are excluded from claims—unless they claim to be victims of trafficking. Moving beyond laws and policies, Hae Yeon Choo examines how rights are enacted, translated, and challenged in daily life and ultimately interrogates the concept of citizenship.  The talk is at 12:00 in the Sociology Colloquium Room, Posvar 2432.

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Feb 28

Nadya Hajj talk: “Finding Protection Amid Chaos in Palestinian Refugee Camps”

Nadya Hajj is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Middle East Studies at Wellesley College. She teaches Comparative Politics, Political Economy, and Middle East politics.  She studies how refugee communities create voluntary order in the midst of uncertain political economic landscapes.  Her research has been published in the Journal of Policy Studies and Comparative Politics. Her new book is Protection Amid Chaos: The Creation of Property Rights in Palestinian Refugee Camps (Columbia UP, 2016).  The talk is at 12:00 in the Sociology Colloquium Room, Posvar 2432.

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