Results of the 2015 Election
Michèle Lamont, Harvard University, has been elected the 108th President of the American Sociological Association (ASA). Kathleen Gerson, New York University, has been elected Vice President and David Takeuchi, Boston College, was elected Secretary-Elect.
Lamont and Gerson will assume their respective offices in August 2016, following a year of service as President-elect and Vice President-elect (2015-2016). Lamont will chair the 2017 Program Committee that will shape the ASA Annual Meeting program in Montréal, Canada, August 12-15, 2017. As ASA President, Lamont will be a member of the ASA Council, which governs the association and its policies, and its chair in 2016-2017. She will also be a voting member of the ASA Committee on the Executive Office and Budget (2016-2018) and the 2017-2018 Publications Committee. Takeuchi will serve as Secretary-Elect in 2015-2016 and as Secretary in 2016-2019. He will chair the Committee on the Executive Office and Budget and be a voting member of the Publications and the Program Committees in 2016-2019.
Members also elected four new Council Members-at-Large: Daniel Chambliss (Hamilton College), Cynthia Feliciano (University of California-Irvine), Mignon Moore (Barnard College-Columbia University), and Wendy Ng (San Jose University). Also elected were two members of the Committee on Publications: Claire M. Renzetti (University of Kentucky) and Matthew O. Hunt (Northeastern University) as well as six members of the Committee on Nominations, and four members of the Committee on Committees.
In announcing the results of the election, Secretary Mary Romero and Executive Officer Sally T. Hillsman extended their heartiest congratulations to the newly elected officers and committee members and their appreciation to all ASA members who have served the Association by running for office and by voting in this election.
Nearly half of the voting members of the ASA community took part in the 2015 election, which is the traditional level of ASA member participation. ASA is one of the few scholarly associations with high participation this high. Of the 8,449 members eligible to vote in the 2015 election there was a 48 percent participation rate, compared to 45 percent in 2014. In the 52 ASA Sections elections, 56 percent participated in 2015, an increase of three percent compared to the previous year. Of the total votes cast, 100 percent were cast online.
ASA Bylaws Amendments
The membership approved one amendment to the bylaws by a wide margin. The change increases the membership of the Committee on Publications from six to nine. Therefore, the 2016 election ballot will include an increased number of candidates for service beginning in September 2016. The committee will gradually increase by one member per year for three years until the full nine-member committee is in place.
The full slate of the newly elected ASA-wide officers and committee members follows:
Michèle Lamont, Harvard University
Kathleen Gerson, New York University
David Takeuchi, Boston College
Daniel Chambliss, Hamilton College
Cynthia Feliciano, University of California-Irvine
Mignon Moore, Barnard College-Columbia University
Wendy Ng, San Jose University
Committee on Nominations
Jessie Daniels, City University of New York (CUNY)
David G. Embrick, Loyola University-Chicago
Maria Krysan, University of Illinois-Chicago
Nancy López, University of New Mexico
Becky Pettit, University of Texas
Rhacel Salazar Parrenas, University of Southern California
Committee on Publications
Matthew O. Hunt, Northeastern University
Claire M. Renzetti, University of Kentucky
Committee on Committees
Charles Gallagher, LaSalle University
A. James McKeever, Pierce Community College
Ann Morning, New York University
Ruth N. Lopez Turley, Rice University