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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 candidates appear in alphabetical order by office. Biographical sketches for all candidates will be available online when ballots are sent to all current voting members in May.
Cecilia L. Ridgeway
Present Professional Position: Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences, Stanford University (2004-present).
Former Professional Positions: Professor of Sociology, Stanford University, 1991-2004; Associate to full Professor of Sociology, University of Iowa, 1985-91; Assistant to Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, 1972-85.
Education: PhD, Cornell University, 1972; MA, Cornell University, 1969; BA, University of Michigan, 1967.
Offices Held in Other Organizations: Sociologists for Women in Society Publications Committee Member, 2010-12; President, Research Committee 42: Social Psychology, International Sociological Association, 2006-10; President, Pacific Sociological Association, 1998-99; National Science Foundation Sociology Program Grants Panel 1986-88.
Positions Held in ASA: Publications Committee Member, 2009-2011; Chair, Sociology of Emotions Section, 2004-05; Editor, Social Psychology Quarterly, 2001-003; Nominations Committee Member 1999-2000; Chair, Social Psychology Section, 1991-92.
Selected Publications: Ridgeway, Cecilia L. 2011. Framed by Gender: How Gender Inequality Persists in the Modern World. Oxford University Press; Ridgeway, Cecilia L., Kristen Backor, Yan E. Li, Justine E. Tinkler, and Kristan G. Erickson. 2009. "How Easily Does a Social Difference Become a Status Distinction? Gender Matters." American Sociological Review 74:44-62; Ridgeway, Cecilia L., and Kristan Erickson. 2000. "Creating and Spreading Status Beliefs." American Journal of Sociology, 106: 579-615; Ridgeway, Cecilia L., Elizabeth Boyle, Kathy Kuipers, and Dawn Robinson. 1998. "How Do Status Beliefs Develop? The Role of Resources and Interaction." American Sociological Review 63:331-350; Ridgeway, Cecilia L. 1997. "Interaction and the Conservation of Gender Inequality: Considering Employment." American Sociological Review 62:218-235.
Professional Accomplishments: 2009 ASA Jesse Bernard Award for gender scholarship; 2009 Elected to Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science; 2008 SWS Feminist Lecturer Award for feminist scholarship; 2005 Cooley-Mead Award for career contributions to social psychology.
Personal Statement: It is a great honor to be nominated for President of the ASA. Honesty, it is a greater honor than I ever imagined receiving. If elected, I will do my best to live up to the honor the office implies and do everything I can to further our discipline and association. In my view, the biggest problems we face right now as a professional association come from the unintended consequences of several positive changes in our discipline over the past few decades. The intellectual world of sociology has greatly expanded to incorporate a growing range of specialties focused on diverse social and intellectual problems. At the same time, a more diverse array of people have come into sociology and used their distinct perspectives and energies to enrich and transform our understandings of fundamental sociological questions about inequality and social organization. My efforts to increase our understandings of gender as a principle of inequality have been driven by these concerns. The gains we have made as a discipline in opening up and expanding our perspectives and knowledge, however, have also led to a growing segmentation of the discipline into multiple, specialized island worlds of sociology. The task before us now is to establish effective, useful bridges of communication and cooperation among our intellectual islands while respecting and continuing to foster our growing diversity. This is the task to which I will devote my efforts.Back to Top of Page
Present Professional Position: Professor, Texas A&M University, 1996-Present; Beginning in June 2011: Dean of the College of Public Policy and Peter T. Flawn Distinguished Professor, University of Texas-San Antonio.
Former Professional Positions: Department Head, Texas A&M University, 1997-2005; Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, 1991-96; Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, 1986-91.
Education: PhD, Iowa State University, 1986; MS, Iowa State University, 1984; BSW, Pan American University, 1981.
