American Sociological Association

Section on Sociology of Population

News and Announcements [CURRENT]

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 Moderator, Lucie Kalousova .


2018 02 - CALL FOR PAPERS, 2018 Junior Theorists Symposium

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

August 10, 2018

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 8, 2018 by 11:59PM PST February 22, 2018 by 11:59 PST (EXTENDED)

We invite submissions of extended abstracts for the 12th Junior Theorists Symposium (JTS), to be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 10th, 2018, 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. We especially welcome submissions that broaden the practice of theory beyond its traditional themes, topics, and disciplinary function.

It is our honor to announce that Alford Young (University of Michigan), Nina Eliasoph (University of Southern California), and Margaret Somers (University of Michigan), will serve as discussants for this year’s symposium.  In addition, we are pleased to announce an after-panel entitled “Getting out of our heads: Taking theory from the cognitive, into the body/space/place/time,” to feature Ellis Monk (Princeton University), Rebeca Hanson (University of Florida), Rene Almeling (Yale University), and Vanessa Ribas (University of California, San Diego). We will conclude with a talk by 2017 Junior Theorists Award winner Larissa Buchholz (Northwestern University).

We invite all ABD graduate students, postdocs, and assistant professors who received their PhDs from 2014 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 recent year’s symposium can be viewed at this location. 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 submit your précis via this Google form. Allison Ford (University of Oregon) and Linsey Edwards (Princeton University) will review the submissions. You can contact them at with any questions. The deadline is February 22, 2018 (extended). By mid-March we will extend up to 12 invitations to present at JTS 2018. Please plan to share a full paper by July 21, 2018. Presenters will be asked to attend the entire symposium and should plan accordingly.

Finally, for friends and supporters of JTS, we ask if you consider donating either on-site, or through PayPal at this link or to the account. If you are submitting a proposal to JTS 2018, we kindly ask that should you wish to donate, you only do so after the final schedule has been announced.


2018 02 - PSID Data User Training Workshop

June 11-15, 2018, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

This five-day workshop will orient participants to the content and structure of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, its special topics modules, and the PSID Child Development Supplement and PSID Transition into Adulthood Supplement. 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.

Admitted graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and junior faculty or researchers may request to be considered for a stipend to help with travel and housing costs. All applications received by April 13 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.


2018 02 - 2018 Workshop on Climate-Migration-Health, focus on trapped populations

The two-day workshop is a joint project of the CU Population Center (CUPC), Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado Boulder and the IUSSP Special Emphasis Panel on Climate-Migration-Health.

The workshop will be held at CUPC in Boulder, Colorado and will bring together approximately 10 researchers and policy communicators to discuss, and move forward, research on this important intersection.  Key is that researchers need only possess expertise in at least one aspect of the workshop.  We aim to introduce scholars of migration-climate, to scholars of climate-health and to also hear from scholars on trapped populations.

We will spend much of the workshop brainstorming about knowledge gaps and beginning papers/proposals designed to fill those gaps.

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.

Additional information is in the attached flyer, please contact with questions.


2018 02 - Linking Theory and Empirical Research

Berlin, July 16 - 26, 2018

We are delighted to announce the 8th Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences. The summer school aims at supporting young researchers by strengthening their ability in linking theory and empirical research. The two-week program creates an excellent basis for the development of their current research designs.

In the first week, we address the key methodological challenges of concept-building, causation/explanation, and micro-macro linkage that occur in almost all research efforts. We strive for a clarification of the epistemological foundations underlying methodological paradigms. In the second week, these methodological considerations are applied to central empirical fields of research in political science, sociology, and other related disciplines. In this second part of the program, participants are assigned to four thematic groups according to their own research topics. The thematic areas covered are: "External Governance, Interregionalism, and Domestic Change", "Citizenship, Migration, and Identities", "Social Struggle and Globalization", and "Democracy at the Crossroads".

The program is characterized by a varied format comprising lectures, workshops, seminars, and one-to-one consultations. During the summer school, participants will also have the opportunity to present and discuss their own work extensively. Participants will be provided with hands-on advice for their research designs.

The school brings together a faculty of renowned international and Berlin-based scholars. Among the confirmed international lecturers are Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore), Steve Fleetwood (University of the West of England, Bristol), Macartan Humphreys (Columbia University/ WZB Berlin), Nikita Dhawan (University of Innsbruck), Staffan Lindberg (University of Gothenburg), and Hendrik Wagenaar (University of Sheffield).

The Berlin Summer School was co-funded by the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. Details on the location and tuition fees can be found on our webpage

The international summer school is open to up to 60 PhD candidates, advanced master students, and young postdocs. The call for applications is currently open. Applications can be submitted online via the application form on the summer school webpage until March 31, 2018.

The decisions of the selection committee will be announced to the applicants in April. If you have any further questions, please contact the organizing team at


2018 02 – Call for Proposals: 2018 NCFR Annual Conference in San Diego

Submit your proposal by March 1 for the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) 2018 Annual Conference, planned for Nov. 7–10 in San Diego, California. The conference theme is “Families and Cultural Intersections in a Global Context: Innovations in Research, Practice, and Policies.”

