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In November 2009, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Council elected five sociologists among its newly elected 531 members. The new AAAS Fellows were recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum on February 20, 2010, during the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. These individuals received a certificate and a blue and gold rosette as a symbol of their distinguished accomplishments. Four of the sociologist members of the class of 2009 AAAS Fellows are in the Section on Social, Economic, and Political Sciences and one is in the Section on Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering. In addition to the new AAAS Fellows, at the close of the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting, sociologist Kenneth Bollen of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill began his term as the Chair-elect of the Section on Social, Economic, and Political Sciences. The sociologist Fellows are:
Lee Clarke, Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University, is author of Mission Improbable and Worst Cases: Terror & Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination, both from the University of Chicago Press. One of Clarke’s current projects, with Harvey Molotch, investigates how scientists negotiate the boundaries of science and politics. Clarke has written about the Y2K problem, risk communication, panic, civil defense, evacuation, community response to disaster, organizational failure, and near earth objects. He has been honored with the Fred Buttel Distinguished Scholarship Award by the ASA Environment and Technology section. During spring 2007 Clarke was the Anschutz Distinguished Scholar at Princeton University.
Stephen Hilgartner, Associate Professor and Chair of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University, studies the social dimensions and politics of contemporary and emerging science and technology, especially in the life sciences. His research focuses on situations in which scientific knowledge is implicated in establishing, contesting, and maintaining social order—a theme he has examined in studies of expertise, property formation, risk disputes, and biotechnology. His book on science advice, Science on Stage: Expert Advice as Public Drama, won the 2002 Rachel Carson Prize from the Society for Social Studies of Science.
J. Craig Jenkins, Chair of the Department of Sociology at Ohio State University, specializes in the study of social movements, political sociology and social development. His current research projects include the World Handbook of Political Indicators IV, which is mapping conflict and violence globally; dissent and repression in the Middle East; international terrorism, political protest and democratization; the growth of the U.S. environmental movement; and state government high technology programs. He is the author of The Handbook of Politics, with Kevin T. Leicht (Springer Publishers, forthcoming). He has also received numerous National Science Foundation grants to support his research.
Cecilia Ridgeway, Lucie Stern Professor of Social Sciences at Stanford University, is particularly interested in the role that social hierarchies in everyday social relations play in the larger processes of stratification and inequality in a society. Recent projects include empirical tests and further developments of status construction theory. Another ongoing project addresses the role of interactional processes in preserving gender inequality despite major changes in the socioeconomic organization of society. A nearly completed book on this topic is titled, Framed by Gender: How Gender Inequality Persists in the Modern World.
Robert Shapiro, Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, specializes in American politics with research and teaching interests in public opinion, policymaking, political leadership, the mass media, and applications of statistical methods. He has taught at Columbia University since 1982. He has published numerous articles in major academic journals and is co-author of The Rational Public: Fifty Years of Trends in Americans’ Policy Preferences (with Benjamin I. Page, University of Chicago Press ) and Politicians Don’t Pander: Political Manipulation and the Loss of Democratic Responsiveness (with Lawrence R. Jacobs, University of Chicago Press). His current research is examining American national policymaking, political leadership, and opinion from 1960 to the present.
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