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Content: Volume 44 · Number 7 · November 2016
inside 2 Who Is Nancy Kidd? Learn about the new leadership at the ASA Executive Office. 4 Council Highlights from August ASA Council was busy this summer with a number of topics--new and old--to discuss. 5 Exploring Disability as an Overlooked Axis of Intersectionality The ASA Status Committee on Persons with Disabilities in Sociology is collaborating with ASA sections to address disability studies within the scholarship. 6 Nominate Your Colleagues! Nominate a great teacher, professional, book, or dissertation get some deserved attention. 7 Diversity Matters University of Tennessee sociologist Stephanie Bohon on the value of diversity in higher education. Announcements.................................. 14 Obituaries............................................... 18 footnotes · November 2016
Sociology of Education Welcomes New Editor
Linda Renzulli
Brian Powell, Indiana University
in very good hands.
Taking on a major
editorship is daunting.
Taking on the headship
of a department may be
equally so. But taking on
both a major editorship
and a headship is, for most
people, a herculean task.
But Linda Renzulli is not
like most people. She has
embraced the dual challenge of
accepting the editorship of the ASA
journal Sociology of Education and
the headship of the Department
of Sociology at Purdue University.
With Linda's seemingly endless
energy, crystal clear focus, and
exceptional leadership skills, both
the journal and the department are
Linda is Professor of
Sociology and Head of the
Department of Sociology
at Purdue University. Prior
to Purdue, she taught at the
University of Georgia from
2001 until last summer.
She received her PhD from
the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in
2001. As the new editor of
Sociology of Education, she succeeds
the University of Minnesota's Rob
Warren, who served as editor since
That Linda was selected to be the
16th editor of Sociology of Education
probably does not surprise most
sociologists of education. She is a
highly visible presence in the field. She is known and respected for her high-quality, methodologically rigorous and real-world, policy-relevant scholarship that addresses core questions in the field of sociology of education--questions regarding the extent to which schools are organized and stratified and how school and educational advantages (and disadvantages) are promoted or minimized. Much of this work has focused on charter schools, a topic she has studied since the beginning of her professional career. Many if not most in the sociology of educational community consider Linda the preeminent sociological scholar on Continued on Page 13
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Tuesday, December 6 1:00 p.m. EST and Wednesday, December 7 1:00 p.m. EST #InclusiveASA Twitter chat with Tanya Golash-Boza, ASA Council member ASA hosted a Town Hall at the 2016 Annual Meeting in Seattle. The announced topic of the session was inequalities of race/ethnicity, gender, class, and sexual orientation, and the main focus of discussion was on various manifestations of racism within the profession and in academia more generally. The Council had an extensive discussion of the concerns raised at the Town Hall during its August meeting and reaffirmed its commitment to address them in a concrete way. A discussion about tangible initiatives ASA can undertake will continue at the next Council meeting in March, and data are being collected from a number of
sources to inform that discussion. To that end, Council has asked Tanya Golash-Boza @tanyaboza to moderate a Twitter chat #InclusiveASA ( Please join the conversation to share your thoughts and experience. What are your ideas for how to have a more inclusive ASA? How can ASA foster more inclusivity in departmental life and in academia more generally? During the chat, we will also consider some data about diversity in the elected leadership of ASA, which can be found at www.asanet. org/diversity-elected-leadership-asa. Not on Twitter, but you would like to be? Find out how to sign up at And for tips on using Twitter, see
Major ASA Award Recipients Honored in Seattle The American Sociological Association (ASA) presented the 2016 major awards at this year's Annual Meeting on August 21 in Seattle. The Awards Ceremony, followed by the Presidential Address by Ruth Milkman, was well attended. These awards are given to sociologists for their outstanding publications, achievements in the scholarship, teaching, and practice of sociology, as well as for their overall advancement of the discipline. Below are the profiles of all of the awardees. W.E.B. DuBois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award Glen H. Elder, Jr; University of North Carolina. Continued on Page 9
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American Sociological Association
New Leadership at the ASA Executive Office: Introducing Nancy Kidd
Peter Mendel, PhD, Senior Sociologist, school was as a program officer at
RAND Corporation.
the Russell Sage Foundation in New
Looking at her vitae, one could easily get the impression that
York. There she identified promising research areas and managed
Nancy Weinberg Kidd had
a multi-million dollar portfolio
been planning to become
of social science grants,
our Executive Director
including programs on
from an early age. A
"Census 2000: Making
sociologist steeped in the
the Results Accessible,"
discipline, with a career
"The Future of Work," and
as an advancer and skilled
"Trust in Society." In addi-
manager of research,
tion to the research, Nancy
policy, and the scholarly
advanced my personal life
enterprise, she brings to
Nancy Kidd
at this time by introducing
the job a depth of intelli-
me to my spouse, who had
gence, integrity, and openness that just finished a yearlong fellowship at
will serve the association well.
the Foundation.
Nancy then left the Northeast to
A Member of the Discipline
join the South Florida Workforce
A proud sociologist and member Board, building and leading the
of the ASA for more than 20
public policy department that
years, Nancy received her bach-
served as the research arm of the
elor's degree in sociology from
organization. This position provided
the University of Pennsylvania
her with an opportunity to practice
and her PhD from Stanford. Her
applied sociology in her specialties
doctoral dissertation, chaired by
of immigration, labor, and orga-
David Grusky, and her subsequent nizations, but also required her to
publications examined immigrant
attain additional skills in program
employment, labor market incorpo- evaluation and public policy.
ration, and occupational mobility
After Florida, Nancy returned
in the context of mass migration.
halfway back to New York, to
Roberto Fernandez, a mentor with Washington, DC, where she initially
whom Nancy jointly authored a
developed the strategic management
paper in ASR on labor sorting and division of a consultancy for federal
hiring in organizations, recalls her government agencies and then ran a
"remarkably mature and focused
unit of a membership organization
approach to scholarship." While in that provides research on human
graduate school (which is where I
resource strategy to senior corporate
met her), Nancy earned a number
executives. These positions provided
of distinctions for research and
her opportunities to continue to
teaching, including the Sociology
put her sociological background
Department's Cilker Award for
in labor and organizations into
graduate teaching excellence and the practice. For her future career as
best graduate student paper award the ASA Executive Officer, they also
from the International Migration
importantly allowed Nancy to refine
Section of the ASA. Meanwhile, her her expertise in strategic manage-
friends and peers in the graduate
ment and planning for both public
program very much appreciated the and private organizations. At the
fact that, as Olav Sorenson notes,
same time, DC represented a period
she, "more than anyone else in our of important personal advance-
cohort, kept graduate studies in per- ment for Nancy when she met her
spective," reminding us to go to the husband, and together they started
gym and to have a social life outside a family.
the department. Cohort-mates were commonly invited (dragged) to join her regular salsa dancing excursions.
An Advancer of the Scholarly Enterprise In 2008, Nancy returned to advancing the scholarly enterprise,
An Advancer of Research,
first as Associate Director for
Policy and Management
Research Initiatives for the National
Nancy's first gig out of graduate Communication Association
(NCA), then, since 2009, as its
Nancy's leadership and collegial
Executive Director. She is cred-
qualities. Steven Wheatley, Vice
ited with helping the discipline of
President of the American Council
communication achieve greater
of Learned Societies, notes that
prominence within and outside
"leading a scholarly association
academia and with establishing a
requires many qualities including
variety of programs to support NCA intelligence, energy, diligence,
members' teaching, research, and
and dedication. Nancy has these
career development.
in abundance." James Grossman,
and associates at the NCA give
Director of Leading a scholarly association the American
us a preview requires many qualities including
of what ASA intelligence, energy, diligence, and Association,
members can expect of Nancy as the
dedication. Nancy has these in abundance."
reflects on how much he has turned
ASA Executive Officer. Dawn O. Braithwaite,
-- Steven Wheatley, Vice President of the American to Nancy for Council of Learned Societies advice and benefitted
a past President
from her "good
of NCA, describes Nancy as someone judgement, integrity, and thorough
who "thinks big and creatively" and professionalism."
"constantly looks to take meaningful action." Carole Blair, another past President of NCA, "applauds the ASA's wonderful sense to `steal' her from us" and comments on Nancy's ability to "rise above conflict and chaos in the most professional, gracious, and competent of ways." Trevor Parry-Giles, NCA's current Interim Executive Director, fondly appreciates Nancy's ability to "create an atmosphere of goodwill and frankness," and Wendy Fernando, NCA's Director of External Affairs and Publications, observes how Nancy was "kind, empathetic, and committed to both her colleagues and the members of the organization." Peers from other professional associations similarly point to
The New Executive Officer of ASA Now Nancy has returned to sociology. Her path has not been a straight line connecting two dots, but rather a circuitous route enriched by diverse academic and work experiences uniquely suited to her new role at ASA, which inevitably led her back to her home discipline. We are fortunate to have someone with such a deep understanding of, appreciation for, and experience advancing all facets of the sociological enterprise--research, teaching, public and applied scholarship, and advocacy for the social sciences. Our professional association is in good hands.
Invited Sessions Proposals Solicited for the 2018 Annual Meeting The substantive program for the 2018 Annual Meeting continues to develop under the leadership of President-Elect Eduardo BonillaSilva and the 2018 Program Committee. The meeting's theme of "Feeling Race: An Invitation to Explore Racialized Emotions" invites participation across the discipline and provides many opportunities to bring together a variety of sociological work in diverse program formats. Proposals for invited sessions are due by February 6, 2017. They include Special Sessions, Regional Spotlight Sessions, courses, workshops, as well as nominations of books for Author Meets Critic Sessions. All proposals must be submitted through the online member portal. For more information, see annual-meeting-2018/member-suggestions-2018
footnotes · November 2016
American Sociological Association
America's Poverty and Inequality Course
Stephanie Garlow and David B. Grusky, Stanford University How much does the average person in the U.S. know about domestic poverty and inequality? The best evidence is ... not much. When asked, for example, to characterize the amount of wealth inequality in the U.S., most people vastly underestimate how much inequality there is. It's not only that the average level of knowledge is low. It's also that access to information about poverty and inequality is unequal. For a college student who wants to learn more, it's a matter of taking a course, as almost every college has one. With about six percent of Americans in college, what about everyone else? How can they learn about the takeoff in income inequality, the stalling-out of longterm declines in gender inequality, the rise of concentrated poverty, and all manner of other basic facts about poverty, inequality, and their causes? In response to these information problems, the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality developed a comprehensive online course, which tackles key questions about domestic poverty and inequality: What types of inequality are increasing?
What types are declining? What accounts for these changes? And what types of institutional changes, interventions, or policies might affect the amount of poverty and inequality? What Is an Online Course? The typical online course is a video of a professor delivering a lecture. Rather than relying on the traditional lecture format, we traveled all over the country with a roving production team, visiting the country's top scholars and asking them to present their own research in self-contained micro-lectures (about five minutes long). We asked the scholars to describe the question that motivated their research, how they set out to address that question, and the key findings and the implications of those findings. The course instructors, David Grusky and Lindsay Owens, introduce each of the eight topical areas with a video that addresses theoretical and empirical issues, the ways in which those issues have been approached, and how the upcoming contributions fit into the larger scientific literature. For students who want to learn more, the videos are paired with suggested readings. In addition, reactions and ideas can also be shared in the discussion
The course's 50 videos fall into eight topical modules covering income inequality, the experience and causes of poverty, educational access and outcomes, social mobility, and gender, racial, and ethnic inequality. Below are examples of some of the videos: "The Takeoff in Income Inequality." Emmanuel Saez "Deunionization," Bruce Western "Living in Poverty," Kathryn Edin "Poor Neighborhoods," Robert Sampson "Unequal Childhoods," Annette Lareau "Unstable Housing," Matt Desmond "Early Childhood Intervention," James Heckman "The Rise in the Income Achievement Gap." Sean Reardon "The Slowdown in Higher Education," Michael Hout "Current Trends in Social Mobility," Raj Chetty "Gender Discrimination in the Labor Market," Cecilia Rouse "Joblessness and Poor Neighborhoods," William J. Wilson "Race, Employment and a criminal record." Devah Pager
forum or via the class wiki. In addition, we will be releasing the videos as stand-alones that can be embedded in a course lecture. Instead of summarizing the work of Kathy Edin, Matt Desmond, Bill Wilson, or Devah Pager, why not embed a 5-minute presentation by the scholars themselves? This approach breaks up the lecture, helps convey the excitement of the process of discovery, and exposes students to the diversity of the field's leading scholars. The course debuted on October 11 and runs through December 15 on the Stanford Online course platform (thepovertycourse. It was developed with support from the American Sociological Association, the Stanford University Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation), and the Elfenworks Foundation. Why Create This Course? By offering a course that is both free and open to the public, we have broadened the possible audience beyond the traditional college student, opening it up to anyone who wants to learn more. We hope to reach a wide audience of high-school students, non-traditional students, employees in the social services sector, professionals who address issues of poverty and inequality in their work, and the public more widely.
