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In the news: Sociology and Music

Dr. Amanda Miller, assistant professor of Sociology, has coauthored another intriguing study on the vagaries of the human heart, titled “The Ecology of Relationships” and freshly published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Miller’s work with colleague Sharon Sassler of Cornell University shows that the location and means by which the typical romantic couple meets can vary widely by […]

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Sociology conference, art show at Wheeler

Student and faculty engagement in transforming communities will be the focus Saturday when the Department of Social Sciences and senior Sociology students host the 2014 Association for Humanist Sociology Midwest Regional Meeting at UIndy’s Wheeler Arts Community in Fountain Square. Participants from six states will discuss a wide range of community and classroom practices and […]

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Faculty offer views on Kennedy legacy

As the nation looks back today on the assassination of John F. Kennedy 50 years ago, two UIndy faculty members have been offering their perspectives. Assistant Professor of Sociology Jim Wolfe recently published The Kennedy Myth: American Civil Religion in the Sixties, which covers the period from Kennedy’s election campaign through the assassination of his brother […]

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CELL staffer honored for community work

UIndy staff member and alumna Wendi Middleton was honored recently for her off-duty work supporting incarcerated women and their children. A project coordinator for UIndy’s Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning, Middleton was one of three recipients of this year’s “Angel of Grace” awards from the Sisters of St. Benedict of Our Lady of Grace Monastery […]

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UIndy study supports Women’s Prison nursery

Participants show lower rates of rearrest, higher rates of parental involvement Inmates who live with their newborn infants in a special nursery wing at the Indiana Women’s Prison are more likely to retain custody of their children after release and less likely to be arrested again, according to a new study from the University of […]

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Prof to present Women’s Prison research

Inmates who give birth at the Indiana Women’s Prison, and are allowed to live with their babies in a special wing, are less likely to get arrested again and more likely to retain custody of their children after release, according to new research by Dr. Kevin Whiteacre and his graduate students in Applied Sociology. Whiteacre, assistant professor […]

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Archivist begins work on mayoral collection

Mark Vopelak, curator of UIndy’s Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives, holds an Indian ceremonial pipe presented in 1979 to then-Indianapolis Mayor William Hudnut, an example of the intriguing range of materials in the archives. It’s a big job, but someone has to do it, and that person is Mark Vopelak. One of just […]

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Professor studies couples’ division of labor

Working-class couples who buck the tradition of marriage are far more traditional in their views on gender roles and household responsibilities than might be expected, suggests a new study from Dr. Amanda J. Miller, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Indianapolis. Read BuzzFeed story Hear WIBC report Watch WRTV report The conventional notion […]

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Drake named dean for Arts & Sciences

After a national search, the University of Indianapolis has selected Jennifer Drake, professor of English, to be dean of its College of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Drake has served since August 2011 as acting dean of the college, which is UIndy’s largest academic unit, comprising 14 departments in the humanities, sciences, social sciences and fine […]

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Alumnus leads historic Indianapolis church

UIndy graduate the Rev. David A. Hampton was installed this week as senior pastor of the northwestside Light of the World Christian Church. Established in 1866, Light of the World is Indiana’s oldest predominantly African-American congregation, according to the story in the Indianapolis Star. Hampton succeeds Bishop T. Garrott Benjamin, who had led the church for more […]

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