American Sociological Association

Section on Sociology of Population

News 2014 [ARCHIVED]

2014 12 – Request for Pilot Proposals – Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21st Century America

The Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities invites interested investigators to submit proposals that address women’s health for seven-month pilot research projects. Proposals must be submitted by January 18, 2015. Projects must be completed by August 31st, 2015.

The new NIA supported research network promotes research dedicated to understanding health dynamics and disparities in the United States.

Please click here to read the Request for Pilot Proposals.


2014 12 – Call for Papers – International Conference on Population Geographies

We are delighted to announce that the 8th International Conference on Population Geographies will be held at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, from 30th June to 3rd July 2015. The call for papers is now open. The deadline for submissions is Monday 16th February 2015.

We invite papers from all fields of population geography and allied disciplines, especially contributions around the following themes:

  • Spatial demography
  • Migration and development
  • Ethnicity and segregation
  • Migration and the environment
  • Households and housing
  • Demography of the life course
  • Fertility and the family
  • Towards the end: death and dying
  • Ageing and morbidity
  • Indigenous populations
  • Official statistics
  • Exploiting big data
  • Data visualisation and communication
  • Demographic projections
  • Applications of demography
  • Population health

We also welcome proposals for other sessions and offers to organise or convene sessions.

Abstracts for papers and posters should be around 250 words and include the title, authors, affiliations, and contact email, and be sent to For all other aspects of the conference, contact

Key dates:

  • Monday 16th February 2015 - Deadline for submitting abstracts
  • Monday 9th March 2015 – Notification of acceptance. 
  • Monday 16th March – Registration opens.
  • Monday 4th May – Deadline for Early bird Registration.

Other essential details of the conference including venue, accommodation, and travel will be made available progressively on the Conference website at:


2014 12 – Population Reference Bureau – Policy Communication Training

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 U.S. Policy Communication Training Program!

Through the generous support of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), we are able to offer an in-depth policy communication training to U.S. citizens and permanent residents studying demography, population health, and reproductive health in doctoral programs at U.S. academic institutions.

This training program builds on PRB’s 40-year legacy of training researchers to communicate their findings for policy change.   We are pleased to be able to offer a program designed to develop skills that U.S. researchers need to communicate with U.S. policy audiences, including decision makers and the media.

We hope you will join us in spreading the word about this new opportunity.  Please see this announcement for eligibility criteria and instructions on how to apply.


2014 12 – Call for Proposals – Small Grants for Research Using PSID Data

The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), with support from the National Institute on Aging, announces a small grant competition.  The competition will fund 4-8 scholars in the range of $10,000-$20,000 each to use PSID to conduct research using new data on intergenerational transfers, extended family connections, and time use.  Funded projects will generate papers that will be presented, along with other invited posters and presentations, at a two-day conference to be held June 9-10, 2016.  Proposals may request support to analyze either PSID’s 2013 Family Roster and Transfer Module or the 2009 / 2013 Disability and Use of Time (DUST) supplements or both.  Applications are due March 2, 2015.  For details see the full announcement here. Questions may be directed to Bob Schoeni


2014 11 - ASA Population Section Call for Nominations and Award Announcements

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2014 11 – Climate, Migration and Health Workshop Announcement

Climate, Migration & Health: Connections through Natural Disasters and Displacement

University of Colorado Population Center (CUPC)

Boulder, Colorado, April 9-10, 2015

With support from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, the Institute of Behavioral Science and University of Colorado Population Center (CUPC) are hosting the 1st annual workshop on Climate, Migration and Health.  This year's sub-theme is natural disasters and displacement. The two-day workshop, held in Boulder, Colorado, will bring together 10 researchers and 2 policy communicators to showcase innovative research on natural disasters, displacement and health, as well as to identify gaps and develop collaborations.

Researchers from social and natural sciences are encouraged to apply.  Funds are available for partial reimbursement of domestic travel and lodging. Applicants must be post-PhD and we aim for an interdisciplinary mix of junior and senior scholars. To be considered for this workshop, please send a CV and a complete paper, working draft, or an extended abstract (including data description, methods, and preliminary results) by January 9th, 2015.  Decisions will be made by January 23rd.

Please address questions to

Please submit papers to


2014 11 – Call for Abstracts – 2nd Annual ACS Data Users Conference

May 11-13, 2015

College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, College Park, MD

Deadline: Jan. 14, 2015

Acceptance Notification Date: Feb. 20, 2015

The second annual American Community Survey (ACS) Data Users Conference will bring together ACS data users and staff from the U.S. Census Bureau to increase understanding of the value and utility of ACS data and to promote information sharing among data users about key ACS data issues and applications. The conference will include contributed presentations by ACS data users, invited sessions, hands-on training, and opportunities for networking.

We are inviting abstracts on any topic relating to ACS data issues and applications, but we are especially interested in new and innovative uses of ACS data, and ACS applications that inform policy and business decisions. For examples of presentation topics from the May 2014 inaugural ACS Data Users Conference, review the program.

To submit an abstract, visit Registration for the conference will open in early 2015 and will be free for all conference presenters and participants.