We have tried to satisfy the differing aims of our broad audience. For example, undergraduates seeking a credential to list on their resume can complete the entire course and earn a certificate, while journalists, industry professionals, policymakers, and scholars can tune in to the videos that cover topics they find most relevant. What's Different about This Course? If there's a unifying theme to our approach, it's that we view the course as a native video product, more akin to a Vice video or New York Times documentary than a traditional classroom lecture. Available research on online videos shows that most students stop watching at about the seven-minute mark. Despite such evidence, most online course videos last between 20 and 45 minutes, as they are typically produced by filming an existing brick-and-mortar class and turning it into an online course. We have also attempted to build an online course that is stylistically and visually appealing. We developed the graphics in-house and hired a top producer, Ashley Tindall, to take the lead in filming, editing, and producing our videos. This approach resulted in high production quality videos that catch-- and hold--your attention. To learn more, check out the course website (thepovertycourse.lagunita.stanford. edu). The course is offered annually and the videos are also available on our website ( media/video).
2017 Annual Meeting Call for Papers The 2017 Annual Meeting Call for Papers Online Submission system is now available at www. The Submission System opened on November 1, 2016. Authors may submit their scholarly work to Regular Session, Section Paper Sessions and Roundtables, and Open Refereed Roundtables. The deadline for all submissions is January 11, 2017.
footnotes · November 2016
American Sociological Association
Council Highlights
At its August 23-24, 2016, meetings in Seattle, ASA Council welcomed six new Council members: President-Elect Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Vice President-Elect Christopher Uggen, and Council Members-at-large Nina Bandelj, Mabel Berezin, Monica McDermott, and Andrew J. Perrin. Pending Council approval and online posting of the full minutes, the following is a brief overview of key decisions. Minutes. Meeting minutes for March 12-13, July 25, and July 28, 2016, were approved and are now available online at about/Council_Minutes.cfm. Audit. The audited financial statements for 2015 were approved and are now available online at Awards. Approved a change in policy allowing members of award selection committees to broadly encourage nominations and disseminate information about the award. Membership. · Approved offering JSTOR access as a member benefit for a trial period of three years (2017-2019). · Approved adding the option to self-identify as LGBTQ during membership renewal and application. · Approved gift section membership availability through July 31 each year. · Approved the establishment of a Task Force on Membership to research the possible internal and external reasons for the recent membership decline--from a desire for different benefits to financial considerations and from feelings of exclusion to new perceptions of how best to associate professionally--and identify potential ways to mitigate those issues. In addition, the task force will investigate how to better reach out to sociologists who might benefit from membership and contribute to the vitality of the organization (e.g., contingent faculty, sociologists working in applied settings, high school teachers, and others). The task force will inquire into what has kept those populations from
joining (e.g., membership costs) and how ASA can be made more appealing to them. Annual Meetings. · Approved registration fees for the 2017 Annual Meeting and supported continuing the discounted registration rate for non-members outside of the U.S. · Directed that instructions provided to the incoming PresidentElect about how to organize the Program Committee include advice that the President-Elect consider ways of making participation in the invited portion of the program as inclusive as possible by, for instance, considering whether to limit participation in invited panels to one appearance per individual. · Directed that the Council Liaisons serving on the Committee on Sections (COS) communicate that sections be encouraged to offer teaching workshops/sessions as part of their section programs. · Approved development of an option in the online submission site for members to volunteer to serve as a presider or discussant for paper sessions and to provide information on their areas of expertise for reference by session organizers. · Defined the preferred dates for future Annual Meetings so that, whenever possible, ASA meetings will be held in the second week of August. When that is not possible, priority will be given to the first week of August, followed by the fourth week of August. The intent is for ASA to avoid meeting in the third week of August. · Directed that ASA consider the feasibility of meeting in the U.S. South and Southwest. · Selected Chicago as the site for the 2021 Annual Meeting and affirmed a date preference over the second weekend of August 2021 (August 13-17). Publications. · Authorized the Executive Office
to proceed on negotiations with SAGE for a contract to continue publishing Contexts with terms that will allow for greater public dissemination of scholarship. · Accepted the Committee on Publications report to appoint a three-member subcommittee to review the publications portfolio annually, with membership including one newly-elected member of the Committee on Publications, one senior voting member of the Committee on Publications, and the Secretary as chair. · Approved no increase in member rates for journal subscriptions, which remain at 2010 levels, and a routine 5-6% increase on institutional subscription rates for 2017 as negotiated with our publishing partners. Committee Appointments. · Accepted the recommendations of the Committee on Committees, ASA Secretary, and ASA Executive Officer for 2017 appointed Association positions. · Approved President-Elect Eduardo Bonilla-Silva's recommendation of the following members for the 2018 Program Committee: Marlese Durr (Wright State University), Nicholas A. Jones (U.S. Census Bureau), Amanda Lewis (University of Illinois-Chicago), Susan Palmer (Walla Walla Community College), John Solomos (University of Warwick, England), Alford Young (University of Michigan), Ann Morning (New York University), Mary Romero (Arizona State University); and ex-officio members Christopher Uggen (ASA Vice President-Elect), David Takeuchi (Secretary), and Nancy Kidd (Executive Officer). · Voted to approve in principle placing befoer the membership an ASA bylaws amendment to remove "and Status Committees" from Article V, section 8, and give current status committees an opportunity to respond to the proposed change before the final
Council vote at the next Council meeting. · Approved the continued membership and work of all Status Committees through 2017, and designated review of the continuation of three status committees (Status of Women in Sociology, Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Sociology, and Status of People with Disabilities in Sociology) to occur at the Council meeting in August 2017. Sections. · Set a one-year moratorium on establishing new sections in order for the Committee on Sections (COS) to work on evaluating guidelines for establishment. · Approved requiring COS, as part of its annual review of sections, to submit a list of sections to be considered for probationary status based on several conditions, including having less than 300 members. · Amended the Council policy on section awards to specify conditions for permitting cash awards. Town Hall. In response to issues raised in the town hall meeting in Seattle about social inequalities within our discipline, Council developed activities to undertake in the coming months and a plan for preparing to have a thoughtful and informed conversation in March, during which a longer-term agenda will be developed. Campus Carry. Set up a subcommittee to propose whether and in what ways ASA might address the issue of guns in college classrooms. Recognition. · Approved a resolution of commendation and acknowledgment for Mary Romero's strong leadership as Secretary. · Approved a resolution thanking Sally Hillsman for 14 years of exceptional service to the Association. Next Council Meeting. The next Council meeting will be held on March 4-5, 2017, in Washington, DC.
footnotes · November 2016
American Sociological Association
Sections Collaborate to Explore Disability as an Overlooked Axis of Intersectionality and Inequality
Sara Green, University of South Florida, and Tom Gerschick, Illinois State University According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 19 percent of the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States lives with disability. As baby boomers age and live longer, the percentage continues to increase and is already larger than that of many of the racial and ethnic groups that we as sociologists intensively study. Yet, disability has often been overlooked in scholarship on inequality and intersectionality. This seems inexplicable given the life circumstances of people with disabilities which rival those of the most disadvantaged groups in the United States on almost every measure of well-being. The ASA Status Committee on Persons with Disabilities in Sociology is collaborating with the ASA sections Disability and Society; Medical Sociology; Aging and the Life Course; Race, Gender and Class;
Body and Embodiment; and Peace, War and Social Conflict to address this gap. We plan to increase these collaborations and encourage interested scholars to join us. Over the last several years, with the support of ASA staff member Margaret Weigers Vitullo, the Status Committee has been systematically examining the positionality of disability within sociology while also actively mentoring, supporting, and encouraging disability scholarship and disabled scholars. As part of this effort, Sara Green and Sharon Barnartt co-edited, Sociology Looking at Disability: What Did We Know and When Did We Know It?, Research in Social Science and Disability, Volume 9 (forthcoming). It includes chapters by both junior and senior scholars that address aspects of this history and suggest avenues for future research. The volume demonstrates that disability as a category of analysis and as a social process underlying
inequality is poorly represented within mainstream sociology. For instance, disability is entirely missing from highly regarded published histories of our discipline and is poorly represented in elite journals. A literature search in The American Sociological Review and American Journal of Sociology using "disability," as a keyword located nine total publications: two in the 1960s, two in the 1970s, two in the 1980s and two more in the 1990s, none in the 2000s and one in 2010. Given sociological commitments to understanding social inequality, the time to take disability as a social category seriously is now. While much remains to be done to improve the positionality of disabled scholars and disability scholarship in the discipline of sociology globally, some encouraging progress has been made. The formation of the ASA Section on Disability and Society in 2011 was one major progressive step. Its existence guaran-
tees a place for disability scholarship in the annual conference program, thereby increasing the visibility of disability in the discipline. It also provides a formal mechanism for mentoring and networking among disability scholars. With the help of this section, the Status Committee continues to advocate for changes that enhance the inclusion of scholars with disabilities as well as disability scholarship throughout the discipline. These two bodies, though, can't do this alone. In fact, doing so would further marginalize disability scholarship and disability scholars. Thus, the Disability and Sociolgy section co-sponsored sessions with Aging and the Life Course and Medical Sociology in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, the section will collaborate with three other sections on co-sponsored sessions that directly address disability as an axis of inequality and intersectionality: 1. Disability as a Dimension Continued on Page 7
2017 ASA Annual Meeting in Montrйal (August 12-15)
Don't Miss It / C'est а ne pas manquer!!
Michиle Lamont, 2017 ASA President As one of the rare Quйbйcoise to serve as President of the American Sociological Association, if not the only one, I am thrilled that ASA's 2017 Annual Meeting will be held in Montrйal. I very much hope you will join me there and encourage your colleagues and graduate students to attend as well. There are many reasons to attend, foremost of course is to learn about the research of our colleagues and to reflect together upon a theme of urgent importance, "Culture, Inequalities and Social Inclusion across the Globe." The program committee has created a particularly exciting and strong set of invited sessions. And the local committee is busy dreaming up all kinds of interesting events and activities (circus anyone?). You can find additional details about programming
and registration at annual-meeting-2017. The call for papers was recently posted, with a January 11 deadline. But there are many more reasons to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting, and some have to do with how special Montrйal is during the summer. Anyone who knows about Quйbec society is aware that its population spends a good part of the year cooped up inside. When summer arrives, the terraces of restaurants are filled to the brim as locals and tourists take their fill of the magical city that is Montrйal. Not only is the food amazing, but the stylish clothing and shoes are remarkable, and the Canadian dollar makes everything quite affordable. Given the exchange rate, Quйbec will be the perfect destination for your summer vacation. In addition, the dates for the 2017 ASA Meetings correspond to
Canada Fiertй/Pride week, which will be held in Montrйal at the same time that the city will celebrate its 375th anniversary and the country will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. There will also be countless street festivals, as is always the case in Montrйal during the summer. Of course, we want ASA members inside the walls of the Palais des congrиs, attending sessions during the conference, but I encourage you to come early or stay a few days after the meetings (which are scheduled earlier than is typically the case). Another reason for the sociologically curious to attend ASA 2017 is that Quйbec society is an amazing social laboratory, with an exceptionally strong "social economy," universal health care, daycare available from $7 per day for the less well-off to $25 a day for the highest incomes, as well as a leading
video gaming industry (this means excellent fieldtrip opportunities for teenagers). I would also mention that Montrйal is the most trilingual city in the Americas, but this is enough boosterism already. Foreign students and members without passports should start the procedures for obtaining a visa and/ or a passport early. Information about travel requirements can be found at ASA staff can assist you by providing letters indicating your participation in the meeting. One important detail to mention is that we have a special registration rate of $215 for non-ASA members attending the 2017 Annual Meeting from outside of the United States. This seems like the perfect year for our non-member Canadian (and other) colleagues to take advantage of this special rate.
