Mark Hayward (Ph.D. 1981) I am engaged in underwater field work for my biodemography project, “Sex and Death on the Reef: A Fish Population Model”. The island’s internet is spotty at best, and dolphin courier service is unreliable. My apologies for delays in replying to your email. #FishWhisperer
Alison Hill (B.A. 2014) After graduating from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology, I went on to law school at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where I focused on public interest law and advocacy. Today, I am a civil rights attorney working for the Civil Rights Bureau in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul. In this role, I enforce civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination, work to strengthen the civil rights laws, and participate in community outreach programs. In addition, I investigate and prosecute patterns and practice of discrimination in housing, employment, education, public accommodations, and financial credit. In my spare time, I continue to support IU as an Alumni Student Recruiter and am an avid traveler; I am actively working to visit all 50 states.
Kathy Hirons (B.A. 2005) After 30 years of working full time as Support Staff and pursuing my degree at the same time, I recently made the jump to Professional Staff as Assistant Director of Records Management at the School of Ed. Starting a new job at age 63 is a little crazy, but what the heck.
David Hittle (M.A. 1975) I went to work at Colorado State University, then went back to school at CSU to earn a PhD. I have been on the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine since 1984, doing research on post-acute care, primarily home health care.
Mike Hout (Ph.D. 1976) I have been nominated by ASA to run for president. You'll see my name on the ballot soon. And I have been invited to give a senior scientist lecture at the National Science Foundation. I spoke on "A demographer's perspective of long-term social change in the United States" on January 15th.
Wuwei Huang (B.A. 2014) After I finish my graduate degree in Boston, I will be working in the International Students Admission Office, Southwest University Chongqing China. What I do is like how the International student adviser in IU did for me, helping students around world. I enjoy it. And welcome to China.
Howard Iams (A.B. 1967) earned his PhD in 1973 from The University of Michigan.
Howard is married with two adult children and two grandchildren. He retired from the research office of the Social Security Administration in January 2017 after 40 years of employment but continues research collaborations with colleagues at SSA. Howard co-authored a paper to be presented in the poster session of the 2020 Population Association of America meetings entitled “Birth Cohort Variations in Projected Lifetime Social Security Retirement Benefits”. The analysis uses the Modeling Income in the Near Term (MINT) microsimulation that Howard developed at the Social Security Administration with contract Assistance. A previous MINT paper was published in the January 2019 Journal of Policy Analysis and Management entitled “Longevity Related Options for Social Security: A Microsimulation Approach to Retirement Age and Mortality”.
Howard volunteers as an information specialist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. He also plays trombone in a community band in Rockville, MD.
Edward Kick (PhD 1980) My initial appointment was at the University of Utah, which now is a member of the PAC -10 (12?). I stayed there over 20 years, serving as the founding director of the International Studies Program and Chair of Sociology. The university named me the "Distinguished Professor" which goes to the "best teacher" at the university. I also won the award for the best teacher in my Social Sciences College. I was named a Fulbrighter and gathered data while fulfilling the award in New Zealand. I was tenured and promoted in 1984 and promoted to Full Professor in 1991. Later I left Utah for Middle Tennessee, the largest university in the state. I was Head of Sociology and Anthropology and Chair of the Chair Council, where I reported to the university President.
I was asked to teach former Vice-President Al Gore how to teach; he was a fine learner, and together we taught a Family-Centered Community Development Course. He said that if I had managed his campaign he would have won! After seeing the staff that he brought with him I can see what he meant! Thereafter he went on to write on the Environment while I went to do my third stint as Head of Sociology and Anthropology at North Carolina State University. I was reunited with my Indiana colleagues Arne Kalleberg and Larry Griffin from UNC in fairly short order. I started a new Macro-comparative/environment graduate track at NCState, that included Ron Wimberley, Michael Schulman, Brett Clark, and Andrew Jorgenson. However, the Provost decided that those of us on joint appointment, the macro and environment group might wish to work in the Sciences College. Many of us switched but a couple went to other universities. For the last ten years or so I have been a full Professor with the Agricultural and National Resource Economics Department. Across my career I have studied the structure of the world system and nations' positions within it, consequent national development, inequality, the military, gentrification, industrial vs. ecological agriculture, sustainability, food insecurity and the roles of industry and agriculture in environmental degradation. By my count I have published over 100 journal articles, chapters in books, reviews, and several books. Academics from about 60 countries have cited my work. I was informed last week that a recent article will be published in Chinese. On average I review for 25 journals each year, and I am a co-editor of three journals. I have served as Editor six times.
