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BGSU Sociology research is regularly featured in the national media, and our faculty provide leading media outlets with expert insights on current events. Our faculty and students are frequently recognized for their exceptional research, teaching, and service contributions to the field. Check this page regularly to learn about the latest accolades and media appearances featuring BGSU Sociology. 
Karen Guzzo Receives 2017 Olscamp Research Award


Congratulations, Karen Guzzo, recipient of this year's Olscamp Research Award. Guzzo’s research productivity during the past three years is truly outstanding, said her nominators Susan Brown and Wending Manning, sociology, and Dr. Jennifer Barber, University of Michigan, and Dr. Marcia Colson, University of Wisconsin, who echoed strong support for her significant work. Her leadership and national recognition in the sociology field only has grown through her impressive achievements during this period, including numerous high-quality publications as well as a federal grant award from the National Institutes of Health totaling more than $1 million. Read more...


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Department recognized for outstanding contributions to education

The Department of Sociology was recently honored with the Faculty Senate Unit Recognition Award at the Faculty Excellence Awards Ceremony and Reception April 13. The award recognizes a unit that makes an outstanding contribution to the educational environment at BGSU. Department Chair Susan Brown (pictured front, center) submitted the nomination.

“The successes of our students in the research arena is due to the commitment and dedication of our faculty,” Brown wrote. “Our faculty are investing in undergraduate research and the payoff is significant, both for our department and for the institution as a whole. We are training outstanding undergraduate researchers, which provides students with marketable skills they can use on the job or as they further their education.”

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Front Row, L-R: Kelly Balistreri, Karen Guzzo, Susan Brown, I-Fen Lin, Kei Nomaguchi. Back Row, L-R: Wendy Manning, Raymond Swisher, and Steve Demuth
Are married parents more likely to stay together than cohabiting ones?
AKD President Michele Kozimor-King delivers keynote address during induction ceremony
The International Sociology Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), inducted eight new members during the spring 2017 ceremony. AKD President and Keynote Speaker Michele-Kozimor-King addressed the large group of Department of Sociology undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members.
AKD President and Keynote Speaker Michele Kozimor-King explains the new policy for cell phone use in the classroom
Undergraduate, graduate, and faculty attend AKD ceremony
2017 AKD spring inductees
Guzzo research published in Demography
Using the 2006–2010 National Survey of Family Growth and event-history models, Karen Benjamin Guzzo examines the role of stepfamily status on cohabiting and married women’s fertility and birth intendedness, with attention to union type and stepfamily configuration.
Is Stepfamily Status Associated With Cohabiting and Married Women's Fertility Behaviors?
"Marriage is much more selective today," says Susan Brown
" the average age for first-time spouses is higher than ever (age 27+, up from age 20 in the 1970s)."
Americans are spending less time than ever in the married state, says Susan Brown
"...who's going to care for these people as they age and experience health declines?"
Sociology professors garner nearly $2 million in grants
Wendy D. Manning, Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology, Peggy C. Giordano, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology, and Monica A. Longmore, Professor of Sociology, wrote three grants totaling nearly $2 million. The three professors, who also are close friends, have been working together on research at the University since the late 1990s.
L to R: Colleagues and friends Wendy Manning, Peggy Giordano, and Monica Longmore
People see staying single as a 'survival strategy'


Gary R. Lee, professor emeritus, finds marriage is becoming less feasible for young people because of economic uncertainty.