Candidates for ASA Offices in 2006
In accordance with election policies established by the ASA Council, biographical sketches of the candidates for ASA leadership positions are published in Footnotes (see below). The biographical sketches appear in alphabetical order by office. Biographical sketches for all candidates will be available online when ballots are mailed to all current voting members, anticipated for April.
Candidates for President-Elect
Lawrence D. Bobo
Present Professional Position: Professor of Sociology, Stanford University, 2005-present.
Former Positions: Norman Tishman and Charles M. Diker Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University, 2001-2004; Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Harvard University, 1997-2000; Professor of Sociology, University of California-Los Angeles, 1993-1997; Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California-Los Angeles, 1990-1992; Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989-1990; Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984-1989.
Education: PhD, University of Michigan, 1984; MA, University of Michigan, 1981; BA, Loyola Marymount University, 1979.
Offices Held in Other Organizations: Chair, Standards Committee, American Association for Public Opinion Research, 1992; Chair, Conference Program Committee, American Association for Public Opinion Research, 1990; Member, Executive Council, Association of Black Sociologists.
Offices Held, Committee or Task Force Memberships, and Editorial Appointments Held in ASA: Special Issue Editor, Social Psychology Quarterly on “Race, Racism, and Discrimination” (December 2003); Nominations Committee, 1998-99; Chair, Committee on Committees, 1990-91; DuBois-Johnson-Frazier Award Committee, 1988-91; Editorial Board, American Sociological Review, 1993-95; Editorial Board, Social Psychology Quarterly, 2000-2003; ASA Program Committee, 1991; ASA Program Committee, 1990.
Publications: Founding Co-Editor, the DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race (Cambridge University Press); Co-author with Cybelle Fox, “Race, Racism, and Discrimination: Bridging Problems, Methods, and Theory in Social Psychological Research,” Social Psychology Quarterly, 2003; Co-editor with Alice O’Connor and Chris Tilly, Urban Inequality: Evidence from Four Cities, Russell Sage (2001); Co-editor with Melvin L. Oliver, James H. Johnson, and Abel Valenzuela, Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angeles, (Russell Sage, 2000); “Prejudice as Group Position: Microfoundations of a Sociological Approach to Racism and Race Relations,” Journal of Social Issues, 1999; Co-Author with Vincent L. Hutchings, “Perceptions of Racial Group Competition: Extending Blumer’s Theory of Group Position to a Multiracial Social Context,” American Sociological Review, 1996; Co-author with James R. Kluegel, “Opposition to Race Targeting: Self-Interest, Stratification Ideology, or Racial Attitudes?” American Sociological Review, 1993.
Honors and Awards: Elected member, National Academy of Science, 2004; W. E. B. Du Bois Medal, Harvard University, 2004; Honorary Doctorate, Loyola Marymount University, 2001; Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society Visiting Scholar, 2000-01; 24th Annual Daniel Katz and Theodore M. Newcomb Lecturer, 1996; Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, 1995-96; Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1988-89.
Other Professional Contributions: Acting Chair, Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University, 2003-2004; Board of Overseers, General Social Survey, 1998-2001; Board of Directors, American Institutes for Research, 1997-present; Advisory Board, Center for Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University, 2001-2004; National Advisory Group, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, 2000-2004; Sociology Review Panel, National Science Foundation, 1995-96.
Personal Statement: Scholars across the social sciences and humanities wrestle with the complex nature of race, racism, and discrimination. Sociologists rightly hold a special claim to illuminating process of group boundary construction and maintenance, systems of durable racial inequality, and supporting ideologies and patterns of intergroup behavior. In the present age of re-configured inequality and dubious claims of an “ownership society,” we as sociologists must re-double our efforts. The challenge of providing analytically compelling assessments of the modern dynamics of group inequality, especially at the increasingly important intersections of race, class, and gender, as well as of providing cogent narratives that make our insights useful to public policy and influential on a large public stage has never been more urgent. Our discipline offers a unique toolkit for unpacking both the historical rootedness and contemporary bases of social inequality. The most lasting sociological contributions have typically combined a deep empiricist ethos, methodological eclecticism, and a keen capacity to theorize the interplay of social structural conditions and contemporary individual experience and actions (i.e., the sociological imagination). In an era of often numbing social quiescence, we as serious scholars and engaged intellectuals must marshal a new lens on social divisions defined by race, class, and gender.
