Call for Papers and
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, October 28-31, 2004, Philadelphia, PA. Theme: “Social Sciences and Cultural Studies.” Deadline, March 1, 2004. www.asbh.org.
Association for Humanist Sociology 2004 Annual Meeting, November 4-7, 2004, The Galt House in Louisville, KY. Theme: “Stirring Up Solidarity: Humanists Working Together.” We welcome proposals for creative and/or alternative presentation formats, as well as papers, symposia, and panels. Deadline: June 7, 2004. Send abstract or three-sentence proposal to: Mary Chayko, 2004 AHS Program Chair, Sociology Department, College of St. Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, NJ 07960-6989; (973) 290-4120; fax (973) 290-4676; email firstname.lastname@example.org; www.humanistsoc.org.
Fourth Carework Conference, August 13, 2004, San Francisco, CA. Theme: “Bridging Carework Research, Advocacy, and Policy.” This conference will bring together researchers, policymakers, and advocates involved in various domains of carework. For more information and to join ongoing discussions, subscribe to the carework listserv by contacting Clare Stacey, the list administrator, at: email@example.com. Additional information can be obtained at www.soc.iastate.edu/carework/.
Global Awareness Society International 13th Annual Conference, August 24-27, 2004, at the Finance Academy in Moscow. Theme: “Finance and Development in a Global Society.” Abstracts are invited for individual presentations and complete panels. Deadline: April 1, 2004. Contact James C. Pomfret, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA 17815; (570) 389-4504; fax (570) 389-3599; email firstname.lastname@example.org; orgs.bloomu.edu/gasi.
International Sociological Association’s Division on Sociotechnics/Sociological Practice (RC26) Conference, June 11-13, 2004, Molyvos, on the island of Lesvos, Greece. Theme: “Social Capital and Social Transformations in the Age of Glocalization.” Submission of Proposals: All social scientists and social science practitioners with an interest in social policy and/or social intervention are invited to attend and/or give presentations. Provide a paragraph of biographical information for each presenter and the organizer. Requests for information about the conference as well as all proposals for complete sessions, individual presentations and/or workshops should be submitted to George Tsobanoglou, President of RC26, at G.Tsobanoglou@soc.aegean.gr.
National Technology and Social Science Conference, April 14-16, 2004, Las Vegas, NV. The National Social Science Association is accepting proposals for its 20th annual national conference. Technology sessions, papers, discussions, and workshops in all social science disciplines will be featured. Further information and proposal applications can be found on our website www.nssa.us. Send proposals via mail, fax, or email along with a 25-word abstract to: NSSA, 2020 Hills Lake Dr., El Cajon, CA 92020-1018; (619) 448-4709; fax (619) 448-4709; email email@example.com.
Symposium on Religion and Politics, April 29-May 1, 2004, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI. The Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics announces its second biennial symposium. Submit a proposal by February 15, 2004. The abstract should outline the nature of the proposed paper, and it should include the title, author(s), mailing address, email address, and institutional/organizational affiliation. Send to Corwin Smidt, Director, The Henry Institute, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI 49546; email firstname.lastname@example.org. After February 15, proposals will be considered on a space-available basis.
One Year Later: February 15 and the Global Antiwar Movement. The “One Year Later” project seeks paper and presentation proposals. Taking the mass demonstrations of February 15, 2003, as an exemplary case of contemporary social movements, the project envisages critical scrutiny of the “global” antiwar movement. Preferred date for submissions is February 1, 2004. Contact: Bard College, One Year Later, Box 761, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 125004-5000; (845) 752-4141; email email@example.com. For a complete outline of the project, see www.oneyearlater.org.
April 26-29, 2004, International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) 24th Annual Meeting, Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Theme: “Impact Assessment for Industrial Development: Whose Business Is It?” Contact: Jennifer Howell at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax (701) 297-7917; www.iaia.org.
May 3-5, 2004, International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) 2004 Conference, Madison, Wisconsin. Theme: “The Wisdom of Voices.” Contact the IAP2 office at email@example.com; www.iap2.org.
May 12-13, 2004, Social Capital Foundation Spring 2004 Conference, Theme: “The Future of Family: Decomposition or Recomposition?” Conference programs and registration forms can be downloaded from: www.socialcapital-foundation.org/conferences/Contact%20registration3.htm.
May 27-30, 2004, Law and Society Association 2004 Annual Meeting, Renaissance Hotel in Chicago, IL. Theme: “Law, Power, and Injustice: Confronting the Legacies of Sociolegal Research.” Visit www.lawandsociety.org/ann_mtg/am04/call.htm.
