Chair's Welcome Letter

Dear friends of Sociology & Criminology at the University of Iowa,

Greetings on behalf of the Department of Sociology & Criminology faculty, staff, and students. I hope that you and your loved ones have remained safe and well in the face of the difficult and unprecedented circumstances of the last year.

This last year has been an eventful one for the department. We were thrilled to welcome two new faculty members, Steph DiPietro and Meg Rogers, who you can read about in this issue. Long time members of our community may remember plans decades in the making to relocate our department. It finally happened last summer. Seashore Hall is no more, and we have moved to newly renovated space in North Hall.

Reception Area North  Hall

Large Conference Room North Hall

Our community has also faced sadness, and we mourn the passing of graduate student, Dustin Lee, who we will long remember for his humor and warmth.

Despite the challenging times, the dedication of our faculty and graduate students to teaching and research excellence has resulted in numerous accomplishments, including the following highly competitive awards from the University:

  • Mark Berg was recognized as a Collegiate Scholar.
  • Jenn Haylett was named Distinguished Associate Professor of Instruction.
  • Hansini Munasinghe received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the Council on Teaching.
  • Mary Noonan for receiving the President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence.
  • Victor Ray was appointed as F. Wendell Miller Associate Professor.

We invite you to visit our webpage and check out the news section, as well as the faculty profiles, to read about some of our other latest scholarly work and public engagement ( 

I would like to congratulate our graduating seniors who have persevered through an incredibly challenging time to graduate as planned. You can read about many of their future plans in this issue of the newsletter. Congratulations to our 2021 winner for the Outstanding Senior Sociology/Criminology Award, Natalie Grodnitzky, who is graduating with a BA in Criminology (Honors) and with minors in Sociology and Rhetoric. Natalie was an active member of our department, as well as of the University community. During her senior year, she worked as a research assistant for the Crime and Justice Policy Research Program at the University’s Public Policy Center. She also served as an undergraduate teaching assistant for two Criminology classes and volunteered with Hawkeyes for Humanity, a club that raises money for natural disaster relief. In her honors thesis, she examined the formation of legal cynicism among privileged groups. Natalie is headed to the University of California-Irvine to pursue a PhD in Criminology.

I also congratulate Jocelyn Roof (double major in Sociology and Political Science, with a certificate in social science analytics) who was the recipient of the Undergraduate Hancher-Finkbine Medallion and Dean’s Achievement Award from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Throughout her time at UI, Jocelyn has sought out opportunities to build networks of support for students and advocated for students to have more engagement opportunities and experiences with the greater community. She served as executive director and founder of Hawk the Vote, an organization that promotes student voter registration, education, and turnout, as an education policy intern at the UI Public Policy Center, and as co-chair of the University Lecture Committee. Her honors thesis investigates the impact of social infrastructure on social connections. We were lucky to have had Natalie, Jocelyn, and all of our graduates as our students, and I want to wish them the best of luck in the future!

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your generous donations to the Department of Sociology and Criminology. These gifts allow us to enhance our teaching and research missions in valuable ways, including sponsoring the activities of our Sociology and Criminology undergraduate honor societies and helping us bring visiting scholars to campus to share their work and meet with our students. We greatly appreciate all continued and new support!

Please feel free to drop us a line. We are always happy to hear from you. And please follow us on Facebook to keep up on all the happenings in the department.

Warmest regards,

Jennifer Glanville, Professor and Chair

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