Frances Fox Piven
Present Professional Position: Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Political Science, Graduate School, City University of New York (I have been employed at the Graduate School of CUNY for 22 years).
Former Professional Positions: Professor of Political Science, Boston University; Associate Professor, Columbia University School of Social Work; Research Associate, Mobilization for Youth Project.
Education: PhD, University of Chicago, 1962; MA, University of Chicago, 1956; BA, University of Chicago, 1954.
Offices Held in Other Organizations: Vice President, Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy, International Sociological Association, 1987; Coordinator, Research Planning Group on Women and the Transformation of the Welfare State, Council for European Studies, 1981-83; Vice President, American Political Science Association, 1981; President, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 1980; Co-Chair of the Annual Program of the American Political Science Association, 1976.
Publications: The War at Home, (New Press, 2004); Why Americans Still Don’t Vote (with Richard Cloward) (Beacon Press, 2000); Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare (with Richard Cloward) (Pantheon Books, revised edition, 1993); The New Class War (with Richard Cloward) (Pantheon, 1985); Poor People’s Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail (with Richard Cloward) (Pantheon Books, 1977).
Awards: Charles E. McCoy Lifetime Achievement Award, New Political Science Section, American Political Science Association, 2004; Award for the Public Understanding of Sociology, American Sociological Association, 2003; Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology, American Sociological Association, 2002.
Personal Statement: My lifetime preoccupation has been with the uses of social science to promote democratic reform. Accordingly, I have tried to bridge the world of the academy and the world of politics, both the politics of Washington DC, and the grassroots politics of movements and advocacy organizations. My academic projects have consistently been inspired by this political work. In the 1960s, Richard Cloward and I were deeply involved with the welfare rights movement when we began work on Regulating The Poor. Our research and writing was informed by the experiences of the women with whom we worked; we would not have understood the welfare system in the way that we did except for those experiences. We also hoped to share what we learned from history and theory with the women who had enlightened us. In subsequent years, our work with grassroots organizers stimulated our academic research on American social movements and led to the critical analysis of the importance of movements in contemporary U.S. history, as well as the pitfalls of organizing doctrine, that we developed in Poor People’s Movements. We wrote that book in a kind of dialogue with the organizers with whom we were identified. Then, in the 1980s, as the movements subsided and the Reagan administration ascended to office, we began to explore the possibilities of electoral reform. Our academic research led us to the conclusion that a history of procedural exclusions helped account for the narrow and misshapen American electorate that underrepresented low income and minority citizens. We published this analysis in Why Americans Don’t Vote. At the same time, in an effort to overcome some of these procedural exclusions, we launched the Human Serve project, which took the lead in the state and national efforts to make voter registration widely available at government agencies. This effort culminated in the passage of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, better known as “Motor Voter.” Political change is never easy or simple; the Act has been unevenly implemented, especially in agencies that serve poor people, which we tried to explain in Why Americans Still Don’t Vote, and Why Politicians Like It That Way. In the extraordinary election campaign of 2004, a coalition of voting rights groups again took up the effort to secure full implementation of the National Voter Registration Act. I am grateful to have had my academic and organizing work recognized by the American Sociological Association with the Award for the Public Understanding of Sociology in 2003, and the Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology in 2002.
Candidates for Vice President-Elect
Bonnie Thornton Dill
Present Professional Position: Chair and Professor, Department of Women’s Studies, University of Maryland at College Park (Chair since 2003); Director, Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity, University of Maryland (1998 – Present).
Former Professional Positions Held: Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Memphis State University, (promoted from Assistant to Associate Professor with tenure, 1983; promoted to Professor, 1990), 1978-1991; Director and Founder, Center for Research on Women, Memphis State University, 1982-1988.
Education: PhD, Sociology, New York University, 1979; MA, Human Relations, New York University, 1970; BA, English, University of Rochester, 1965.
Offices Held In Other Organizations: Chair, Provost’s Task Force on Diversity Curriculum, University of Maryland, 2003-04; National Women’s Studies Association Journal, Advisory Board at Large, 1990 – Present; National Panel Member, American Commitments: Diversity, Democracy and Liberal Learning, Association of American Colleges and Universities, 1993-1996; Editorial Board, Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society, 1979 to 1989; Association of Black Sociologists, Board of Directors, 1977-1979.