May 28-29, 2004, National Conference on Asian Americans in the United States, Holiday Inn, Oakland, CA. Visit census.kvrao.org for more details. Contact K.V. Rao (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the possibility of late submissions for papers and presentations.
June 2-6, 2004, International Symposium for Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) 10th Bi-annual Symposium, Keystone Lodge, Keystone, CO. Theme: “Past and Future of Natural Resource Management.” Contact: Brett L. Bruyere at email@example.com or fax at (970) 491-2255. www.cnr.colostate.edu/2004ISSRM.
June 23-26, 2004, Council on Undergraduate Research Conference, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI. Theme: “Crossing Boundaries: Innovations in Undergraduate Research.” For information on program and registration, visit www.cur.org/conferences.html.
July 18-21, 2004, Community Development Society (CDS) 2004 Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio. Theme: “Choice or Chance? The Rural-Urban Futures.” Contact the CDS office at firstname.lastname@example.org. www.comm-dev.org.
July 25-30, 2004, 11th World Congress of Rural Sociology, Trondheim, Norway. Theme: “Globalisation, Risks and Resistance.” Contact Lynda Herbert-Cheshire, Deputy Program Chair, at email@example.com or fax at +44-1224-273902. irsa-world-org.
August 12-15, 2004, Rural Sociological Society (RSS) 67th Annual Meeting, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sacramento, CA. Theme: “Strengthening Partnerships: New Paths to Rural Prosperity.” Contact: Domenico “Mimmo” Parisi, Program Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax at +1662-325-7966. www.ruralsociology.org.
August 13, 2004, Carework Conference, San Francisco, CA. Theme: “Bridging Carework Research, Advocacy, and Policy.” Contact: Jackie Litt: email@example.com. www.soc.iastate.edu/carework/.
March 31-April 3, 2005, Organization of American Historians 2005 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. Theme: “Telling America’s Stories: Historians and Their Publics.” Contact: 2005 Program Committee, Organization of American Historians, 112 North Bryan Ave., PO Box 5457, Bloomington, IN 47408-5457.
Active Living Research, a $12.5-million national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) created to stimulate research that will promote active living among Americans, offers $3 million in funding. Two cycles of funding are available: Cycle One for proposals requesting up to $600,000 for up to three years, and Cycle Two for proposals requesting up to $150,000 for up to two years. The complete call for proposals is available at www.rwjf.org/cfp/activelivingresearch. Deadlines: February 18, 2004, for Cycle One grants; September 1, 2004, for Cycle Two grants. For more information, see www.activelivingresearch.org.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announces new openings in its Economic Policy Fellowship Program. CBO’s mission is to provide the Congress with objective, timely, nonpartisan analyses needed for economic and budgetary decisions and with the information and estimates required for the congressional budget process. While in residence, fellows will conduct research based on a submitted proposal, use the agency’s data and facilities, and work daily with colleagues at CBO to contribute to analyses and publications. Fellows will also be able to participate in professional development opportunities. Fellows must conduct their research at the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, DC. Fellowship appointments typically last one year but may vary. In addition to expertise in macroeconomics, health economics, financial economics, or public finance, economists or budget policy analysts should have: a PhD or equivalent schooling; a commitment to analyze interesting real-world issues in economics and public policy; and a recognized record of research and publications. Candidates must submit the following materials via email by March 1, 2004: (1) a letter of interest specifying the dates of availability for a fellowship, (2) a short (1000-word) research proposal, (3) a Curriculum Vitae, (4) two letters of recommendation, and (5) copies of up to three significant publications or working papers. Email materials to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates will be notified of selection decisions by May 1, 2004. See www.cbo.gov.
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) announce a fellowship for U.S. scholars to visit and engage in collaborative activities with members of ESRC-supported projects in Britain between May 2004 and April 2005. Approximately ten research fellowships of up to $7,500 (approx. £5000) will be awarded. Applicants must hold a PhD in the one of the social sciences (including history) and have worked at a U.S. institution for at least two years. The fellowship is open to scholars from U.S. universities, colleges, independent research organizations, and public agencies. Fundable activities include but are not strictly limited to: Engaging in collaborative or complementary research that will add a comparative focus to existing or new research projects; engaging with a range of researchers, including younger scholars, to stimulate international and comparative dimensions to their thinking; writing co-authored papers, articles, and books; developing new proposals for joint research. The deadline for applications is March 2004. More information about the fellowship, and application forms, can be found at www.ssrc.org. Contact: Elisabeth Roesch, Social Science Research Council, 810 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019; (212) 377-2700; email email@example.com.