Offices Held in Other Organizations: Council Member, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), University of Michigan, 2010-14; Editorial Board Member, Social Science Quarterly, 2003-10; Vice President, Rural Sociological Society, 2002-2003; President, Southwestern Sociological Association, 2000-2001; Member, National Institutes of Health Social Science and Population (SSP) Study Section, 1993-97.
Positions Held in ASA: Editorial Board Member, American Sociological Review (2001-04; 2008-10); Editorial Board Member, American Sociological Association/Russell Sage Foundation Rose Monograph Series, 2005-07; Member, Minority Fellowship Program Committee, 2004-07; Member, Program Committee for the 2002 Annual Meeting, 2000-02; Chair, Section on Latino/a Sociology, 1999-2000.
Selected Publications: Rodríguez, Havidán, Rogelio Sáenz, and Cecilia Menjívar (eds.). 2008. Latinas/os in the United States: Changing the Face of América. New York: Springer; Saenz, Rogelio, Janie Filoteo, and Aurelia Lorena Murga. 2007. "Are Mexicans in the United States a Threat to the American Way of Life?: A Response to Huntington." Du Bois Review 4(2):375-393; Saenz, Rogelio, Karen Manges Douglas, David Geronimo Embrick, and Gideon Sjoberg. 2007. "Pathways to Downward Mobility: The Impact of Schools, Welfare, and Prisons on People of Color." Pp. 373-409 in H. Vera and J.R. Feagin (eds.), Handbook of the Study of Racial and Ethnic Relations. New York: Springer; Saenz, Rogelio and Maria Cristina Morales. 2005. "Demography of Race and Ethnicity." Pp. 169-208 in D.L. Poston, Jr. and M. Micklin (eds.), The Handbook of Population. New York: Klewer Academic/Plenum; Saenz, Rogelio. 2004. Latinos and the Changing Face of America. American People Census 2000 Series. New York and Washington, DC: Russell Sage Foundation and Population Reference Bureau.
Personal Statement: There are major changes afoot in our society. For instance, the ongoing economic crisis has affected higher education and threatens to affect funding for social science research. Moreover, our nation continues to undergo major demographic shifts resulting in a more diverse population. We are increasingly part of a global community. Such changes call for a robust public sociology that is engaged in current debates and planning concerning these new social, economic, demographic, and political realities. My own research, teaching, and service activities during my career have engaged diverse audiences within and beyond sociology about what these new realities portend for our society. Thus, I can provide effective leadership to our discipline as we explore fundamental societal changes and their long-range implications. Furthermore, as a sociologist that is deeply committed to pluralism, I can ably represent our discipline as we face challenges and create opportunities in an increasingly diverse society.Back to Top of Page
Jennifer L. Glass
Present Professional Position: Professor of Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies, University of Iowa, 2009-present.
Former Professional Positions: Professor of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University, 2008-09; Professor of Sociology, University of Iowa, 1994-2008; Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame, 1985-94.
Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1983; MA, University of Wisconsin, 1979; BA, New College of Florida, 1977.
Offices Held in Other Organizations: Board Member, Council on Contemporary Families, 2009-12; Government & Public Affairs Committee, Population Association of America, 2007-10; Editorial Board, Gender & Society, Sociologists for Women in Society, 2004-06; Site reviewer, National Science Foundation ADVANCE institutional Transformation Program, 2004; Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on Afghan Women’s Aid, Sociologists for Women in Society, 2001-02.
Positions Held in ASA: At-Large Member, Executive Office and Budget Committee, 2008-10; Chair, Organizations, Occupations and Work Section, 2007-08; Chair, Family Section, 2005-06; At-large Council Member, 2002-05; Chair, Sex and Gender Section, 2001-02.