footnotes · November 2016
American Sociological Association
Call for ASA Award Nominations
ASA members are encouraged to submit nominations for the following ASA awards. Award selection committees, appointed by ASA Council, are constituted to review nominations. These awards are presented at the ASA Annual Meeting each August. The deadline for submission of nominations is January 31, 2017. For more information, visit asa-awards W.E.B. DuBois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award This award honors scholars who have shown outstanding commitment to the profession of sociology and whose cumulative work has contributed in important ways to the advancement of the discipline. The body of lifetime work may include theoretical and/or methodological contributions. The award selection committee is particularly interested in work that substantially reorients the field in general or in a particular subfield. Nominations should include a copy of the nominee's CV and letters in support of the nomination. Compelling nomination packages contain five to eight letters from a variety of individuals able to speak to the qualifications of the nominees. Distinguished Book Award This award is given for a single book published in 2015, 2016, and in the month of January in 2017. Nominations must come from members of the Association and should include the name of author, title of book, date of publication, publisher, and a brief statement about why the book should be considered for this award. Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award The award honors outstanding contributions to undergraduate and/ or graduate teaching of sociology. The award recognizes contributions that have made a significant impact on the manner in which sociology is taught at a regional, state, national, or international level. These contributions may include preparation of teaching- and curriculum-related materials and publications, participation in the scholarship of teaching
and learning, development and communication of innovative teaching techniques, leadership in teaching-related workshops and symposia, involvement in innovative program development, and contributions to the enhancement of teaching within state, regional, or national associations. The award typically is given for a series of contributions spanning several years or a career, although it may recognize a single project of exceptional impact. Nominations should include a CV and a one- to two-page statement explaining the basis of the nomination with evidence of contributions from the nominee's CV, as well as relevant supporting materials. Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology This award honors outstanding contributions to sociological practice. The award may recognize work that has facilitated or served as a model for the work of others; work that has significantly advanced the utility of one or more specialty areas in sociology and, by so doing, has elevated the professional status or public image of the field as a whole; or work that has been honored or widely recognized outside the discipline for its significant impacts, particularly in advancing human welfare. The recipient of this award will have spent at least a decade of substantial work involving research, administrative, or operational responsibilities as a member of or consultant to private or public organizations, agencies, or associations, or as a solo practitioner. Nominations should include a oneto two-page statement and the vita of the nominee. The most compelling nomination packages contain three to four letters from a variety of individuals able to speak to the qualifications of the nominees. Excellence in the Reporting of Social Issues Award The Award for Excellence in the Reporting of Social Issues honors individuals for their promotion of sociological findings and a broader vision of sociology. The ASA recognizes the contributions of those who have been especially effective in dissemi-
nating sociological perspectives and research. The ASA is cognizant of the fact that there are many professionals (e.g., journalists, filmmakers) whose job it is to translate and interpret a wide range of information, including sociological perspectives and research, for the general public. This award is intended to promote a broader vision of sociology and gain public support for the discipline. Nominations should include a full detailed nomination letter explaining why the individual should win the award based on the above award criteria, with detailed explanation where to find the evidence supporting the claims made in the nomination letter(s). Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award The Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award is given to an individual or individuals for their work in the intellectual traditions of the work of these three African American scholars. Cox, Johnson, and Frazier placed their scholarship in service to social justice, with an eye toward advancing the status of disadvantaged populations. Cox, Johnson, and Frazier worked to broaden the thinking of society and to broaden what the mainstream included. The committee invites nominations of individuals or institutions with a record of outstanding work, such as, but not limited to: work on social justice issues, work on human rights, activism, community efforts, the building of institutions, or sustaining programs, with an emphasis on African American or similarly disadvantaged racial/ethnic populations that have experienced historical racial discrimination. Occasionally institutional commitment to social justice and to broadening the tradition to include and empower marginalized scholars and marginalized people, is so compelling that this award can recognize an institutional effort. Nominations should include a one- to two-page cover letter that explains why the individual or institution fits the criteria, a CV, and possibly one or two additional letters of recommendation Award for Public Understanding of Sociology This award is given annually to a scholar or scholars who have made
exemplary contributions to advance the public understanding of sociology, sociological research, and scholarship among the general public. The award may recognize a contribution in the preceding year or for a longer career of such contributions. Nominations should include the nominee's vita and a detailed one- to two-page nomination statement describing how the person's work has contributed to increasing the public understanding and knowledge of sociology. The most compelling cases contain five to eight letters from a variety of individuals able to speak to the qualifications of the nominees. Jessie Bernard Award The Jessie Bernard Award is given in recognition of scholarly work that has enlarged the horizons of sociology to encompass fully the role of women in society. The contribution may be in empirical research, theory, or methodology. It is presented for significant cumulative work done throughout a professional career. The award is open to women or men and is not restricted to sociologists. Only members of the ASA may submit nominations for the Jessie Bernard Award. Nominations should include a narrative letter of nomination, the vita of the nominee, and three supporting letters. Dissertation Award The Dissertation Award honors the best PhD dissertation from among those submitted by advisors and mentors in the discipline. Dissertations from PhD recipients with degree awarded in the 2016 calendar year will be eligible for consideration for the 2017 ASA Dissertation Awards. Nominations must be received from the student's advisor or the scholar most familiar with the student's research. Nominations should explain the precise nature and merits of the work. To be eligible, dissertations must be publicly available in Dissertation Abstracts International or a comparable outlet. Send nominations to: American Sociological Association, c/o Governance, 1430 K Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005; e-mail [email protected] org by the January 31, 2017.For more information, visit news-events/asa-awards
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American Sociological Association
On the Value of Diversity in Higher Education
Stephanie A. Bohon,
experiences, stimulate innova-
University of Tennessee
tion. For most college professors,
On April 22, 2016, the Tennessee legislature voted to cut all state appropriations for the Office of Equity and Diversity at the state's flagship university. This move came as a blow to a university struggling to create a more welcoming gender, religious, and racial environment for students, faculty, and staff in Central Appalachia--a region with a long history of intolerance. Since the April decision, students, faculty, and staff at the University of Tennessee have repeatedly rallied
research is an important component of their work. Organizational researchers have consistently shown that new ideas are better fomented in diverse work teams, so faculty members who are surrounded by a great variety of colleagues with whom they can collaborate often have a creative edge. This is one reason that federal funding agencies like the National Science Foundation put a premium on projects that involve a diverse set of investigators.
in protest. These campus protests
Diversity begets diversity.
have drawn further attention to
Minority students and faculty
the issue of diversity, and they
will scrutinize opportunities at less
have forced those of us in the
diverse institutions more care-
Department of Sociology at the
fully than opportunities at fully
University of
Tennessee to
better articulate the value of diversity to our students.
Organizational researchers Taking a fac-
have consistently shown that new ulty position at
ideas are better fomented in diverse
a college where minority assis-
their families, work teams, so faculty members tant professors
and the press. who are surrounded by a great
are regularly
An import- variety of colleagues with whom tenured and
ant explanation for why diver-
they can collaborate often have a
sity matters in creative edge..
promoted is less risky than taking
U.S. colleges
a chance at a
and universi-
more homo-
ties is that attending a diverse uni-
geneous institution. Thus, colleges
versity will better prepare students and universities with a strong
for the future labor force. Some
record for attracting and retaining
projections suggest that by 2050 half diverse students and faculty may be
of all U.S. workers will be people of attracting the best candidates, over-
color, and the percent of Muslim
all. At the University of Tennessee,
adherents in the U.S. population will cutting funding for the Office of
double (Stafford and Griffis 2008).
Equity and Diversity sends a mes-
Yet children today still grow up in
sage that diversity is not a priority.
racially segregated and class homo-
A less common, but equally
geneous places where they play, go important argument for the value
to school, and attend religious ser-
of diversity in higher education is
vices with others who are like them. that there is diversity in diver-
College is often the first opportunity sity. A misguided perception of
young people have to interact with racial diversity (just one form of
people who are different, and these diversity), is that people of one
interactions make them worldlier
race bring a different perspective
and better prepared for a globalized to an environment than people
work force. Research has shown that of another race. While it may be
diversity experiences are associated assumed that it is important to
with increases in civic attitudes
have viewpoints from all races, this
perspective fails to recognize that,
For the university, diversity is
although we can see differences in
also important. Diverse views,
the averages across groups, individ-
which arise from divergent human ual members of a group are unlikely
to be average. Thus, in reality, there is a great diversity of perspectives within members of the same race, the same ethnicity, the same gender orientation, and the same religion. Witnessing these differences is important. Clearly, there is value in learning first hand that all Latinos are not immigrants, all African Americans do not share the same political perspectives, and all gay men do not act alike. Despite the decades that have passed, I vividly remember a freshman year conversation with an African student from Ghana who revealed (quite surprisingly to me) that he felt he had little in common with the African American students on campus. I had assumed that race was a great connector and was surprised that other factors may matter more. In a diverse college, students who were raised with deep-seated prejudices may learn that they have surprisingly similar beliefs and interests with students who appear, on the surface, different from them. Developing shared understandings among people of different races, religions, gender orientations, and identities goes a long way toward reducing prejudice and increasing tolerance. Reducing hate-related violence by enhancing understanding is a laudable goal of any institution of higher learning, especially in our current era of divisiveness and Disability From Page 5 of Intersectionality and Inequality (open session co-sponsored by Disability and Society, Race, Gender and Class, and Body and Embodiment); 2. Feminist Disability Studies: Advancing Intersectional Analyses ( invited session co-sponsored by Race, Gender and Class, and Disability and Society); and 3. Disability, War/Social Conflict, and Inequality (open session co-sponsored by Disability and Society, and Peace, War and Social Conflict). The Status Committee and the Section on Disability and Society are also negotiating special journal issues focusing on the intersection
mistrust. Universities can be sites for important social change. The historical images of the desegregation of universities in Alabama, Arkansas, and Georgia are iconic reminders that public institutions of higher learning were some of the first sites of U.S. integration. At the same time, universities can reproduce inequalities. Numerous campus protests recently at Princeton, Harvard, Missouri, Brown, Yale, Cincinnati, Tennessee, and elsewhere have drawn attention to the ways in which university conditions can promote fear, injustice, violence, and abuse. At the same time, we can be hopeful that the act of protesting can help to bring attention to and change these environments. Universities can and should foster an atmosphere where tolerance and understanding are generated through safe spaces where interactions between different people are the norm. References Bowman, Nicholas. 2011. Promoting Participation in a Diverse Democracy: A Meta-Analysis of College Diversity Experiences and Civic Engagement. Review of Educational Research, 81(1), 29-68. Stafford, Darlene E. and Henry S. Griffis. 2008. "A review of millennial genderation characteristics and military workforce implications." Center for Naval Analysis, D 18211. of disability and other categories of inequality. We are encouraged by these collaborations and trust that they will advance our discipline from a past in which disability was viewed as an individual tragedy to a future in which disability takes its place as a powerful analytic category. It is clearly worthy of sustained theoretical and empirical interest in its own right and in intersection with other locations of disadvantage and oppression. The ASA Status Committee encourages broad participation among ASA scholars and sections in this collaborative effort, and we hope to see a wide range of submissions to the 2017 co-sponsored sessions.
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American Sociological Association
ASA Awards Eight Community Action
The ASA Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy announces the recipients of the 2016 Community Action Research Initiative (CARI) awards. This small grants program encourages and supports sociologists in bringing social science knowledge, methods, and expertise to address community-identified issues and concerns. Each applicant proposed pro bono work partnering with a community organization or local public interest group. CARI provides up to $3,000 for each project to cover direct costs associated with the community action research. The principle investigators are listed below along with a description of their funded proposals. Amanda Cheong, Princeton University, with Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund. The project, "Citizenship from the Grassroots: Local Identity Cards, Integration, and Access to Mainstream Institutions among Undocumented Immigrants in Mercer County," will run a series of focus groups to assess the impacts of the Mercer County Area Community Identity Card Program on the social, economic, and civic integration of undocumented immigrants. In recent years, municipal identity card initiatives have launched across the U.S. as a local-level response to federal immigration policies. The goal of the project is to: 1) produce evaluative evidence for policymakers and civil society stakeholders about the individual- and community-level impacts of the ID card program; 2) contribute theoretically and empirically to the study of immigrant-state relations below the federal level; and 3) highlight the voices, challenges, and everyday contributions of undocumented immigrants within their local communities in a time of high anti-immigrant sentiment and mass deportations. Stephanie A. Malin, Colorado State University, with Rocky Flats Downwinders. This project will provide financial and research support to the Rocky Flats Downwinders to enhance their capacity to conduct a community-based health study examining community-wide exposure to radioactive contamination from the
Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant. The project has two main goals: 1) to assist Rocky Flats Downwinders in executing their health study and collect oral histories of residents; and 2) to build a support network for Rocky Flats Downwinders by building regional research capacity and by cultivating relevant collaborations among northern Colorado social scientists and public health practitioners. This research will be based on community needs and assessments, from research design to interviewing and data analysis. Collin W. Mueller, Duke University, with Alliance Medical Ministry, Raleigh, North Carolina. With the project "Addressing Unmet Health Needs and Understanding Social and Economic Hardships among Uninsured Residents of a Southern City," Mueller aims to enhance the quality of health-promoting resources provided to uninsured residents of North Carolina by Alliance Medical Ministry (AMM), a faith-based primary care clinic in Raleigh's healthcare safety net. The project will closely examine how uninsured community members take on strategies to overcome everyday hardships (e.g., food insecurity, unreliable transportation), and how healthcare access barriers are experienced within and across patients' kinship networks. In-depth qualitative interviews in conjunction with survey and medical record data will be systematically analyzed using inductive and geospatial modeling techniques. These efforts will enable the researchers to better understand patients' perspectives and map social conditions of interest to improving AMM's delivery of healthcare and health-promoting resources. Tracy Perkins, Howard University, with Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice. With her project, "Digital Ward Valley: Nuclear Waste, Solar Farms and the Fight to Protect Tribal Lands," Perkins seeks to demonstrate how scholarly research involving campus-community collaboration can be combined with the field of digital sociology. Specifically, it focuses on construction of an interactive digital archive to document
the success of a decade-long campaign in the 1990s against a nuclear waste landfill in California's Mojave Desert. The project focuses on participation by the Colorado River Native Nations Alliance, consisting of the Fort Mojave, Chemehuevi, Colorado River, Quechan, and Cocopah First Nations. Poor people and people of color have an important role to play in the history of American environmentalism, but their version is largely absent from the popular understanding of the U.S. environmental movement. The goal is to make the Ward Valley campaign visible through storytelling that is widely accessible to a broad audience. Kevin Riley, UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program, with National Day Labor Organizing Network. The project, "Documenting the Injury Experiences of Day Laborers in Residential Work Settings," will investigate the injury experiences of day laborers working in residential settings and their efforts to access compensation from employers when work-related injuries occur. Laborers hired by homeowners and residential contractors are often at elevated risk for occupational injury, yet few are able to secure compensation when work-related injuries result in lost work time and/or the need for medical attention. The grant will support the collection and analysis of qualitative data from 25­30 day laborers regarding their experiences with work-related injuries, their efforts to access compensation from employers, and the impact of work injuries on themselves and their families. The findings will lay the groundwork for a subsequent survey of day laborers throughout California. Daisy Rooks, University of Montana, with Missoula Area Central Labor Council In "Identifying `Best Practices' in Rural Labor-Environmental Coalitions," Rooks has partnered with the Missoula Area Central Labor Council (MACLC), an organization that represents workers and their unions in four counties in Western Montana. She will conduct qualitative case studies of three labor-environmental coalitions in
the Intermountain West and Great Plains, and conduct a brief literature review of research on "best practices" in labor-environmental coalitions. After identifying some of the barriers to forming these coalitions, and the challenges of sustaining them, she will share her findings with MACLC via two presentations and a technical report. Jason Eton Scott, University of California, Berkeley, with College Track. With the project, "Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Socio-emotional Learning Intervention in an AfterSchool Setting," Scott will partner with College Track in Oakland, CA, which supports students through every crucial step of high school and college through college graduation. The organization runs out-of-school time interventions for high school and college students from low-income families, with the goal of improving students' educational outcomes, particularly college graduation rates. Scott's work entails designing and conducting quasi-experiments and experiments when possible to measure the impact of interventions conducted by the organization. Elena Shih, Brown University, and Bella Robinson, Executive Director, with COYOTE Rhode Island. The project, "Policing Modern Day Slavery: Sex Work and the Carceral State in Rhode Island," will examine the efficacy of legal initiatives to combat modern-day slavery. Prior to 2009, Rhode Island was one of two states in the U.S. to have legalized indoor prostitution. Following pressure from anti-trafficking advocacy groups, the state re-criminalized prostitution to protecting victims of sexual exploitation. This study focuses primarily on the impact of the 2009 re-criminalization on Rhode Island sex workers and asks: How have contemporary anti-trafficking efforts generated new forms of policing? How do they build off existing policing of racial and sexual minorities and immigrant communities? And, how has re-criminalization impacted the levels of violence and exploitation that sex workers experience? The CARI grant will support in-depth follow-up interviews with prior survey respondents and public dissemination of completed research findings.
