Greetings from the ASA Communications Department at the American Sociological Association. It’s an exhilarating time to be here. It’s also a time of great upheaval in the sense that we have so much to do in a new world paradigm that is greatly impacting ASA members.
ASA and the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) are pleased to introduce the five new scholars who comprise MFP Cohort 44. The MFP Advisory Panel met this spring in Washington, DC, to review the large and highly competitive pool of applications. Keeping with tradition, MFP Cohort 44 consists of talented PhD candidates with strong and diverse sociological research interests. The new Fellows will officially begin their participation in MFP on August 1, 2017.
Mary Romero, Professor of Justice Studies and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University, has been elected the 110th President of the American Sociological Association (ASA), and Grace Kao, Professor of Sociology, Education, and Asian American Studies, has been elected Vice President. Romero and Kao will serve as President-elect and Vice President-elect for one year before succeeding Duke’s Eduardo Bonilla-Silva and University of Minnesota’s Christopher Uggen respectively in August 2018.
Harassment—sexual, racial, and other forms—has been a pervasive issue in higher education and we often hear of such misconduct at professional meetings. Council recently had a discussion about this very serious problem and decided to appoint a Harassment Working Group to identify steps ASA might consider taking to both prevent and respond to misconduct at our Annual Meeting.