Contemporary families live in a world that is complex, increasingly interconnected, and culturally diverse. NCFR’s 2018 conference will focus on innovative approaches, theories, research, policies, and programs that support and strengthen families in all types of Western and non-Western settings. Possible presentation formats include papers, posters, symposia, workshops, poster symposia, and lightning paper sessions.

Submit your proposal online by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Find more details about the conference and proposal submission at

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



2018 01 – Call for Papers, Fannie Mae and the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) Symposium

Fannie Mae and the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) are together organizing a symposium that examines the evolving relationship between housing tenure choice, financial security, and residential stability. We invite article-length research papers on topics including wealth, foreclosures, tenure choice, financing, taxes, innovation, socioeconomics, and aging. Authors should submit a two-page abstract of their proposed paper to by April 13, 2018. The symposium will be held at Harvard in Spring 2019 with presented papers subject to a peer review process for inclusion in a special issue of Cityscape. For more information, visit  


2018 01 - Call for papers: Theoretical and Methodological Advances in Environmental Decision-Making Research

Special Issue of Population and Environment

Guest Editors: Aaron M. McCright & Summer Allen, Michigan State University

Deadline for submissions: 15 May 2018

Implementing solutions to environmental problems—such as practices to reduce solid waste, decrease water use, promote biodiversity conservation, and adopt energy-efficiency measures—requires, along with more structural changes, effective environmental decision-making by individuals and households.  For several decades, social scientists have produced important insights into the causes, characteristics, and impacts of environmental decision-making.  As climate change heightens environmental concern, this literature is poised to generate valuable new knowledge about individuals’ and households’ environmentally significant decisions.

For this special issue, we seek papers that explore theoretical and conceptual developments or cutting-edge methodological and analytical advances in research on environmental decision-making.  Environmental decision-making encompasses observed and self-reported environmentally significant behaviors and behavioral intentions measured at the individual- or household-level, as well as the cognitive, attitudinal, and affective factors (e.g., worldviews, values, beliefs, identities, norms, etc.) that influence them.  Deeper understanding of these dynamics may reveal novel opportunities for behavioral interventions, further insights about causal links and the scope conditions of existing theories, and more nuanced explanations of structural constraints.

Specifically, we seek papers that offer new synthetic, integrative theoretical frameworks; more refined conceptualizations, operationalizations, and measurements; or methodological or analytical advances that more powerfully explain environmental decision-making.  We welcome research that uses non-traditional data sources such as social media or big data, and we especially encourage contributions focused in the developing world, as well as those that take an explicitly comparative, cross-national approach.  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. 



2017 12 - Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS): Call for Submissions

Submissions are invited for the IAPHS 2018 conference, “Pushing the Boundaries of Population Health Science: Social Inequalities, Biological Processes, and Policy Implications.” This 4th annual interdisciplinary population health research conference will convene October 3-5, 2018 at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, DC.  Please see the Call for Submissions for more details and information on how to submit. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2018 and those submitting will be notified of decisions by June 15, 2018.

Registration for the October conference will open April 1, 2018 for members of IAPHS and May 15 for non-members.  Follow the links for further information about the conference and membership in IAPHS. 


2017 12 – PhD Student Funding, The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research is recruiting 1-2 PhD Students to work within the ERC-funded project “Lifespan inequalities: Why ages at death vary between countries and socioeconomic groups”. The PhD degree will be jointly supervised by Alyson van Raalte at the MPIDR and a collaborating partner from a leading European university. Please see for more information about the Lifespan Inequalities project and the MPIDR.

Successful candidates will have strong quantitative skills and a background in the social sciences, statistics or epidemiology. The positions are initially for 3 years with a possibility of extension. Candidates will be paid on a contract with a net salary that is typically around 1250 € per month, but can vary depending on factors such as experience and tax class. The starting date is flexible, but no later than September 2018.

Applications should be sent to and include, in one pdf:

  1. Letter of Interest (2 page maximum)
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Contact information for 2 academic references

Review of applications will begin on the 31st of December 2017. For inquiries about the position, please email Alyson van Raalte at

The MPIDR is a leading institute in demographic research. The LIFEINEQ group will have 4-5 dedicated researchers working on the project, and works closely with other research groups within the MPIDR. The working language of the MPIDR is English. The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the share of women in areas where they are under-represented, and strongly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply.


2017 12 – Pre-PAA African Population, Environment and Health Mini-Conference at CU Boulder

The CU Population Center at the Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder is pleased to host an African Population, Environment and Health Mini-Conference immediately prior to the 2018 Population Association of American conference in nearby Denver. The mini-conference will feature a keynote address, presentation sessions and small discussion workshops focused around key themes in African population and health. There will be ample time for discussion and exchange. 

The mini-conference will take place on Wednesday, April 25th from 9am-5pm. Transportation to and from the PAA hotel in Denver will be provided on Wednesday morning and evening. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for participants.  

Applications are required to ensure adequate space and to identify key thematic areas for workshops. In your submission, please indicate interest in participating in workshops and/or presenting. Participants will be selected based on the quality of the abstract and research alignment with thematic areas that emerge in the selection process.