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American Sociological Association
Awards From Page 1
Glen H.
Elder Jr. was
selected as
the recipient
for the 2016
W.E.B. DuBois
Career of
Glen H. Elder
Award for his
outstanding career, which spans
five decades. After receiving his
Ph.D from the University of North
Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC) in
1961, Elder completed a postdoc-
toral fellowship, funded by the
NIMH. From there he served on the
faculties of University of California-
Berkeley and Cornell Universities
before returning, in 1984, to UNC,
where he remains the Howard W.
Odum Distinguished Professor of
Sociology. Elder is also a Fellow at
the Carolina Population Center.
His areas of research interests are
broadly defined as the sociology of
education, political sociology, world
society, and organizations.
Elder has published a dozen
books and more than 200 scholarly
articles. His work has substantially
reoriented sociology to exam-
ine how changing environments
shape individuals and groups.
Like DuBois, he has also impacted
disciplines outside of sociology.
His development of the life course
perspective, which includes a
methodological approach that
situates people in relation to their
social contexts, histories, and places,
has served as a critical platform
for multiple lines of interdisciplin-
ary inquiry. His studies of human
development within a social context
have integrated psychological
and sociological perspectives in
ways that reflect C. Wright Mill's
challenge to make sociology "the
study of biography, of history, and
of the problems of their intersec-
tion within social structure." For
example, his farm crisis studies
reveal how economic adversity
reverberates through our "linked
lives." Through the use of longitu-
dinal surveys and cohort analysis,
he challenges the taken-for-granted
use of the individual as the key unit
of analysis, and he is eloquent in
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his ability to link individuals to the impact of changing environment like the Great Depression or WWII. Elder's magnum opus--Children of the Great Depression-- was published in 1974 and republished in 1999 in honor of its 25th anniversary. The work shows how the impact of the Great Depression on individual well-being depended on class position, social ties, and social context. His work has paved the way for a generation of scholars who made increasingly complicated arguments about the way historical change impacts human behavior. As one letter writer reported, "From his classic Children of the Great Depression (1974) to his more recent work, Elder has changed the way we think about the life course." Elder received the William J Goode Award for his book Children of the Land from the section on Family (2002), as well as numerous other prestigious awards from professional organizations. Awards from ASA include the Cooley-Mead Award for a Distinguished Career in Social Psychology (1993), the section on Family's Distinguished Career Award (1998), the Distinguished Scholar Award of Life Course and Aging Studies (1998), and the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Scholarship, Teaching, and Service from the section on Peace, War and Social Conflict (2001). Elder has also impacted generations with his leadership. He has served as dissertation chair, mentor, or preceptor to a total of 63 predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows. Many of his mentees--including William Corsaro, Robert Crosnoe, Steven Hitlin, Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson, Valerie King, Eliza Pavalko, Stephen Russell, Michael Shanahan, and Andrea Wilson-- have gone on to very successful academic careers of their own. The award committee is honored to congratulate Glen H. Elder Jr. for his outstanding career as a scholar and sociologist. Distinguished Scholarly Book Award Sanyu A. Mojola, University of Colorado-Boulder, for Love, Money and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS
(University of
California Press,
surveys and
fieldwork in
rural Kenya,
Mojola shows
why young
Sanyu Mojola
African women
are so susceptible to HIV-AIDS in
a region where the epidemic is at its
worst. Her research uncovers several
paradoxes, and she answers them
with sociological explanations.
The sexual causes of the disease
are well known, through official
warnings and educational programs.
Deaths are frequent among young
women, and they typically experi-
ence funerals for those who died.
Nevertheless, neither official infor-
mation nor personal experience
affects young Kenyan wommen's
risky sexual behavior.
Another paradox is that young
women with more schooling have
higher HIV risk. The explana-
tion is that school is where they
learn to be modern, especially the
Western culture of consumption in
female adornment and cosmetics.
Education increases their demand
for money. But the rapid expansion
of secondary education has gener-
ated "qualification escalation" (also
known as credential inflation) and
"certificate devaluation." The result
is that educated young women com-
bine higher demands for consump-
tion with weak income prospects;
thus they turn to the sexual market.
It is well known among the local
population that migrant workers
and sojourners along the truck
routes of this part of Africa are
the main carriers of HIV/AIDS,
with their multiple sexual partners
and far-flung networks. But young
women prefer them to the young
men their own age, who carry less
risk of HIV, because they have more
money. Informants also say that
older men are better sexual partners
because they are more experi-
enced in the techniques of sex. The
emphasis on sexual pleasure deni-
grates the use of condoms, regarded
as un-erotic. Preference for older
men is reinforced by the custom of
men giving gifts to their girlfriends.
Traditional tribal culture blends
with modern consumer culture
here, since older men with multiple sexual partners traditionally had prestige, while young and monogamous men did not. Even attending funerals for other young women like themselves is not a deterrent for these sexual practices. Funerals display the omnipresence of death, and thus individuals who attend a lot of them become inured to the risk. In the tribal culture, funerals are festive rituals, colorful and exciting gatherings; and even places to meet new sexual partners. (In the U.S. in the 1960s, the lore among hippies was that V.D. [venereal disease] clinics were good places to meet new sex partners.) What an outsider might think would be a deterrent to risky sex can be an incentive and opportunity for an insider. Mojola's analysis is the most advanced yet done on the sociology of HIV/AIDS. Her work makes several key points with wider application. Education is not a panacea, especially as seen through the eyes of officials, who miss the unintended effects on youth culture. Many of the aspects of informal culture in Kenya that provide an aura of excitement--"where the action is," in Goffman's term--are paralleled elsewhere, such as the attraction of hanging around the "narco-cartels" in Mexico to many young women. The theoretical assumption that everyone wants to minimize risk is inaccurate; we need more sociological analyses like Mojola's to show under what social and cultural circumstances individuals do extremely risky things, in clear consciousness of what they are doing.
Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award
Helen A. Moore,
of Nebraska-
Anne Moore,
the Aaron
Professor of
Helen A. Moore
and Teaching Excellence at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
is the 2016 recipient of the ASA
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Awards From the Previous Page Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award. Moore earned her BS, MA, and PhD degrees in sociology at the University of California­Riverside. At the University of NebraskaLincoln (UNL) since 1979, Moore has been a dedicated advocate of teaching within her department and institution as well as the discipline. Her institution honored her with a Distinguished Teaching Award in 1985, followed by several additional awards for teaching and service to students, including a Nebraska System Outstanding Teaching and Creativity Award in 2000. Her mentorship of graduate students and McNair scholars has won additional recognition. She was one of the co-sponsors of the initial National Science Foundation grant enabling UNL to establish its Preparing Future Faculty program. She has remained involved with that program, while also teaching graduate courses in pedagogy. She has a long history of providing support, both in terms of mentoring and institutional advocacy, for students from diverse backgrounds. In the 1980s and 1990s, Moore authored a series of reports on experiences of women and people of color at UNL and in Nebraska generally. In 2013, Moore presented to the NSF ADVANCE program on how diversity may skew assessment. On the disciplinary level, Moore has been a frequent participant in workshops and conferences on pedagogical topics and has contributed to the interdisciplinary scholarship of teaching and learning community. Her service to the Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) includes terms as chair of the Women in the Professions Committee, chair of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Committee, and President of MSS. Moore's most notable service to ASA is her term as editor of Teaching Sociology (1999-2004). Moore has published widely on gender in academe, graduate student training, and race in education, with a particular focus on Native American experiences. Her three books, Schooling Girls/ 10
Queuing Women (2011), The Sociology of Women (1998, with Jane Ollenburger), and Feminist Ethics in Social Science Research (1988, with a team of co-authors), demonstrate her deep commitment to the scholarship of gender inequality. In addition, she has published pedagogical pieces on multimedia in the large lecture classroom, responding to student resistance in the sociology classroom, strategies for instructors of color, and emotional labor. Moore's nominators praise her continued commitment to innovative developments in teaching and learning. For example, she spearheaded a program in which graduate students had extended involvement at an HBCU so as to improve future faculty members' understanding of diversity in education. She also organized (with John Stanfield II) a Special Issue of Teaching Sociology on teaching sociology at HBCUs, the first of its kind. Nominators also praise her mentoring and training of the next generation of sociologists. As her nominator Julia McQuillan wrote, "When it was difficult, unpopular, unappreciated, and hard, Helen Moore pushed herself and others to create better courses, mentoring, opportunities, and environments for students and instructors in sociology learning settings. She has also consistently institutionalized her efforts so that she personally did not need to be present to make a difference." The Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award is not just an award for good teaching, it is an award for contributions to the teaching of sociology that go beyond the individual institution, and Moore exemplifies exactly these sorts of contributions. What is particularly notable about Moore's career is her dedication not only to developing mentorship and support for teacher training within her department but institutionalizing these practices on a university-wide level and contributing to their diffusion across the discipline and beyond. Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology Hugh Mehan, University of California-San Diego.
Hugh "Bud"
Mehan has
focused his
40-year career
on linking
research and
practice. From
Hugh Mehan
the time he
received his PhD in sociology
from UC-Santa Barbara in 1971
until 1995, he studied challenges
to educational equity manifested
in classroom interaction, educa-
tional testing encounters, tracking
practices, and the distribution of
access to computers in schools. For
the past 20 years, he has turned his
attention more toward building
equitable educational environments
for low-income students of color.
Mehan was instrumental in
establishing the Preuss School on
the UC-San Diego campus. Preuss,
a grade 6-12 charter school, accepts
(by lottery) low-income students
who would be first generation col-
lege students. Mehan worked with
the school's inaugural faculty and
administration to install the school's
signature detracking program
augmented by extended learning
time. The mission of the school is
to prepare its graduates to attend
four-year colleges and universities.
More than 95 percent of the school's
graduates have been accepted at
4-year colleges; an average of 82
percent enroll. This commend-
able record has contributed to the
designation of Preuss as the "most
transformative high school in the
U.S." for three years.
Mehan also directed the Center
for Research on Educational Equity,
Access, and Teaching Excellence
(CREATE) at UCSD for 10 years.
During his tenure as director, he
guided participatory action research
on the progress of Preuss students
and a range of equity-minded
Mehan also helped construct
Gompers Preparatory Academy in
Southeastern San Diego modeled
after The Preuss School. The devel-
opment of a college-prep school for
low-income students of color in this
impoverished neighborhood was
contentious. He guided a coalition
of university colleagues, community
members, and educators to con-
vince the San Diego school board to approve this innovative charter school. In his letter of support for this award, the director of Gompers Prep stated that Mehan was "instrumental in getting the GPA charter written, supported by our community, and approved by the San Diego Unified School District in March 2005." His work at Gompers directly impacted many low-income students, one of whom wrote a letter to support his nomination for the Practice of Sociology Award. Several other students were quoted in his letters of support, citing his service as a mentor for many low-income and first-generation high school and university students. He has served on the school's Board of Directors since its opening in September 1995. Professor Mehan has authored seven books, and written more than 100 journal articles and book chapters that have greatly influenced the Sociology of Education. His most recent book, In the Front Door: Constructing a College Going Culture, describes his research on the political struggles, culture, and organization of The Preuss School and Gompers Preparatory Academy in their efforts to provide an excellent and equitable education to underrepresented youth. In addition to the Practice of Sociology Award, Mehan has been elected to the National Academy of Education, awarded the George and Louise Spindler commendation for outstanding contributions to Anthropology and Education by the American Anthropological Association, a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Educational Research Association, and the Roger Revelle Medal for a Lifetime of Achievement to the University by UC San Diego. Excellence in Reporting on Social Issues Award Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic. It is not often that a consensus develops around an award recipient. But for the ASA Award for the Reporting of Social Issues such a tidal wave developed supporting our 2016 awardee. Literally hundreds of ASA members urged our committee Continued on The Next Page footnotes · November 2016
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to select Ta-Nehisi Coates, and the
committee heartily agreed.