Please forward this announcement to others who may be interested.


2014 11 – ASA Members – Comment on Census Bureau Proposal to Remove Marriage and Degree Field Questions on ACS

On October 31, the Census Bureau announced a proposal to remove seven questions from the American Community Survey (ACS), including marital history and field of undergraduate degree. If you rely on these data, you have an opportunity to comment on and influence possible modifications to the Census Bureau’s proposed actions by December 30, 2014.


2014 11 – ASA Annual Meeting Call for Papers

The online submission system will open on Dec 5. The deadline for submissions is Jan 7 at 3:00 pm EST. Here are the sessions sponsored by the Pop Section this year:

1. Spatial Stratification. The session is devoted to patterns, processes, and repercussions of spatial inequality, broadly defined. Papers may focus on: shifting patterns of residential segregation by race/ethnicity, nativity, gender, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics; mobility or migration patterns and other forces that shape patterns of residential stratification; and/or effects of residence on health, educational attainment, earnings, crime exposure, or other individual- or group-level outcomes.

Session Organizer: Kyle Crowder, University of Washington

2. Race/Ethnicity and Population Dynamics. The U.S. population has become increasingly racially diverse over the last few decades, raising hopes for integration but also introducing concerns about the emergence of new forms of racial stratification. This session seeks to highlight work exploring the interrelationships between population and race/ethnicity, including topics such as how population processes influence racial/ethnic identity, inequality, and segregation, and how racial/ethnic disparities transform demographic change.

Session Organizer: Matthew Hall, Cornell University

3. LGBT Health Disparities. The 2011 Institute of Medicine report on LGBT Health and the new goals in Healthy People 2020 to significantly reduce LGBT health disparities have increased scholarly interest in the determinants of LGBT physical and mental health. This session will feature papers that draw on sociological theory to help understand and explain LGBT health disparities, broadly defined (physical, emotional, mental). Papers in both the U.S. and international contexts will be considered.

Session Organizer: Kyler J. Sherman-Wilkins, Pennsylvania State University

4. *Section on Sociology of Population Roundtables (one-hour).

Session Organizer: Irma T. Elo, University of Pennsylvania

*Session will be 1 hour followed by the section’s 40 minute business meeting


2014 11 – New ASA Committee on Revising the Code of Ethics

At the annual meeting in San Francisco, the Executive Officer, Sally Hillsman, met with the Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE) and suggested that it was time to revisit the Code of Ethics.  It has been more than fifteen years since any revisions have been made to the Code, and a great deal of change has taken place.  At the very least, social, regulatory, and technological advances have had striking impacts on the field.  Moreover, it is anticipated that the federal Department of Health and Human Services will soon announce changes to The Common Rule, which governs the vast majority of human subjects research efforts. To that end, an ASA committee has been formed to consider possible revisions.  All members are either current or former members of COPE.  It is chaired by Tom Van Valey, and the other members are Earl Babbie, Guillermina Jasso, John Kennedy, and Roberta Lessor.

The committee is completely open to considering any topic or issue that might affect the Code.  In addition, we welcome suggestions of other members who could serve as resources with regard to specific issues.  To this end, the ASA has set up an email account for members and others to communicate with the committee.  It is  If your organization has a concern, a suggestion of a topic or a resource person, or even if someone wants to volunteer to help, simply send a message to that address.  You will be contacted by a committee member.

The ASA’s Code of Ethics

Starting in 1971, the ASA has had a working Code of Ethics approved by its membership.  Since then, the ASA Code has been revised several times, most recently in 1997. Both the Code and the procedures for COPE - the ASA Committee on Professional Ethics (which is responsible for enforcing the Code) - can be found on the ASA website at



2014 11 - Section Nominations

The Population Section Nominating Committee is beginning to prepare a slate of candidates for next year's section elections for the following positions: Chair elect, 2 council members, secretary treasurer, and a student member. Please send your suggestions to the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Professor Christopher Browning, Ohio State University, email: by November 15, 2014. 


2014 11 - New Book by Population Section Member, Sanyu A. Mojola

Love, Money and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS, University of California Press

How do modern women in developing countries experience sexuality and love? Drawing on a rich array of interview, ethnographic, and survey data from her native country of Kenya, Sanyu A. Mojola examines how young African women, who suffer disproportionate rates of HIV infection compared to young African men, navigate their relationships, schooling, employment, and finances in the context of economic inequality and a devastating HIV epidemic. Writing from a unique outsider-insider perspective, Mojola argues that the entanglement of love, money, and the transformation of girls into “consuming women” lies at the heart of women’s coming-of-age and health crises. At once engaging and compassionate, this text is an incisive analysis of gender, sexuality, and health in Africa.


2014 10 - Call for Applications to the NLSY 1997 Postsecondary Research Network, Deadline December 19, 2014

The University of Texas Population Research Center is now accepting proposals for talented researchers (at any career stage) to join a year-long research network using the newly available National Longitudinal Study of Youth 1997 (NLSY97) Postsecondary Transcript Data. The goal is to support outstanding scholars using the data to publish peer-reviewed journal articles. Early career scholars may request assignment to a senior mentor for the year. Successful proposals will receive up to $5000 in research support in the form of a stipend or research assistance, plus travel support to attend a culminating meeting to be held January 14-15, 2016 in Austin, TX.  The workshop is designed to present analyses of these data, to receive and exchange feedback on findings from other data users, and to provide advice to the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth Postsecondary Transcript Study (NLSY-PTS) on variable construction.