I have served all the communities I lived in, my profession, my universities and my departments. This record, not including my departmental service occupies in single space three pages in my CV. I have decided not to count the number of entries on these pages and add them to departmental activities. I have always been a committed citizen, just not a very smart one!
Thank you for your newsletter. My experiences as a Wisconsin undergraduate and Indiana graduate were excellent preparation for the academic world. The rigors of teaching while taking classes and working with faculty on jointly-authored papers was a perfect situation both for learning how to do the job, and how to survive just about any workload thrown at us later in our careers. The QM fellowship program created rancor and was differentially just. However, those of us who were not selected to be part of this hierarchical experience did about the same, overall, as well as those who were!
Anna Kostrzewsky (B.A. 2008) I graduated from medical school in Chicago in the spring of 2019 and am now a resident physician at the University of Louisville, specializing in psychiatry. Lots of overlap with the social sciences and I'm loving it so far!
Jerome Krase (B.A. 1967) is Emeritus and Murray Koppelman Professor at Brooklyn College CUNY. A prominent Visual Sociologist, he has photographed and written about cities around the globe. In 2018, he had a Fulbright Specialist Scholarship Assignment at the Charles University in Prague where he gave the Ernest Gellner Nationalism Seminar, and a Graduate Visual Sociology Workshop, “Seeing Krakow Change: 1997-2018,” at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. Read the full article. Follow this link for more on this: https://www.sssp1.org/file/Newsletters/Teaching_SP/Fall2018.pdf
In 2019, his visual excursions included Amman, Jordan as well as Paris and Lyons, France. Included here are a few of his images from his well-received "Seeing Cities Change: Local Culture and Class" (Routledge 2017).
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Robert Ladner (Ph.D. 1972) I am head of a research and development company in Florida, specializing in quality improvement research and patient care evaluation in HIV/AIDS – still working at 74 and not interested in retirement. I received my PhD from IU’s Sociology Department in 1972, having been recruited from the University of Kentucky Master’s program by Sheldon Stryker back in the day.
Gary LaFree (Ph.D. 1979) I’m living in Maryland—chairing the criminology department at the University of Maryland. I have served in many professional capacities and have written or co-authored seven books and numerous articles.
Ke Li (Ph.D. 2015) Currently, I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the City University of New York. Now, the Big Apple is where I live.
Between fall 2018 and spring 2019, I worked as a Luce/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellow in China Studies. Thanks to the support of the ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies), I’m in the process of completing a book manuscript, entitled Marriage Unbound: Divorce Litigation, Power, and Inequality in Contemporary China (under contract with Stanford University Press). In the following months, I’ll finish up the manuscript. And my hope is that the book will come out in 2021 or 2022.
Garth Massey (Ph.D. 1975) Since leaving my position of 33 years at the University of Wyoming (in 2008) where I was director of international studies, I wrote Ways of Social Change (1st and 2nd editions (Sage)) and revised Readings for Sociology (7th, 8th and 9th editions (WW Norton)). I provided expert testimony in several voting rights suits brought by American Indian tribes in Utah, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana.
Most recently I taught for the Institute for Shipboard Education's Semester-at-Sea, Fall 2019: Social Change, Social Inequality, and Race-Ethnic Relations. The 4-month voyage took us (25 faculty and 450 students) from Amsterdam to Lisbon, Cadiz (Spain), Dubrovnik, Casablanca, Tema and Takoradi (Ghana), Salvador (Brazil), Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago), Guayaquil (Ecuador) and Puntarenas (Costa Rica).