To apply, please submit a CV and a brief statement of research interests in African population, environment and/or health. If interested in presenting, please also submit an extended abstract (2-pages) of your research manuscript.

The deadline for application is January 10, 2018. Please submit application materials to Decisions will be made by February 1, 2018.

For additional information, contact


2017 12 – Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods

From the evening of Sunday, June 17 to the morning of Thursday, June 28, 2018, the Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) will sponsor the first Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods at the University of California, Berkeley. The Summer Institute will train a new generation of U.S. migration researchers to leverage existing datasets, learn best-practices for rigorous, new data-collection projects, and apply cutting-edge methodologies for the study of mobile populations. The Institute welcomes applicants from all of the social sciences. The co-organizers and principal faculty of the Institute are Professors Irene Bloemraad (University of California, Berkeley) and Jennifer Van Hook (Pennsylvania State University). Applications are due February 23, 2018. Read more and apply.


2017 12 - Social Science Summer Institute for Journalists

From the morning of Wednesday, July 11 to the afternoon of Friday, July 13, 2018, RSF will sponsor its second Social Science Summer Institute for Journalists at the Foundation. The co-organizers and principal faculty of the Institute are Professor Nicholas Lemann and Tali Woodward (Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism). Applications are due March 30, 2018. Read more and apply.


2017 12 - The Fourth Annual Berkeley Formal Demography Workshop - Special Emphasis Topic: Mortality

To be held Monday-Friday, June 4-8, 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, trainees may choose to take part in a mentored research project and a capstone presentation of projects at the 2019 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 mortality, health disparities, economics, sociology and/or 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 5, 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, at, or 510-643-1270.



2017 11 - Call for Papers - UC Berkeley Social Networks Study Conference

We welcome proposals for original research analyzing Wave 1 of the UCNets data. UCNets is the University of California Berkeley Social Networks Study, a longitudinal study funded by the National Institute on Aging (R01 AG041955-01), with Claude Fischer as Principal Investigator. The objective of the UCNets study is to understand how network composition changes over time as a result of life course transitions – e.g., graduation, marriage, retirement or widowhood – and how these changes are related to health status and outcomes.  Research will be presented in a conference and workshop in June 14-15, 2018.  Travel and lodging for invited speakers will be paid by the conference.  The first day of the event will be a conference featuring the research presentations, and the second will be a workshop on using the UCNets data. Proposals will be judged for contribution to theory and substantive topic, and commitment to presenting a solid research result for the conference. Proposals should be about 4 pages long, and propose a research topic, background and theory, hypotheses, operationalization and method. Please include full contact information. The deadline for proposals is December 15, 2017, and should be sent to Dr. Leora Lawton, UCNets director, Requests for data and other questions are also to be addressed to her. The survey instrument and codebook can be downloaded from the project website ((  Decisions will be announced by January 1, 2018.  Please see the attached flyer for more information or visit the website.


2017 10 – Upcoming Webinars on Population Center Training Programs – Please Share with Students

Two upcoming webinars will feature Q&A sessions on several population center training programs. These webinars are directed toward undergraduates and others interested in graduate training in population studies and in the specific programs represented.  The webinars are part of an NICHD R25 Population Education Project awarded to the Social Science Data Analysis Network at the University of Michigan Population Studies Center.

The webinars will held as follows:

Friday, November 3rd 12 noon-1 pm EDT – Presentations by:

Bowling Green State University, Center for Family and Demographic Research

Cornell University, Cornell Population Center

University of Michigan, Population Studies Center

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for Demography and Ecology

Tuesday, November 14rd at 2pm-3pm EST – Presentations by:

UCLA, California Center for Population Research

Penn State University, Graduate Program in Demography

University of Texas at San Antonio, Department of Demography

Registration for Webinars: (select the date of the webinar for the corresponding registration form).

Related information about these and other programs are available on the Programs in Population Sciences website (

Section members are encouraged to distribute the brochure ( to interested faculty and students. If you have questions, please contact John DeWitt at or SSDAN at

2017 10 – Racial-Ethnic Diversity: New Data Resource

A newly expanded data portal for learning about community racial and ethnic diversity is now up and operational at the ‘Diversity and Disparities’ website of Brown’s Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) Initiative. The portal shares data from an NIH-funded study completed this summer by PI Barrett Lee and a team of eight collaborators, all currently or formerly affiliated with The Pennsylvania State University.

Census information compiled at the portal describes the racial-ethnic diversity of U.S. states, metropolitan and micropolitan areas, counties, and places (e.g., cities, suburbs, small towns) for the 1980-2010 period. This information can be accessed in three ways. A summary measure of diversity (the entropy index), panethnic group counts and proportions, and simple compositional graphics are available on a case-by-case basis via pull-down menus. The portal also features sortable lists and downloadable spreadsheet data files. While the spreadsheet files are intended for researchers, the pull-down menus and sortable lists may be useful for class assignments, fact-checking, or other purposes.