The NLSY 1997 Postsecondary Transcript (and Survey) data contain detailed information on timing of enrollment in two and four-year institutions, credits earned, failures, remedial coursework, transfer credits, degree attainment, GPA, major, and CCM course codes. In addition, restricted-use data files contain IPEDS codes allowing researchers to link to databases describing institutional characteristics. More broadly, the NLSY is a national study with information on employment, earnings, occupation, family background, family formation (fertility, marriage, and cohabitation), health, and health behaviors. These data are well suited to exploring research questions about the transition from schooling into the labor force, as well as the implications of postsecondary experiences on later health and family outcomes.

To apply, send proposals (2 single-spaced pages maximum) describing the aims of the study and providing basic information on your planned approach to Elizabeth Johnson ( no later than 5 pm CST December 19 2014. In the proposal you should identify the sample that you plan to use, information on your key independent and dependent variables (including timing of measurement), and your modeling approach. Decisions will be made by January 30, 2015. A first draft of the paper is due August 28, with feedback returned within a month if requested. A final draft to be distributed to the full working group is due December 18, 2015.

2014 10 - New Book by Population Section Member, Loretta E. Bass

African Immigrant Families in Another France, by Loretta E. Bass, University of Oklahoma. 

The incorporation of Sub-Saharan African immigrant families is a key issue for France and Europe at large. Using the voices of first and second-generation immigrants, this book illustrates how racial and immigrant statuses are assigned simultaneously and inseparably for those of African-descent in France, and in turn limit employment and social cohesion, often irrespective of an individual’s qualifications or citizenship documents. First- and second-generation African youth report being, “French on the inside, African on the out,” because they hold a French mentality but are continually treated as outsiders. At the same time, this research connects individual-level cultural and religious factors that shape varied levels of resilience and immigrant outcomes. This book explains how the practices of French universalism and secularism together have become a straightjacket and ostrich policy for France, as the difficulties of incorporation are obfuscated by data regulations that limit the ability to measure social inequalities patterned by ethnic or immigrant descent. 

To read chapter one for free, visit:


Use the promotional code PM14THIRTY to get 30% off the price until Dec. 31, 2014. The US and Canada use: Outside the US and Canada use For a review copy, send request on letterhead to: Fax: 212-674-6132 or St. Martin's Press, Publicity Dept., 175 5th Ave., NY, NY 10010.

2014 10 - Proposals Invited for 3 ASA Editorships

The ASA Committee on Publications encourages applications for the editorships of American Sociological Review, Sociological Methodology, and Sociological Theory. The official term for the new editors (or co-editors) will begin in January 2016 (the editorial transition will start in August 2015) and is for a minimum of three years (until December 2018), with a possible reappointment of up to an additional two years. See complete application procedures and samples of previous successful proposals.

Call for Papers – Special Issue of American Behavioral Scientist

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the American Behavioral Scientist “Measuring the Diverging Components of Race in Multiracial America.”

We invite article submissions to be considered for a special issue of American Behavioral Scientist on the theme “Measuring the Diverging Components of Race in Multiracial America."

For increasing numbers of people, the lived reality of “race” is not a single, consistent identity but experiences with many conflicting components. Major demographic trends in the last 50 years have spurred this racial complexity in the United States. High rates of immigration and intermarriage have increased the size of populations that may not self-identify in the same way that they are perceived by others. Different components of race – such as how people self-identify, how they are seen by others, their phenotype, or their ancestry – have different implications for the types of inequality and social processes we measure in social science, but not all of these components are measured in surveys or other empirical research. There are problems with using measures of one component of race as a proxy for another, making it especially important for social science measures to catch up with the increasing complexity of these individuals’ lived experience of race.

If you would like to submit an article to the special issue, please email an extended abstract (up to 2 double spaced pages) by November 1, 2014 to Mary Campbell at, with “Special Issue Submission” in the subject line. We will invite authors that best meet the themes above to submit a full paper for peer-review. Full submissions of no more than 25 double spaced pages for quantitative papers and 30 double spaced pages for qualitative papers would be due by January 20, 2015. Please direct any questions to Mary Campbell at, Jenifer Bratter at, or Wendy Roth at

2014 09 - Membership Appeal

Dear Pop Section Members,

The Population Section of ASA is within striking distance of the threshold of 600 members, which would entitle us to an additional session at the ASA meeting. We need to acquire more members before the September 30 deadline. If you have colleagues or graduate students who are currently members of ASA but are not yet members of the Pop Section, please encourage them to join. Graduate student membership is only $5, and regular membership is only $12. Sponsoring a student's section membership is a great way to help us get to the goal of 600 members.

Folks who are already members of ASA can simply go to the membership portal, and then click "Join a Section" and add Sociology of Population.

