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Associate professor's book featured in international journal of science

A book authored by associate professor of sociology Jessica Smartt Gullion, PhD, is featured in this month's 'New in Paperback' section of Nature, an international journal of science. Fracking the Neighborhood: Reluctant Activists and Natural Gas Drilling, is available through MIT Press and

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Andrea Laurent-Simpson, Ph.D., TWU sociology alumna and recipient of the 2017 Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award.

Sociology alumna receives national Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award

Andrea Laurent-Simpson, Ph.D., a December 2016 graduate of the Texas Woman’s University sociology doctoral program, has received this year’s Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award. This award is presented annually to the author of the best graduate student paper in the tradition of symbolic interaction by the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.

Philip Yang, PhD, receives the TWU Distinction in Scholarship Award

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Philip Yang, PhD, receiving the 2017 TWU Distinction in Scholarship Award.

"I am honored and humbled to receive the TWU Distinction in Scholarship Award, which is recognition of my more than two and a half decades of research.

My research endeavors to capture the real social world as closely as possible and to impact the academic community and people’s lives. Quite a few of my publications break new grounds in uncharted territories.

If you keep doing and publishing your research, one day you will be recognized. Even if you may not receive an award, you know that you have impact on the world if people read and use your works."

Philip Yang, PhD, TWU Sociology Professor and Graduate Program Director




TWU doctoral student chairs a committee of a section of American Sociological Association

Psychology was Andrea Laurent-Simpson’s focus as an undergraduate at the University of Houston. But a sociology class about symbolic interaction, a branch of social psychology, helped her develop an interest in sociological social psychology.

Laurent-Simpson, now a sociology doctoral candidate at Texas Woman’s University scheduled to graduate in May, will continue to meld the two disciplines and shape how they are studied as the new chair of the Graduate Student Advisory Committee of the Social Psychology Section of the American Sociological Association. Lucas resident Laurent-Simpson is the first TWU student to chair the committee.