The Program on German-American Academic Relations will, over the next years, fund a number of pilot projects to establish German-American study groups that explore cross-cutting issues in the Social Sciences that are of special relevance in a transatlantic context. The program seeks proposals from German and/or American social scientists, IR specialists, contemporary historians, political economists, and international lawyers. Proposals (four copies) should include a statement of the purpose of the project, tentative conceptual framework and the proposed output, details on the academic qualification of the proposer(s), list of potential study group members, specific action plan and timetable, and proposed budget and plans for co-funding. Proposals should not exceed 10 pages. Projects should last one to two years, but funding requests cannot exceed $20,000 (Euro/$22,000). Deadline: March 31, 2004. Send proposals to: Stiftung Deutsch-Amerikanische Wissenschaftsbezie
hungen im Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Association for the Promotion of Science and Research in Germany), Postfach 16 44 60, D-45224 Essen, Germany; phone +49 (02 01) 84 01-193 or -150; fax +49 (02 01) 84 01-255; email firstname.lastname@example.org; www.stifterverband.de.
In the News
Diane Barthel-Bouchier, Stony Brook University, was quoted in an article appearing in Cosmopolitan magazine-Holland for her research on gender, fashion, and increasingly perfectionist standards of appearance.
Emmanuel Brenner was mentioned and Jean Baubert was quoted in a December 21 New York Times article about religious intolerance in Europe.
Martin Brokenleg, Augustana College, was quoted in the December 7 Washington Post about alcoholism in Native American populations.
Camille Z. Charles, University of Pennsylvania, was quoted in the December 19 Chronicle of Higher Education about the disproportionate amount of time female and minority professors spend in service to their home institution relative to the time spent by other faculty and the impact this can have on academic career advancement.
Dalton Conley had an opinion piece published in the December 16 Chronicle of Higher Education on the determination of causation (vs. mere correlation) in social science.
J. Michael Cruz, University of Southern Maine, was a guest on the December 8 McMullen & Johnson show, on Sirious OutQ Radio, discussing his book Sociological Analysis of Aging: The Gay Male Perspective, and aging gay men in general.
Mathieu Deflem, University of South Carolina, was quoted in an Associated Press article that discussed the domestic terrorism threat. The article ran in various newspapers including The State, The Post and Courier, The Augusta Chronicle, The Beaufort Gazette, The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and The Charlotte Observer (December 14-15, 2003). He was also featured in a program on “Terrorism Task Forces Join Efforts” on the South Carolina Educational Radio Network (November 12) and was interviewed on the economy of prisons for the Sumter Item (November 14).
Mitchell Duneier, CUNY-Graduate Center, wrote an op-ed in the January 4 New York Times about disabled veterans who make their living as sidewalk vendors in New York City.
Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, CUNY-Graduate Center, was quoted in the December 13 New York Times in an article on the definition of stereotypes and discrimination.
William Freudenberg, University of California-Santa Barbara, was quoted in a December 3 Los Angeles Times article about potential harm to the integrity of social science research that is commissioned by private companies.
Frank F. Furstenberg, Jr., University of Pennsylvania, was quoted in a December 22, 2003, New York Times article about changes in the timing of traditional markers of adulthood in the United States.
Barry Glassner, University of Southern California, was interviewed and quoted for a January 3 National Public Radio story about the rising popularity of tortillas. He was also the focus of a December 19 article in the London Times Higher Education Supplement about how TV journalism is making people unduly fearful of violent crime.
Saad E. Ibrahim, American University-Cairo, was mentioned on National Public Radio’s Kojo Nnamdi Show on December 11, 2003, regarding democracy in Egypt.
Carole Joffe, University of California-Davis, had her letter to the editor published in the December 4 New York Times. The letter was a comment on a November 28 op-ed piece by Sharon Zukin, CUNY-Graduate Center, on the culture of bargain hunting.
Charis E. Kubrin and Gregory D. Squires of George Washington University wrote an op-ed, “Mortgage lending up, crime down” for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, December 11.
Richard Lempert, National Science Foundation and University of Michigan, was quoted in a December 3 Los Angeles Times article about potential harm to the integrity of social science research that is commissioned by private companies.
Robert D. Manning, Rochester Institute of Technology, had his course on Consumer Credit and Debt featured on the CNBC Evening News (Money Matters) and in the MSNBC website (October). He was also quoted in the December 7 Washington Post about young adults and debt.
