On October 22, 2011, members of George Mason University’s Graduate Student Sociological Association (GSSA) hosted their First Annual Public Sociology Graduate Conference. The conference drew graduate students from across the country to present research on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the place of public sociology in a globalizing world to issues of nation, violence, and race in the U.S. Dr. Gregory D. Squires, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University, delivered the keynote address entitled “Fox TV, Cybersegregation, and Public Sociology: Is Neil a More Desirable Tenant than Tyrone or Jorge?”
George Mason University (GMU) is home to the first Ph.D. program to offer a degree in Public Sociology. Katie Kerstetter, an Institute Research Fellow and doctoral student at GMU, helped to organize the conference and co-presented “Preserving Affordable Housing and Building Wealth in an Economic Recovery: Limited-Equity Cooperatives as an Alternative to Tenant Displacement” with John Robinson from Northwestern University. Current graduate students are encouraged to attend the second annual conference, which will be held next fall. Stay tuned to the GSSA website or Facebook page for details.