Click on to go to the diversity portal’s home page. Questions can be addressed to Barrett Lee at

2017 10 – Ithaca College Pre-Doctoral Diversity Scholars Program 2018-19

Deadline: Mon December 4, 2017

Position Responsibilities and Terms of Fellowship: Pre-doctoral fellowships are for the academic year (August 16, 2018 to May 31, 2019) and are non-renewable. Fellows will receive a $32,000 stipend, $5,000 in travel/professional development support, relocation reimbursement, office space, health benefits and access to Ithaca College and Cornell University libraries. Fellows will teach one course in the fall semester and one course in the spring semester; will be mentored by senior faculty; will be expected to participate in one official function per semester; and must partake in an exit-interview.

Here is the link for your applications:

Please see attached, complete position listing.

2017 10 – Call for Papers: Contextualizing Productive Aging in Asia (Social Science & Medicine)

Social Science & Medicine invites submissions to a special issue devoted to examining the determinants of productive aging and the health benefits of engagement in Asia.

Population aging across East Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia is occurring on different scales and at varying speeds. Policy makers and scientists are concerned over economic sustainability with the projected shrinkage of workforce and the ability to provide sufficient social assistance to older adults. An emerging and promising developmental strategy for the aging societies is to view older adults as assets with their longer good-health expectancy and rich human capital. The concept of “productive aging” emphasizes that older adults can be more effectively integrated and engaged in activities that generate continuous contribution to family, community and society, such as working, caregiving, volunteering, engaging in educational activities, and household management. In this special issue, we stress the importance of contextualizing productive aging across Asian societies to improve scientific understandings of older adults’ social integration and to provide policy input for effective welfare and health care system in Asia.

Submit an extended abstract of about 800 words by October 31, 2017 that clearly states: 1) the main research questions and significance, 2) methodology, and 3) how the study would advance research on productive aging in Asia to

For more details, please see:

2017 10 – Four Population Section Sessions at the ASA

Exciting news: We will have four sessions at the upcoming ASA! The titles and organizers are listed below.

  • “Causes and Consequences of Changing Family Structure.”  Organizer: Sarah Hayford
  • “Geographic Inequalities.”  Organizer: Dan Lichter
  • "Trends and Disparities in American Health and Mortality.”  Organizer: Mark Hayward
  • “The Demography of Race and Racism.” Organizer: Tod Hamilton

2017 10 - PhD Scholarship in Family and Population Studies, National University of Singapore

2017 10 - An upcoming meeting for International Sociological Association (ISA) in Singapore for family and Population research

The deadline for the Call for Papers is approaching – Nov. 1st, 2017.

 Changing Demography, Changing Families, May 17-19, 2018, Singapore

2017 10 - New paper-back book releases

Abramson, Corey M. 2017 (2015). The End Game: How Inequality Shapes Our Final Years. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. (link)

  • Winner, 2016 Outstanding Publication Award, American Sociological Association Section on Aging and the Life Course.
  • Selection, 2016 Author Meets Critic Session, American Sociological Association.
  • Reviewed in: The American Journal of Sociology, Contemporary Sociology, The London School of Economics Review of Books, Health Affairs, The Gerontologist, Choice, Organizational Theory, Soziopolis (German).
  • Featured in: The New York Times, The Atlantic and other media outlets.

Abramson, Corey M., Jaqueline Joslyn, Sarah Garrett, Katharine Rendle, and Daniel Dohan. 2018. “The Promises of Computational Ethnography: Improving Transparency, Replicability, and Validity for Realist Approaches to Ethnographic Analysis.” Ethnography (link).


This article argues the advance of computational methods for analyzing, visualizing and disseminating social scientific data can provide substantial tools for ethnographers operating within the broadly realist ‘normal-scientific tradition’ (NST). While computation does not remove the fundamental challenges of method and measurement that are central to social research, new technologies provide resources for leveraging what NST researchers see as ethnography’s strengths (e.g. the production of in situ observations of people over time) while addressing what NST researchers see as ethnography’s weaknesses (e.g. questions of sample size, generalizability and analytical transparency). Specifically, we argue computational tools can help: (1) scale ethnography, (2) improve transparency, (3) allow basic replications, and (4) ultimately address fundamental concerns about internal and external validity. We explore these issues by illustrating the utility of three forms of ethnographic visualization enabled by computational advances – ethnographic heatmaps (ethnoarrays), a combination of participant observation data with techniques from social network analysis (SNA), and text mining. In doing so, we speak to the potential uses and challenges of nascent ‘computational ethnography.’

2017 10 - Sociology of Reproduction Mini-Conference, 81st Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society

April 4-7, 2018

New Orleans, LA

We are seeking papers for a mini-conference on the Sociology of Reproduction. The Sociology of Reproduction is a growing area of specialization that uses sociological perspectives to study human reproduction, including topics such as pregnancy, birth, abortion, contraception, prenatal testing, assisted reproductive technologies, and infertility. The sociological study of reproduction considers the ways gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, geography, religion, citizenship and other forms of inequality intersect to shape reproduction in significant ways. The mini-conference brings together scholars whose work focuses on the common topic of reproduction that might otherwise be divided across subfields such as medicine, family, work, and population.

All regular paper submissions should include: (a) the title of the paper, (b) names, affiliations, and contact information for each author, and (c) an extended abstract. Extended abstracts should be approximately 450-550 words and organized with the following three section headings: Objectives, Methods, and Findings. We acknowledge that these section headings may not apply to all submissions. We expect you to provide information that is relevant to your submission.