2014 09 - New Resource

We are pleased to announce that the “Measuring the Diverging Components of Race in a Multiracial America” conference website ( now includes many resources that may be of interest to your section members, including video recordings of the conference presentations, information on datasets that include complex measures of race and ethnicity, a selected bibliography of publications focused on the topic, and other resources that we hope will be useful to everyone interested in questions of how different components of “race” and “ethnicity” are measured, lived and experienced in today’s evolving racial landscape. Please check out the resources we have assembled, share them with colleagues and students who might find them useful, and provide comments on any of the resources that would help us improve them for future users (you can submit comments at Thank you, and we hope you are having a wonderful week!


Mary Campbell (Texas A&M University), Jenifer Bratter (Rice University) & Wendy Roth (University of British Columbia)

2014 09 - ASA Award Nominations

From now and until January 31, 2015, ASA is accepting nominations for its nine major awards. Each August the American Sociological Association proudly presents awards to individuals and groups deserving of recognition.

ASA members are encouraged to submit nominations for the following ASA awards. The deadline for nominations is provided with each award criteria. Award selection committees, appointed by ASA Council, are constituted to review nominations. These awards are presented at the ASA Annual Meeting each August. Again, the deadline for submission of nominations is January 31st, 2015. Currently, the ASA presents the following awards:

Distinguished Book ASA  Major Award

Dissertation ASA Major Award

Excellence in the Reporting of Social Issues ASA Major Award

Jessie Bernard ASA Major Award

Cox-Johnson-Frazier ASA Major Award

Award for the Public Understanding of Sociology ASA Major Award

Distinguished Career ASA Major Award for the Practice of Sociology

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching ASA Major Award

W.E.B. DuBois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award

Any questions or concerns should be sent to Governance at We hope you will help us find those special sociologists who disserve this kind of recognition. Spread the word!


ASA Governance

2014 08 – American Community Survey 2013 Data Release

We are pleased to announce that the 2013 ACS 1-year estimates will be released on Thursday, September 18, 2014. The 2013 ACS 1-year estimates will be available for the nation, all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every congressional district, every metropolitan area, and all counties and places with populations of 65,000 or more. The 2011-2013 ACS 3-year estimates are scheduled for release on October 23, 2014. The statistics are derived from three years of data collection cover all geographic areas with populations of 20,000 or more.  The 2009-2013 ACS 5-year estimates are scheduled for release on December 4, 2014. The statistics are derived from five years of data collection cover all geographic areas regardless of size, down to the block group level. The Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files for each ACS release will be posted one to two months after each public release.

For more information, please visit the 2013 American Community Survey Release Schedule.

If you have questions about this survey, please call our Customer Services Center on 1 (800) 923-8282.

2014 08 – ASA Population Section Sessions at the Annual Meeting

Dear Pop Section Members, here is the listing of Sociology of Population Section sessions. There are also a bunch of other demography-related sessions that you can find via this link.If the link does not work, simply use the search tool to do a search by topic, and select 'Demography'.

Section on Sociology of Population Reception

  • Monday, August 18, 6:30-8:30 (offsite)

Session 450: Immigrant Integration and Inequality around the World

  • Monday, August 18, 2:30-4:10 pm
  • Organizer: Loretta Bass
  • Presider: Patricia McManus
  • Presenters:
  1. Discrimination in the Irish Labour Market: Nationality, Ethnicity, and the Recession – Philip J. O’Connell, Gillian Kingston, and Frances McGinnity
  2. Immigration Integration and Multiculturalism Policy of South Korea – In-Jin Yoon
  3. Is Co-Ethnic Concentration a Barrier to the Successful Civic Integration of Migrants and Minorities in Britain – Neil Demierev and Anthony Heath
  4. Settling in Spain: Integration and the Influence of Immigrant and Domestic Organizations – Christopher Scott Inkpen
  • Discussant: Susan K. Brown

Session 516: The Demography of Family Inequality

  • Tues, August 19, 8:30-10:10 am
  • Organizer and Presider: Paula Fomby
  • Presenters:
  1. Childhood Risk of Parental Absence in Tanzania – Lauren Gaydosh
  2. Testing Pathways of Influence from Education to Fertility: Educational Enrollment and Attitudinal Change – Emily Ann Marshall
  3. Maternal Education and the Link between Birth Timing and Children’s School Readiness – Jennifer March Augustine, Kate Prickett, Sarah M. Kendig, and Robert Crosnoe
  4. Unequal Marriage: The Incidence of Marriage among Black and White Women across Marriage Markets, 2009-2011 – Philip Cohen and Joanna Pepin

