Wendy Manning Delivers PAA Presidential Address

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Dr. Wendy Manning presided over the 2018 Population Association of America (PAA) annual conference in April.

Manning, a Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at Bowling Green State University, is enthusiastic about the interdisciplinary research conducted by population scientists. She wants legislators, the media and the public to understand how their work speaks to important public debates. Manning believes that social media can be leveraged to help increase the visibility of the innovative and significant work that is conducted by members of PAA, including those in the fields of demography, sociology, economics, public health, geography, psychology, human development, family studies, criminology, gerontology, neuroscience, political science, environmental studies and history.

Manning began preparing for her primary presidential responsibility, working to organize and plan the annual conference, more than 20 months ago. She also  presented the presidential address in front of an audience of about 2,000 people from 57 countries. Elected in 2017, Manning’s three-year term includes a year each as president-elect, president, and past president.

“We had great coverage of many topics this year with 252 sessions, 1,808 presenters, and over 900 poster presentations by population scientists, including faculty and students,” she said. “Engaging and lively presentations ranged from families and fertility to aging and immigration. The bar was high and the work presented was high quality, with only about a quarter of the submitted papers accepted to be presented and about half of the posters.”

Manning has been a PAA member for 30 years, since she was a graduate student, and is an advocate for the work of the organization whose mission is to promote the improvement, advancement and progress of the human condition through research of problems related to human population.

As a leader in the organization, she has participated in “courtesy visits” to legislators at the state and federal level. “We talk with legislators and their staff, and share about the research that is being done. We want them to see us as experts and to call on us when questions come across their desk; we want them to turn to population scientists to help inform their decision-making,” she said.

“BGSU was well represented at the conference with 12 faculty and staff and 13 graduate students,” Manning said. “They are taking active roles as presenters, session organizers, chairs, and as a discussant.”

BGSU maintained a booth at the conference, which showcased the Center for Family and Demographic Research (CFDR) and the National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR). A full listing of the BGSU contingent and their research at PAA is available.


Al DeMaris granted Emeritus Status

Professor of Sociology Al DeMaris, who has taught at the University since 1988, was recently granted emeritus status by the Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees. His research has focused on issues and factors in families and romantic relationships. An expert in social statistics, he has also served as the statistician for the Center for Family and Demographic Research (CFDR).


Ray Swisher appointed Graduate Director

Professor Ray Swisher has been appointed as Graduate Director, replacing Associate Professor Steve Demuth after eight years. Welcome aboard, Ray, and thanks to Steve who has done a great job shepherding students through our program and building our reputation on and off campus. Ray and Steve have been working together these past few months to ensure a smooth transition. We appreciate their willingness to serve in this vital leadership role. Meet Ray Swisher...

Jorge Chavez and Thomas Mowen discuss school safety

Following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, school safety tops the news cycle. Incidents like this raise questions about preventing shootings as well as dealing with them as they are happening. Jorge M. Chavez, associate professor, and Thomas J. Mowen, assistant professor, address school safety and security and offer research into the possible sociological causes involved. View Video...


BGSU Young Alumni Council appoints graduate

Andrea Krieg (PhD ’15), assistant professor at Lewis University, has joined the BGSU Young Alumni Council. The Young Alumni Council serves as ambassadors for BGSU to all alumni, friends, family, and members of the BGSU community, and it specifically advocates for the interests of recent alumni (those who graduated within the past 10 years). She is excited to offer a graduate student’s perspective to the committee and to give back to BGSU for her life-changing experience.


The RAC (Recent Alumni Council) was founded in 2011 by a group of dynamic and highly involved recent alumni with the following objectives:

  • Serve as ambassadors for BGSU
    • Actively represent and promote the University in their own local communities
    • Educate and interact with current students and recent alumni about goals, purposes, projects, and services of the Alumni Office
  • Advocate for the interests of recent alumni
    • Promote the social, professional, philanthropic, and service interests and goals of recent alumni
    • Communicate ideas and feedback from alumni and friends to the Alumni Office
    • Foster relationships between BGSU and recent alumni
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  • Cultivate lifelong participation in and philanthropic support of BGSU
    • Facilitate and support implementation of relevant and meaningful programs and services for current and future young alumni throughout the country
Interested in learning more about the Recent Alumni Council? E-mail, or call 419-372-7772 for more information.
Ready to fill out an application, click here. All applications should be submitted, via e-mail to, or via mail to the BGSU Alumni Office, Mileti Alumni Center, Bowling Green, OH 43403; Attn: Young Alumni Council. Applications will be accepted throughout the year.

Dr. Howard Aldrich appointed to BGSU Foundation Board (2017-2020)

Sociology alumnus Dr. Howard Aldrich '65, award-winning teacher and Kenan Professor of Sociology at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was appointed to a four-year (2017-2020) term on the BGSU Foundation Board. Here he is shown at the BGSU campaign kickoff event in the newly renovated University Hall during homecoming weekend with Distinguished Professors Susan Brown and Wendy Manning.


Undergraduate Students

Samantha Nousak places 1st in NEOUSS Paper Competition

Samantha Nousak, undergraduate sociology major, won first place in the paper competition at the Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium (NEOUSS) for her presentation “Variations in U.S. Attitudes Toward Nonmarital Childbirth from 1988-2012.” Dr. Margaret Weinberger, senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies said, “Sam’s presentation was masterful.” Dr. Kei Nomaguchi is Nousak’s faculty mentor on the research. Read More...