Please submit materials in a single Microsoft Word attachment by October 23, 2017, for consideration for inclusion in the mini-conference. Materials may be submitted via email to Emily Mann at

Please direct any questions or ideas to the mini-conference organizers:

Shannon K. Carter, University of Central Florida,

Emily S. Mann, University of South Carolina,

Tanya Koropeckyj-Cox, University of Florida,


2017 09 – Membership!

Dear Population Section Members:

 We need your help to enroll more ASA members in the Sociology of Population section! Can you persuade a colleague or student who is currently an ASA member to enroll?  Currently, our enrollment is 469 members. Membership determines the number of sessions we have at ASA. Currently, our section membership earns 3 sessions (400-599 members).

Unless we are an extraordinarily high fertility section, it seems unlikely that we can grow to over 600 members by September 30th, the ASA deadline for determining the number of sessions awarded to sections.  However, our section potentially faces “mortality” challenges due to a change in ASA policy which makes it more difficult for us to donate student memberships to the section.

To help, please go to Click on My ASA Membership Portal and log in. Then, under Join/Renew click on Join a Section.

Many thanks for considering!

I have also been approached by a couple of sections whose membership is just short of the magical 600 number for their sections to add another session. The sections are “Aging and Life Course” and “Crime, Law, and Deviance.” 

If you are feeling community spirited, I encourage you to log into the ASA website and add a section to your roster of sections — these sections in particular given how close they are to the 600 number. I’m already a member of the aging section and I just joined the CLD section to help them out. I encourage you to consider doing this in the spirit of helping out your colleagues.

All the best,


2017 09 - Call for Papers, Sociological Focus

Sociological Perspectives would like to have a special issue on environmental sociology, calling for proposals for a guest editor.

The proposals should be sent to by Oct 16, 2017. More information is found in the attached flyer, which is also available at the url below.

2017 09 - New Listserv Manager

I hope everyone enjoyed the ASA Montreal meetings. It was great seeing outstanding papers and high levels of attendance at the section’s sessions.

I would like to announce a change in the section’s listserv manager. Raeven Chandler, Penn State, has been handling the section’s listser and is stepping down.  Please join me in thanking her.  She has done a wonderful job keeping the section informed.

Our new listserv manager is Lucie Kalousova. Please send her any new information that you would like to see distributed via the listserv.  Lucie’s email address is:

 Lucie also has a very nice website that showcases her work.  I encourage you to take a look.  She’s doing fascinating work.

 Thanks, Lucie, for taking over for Raeven.



2017 09 – Listserv Manager Search

The Sociology of Population section is seeking a new person to manage the section’s listserv. Raeven Chandler has completed her term, and she has done a truly terrific job of keeping section members up to date on the latest information.

Managing the listserv is a great way to be a hub of useful information.  It also provides visibility within the section and a chance to network.

If you are interested in managing the listserv, please contact Mark Hayward ( I am also sure that Raeven would be happy to answer any questions about the position.

2017 09 – Starting an ASA Section on the Sociology of Reproduction

Are you a current member of the American Sociological Association (ASA) and interested in forming an ASA Section on the Sociology of Reproduction? An increasing number of sociologists are studying reproduction by conducting research on topics such as pregnancy, labor, birth, abortion, contraception, prenatal testing, assisted reproductive technologies, and infertility. Further, the sociological study of reproduction is a critical place of feminist research. Here are a few reasons why an ASA Section on the Sociology of Reproduction is a good idea:

  • According to ASA, “Sections are great for networking with your colleagues and keeping up to date with new developments in your field. Sections write newsletters, conduct panels, receptions and sessions at the Annual Meeting, and connect their members daily through listservs, websites and social media outlets.”
  • ASA sections have official recognition as legitimate areas of sociological inquiry, which helps individuals pitch new courses to teach, request new faculty positions, and legitimate their own research agenda within the area.
  • There is a proposal before the ASA Council to increase the number of sessions controlled by the sections. Such a shift, which appears to have the support of ASA staff, would make it increasingly unlikely that we would be able to continue getting 4-5 regular ASA sessions (as we did in 2017), but also more likely that small sections, such as a section on the Sociology of Reproduction, would be able to get more than the 2 ASA sessions currently promised.

To form a new section, we need to collect 200 signatures of current ASA members on a petition in which the signer agrees, if the section is formed, to pay dues to the section for two years. Dues are typically $5-$10/year.

You can sign the petition here. Please encourage other interested ASA members, including graduate students, to sign, too!

For questions, please feel free to email any of us:

Danielle Bessett

Shannon Carter

Theresa Morris

Louise Roth

Carrie Lee Smith


2017 08 – ASA Section on Population Annual Meeting Notes

Dear ASA Population Section members,

I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming meetings! As we have done so for the past few years, our section reception will be held jointly with the Family section.