Session 546: Sociology of Population Roundtables

  • Tues, August 19, 10:30-11:30 am
  • Organizer: Kelly Raley

Section on Sociology of Population Business Meeting

  • Tues, August 19, 11:30-12:10
  • Hilton, Imperial A, Ballroom Level

Session 574: Demographic Consequences of Economic Crises

  • Tues, August 19, 12:30-2:10 pm
  • Organizer and Presider: Shannon Monnat
  • Presenters:
  1. The American Foreclosure Crisis, Racial/Ethnic Transition, and Residential Segregation – Matt Hall, Kyle Crowder, and Amy Spring
  2. The Great Recession and Labor Market Inequality across Counties, States, and the Metropolitan/Non-Metropolitan Divide – Brian Thiede
  3. Pregnancy during the Great Recession: Variations among U.S. women by Partnership Status – Christine Percheski and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro
  4. Healthcare Utilization during the Great Recession: Findings from a Panel of U.S. Workers and Families – Rita Hamad, Sepideh Modrek and Mark Cullen
  5. Weathering the Storm? Employment Transitions of Low-Skill Mexican Immigrants, 2005-2011 – Blake Sisk (WITHDRAWN)

Session 599: Economic Inequality and Population Health

  • Tues, August 19, 2:30-4:10 pm
  • Organizer: Irma Elo
  • Presenters:
  1. The Material Level: Disentangling the Association between Income Inequality, Poverty, Welfare Policy and Health Outcomes – Kathryn Freeman Anderson, Eric Bjorklund, and Simone Rambotti
  2. Would the U.S. Population Look Different had States Decided not to Offer Medicaid? – Heeju Sohn
  3. aternal and Child Health Outcomes and Community Socioeconomic Characteristics in Peru – Heeju Shin and Marcus Britton

Session 169. Thematic Session. Accounting for Intergenerational Relations around the World: The National Transfer Accounts Project

  • Sunday, August 17, 8:30-10:10 am
  • Organizer: Ronald Lee
  • Presenters:
  1. Overview of NTA - Ronald Lee
  2. Is Low Fertility Really a Problem? – Andrew Mason
  3. Gender/Time Use in NTA, An International Comparison – Gretchen Donehower
  4. Socioeconomic Status and Intergenerational Relations in Latin America – Luis Rosero-Bixby

Session 371 - Thematic Session. Hard Times and Families in the Past: Lessons from the Eurasia Project

  • Mon, August 18, 10:30am to 12:10pm
  • EAP Presenters:
  1. Cameron Campbell (HKUST)
  2. Satomi Kurosu (Reitaku)
  3. James Lee (HKUST)
  • Panelists:


  1. Jason Beckfield (Harvard)
  2. Jack Goldstone (George Mason)
  3. Daniel Little (UM Dearborn)
  4. Andreas Wimmer (Princeton)

2014 08 – The Alpine Population Conference – Call for Papers

La Thuile, Aosta Valley, Italy, January 25–28, 2015. Alp-Pop brings together scholars interested in population issues across several disciplines, including demography, economics, epidemiology, political science, sociology, and psychology. The conference emphasizes empirical rigor and innovation over a given topic or geographical area, and meets the challenges of interdisciplinary and international audiences. We welcome submissions on all population issues (e.g., population dynamics, population health, migration, families and fertility, the welfare state and population policy, economic development, institutions and population, decision-making, well-being, and social dynamics, etc.), but we particularly encourage submis- sions that take a life-course perspective. Submissions of original papers or extended abstracts are invited by November 1, 2014, and submitters will be notified of acceptance within the week. Submissions and inquiries should be addressed via email to:

The 2015 Conference will feature Ski-note presentations from Francesco Billari of Oxford University, Kelly Musick from Cornell University, and John Ermisch from Oxford University. Alp-Pop scholars confer both formally and informally. A traditional conference program (paper and poster presentations) mixes with group activities in a world-class winter resort. The conference location, the Planibel Hotel, is on the well-known ski slopes of La Thuile and was chosen strategically for its proximity to both Geneva and Torino/Milano. Participants are expected to seek their own funding; although, the organizers can provide some support for Ph.D. students, and such applications should indicate a request for support in their submissions. Special-rate rooms have been reserved at the conference hotel with arrival on January 24 and departure on January 28 (the conference will end late morning). Participants will receive information on how to reach La Thuile and updates on the conference. If there is demand, we will also aim to organize child care. Please indicate whether you intend to bring children along to the conference, as well as their ages.

Organizing committee: Arnstein Aassve (Bocconi University), Laura Bernardi (Lausanne University), Ross Macmillan (Bocconi University), Michele Pellizzari (University of Geneva), and Domenico Tabasso (University of Geneva). Alp-Pop is organized by the Carlo F. Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics at Bocconi University and the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research – LIVES: Overcoming vulnerability: Life course perspectives.

