Department Announcements

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Assistant professors Gregory Sharp and Kevin Smiley are departing UB. Sharp is heading to Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Smiley will move to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. UB Sociology thanks them for their contributions to the Department and wishes them well. We will miss you both!

We are excited to welcome three new assistant professors joining the department this coming year: Yige DongIris Lu, and Joanna Pepin. Dong studies gender and work in China, and received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 2019. Most recently, she was assistant professor at the University of Puget Sound. Lu does research on social change and age-specific crime patterns around the world, and received her PhD from Pennsylvania State University in 2018. She is leaving a position at the University of South Florida as an assistant professor. Pepin studies inequality related to gender and families and is currently a post-doc at the University of Texas, Austin. She received her PhD from the University of Maryland in 2019.

The department is also fortunate to welcome Sarah Ford to UB as a clinical assistant professor. She received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2019.