With the invaluable help of local section members Shelley Clark and Sarah Brauner-Otto, we have found a wonderful venue not that far from conference hotels for the reception: L'Auberge Saint-Gabriel, located at 426 rue Saint-Gabriel, Vieux-Montreal (QC) H2Y 2Z9. It's website:

The reception will take place on Monday, August 14, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. At the reception we will also honor the section's award winners. The year's winners are:

Otis Dudley Duncan Award (book award): Filiz Garip for: On the Move: Changing Mechanisms of Mexico-US Migration

Student Paper Award: Julia Behrman, for: “Educational assortative mating and into-familial gender and family dynamics: A case study of cultural lags and social change in Eastern Africa.

Award for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship in Population: Merlin Schaeffer and Joscha Legewie for: "Contested Boundaries: Explaining Where Ethnoracial Diversity Provokes Neighborhood Conflict"

So please join us at the reception and congratulate the winners!

Finally, also note the following Section events at the ASA:

  • The Population section business meeting will take place on Monday, August 14, in  Palais des congrès de Montréal, 512H, 9:30-10:10 am
  • We have a number of sessions scheduled on Monday, August 14. For details, see the online program here: (search for "sociology of population")

Safe travels to Montreal.


2017 08 – One-Day Conference “Global Need for Formal Child Care”

We cordially invite you to attend the upcoming one-day conference “Global Need for Formal Child Care” on Friday, August 11, 2017 at McGill University (Montreal), a multidisciplinary examination of research findings on and policy implications of the tension between women’s work and child care. We encourage you register as soon as possible, as space is limited. Please forward, as appropriate.


One-day conference

Friday, August 11, 2017

McGill University

Conference website

The need for formal child care is becoming a pressing global challenge. Dramatic economic changes have seen unprecedented rates of women participating in paid market work across the world. However, this fundamental transition in how women organize their lives has not been met by an equally dramatic transition in how children are cared for. Consequently, women across the globe are faced with tough choices regarding the trade-offs between work, personally caring for their children and using often substandard alternative child care arrangements. With much effort focused on improving work opportunities for women, policy efforts regarding child care have lagged.

This mini-conference is bringing together stakeholders and scholars to focus on the tensions between women’s work and child care, particularly as they relate to formal child care and women’s outcomes. The event will feature the presentation of twelve (12) research papers from sociology, economics, demography, epidemiology, and policy studies, addressing three key themes:

  1. The use of day care and other child care arrangements.
  2. Child care and women’s labour force participation
  3. Child care, maternal and child well-being

The conference will also highlight policy implications of research findings through a final panel featuring policy-makers and practitioners from Canadian and international NGOs and research centres. This event will be relevant for academics as well as policy-makers and practitioners at local and international levels.

The conference will also feature a PhotoVoice exhibition entitled “Picturing Change” which captures the views of mothers on the effects and impacts of a day care intervention project in a slum community in Nairobi, Kenya.

See attached preliminary conference program. For more information, also see conference website:

Registration is mandatory but there is no conference fee. N.B. space is very limited. Please register as soon as possible and before August 2nd.

To register:

For any questions, please contact Heidi Hoernig at or 514-398-3342.

This conference is organized as part of the GrOW project Improving childcare options to create better economic opportunities for women in Nairobi slums. It is organized by Shelley Clark, Director, Centre on Population Dynamics and James McGill Professor, Department of Sociology, and Sarah Brauner-Otto, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, McGill University.

The Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program is a partnered initiative funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

2017 08 – New Book: Mothers at Work: Who Opts Out?

Author: Liana Christin Landivar

Are mothers in managerial and professional occupations more likely to leave the labor force when they have children? Using four major government surveys, Mothers at Work offers a nationally representative account of mothers’ employment in 55 occupations, while simultaneously considering race, ethnicity, and age of children. This book shows that women in managerial and professional occupations were the least likely to opt out but most likely to scale back when they had children. Scaling back typically consisted of cutting work hours by a few hours per week while maintaining a full-time schedule. By examining work-hour trends since 1970, this book shows that scaling back is taking place in a broader context of shorter work hours since the early 2000s across all groups of workers, including managers and professionals. 

More information:   

2017 08 – Families and Technology - Penn State’s 25th Annual Symposium on Family Issues

October 23-24, 2017. New communication technologies such as smart phones and social media are rapidly diffusing across the globe among both children and adults. Fifteen percent of U.S. adults have used an online dating site. American teens spend an average of nine hours a day engaged in social media. Technological changes such as these are rapidly changing how couples meet and form relationships, how parents raise their children, and how family members remain connected across long distances. The 2017 National Symposium on Family Issues focuses on how these dramatic changes are shaping and changing families and family life in both positive and negative ways and is aimed at identifying novel directions for population and family research. For more information and to register visit 2017 Family Symposium

2017 08 – Population Trends in Post-Recession Rural America series new Brief


We are very pleased to announce the fourth brief of the Population Trends in Post-Recession Rural America series! The brief series provides 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 fourth brief in the series, Access to Services Diminishes in Rural America as Populations Age by Brian C. Thiede, David L. Brown, Scott R. Sanders, Nina Glasgow, and László J. Kulcsár, discusses how the availability of services changes as the population in nonmetropolitan counties ages and examines the spatial dimensions of those transitions.