John Markert, Cumberland University, had his paper, “Sing-a-Song of Drug Use-Abuse” (Sociological Inquiry, 2001) highlighted in the annual survey by the European Union’s monitoring centre for drugs and drug addiction. The findings were the subject of a feature article in The Guardian, October 27. The author was also interviewed for The Music Biz on the BBC Worldwide in December.
Amy Orr, Linfield College, had her article from the October issue of the Sociology of Education featured in the December 16 Chronicle of Higher Education Daily Report.
Kimberly A. Reed, SUNY-Oswego, appeared on Time Warner Cable, Ch.10 News Now, December 4, discussing the need for more women prison guards. Reed was interviewed in The Post Standard, April 27, in an article about the symbolic importance of a Nestle plant closing in Fulton, NY.
Paul Sargent, San Diego State University, was quoted in a November 26 New York Times and November 28 San Francisco Chronicle article about male teachers in kindergarten classes.
Paul Schervish, Boston College, was quoted in a December 14 San Francisco Chronicle article about people anonymously donating to charities.
Robert Schoeni, University of Michigan, was quoted in a December 22, 2003, New York Times article about changes in the timing of traditional markers of adulthood in the United States.
Arthur Shostak, Drexel University, was featured in the November 24 Philadelphia Inquirer about his upcoming retirement from academic work.
Christian S. Smith, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was quoted in the cover story of the December 8 U.S. News and World Report, and in the cover story of the November 30 Boston Globe Magazine. Both referenced his study of evangelicals. He was also quoted in the November 15 Miami Herald and Wichita Eagle.
Kenneth L. Stewart, Angelo State University, wrote a December 9 guest opinion column in philanthropyjournal.org on charity and social justice.
Barry Wellman, University of Toronto, was quoted in a December 31 Seattle Post Intelligencer article about consumers in the information age needing to get used to having so much information available and treating it in stride.
Sharon Zukin, Brooklyn College and CUNY-Graduate Center, was interviewed for a story about Wal-Mart’s effect on local communities on The CBS Evening News (December 12). She also published an essay, in the Chronicle of Higher Education (December 19), and was interviewed on To the Point, KCRW (National Public Radio (NPR), Los Angeles), December 1; On Point, WBUR (NPR, Boston), December 12; The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC (NPR, New York), December 22; and On the Mark with Norman Mark, KNWZ (Palm Springs), December 27.
Caught in the Web
The American Sociological Review website www.asanet.org/journals/asr/ has been updated for 2004 with information about the new editorial staff.
Routledge Press announces a new journal, Capitalism Nature Socialism, with a corresponding call for papers. See www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/10455752.asp.
University of California-Los Angeles, Second Summer Institute on International Migration, June 21-26, 2004. A distinguished group of scholars from UCLA, the University of California system, and further afield will offer a series of master classes and conference sessions, open to advanced graduate students embarked on dissertation research and new PhD’s (degree received no earlier than 2000) revising dissertations for publication. Approximately 25 participants from the United States and elsewhere will be selected. The six-day event will consist of two days of master classes/workshops on special topics, a two-day conference, followed by another two days of workshops. Invited scholars will conduct the classes, act as discussants for the conference session, and offer keynote talks on their own work. Sixteen workshops will focus on the latest immigration research, with an emphasis on methods, data sources, current debates, developing research programs, and international comparisons. The institute will also feature sessions on professional development: getting funding; publishing papers and books; and developing links with policymakers. Junior participants will present their own work at the conference, with senior scholars as discussants. In addition, the conference will feature selected keynote addresses by senior scholars and panel discussions on issues of current controversy. Applications for admission can be submitted at any time but no later than March 1, 2004. Admitted junior scholars will receive meals and lodging; subsidies are available for travel to Los Angeles, but home institutions (or participants) will be asked to make a contribution. Contact Gabriel Ramos, (310) 825-8044; email email@example.com. Deadline: March 15, 2004. Submit completed applications to: Roger Waldinger, Summer Institute on International Migration, Department of Sociology, 264 Haines Hall, Box 951551, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1551. www.international.ucla.edu/migration2004.
Members' New Books
Mabel Berezin, Cornell University, and Martin Schain, editors, Europe without Borders: Remapping Territory, Citizenship, and Identity in a Transnational Age (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003).
Luiz A. Castro-Santos (with Lina Faria), Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, A Reforma Sanitária no Brasil: Ecos da Primeira República [Brazil´s Sanitary Reform: Echoes from the First Republic, 1889-1930] (Bragança Paulista, Editora Universitária São Francisco, 2003).
