February 2009 Issue Volume 37 Issue 2

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Sociological Grounding in the Obama Admin, White House

Sociology is a common tie among three members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University’s sociology program, Chicago public schools administrator Arne Duncan was appointed Secretary of Education in December. Duncan’s senior thesis, "The Values, Aspirations, and Opportunities of the Urban Underclass," focused on inner-city Chicago.

United States Trade Represent-ative Ronald Kirk majored in sociology and political science as an undergraduate at Austin College. His career has included service as the secretary of state in Texas and mayor of Dallas.

Ray LaHood, appointed Secretary of Transportation, earned his bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in education and sociology in 1971. Prior to his cabinet appointment, LaHood represented the 18th district of Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The election of Barack Obama to the presidency also brings a sociological mind to the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama graduated cum laude with a degree in sociology from Princeton University in 1985. During her studies, she wrote a thesis examining "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community." logo_small


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