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. Upcoming briefs will focus on how aging and loss of services are becoming an issue in rural communities, rural housing trends, and birth outcomes in rural counties.  All briefs will be available via the website. We will announce new contributions to the series when they are released and we also invite you to check the 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

The Editorial Committee,

John Cromartie, USDA Economic Research Service

Katherine Curtis, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Daniel Veroff, University of Wisconsin-Extension

2017 08 – New Website: Confronting Poverty

Mark Rank has created a new website and set of tools dealing with American poverty and inequality.  The focal point of the website is a poverty risk calculator that estimates for the first time the likelihood that an individual will experience poverty at some point in the future.  The idea is similar to the heart disease risk calculators that you can find on the Internet.  In this case, the data is based on the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID).  There is also a discussion guide designed for various groups to further explore different issues around poverty and inequality.  The link to the website is:


Issue and Conference on Using Administrative Data for Social Science and Policy

Edited by: Andrew M. Penner, University of California, Irvine and Kenneth A. Dodge, Duke University

Administrative data sources play an increasingly central role in understanding inequality, and recent initiatives like the Murray-Ryan Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of 2016 suggest that administrative data infrastructure will only become more central in the future of social science and policy. Efforts to leverage administrative data in the social sciences to understand inequality and poverty are, however, uneven: In some domains, administrative data are used routinely, while they are virtually never used in others. The quality of these data has increased greatly, particularly in education and healthcare, due to accountability requirements. The potential for linking administrative data files across domains (e.g., education data and social services data) has improved with the advent of common identifiers. This issue of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences seeks to highlight the promise of analyzing administrative data for understanding issues around social, political, and economic inequalities, showcasing the unique insights that such data can provide in understanding the causes and consequences of these inequalities, and the effectiveness of programs and policies aimed at redressing these.

We welcome contributions from a wide-range of disciplines and perspectives using administrative data, including (but not limited to) economics, education, political science, psychology, public health, and sociology. We are also open to rigorous descriptive research using administrative data to help us understand better the contours of inequality, to integrate qualitative and quantitative data, and to advance theory. We welcome studies using administrative data from single geographical districts or organizations as well as the entire United States. Recognizing that the potential for insight grows exponentially as data are integrated, we are particularly interested in papers that link data sources that are often siloed. Note that while much important work on administrative data has a non-U.S. focus, per the Russell Sage Foundation’s charter, we consider work that focuses on “the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States.” Fortunately, the field is rich with domestic data.

Please click here for a full description of the topics covered in this call for papers.

Anticipated Timeline

Prospective contributors should submit an abstract (up to two pages in length, single or double spaced) of their study along with up to two pages of supporting material (e.g. tables, figures, pictures, etc.) no later than 5 p.m. EST on June 15, 2017, to:

All submissions must be original work that has not been previously published in part or in full. Only abstracts submitted will be considered. Each paper will receive a $1,000 honorarium when the issue is published. The journal issue is being edited by Andrew M. Penner, Associate Professor of Sociology at UC Irvine; and Kenneth A. Dodge, William McDougall Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. All questions regarding this issue should be directed to Suzanne Nichols, Director of Publications, at and not to the email addresses of the editors of the issue.

A conference will take place at the foundation in New York City on January 19, 2018. The selected contributors will gather for a one-day workshop to present draft papers (due on December 17, 2017, a month prior to the conference) and receive feedback from the other contributors and editors.

Travel costs, food, and lodging will be covered by the foundation. Papers will be circulated before the conference. After the conference, the authors will submit their final drafts on or before March 15, 2018. The papers will then be sent out to three additional scholars for peer review. Having received feedback from reviewers and the RSF board, authors will revise their papers before August 16, 2018. The full and final issue will be published in spring 2019.

Papers will be published open access on the RSF website as well as in several digital repositories, including JSTOR and UPCC/Muse.

Please click here for a full description of the topics covered in this call for papers.

2017 08 – Call for Papers Special Issue on Immigration and Crime

Edited by Robert M. Adelman, Charis Kubrin, Graham Ousey, Lesley Williams Reid Migration Letters invites contributions for a special issue on crime, law, and justice studies related to immigration. A renewed interest in immigration and crime has emerged with the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President and as European countries continue to deal with immigration, generally, and refugees, specifically. As a result, many nations are re-working their immigration policies often because of a supposed link between immigration and crime. This is despite the large body of research that has shown little support for the assumption that increases in immigration are associated with increases in crime. Thus, there is a renewed imperative for research that examines the association between immigration and sociolegal processes. In this special issue, we seek to bring together a set of articles that addresses how immigration affects, and is affected by, crime and the law. For example, topics could include the victimization of immigrants, human rights issues, the impact of public policies on immigrant families and communities as they relate to crime and the law, among many others. Papers from this rapidly growing area of scholarship can be based in any discipline and can deal with any aspect of immigration, crime, and the law. Empirical (quantitative, qualitative, or mixed), theoretical, and policy-oriented papers are welcome. Migration Letters is an international peer-reviewed journal publishing short accounts of research, reviews, debates, viewpoints, and case studies on migration. It also showcases scholarship and builds connections across the distinctive field of migration studies. All submissions are subject to double-blind peer review. Migration Letters invites papers from all disciplines including Anthropology, Demography, Economics, Forced Migration Studies, Geography, History, Psychology, Political Science, Law, Public Health, International Relations, and Sociology. The journal welcomes research that is anchored in a discipline while also engaging across disciplinary boundaries with other migration researchers. Contributions to this special issue should comply with the author guidelines and respect the word limits of the Journal. Papers submitted must be original scholarly pieces and follow the submission guidelines of the journal:

Submission Deadline:

30 June 2017

Anticipated schedule Submission deadline: 30 June 2017 Notification: 30 August 2017 Final revisions: September - October 2017 Publication date: May 2018 The schedule may be subject to revisions. Please forward your queries and submissions directly to one of the Special Issue Editors: Robert M. Adelman, University at Buffalo, SUNY ( Charis Kubrin, University of California Irvine ( Graham Ousey, College of William & Mary ( Lesley Williams Reid, University of Alabama (  Chief Editor: Ibrahim Sirkeci, Regent’s University London, UK ( Co-editors: Jeffrey H. Cohen, Ohio State University Elli Heikkila, Migration Institute of Finland Carla De Tona, Migration Letters

2017 08 – 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.

2017 08 – SocArXiv beta release

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.


FEB-JULY 2017 [Temporary Lapse!]

There was a temporary lapse in the posting of announcements. An attempt will be made to fill this gap for posterity. 


2017 01 – Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting – July 27-30, 2017 – Columbus, Ohio

Call for Papers on Rural Population Health

Rural people and places face a number of enduring and new health challenges. Life expectancy is lower, and rates of several chronic diseases, obesity, disability, and mortality from the leading causes of death are higher in rural versus urban areas. Over the last three decades, rural and urban life expectancy and mortality have diverged, with rural areas seeing fewer improvements in population health compared to urban areas. Morbidity and mortality from drugs, alcohol, and suicide – the so-called ‘diseases and deaths of despair’ have been especially pronounced in rural areas over the past decade. There has been significant conjecture about the roles of rising anxiety and distress (particularly among non-Hispanic whites) on these rural population health trends. Slow-moving stressors that have manifested over the past 40 years (e.g., industrial transformation, wage stagnation, rising income inequality, population aging, climate change) and short-term economic and policy shocks (e.g., the Great Recession, safety net policy/program changes) affect the health of rural people differently than their urban peers due to greater concentrations of vulnerable groups, less diversified economies, thinner and weaker institutions, and fewer local services in rural areas.

We are interested in bringing together papers on the links between volatility, shocks, and stressors and rural population health for one or more organized sessions co-sponsored by the Population Research Interest Group (RIG) and the Community, Health, and Family RIG. Papers may be conceptual, empirical, and/or applied. Population health is conceived of broadly to include physical and mental health, health-related quality of life, and aging. Shocks and stressors may be economic, social, political, institutional, or environmental. We encourage scholars from disciplines outside of sociology, including those who do not regularly attend the RSS annual meeting, to submit abstracts. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • trends in rural population health, including variation by sex, race/ethnicity, and SES
  • relationships between economic downturn and physical and/or mental health
  • policy impacts (including the ACA) on health care access, use, and/or outcomes
  • environmental or climate issues related to health
  • consequences of poor health on other outcomes (e.g., political, social, economic)
  • community or institutional responses to population health changes and challenges
  • rural progress towards Healthy People 2020 goals (
  • strategies to improve rural population health
  • data and/or methodological developments and innovations

Please submit an abstract (350-500 words) that outlines the purpose of the paper. If applicable, include a summary of data, methods, and preliminary or expected findings. Email your abstract to Shannon Monnat at and submit your paper directly to the RSS abstract submission system online at:, with a notation in the abstract that you would like the submission to be considered for the organized session on Rural Population Health. Select the topics: ‘Population’ and ‘Community, Health, and Family’ in the submission system. If you have already submitted your abstract but would like for it to be considered for this session, please email to indicate this request. Abstracts are due by 11:59 PM Sunday, February 12.

The general Call for Papers is below. Find out more at:

2017 Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting Call for Papers, Posters, and Organized Sessions

The theme of the 2017 conference is Rural Peoples in a Volatile World: Disruptive Agents and Adaptive Strategies and will be held in Columbus, Ohio - July 27-30 2017. Over the past thirty years rural peoples have had to cope with an increasing range and number of disruptive events. These events have come in a wide variety of forms: economic downturns, fires, severe storms, droughts (e.g. climate change), the arrival of outside investors, and wars. Clearly, the strategies for coping vary by class and related disadvantages, making some people more vulnerable to the deliberate machinations of elites as well as to the almost random turns of events like storms and droughts. Embedded within this larger theme would be several subthemes. One would continue last year’s focus on class and examine the special challenges facing disadvantaged rural peoples in moments of change. Another might look at the special politics of change during these crises and the ways that they affect rural peoples. We invite you to explore these topics and a wide variety of other topics at our 2017 meeting. RSS encourages a variety of rural practitioners and disciplines to attend. Please join us in Columbus! meeting-call-for-papers    

2017 01 – NLSY79 Child and Young Adult surveys

Data from the most recent round of the NLSY79 Child and Young Adult surveys will be released to the public on January 30th.

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