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a young
(born 1975) writer, journalist,
memoirist, and public intellectual.
He is national correspondent for
The Atlantic. His many contribu-
tions to that magazine include the
2014 article,
"The Case for
which earned
him great atten-
tion and set a
high standard
for a fair and
Ta-Nehsi Coates
of cross-generational justice.
Coates is the author of two books.
The first, The Beautiful Struggle
(2008), is a memoir of his grow-
ing up and coming of age in West
Baltimore. It is both personal and a
report in which he sees himself as
experiencing distinctively African-
American challenges, dangers,
hurdles, and opportunities, a kind
of sociological history. In it, Coates
writes of his young, high school-age
self, "I was, still am, a scientist at
heart," and there was, still is, a truth
to that about his work. He writes
in the vein of a memoir, with great
passion, and in a rich and evocative
style. The Beautiful Struggle is tough
on others around him but on no one
more than on his own adolescent
self. He can see and say hard things.
He can also decide he was wrong in
past opinions and positions; he can
change his mind.
Between the World and Me,
winner of the 2015 National Book
Award for Nonfiction, is again
a reflection on race in America,
written as a letter to his son, with
powerful passages on raising young
black men in a world of violence
where they are all too likely to
become themselves the victims
of violence. Impassioned and
informed, the writings of Coates
bring to life what race means in
contemporary American life in a
way that is sociologically sensitive,
bold, and beautifully crafted.
In reviewing Between the World
and Me for the New York Times,
African-American lawyer, civil
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rights litigator, law professor, and author of The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander, spoke of the book with great admiration, including her appreciation that the book is written specifically to and for an African-American audience. But she also acknowledged that she wanted more from it, that she wanted it not to conclude simply that African-Americans can expect little to change in the institutional and cultural racism so centrally and deeply located in the American heritage, but that the struggle against this must go beyond consciousness-raising to political action. The work of Ta-Nehisi Coates does not evoke only admiration, awe, and assent, but also discomfort and objection and conversation--often all from the same reader. Coates has received important honors for his work. In 2015 Coates received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation "genius grant." His blog and other writings for The Atlantic and contributions to other magazines and newspapers brought him the Sidney Hillman Prize for opinion and analysis journalism (2012); a National Magazine Award for essays and criticism in 2013 for "Fear of a Black President" (The Atlantic); and the George Polk Award for commentary in 2014 for "The Case for Reparations." Coates attended, but did not graduate from, Howard University. He has gone on to teach in the writing program at MIT as a visiting professor 2012-14 and to serve as a journalist-in-residence in 2014 at the City University of New York. Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award Thomas Pettigrew, University of California-Santa Cruz Thomas "Tom" Pettigrew is the 2016 recipient of the ASA CoxJohnson-Frazier Award. Pettigrew continues the legacy of Oliver Cromwell Cox, Charles S. Johnson and E. Franklin Frazier in the relentless use of academic scholarship in the service of social justice. Through his research, teaching, and service to the profession and the world, Thomas Pettigrew embodies the tradition of critical analysis of inequality, segregation, and race. As one of the first public sociologists, he brings rigorous analysis and the-
ory to bear on
the problems
gripping mod-
ern society. He
the insights
of his analysis
through both
his work and
Thomas Pettigrew
actions to pro-
fessional and lay audiences.
Thomas Pettigrew earned his
PhD and MA in social psychology
from Harvard University in 1956,
after receiving his BA from the
University of Virginia in 1952. He
is also the recipient of two honor-
ary doctorates--Governors State
University in 1979 and Germany's
Philipps University in 2008. For
more than 60 years, Thomas
Pettigrew has crafted a career that
demonstrates the ability of sociol-
ogy to influence and impact changes
in policy, science, and social
Pettigrew's contributions to the
study of racial inequality have been
transformational both within and
outside of sociology. His pioneering
research often combined media with
traditional sociological methods to
provide new insights into the mad-
ness and consequences of racial seg-
regation. As a child of the American
South, he represents the rare
sociologist who knew in the words
of Atlanta's hip-hop group Outkast,
"The South has got something to
say." And say things he did. Take for
example his television series in the
1960s: Epitaph for Jim Crow, where
he combined his personal and socio-
logical knowledge of the American
South to make public the racial real-
ities and practices many dared not
mention, much less publicly broad-
cast. Among his many contributions,
including his use and development
of the concept "relative deprivation,"
are "Racially Separate or Together,"
"Racial Discrimination in the United
States" and "The Sociology of Race
Relations: Reflections and Reform".
Professor Pettigrew is indeed a
change agent, who time and again
risked his own privilege and career
to emphasize that black lives matter
and racial inequality stagnates
and damages American progress.
Pettigrew's work has fundamentally
shaped our understanding of the
political, social, and economic ram-
ifications of racial segregation and prejudice, and he has relentlessly pursued a progressive agenda that aims to make racial inequality visible while aiding in its amelioration. The Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award Committee enthusiastically and unanimously commends Professor Pettigrew for his groundbreaking intellectual agenda and uncompromising commitment to racial and social justice and public sociology. World-renowned, Pettigrew and his work are a national and disciplinary treasure of the highest order. His commitment to scholarship, mentorship, and activism continues the legacy of this award's namesakes and serves as an example to us all.
Award for Public Understanding of Sociology Award
Joel Best,
University of
Joel Best is
the recipient of
the 2016 Public
of Sociology
award for
Joel Best
his accom-
plishments and commitment to
promoting public awareness of
sociological ideas and scholarship.
He is Professor of Sociology and
Criminal Justice at the University of
Delaware. He has published exten-
sively, including 25 books and over
80 articles and book chapters. His
work demonstrates analytical rigor
but is also accessible for audiences
beyond the field and academia. It
covers a wide range of issues that are
both fascinating and important, for
example on moral panics, fads, the
student loan crisis, statistical claims,
and the study of social problems.
He has breached the confines of
the academy, contributing to the
broader public discussion through
venues like NPR, Showtime, MTV,
Fox News, NBC, and others and in
so doing has enhanced the quality
of the debate around the varied
topics, that have been the focus of
his research and attention.
Best's work is relevant, well-writ-
ten, and consistently has popular
appeal. As one of his recommenders
put it, he has been doing public
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Awards From Page 11 sociology long before the term came into use. His series of books on statistics, Damn Lies and Statistics, More Damn Lies and Statistics, and Stat Spotting, which addresses the misuse of quantitative data in media and politics, have been quite popular. The books are widely used within academia but have also been of interest to general readers. They have been reviewed in major periodicals such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and he has discussed his findings in interviews with ABC News and made appearances on local public radio shows. He has also been invited to talk about statistics and critical thinking for statisticians, statistical software users, educators concerned with quantitative literacy-numeracy, legislators, judges, and journalists. Best's approach to studying moral panics and social problems has ensured his ongoing access to audiences beyond sociology while contributing to his becoming a leading figure in this area of the field. While the constructionist approach was once on the margins of the discipline, it is now recognized as a major framework, and his work in this area has made him one of the paradigm's pioneers and leading practitioners. With the publication of "The Razor Blade in the Apple" in the journal, Social Problems in 1985, he showed that there was little evidence that trick-or-treaters were at risk due to contaminated treats, but rather such persistent concerns represented an urban legend reflecting growing fears about crime and child safety. In the same year, he summarized his findings in Psychology Today and they were reported in major news periodicals. For each of the 30 years since, he has given interviews based on updated research for televised venues from NBC's Today Show to Bill O'Reilly's show, on radio shows like NPR's All Things Considered, for magazine articles, and for hundreds of newspapers articles. His book, Threatened Children, which was the recipient of the Charles Horton Cooley Award, offered a reasoned discussion of moral panics and media framing of violence and dan- 12
ger. His numerous empirical studies of social problems and his edited collection, Images of Issues are mainstays in constructionist work. Best has also been active in professional organizations within the discipline. On the list of positions in this capacity, he has served as President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and as editor of the journal Social Problems. The topics Best's work covers are interesting and his research and scholarship are meaningful and accessible. He has been widely influential, having left an indelible mark on students, scholars, sociologists, and, more generally, on the larger public discourse.
Jessie Bernard Award
Ronnie J. Steinberg, Vanderbilt
The Jessie
Bernard Award
is given in
of scholarly
work that has
enlarged the
horizons of
sociology to
Ronnie Steinberg
fully the role of women in soci-
ety. It is presented for significant
cumulative work done throughout
a professional career. The winner
of the 2016 Jessie Bernard Award is
Ronnie Steinberg, Professor Emerita
of Sociology and Women's Studies at
Vanderbilt University.
Steinberg is a distinguished
scholar who devoted her career to
promoting the status of women in
society. A pioneer in the study of
comparable worth, she developed
innovative theoretical and meth-
odological approaches to under-
standing the economic impact of
job segregation on women. She
then provided expert testimony to
lawmakers throughout the United
States and Canada, resulting in pay
raises for thousands of women. This
work continues to benefit workers
in race- and gender-segregated jobs.
Her indefatigable advocacy--expert
testimony, consulting, speechmak-
ing, report-writing--has kept the
cause alive, laying the groundwork
for the current resurgence of equal
pay and pay equity initiatives,
including in Seattle, where she
received this Award. Steinberg was not only at the forefront of pay equity. Throughout her career she's shown a penchant for anticipating and leading the field, as witnessed by her early studies of emotional labor, care work, and work and family. She recently investigated the systems of eldercare in this country, a topic that disproportionately affects women because they retire with limited income and generally outlive men. Steinberg began her professional career in 1977 as Research Director of the Center for Women in Government at SUNY Albany. In that capacity, she organized a conference on existing equal pay and equal opportunity policies for the European Economic Community's Member States that were required to pass such laws. This project culminated in her first edited book, Equal Employment Policy for Women. Starting in 1985, she worked at Temple University for 10 years, where she was a popular professor and a strong advocate for women's studies. Later at Vanderbilt she directed the women's studies program and introduced a major in women's studies and a graduate certification program. In 2001, as chair of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women, she founded and directed the Women's Social Policy and Research Center at Vanderbilt University. During her tenure as director, she oversaw the publication of reports on the impact of the state's income tax law and housing policies on women. Although officially retired, she continues to engage in international discussions with feminist scholar-activists in Europe and Japan, and in local campaigns on topics including health care restructuring and immigrant incorporation. Steinberg played an instrumental role in building the field of feminist sociology, and with it, a community of scholars. She initiated and edited the first book series on gender, titled Women in the Political Economy, with Temple University Press. In the 1970s and early 1980s, many publishing companies were uncertain about navigating this new scholarship on women, and most reviewers were not familiar with feminist research questions and methods.
The field needed an advocate, which it found in Professor Steinberg, an academic insider with knowledge of the emerging field. Her book series published dozens of canonical texts in the sociology of gender, while promoting the careers of a generation of feminist scholars. In this series, as in her own research, Steinberg promoted an intersectional approach, focusing on gender in the context of class and racial/ ethnic inequality. The Jessie Bernard Award committee expresses our deepest appreciation for Steinberg and her many lasting contributions to improving the lives of working women, both inside and outside the academy.
Dissertation Award
Muсiz, Brown
University, for
Politics of
the Future:
National Latino Civil Rights Advocacy,
Michael Rodrнguez-Muсiz
Statistics, and the `Browning' of
Between 1970 and 2010, the U.S.
imprisonment rate increased five-
fold, from roughly 100 per 100,000
residents to roughly 500 per 100,000
residents. No other nation incar-
cerates such a large proportion of
its population. As the incarceration
rate increased, it retained a striking
racial disparity.
Employing mixed methods
(qualitative interviews, media
content analysis, and participant
observation), Rodriguez-Muсiz's
dissertation focuses on five national
Latino civil rights organizations and
their leaders. In doing so, he reveals
how demographic "facts" about
Latina/o population growth are
constructed, the classificatory wars
waged around this process, and
how Latinas/os attempt to translate
this demographic knowledge into
political influence. His field work
covers approximately five signif-
icant years in the recent political
history of Latina/o advocacy and
mobilization, beginning with the
planning for the 2010 census and
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Awards From the Previous Page ending in the post-2012 election period. The first empirical chapter of Rodriguez-Muсiz's dissertation focuses on the politics of consent, driven in large part by Latina/o advocates surrounding the conceptualization of the "Latino demographic" used in the 2010 census. Recognizing that census data represent the potential for political recognition, RodriguezMuсiz astutely frames this process as consent building bracketed by the politics of desire. The second empirical chapter examines the framing of the results from the 2010 census by mainstream media, both in terms of
"present" demographic change and future predictions of the same. The chapter convincingly argues that media outlets, without employing explicitly racist or xenophobic language nonetheless contributed to what Rodriguez-Muсiz terms "demographobia", or racialized fear of demographic change. In response, Latina/o advocacy groups attempted to reframe the seemingly explosive growth of the Latina/o population as a benefit to the U.S. as opposed to a threat, engaging in "Latino spin" to portray the group in the most palatable, non-threatening manner. The third and final empirical chapter focuses on the 2012 presidential election and how Latina/o advocates, armed with census data, used specific statistics
to demonstrate the political power of the group as a voting bloc in that election and future elections. While the claims behind the power of the Latina/o vote in deciding the 2012 election were eventually somewhat undermined by post-election statistics, demographic projections of Latina/o population growth continue to exert a strong influence on ideas surrounding the political influence of the group. This dissertation is timely given both the current, racially charged presidential election of 2016 and the fact that the U.S. Census Bureau is considering changes to how Latinas/os will be counted in 2020. It also provides two important theoretical contributions to the discipline. First is the articulation
of "temporal politics" ­ RodriguezMuсiz's original concept of political action driven by changing demographics. Second is the advancement of the analytical tool, "racial projects." This work, solidly situated in the tradition of the sociology of knowledge, is likely to influence how sociologists and political scientists alike understand processes of racial and ethnic identity formation, Latina/o social movements, and Latina/o political action. Rodriguez-Muсiz completed this work at Brown University under the supervision of Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Josй Itzigsohn, Michael Kennedy, and Anne Morning. He currently joins the sociology faculty of Northwestern University.