Offices Held, Committee or Task Force Memberships, and Editorial Appointments Held in ASA: DuBois, Johnson, Frazier Award Committee, 1997-1998, Chair, 1999; Chair, Committee on Committees, 1995; Jessie Bernard Awards Committee, appointed to a three year term, 1986-1989; Task Force on the Minority Fellowship Program, 1986-1987; Committee on Nominations, elected by the membership to a two-year term, 1984-1985, 1997-1998.
Publications: “Disparities in Latina Health: An Intersectional Analysis,” (with Zambrana, R.E.) in Race, Class, Gender and Health (Jossey-Bass. Forthcoming, 2005); “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Mothering, Work and Welfare in the Rural South” in Sister Circle: Black Women and Work (Rutgers University Press, 2002); “Poverty in the Rural U.S.: Implications for Children, Families and Communities,” in Blackwell Companion to Sociology (Blackwell Publishers, 2001); Women of Color in U.S. Society, co-edited with Maxine Baca Zinn (Temple University Press, 1994); Across the Boundaries of Race and Class: An Exploration of Work and Family Among Black Female Domestic Servants (Garland Publishing, 1994).
Awards: Robin Williams Lectureship, Eastern Sociological Society, 2002; ASA Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award, 1993; ASA Jessie Bernard Award, 1993.
Personal Statement: In an age of U.S. empire, the insights, understandings and imagination of sociologists committed to social justice are even more important than they were in the 70s and 80s when I entered the field-in an era focused on social change. I will actively support the efforts of the Association and its members to develop and disseminate these perspectives to various publics—in the U.S. and globally—in an effort to create a more just world. I also recognize, however, that creation of such a world must begin with us. Thus, I will work to insure that the ASA is proactively inclusive of its diverse people, institutional locations and issues. I will also encourage efforts to use our critical skills to examine our own institutional locations; higher education, government, & “NGO’s,” and help them promote the elimination of racism, poverty, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, and other forms of social injustice.
Present Position: Professor of Sociology, Boston College, 1996-present
Former Positions Held: Associate Professor, Sociology, Boston College, 1986-1996; Assistant Professor, Sociology, Boston College, 1984-1986, Research Associate, Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, 1982-1984.
Education: PhD, Ohio State University, 1979; MA, Ohio State University, 1975; BA, Ohio State University, 1973.
Offices Held in Other Organizations: Researcher and Writer, Columbia Accident Investigation Board, 2003; Editorial Board, American Journal of Sociology, 2000-2002; Editorial Board, Sociological Discoveries, Robert M. Emerson and Jack Katz (eds.), University of Chicago Press.
Positions Held in ASA: Council Member-at-Large, 2003-2006; Council Liaison, Task Force on Institutionalizing Public Sociology, 2004-2005; Editorial Board, American Sociological Review, 2000-2003; Council, SKAT section, 1998-2000; Committee on Committees, 8th District, 1997-1998.
Publications: “Organizational Rituals of Risk and Error,” Organizational Encounters with Risk, (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2005); “System Effects: On Slippery Slopes, Repeating Negative Patterns, and Learning from Mistake,” Organization At The Limit: Nasa And The Columbia Accident, (Blackwell, forthcoming 2005); “Theorizing Disaster: Analogy, Historical Ethnography, and the Challenger Accident,” Ethnography 5, 3: 2004: 313-45; “Public Sociologist by Accident,” “Public Sociologies: A Symposium from Boston College,” Social Problems, 51, 1: February 2004; “History as Cause: Columbia and Challenger,” Chapter 8, Columbia Accident Investigation Board Report, (Washington DC, 2003); The Challenger Launch Decision: Risky Technology, Culture, And Deviance at NASA (University of Chicago Press, 1996).
Professional Accomplishments: Honorable Mention, Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award, ASA, 1997; Robert K. Merton Book Award, Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section, ASA, 1997; Rachel Carson Prize, Society for Social Studies of Science, 1998.
Personal Statement: The themes of Presidents Burawoy, Duster, and Epstein can be thought of as varieties of boundary- work: not constructing boundaries, but understanding, teaching about, and crossing boundaries already constructed. Consistent with this direction, if elected I will continue my concerns with inequalities of race, class, gender, the power of organizations over individuals, and the advance of social justice that arose while working in a women’s prison and propelled me toward graduate school. Also I will work to further the development of theory-building across intra-disciplinary boundaries and for the diffusion of sociological research and theory across our disciplinary boundaries to other publics. A final boundary-work concern is building and strengthening ties with sociologists in other countries.