Paul Nyaga Mbatia (Ph.D. 1996) After graduating, I resumed my teaching job (at the rank of Lecturer) at the Department of Sociology, University of Nairobi, Kenya. I rose through the ranks and became a Senior Lecturer (2006) and also Chair, Department of Sociology (2006-2010). In 2011, I was promoted to the position of Associate Professor.
In 2014, I took leave of absence and became the Deputy Vice Chancellor (in charge of Academic Affairs, Research, & Innovation) at the Multimedia University of Kenya (also a public University located in Nairobi, Kenya). I have successfully served the first 5 years of my contract and currently, I am serving my last and final 5 years of my contract.
In a public university in Kenya, the head is the Vice Chancellor assisted by two or three Deputy Vice Chancellor -- each of the latter is assigned a specific docket (e.g., Academic Affairs, Administration and Finance, or Research, Innovation, and Extension). In short, I now serve full time in the Top Management of Multimedia University of Kenya.
It has been fulfilling and a story of success since I left the Department of Sociology, Indiana University, in July 1996. I have very fond memories of IU which fully equipped me to start and sustain a very successful academic career in my home country Kenya. I am forever proud of the quality of education that I acquired at the Department of Sociology, IU. It has always given me a competitive edge in every opportunity I apply for.
At the University of Nairobi, Kenya, I have taught sociology to thousands of Kenyan students and supervised and mentored hundreds of postgraduate students. I have also excelled in research and consultancies (kindly log into our research website worldsci.net for details or search for the World Science Project covering Kenya, Ghana, and Kerala).
Bob Meinzer (B.A. 1965) After graduating, I immediately started law school at IU Bloomington. I received my J.D. in 1968. After practicing with 2 partners in East Chicago, IN, I opened up my own practice in St. John, IN and remained there until I retired in August 2019. I have 2 children Robert and Kira who both are IU grads. In September 2019 my wife and I left St. John and now live in Naples, FL. In September 2010, I was the recipient of the Indiana Bar Association's solo and small law firm Hall of Fame Award.
David Mitchell (B.A. 1965) After graduation, I worked for a period of time as a social worker at Madison State Hospital in Madison, Indiana. During that time, I also served as pastor of a small country church near Madison.
Following my IU years, I attended theological seminary ultimately receiving my Doctor of Theology degree in 1979. For the past 54 years I have served as pastor of Baptist churches in Indiana and Ohio, and presently I serve a church as a part-time teaching pastor in West Virginia. My wife and I have two adult children, one of whom is a graduate of the IU School of Optometry class of 1999, and owns a thriving practice in Bluffton, Indiana. We have six grandchildren ages 12-26.
I often reflect on the happy years spent at IU, and I am glad that my son and I share that common experience.
Tope Fashola Mitchell (Ph.D. 2011) I started my second business, a retail tech company called Reflekt Me, Inc to create personalization web tools. We won a $30,000 People's Choice Award in NYC, we were showcased at the Tip of the Spear startup showcase at the Path 2 Purchase expo in Chicago, and we have been selected to present at Venture Connect - 2020 Summit, March 17th - 19th, held by Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.
Oh, and we are expecting our second child in February. :-) Our first is a girl 3.5 and we are having a boy.
Rob Moore (Ph.D. 1999) is a Research Staff Member at IBM Research-Almaden, where he examines the intersection of human conversation and technology. Currently, he is developing a methodology for Conversational UX Design that applies the formal, qualitative models of natural human conversation, from the field of Conversation Analysis, to the design of conversational interfaces. He has developed a general Natural Conversation Framework, also implemented on the IBM Watson Conversation service, which defines a set of conversational UX patterns. Read on here: https://researcher.watson.ibm.com/researcher/view.php
He also released a book last year: http://www.morganclaypoolpublishers.com/catalog_Orig/product_info.php