American Sociological Association

Section on Sociology of Population

News 2016 [ARCHIVED]

The list below duplicates the Section on Population listserv in the order they appear there.

To have your Announcement posted here, please contact the current Listserv ModeratorRaeven Faye Chandler.


2016 12 – Russell Sage Foundation Summer Institutes

Summer Institute:                 Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (6/18 - 7/1/2017)

Application Deadline:           February 19, 2017

The Russell Sage Foundation will sponsor the first summer institute in Computational Social Science in June 2017 at Princeton University. The purpose of the Summer Institute is to introduce graduate students and beginning faculty in the social and data sciences (broadly conceived) to computational social science—the use of digital-age data sources and methods to conduct social research. The intensive program will involve lectures, group problem sets, and student-led research projects – topics covered will include text as data, website scraping, digital field experiments, non-probability sampling, mass collaboration, and ethics. There will also be outside speakers with relevant expertise from academia, industry, and government.

Detailed information about the summer institute and submitting an application can be found here:

Questions should be directed to Matt Salganik and/or Chris Bail at

Summer Institute:                 Social-Science Genomics (June 11-23, 2017)

Application Deadline:           February 13, 2017

The Russell Sage Foundation will sponsor the second Summer Institute in Social-Science Genomics in June 2017 in Santa Barbara, California. The purpose of this two-week workshop is to introduce graduate students and beginning faculty in economics, sociology, psychology, statistics, genetics, and other disciplines to the methods of social-science genomics—the analysis of genomic data in social science research. The program will include interpretation and estimation of different concepts of heritability; the biology of genetic inheritance, gene expression, and epigenetics; design and analysis of genetic-association studies; analysis of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions; estimation and use of polygenic scores; as well as applications of genomic data in the social sciences.

Detailed information about the summer institute and submitting an application can be found here:

Questions should be directed to Dan Benjamin at


2016 12 – SocArXiv, the open archive of social science - Beta Launch

SocArXiv, the open archive of social science, has just launched in beta version. Led by a steering committee of sociologists and librarians, SocArXiv is a free, open access repository for prepublication versions of papers. Created as a not-for-profit alternative to sites like, ResearchGate, and SSRN, SocArXiv is built in collaboration with the Center for Open Science and supported by the Open Society Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

SocArXiv’s mission is to maximize access to social science – getting it circulating earlier in the process, and getting it out from behind paywalls – and to improve its quality. Since announcing our temporary paper drop site in July, more than 500 papers have been added and downloaded over 10,000 times. We invite you to join us by uploading yours. Right now, SocArXiv offers:

  • Fast, free uploading, with access for all readers
  • Persistent identifiers & citations for every paper
  • Authors keep copyright to their work
  • Link to data & code on the free Open Science Framework
  • Easy social media sharing

More features will be added in the coming months. In the meanwhile, add yours by visiting, or learn more at Or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.



2016 11 - The Russell Sage Foundation Call For Papers

The Russell Sage Foundation is soliciting articles for an upcoming journal issue devoted to understanding how contact with the criminal justice system creates, maintains, and exacerbates social inequality in the United States. Proposals are due by January 15, 2017. Full details can be found here:

2016 11 – The Third Annual Berkeley Formal Demography Workshop

The Third Annual Berkeley Formal Demography Workshop - Special Emphasis Topic: Fertility Patterns over Time, to be held Monday-Friday, JUNE 5-9, 2017 at the University of California campus. Join us for an educational program designed to train the next generation of population researchers in the methods in formal demography. This week-long program, with funding by NICHD R25HD083136 at Berkeley consists of three days of hands-on training followed by two days of research presentations by invited faculty. Following the meeting, students may choose to take part in a mentored research project and a capstone presentation of projects at the 2018 Population Association of America annual meeting. The workshop is targeted to advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, assistant professors and other early career researchers. We are particularly interested in supporting underrepresented minorities. Those studying aspects of fertility, family, and public health will particularly benefit, but those with other interests should also apply. Financial Support: Trainees’ expenses for materials, lodging and meals will be covered. Need-based support for travel is available. We regret that we cannot cover travel from outside the United States. DEADLINE: March 1, 2017. Application materials and more information about the program and formal demography can be found on the Workshop website:  For more information, contact Dr. Leora Lawton, Executive Director, Berkeley Population Center,, or 510-643-1270.

2016 11 – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS 2017 Junior Theorists Symposium Montreal, Quebec, Canada August 11, 2017

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 20, 2017 We invite submissions of extended abstracts for the 11 th Junior Theorists Symposium (JTS), to be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on August 11th, 2017, the day before the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA). The JTS is a one-day conference featuring the work of up-and-coming sociologists, sponsored in part by the Theory Section of the ASA. Since 2005, the conference has brought together early career-stage sociologists who engage in theoretical work, broadly defined. It is our honour to announce that Richard Biernacki (University of California - San Diego), Julian Go (Boston University), and Joey Sprague (University of Kansas) will serve as discussants for this year’s symposium. We are also pleased to hold an after-panel entitled, “Theory, the Good Society, and Positionality.” The panel will feature Gabriel Abend (New York University), Seth Abrutyn (University of Memphis), Hae Yeon Choo (University of Toronto), and Claire Decoteau (University of Illinois at Chicago). We invite all ABD graduate students, postdocs, and assistant professors who received their PhDs from 2013 onwards to submit up to a three-page précis (800-1000 words). The précis should include the key theoretical contribution of the paper and a general outline of the argument. Successful précis from last year’s symposium can be viewed here. Please note that the précis must be for a paper that is not under review or forthcoming at a journal. As in previous years, in order to encourage a wide range of submissions, we do not have a pre-specified theme for the conference. Instead, papers will be grouped into sessions based on emergent themes and discussants’ areas of interest and expertise. Please remove all identifying information from your précis and submit it via this Google form. Shai Dromi (Harvard University) and katrina quisumbing king (University of Wisconsin - Madison) will review the anonymized submissions. You can also contact them at with any questions. The deadline is February 20. By mid-March we will extend up to 12 invitations to present at JTS 2016. Please plan to share a full paper by July 21, 2017. Presenters will be asked to attend the entire symposium and should plan accordingly. Finally, for friends and supporters of JTS, we ask if you might consider donating either on-site, or through PayPal at this link or to the account. If you are submitting a proposal to JTS 2017, we kindly ask that should you wish to donate, you only do so after the final schedule has been announced.

2016 11 - Call for Paper Proposals - Advances in Medical Sociology - Immigration and Health

This is a call for paper proposals for Volume 19 of Advances in Medical Sociology, which will focus broadly on immigration and health. Additional information on the aims and scope of the volume is provided below. Articles may be empirical contributions or critical commentaries, and may be between 5,000 and 10,000 words. Each volume of Advances in Medical Sociology takes a focused approach to one subject or area of research, similar to a journal special issue. All papers are rigorously peer-reviewed, and the series is abstracted and indexed by Scopus and SocINDEX. If interested in contributing, please submit a one-page proposal detailing the purpose, methodology/approach, findings, implications, and originality/value of the paper. Proposals are due no later than February 1, 2017. Please send these to Reanne Frank, Volume Editor, at

Volume 19 Aims and Scope:

Presently, immigrants constitute over 13 percent of the total U.S. population and, together, immigrants and their U.S.-born children are projected to account for over one-third of all Americans by 2065. Alongside these growth patterns, heated debates over the costs of immigration to the nation have emerged, with a substantial number of Americans expressing the view that immigrants are a burden to the country, drain public benefit programs, and negatively impact the nation’s health and wellbeing. Given that these views run counter to much of the existing evidence, a special volume dedicated to immigrant health provides scholars with an important platform to re-orient present debates and shed new light on our understandings of population health more broadly. Too often, the topic of immigrant health fails to be grounded in core sociological concepts such as stratification and inequality. Volume 19 of Advances in Medical Sociology will leverage a population health perspective to help unravel the patterns and paradoxes of immigrant health, and in doing so, help to clarify more broadly how health disparities emerge and persist in the contemporary U.S.

Potential topics may include, but are not limited to the immigrant health paradox, health selection, social and structural perspectives on immigrant health, the role of social ties and documentation status, residential segregation and ethnic enclaves, health care provision, discrimination and its consequences for the mental and/or physical health of immigrants, segmented assimilation and the health of children of immigrants, food insecurity and economic hardship, mixed documentation status families, and comparative cross-national perspectives.

For more information about Advances in Medical Sociology, please visit

Reanne Frank, Volume Editor

Brea L. Perry, Series Editor


2016 10 – 2017 Call for Papers to the SSSP Conference in Montreal, Aug 11-13

The call for papers is now out. It has many great sessions on population and health, especially in the Division of Youth, Aging, and Life Course (YALC).

See the call for papers here:

See the call for the YALC Student Paper Award and the Maggie Kuhn Scholar-Activist Award here:

2016 10 – NIH Recruitments

A “global” announcement for Health Scientist Administrators (used by all NIH institutes and centers) is open until Oct 12 at this site:

Applications that make it past the first round of screeners can be considered by NIA/BSR for the position we have in the NIA Division of Behavioral and Social Research, Population and Social Processes branch:

If you or a colleague do apply and are interested in this NIA position, please send me an e-mail directly and a copy of your CV, so I can look for it. 

John G. Haaga, PhD, Director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research, National Institute on Aging

2016 10 – Forthcoming Funding Opportunity Announcements on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

This is a link to the videocast of the public session of the Sept 2016 meeting National Advisory Council on Aging  (previous meetings are also stored here, so do check which one you click on)

At about minute 44 they discuss and vote on concepts for ADRD-related Funding Opportunity Announcements that will be issued soon.   At about minute 46 Council members Terrie Moffitt presents four of them that may particularly interest current BSR grantees.  

In the Working Group on Program session, we presented the concepts and there was a long discussion of many of them….this open session just mentions the titles and puts them to a vote.  But this makes it public knowledge that a Funding Opportunity Announcement is probably on the way and will appear in the NIH Guide some time in the next month or two.