Renzulli From Page 1 charter schools. This distinction may explain another distinction: she is a ubiquitous presence in Sociology of Education, being one of only two sociologists who have published in the journal five times since 2005. When I asked sociologists of education to describe Linda Renzulli, the responses I received tell us why Linda makes a compelling choice for editor of Sociology of Education: "Creative." "Energetic." "Driven." "Both effective and efficient in leadership as well as management." "Top, top, top scholar." "Superior communication skills and follow-through on decisions large and small, whether easy or not." "Phenomenal ability to build consensus while also standing her ground and expressing her stance clearly." "Pays utmost attention to ethics in research and professional ethics at large." "Ridiculously productive." In describing his enthusiasm for Linda's selection as SOE editor, Richard Arum, chair of the ASA Sociology of Education section, commented that: "Renzulli's expertise in both organizational dimensions of schooling and social inequality in education outcomes
prepares her well for taking on this important editorial responsibility for the subfield. She has a long track record of being a dedicated scholar, mentor, and citizen." The most reassuring sign, though, is the unequivocal support of her editorship by her predecessors. As David Bills, Sociology of Education editor, 2010­2013, noted: "As a former Editor of Sociology of Education, I was thrilled when I learned that Linda Renzulli had been chosen as the new Editor. Like Barb Schneider before me and Rob Warren after me, editors develop a real affection for their journal. More than anyone, former editors understand how delicate the whole operation is, and how crucial it is to have someone at the helm who will be decisive, smart, dedicated, humble, and absorbed in the well-being of authors, reviewers, and readers, I've known Linda for a long time, and she brings all of this and more to SOE." Linda plans to continue the journal's movement toward greater methodological and substantive diversity. In her proposal for the editorship, she lauded previous
editors for changing "the reputation of SOE from being a journal for quantitative scholars only" and emphasized her commitment to "publishing work with these broader theoretical and substantive foci, and with methodological diversity." To accomplish this goal, she plans to promote scholarship that focuses not only on schools, but also on education, defined very broadly. As she writes: "To be clear, I believe that schools are formal organizations worthy of study in their own right, yet education is also a more diffuse project that occurs in and across multiple social organizations...We can do much better sociologically speaking by highlighting the fundamental nature of education as a social institution--an institution embedded with a larger social, cultural, and institutional complex." To that end, she hopes to see more submissions--and, in turn, more publications--that link education to insights from literature on social movements, political sociology, family sociology, social psychology, culture, and organizations, among others. Continuing to further expand and diversify Sociology of Education will increase the journal's visibility, making the journal a must-read not only for
scholars of education, but also for sociologists in other subareas. A clear signal of Linda's leadership and inclusive vision of Sociology of Education is her selection of a terrific team of Deputy Editors: Katerina Bodovski, Associate Professor of Educational Theory and Policy in the Department of Education Policy Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, whose interests are in comparative and international education, family and education, and cultural capital; Thurston (Thad) Domina, Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Sociology in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, whose areas of interests are in empirical methods, sociological theory, and educational inequality; Jennifer C. Lee, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University, whose areas of interest are in racial/ethnic disparities in education, immigration, Asian-American studies, and quantitative methodology; and Karolyn Tyson, Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University, whose areas of interest are in racial/ethnic disparities in education, special education, and qualitative methodology.
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Submissions will be included in SBG's second volume. The theme for this volume is: "Civil Engineering of the Future: Creating Liveable Communities in Increasingly Aging and Diverse Racial-Ethnic Societies." Deadline: December 31, 2016. Contact: J.A. Ruggiero at [email protected] For more information, visit Teaching Sociology invites submissions for a special issue on "Incorporating Globalization in the Sociology Curriculum." Articles and notes that address issues focusing on innovative approaches that incorporate globalization and transnational concerns in the curriculum are encouraged. Deadline: February 1, 2017. Contact: Patti Giuffre at [email protected] or Stephen Sweet at [email protected] For more information, visit www.sagepub. com/journals/Journal201974. Understanding and Dismantling Privilege (UDP) is accepting applications for research, teaching tools, and personal reflection for publication in this online, open access journal, the only journal that focuses specifically on privilege. Students encouraged to submit work to Student/Youth Voices section. UDP is a double-blind, peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal published twice yearly. Contact: [email protected] edu. For more information, visit www. Women, Gender, and Families of Color invites submissions for upcoming issues. Available in libraries through Project MUSE and JSTOR, is multidisciplinary journal that centers the study of Black, Latina/, Indigenous, and Asian American women, gender, and families. Within this framework, the journal encourages theoretical and empirical research from history, the social and behavioral sciences, and humanities including comparative and transnational research, and analyses of domestic social, cultural, political, and economic policies and practices. The journal has rolling submission policy and welcomes manuscripts and proposals for guest-edited special issues, and book reviews at any time. Contact: Jennifer Hamer at [email protected] and Kathryn Vaggalis at [email protected] For more information, visit Conferences Carework Network 2017 Global Summit, June 1-3, 2017, Lowell, MA. The Carework Network is organizing a three-day conference to bring together carework researchers from across disciplines and across the globe. The Carework Network is an international organization of researchers, policymakers, and advocates involved in various domains of care work. Authors and organizers should submit a proposal of their paper, panel, or workshop. Deadline: December 1, 2016. Contact:
[email protected] For more information, visit International 28th Population Conference, October 29 to November 4, 2017, Cape Town, South Africa. The International Population Conference takes place every four years, providing a unique forum for researchers and policymakers from around the world to meet and take stock of recent research on population trends and issues and to debate possible actions and policy responses to the challenges posed by population phenomena. Submissions are invited drawing on empirical research. Deadline: December 15, 2016. For more information, visit www. Meetings December 14-15, 2016. Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health 9th Annual Conference, Washington, DC. Theme: "Mapping the Complexity and Dynamism of the Field." For more information, visit www. home. February 25-27, 2017. Hawai'i Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Kan'ohe, Hawai'i. Theme: "Land, Sea, and Food: Sociology and Environmental Change" For more information, contact Marina Karides [email protected] or visit March 2-4, 2017. Intersection Inquiries Conference, Notre Dame, IN. Theme: "Intersectional Inquiries and Collaborative Action: Gender and Race." For more information, visit: www.genderstudies. April 4-7, 2017. Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment, Montreal, Canada. Theme: "Impact Assessment's Contribution to the Global Efforts in Addressing Climate Change." For more information, visit: index.php. April 6-9, 2017. 88th Annual Meeting/ Conference of the Pacific Sociological Association (PSA), Portland, OR. Theme: "Institutional Betrayal: Inequity, Discrimination, Bullying, and Retaliation in Academia." For more information on special speakers and events, and to submit a proposal to present, see May 6-7, 2017. Vidich-Bensman Conference, New York City, NY. While Vidich and Bensman each made significant individual contributions to sociology, their lifelong collaboration resulted in two major books, several timely anthologies, and many articles. The purpose of the conference will be to explore their joint and individual legacies, their contribution to sociology and the influ- footnotes · November 2016
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ences they had on their collaborators, colleagues, and students. Funding Advertising Educational Foundation 201- Visiting Professor Program, is a two-week fellowship (June 8-16, 2017) for professors of advertising, marketing, communications and the liberal arts. It allows professors and industry to develop a mutually beneficial relationship and to share research. The VPP gives professors a greater understanding of the industry while host companies have an opportunity to develop closer ties to academia. Deadline: January 31, 2016. Contact: Sharon Hudson at [email protected] or (212) 986-8060 x15. For more information, visit Berlin Program for Advance European Studies offers up to one year of research support at the Freie Universitat Berlin, one of Germany's leading research universities. The program offers research opportunities with intellectual and cultural interaction. The Berlin Program is based at, funded, and administered by the Freie Universitat Berlin. For more information, visit Dr. Jorge Chapa Scholarship Fund, is a new scholarship fund from friends and colleagues of Latino/a Studies at the University of Illinois. Jorge Chapa was one of the preeminent Latino demographers in the United States. He passed away on October 19, 2015. His body of work covered a wide range of issues relating to Latinos in the U.S. including health disparities, border colonies, poverty, immigration, education gap, redistricting, geographic information systems, Census data, disenfranchisement of legal residents, labor force participation, and voter rights. A scholarship for Latina/o Studies majors or minors has been established in his memory. Donations can be mailed to the University of Illinois Foundation--Jorge Chapa Memorial Fund, 1305 W. Green Street, MC-386, Urbana, IL, 61820 or online at for Campus Priority select "Other" for fund enter "Jorge Chapa Memorial Fund in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences." Evidence for Action, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds research that expands the evidence base need to build a culture of health. Evidence for Action was allocated $6.6 million in grant funding to award through July 2017. There is not an explicit range for allowable budget requests. As of July 2016, we had awarded 10 grants ranging in size from $46,000 to $500,000, for a total of just over $2.4 million in grant awards. Grant periods may be for durations of up to 36 months. For more information, visit www.rwjf. org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2015/evidence-for-action-investi-
gator-initiated-research-to-build-a-culture-of-health.html. NEWFAMSTRAT, a project funded by the European Research Council and the Department of Social & Policy Sciences at the University of Bath, seek to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate to take the lead on analysis of British and German panel data. The aim of NEWFAMSTRAT is to reveal how sources and outcomes of gender economic inequalities are predicted by partnership and parenthood at the individual, couple, and employer levels vary among women and among men in Finland, Germany, and the UK. For more information, visit www.bath. National Science Fund (NSF) Advanced Call for Partnership proposals. Partners may include non-profit academic institutions and/ or non-profit, non-academic organizations such as professional societies, industry, non-profit organizations, publishers, policy and research entities, state systems of higher education, and higher education organizations. Up to $1M over 3-5 years. Letter of intent is required and is due December 14, 2016. The full proposal is due January 11, 2017. Contact: [email protected] For more information, visit: www.nsf. gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_ id=5383. Society for Applied Anthropology, sponsors an annual research competition for students (graduate and undergraduate) in the social and behavioral sciences. Three cash prizes will be awarded: First prize: $3,000; Second prize: $1,500; Third prize: $500. In addition, each of the three winners will receive travel funds ($350) to attend the annual meeting of SfAA in Santa Fe, NM, in March 2017. The competition and award honors the late Peter King-ming New, a distinguished medical sociologist-anthropologist. Deadline: December 31, 2016. For more information, visit www.sfaa. net/about/prizes/student-awards/ peter-new/. Fellowships American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship and grant programs is the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities. In the 2015-16 competition year. ACLS awarded over $18 million to more than 300 scholars worldwide. 2016-17 ACLS competitions are now open. ACLS offers fellowship and grant programs that promote the full spectrum humanistic social sciences research and support scholars at the advanced graduate student level through all stages of the academic career. With multiple deadline for a number fellowship and grant opportunities consult the ACLS website. For more information, visit comps.