Six undergraduate students inducted in Alpha Kappa Delta

Six undergraduate students inducted in Alpha Kappa Delta

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the International Sociology Honor Society, inducted six undergraduate students and two graduate students during the 2018 ceremony. AKD Vice President Melinda Messineo delivered the keynote address. The purpose of AKD is to acknowledge excellence in teaching, research, and study of sociology.

  • Jenna R. Bartholomew
  • Victoria E. Cope
  • Liam C. Garrett
  • Allison Rodenbucher
  • Cortisha M. Short
  • Soren T. Sondergeld

Undergraduate students receive sociology scholarship awards

Undergraduate students receive sociology scholarship awards

  • Howard & Penny Aldrich Scholarship
    • Adam J. Smith (middle)
  • The Tomeh Scholarship
    • Liam C. Garrett (right)
    • Emily G. Malloy (left)

Sociology Club officially recognized as #BGSU student organization

Sociology Club officially recognized as #BGSU student organization

Dr. Margaret Weinberger, senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies, founded the BGSU Sociology Undergraduate Club January 23, 2017. With an inaugural ten members, Club President Amina El-Amin has helped Dr. Weinberger double club membership.

Graduate Students

Paul Hemez wins ICPSR Research Paper Competition

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Paul Hemez is this year’s first-place winner of the Master’s category of the 2018 ICPSR Research Paper Competition for his paper titled “Military Service and Entry into Marriage: Comparing Service Members to Civilians.” Hemez received $1,000, a framed certificate of accomplishment, and publication in a special edition of the ICPSR Bulletin and on the ICPSR Paper Competitions website. Read More...



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Jennifer Copp ('14) received the Distinguished Dissertation Award (Peggy Giordano, chair). Copp is now an Assistant Professor at Florida State University.

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Marshal Fettro, PhD candidate, received the Distinguished Thesis Award (Kei Nomaguchi, chair).

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Lindsey Cooper, PhD candidate, received the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award (Wendy Manning, chair). 

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Barbara F. Prince, PhD candidate, received the 2018 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award (Kara Joyner, chair).

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Kasey J. Eickmeyer, PhD candidate, received the 2018 Adamchak Award. She is spending her summer working at the U.S. Census Bureau in Washington, DC.

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Matthew R. Wright ('17) received the 2017 Adamchak Award. He is now an assistant professor of sociology at Arkansas State University.

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Mitch Gresham, doctoral student, received the Excellence in Teaching Faculty Award from the BGSU chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success.


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John Boman receives Excellence in Teaching Faculty Award

Congratulations to John Boman, assistant professor, who received an Excellence in Teaching Faculty Award from #BGSU chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Way to represent sociology, John!

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Susan Brown receives Clifford C. Clogg Award

Susan Brown, distinguished professor and chair, was honored at the Population Association of America's (PAA) annual meeting with the Clifford C. Clogg Award. The award was established to honor outstanding innovative scholarly achievements of population professionals who have attained their highest professional degree within the previous 10-20 years. The award is sponsored by PAA in association with the Population Research Institute of the Pennsylvania State University, and commemorates the memory and creative contributions of Clifford C. Clogg to the field of quantitative methods and labor force demography. Read More...

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Susan Brown and I-Fen Lin receive President’s Award

Drs. Susan Brown and I-Fen Lin, professors in the Department of Sociology, have been working with two graduate students on a National Institutes of Health-funded research project on gray divorce and well-being. Using a collaborative approach, Anna Hammersmith, PhD candidate, and Matthew Wright, recent PhD graduate, have been integrated into all stages of the research process.

In recognition of this effort, they received a President’s Award for Collaborative Research and Creative Work at the Faculty Excellence Awards April 9. The award recognizes innovative research and creative work conducted by faculty members in collaboration with graduate students. Read More

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Steve Demuth serves as expert witness in federal case

Associate Professor Steve Demuth donated his time to research misdemeanor arrest records in Harris County (Houston), Texas, the third largest jail system in the country. Demuth said the work he did for the Civil Rights Corps (CRC) of Washington, D.C., helped substantiate that the money bail system in Harris County is unconstitutional. His research and analysis were part of CRC’s class-action lawsuit against the county for misdemeanor bail practices. Read More...

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Karen Guzzo receives Olscamp Research Award

Associate Professor Karen Guzzo received the Olscamp Research award during the ceremony. 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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Monica Longmore receives outstanding contributor to graduate education award

Professor Monica Longmore received the Outstanding Contributor to Graduate Education Award. Professor Longmore is pictured with doctoral student William Clemens who nominated her for the award.

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Department recognized for outstanding contributions to education

The Department was honored with the 2017 Faculty Senate Unit Recognition Award at the Faculty Excellence Awards Ceremony. The award recognizes a unit that makes an outstanding contribution to BGSU’s educational environment. The coordinated effort of our faculty to capitalize on the strengths of our doctoral-granting department has translated into new pathways for our undergraduate students to put their sociological skills into action through social science research. The SOC 4800 Capstone course, which trains majors to conduct independent research, is one of these opportunities the department offers. Read More...