2016 10 – Request for Session Topics

At the 2017 ASA meetings in Montreal, the Population Section will sponsor three standard paper sessions. The section council will work to finalize the topics of these sections. If you have an idea for a section topic and potential organizer, please send those ideas directly to John Iceland ( by October 12. All ideas should, of course, be related to research on population dynamics, broadly defined.

2016 10 – 2020 CENSUS ISSUES AND ACTIVITIES: Collection of race and ethnicity data: 2015 NCT results

2020 CENSUS ISSUES AND ACTIVITIES: Collection of race and ethnicity data: 2015 NCT results  — The Census Bureau will release preliminary results from the 2015 National Content Test (NCT) within the next week, highlighting major research findings on question format for collecting race and ethnicity data in the 2020 Census and American Community Survey (ACS), including whether the bureau will use a combined race and national origin question and add a new Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) category. Census Bureau staff will brief the agency’s National Advisory Committee on October 3 (1:00-3:00pm) and Scientific Advisory Committee on October 6 (2:00-4:00pm ET) on the NCT findings; stakeholders can view and/or listen to the virtual public meetings. The NCT, a national sample of 1.2 million households in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, took place a year ago (September 1, 2015 “Census Day”). In addition to evaluating different versions of questions on race and national origin, the self-response-only test included new versions of the census household relationship question and probes for determining who should be counted as part of each household, an important factor in ensuring an accurate enumeration.
In related news, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, which sets the federal race and ethnicity categories and provides guidance to federal agencies on data collection and tabulation methods, is expected to issue a Federal Register notice in October that will begin the process of revising the Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity, based in part on the Census Bureau’s research and testing this decade, although the extent of possible revisions is not yet known. The last significant changes to the race and ethnicity categories occurred before the 2000 Census, when OMB oversaw a multi-year process of public comment and discussion with stakeholders, including Congress, before finalizing the new policy in 1997.

2016 10 – IAPHS Open for Membership

The Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS) is a new scientific organization dedicated to connecting population health scientists across disciplines and sectors, advancing the development of population health science, and promoting its application.  IAPHS will fill a unique niche among population and health organizations.  It will bring together population health scientists who belong to a diverse set of disciplinary and health-related organizations, promote and support interdisciplinary science, and build connections between scientists and the practitioners and policy-makers who depend on science to improve health.

After two years in planning and the contributions of many donors and volunteers, IAPHS is now a membership organization.  Individual members receive benefits such as reduced conference registration fees, mentoring programs, tools for creating interdisciplinary partnerships, and visibility on the Website. Institutional members can join at several levels and receive free memberships and conference registrations for students.  You can join online at IAPHS is offering a 10% discount on dues for the first 100 members to sign up.

Read more about the organization and its membership benefits and dues on the IAPHS website.

IAPHS welcomes individuals and organizations interested in population health from the local to the global level, basic and applied research, and specific health outcomes or overall measures of health.  It also welcomes population health practitioners and policy-makers who want to learn about the latest scientific advances, engage in the process of bridging science and application, and help to educate scientists about information needs.

Please join - and help us spread the word!  Let your colleagues know about IAPHS and encourage them to join.

2016 10 – Launch of Population Trends in Post-Recession Rural America Series

We are pleased to announce the launch of  Population Trends in Post-Recession Rural America series! The briefs provide information about current trends confronting rural people and their communities in the United States. The briefs present cutting edge research in a way that is useful for and accessible to policy makers, community development practitioners, local governments, community groups and organizations, and other decision-makers. 

The inaugural brief, How the Great Recession Changed U.S. Migration Patterns by Kenneth M. Johnson, Katherine J. Curtis, and David Egan-Robertson, discusses how the economic shocks of the housing-market crisis and Great Recession were associated with striking changes in net migration patterns in both rural and urban America.

The second brief in the series, Hispanic Health Insurance Rates Differ between Established and New Hispanic Destinations by Shannon M. Monnat, discusses how health insurance rates for Hispanics have changed over time and vary when comparing different types of counties.

Subsequent briefs will be released on a rolling basis and can be found on the series website Population Trends in Post-Recession Rural America series. The next upcoming brief will cover trends in age-specific migration have impacted rural areas. We will announce new contributions to the series when they are released and we invite you to check the series site often!

Current contributors are members of the W3001 project funded by WAAESD. We invite contributions from researchers examining population trends in contemporary rural America. Inquiries regarding submissions and any other questions about the series can be sent to the editorial committee at

2016 10 - Call for Section Topics

At the 2017 ASA meetings in Montreal, the Population Section will sponsor three standard paper sessions. The section council will work to finalize the topics of these sections. If you have an idea for a section topic and potential organizer, please send those ideas directly to John Iceland ( by October 12. All ideas should, of course, be related to research on population dynamics, broadly defined. Thanks in advance for your ideas!



2016 09 – Call for Papers, Miniconference on the Sociology of Reproduction

Deadline for abstracts: October 15, 2016

Eastern Sociological Society

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, February 23-26, 2017

The Sociology of Reproduction is a thriving area of research within our discipline and over the past several years, the Eastern Sociological Society has sponsored miniconferences on the topic in conjunction with its annual meeting. Such sessions bring together scholars with a common area of research that might otherwise be divided across the subfields of medicine, family, population, reproductive rights, politics, organizations, and communications. Sharing a panel challenges traditional thinking within subfields and promotes cross-cutting conversations that lead to new, cutting-edge insights.

We are soliciting papers for the 2017 Miniconference on the Sociology of Reproduction to take place at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, February 23-26, in Philadelphia, Pa. We welcome papers on such topics as contraception, fertility intentions, fertility decision-making, pregnancy, abortion, infertility, reproductive technology, birth, ideologies of motherhood, breastfeeding, genetic counseling, reproduction and the media, male involvement in reproduction, reproduction politics, etc.

Those wishing to present papers should submit their papers through the regular ESS submission process at   

Please use the keyword “Miniconference: Reproduction” to ensure that your submission will be considered for the mini-conference.  The deadline for abstracts is October 15, 2016.


Tanya Koropeckyj-Cox, University of Florida

Carrie Smith, Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Arthur L. Greil, Alfred University



2016 08 – Call for Papers – Conference “Contextualizing Productive Aging in Asia”

Proposal Deadline: 15 September 2016

"Productive Aging” emphasizes older adults’ engagement in productive activities, including working, care giving, volunteering or helping in later life. Asian countries (especially in East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia) face demographic aging in different scales and speeds. In this conference, we aim to address determinants of productive aging in Asia from a multilevel perspective to understand how communities, families and individual factors can facilitate engagement of older adults in Asia.

Theoretically informed empirical studies, especially those with cross-national and cross-temporal comparisons are welcome.


2016 08 – IPUMS-Time Use data

With funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, an exciting new suite of web sites is available for accessing American and international time use data.   A newly released component of IPUMS (, IPUMS-Time Use consists of three integrated web sites: the American Time Use Survey (ATUS-X), the American Heritage Time Use Study (AHTUS-X), and the Multinational Time Use Study (MTUS-X). Researchers can access and analyze time diary data through a powerful web-based interface that makes customized, easy-to-use data extracts and enables the creation of measures of time use in user-defined activity aggregations.  In contrast to other data sets that may contain some information on how individuals spend time, these data sets contain episode-level files based upon time-diary-formatted questionnaires so that users can define activities as they choose and aggregate them in a variety of ways, including by time of day, location of activity, and with whom time is spent.   Each data archive provides internally consistent data; variables are harmonized across data sets and activity categories are comparable so that the user can access and merge comparable files with a simple point and click.  User-defined data files can be downloaded and easily transformed into SAS, SPSS, and STATA formats. Documentation can be automatically produced for each file.  Materials from a three-day training workshop held on the University of Maryland campus at the end of June are posted on the web site and available for download ( For more information contact Sandra Hofferth, or Sarah Flood,

2016 09 – Urban Homelessness and Underserved Communities 1/2 day Workshop

Proposals due: October 1, 2016

Eighth International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo 2016),   

Seattle, Washington, USA November 14 – 17


Proposal for presentations should include Name, Position, title of presentation, and 250 word description/ abstract.

Please submit proposals to with the subject "SOCINFO2016 proposal" by October 1, 2016.

Call for Participation:

This workshop aims into bringing together researchers and practitioners to explore how we can apply urban data science to the challenges of urban homelessness in cities across the nation. If smart cities emphasize infrastructure and efficiency, wise cities emphasize improving services to in turn improve the lives of citizens. We aim to shift the discussion from smart to wise cities. The interdisciplinary focus aims to welcome diverse researchers from across the computational, urban, and social sciences.

 We are seeking multi-disciplinary contributions that reveal interesting aspects that advance our understanding of homelessness and efforts to address this critical challenge in cities across the nation and the world. We welcome a broad range of contributions, including insights gained from new data sources, new applications of computational methods to existing data sources, new applications of social science methodologies to understand the effectiveness of socio-technical systems, or new use of social concepts in the design of relevant information systems.

 For questions or other inquiries, contact Thaisa Way,, Bill Howe,, or Mahesh Somashekhar,

2016 08 – Save the Date for Penn State’s 11th Annual De Jong Lecture in Social Demography, November 11, 2016.

How are social and environmental experiences during the transition from adolescence into young adulthood associated with health in adulthood? Presented by Dr. Kathleen M. Harris, James Haar Distinguished Professor of Sociology at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Discussants: Dr. H. Harrington (Bo) Cleveland, Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies at Penn State and Dr. Bridget J. Goosby, Happold Associate Professor of Sociology at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Please register for this free conference.

2016 08 – Population Research and Policy Review, Call For Proposals: Special Issue 2018

Deadline: December 16, 2016

Population Research and Policy Review (PRPR) welcomes proposals for its Special Issue 2018. PRPR intends to publish one Special Issue (SI) each year. This SI will include around five empirical papers together with an introductory editorial that provides a more overarching (theoretical) synthesis of the individual contributions.