J. Michael Cruz, University of Southern Maine, Sociological Analysis of Aging: The Gay Male Perspective (Haworth Press, 2003).
Juan L. Gonzales, Jr., California State University-Hayward, Racial and Ethnic Groups in America, 5th Edition (Kendall/Hunt, 2003).
Michael S. Kimmel, SUNY-Stony Brook, and Amy Aronson (editors), Men and Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO, 2003).
Ethel V. Kosminsky, Universidade Estadual Paulista-Marilia, Claude Lepine, and Fernanda Areas Peixoto (editors), Gilberto Freyre em Quatro Tempos (Sao Paulo: FAPESP, EDUNESP, EDUSC, 2003).
M.A. Maslak, St. John’s University, Daughters of the Tharu: Gender, Ethnicity, Religion and the Education of Nepali Girls (Routledge Falmer Press, 2003).
Derek Phillips, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Klaske Muizelaar, Picturing Men and Women in the Dutch Golden Age: Paintings and People in Historical Perspective (Yale University Press, 2003).
Henry Vandenburgh, Bridgewater State College, Deviance: The Essentials (Prentice Hall, 2003).
Policy and Practice
Robert D. Manning, Rochester Institute of Technology, testified before the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee for the hearing on “The Importance of Financial Literacy Among College Students,” (September 2003).
Rebecca G. Adams, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, gave the commencement address at the University, called “Through the Glass Ceiling.”
Penelope Canan, University of Denver, will become the Executive Officer of the Global Carbon Project (Tsukuba, Japan) in April on a two-year leave from the university.
Danielle M. Crutchfield has accepted the position of staff assistant for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell.
Robert D. Manning, Rochester Institute of Technology, was promoted to University Professor and Special Assistant to the Provost (August 2003) and was appointed to the Blue Ribbon Advisory Council, Race Relations Institute at Fisk University (October 2003).
Kimberly Ayn Reed, SUNY-Oswego, will serve as the first Vice President of the New York State Sociological Association in 2004.
Robert and Elisabeth Schafer, retired from Iowa State University, joined a Global Volunteers service project for two weeks at an innovative center for reconciliation in Glencree, Ireland.
Midwest Political Science Association announces the formation of a search committee to recommend the selection of a new editor for the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS). The MPSA is seeking a qualified individual to edit the journal from January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2009. Nominations and self-nominations are encouraged. If you wish to nominate a person to serve as editor, or if you have questions about the responsibilities of serving as editor for the AJPS, contact the chair of the committee (Greg Caldeira, firstname.lastname@example.org). Questions may also be addressed to the Executive Director of the MPSA (Will Morgan, email@example.com). To apply: Candidates should email (as a PDF attachment) a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest. The letter of interest should contain: (1) a statement of goals for the journal that includes any proposed changes or innovations, (2) a discussion of how the office will be organized and managed, including details about co-editors or alternative structures if appropriate, (3) previous organization/management experience, technological expertise, editorial experience, previous collaborative work if more than one editor is proposed, and (4) a discussion of the financial support provided by the host institution and needed from the MPSA. Email the letter and CV to Greg Caldeira, Ohio State University (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Will Morgan, MPSA (email@example.com). Application deadline: February 16, 2004. All candidates will receive a confirmation of the receipt.
Sociologists for Women in Society announces election results: President-elect: Marlese Durr; Secretary: Mary Bernstein; Deputy Treasurer: Kathleen Slobin; Awards Committee Chair: Joan Spade; Discrimination Committee Chair: Susan Chase; International Committee Chair: Manisha Deasi; Student Representative: Vicki Hunter; Nominations: Chris Bobel and Marla Kohlman; Publications: Sue Hinze and Idee Winfield; Membership: Patti Giuffre and Marcia Texler Segal.
Jon (Joe) Hendricks, University Honors College, Oregon State University, received the 2004 Clark Tibbitts Award from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education for outstanding contributions to the advancement of gerontology.
Carla B. Howery, American Sociological Association, received the 2003 Lester F. Ward Distinguished Contributions to Applied Sociology Award by the Society for Applied Sociology.
Bob Johnson, Kent State, has accepted the chairship at the University of Miami as of July 1, 2004.
Mary Jane Crenshaw Tully died on December 27, 2003.
