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Below are a few stories about recent faculty research that were shared in an e-newsletter with our alumni.  If you would like to receive our alumni e-newsletter, please send your name and email address to

Professor Penny Edgell

Sociology Professor Penny Edgell Named Recipient of the 2019-20 Award for...

The Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education Award recognizes faculty who are excellent teachers; who engage students in a community of intellectual inquiry, who are significant mentors and role models for students, and who develop and promote activities that help students understand the larger context of their intended professions.
Portrait of Cawo Abdi

Searching for Belonging

How can a country’s culture and migration regulations affect an immigrant’s ability to adjust? Professor Cawo Abdi studies the diaspora of Somali people and how they’ve adjusted to their new homelands. She finds that while Somali refugees remain hopeful that they will find a sense of belonging, they face unexpected challenges when adjusting to life in a new country.