2014 06 – Special Issue of Journal of Family Issues

A special Issue in the Journal of Family Issues, 35(12), 2014 October, published on line first June, 2014. Marriage in Asia, Gavin Jones, WJ Jean Yeung (Eds.), National University of Singapore

2014 06 – ASA Annual Meeting - Informal discussion

Researchers Working with Children and Youth: Managing IRBs and Other Institutional Gatekeepers. Meeting time: 6:30-8:15 p.m. Saturday, August 16. Meeting place: Hilton SF, Union Square 17-18, Fourth Level. This discussion is for those who conduct research involving children/youth, to discuss challenges that scholars increasingly face in dealing with Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and other institutional gatekeepers.  IRBs are sometimes leery of permitting such research on the grounds that children are "vulnerable subjects." These bodies thus (sometimes unintentionally) impede children's participation in research, even that which is ethically constructed, and thereby inhibit the contribution of children's perspectives to knowledge. We will exchange information about our experiences, common justifications that IRBs have used for their actions, any strategies that have worked and actions that the scholarly community might take to ameliorate the situation. This meeting is a continuation of a discussion launched at the Eastern Sociological Society's meeting this spring. We will try and keep it to one hour so that participants can attend other meetings/receptions. Questions/comments please send to Allison Pugh, University of Virginia, at

2014 06 – 9th Annual De Jong Lecture on Social Demography, November 5th, Penn State

“Well-Being in Same Sex Relationships.” Learn more at this link:

2014 06 – ASA Annual Meeting Reminders from Chair Kelly Raley

Our reception, where we will announce and honor the winners of the student paper award, the Otis Dudley Duncan Book award, and the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship in Population award, is on Monday, August 18 6-7:30 at the Tradition Bar. This venue is only one block from the Hilton at 441 Jones St. Please drop by. The section is also planning a mentor/mentee lunch earlier that day. Limited slots remain, but if you are a junior scholar and interested participating please contact Kate Cagney (

The roundtable session (Tuesday, August 19 from 10:30-11:20) will include tables on “Grant Writing” (Roz King, Bridget Goosby), “Publishing” (Sarah Burgard), and “Job Search Process and Advice” (David Lindstrom). This session will also feature 10 tables of research on a wide variety of population-relevant topics. Each table is chaired by a prominent scholar with expertise in the field. The business meeting follows the roundtables (11:30-12:10). Here’s where you’ll learn more about section activities and have an opportunity to volunteer or give feedback to the chair, secretary-treasurer, and council. Be sure to come if you would like to become more involved in the section or if you have suggestions on topics for next year’s section sessions.

This year the section organized four paper sessions Immigrant Integration and Inequality around the World (organized by Loretta Bass), The Demography of Family Inequality (organized by Paula Fomby), Demographic Consequences of Economic Crises (organized by Shannon Monnat), Economic Inequality and Population Health (organized by Irma Elo).  More details on each are available in the program and will also appear in the forthcoming section newsletter. All of these look excellent and I look forward to hearing about the research.

Note: The population section has an exceptionally low percentage of student members. Specifically, at last update section membership was 480, only 104 (22%) of whom are students.  This is substantially below the mean across all sections (30 %). In fact, ASA has 52 sections and the population section is in the bottom 10% as far as percent student membership goes. If we increased student membership to the mean across all sections we would be approaching the 600 member threshold that would give us another session. Many of our students will get a first job and work to earn tenure in a sociology department. Some of these departments do not have strong ties to PAA. The ASA population section can be a good resource to help these scholars launch and develop their careers. Student memberships are inexpensive and the section gets resources from ASA for every member. Social demographers are leaving resources on the table that could be invested in the next generation.  Please consider encouraging your students to join the section, perhaps by buying them a section membership. ASA makes this easy:

Kelly Raley, Section Chair

2014 06 – Southern Demographic Association 2014 Conference in Memphis

You are invited to submit abstracts for posters and/or papers for the 2014 annual meeting of the Southern Demographic Association (SDA). You are also invited to suggest topics for panels and poster sessions. For the first time since 1996, the SDA conference will return to Memphis, with the local arrangements organized by Wesley James from The University of Memphis. The 2014 conference will hold the opening reception on Wednesday, 10/15 and conduct the two main days of scientific sessions on Thursday, 10/16 and Friday, 10/17. Presentations of research in both applied and academic demography are welcome as are related topics in economics, sociology, geography, political science, public health, epidemiology, and psychology. Though SDA is known for regional emphases and membership, the Association encourages the membership and participation of individuals from any region of the country or world. The structure of presentations is flexible; potential contributors are encouraged to not only send abstracts for individual research papers, but also for posters, complete sessions, thematic sessions, panel discussions, software demonstrations, and more! Presentations by (or co-authored with) students are especially welcome; they can offer a student a significant first professional meeting experience. SDA also awards cash prizes to the best under-graduate and to the best graduate student paper (see SDA website for details). All proposals and abstracts should be submitted by Monday, June 30, 2014, through the SDA web site The SDA web site will ask you for your name, the name(s) of any co-authors (or other presenters if you are proposing a session), descriptions of pa-per(s) or poster(s)/topics of proposed session(s), institutional affiliation(s), and complete contact information (email address, telephone number, fax number, and mailing address).

Ronald E. Cossman, Ph.D., President, Southern Demographic Association

2014 06 - Penn State Stratification Conference

"Residential Inequality in American Neighborhoods and Communities." The 20 papers to be presented by leading researchers highlight how stratification intersects with the residential landscape of the United States. Thematic sessions examine the linkages between socioeconomic and ethnoracial statuses and four spatial sorting processes: segregation, locational attainment, residential mobility, and neighborhood change. State-of-the-art substantive work is featured, with many of the papers employing innovative methods or data to speak to issues of both theoretical and policy importance. The program format is designed to encourage interaction among attendees.