Ruth Simms Hamilton
Ruth Simms Hamilton, Professor of Sociology, Director of the African Diaspora Research Project, and Faculty Member of the African Studies Center and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean at Michigan State University, died on Monday, November 10, 2003.
Born in 1937 in Savannah, Georgia, Dr. Hamilton received her BA from Talladega College. She obtained her MA and PhD in sociology from Northwestern University. A teacher and researcher at Michigan State University (MSU) for 35 years, Ruth taught courses on international inequality and development, comparative race relations, international migration and diasporas, Third World urbanization and change, and sociological theory. Her research focused on comparative cross-cultural studies of peoples of African descent in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Colleagues and friends describe her as everything that an engaged, intelligent, hard working, creative, demanding, sympathetic, and productive faculty member should be. For the dozens of students she mentored who today are faculty members around the world, she was a rigorous and supportive teacher who insisted that their work be the very best they could produce.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Ruth pioneered the study of the African diaspora when the notion of “diaspora” was a relatively obscure concept. In 1986 she founded the African Diaspora Research Project (ADRP), a comparative, multidisciplinary research program studying the dispersion and settlement of African peoples beyond the continent of Africa.. The ADRP’s comparative research and graduate training program, was first conceptualized in 1984 by Dr. Hamilton and her colleague, the late historian Dr. Leslie Rout, Jr. The ADRP originated in the need for a broader, multidisciplinary understanding of communities of African descent grounded in sound scholarship and policy analysis.
Dr. Hamilton was also one of the founding and core faculty members of the MSU African Studies Center and served as one of its Associate Directors in the 1970s. She pioneered the study of African urbanization (when others were more focused on villages and rural areas) and of gender in African development. She was the founding editor of the journal African Urban Studies and of Working Paper Series on the African Diaspora, and editorial board member of the Sage Series in Race and Ethnic Relations. Her books and articles included: Racial Conflict, Discrimination, Power; Urbanization in West Africa; “The African woman as entrepreneur: problems and prospects for development”; “The African Diaspora in the Late Twentieth Century World System: Recent Observations”; and “Toward a Conceptualization of Modern Diasporas: Exploring Contours of African Diaspora Social Identity Formation.” At the time of her death, Ruth was finalizing Routes of Passage, an 11-volume series on the African Diaspora. It was a culmination of more than a decade of research to be published by Michigan State University Press.
She was a member of the Rockefeller Foundation-funded Commission on U.S. Policy on South Africa that resulted in the groundbreaking report, South Africa: Time Running Out. This Commission helped to shape the political policies in Washington that contributed to passing the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986. She also has been a Trustee Emeritus of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA).
In 2002, she co-chaired the Task Force on Urban and Metropolitan Studies in the College of Social Science, charting a new direction for urban studies at MSU (see www.ssc.msu.edu/sscHome/urbanAgenda/). Subsequently, she was convener for the College’s Urban and Metropolitan Design Team, which, under the theme Urbanization and Transnationalism: Globalizing Cities and Metropolitan Areas, is pursuing “a new, interdisciplinary instructional and research program focused on urban and metropolitan studies.”
Ruth received many awards for her work, including the A. Wade Smith Award for Outstanding Teaching, Mentoring and Service in 2000 from the Association of Black Sociologists; the 1995 Ralph Smuckler Award for Advancing International Studies and Programs at MSU; the 1971 Teacher-Scholar Award of MSU; and the Michigan Association of Governing Boards Distinguished Faculty Award in 1987.
She was a caring, compassionate, responsible, and serious human being—and a dear friend who will be missed terribly by so many of us who knew and worked with her.
David Wiley, Steve Gold, Raymond Familusi, Vera L. Benedito, Michigan State University
Paul Burleigh Horton
Dr. Paul Burleigh Horton was one of the most widely known sociologists to students on college campuses for almost half a century, by virtue of the widespread adoption and use of his introductory textbooks on sociology.
Dr. Horton died on October 11, 2003, at age 86 in Sun City, Arizona, from complications due to Alzheimer’s disease. As a child he was a product of “small town America,” living in Rootstown, Ohio. He graduated with “Highest Distinction” from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and received a fellowship for graduate work at Duke University. In 1949, he received his PhD in sociology from Ohio State University. He taught at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, and at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 1960, on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Kent State University, he was honored as one of the 12 most distinguished scholars of the College of Arts and Sciences. He retired from Western Michigan University in 1978 and moved to Sun City, Arizona, in 1980.