Submission of proposals

The proposal for the SI should be made by the expected guest editor(s) and submitted to the editors-in-chief of PRPR (Lynne Cossman: and Jennifer Glick: The proposal must include:

  • the title of the special issue
  • the names and affiliations of the guest editor(s)
  • the names and affiliations of the contributing authors
  • a one page summary of the theme, overarching aim, timeliness and innovativeness of the SI for publication in PRPR. It should be shown that the different papers fit together as a coherent SI.
  • all titles and (half page) abstracts of the SI paper contributions

Procedure and responsibilities of the guest editor:

The SI proposals will be evaluated by the editorial team of PRPR. If the proposal is selected, the process of evaluating the contributions will follow the regular review procedure of PRPR while the guest editor(s) will take the responsibility of editor(s) of the SI manuscripts. Depending on number and quality of the SI proposals that are submitted in this call, the editorial team may decide to accept one proposal (for 2018), and up to two more for the two sequential years to come. However, in case the editorial team judges that none of the proposals meet the quality standards of the journal, it can also be decided that none of the suggested proposals will be accepted for further development and production.

Once the editorial team of PRPR approves the proposal, the guest editor(s) will be informed of the time line for the production process. The guest editor(s) will from then on be the primary contact person(s) for the contributors to the SI and should inform them about deadlines for submission and further procedures. The full papers for the SI should be uploaded in Editorial Manager (the online submission system) and handled from there by the guest editor(s) who is(are) expected to manage the review process. The editorial office of PRPR will assist if needed.

Each paper for the SI will be evaluated by three anonymous reviewers. The guest editorial will not be sent out to external reviewers, but will be evaluated by the editorial team of PRPR. After the reviewers’ reports have been received, the guest editor(s) decide(s) on the manuscript and inform(s) the authors as well as sets the deadlines for the revised papers to be received. It may occur that one or more of the papers is rejected based on reviewer reports. At this stage the editors-in-chief will be informed about the outcome and, if necessary, make a joint decision on how to proceed. The guest editor is responsible for ensuring that all papers are of sufficiently high quality and form a coherent set of papers for the SI.

If you have any further queries, please contact PRPR editors-in-chief Jennifer Glick and Lynne Cossman.



2016 07 – 2016 International Conference on Aging in the Americas: Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for the 2016 International Conference on Aging in the Americas, Sept. 14-16, 2016.  This conference, hosted by the UTSA College of Public Policy and in partnership with UT Austin, UTMB, USC, and UCLA, is aimed at utilizing research to augment knowledge about dimensions of healthful aging for people of Hispanic and Latin American descent and fostering emerging scholars in the field, as this topic rapidly develops as a major policy and national budget issue. Past installments examined the social and economic causes and consequences of health problems among older Mexican-origin individuals in the United States and in Mexico.  An overview of what was accomplished at the bridging workshop in Mexico, DF, and in past ICAA meetings is available at  Future symposia will be an indispensable means for assembling multidisciplinary contributors who can disseminate state-of-the-art research, inform public policy from a bi-national perspective, and consider the best course for ensuring productive aging in the Hispanic population.

Below are a few things you'll have access to by participating in this year's conference:

  • National and dynamic content from experts in the field of Hispanic health and aging.
  • Networking with national and international peers from Mexico and cities and towns along the U.S./Mexico border.
  • Panel sessions offering new insights on the consequences of impending growth and impact of the older segment of aging communities on local economies.

Register Today!

You will gain an understanding of how characteristics of physical, social, and economic environments gives rise to disparities in Latino health in older adults.  Papers will employ different methodologies to address cross-cutting issues related to immigration processes, family and household structure, and macroeconomic changes on the quality of community life.

Visit for details related to the conference.  The conference will take place on Sept. 14-16, 2016 at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

You can contact either Dr. Rogelio Saenz at or Michelle Skidmore at for questions or concerns.  Thank you.

2016 07 – ASA Population Section Mentor/Mentee Lunch (Sunday August 21, 2016, 12 p.m.)

On August 21 at 12 o'clock (noon) the section will host a mentor/mentee lunch at The Daily Grill restaurant located in the Sheraton Seattle Hotel (629 Pike St.) As the restaurant will be able to accommodate up to 40 people, we would like to host 20 mentees whose meals will be paid for by by 20 mentors. The lunch-- costing just under $50.00 per mentor--is a light lunch with dessert. If you are interested in participating either as a mentor or mentee please contact Jim Raymo ( or Anna Zajacova ( This event usually fills up fast so please contact Jim or Anna soon if you would like to participate. We look forward to seeing you in Seattle.

2016 07 – Reframing Immigration and Immigration Reform: A Workshop on Strategic Communications, presented by The Frameworks Institute, August 19, 2016 in Seattle

We wanted to make sure you were aware that The Frameworks Institute was giving a course on Friday, August 19 in Seattle. Below is the information on the course. It will be offered twice; 10:00am and 2:00pm. You can register for it here If you are having trouble registering for the course, please contact Please be sure to pass this along to the members of your section so that they are aware of this opportunity.

Reframing Immigration and Immigration Reform: A Workshop on Strategic Communications (presented by The Frameworks Institute)

The American Immigration Council has noted, “study after study has shown that commonsense immigration reform will strengthen the economy, spur innovation, reduce the deficit and increase U.S. trade and exports.” Yet, current public discourse is highly divisive, policy change elusive and expert knowledge about immigration is drowned out or ignored. To address the need for meaningful, productive conversations that lead to strong public support for immigration and immigration reform, immigration experts joined forces with communications experts to explore what Americans know about immigration, how this knowledge base differs from what experts would like them to know, and what communications techniques can be leveraged to build support for adopting and implementing meaningful solutions. With funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the FrameWorks Institute conducted a series of studies to develop communications strategies, tools, and techniques that researchers can use to translate the growing body of research on immigration and immigration reform to members of the public and policymakers.

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn the research base that informs the framing recommendations and will include ample opportunities for participants to begin to apply them to translate their own research to non-academic audiences. Through this workshop, participants will learn to recognize problematic and optimal framing strategies, get practice in deconstructing and reconstructing communications around an important social issue, and explore the potential of a shared communications strategy in building issue coalitions and informing public policy.

2016 07 - Special issue of Sociology of Development:  “International Migration and Development in the 21st Century"

We are very pleased to announce the publication of the latest issue of Sociology of Development. This is a special issue on “International Migration and Development in the 21st Century,” guest edited by Matthew Sanderson (Kansas State University). The Table of Contents is provided below, and you should be able to access these articles free of charge for the rest of 2016, directly from this email or from our website:

Sociology of Development (Vol. 2 No. 2, Summer 2016)

  • Matthew R. Sanderson, "Migration and Development in the Twenty-First Century"
  • Alejandro Portes, "International Migration and National Development: From Orthodox Equilibrium to Transnationalism"
  •  Emilio A. Parrado, Edith Y. Gutierrez, "The Changing Nature of Return Migration to Mexico, 1990–2010: Implications for Labor Market Incorporation and Development"
  • Sara R. Curran, Jacqueline Meijer-Irons, Filiz Garip, "Economic Shock and Migration: Differential Economics Effects, Migrant Responses, and Migrant Cumulative Causation in Thailand."
  • Min Zhou, Xiangyi Li, "Cross-space Consumption among Undocumented Chinese Immigrants in the United States."
  • Russell King, Aija Lulle, Laura Buzinska, "Beyond Remittances: Knowledge Transfer among Highly Educated Latvian Youth Abroad."
  • Saskia Sassen, "A Massive Loss of Habitat: New Drivers for Migration."

2016 07 – Call for Submissions - ASA Rose Series in Sociology

ASA Rose Series in Sociology, A book series published by the Russell Sage Foundation, is seeking book proposals. The Rose Series publishes cutting-edge, highly visible, and accessible books that offer synthetic analyses of existing fields, challenge prevailing paradigms, and/or offer fresh views on enduring controversies. Books published in the Series reach a broad audience of sociologists, other social scientists, and policymakers. Please submit a 1-page summary and CV to: Lee Clarke, For more information, visit

2016 07 – Call for Papers: Methodological Advances in the Study of Health and Health Care of LGBT Populations

Deadline: December 31, 2016

New, open access journal, Social Sciences, has a call for papers on a special issue on the methodological advances in the study of health and health care of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations. For the past ten years, large, representative health surveys in the United States have included sexual orientation and gender identity questions. Consequently, survey samples are larger and more representative of LGBT populations. In addition, these improved samples allow for investigations of different measures of sexual orientation and gender identity.

This Special Issue focuses on empirical and methodological papers that use LGBT samples from large, representative health surveys. Manuscripts that are appropriate for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Replication of previous studies by using improved samples to obtain more accurate estimates of health and health care outcomes of LGBT populations.
  • Methodological studies that examine associations between different measures of LGBT populations and health-related outcomes.
  • Studies that demonstrate statistically significant sexual orientation and gender identity disparities in health and health care outcomes that were not obtainable in previous studies.
  • Studies that examine specific subgroups within these improved LGBT samples such as specific racial, ethnic, social class, gender, sexual identity, and gender identity groups.
  • Studies on health and health care outcomes of LGBT populations that have not received adequate attention.
  • Studies that examine contributors to health-related outcomes of LGBT populations.

Studies using representative samples of LGBT populations from local and national health surveys are welcomed. Papers can be of any length and should be written in a nontechnical style that can be read by a broad audience. The deadline for this special issue is December 31st, 2016. Open access publication fees are waived for papers submitted by the deadline. Information on manuscript submission is at  

Any questions can be directed to the guest editor, Dr. Elbert P. Almazan (Central Michigan University, USA) at


2016 06 – Annual Meeting of the Southern Demographic Association, October 12-14, 2016

Proposals due by July 15, 2016

The Annual Meeting of the Southern Demographic Association will be held October 12-14 in Athens, Georgia.  Contributors are encouraged to send abstracts for individual research papers and posters, as well as proposals for complete paper and poster sessions, thematic sessions, panel discussions, and software demonstrations by July 15.  Papers accepted for the program are eligible to be considered for the Everett S. Lee Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award, the Outstanding Undergraduate Paper Award, and the Walt Terrie Award (for the best paper on an applied topic, especially as it relates to state and local demography).  For more information, see

2016 06 – Call for Papers, Mellon Emerging Scholars Conference, “Creating Diverse and Inclusive Communities”

Deadline: August 1, 2016

Thanks to generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Queens College has undertaken a three-year project led by faculty and students to advance understanding and formulate plans of action that foster diversity and inclusion in urban communities and higher education.  As part of this, the College will host a two-day conference to showcase research by emerging scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

The two-day conference will be held on November 10-11, 2016, on the Queens College campus located in the heart of the world’s most diverse urban place.  Our students hail from 150 different countries and speak 70 different languages.  The conference will afford ample opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange and contribute to the professional development of the emerging scholars who participate as well as for students and faculty from across CUNY. A special reception for undergraduates, held on the first evening of the conference, will provide them a chance to meet and talk with conference presenters and attendees to learn more about shared fields of interest and careers in higher education.  Conference proceedings will be broadcast via the web and also captured for later podcasts, thus amplifying their impact.  Publication of selected papers as a book is also planned.  Finally, time will be set aside for interviews arranged in advance of the conference for open faculty positions at Queens College and other CUNY campuses to take advantage of this recruitment opportunity to enhance faculty diversity.