The Beyster Fellowships Program at Rutgers provides Fellowships for sociologists with an interest in economic sociology, the sociology of organizations, the sociology of work, labor movements, and political sociology for the 2017-2018 academic year to study employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), profit sharing, broad-based stock options, worker cooperatives, and broadened ownership of capital and economic democracy in the corporation and society in the United States. The Beyster Fellowship ($25,000) with attention to the role of impact investing, mutual funds, equity/bond indexes, and community investment funds in the development of employee ownership, several Louis O. Kelso Fellowships ($12,500) for scholars studying ESOP and broadened capital ownership for citizens, and the George S. Pillsbury Fellowship ($12,500.) focused on profit sharing, will be offered to doctoral candidates, recent PhDs and pre- and post-tenure scholars in the social sciences. Deadline: December 31, 2016. Submit a 1,500 word statement, a CV, and three letters of recommendation. Contact: Joseph Blasi at [email protected] Email for applications: [email protected] For more informationvisit content/fellowships-professorships. Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS), for the sum-
mer term 2017, is offering two visiting fellowships for international doctoral researchers who dissertation has a historical, sociological, social-anthropological, or political science focus. And up to four start-up scholarships to international MA graduates who would like to pursue a doctoral degree in sociology. Recipients receive the opportunity to prepare a convincing proposal for a dissertation project. Deadline: January 15, 2017. For more information, visit www.uni-bielefeld. de/%28en%29/bghs/Ausschreibungen/visiting_fellowships.html. In the News Julie Brines and Brian Serafini, both of the University of Washington, were quoted in an August 22 Bloomberg article, "Summer Vacations Can Lead to Divorce," about their study, "Seasonal Variation in Divorce Filings: The Importance of Family Ritual in a Post-Sentimental Era," which they presented at the 2016 ASA Annual Meeting. A number of other media outlets also covered the study, including the New York Post on August 21; Slate, Cosmopolitan, and the National Post on August 22; The Atlantic, The Seattle Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and The New Zealand Herald on August 23; and The Huffington Post on August 24. Nina Cesare and Jennifer Branstad, both of University of Washington, were
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quoted in an August 20 Mashable article, "Why Researchers Care About How People Grieve on Twitter," about their study, "Mourning and Memory in the Twittersphere," which they presented at the 2016 ASA Annual Meeting. A number of other media outlets also covered the study, including HealthDay and Psych Central on August 20;, Live Science, and El Paнs on August 22; and New York magazine on August 25. Margaret M. Chin, Hunter College and The Graduate Center-CUNY, was quoted in an August 13 New York Times article, "Immigrants' Home Becomes a Museum Exhibition Telling Their Stories." Matthew Desmond, Harvard University, and Andrew V. Papachristos, Yale University, were quoted and David S. Kirk, University of Oxford, was mentioned in a September 29 New York Times article, "In Milwaukee, Calls to 911 Fell After Case of Police Violence," about their October American Sociological Review study, "Police Violence and Citizen Crime Reporting in the Black Community." A number of other media outlets also covered the study, including USA Today, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,, the New York Daily News, and The Christian Science Monitor on September 29. Jonathan Dirlam, Ohio State University, was quoted and Hui Zheng, Ohio State University, was mentioned in an August 22 article about their study, "Job Satisfaction Developmental Trajectories and Health: A Life Course Perspective," which they presented at the 2016 ASA Annual Meeting. A number of other media out-
lets also covered the study, including, The Washington Post, the New York Post, The Sacramento Bee, and the Hartford Courant on August 23; The Denver Post on August 25; and The Huffington Post on September 14. Barry Eidlin, McGill University, wrote an August 11 Washington Post op-ed, "The U.S. Doesn't Have a Strong Third Party, and it Hurts Labor Unions the Most." Diane Felmlee, Pennsylvania State University, was quoted in an August 20 U.S. News & World Report article, "Teen Cyberbullies More Apt to Be Friends Than Strangers," about a September Social Psychology Quarterly study, "Toxic Ties: Networks of Friendship, Dating, and Cyber Victimization," which she co-authored with Robert Faris, University of California-Davis. A number of other media outlets also covered the study, including and Vice "Broadly" on August 22; The Times of India and Yahoo!News on August 23; the Deseret News and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on August 24; and Education Week on August 30. Brad Fulton, Indiana University, was featured in a May 23 Herald Times article, "Researcher Finds Churches Less Politically Active." Michael Gibson-Light, University of Arizona, was quoted in an August 22 Guardian article, "Ramen Is Displacing Tobacco as Most Popular U.S. Prison Currency, Study Finds," about his study, "Must Work for Food: The Politics of Nutrition and Informal Economy in an American Prison," which he presented at the 2016 ASA Annual Meeting. A number of other media outlets also covered the study, including
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and Fortune on August 22; The Washington Post,, The Telegraph, USA Today, The Charlotte Observer, the New York Daily News, and on August 23; The Atlantic and Shanghai Daily on August 24; and on August 26. Janet Z. Giele, Brandeis University, was quoted in an August 26 Politico Magazine article, "The First Time Hillary Clinton Was President." Kathy Giuffre, Colorado College, was quoted in an August 22 Vice article, "What Is a Dive Bar and Why Do I Love Them?" Barry Glassner, Lewis and Clark College, co-authored an August 25 Los Angeles Times op-ed, "Diversity on Campus Sparks Protest? It's a Sign of Progress."The op-ed was also quoted in an August 29 Inside Higher Ed article, "The Chicago Letter and Its Aftermath." Arlie Russell Hochschild, University of California-Berkeley, was quoted in a September 20 New Yorker article, "Arlie Russell Hochschild's View of SmallTown Decay and Support for Trump." Malcolm D. Holmes, University of Wyoming, wrote a September 23 U.S. News & World Report op-ed, "Plague of Police Shootings." James Iveniuk, University of Toronto, was quoted and L. Philip Schumm, University of Chicago, was mentioned in an August 22 Huffington Post article, "Study Determines Whether Family or Friends Are the Key to Long Life," about their study, "Social Relationships and Mortality in Older Adulthood," presented at the 2016 ASA Annual Meeting. A number of other media outlets also covered the study, including the Hindustan Times and the Daily Mail on August 21; The Washington Post,, and La Presse on August 22; The Sydney Morning Herald on August 23; the Star Tribune on August 24; and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on August 25. Arne L. Kalleberg, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was quoted in a September 2 article about the continued polarization between good and bad service jobs. Ophra Leyser-Whalen, University of Texas-El Paso, was quoted in an October 6 article, "The Hurricane Baby Thing? It's Totally Real." Hui Liu, Michigan State University, was quoted in a September 5 Telegraph article, "Sex in Later Life Could Double Risk of Heart Attacks for Men," about a September Journal of Health and Social Behavior study, "Is Sex Good for Your Health? A National Study on Partnered Sexuality and Cardiovascular Risk Among Older Men and Women," which she co-authored with Linda J. Waite, University of Chicago, and Shannon Shen and Donna H. Wang, both of Michigan State University. A number of other media outlets covered
the study, including the Daily Mail on September 5;, The Guardian,, the New York Post, and The Huffington Post on September 6; Reuters on September 7; and on September 8. Kris Marsh, University of Maryland-College Park, was quoted in a September 8 article, "Study: Single Women Less Likely to Default on Mortgages," and was featured in a Marketplace Morning Report radio segment on the same topic. Patricia Yancey Martin, Florida State University, was featured in CNN on November 16, 2015, and by Live Science on July 5, 2016.. Both features dealt with sexual assault on U. S. campuses. The CNN story was a follow-up with the victim of a gang rape 27 years earlier by fraternity men on a campus in the southeast. Chandra Muller, University of Texas-Austin, was quoted in an August 22 article, "Students Who Get Better Grades Are More Likely to Move Away," about her study, "Migration Within the U.S.: Education, Skills and Spatial Inequality," which she presented at the 2016 ASA Annual Meeting. A number of other media outlets also covered the study, including Forbes and Politico on August 22. Christin Munsch, University of Connecticut, was quoted in an August 19 Washington Post article, "The Quiet Struggle of Male Breadwinners," about her study, "Relative Income, Psychological Well-Being, and Health: Is Breadwinning Hazardous or Protective?," presented at the 2016 ASA Annual Meeting. The study, which she co-authored with Matthew Rogers and Jessica Yorks, both of University of Connecticut, was covered by a number of other media outlets, including The Atlantic, New York magazine, the Houston Chronicle, and on August 19;, the Miami Herald, Live Science, and Slate on August 22; and the New York Daily News and Good Morning America on August 24. Alondra Nelson, Columbia University, discussed her recent book, The Social Life of DNA, on the "Chancey de Vega Show" podcast in June and was quoted in June 29 Slate article about genetic genealogy and Native American ancestry. In addition, she was quoted in an article on black political culture and futurist thought in the June issue of The Crisis, the publication of the NAACP, and her July presentation to a National Academy of Sciences committee on the social implications of human gene editing was covered in The Scientist, BioNews, and BuzzFeed. Guрmundur Oddsson, Northern Michigan University, was interviewed September 28 on WUNC's "The State of Things" about his International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy study, "Policing Class and Race in Urban America,"
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co-authored with Andrew Fisher, University of Missouri, and Takeshi Wada, University of Tokyo. Sangyoub Park, Washburn University, wrote a September 6 commentary, "What's Behind South Korea's Shake Shack Fever?" Lara Perez-Felkner, Florida State University, was quoted in July 29 article, "What Does Clinton's Historic Nomination Mean For The Next Generation?," and was featured in a WFSU radio segment on the same topic. She was also quoted and served as an expert in an August 1 WalletHub article, "2016's States with the Best & Worst School Systems." Samuel Perry, University of Oklahoma, was quoted in an August 23 TIME. com article, "People More Likely to Divorce After They Start Watching Porn, Says Study," about his study, which he presented at the 2016 ASA Annual Meeting. The study, co-authored with Cyrus Schleifer, University of Oklahoma, was covered by a number of other media outlets, including Psych Central on August 23, Science on August 26, and Deseret News on September 5. Bernice Pescosolido, Indiana University, was featured in a September 7 Pacific Standard Q&A article, "A Clinton Adviser Weighs in on Society's Stigma Against Those With Mental Illness." Natasha Quadlin, Indiana University-Bloomington, was quoted in an August 29 Huffington Post article, "Most Americans Still Think Women Should Do the Bulk of The Housework," about her study, "Making Money, Doing Gender, or Being Essentialist? Partner Characteristics and Americans' Attitudes Toward Housework," presented at the 2016 ASA Annual Meeting. The study, co-authored with Long Doan, University of Maryland-College Park, was covered by a number of other media outlets, including Yahoo!News on August 21; The Indian Express and Medical Daily on August 22; Fusion on August 23; Vice "Broadly" on August 24; and Slate on August 30. Luis Romero and Amina Zarrugh, both of University of Texas-Austin, were quoted in an August 21 Guardian article, "Latino Immigrants Are Unnoticed Casualties of U.S. `War on Terror' -- Study," about their study, "Linking Immigration and Terrorism in the Post9/11 Era," which they presented at the 2016 ASA Annual Meeting. Amy Schalet, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, was the subject of an October 5 WIRED Q&A article, "Fixing America's Lousy Sex Ed -- With Sociology." Steven Stack, Wayne State University, wrote an August 9 New Scientist column, "Can We Reduce Mass Shootings by Changing How They Are Reported?" Christopher R. Tamborini, U.S. Social Security Administration, and Chang-
Hwan Kim, University of Kansas, were quoted in an August 23 MarketWatch article, "Why 401(k)s Are Bad for People Without a College Degree," about their study, "Disadvantages of the Less Educated: Education and Contributory Pensions at Work," which they presented at the 2016 ASA Annual Meeting. A number of other media outlets also covered the study, including Bloomberg, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the Chicago Tribune on August 24 and The Denver Post, Money, and Forbes on August 25. Stacy Torres, University at Albany-SUNY, wrote an August 18 Next City op-ed, "As Los Angeles Gets Younger, Skid Row Gets Older." Judith Treas, University of California-Irvine, was quoted in an October 10 Boston Globe article, "Parents Are Spending Way More Time With Kids, Study Finds." Guobin Yang, University of Pennsylvania, was the subject of a June 15 New York Times Q&A article, "How the Cultural Revolution Sowed the Seeds of Dissent in China." Awards Jan Marie Fritz, University of Cincinnati and University of Johannesburg, has been given a Fulbright Scholar Award to conduct research at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (August-December 2016). Community Intervention, a book she co-edited with Jacques Rheaume, was awarded the 2016 Distinguished Book Award from the International Sociological Association's division on clinical sociology (RC46). Guang Ying Mo, University of Toronto, was one of the recipients of the Emerald Literati Award for Excellence 2016. Mo and her co-authors Zach Hayat and Barry Wellman won for their book chapter: "How Far Can Scholarly
Networks Go? Examining Relationships between Disciplines, Motivations, and Clusters." Dawn R. Norris, University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, received the university's College of Liberal Studies Recognition of Excellence Award for Research. David Showalter, University of California-Berkeley, received the Sociologists AIDS Network (SAN) Martine Levine award for his paper, "Social Crisis and Symbolic Power: Institutionalizing Syringe Exchange in California." Transitions Beth Schaefer Caniglia has accepted a position as an associate professor at Regis University. Bhoomi K. Thakore is Director of the Sociology Program at Elmhurst College. Rachael A. Woldoff, West Virginia University, has been promoted full professor starting on the 2016-17 academic year. People Lawrence Busch, Michigan State University, has self-published and freely made available his newest online book: "Real Myths=False Truths Securing America's Future" at Real-Myths-False-Truths-version1.0.pdf. Silvia Pedraza, University of Michigan, was featured in the September 21 issue of Michigan Daily "Researcher Profile" for her research on teaching on immigration and volunteer work with refugee resettlement. New Books Kevin B. Anderson, University of California-Santa Barbara, Marx at the
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Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies, 2nd Expand Edition (University of Chicago Press, 2016). Daisy Ball, Framingham State University, Nicholas Daniel Hartlep, Metropolitan State University. Asian/ Americans, Education, and Crime: The Model Minority as Victim and Perpetrator (Lexington Books, 2016). Dan A. Chekki, University of Winnipeg, The Spiritual Musings of Basava (Allamaprabhu Research Center, 2016). Angie Y. Chung, University at Albany, Saving Face: The Emotional Costs of the Asian Immigrant Family Myth (Rutgers University Press, 2016). Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, Foreign Policy: Thinking Outside the Box (Routledge, 2017). Mindy Fried, Arbor Consulting Partners, Caring for Read: A Daughter's Memoir (Vanderbilt University Press, 2016). Jaber F. Gubrium, University of Missouri, Tone Alm Andreasen and Per Koren Solvang, both of Oslo and Akershus University College of applied sciences, Eds. Reimagining the Human Service Relationship (Columbia University Press, 2016). Shirley A. Hill, University of Kansas, Inequality and African-American Health: How Racial Disparities Create Sickness (Policy Press, 2016). Michиle Lamont and Joshua Guetzkow, both of Harvard University, Graziella Moraes D. Silva, UFRJ Brazil, Jessica S. Welburn, University of Iowa, Nissim Mizrachi and Hanna Herzog, both of Tel Aviv University, and Elisa Reis, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Getting Respect: Responding to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel (Princeton University Press, 2016).