Dr. Horton was a member of the Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University for more than 33 years and probably was the best-known sociologist on the faculty. He was the author of six college-level textbooks, chief of which was the Sociology of Social Problems (written with Gerald Leslie) and first published by Prentice Hall in 1955. The text was the first college textbook in the field to address the subject of social problems. He is perhaps best remembered as the first sociologist to integrate three conceptual approaches to the study of social problems (social disorganization, value conflict, and personal deviation). Most current social problems still present a similar approach today. The text achieved 12 editions and is still in print, making it the longest and most distributed text in American sociology. In 1965 he published Introductory Sociology (McGraw Hill), co-authored by Chester Hunt. The Introductory Sociology text has been translated into Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, and Indonesian, and also was one of the most widely used textbooks on sociology for 30 years. Dr. Horton authored or co-authored four other textbooks in basic sociology, which were also widely used for 20 years.
In addition to the writing of textbooks, Paul was a dedicated member of the faculty of Western Michigan University. When a chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) was established, he became its first president. He was a strong supporter of the Michigan Sociological Association, which is one of the few state sociological associations that continue to actively function today. Dr. Horton also spent an enormous amount of time working in the community (particularly with Planned Parenthood), applying the principles of sociological practice.
He was a member of the American Sociological Association, the Society for Social Problems, the AAUP, the National Education Association, the alumni associations of Kent State and Ohio State Universities, the President’s Circle of Western Michigan University, and Crown Life Lutheran Church in Sun City, Arizona.
Robert Horton, Donald Bouma, Tom Van Valey, Western Michigan University
Aliza Kolker, Professor of Sociology at George Mason University, died at home in Vienna, Virginia, on November 7, 2003, at the age of 55. She was an indefatigable teacher and researcher and in her classes demonstrated the value of the cohesiveness of the teacher-student role. She greatly valued her role as a teacher and it was a joy to read her six- or seven-page syllabi, complete with a sign-off for the teacher-student contractual agreement. She wanted students to strive toward excellence and to learn to enjoy the interplay of theory and data, which would heighten their contribution to their own education and thus create a highly intense and personal classroom educational dialogue. Her ability to connect to students can also be seen in the numerous doctoral dissertations and masters theses that Aliza supervised over the years.
The breadth and scope of her intellectual and academic interests can also be seen in the some 15 courses she taught in the department, many of which she created. We watched her exude the same energy as she initiated the department’s Internship Program and spent hours supervising students and placing them in specific institutions and organizations, then coordinating the students’ internship activities with intern-location supervisors. The same energy prevailed when she created and coordinated the Gerontology Program and introduced gerontology as one of four special areas in the department’s graduate program.
Though recently retired, Aliza had been a member of the Sociology and Anthropology Department since 1975. She was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, spent a year (1967-1968) at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, then in 1969 received a BA in History from Barnard College where she was inducted in Phi Beta Kappa and graduated cum laude. In 1974 she received an MA in sociology from Columbia University, and the following year was awarded a PhD in sociology.
Aliza co-authored two books: The Social Basis of Politics and Pre-Natal Testing: A Sociological Perspective (which went into a second edition). In addition, she co-edited two books: Aging and Toward a New Definition of Health. Her books and articles focused on several areas: (1) prenatal testing and diagnosis, (2) the social consequences of health for women, (3) aging and health-related problems among the elderly, (4) ethnic identity and immigration in Israel, and (5) Holocaust studies.
Aliza was an active participant in the profession. She served as Secretary of the District of Columbia Sociological Society (DCSS) (1998-2000) and had been a member of the Executive Committee of the DCSS. In addition, she was a founding member of the Virginia Sociological Association in 1977, and organized and presided at numerous sociological regional and national meetings. At George Mason University, a few of her many activities included serving as Coordinator of the Gerontology Program, chairing the Graduate Program in Sociology, serving on the Honors Committee and the Educational Task Force, and holding an appointment on the European Studies Faculty. She also initiated and organized the International Jewish Film Festival, which has attracted much attention during the past four years.
No task was too big for Aliza to tackle, and she was always eager to assist in the department’s ongoing programs and projects. This magnificent quality of hers was displayed on October 1 (only five weeks before her death) when she superbly presented at the department’s Inaugural Brown Bag Series her latest research: “Are You My Real Mother? Are You My Real Father? Secrecy and Disclosure in Assisted Reproduction.” It was presented with her usual infusion of history, great and timely wit, and thoughtful and provocative data. She held us enthralled for more than an hour despite the occasional visible signs that indicated she was not well. We all admired and appreciated her grit and her desire to remain a part of fellow colleagues who so highly valued her friendship, her scholarship, her humor and who loved her because she was a warm, caring, and decent human being.