Scholars, especially those in the early stage of their career, are invited to propose papers no more than 30 minutes in length. While limited travel and accommodation support will be provided, participants are encouraged to solicit funding support from their home institutions.  Learn more about Queens College by going to:

 Please send a 250-word proposal and CV to:

 Mellon Conference Program Committee

c/o Michael Wolfe, Dean of Social Sciences

2016 06 – Congratulations to the Sociology of Population Section’s newly-elected officers!


Mark Hayward (University of Texas at Austin). Mark’s 1-year term as Chair-elect will begin in August, 2016 and his 1-year term as Chair begins in August, 2017.

Council Members:

Sarah R. Hayford (The Ohio State University) and Shannon Cavanagh (University of Texas at Austin). Sarah and Shannon will serve 3-year terms beginning in August, 2016.

Student Representative to the Council:

Eliza Brown (New York University). Eliza’s 2-year term also begins in August, 2016.

2016 06 – Congratulations also to the Population Section award winners!

Otis Dudley Duncan Book Award:

Frank D. Bean, Susan K. Brown, and James D. Bachmeier, Parents without Papers

Distinguished Paper Award:

Christine R. Schwartz and Hongyun Han, "The Reversal of the Gender Gap in Education and Trends in Marital Dissolution" [American Sociological Review 79(4):605-629.]

Best Graduate Student Paper Award:

Peter Rich (New York University; newly-hired faculty member at Cornell University), “White Parental Flight and Avoidance: Neighborhood Choices in the Era of School District Desegregation.”

Best Graduate Student Paper Award Honorable Mention:

Jo Mhairi Hale (Ph.D. candidate at UC Davis), “Alzheimer’s Disease Disparities: The Impact of the Great Depression and Cumulative Inequality on Cognitive Decline.”


2016 05 – BLS Data Users’ Conference

June 6, 2016, New York City

2016 05 – Population-Related events at ASA Annual Meeting in Seattle

For anyone making travel plans to ASA in Seattle in August, please note the following events on the ASA program:

  • Population Section reception (held jointly with Sociology of the Family:  Monday, August 22, 2016, 7:30 p.m.-9:10 p.m., Bullitt Cabaret, ACT Theatre, 700 Union Street.
  • Population Section business meeting: Sunday, August 21, 2016, 11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
  • There are several Sociology of Population paper sessions, and the roundtables session, on Sunday, August 21, 2016.

2016 05 – Social Service Review, Announcement of Special Issue and Call for Papers: Household Economic Instability and Social Policy

Manuscript Submission Deadline: September 15, 2016

Guest editors: Heather Hill, Marybeth Mattingly, and Jennie Romich

Social Service Review announces a special issue dedicated to studies of household economic instability and social policy. We invite submissions from scholars studying household economic instability in multiple disciplines and research fields. We will consider studies that provide new empirical evidence or a major theoretical contribution. More information about the special issue and instructions for submission can be found at or can be accessed by clicking the link in the right bar at Email with any questions.

2016 05 – PIAAC Training Event for Sociology Researchers Attending the ASA Conference

Applications Due: July 5, 2016

When:  Friday August 19, 2016; 8:30 – 5pm

Where:  Seattle, WA (specific location TBA)

We invite you to apply to a free 1-day PIAAC Research Training event funded by the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) and organized by Portland State University, the American Institutes for Research (AIR), and Educational Testing Service (ETS). Visit PIAAC Research Training Events for more information.


PIAAC data provide researchers with opportunities to examine critical questions that may contribute to sociological knowledge in areas such as education, health, work and occupations, race/ethnicity, gender, migration, political sociology, and more, from both a U.S. and international perspective. The goal of the events is to build the capacity of the U.S. research community to use the PIAAC dataset for basic, policy, and applied research.  This unique event will provide valuable opportunities to explore the PIAAC data set, learn data analysis techniques, ask questions, make connections, and learn from other sociologists using PIAAC.

Designed for individual researchers, this 1-day training will focus on the use of PIAAC data to examine critical questions in sociological research.  The training offers foundational knowledge that will help you launch your own PIAAC research. Follow-up online activities will provide ongoing support throughout your research process.  Following several PIAAC training events, a culminating conference will be held where researchers will share their work and make connections with a network of other PIAAC researchers. 


The project team has an overarching priority to support researchers from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds. Training events are open to researchers at all stages of their career; applications from research analysts, doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows are strongly encouraged.

International scholars or graduate students with visas are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  

Applicants should be familiar with commonly used statistical methods and either SPSS, Stata or SAS statistical software. Participants must bring their own laptop equipped with statistical software to the training event.  Completion of advanced preparatory activities will be required to make these face-to-face events most effective.

Application Procedures

Visit PIAAC1-Day Sociology Training Event for application procedures.  Applications for the August 19, 2016 training event are due on July 5, 2016 with acceptances sent out on July 8, 2016.  For questions or more information contact Dr. Jill Castek at or 503-725-8720.

2016 05 – Abstract Submission and Registration Now Open, Conference on Geospatial Approaches to Cancer Control and Population Sciences

Abstracts Due: Friday June 17th, 2016

September 12-14, 2016

Natcher Conference Center, NIH Main Campus, Bethesda, MD

Growing technological capacity in mapping and spatial technology along with increasing sophistication in spatial thinking related to health has resulted in the emergence of a growing research community using geospatial approaches on diverse aspects of cancer prevention and control.

The purpose of this conference is to bring together a community of researchers using geospatial tools, models and approaches to address cancer prevention and control in order to 1) support and build this research community, 2) accelerate the integration of state of the art tools and theories from spatial research into cancer control and population sciences and 3) identify future directions for data, resource, training and research funding in cancer control. This conference will address spatial and contextual aspects of cancer across the entire cancer control continuum including etiology, prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday Aug 31st, 2016

Sample Topic Areas

  • Geospatial Approaches to Cancer Risk Factors
  • Defining Personal Environments for Cancer Risk
  • Spatial Analysis of Physical Environment Cancer Risk Factors
  • Spatial Energetics
  • Neighborhood and Social Environment and Cancer Risk
  • Geospatial Aspects of Exposure Assessment
  • Biologic and Mechanistic Effects in the Multilevel Etiology of Cancer
  • Spatial and Multilevel Determinants of Cancer Screening
  • Spatial Aspects of HPV Vaccination
  • Geography of Health Care Resources
  • Geospatial Research Based on Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
  • Spatial Analyses Using HMO Data
  • Confidentiality, Data Privacy and Humans Subjects Concerns with Spatial Data
  • Small Area Estimation of Cancer Incidence and Mortality and Risk Factor Prevalence
  • Geo-Surveillance of Cancer: Tools and Examples
  • Spatio-Temporal Analysis and Other Deep Statistical Methods
  • Neighborhood and Spatial Aspects of Cancer Control Planning
  • Geographic and Spatial Communication
  • Geoinformatics for Cancer Control

Bookmark our Conference Website and register/submit abstracts here:

2016 05 – Population and Society: An Introduction

Gregg Lee Carter

ISBN: 978-0-7456-6837-6

298 pages

March 2016, Polity


This exciting new book presents the field of social demography, animating the study of population with a vibrant sociological imagination. Gregg Lee Carter provides multiple demonstrations of how taking a demographic perspective can give us a better understanding of social phenomena once thought to be largely the products of culture, politics, or the economy.

Five key chapters concentrate on (1) the social and individual determinants of fertility, mortality, and migration; (2) the social and individual impacts of changing levels of fertility, mortality, and migration; and (3) the impacts of overpopulation on the environment, and how changes in the environment, in turn, impact the human condition, especially regarding migration. What gives these analyses coherence is how each emphasizes the ways in which demographic forces both reflect and limit individual choices.

Written in a straightforward and engaging style, and without getting bogged down in academic debates, this concise book is the ideal introduction and primer for courses in social demography and population and society.

Table of Contents


1. Overview of Population Study

Classic Demography—Population Size, Distribution, Composition, and Change

Social Demography—The Interplay between Population Dynamics and

Culture, Economy, Polity, Society, and Individual Choice

The Importance of the Demographic Perspective in Understanding the World

We Live In

Sources of Population Data

Main Points and Key Terms

Review Questions

Suggested Readings and Online Sources

2. World Population Growth and Distribution

The History of Population Growth

The Demographic Transition

The Contemporary Era and the Effects of Longevity on Population Size

Contemporary Population Distribution by Major World Regions

Contemporary Population Distribution by Urbanity

The Future—Population Implosions in an Increasing Number of Countries, But

In the Context of Significant Worldwide Growth

Main Points and Key Terms

Review Questions

Suggested Readings and Online Sources

3. Mortality

Measuring Mortality

Explaining Differences in Death (Who Lives a Long Life and Why)— Macro

and Micro Perspectives

Future Trends – Will Millennium Development Goals Continue to Be Realized?

