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Faculty Excellence

  • 2013. Outstanding Author Contribution Award, given by Emerald Group Publishing Limited (publisher of Research in the Sociology of Health Care) for “Racial Residential Segregation and Access to Health Care Coverage: A Multilevel Analysis” (co-authored with Andrew S. Fullerton).
  • 2017-2018. The Joseph Sidney Werlin Sociology Faculty Award to promote Latin American-US Cultural Understanding, University of Houston ($4,000)
  • 2017-2019. Department of Labor . “Analyzing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Federal Contractor and Noncontractor Firms.” Co-Principal Investigator ($249,967).
  • 2016-2017. Fund to Advance the Discipline, American Sociological Association. “The Demography of Sexuality: Queering Demographic Research, Theory, and Methods.” Principal Investigator. ($7,812).
  • 2016. Honorable Mention for Outstanding Publication Award, Southwestern Sociological Association, for Legalizing LGBT Families: How the Law Shapes Parenthood.
  • 2010. “Distinguished Paper Award” from the Southwestern Sociological Association for “Legislating the Family,” coauthored with D’Lane R. Compton.
  • 2007. Public Policy Fellowship, The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law.
  • International Sociological Association, Sociology of Education Research Group RC04; Member of Council, 2002-2006; Secretary/Treasurer, 2006-2010; President, RC04, 2010-2014, re-elected 2014-2018
  • American Sociological Association: Sociology of Education Section Council (1999-2002)
  • Southwestern Sociological Association: President (1989-1990)
  • President, Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Houston (1995-96)
  • Distinguished Service Award: American Sociological Association, Sociology of Education Section (2003)
  • Editorial Board Member for the following: Social Problems Since 2015-2018; Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, Karkiv, Ukraine, Since 2017; Contemporary Sociological Monographs (International Sociological Assn.) Since 2014--; Journal of the Studies of Changing Societies (The Ukraine), 2013--; Revista de la Asociación de Sociología de la Educación (Madrid, Spain), 2011-- ; Social Psychology of Education, 2001 –2015, Associate Editor Since 2015; The Sociology of Education, 2000-2003; Review of Educational Research, 2002 –2008; The Sociological Quarterly, 1973-1982; Youth and Society, 1981 – 2010; International Migration Review, 1985-1988; Journal of Applied Sociology, 1989-1992; Educational Research Quarterly, 1990-; Sociogical Outlook, 1992-1999
  • Member, Joint Advisory Board of the Texas Education Research Center, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Since 2015
  • External Research Assessor for the Vice-Chancellor, Government of Australia, Australian National University, 2010
  • Federal, State, and School District Research Grants and Contracts in excess of $3 million.
  • Advisory Panel Member, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Panel to Assess the Effects of the Hopwood Decision, 1997-98
  • Review Panel Member: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1994 - 1996
  • Review Panel Member: National Science Foundation, Directorate for Education and Human
  • Resources of the Division of Research, Evaluation and Communication (ROLE[Research on Learning and Education]) 2003 - 2006
  • Invited Keynote Addresses, Taiwan Association for the Sociology of Education, Chinese Cultural Univesity,Taipei, June 20-23, 2013
  • Invited Keynote Address, The 22nd Taiwan Forum on Sociology of Education, Chiayi, Taiwan, R.O.C., May 20-21, 2016.
  • Invited Keynote Address, International Sociological Association, Vienna, Austria, July 13-16, 2016
  • Invited Keynote Address, Forum on Education and Exclusion, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, September 20-22, 2017
  • Brown Foundation Fellow at the Dora Maar House, Menerbes France, May 2014
  • Joseph S. Werlin Sociology Faculty Award to Promote Latin American-US Cultural Understanding for AY 2012-2013 and AY 2013-2014
  • Ross Lence Teaching Excellence Award, Social Sciences, University of Houston 2007
  • Finalist, UH Teaching Excellence Award in Tenure/Tenure Track, 2006
  • Finalist, UH Teaching Excellence Award in Innovative Teaching, 2006
  • Research Fellowship, Friends of Women Studies, University of Houston, 2004
  • 2017. Outstanding Women Honoree, Education, Houston YWCA (May 4, 2017)
  • 2013. University Commission on Women, Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award (Pre-Tenure Category)
  • 2012. University of Houston Provost’s Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2012. College of Liberal Arts and Social Science’s Ross M. Lence Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2011. Best Publication Award, American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on the Body and Embodiment
  • 2014-16. Joseph Sidney Werlin Faculty Award for Research Promoting Latin American-U.S. Cultural Understanding. Department of Sociology, University of Houston ($4,000).
  • 2014-2018. National Science Foundation (SES-1419517) “The Study of Social Structure, Identity, and Exchange” (Co-Principal Investigator) ($272,519)
  • 2014-2018. National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (Co-Principal Investigator) ($12,000)
  • 2014. Fellow, Center for Ideas and Society, UC Riverside
  • 2012. ASA Section for Mathematical Sociology Best Graduate Student Paper Award for “Predicting Social Influence: A Model at the Intersection of Sociology and Psychology” (with David Melamed)