Authors and titles can be viewed at For more information and to register, visit Registration is free but required for planning purposes.

Co-sponsors include the American Academy of Political and Social Science and PSU’s College of the Liberal Arts, Population Research Institute, Social Science Research Institute, and Department of Sociology and Criminology.

Date: September 12, 2014 - 3:00pm to Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 3:30pm

Location: Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State University

For more information:


2014 06 - Digitizing Demography Conference Getting Media Attention

The Digitizing Demography Conference, being held right before the ASA Annual Meeting in San Francisco is getting some online attention. See the links below. The event was planned by Peter Brandon and Michael Corey. Information about the event is available here:

2014 06 - ASA Election Results

The ASA election results are in. Kyle Crowder (University of Washington) was elected to Population Section Chair. James Raymo (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Sarah Burgard (University of Michigan) have been elected to Population Section Council. Jennifer Melvin (University of Texas) and Jennifer Laird (University of Washington) will serve as student members of the council.  Thank you to all who agreed to be on the ballot for your willingness to serve the section.

2014 05 – Penn State Stratification Conference

Residential Inequality in American Neighborhoods and Communities, September 12-13, 2014.

The 20 papers to be presented at this conference by leading researchers highlight how stratification intersects with the residential landscape of the United States. Thematic sessions examine the linkages between socioeconomic and ethnoracial statuses and four spatial sorting processes: segregation, locational attainment, residential mobility, and neighborhood change. State-of-the-art substantive work is featured, with many of the papers employing innovative methods or data to speak to issues of both theoretical and policy importance. The program format is designed to encourage interaction among attendees. Authors and titles can be viewed at For more information and to register, visit Conference co-sponsors: The American Academy of Political and Social Science and The Pennsylvania State University.

2014 05 – Digitizing Demography Conference

There will be a one-day "Digitizing Demography" conference, which will precede the ASA Annual Meeting on Friday, August 15, 2014. Information about this event is available by clicking on either of these links:

2014 04 - Exhibition of the China Family Panel Studies at the PAA 2014 Annual Meeting

The Institute of Social Science Survey (ISSS) from Peking University will be exhibiting the China Family Panel Studies (CFPS) at the Population Association of America 2014 Annual Meeting from April 30 (afternoon) to May 3 (morning) in Boston, MA.

The CFPS is a national longitudinal multidisciplinary survey launched by ISSS at Peking University in 2010. In order to document China's social, economic and demographic changes, the CFPS collects a wide range of information on 33,600 adults and 8,990 children from 14,798 families living in 635 communities across 25 provinces in China. The first full-scale follow-up survey has been accomplished in 2012.  We are in preparation to collect the third round data in this summer.

Please visit booth # 233 and find out more about the study and application for data access.

2014 04 – Wendy D. Manning to give 2014 De Jong Lecture in Social Demography

The 9th annual De Jong Lecture in Social Demography will be held on November 5, 2014 at the Nittany Lion Inn starting at 9am. Everyone is invited to a reception at 11:45am.

Well-being in Same-Sex Relationships

Wendy D. Manning, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Sociology

Co-Director, National Center for Family and Marriage Research

Bowling Green State University

Discussants include Abbie Goldberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Clark University, and Tim Biblarz, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Southern California. Our web site is under construction but registration is open at

The Lecture is sponsored by the Caroline M. and Gordon F. De Jong Lectureship in Social Demography Endowment and the Department of Sociology and Criminology and the Population Research Institute at Penn State.

2014 04 – Athens Institute for Education and Research

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), will hold its 1st Annual International Conference on Demography and Population, 16-19 June 2014, Athens, Greece. The conference website is The registration fee is €300 (euro), covering access to all sessions, two lunches, coffee breaks and conference material. Special arrangements will be made with a local luxury hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to the Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. The conference will address themes (in English only) on all areas of Demography and Population and other related disciplines. Selected (peer-reviewed) papers will be published in a Special Volume of ATINER's book series. If you think that you can contribute, please submit a 300-word abstract by 28 April 2014, by email, to: Dr. Barbara Zagaglia, Academic Member, ATINER & Assistant Professor, Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting form available at Announcement of the decision is made within 4 weeks after submission, which includes information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. chair a session, evaluate papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos (, President, ATINER.

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent academic association with the mission to become a forum, where academics and researchers - from all over the world - could meet in Athens and exchange ideas on their research and discuss the future developments of their discipline. Since 1995, ATINER has organized about 250 international conferences and other events. It has also published about 200 books. Academically, the Institute consists of five research divisions and twenty-three research units. Each research unit organizes at least an annual conference and undertakes various small and large research projects. Academics and researchers are more than welcome to become members and to contribute to ATINER's objectives. Members can undertake a number of academic activities. You are more than welcome to propose new events and research projects.

2014 04 - Penn State’s 22nd Annual Symposium on Family Issues, Gender, and Couple Relationships

October 13-14, 2014 – Nittany Lion Inn.