Main Points and Key Terms

Review Questions

Suggested Readings and Online Sources

4. Fertility

Measuring Fertility

Explaining Differences in Fertility (Who Has Many Children and Why)— Macro

and Micro Perspectives

Selected Consequences of Declining Fertility and Rising Life Expectancy

Main Points and Key Terms

Review Questions

Suggested Readings and Online Sources

5. Migration

Types of Migration

The Demographic Balancing Equation

The Push and Pull Forces Explaining Why People Move

Migration and Its Impacts, Including the Problem of Assimilation

Main Points and Key Terms

Review Questions

Suggested Readings and Online Sources




Author Information

Gregg Lee Carter is Professor of Sociology at Bryant University (


“Anyone wanting to learn the basics of demography and the ways it relates to broader social forces will profit from reading this book. Carter provides an overview of the field that is informative and wide-ranging.”

William H. Frey, The Brookings Institution


“Carter offers a comprehensive yet concise overview of the major concepts, theories, and data sources in the fields of classic and social demography. Written in an accessible style and leveraging the most recent data from countries around the world, the book highlights the salience of the demographic perspective in understanding all contemporary social problems and provides multiple examples of how demographic forces both reflect and constrain individual choices.”

Shannon Monnat, Pennsylvania State University


“Population and Society does an outstanding job of bringing to life demographic processes such as fertility, mortality, and migration by illustrating their impact using a range of student-engaging, in-depth examples and easy-to-understand data. The book applies demographic events to a range of critical social issues, from environmental degradation, overpopulation, and gender inequality, to the everyday choices we make in our own lives. In short, this book is an outstanding accomplishment!”

Sharlene Hesse-Biber, Boston College


2016 04 – Population Review, Call for Papers For A Special Collection On Demography Of Sexuality

Population Review, published since 1957, is excited to invite submissions for high-quality quantitative research papers on the broad theme of the Demography of Sexuality. Papers may include a variety of topics focused on the quantitative examination of the LGBTQ population, including but not limited to issues concerning measurement, prevalence, segregation, migration, families, labor market, and health. Guest Editor: Dr. Amanda Baumle, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Houston, For submissions: Please email Submission guidelines: Population Review:

2016 04 – Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Special Issue: The Social and Economic Costs of Gender-Based Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa: Causes, Implications, and Policy Directions

Submission Deadline: 11/1/2016

This Special Issue aims to publish original empirical research on topics that deal with social and economic costs of GBV in Sub-Saharan Africa. These costs may include, but not be limited to, loss of revenue to individuals and the larger economy, physical/mental health costs, negative psychological effects on children, etc. We seek contributions from across disciplines that will appeal to an international audience of researchers, educators, victim advocates, policy makers, and other stakeholders. Topics that fit the general scope of this Special Issue are welcome but we wish to illustrate potential themes and the sorts of economic costs or contexts that would be of potential interest. For instance, papers may address one or more of the following:

  • Physical, sexual, and psychological violence occurring in the family (including battering, sexual abuse of female children in the household, dowry-related violence, early/child marriage, marital rape, female genital mutilation and other traditional practices harmful to women, non-spousal violence and violence related to exploitation);
  • Physical, sexual, and psychological violence occurring within the general community (including rape; sexual abuse; sexual harassment and intimidation at work, in educational institutions and elsewhere; trafficking of women and forced prostitution);
  • Physical, sexual and psychological violence perpetrated or condoned by the State, wherever it occurs;
  • Prevalence and experiences of physical and sexual violence and their economic costs;
  • Health costs (reduced mobility; morbidity and mortality; maternal and perinatal health outcomes; reduced life expectancy; and sexual and reproductive health outcomes including the spread of HIV and AIDS);
  • Economic costs (reduced productivity and negative influence on GNP and national economic well-being) due to GBV;
  • GBV and poverty;
  • Social Services (such as applied research related to the delivery, refinement, and standards for batterer treatment; victim support and assistance programs; assessment, diagnostic protocols, and interventions for physical injury, psychological, and emotional trauma; impacts and risks to children from direct and indirect exposure to violence and abuse; and
  • National policies on GBV.

Submission guidelines:

Authors should submit their manuscripts for peer review to JIV at with an email to the managing editor ( indicating that the submission is for the Special Issue. The submission deadline is 11/1/2016.

2016 04 – Double issue in Marriage and Family Review

New double issue in Marriage and Family Review edited by Wei-Jun Jean Yeung  and Hyunjooon Park. The two issues contain 10 papers examining one-parent families in different countries in East Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia, including several papers by our section members.

Growing Up in One-Parent Families in Asia

Wei-Jun Jean Yeunga* & Hyunjoon Parkb

The papers can be downloaded from this site:

A summary of the double-issue (as well as other recent research) can be found here:

2016 04 – Contribute to HUD’s update of their “Research Roadmap.”

Suggestions due by May 27

HUD is currently reaching out to researchers to identify emerging research questions to update its Research Roadmap.  I’ve attached a handout on the Roadmap.  There are a number of places where you can share ideas:


2016 03 – SSDAN PiPS Webinar: “Using Social Explorer to Engage Students with Data.”

Click for Flyer

March 24, 2016 | 2PM Eastern Time

As part of an NICHD funded project, the Social Science Data Analysis Network at the University of Michigan hosts a series of webinars aimed at exposing college and university students to quantitative data throughout a wide range of disciplines. Many webinars will feature tools and topics related to the American Community Survey, the US census, and other demographic data. The materials in these webinars will be relevant for many of those teaching population, social stratification, gender studies, racial/ethnic studies, population-based healthcare, poverty, immigration, family, urban studies, and much more.

Audience (recommended): University and College Faculty, Graduate Student Instructors, high school teachers, librarians

About the webinar: Learn how to create custom visualizations and open up demographic research with the award-winning website Social Explorer. Co-founder and president Andrew Beveridge and content editor Sydney Beveridge will guide participants through the site’s vast data resources and interactive tools, focused on dynamic maps. They will discuss the development of Social Explorer and demonstrate how to examine, customize, and download local and national census data from 1790 to the present, as well as other datasets including election results and crime statistics.

Social Explorer is easy enough for high school students and powerful enough for advanced researchers. No special raining or software is required. Save time and turn data into visualizations with impact.

Distributed by Oxford University Press, Social Explorer is in use at over 250 academic institutions, and users created over 25 million maps last year. Social Explorer develops online materials for several textbooks and disciplines for Pearson Publishing, and also collaborates with the Census Bureau on the interactive data visualizer Census Explorer.

Social Explorer is regularly featured in the news, including data and analysis for the New York Times. The Ellis Island Museum recently opened an exhibit featuring interactive maps created by Social Explorer.

Social Explorer has been awarded two Webby Award honorees, a Gold Medal Modern Library Award and an Outstanding Reference Source award from the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association. To Register:  or

2016 03 – PSID Data User Training Workshop

June 13-17, 2016, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

This five-day workshop will orient participants to the content and structure of the core PSID interview, its special topics modules, and its supplemental studies. The workshop pairs morning instructional sessions led by experienced PSID researchers and staff with afternoon guided lab sessions in which users construct their own analytic data files.

A limited number of stipends are available to graduate students and junior researchers who apply by April 15 to help with travel and lodging costs. All applications received by April 15 will be given priority for enrollment.

Learn more about the workshop and apply to participate through the ICPSR Summer Program.

Support is provided by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development.


2016 03 – PSID Annual User Conference

September 15-16, 2016, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

PSID announces a call for papers for the first PSID Annual Data User Conference. We invite submissions on any topic that use data from PSID or one of its major supplements, such as the Child Development Supplement, the Transition into Adulthood Supplement, the Disability and Use of Time supplement, the Family Rosters and Transfers Module, or the Childhood Retrospective Circumstances Study. Scholars from all disciplines are welcome.

Between 15 and 25 papers and posters will be accepted for the conference. Travel and lodging expenses will be available for one author per accepted paper or poster. Meals will be provided for all participants.

Submissions will be accepted until June 17, 2016 through the online application portal.

Support for this event is provided by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute on Aging, and the National Science Foundation.


2016 ICAA Call For Abstracts

Click for flyer

The CAA iteration will be held in San Antonio on September 14-16 in San Antonio, Texas with a simulcast at The University of Texas at Austin. The submission deadline is May 31, 2016. Email abstract submission to: Dr. Terrence Hill at 


2016 03 – SSDAN Faculty Workshop: Using the American Community Survey in Undergraduate Courses

Click for Flyer

June 16-18, 2016 (Thu-Sat) | Ann Arbor, Michigan

As part of an NICHD funded project, the Social Science Data Analysis Network at the University of Michigan will host a workshop to enable college and university professors to develop class modules using topics from the American Community Survey for courses they will teach during the 2016-2017 academic year. The workshop will be held Thursday through Saturday, June 16-18, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Why American Community Survey Data?: The Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey (ACS) provides national and localized social, economic, and demographic information that can provide instructors with fresh statistics to support key concepts in such courses as Intro Sociology, Social Problems, Stratification, Gerontology and Aging, Population-Focused Healthcare, and more. The ACS sample of 3 million households annually offers usable statistics that can be tailored to courses at all levels ranging from trend analyses to more analytic approaches, for specific population groups and geographic areas.

Program Details: Workshop participants should come prepared to develop one or more class modules to enrich a course they already teach. At the workshop, participants will be introduced to the resources of SSDAN in “hands on” training sessions and work with SSDAN staff to develop easy-to-use classroom exercises specific to their own courses. Workshop time will be divided between seminar discussions, practice exploring the SSDAN materials, and working with staff to develop individual exercises. The faculty will include sociologist-demographer William Frey of the Brookings Institution and University of Michigan’s Population Studies Center, Dr. Jill Bouma of Berea College, Dr. Esther Wilder of Lehman College, and Dr. Kathy Rowell of Sinclair Community College.

Instructors from all disciplines who teach undergraduate courses in four-year colleges, two-year colleges, or universities, both public and private, are encouraged to apply. Graduate student instructors are also welcome. Primary consideration will be given to applicants who are prepared to develop class exercises from the SSDAN materials and use them in their courses during the academic year subsequent to the workshop.

Schedule: Participants are expected to attend the full workshop at the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor from 10AM-6PM on June 16th, 9AM-6PM on June 17th, and 9AM-2PM on June 18th though exact times are subject to change. A certificate of completion will be provided.