In addition to being a devoted teacher and scholar, Aliza was also a devoted wife to Ken Heitner and two of her two sons, Ari and Ethan. Unfortunately, although she had been looking forward to traveling to Israel for Ari’s wedding, at the last moment she became too weak to travel and missed the marriage.
Those of us at George Mason, in her synagogue, in the various professional sociological organizations, and in the greater Washington area will miss her terribly. We already know that the department and the university are just not the same without her.
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology has established the Aliza Kolker Award to honor her memory.
Rutledge Dennis and Joseph Scimecca, George Mason University
John Itsuro Kitsuse
John Kitsuse, a professor emeritus at University of California-Santa Cruz, passed away on November 27, 2003, in Santa Cruz, California, after suffering a massive stroke.
John was born in Imperial Valley, California. His family moved to Los Angeles when he was a child. In 1942, John, along with thousands of other Japanese Americans, was imprisoned in an internment camp. After a year, he was helped by friends and moved to Boston. John attended Boston University where he earned his BA and then attended the University of California-Los Angeles for his MA and PhD.
We were close friends for more than 50 years and shared lasting intellectual and personal moments. John was my teaching assistant in the spring of 1953 at UCLA. When we both left UCLA—he to an instructorship at the University of Washington and I to Cornell for my PhD—we remained in contact. We met frequently when I was a post-doc in 1957-58 at the UCLA Medical Center and John was at San Diego State College. Through the efforts of Wendell Bell and Scott Greer, we both decided to accept the offers from Northwestern in 1958. John remained at Northwestern for 16 years.
Our long discussions led to our study of the decision-making process in a high school with a diverse student body. We were interested in the extent to which one’s ethnic or racial status might affect the assessment of academic performance. We discussed whether variations existed in the way school personnel encouraged or discouraged students to enter a college or university. We also discussed university students’ perceptions of socially “deviant” activities. For example, how would students characterize possible “deviant” conduct despite no personal experiences and misconceptions about the nature of the activity? John pursued these ideas systematically.
John left a deep impression on many dear friends, faculty, and students. He was a wonderful host and cook. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his son Edward (wife Emmy and son Nolan), and his daughter Alicia (husband Jim and son Christopher). John deeply touched many friends and I felt a few of them should have the opportunity to add to this tribute:
That great spirit John Kitsuse! A very knowing, overflowing, easy-going “Paladin” and I shall miss his great hospitality and playfulness. I once wrote for a journal he was editing, signed my name as Jeannette MacDonald and he by return mail signed Nelson Eddy. John was the guiding force in bringing me to Evanston but he left before I arrived. Despite this act of treachery, we remained friends ever after. Arlene Kaplan Daniels
John Kitsuse was one of the premier contributors to a movement that definitively changed the way sociologists approached the study of normality, deviance, and control. He was a man of elegant contradictions, as fiercely committed to the “underdog” as to display of personal grace in his own life, which he achieved with unfailing dignity. Troy Duster
John is the most well-known and most respected American sociologist in Japan in the fields of social problems, criminology, and deviance. John traveled to Japan 40 years ago as a Fulbright scholar; he studied the method of prisoner rehabilitation, naikan, that required inmates to reflect on the shame their actions had brought to family and loved ones and introduced the method to American scholars. Hiroshi Fukurai
I met John in a 1963 undergraduate course on criminology. Edwin Lemert’s Social Pathology thoroughly undermined the official course description. As his teaching and research assistant, I was introduced to John’s personal intellectual style: examine in detail small quantities of seemingly innocuous data for “societal reaction” implications. Neither politics nor career goals could stop his single-minded, and ultimately subversive pursuit, of how the societal reaction creates the subject matter of conventional sociological analysis. No one in the field of social problems will ever wander unthinkingly into the confusion that existed in this field before John Kitsuse decided to take a look at it. Malcolm Spector
In 1974, John arrived at the University of California-Santa Cruz. The Sociology Department was growing. His distinctive outlook on social interaction and his own irrepressible sociability were the heart and soul of departmental life for students and close faculty colleagues. His network of professional and personal contacts brought a cosmopolitanism to Santa Cruz that helped the undergraduate major and graduate program to mature and prosper. His consolidation of constructionist perspectives enhanced the distinctive mix of sociological viewpoints at UCSC, but it was his intellectual and interpersonal vitality that left their mark on those who knew him. Mark Traugott
Aaron Cicourel, University of California-San Diego
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