In her 1972 book, The Future of Marriage, Jesse Bernard argued that, within each relationship, there exist two marriages, namely his marriage and her marriage. In other words, Bernard explained, women and men have fundamentally different experiences in their shared relationship. Bernard’s review of the literature revealed that marriage had positive implications for men in domains ranging from employment and income to health and longevity, but that married women fared more poorly than both married men and single women. The institution of marriage would have a future, Bernard argued, but only if marriage relationships changed in ways that also supported women’s health and well-being.

Fifty years after Bernard’s volume was published we take stock of couple relationships—including how they have changed over this period of time. We also consider contemporary issues pertaining to gender in couple relationships, ranging from their structure—married, cohabiting, heterosexual and same sex unions—and their dynamics, including couple dynamics and parenting roles and their implications for men’s and women’s health and well-being. An issue we ponder throughout is the future of marriage, including whether and how social scientists can contribute to women’s and men’s ability to flourish in the context of what has been a fundamental social institution.

A complete program and registration is available at  For more information, contact Carolyn Scott

The Symposium is generously sponsored by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the following departments and institutes at Penn State: Population Research Institute, Children, Youth, & Families Consortium, the Prevention Research Center, Social Science Research Institute, and the departments of Sociology and Crime, Law & Justice, Human Development & Family Studies, Psychology, Anthropology, Biobehavioral Health, and Labor Studies & Employment Relations.

2014 03 - New Sociology Open Access Journal

The American Sociological Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that it will launch a new sociology open access journal in 2014. The journal, which will be free to all readers, will welcome scholarly articles in any area of sociology, with authors retaining copyright, and will be freely available to all interested readers. For more information, visit

2014 03 - Environmental Demography Graduate Student Workshop 

University of Colorado Population Center, May 12-13, 2014

With support from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Development, the University of Colorado Population Center is offering a 2-day research workshop in Environmental Demography for current graduate students.

Environmental Demography represents a dynamic area of demographic research and includes topics of tremendous policy importance particularly in the context of contemporary environmental change.

The workshop’s primary goal is to assist students in moving research papers toward completion and, eventually, publication. We aim to provide encouragement and mentoring for this emerging generation of population-environment scholars.

The workshop, led by 3 University of Colorado Boulder faculty, will include an overview of the sub-discipline, but will be focused on student research through presentations, discussion, brainstorming and feedback.  We will also spend time discussing future directions and possibilities for new collaborative research.  Lori Hunter – Editor-in-Chief of Population & Environment – will lead a discussion on the peer-review process and strategies for publication.

A maximum of 10 students will be selected for participation.

To apply, please submit a letter of application describing your research interests, experience, professional ambitions and year in your graduate program.  A complete, nearly complete, or preliminary research manuscript is also required – and will form the basis of your contribution to the research workshop. Very early research ideas are not appropriate for the workshop as we aim to grapple with projects at least partially underway, for example with preliminary data analyses.

Please also include the names and contact information for two individuals that could act as references.

Selected students will receive $500 toward travel and accommodation.

Decisions will be based on application letters, manuscripts and the desire to create a group of participants with shared interests and the ability to complement each other’s strengths.

Complete application materials are due Friday, March 14th and decisions will be made by Tuesday, March 25th.

Please submit application materials to

Questions regarding the workshop can be directed to

2014 02 - Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies International Conference 

October 9-11, 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland. Abstracts are due by March 31, 2014. See the PDF Announcement for more information.

2014 02 - New Journal: Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

On December 31, the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, the American Sociological Association (ASA), along with Sage, opened the submission portal for the new journal, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, which will publish its first issue in January 2015! Please share this news widely with colleagues and students. This is an exciting new venture!

The official journal of ASA’s Section for Racial and Ethnic Minorities, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity will publish the highest quality, cutting-edge sociological research on race and ethnicity regardless of epistemological, methodological, or theoretical orientation. While the study of race and ethnicity has derived from a broad and deep tradition of interdisciplinarity, sociology indeed has often been at the forefront of scholarly understanding of the dynamics of race and ethnicity; yet, there exists no journal in sociology devoted to bringing together this important theoretical, empirical, and critical work. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity will provide a fulcrum upon which sociologically-centered work will swing as it also seeks to provide new linkages between the discipline of sociology and other disciplines and areas where race and ethnicity are central components. Our submission portal can be found at: We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, published four times per year, is devoted to publishing the finest cutting-edge, critical, and engaged public sociological scholarship on race and ethnicity. Each issue will be organized around a core group of original research articles. Depending on the length of the articles, each issue will have approximately three or four of these articles. Original articles, of 8,000 to 10,000 words, will represent rigorous sociological research in the sociology of race and ethnicity, broadly conceptualized, methodologically varied, and theoretically important pieces. The journal will also include a section that will feature original research and pedagogical application pieces devoted to the teaching of race and ethnicity – “Race and Ethnicity Pedagogy” – as well as Book Reviews and a section on Books of Note.

We are currently welcoming submissions of:

1.) Regular length journal articles (8,000-10,000 words)

2.) Shorter pieces on race and ethnicity pedagogy (1,500 words)

The journal’s co-editors, associate editors, and editorial board members are committed creating a high quality outlet for the most important work in the sociology of race and ethnicity, through t

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