Expenses & Requirements: Travel support, including housing, will be available for out-of-town participants. Additionally, as a requirement of participating, attendees agree to provide feedback in the subsequent year and to create and share through SSDAN a learning exercise using ACS data. For completing these requirements, participants will receive a modest honorarium of $300.

To Apply: Complete and submit application found at by March 31, 2016. The application takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes for most to complete. Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance by April 15, 2016.

About SSDAN: Since 1994, SSDAN has undertaken a number of projects funded by FIPSE, NSF, NIH, and other sources to reduce the “quantitative reasoning gap.” SSDAN resources are designed to provide instructors with courseware, tools and online support that enable them to introduce data analysis modules into early and middle level substantive courses. By collaborating with individuals SSDAN has demonstrated that classroom friendly course modules can infuse quantitative reasoning across the curriculum. It has popularized the use of US Census data for this purpose. Located within the Population Studies Center of the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, SSDAN is known for its expertise in creating resources that simplify analyses of large collections of data from the decennial US Census and American Community Survey, providing descriptions of demographic groups and geographic areas that are relevant to a variety of courses and disciplines. | (734) 763-4064 | 426 Thompson St., Suite 2049 Ann Arbor, MI 48106


2016 03 – New Journal Issue Honors Robert M. and Taissa S. Hauser

The January 2016 issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science is dedicated to Robert M. Hauser and his late wife, Taissa S. Hauser, for their work on a variety of important social issues, including social stratification and mobility, social and economic inequality, education practices, and adolescent development. The journal issue, titled “Living in a High-Inequality Regime,” contains articles analyzing inequality amongst groups based on socioeconomic status, race, gender, and other characteristics and examining the impacts of inequality in such domains as health, the economy, criminal justice, politics, and social mobility. Most of the authors of the articles were students or close colleagues of Bob and Tess.

The articles are available for free online and can be downloaded at the SAGE website.


2016 03 – Using the NLSY: A Workshop for New and Returning Users

PAA 2016 annual meetings, DC: Wednesday, March 30, 2016  03:00 PM - 05:00 PM Washington Marriott Wardman Park - WILSON A

If you have never used the National Longitudinal Surveys before or feel a little rusty, then this is the workshop for you!  Elizabeth Cooksey (Director of the Center for Human Resource Research and PI of the NLSY79 Child and Young Adult studies), and Steve McClaskie (head of User Services for the NLSY) will give a brief overview of the various NLS datasets, bring you up to date on new developments, and provide hands on instruction for how to search for information and download data.

 Please join us on Wednesday, March 30, 3-5pm at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Room WILSON A.  It is not necessary to pre-register but if you do plan to come, it would be helpful to the organizers if you would email


2016 03 – Global Health & Innovation Conference (GHIC) at Yale on April 16-17, 2016

Attend or present at the upcoming 13th annual Global Health & Innovation Conference (GHIC) at Yale on April 16-17, 2016.   With more than 2,000 participants, the Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world’s largest and leading global health and social entrepreneurship conference. Please feel free to forward this announcement to others who may also be interested in attending or presenting.  Register by February 20 for a highly reduced registration rate.

Interested in presenting? Social Impact Pitches and Innovation Prize applications are currently being accepted. February 12 is the final 250-word abstract submission deadline.

Learn about the GHIC experience: Watch a new short video about the conference here.


2016 03 – *Deadline Extended* Call for Submissions: 2nd annual interdisciplinary population health research conference, Persistent & Emerging Issues in Population Health Science

The Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State University, University Park, PA

Sept 19 – 21, 2016

IAPHS and the 2016 Program Committee are pleased to announce the Call for Submissions for the 2nd annual interdisciplinary population health research conference, Persistent & Emerging Issues in Population Health Science.

Next September, this conference will bring together a wide range of scholars and practitioners to share and discuss the science, practice and policy of population health. The conference is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is organized by the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science, the Population Research Institute of Penn State University and the Institute for Policy and Social Research at the University of Kansas.

The Program Committee encourages submissions that highlight the promise of interdisciplinary population health science in addressing persistent and emerging population health challenges. Three submission formats are invited: interdisciplinary panels, individual papers, and “you tell us” sessions that use a format of your choosing. Submissions from students and other trainees are especially encouraged.

Click Here for the Call for Submissions and Submission Guidelines.  The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2016. Information on this conference is also available at Information about our previous conference,  Connecting Population Health Scientists; Building Bridges to Improve Population Health is available at


2016 03 – The Second Annual Berkeley Formal Demography Workshop - Special Emphasis Topic: Mortality and Fertility Patterns over Time

Monday-Friday, August 15-19, 2016 at the University of California campus.

Join us for an educational program designed to train the next generation of population  researchers in the methods in formal demography. This week-long program,  with funding by NICHD R25HD083136 at Berkeley consists of three days of  hands-on training followed by two days of research presentations by invited faculty. Following the meeting, students may choose to take part in a  mentored research project and a capstone presentation of projects at the  2017 Population Association of America annual meeting.  The workshop is  targeted to advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, assistant  professors and other early career researchers.  We are particularly  interested in supporting underrepresented minorities.  Those studying  aspects of fertility, mortality and public health will particularly benefit, but those with other interests should also apply.  Financial Support:  Trainees’ expenses for materials, lodging and meals will be covered.  Need-based support for travel is available.  We regret that we cannot cover travel from outside the United States. DEADLINE:  May 1, 2016. Application materials and more information about the program and formal demography can be found on the Workshop website:  For more information,  contact Dr. Leora Lawton, Executive Director, Berkeley Population Center,, or 510-643-1270.

We will also be hosting a reception and poster session at the PAA on as a member-initiated event on Thursday, March 31, from 6 to 8 PM.


2016 03 – Member-initiated meeting at the 2016 PAA Conference:  "The Human Mortality Database: Expanding research opportunities"

The Human Mortality Database (HMD) is sponsoring a member-initiated meeting at the 2016 PAA conference: Wednesday March 30, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.

The meeting will briefly introduce the motivation for the database, its goals and its organizing principles, highlighting its specificities compared with other existing mortality data sources. Some of the less conventional techniques implemented to produce, standardize and organize the data will be presented as well as forthcoming changes in the Methods Protocol. Most of the session will be dedicated to presenting examples of research using the HMD data,  emphasizing new research opportunities, as well as discussing potential  pitfalls and drawbacks in analyses based on HMD data. The hope is to  generate a lively exchange of ideas and information between HMD users and  developers. Future expansion plans and specific user’s needs will also be debated. For more information about HMD, visit To see the full program, visit


2016 03 – Call for Papers: The Environmental Dimensions of Fertility Decision-Making

Special Issue of Population and Environment: The Environmental Dimensions of Fertility Decision-Making

Deadline:  May 30, 2016

For this special issue, we seek a range of empirical papers that examine the reciprocal elements of this association including the potential influences of environmental context on fertility decision-making and the implications of fertility decision-making for local environmental context. We are primarily interested in research examining these processes at the household- or local scales.  Papers should be theoretically sophisticated and methodologically rigorous and may include considerations of gender, social inequalities, environmental security, food security, among other social and environmental processes.

More generally, the research should improve broader understanding and theory regarding the association between population and environment.  We encourage contributions based on quantitative as well as qualitative data, as well as those that focus on policy dimensions.

Population and Environment publishes research articles (both full-length and research briefs), commentary and reviews related to the reciprocal links between population, natural resources, and the natural environment, with the purpose of deepening scientific and policy dialogue in this often complex area. The coverage is multidisciplinary, spanning a range of social, policy, life, and natural sciences.

Submission Deadline:  May 30, 2016.  Please submit questions prior to this deadline to Lori Hunter, Editor-in-Chief (  Submitted manuscripts should be formatted in accordance with Population and Environment guidelines available in the journal or at


2016 03 – Call for Papers on the Health of Women and Men for a Special Issue of Biodemography and Social Biology

Because it is clear that sex differences in health depend on social, behavioral and environmental context as well as biology, and because societies, behaviors, and environment are changing rapidly around the world, we invite the submission of papers that further our understanding of how and why women and men differ in health outcomes.

The desire to focus a journal issue on the Health of Women and Men is timely for a number of reasons.  Recent trends in the health status of American women indicate recent trends are worse than those of peers in other countries, and worse than those for men in the United States. For example, since 1980, U.S. women have lost 1-6 years of life expectancy relative to women in comparably wealthy nations, and 2-3 years of life expectancy relative to American males.  In addition, we have rapidly increasing data resources to study health differentials between women and men and their causes, including change over time and with age.  Comparative analyses of sex differences in international settings as well as studies from individual countries using relatively newly available rich data may lead to better understanding of the biological versus social or environmental factors causing men and women to differ in health. Changes in female/male differentials with age, time or cohort could also lead to increased insight.

Our expectation is that papers will be based on empirical analysis.  Papers should also help clarify our understanding of differences between women and men which generally requires a comparative analysis. Papers from multiple disciplines and methodological approaches are welcome.

Submit papers for the Special Issue on the Health of Men and Women by June 1, 2016

Biodemography and Social Biology accepts manuscript submissions electronically via the journal's ScholarOne Manuscripts site located at:

When submitting your manuscript, please Indicate that the paper is for the Special Issue on the Health of Women and Men.

Research manuscripts should not exceed 4,500 words in length and 5 tables and figures (excluding references, tables, and figures; however Appendices are included in the length). Brief reports, not exceeding 2,500 words, are also acceptable.


View the full Instructions for Authors here:


2016 02 – Sociological Perspectives Special Issue: New Frontiers in the Study of Colorblind Racism

Call for Papers:

Guest Editor: Meghan A. Burke (Illinois Wesleyan University). 

Co-Editors of Sociological Perspectives: Matthew Carlson, Lindsey Wilkinson,

Hyeyoung Woo (Portland State University)

Managing Editor: Elizabeth Withers (Portland State University)

Sociological Perspectives is seeking articles for a special issue: New Frontiers in the Study of Colorblind Racism.