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Victor Lidz, Drexel University College of Medicine, and Helmut Staubmann, University of Innsbruck, Eds., Talcott Parsons, Winston White: Values of American Society. Manuscripts from the American Society Project I (LIT, 2016). Stephen J. Morewitz, California State University-East Bay, Runaway and Homeless Youth: New Research and Clinical Perspective (Springer, 2016). Dawn R. Norris, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Job Loss, Identity, and Mental Health (Rutgers University Press, 2016). Shirley Sun, Nanyang Technological University-Singapore, Socio-economics of Personalized Medicine in Asia (Routledge, 2017). Kazuko Suzuki, Texas A&M University. Divided Fates: The State, Race, and Korean Immigrants' Adaptation in Japan and the United States (Lexington, Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). Bhoomi K. Thakore, Elmhurst College, South Asians on the U.S. Screens: Just Like Everyone Else? (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). A. Javier Treviсo, Wheaton College, Massachusetts, The Anthem Companion to Talcott Parsons (Anthem Press, 2016). Guobin Yang, University of Pennsylvania, The Red Guard Generation and Political Activism in China (Columbia University Press, 2016). Other Organizations University of Southern California (USC) has welcomed the inaugural cohort of its recently launched PhD program in Population, Health, and Place and is now accepting applications for fall 2017. The programs primary goal is to position graduates among the leading scholars and practitioners working to clarify the role and significance of "place" in shaping human health and well-being in the future. For more information contact Myles G. Cockburn at [email protected], Jennifer Hook at [email protected], or John P. Wilson at [email protected] For more information, visit php/doctoral-programs/. New Publications Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, "Bringing the Social Sciences to Health Policy: An Appreciation of David Mechanic" is a special issue dedicated to the discipline and a tribute to David Mechanic who has been a pioneering leader in the social and behavioral sciences of health, health services and health and mental health policy for almost years. Twenty-three interdisciplinary scholars reflect the diversity of David's policy-relevant scholarship in examining major policy challenges. For more information, visit www.jhppl. 18
Journal of Positive Sexuality (JPS). a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed online journal with a large and diverse readership that includes both academics and nonacademics. We prefer short articles that may be of interest across disciplines, and there is no cost to authors for publication. JPS is produced by the Center for Positive Sexuality and is co-sponsored by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) and the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS).For more information, visit: Editor. Editor with PhD in sociology from Berkeley and author of three books provides editing of book manuscripts. Reasonable rates. Sixteen years experience. Can improve writing, clarity, and flow. References and sample edits available. Tom Wells: wells.tom. [email protected], (720) 230-7243, Summer Programs Schusterman Center Faculty Fellowship: The Summer Institute for Israel Studies, a competitive fellowship program that gives faculty the foundation to teach about Israel in any discipline. The Institute begins at Brandeis University with a two-week multidisciplinary seminar taught by world-class faculty from Israel and the U.S., during which fellows create a syllabus to teach at their home institution. The program continues in Israel with a 10-day study tour of Israel, where fellows meet with leading personalities in public life, the academy, and the arts. The Summer Institute provides a stipend of up to $2,500, travel, accommodations, and most meals. Summer Institute fellows enjoy a wealth of pedagogical resources, opportunities for ongoing professional development and an ever-expanding, international network of Institute alumni. Explore the complexity of Israeli society, politics and culture. information, visit: isrealcenter/siis. Deaths Chester Britt, Iowa State University, a professor and chair of the Department of Sociology, died August 23 at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. Leslie Stanley-Stevens, Tarleton State University and Texas A&M University, a full professor of sociology and System Regents Professor, died on June 22 at the age of 55. Obituaries James A. Davis 1929-2016 James A. Davis died on September 29, 2016, in Michigan City, IN, after
a brief illnessw. He was the founder of the General Social Survey (GSS) and was a principal investigator from 1971 to 2009. When he won the 1992 American Association for Public Opinion Research Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement, he was cited for "his innovations in teaching, his prodigious scholarship, [and] his creation of the General Social Survey." Davis received a BS in Journalism from Northwestern University in 1950. He then obtained his MA from the University of Wisconsin in 1952 and his PhD from Harvard University in 1955. In 1957 Davis came to the University of Chicago as an assistant professor and National Opinion Research Center (NORC) researcher. While he moved back and forth between Chicago, Dartmouth, and Harvard over the next 50+ years, he never left NORC. From 1971 to 1975 he served as NORC's Director. Also, in 1971 Davis came up with an idea for a National Data Program for the Social Sciences. Reflecting the social indicators movement of that time, it called for the annual monitoring of social change across a range of important social matters such as inter-group relations, gender roles, and civil liberties and the distribution of that data to all interested researchers without delay. The Russell Sage and National Science Foundations supported the proposal and so the GSS was launched in 1972. In 1984 the cross-national International Social Survey Program (ISSP) was founded by the GSS and similar programs in Australia, Germany, and Great Britain. The ISSP has conducted a survey annually since 1985, has involved 60 nations, and has done over a million interviews around the world. As his winning of the ASA Teaching Award, Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, and the AAPOR Distinguished Achievement Award attest, Davis' career has been marked by many well-deserved recognitions. But for the real reward of survey research, Davis can speak for himself. As he noted in Sociologists at Work (1964): "There is a lot of misery in surveys, most of the time and money going into monotonous clerical and statistical routines, with interruptions only for squabbles with the client, budget crises, petty machinations for a place in the academic sun, and social casework with neurotic graduate students. And nobody ever reads the final report. Those few moments, however, when a new set of tables comes up from the machine room and questions begin to be answered; when relationships actually hold under controls; when the pile of tables on the desk suddenly meshes to yield a coherent chapter; when in a flash you realize
you have found out something about something important that nobody ever knew before -- these are the moments that justify research." Tom W. Smith, NORC at the University of Chicago Susan Archer Mann 1950-2016 Susan Archer Mann, beloved mentor, dear friend, and Professor of Sociology at University of New Orleans, died on April 8, 2016, after several years' struggle with breast cancer. Susan received her BA from the University of Maryland in 1972, her MA in sociology from American University in 1975, and her PhD in sociology from the University of Toronto in 1982. She spent more than three decades actively writing, teaching, and mentoring at the University of New Orleans (UNO), a place she came to love, doing the work that so engaged her passions and intellect even as she suffered from her illness. In her early work, Susan attempted to explain the uneven conversion of agricultural production to a capitalist wage-labor system. She and James Dickinson laid out the arguments that became known as the Mann-Dickinson Thesis, positing that intrinsic features of agricultural production made it relatively risky and unattractive to capital. Susan later applied this theory to explain U.S. farm labor in her 1990 book Agrarian Capitalism in Theory and Practice (1990). Her final book, Peasant Poverty and Persistence in the 21st Century: Theories, Debates, Realities, and Policies, co-edited with Julio Boltvinik (Zed Books, 2016), offers new theoretical and historical perspectives on the continued existence of peasant agriculture and its links to global poverty. Susan extended her theoretical insights to domestic labor and its ramifications on family life and the social position of women in a chapter, co-authored with Emily Blumenfeld, in Hidden in the Household: Women's Domestic Labour under Capitalism (Women's Education Press, 1980, edited by Bonnie Fox). Her Marxist-based theoretical contributions to our understanding of production (in agriculture) and reproduction (of labor power through the family) complemented one another and laid the foundation for her later feminist theory work. Susan found her political groundings and activist interests in Marxist feminisms of the 1970s and feminist theories of the so-called second wave, but she never ceased to be fascinated and energized by the schools of thought that emerged subsequent to her own training. She immersed herself in theories of the third wave, intersectionality, queer theory, postmodernist and poststructuralist feminisms, and trans- footnotes · November 2016
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national feminisms, publishing on the connections and innovations in theory across decades in Science and Society, Sociological Inquiry, Journal of Feminist Scholarship, and a co-authored special issue of Race, Gender, and Class. Her 2012 book, Doing Feminist Theory: From Modernity to Postmodernity (Oxford University Press), constitutes an exhaustive yet digestible compilation of feminist theories, criticisms, and counter-criticisms, innovatively (and helpfully) positioning them within modernist and postmodernist epistemologies. In 2015, Susan published Reading Feminist Theory, a companion reader co-edited with Ashly Suzanne Patterson (Oxford University Press). Susan mentored several generations of Marxist and feminist students, providing gentle but formidable critiques. She was one of the "founding mothers" of the UNO Women's Studies Program and the UNO Women's Center. She also served as Interim Director of the UNO Women's and Gender Studies Minor; Associate Chair and Chair of the Department of Sociology; and Chair of the ASA Race, Gender, and Class section. Susan was highly regarded as an excellent teacher and mentor for both students and colleagues at the University of New Orleans. For her colleagues and the department she was a leader who not only brought treats to meetings and offered to help solve the most recent predicament (personal or academic), but also shared her deep analytical thinking and strong theory construction to improve others' work. Regarding her students, Susan was an agent of social change and innovation. She received the campus-wide Seraphia Leyda teaching award and the teaching award bestowed by the College of Liberal Arts. In fact, she won every teaching award offered at UNO. Since her passing, hundreds of students have given testimonials of how her theory and gender classes were "life-changing"; those who knew Susan best know she would be happiest about this impact. Susan's soft-spoken voice and affable personality belied her ability to offer pointed and cogent intellectual critiques but made her a favorite mentor to students for her approachability and warm encouragement. Though she enjoyed sailing, good food, and a strong drink, Susan loved nothing more than sharing an intellectual conversation with colleagues of all ages. She will be remembered for the contributions she made to her family, friends, students, colleagues, and to the larger academy. Sara Crawley, D`Lane Compton, Gwen Sharp, Mike Grimes, Rachel Luft, and James Dickinson Leslie Stanley-Stevens 1961 ­ 2016 Leslie Stanley-Stevens, Professor of
Sociology and Texas A&M University System Regents Professor at Tarleton State University (TSU), Stephenville, TX, died quietly at home on June 22 surrounded by family. She was a beloved and inspiring teacher and colleague, an accomplished researcher, and an internationally recognized scholar. Faculty, alumni, and students at University of North Texas (UNT-Denton) are celebrating the life of Leslie, whose rise to a star alumnus was predicted when she was admitted unconditionally into the sociology PhD program in 1989. Her intellectual capacity, determination, and positive attitude made her a great student both inside and outside the classroom. The birth of fraternal twin sons, Forrest and Parker, and co-parenting with spouse Christopher, while working towards her PhD, contributed greatly to her interest in parenting, family, and gender. Leslie was one of the few independent teaching fellows who taught upper-level advanced courses plus she swept all appropriate university and department awards by the time she graduated with her doctorate in 1994. Faculty, alumni, and students at TSU, where she diligently served on the faculty for 20 years, are also celebrating Leslie's life. Leslie served as principal, co-principal, or consultant on more than 30 grant-funded research projects. She was the first professor at TSU to earn a Research Leave. Recently, for an international project, she interviewed couples in Sweden who equally shared parenting challenges. She authored a book, scholarly journal articles, book chapters, plus magazine and news pieces. She founded the TSU Sociology Club and an Alpha Kappa Delta chapter plus led the effort to establish a pre-ministry program. Leslie's outstanding performance in all these roles were acknowledged with many awards. Leslie's great and varied experiences in academia as a student, teacher, researcher, scholar, and author led to her being nominated for, and receiving in 2015, the pinnacle TSU faculty award: Texas A&M University System Regents Professorship. Leslie's colleagues in the International Sociological Association (ISA) Committee on Family Research (CFR) attending the ISA's 3rd Forum in Vienna, Austria in July were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of her untimely death.. Her death stimulated recurring reflections about her bravery, optimism, tenacity, and shared experiences and challenges. Leslie was part of the CFR family, as a great collaborator and enhancer in shared projects building on practices started while a UNT student and continued at TSU. Leslie's persistence complementing writing and scholarly skills is illustrated by her efforts to get a book published based on her research on new parent's expectations: In 1999, she interviewed expectant mothers and fathers about
their values, expectations, and practices regarding paid work and family work. Follow-up interviews of the same parents, now with small children, were completed five years later. Informative and insightful findings from these interviews were the basis for several academic papers and journal articles, but Leslie was determined to reach a broader audience outside of sociology. Her background, resources, and research synergized into ideas, practices, and exercises that would help expecting and new parents. The book, What They Didn't Know When They Were Expecting ...and How They Became Better Parents (2012), documented and explained parent behavior plus suggested practical applications to deal with challenges along the way. Leslie accomplished something highly touted but not often achieved by social researchers, that is, applying research results in real-world situations. Her research had an impact outside of sociology. To help new parents further, Leslie started a successful Facebook
group, complementing her research and book. Leslie's zest for life went beyond academia. She frequently shared high adventures with family and colleagues. Some recent challenges included hiking the Grand Canyon during the winter, mountain biking in New Mexico, and hiking the peaks and valleys of the Swiss Alps. Anyone interested in acknowledging and extending Leslie's Legacy is encouraged to make a donation to the Dr. Leslie Stanley-Stevens and Dr. W.H. Stanley, Sr. Scholarship Fund at TSU. Make a check payable to Tarleton State University with reference to Leslie Stanley-Stevens Scholarship in the memo line and send to: TSU, Box T-0260, Stephenville, TX 76402, USA. Donations may also be made by credit card online at giving/ and following the prompts to Give Now. Rudy Ray Seward, University of North Texas
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