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James M. Jasper, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Academic miracles tend to be modest—wine turned into water and that sort of thing—but the revival of the Rose monograph series over the last 10 years certainly counts as a major one. First at the University of Massachusetts, then at Stony Brook, the series (published by the Russell Sage Foundation for the ASA) not only rose from the dead (to switch Bible stories) but began to publish some of the best books in sociology. Now the Editorial Office is moving to Rutgers University to be edited by Lee Clarke, Judith Gerson, Lauren Krivo, Paul McLean, and Patricia Roos. (Rutgers is also the new home of Contexts magazine.) Apparently, 30 years of Republican onslaughts have not quite killed state universities in the United States.
In the last decade or so ASA editors have realized that the immense work goes faster when a team is doing it. We have finally managed to set aside the misguided image of a scholar, alone in his (sic) study, perhaps puffing on a pipe, thinking profound thoughts; instead we now take our own discipline’s insights into the strengths of weak (and strong) ties seriously. Editors, like everyone else (even the son of God), work better through interaction. And editors not only work with each other, they are nodes in the much broader networks that write the books, produce them, and read them. (And hopefully, along the way, buy them.)
The resurrected Rose series has succeeded, beyond all odds or expectations, partly because of the extensive feedback provided to authors. An editorial point-person works with each author, even at the proposal stage. As a book nears its halfway point, the author, editors, and invited guests assemble at Russell Sage for a day-long seminar designed to generate extensive suggestions. Reviewers are even paid more lavishly than elsewhere, always the best genesis of networks.
The new Rutgers editors draw on miraculously diverse networks. Together, they’ve made major contributions in comparative-historical sociology, crime, disaster, the environment, economic life, work and family, gender, human rights, immigration, network analysis, organizations, occupations, gender, race-ethnicity, and more that I am forgetting. Their methodological orientations vary widely, too.
Lee Clarke (people call him Chip) is currently finishing his fourth book, on the problem of "warning." His main field is the sociology of organizations, but he’s made important contributions to environmental sociology, sociology of risk, and disaster studies. In 2009, Chip became a fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, partly for his efforts in bringing sociology to broader audiences. Chip tells me he’s excited about working on the Rose Series for the voluminous e-mail he anticipates.
Judith Gerson (people call her Judy) has worked at the intersection of sociology and gender studies throughout her career. Interested in contested meanings of inequality and difference, she has explored the structures and processes of continuing education and home-based labor. Her current archival and ethnographic research on German-Jewish refugees during the Nazi era, investigates trauma, memory, and identity. She is a former research fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. She is completing a book titled By Thanksgiving We Were American, and another co-edited with Diane Wolf, Sociology Confronts the Holocaust: Memories and Identities in Jewish Diasporas.
Lauren Krivo (people call her Laurie) specializes in racial-ethnic inequality in urban areas, especially residential segregation and neighborhood crime patterns. She combines a background in social demography with interests in the causes and consequences of criminal inequality. She has published many articles on segregation, housing, and crime as well as a 2010 book in the Rose Series, Divergent Social Worlds (coauthored with her longstanding collaborator Ruth Peterson). No sooner had Laurie joined the faculty in Sociology and Criminal Justice at Rutgers last year then she was drafted to be part of the Rose team. Forcible conversions work too.
Paul McLean (people call him Paul) is a historical sociologist focusing on social networks and strategic interaction. His research has regularly put him on the road to Florence (what a martyr!) for work in the archives and strolls around the city. He put aside fork and wine glass long enough to write The Art of the Network and a handful of articles co-authored with John Padgett on the organization and inventiveness of the Florentine economy. He also has been working on Polish elites, Adam Smith, the topics of honor and chance, networks in American higher education, video game culture, and other stuff that’s hard to categorize. He hopes that the Rose Series will concentrate on Italian cuisine over the next few years.
Patricia Roos (people call her Pat) studies gender, work, and family, and her current research specifically examines gender inequity in higher education. Her books include Job Queues, Gender Queues: Explaining Women’s Inroads into Male Occupations (with Barbara Reskin) and Gender and Work: A Comparative Analysis of Industrial Societies. Pat is completing three years as the Director of the Center for Women & Work at Rutgers and continues to serve as co-PI for Rutgers’ NSF ADVANCE grant. She has worked in various administrative capacities at Rutgers, including department chair and dean of social sciences. She has served on the ASA Council and as ASA Vice President.
Don’t let their folksy nicknames fool you. These are high-powered saints who will push the resurrection of the Rose Series to even loftier heights.Back to Top of Page