The central ideology that sustains contemporary racial inequality is that of colorblindness- the notion that individual or cultural differences best explain racial inequality, rather than ongoing racism and its legacy from the past.  While identifying the framework of colorblind racism and its central frames (Bonilla-Silva 2003) has been a crucial project, much of the literature has become stagnant, repeatedly identifying the presence of its discursive frames without adding new insights. It is time for a breakthrough. Stimulating new lines of research around colorblind ideology and discourses will allow us to delve deeper into the structure of racial domination, and gain new insights into the ways that it may be changing or challenged. 

We call for scholarship that extends our sociological understanding of contemporary racism and its relationship to colorblind ideology beyond mere identification of its frames.  This includes, but is not limited to,

The ways that colorblindness is connected to institutional and organizational logics or frameworks, and other materialist approaches.

The appeal of colorblindness for individuals embedded in concrete social settings, when other discursive frameworks may also be available. 

How colorblindness is negotiated or contested, or may change over time, and what that reveals about changing social structures.

Sites of resistance or coalition that a solitary focus on the ideology may  miss.

Alternate racial logics or discourses that may relate to, but remain distinct from, colorblindness.

Examinations of colorblindness using an intersectional or feminist lens.

Innovative methodologies that extend our understanding of ideology and contemporary racism.

Please submit abstracts as Microsoft Word documents no longer than 500 words to  by April 1, 2016 for feedback and further submission information.  Full papers will be submitted by June 15, 2016 and be subject to blind peer review consistent with the standards established by the journal.  As such, submitted papers must be based on original material, not under review or consideration by any other journal or publisher.

The special issue will be one of four issues in Volume 60, which will publish in 2017.

Please feel free to contact any of the editors about submission details or with any questions.  Guest Editor information is provided below:

Meghan A. Burke      

Associate Professor of Sociology

Illinois Wesleyan University

Box 2900

Bloomington, IL 61702-2900




2016 02 – Rural Sociological Society Population Research Interest Group Graduate Student Paper Award

The Population Research Interest Group of the Rural Sociological Society is soliciting submissions for a graduate student paper award in the areas of rural demography and population studies. The paper should be related to the broad interests of the Population Research Interest Group. Current graduate students and recent graduates (who receive their degrees no earlier than May 2015) may apply. Coauthored papers are acceptable as long as all of the authors were students at the time the paper was written and submitted. The recipient will receive a monetary prize of at least $200 (final budget is still TBD) that will help to defray part of the cost of registering for and attending the 2016 RSS Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada (August 7-10, 2016). The recipient will also be recognized at the Population Research Interest Group business meeting. To be considered for this award, there is a two-step process:

1) Submit an abstract to present the paper at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (online registration is open and will continue until Feb 5, 2016); 2) Send an electronic copy of the full paper with contact information to the RIG co-chair Jessica Ulrich-Schad ( by May 1, 2016.  The paper submission should not exceed 35 double-spaced pages (including all tables, graphs, and references) in a standard font (12 point).  The winner we be selected by a committee of RIG members and receive their award at the annual meeting.  The winner will be notified via email by July 1, 2016.


2016 02 – NCFR Call for Proposals

“Families and Human Rights: Promise and Vulnerability in the 21st Century.”

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is accepting proposals for its 2016 Annual Conference, planned for Nov. 2-5 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference theme is “Families and Human Rights: Promise and Vulnerability in the 21st Century.”

Using the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals as a framework, the purpose of this conference is to showcase research, teaching, and practices that address human rights and diverse families; provide networking opportunities for those with an interest in these topics; and engage and inspire conference attendees in the pursuit of equality and justice for all families. Possible formats include papers, posters, roundtables, symposia, workshops, poster symposia, and lightning paper sessions.

 Submit your proposal online by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Find more details about the conference and proposal submission at


 With questions, please email or call NCFR at 888-781-9331.



2016 01 – ASA needs your help!

ASA is conducting usability testing as part of the effort to redesign its website. We are recruiting sociologists: teaching or research faculty, practitioners and graduate/undergraduate students, for one on one testing sessions with our User Experience (UX) consultant.

Each test session will last about one hour. The user needs to have access to both a phone and computer with an internet connection. Our UX consultant will ask the user to share his or her screen during the testing session. No special software is required.

Available slots are:

  • Wed., Jan. 20, 3:30- 4:30 PM
  • Thurs., Jan. 21, 11 AM - 5 PM
  • Fri., Jan. 22, 2 PM - 5 PM

As a token of our appreciation, test participants will receive a retro tote bag courtesy of ASA.

If interested please get in touch ASAP with ASA webmaster Redante Asuncion-Reed at with your preferred time slot.


2016 01 – Request for Pilot Proposals from the Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21st Century America

Due Date: April 14, 2016 @ 5 p.m.


The Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities invites interested investigators to submit pilot proposals for research that address socioeconomic disparities in US population health and mortality. Projects will begin in summer of 2016 and must be completed by June 30th, 2017.

Please share this announcement with researchers who might be interested.


The NIA supported research network promotes population research dedicated to understanding health dynamics and disparities in the United States. The network is led by James House (University of Michigan), Eileen Crimmins (University of Southern California), Mark Hayward (University of Texas at Austin), and Robert Hummer (University of North Carolina) and includes seasoned and emerging investigators from a number of universities around the country ( This coming year, our focus will be on socioeconomic disparities and trends in health and mortality. We are soliciting pilot projects in that area.

Despite spending far more on health care and insurance, the U.S. is falling further behind comparably high-income nations, and even some middle-income countries, on major indicators of population health. The relative declining level of health of the U.S. population has been most clearly documented for mortality, but has also been observed for many indicators of morbidity and functional health limitations. Reasons for the declining level of U.S. population health relative to other countries are not well understood. Better understanding trends in, and explanations of, disparities in health across major population subgroups constitutes a critical step in understanding and alleviating the increasing health disadvantage of America’s population relative to comparably wealthy nations.

This year’s pilot project theme focuses on the widening SES differences in US adult health and mortality. At present, for example, there is clear consensus that educational differences in adult health and mortality widened between 1980 and the mid-2000s. Over this time, levels of health and mortality rates among those with less than a high school education stagnated or even worsened among some demographic groups, while health and mortality among those with higher levels of education improved and, among some population groups with high education, improved rather precipitously. Combined with the well-documented widening in health outcomes by educational attainment between 1960 and 1980-1990, the US is now characterized bywider educational differences in adult health and mortality than at any time since 1960 and perhaps at any time in our nation's history. Why is this the case?Will such a trend continue? A recent report by the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the educational trend is echoed in income differences in adult mortality over time, yet the overlap and origins of these trends in income and educational differences in mortality remain unclear. How relevant are these trends with regard to the poor relative US position in overall population health?

The issue of widening SES differences in health and mortality is particularly critical given that poor health and longevity among US subpopulations (e.g., the low educated and those with low income) may impede the entire country from making adequate progress relative to other developed nations. The significance of this set of questions is heightened when other simultaneous social and demographic trends are considered. Indeed, the substantial widening of educational differences in adult health and mortality over the past 50 years has occurred in an era characterized by very rapid social and technological change, substantially increased population diversity, overall decreases in mortality rates and increases in life expectancy, and overall increases in educational attainment. Growing health and mortality gaps by educational attainment and other dimensions of SES must be understood in the context of profound demographic, social, and economic change.

Key potential questions to be addressed by pilot projects in this area of study include, but are not limited to, the following. How is the changing composition of educational attainment influencing the selectivity of persons at the low end of the educational continuum? How is the changing socioeconomic concentration of “at risk” health behaviors at the low end of the SES continuum and better health behaviors at the high end of the continuum contributing to health disparity trends. How have the economic shifts associated with the loss of manufacturing jobs and the growth of the financial and information sectors, resulting in a tighter coupling of educational attainment with stable income and wealth accumulation, influenced trends in SES disparities in health. Has the meaning of educational attainment for negotiating adulthood in healthy ways been shifting such that educational attainment is becoming increasingly important as a determinant of adult health across birth cohorts in an increasingly technological, networked, and complex world and health care system? What other factors help to explain growing socioeconomic disparities and how do they contribute to America’s relative, and for some absolute, worsening of population health


Investigators may request total (direct + indirect) costs in the range of $10,000-$15,000 for pilot projects, with a limit of 8% on IDC which is comparable to the rate allowed on Research Career Development awards. Funds can be used for research assistance, salaries, travel, data acquisition, etc.


  • April 14, 2016, 5 p.m. local time: Proposals are due in an NIH format that includes no more than three single-spaced pages including Specific Aims, Significance, Innovation, and Research Design. In addition, an NIH detailed Budget Page and Justification, and NIH Biosketch must be included. Please submit the text and additionally requested materials in one PDF file (see Format of Proposals below)
  • Week of April 25, 2016: Notification of decisions, request for budget revisions and human subjects approvals.
  • Start Date: After notification of approval from NIA and Submission of IRB approvals. Optimistically, a finalized award can be expected by September 1, 2016; however, an official start date of July 1, 2016 will be allowed.
  • Duration of Pilot Projects: Until June 30, 2017.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES: (1) Presentation of preliminary findings must be given at the next full Network Meeting to be held on April 30, 2017 (on the Sunday directly following the annual meeting of the Population Association of America), in Chicago, IL. (2) Participation in future Network activities. (3) Written report upon completion of the project. Subsequent outcomes such as resulting proposals, research funding, and publications must be reported to the Network. All research resulting from the pilot work must credit NIA grant R24 AG045061. All publications must be submitted to PubMed Central.


Cover page with title and investigator’s name and an abstract that clarifies the value of the research; NIH Face-Page (Form Page 1); NIH biosketch for all key-personnel; a PHS 398 budget page (Form Page 4 - and budget justification; plus 3-page proposal covering specific aims, significance, innovation, and research design/methods. Proposals using human subjects will need institutional IRB approval before funding is awarded. Note: When calculating total requested budget, IDC amount is part of the total budget and should be included on the budget form on the line that says “Consortium/Contractual Costs – Facilities and Administrative Costs.”

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: Please submit proposals to Barbara Strane as a single PDF file by Thursday, April 14, 2016 by 5 p.m. local time


Proposals will be evaluated for: (a) the quality of the proposed research; (b) relatedness of research to the Network topic for the year; (c) likelihood that proposed work will result in R01 funding within 2 years; (d) likelihood the research will result in important publications with insights into population health; (e) credentials of investigators. Early career investigators are especially encouraged to apply.

For more information about scientific issues, please contact:

James House, University of Michigan,

Eileen Crimmins, University of Southern California,

Mark Hayward, University of Texas at Austin,

Robert Hummer, University of North Carolina,

For more information about administrative and budget issues, please contact:

Barbara Strane, – 734-936-0546


2016 01 – Climate, Migration & Health in Latin America: Connections through Urbanization

University of Colorado Population Center

Boulder, Colorado

May 26-27, 2016

 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 are hosting the 2nd annual workshop on Climate, Migration and Health.  This year's sub-theme is "Connections through Urbanization" with a geographic focus on Latin America.

The two-day workshop, held in Boulder, Colorado, will bring together approximately 10 researchers and policy communicators to showcase innovative research on urbanization, climate and health.

Key is that researchers need only possess expertise in two aspects of the 3-topic workshop.  We aim to introduce scholars of urbanization-climate, to scholars of climate-health, and to scholars of urbanization-health.  

Applicants must have a current research project in Latin America and should aim to come to the workshop to present ongoing work.  We will also spend time brainstorming broader knowledge gaps and specific research projects or proposals designed to fill those gaps. 

Researchers from social and natural sciences are encouraged to apply.  Funds are available for partial reimbursement for 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) February 12, 2016.  Decisions will be made by March 4th.

The conference organizers are Lori Hunter and Fernando Riosmena from CU-Boulder and Paty Romero-Lankao from NCAR.

Please address questions to

Please submit papers to


2016 01 – Call for Applications for Workshop on 1965-2014 American and European Time Use Surveys, June 2016

Applications are solicited for a three-day workshop that will introduce researchers to the American Time Use Survey (ATUS), the American Heritage Time Use Survey (AHTUS), the Multinational Time Use Survey (MTUS), and the Time Use Data Extract Builder for accessing all three data series. Additional information about the surveys and the data extract builder may be found at: and  The Time Use Workshop will be held on the University of Maryland campus on June 29-July 1, 2016. The workshop is designed for researchers, graduate students, and junior faculty who are new to the analysis of time use data. Applicants are asked to submit a one-paragraph professional biographical sketch, a one-page statement regarding their time use research interest areas, and a letter of support from an advisor or senior colleague.  For best consideration applications should be submitted by February 15, 2016; those completing their application by this date will be notified by March 1, 2016 whether they have been selected to participate. Domestic airfare, local transportation costs and hotel accommodations for the time use workshop will be covered for all workshop participants.  An online application form is available at  For more information contact Sandra Hofferth, University of Maryland,


2016 01 – Call for Submissions, Time Use Across the Life Course Conference

Papers invited for submission to the Time Use Across the Life Course Conference, coordinated by The Maryland Time Use Lab and the Maryland Population Research Center, University of Maryland, June 27-28, 2016, College Park, MD. Time is one of our most valuable resources making it essential to understand individual decisions about how they spend their time and the consequences of those time use decisions. Researchers are invited to submit abstracts for papers that address any question related to the collection or analysis of time use data. The deadline for submission of paper abstracts is February 1, 2016. Authors chosen to present papers will be notified by March 15, 2016. Submit abstracts to:

(From Liana Sayer



Sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation’s Working Group in Biosocial Science

From the evening of Sunday, June 19, to the morning of Friday, July 1, 2016, the Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) will sponsor a new Summer Institute in Social-Science Genomics, to be held at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

The purpose of this two-week workshop is to introduce graduate students and beginning faculty in economics, sociology, psychology, statistics, genetics, and other disciplines to the methods of social-science genomics—the analysis of genomic data in social science research. The program will include interpretation and estimation of different concepts of heritability; the biology of genetic inheritance, gene expression, and epigenetics; design and analysis of genetic-association studies; analysis of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions; estimation and use of polygenic scores; as well as applications of genomic data in the social sciences.

The co-organizers and principal faculty of the Summer Institute are Daniel Benjamin (USC) and David Cesarini (NYU), who will be in attendance for the full program. Visiting faculty include Dalton Conley (NYU), James Lee (University of Minnesota), Chris Dawes (NYU), Michelle Meyer (Union Graduate College), Colter Mitchell (University of Michigan), Tõnu Esko (Harvard-MIT Broad Institute), and Kevin Thom (NYU).

The instructional program will be highly quantitative. Participants will be expected to learn relevant software packages and solve problem sets throughout the workshop. The schedule is designed to provide opportunities for students to discuss their ideas and research with the organizers, visiting faculty, and other participants. Participation is restricted to Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers, and untenured faculty within 10 years of the Ph.D. Most participant costs during the workshop, including housing and most meals, will be covered, and a capped travel stipend (covering most, but not all, of anticipated travel costs) will also be provided. No more than thirty applicants will be invited to participate. Participants will be required to complete one problem set in advance, and to fully attend and participate in all sessions of the program.

There is no application form or program information beyond this announcement.

 To apply, send (i) a curriculum vitae, (ii) a statement (maximum three pages, single spaced, 11 point font) describing both any current research,

and your interest in social-science genomics, especially as it relates to RSF research priorities (e.g., behavioral economics, social inequality, future of work; immigration), (iii) an (unofficial) course/grade transcript for doctoral students, (iv) two letters of recommendation from faculty advisors for Ph.D. student and postdoctoral researcher applicants, and (v) one writing sample of no more than 35 pages. Letters of recommendation should be as informative as possible about your standing in the program (i.e., approximate rank in your doctoral class), general ability, research potential, and (if applicable) special interest in social-science genomics.

All applications must include an e-mail address and an alternative means of contact (e.g., phone number). Send your curriculum vitae, statement, course/grade transcript, and writing sample (all collapsed into a single pdf file) to Ask your recommenders to send their letters to the same email address, with the following subject line: RSF recommendation letter for APPLICANT NAME. We anticipate a large pool of highly qualified applicants – applications and letters must be received by the deadline in order to make final decisions quickly. Complete applications, including letters of recommendation, must be received by Friday, February 12, 2pm Eastern Standard Time. We will notify applicants solely through email, by Monday March 14, and will ask participants to confirm their participation very soon thereafter.

 Inquiries can be sent to

The Summer Institute in Social-Science Genomics is an initiative of the Russell Sage Foundation and its Biosocial Science Working Group.


2016 01 – Call for Abstracts, The New Rural-Urban Interface

Submission deadline: February 15, 2016

Conference Date: September 29-30, 2016

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Abstracts are being accepted for a multidisciplinary social science conference on the rural-urban interface in the United States. The “new” rural America is marked by growing spatial interdependence with major urban centers, and by the blurring of historical spatial and symbolic boundaries that often separate the city from the countryside. The rural-urban interface has been given new meaning and shape by the increasing back and forth flows of population, labor and capital, information and ideas, and material goods in a globalizing urban economy. See conference details and reading materials.

Goals. The conference provides a forum for research on the cultural, economic, demographic, and political dimensions of changing social and spatial boundaries that both separate and link urban and rural America. The goal is to bring together leading social scientists in sociology, economics, political science, and geography to address common challenges facing rural and urban areas in key research domains: environment, health, housing, immigration, food systems, the labor market, and politics and civic engagement, among others. Contributions may be theoretical or empirical, but should include policy discussions and prescriptions. Papers that offer a comparative perspective on rural and urban processes, or that emphasize variations in key spatial and social interactions are especially welcome. The expectation is that outstanding conference papers will be published in July 2017 as a special issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 

Submission guidelines. E-mail a 2-page abstract or completed paper to by February 15, 2016. Acceptance decisions will be made no later than March 30, 2016. The conference is scheduled for September 29-30, 2016 on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Complete papers are expected at least two weeks in advance of the conference. Hotel and travel expenses for each conference presenter (one per paper) will be covered by the conference organizers and, budget permitting, a nominal speaking fee will be provided. 

Contact information. For more information, see conference details, along with reading materials or contact Daniel T. Lichter, Departments of Policy Analysis and Management and Sociology, Cornell University ( or James P. Ziliak, Center for Poverty Research and Department of Economics, University of Kentucky (

The conference is supported by the American Association of Political and Social Science, Cornell’s Institute for the Social Sciences, the Cornell Population Center, the Scholars Strategy Network (Finger Lakes Branch), and the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research.



As you all know, tomorrow (1/6/2016) is the deadline to submit your work for possible presentation at the 2016 ASA meeting in Seattle.  Please consider submitting your work to one of the great sessions sponsored by our section:

Demography and Inequality. Session Organizer: Chenoa Flippen, University of Pennsylvania

Immigration, Nativity, and Family Dynamics. Session Organizer: Nancy S. Landale, Pennsylvania State University

Social Movements, Conflict, and Population Dynamics. Session Organizer: Nathalie Williams, University of Washington

We will also have a series of Sociology of Population Refereed Roundtables organized by Anna Zajacova, University of Wyoming.



Please nominate the work you love (including your own!) for one of the Population Section’s three awards: Otis Dudley Duncan Award (best book); Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship in Population (best paper); and the Student Paper Award.  The nomination deadline for all awards is February 15!

More information on nomination processes is available at [or visit the Awards page]



When you renew your ASA membership, please make sure to renew your membership in the Sociology of Population Section.  This is your opportunity to directly impact the number of population-related sessions at the annual meetings, mechanisms to advance population research, and opportunities to bring new scholars to the table of social demography.

Speaking of which, please consider sponsoring section membership for your graduate students.  The cost is low and the impact large.  You can sponsor your students’ membership by logging in at Select “Population, Sociology of” from the list of sections, and click on “To search for or add a new individual, please click here.” Search for, and select, the student(s) you’d like to add to the section and then click “Proceed to Check Out.” Your student will be automatically notified of the gift via email.


2016 01 - Happy New Year

New Population Section Announcements will start appearing here as they arrive. You can find all the past news and announcements in one of the archives below.


Older Announcements Archive

2015: January through December

2014: January through December

2013: January through December


Copyright 2012-2018 ASA Section on Sociology of Population | Section Webmaster