Selected Publications: Civettini, Nicole W. and Jennifer Glass. 2008. "The Impact of Religious Conservatism on Men’s Work and Family Involvement," Gender and Society 22: 172-193; Glass, Jennifer and Jerry Jacobs. 2005. "Childhood Religious Conservatism and Adult Attainment Among Black and White Women." Social Forces 83: 555-579; Glass, Jennifer. 2004. "Blessing or Curse? Work-Family Policies and Mother’s Wage Growth." Work and Occupations 31: 367-394; Riley, Lisa, and Jennifer Glass. 2002. "You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Infant Care Preferences and Choices Among Employed Mothers." Journal of Marriage and the Family 64: 2-15; Glass, Jennifer and Lisa Riley. 1998. "Family Responsive Policies and Employee Retention Following Childbirth." Social Forces 76: 1401-35.
Personal Statement: I feel very privileged to be nominated for Vice President of the ASA. My goal, if chosen by the membership, will be to ensure that the ASA moves towards full inclusion of all members in the activities, programs, and annual conference of the organization. As we maneuver within a changed fiscal environment for our members and the association, we need to continually examine our goals, priorities, and procedures to ensure that membership in the ASA benefits those in all types of academic institutions and practice settings, in all geographic locations, and all types of departments, including interdisciplinary departments and programs. I will work to make sure that our committees and task forces represent the diversity of our membership, and that our annual meeting includes the innovative and intersectional currents of scholarship emerging in the field.Back to Top of Page
Present Professional Position: Professor of Sociology & Asian American Studies, Walter and Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in US-China Relations & Communications, University of California-Los Angeles, 1994-present; Chang Jiang Scholar Lecture Professor, Sun Yat-Sen University, China, 2009 to present; Visiting Fellow, Tan Lark Sye Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2011 to present.
Former Professional Positions: Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, 2005-06; Visiting Professor, Korea University, 2007; Assistant Professor of Sociology, Louisiana State University, 1990-94; Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, New York, 1994-95.
Education: PhD, SUNY-Albany, 1989; MA, SUNY-Albany 1985; BA, Sun-Yat-sen University, 1982.
Offices Held in Other Organizations: Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies (SULCIS), 2008 to present; Member of the editorial boards of International Journal of Diasporic Chinese Studies (2008-present), Journal of Chinese Overseas (2004-present), Migraciones Internacionales (2001-present), and International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (2002-2010); President (elected) of the North American Chinese Sociologists Association, 2003-2005.
Positions Held in ASA: Chair, Section on Asia and Asian America, 2007-2008; elected member of the ASA Council, 2003-06; Member of the Committee on Nominations, 2000-02; Council Member of the Section on Community and Urban Sociology, 1999-2002; Council Member of the Section on International Migration, 1997-2000.
Selected Publications: Zhou, Min. 2009. Contemporary Chinese America: Immigration, Ethnicity, and Community Transformation. Philadelphia: Temple University Press; Zhou, Min, Jennifer Lee, Jody Agius, Vallejo, Rosaura Tafoya-Estrada, and Yang Sao Xiong. 2008. "Success Attained, Deterred, and Denied: Divergent Pathways to Social Mobility Among the New Second Generation in Los Angeles." The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 620: 37-61: Zhou, Min and Yang Sao Xiong. 2005. "The Multifaceted American Experiences of the Children of Asian Immigrants: Lessons for Segmented Assimilation." Ethnic and Racial Studies 28: 1119-1152: Zhou, Min. 2004. "Revisiting Ethnic Entrepreneurship: Convergences, Controversies, and Conceptual Advancements." International Migration Review 38: 1040-1074; Zhou, Min and Carl L. Bankston III. 1998. Growing up American: How Vietanmese Children Adapt to Life in the United States. New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press.
Personal Statement: I am humbled and honored to be nominated for Vice President of the ASA. I will work hard to live up to members’ expectations and take initiative to offer services and advocacy that encourage high-quality teaching, research and scholarship, preserve academic freedom, uphold social justice, advance equal opportunity, and promote public sociology. I will listen to divergent voices, negotiate differences, and take action to serve the needs of all members while empowering the marginalized. This is my way of giving back to the academic community, which has trained me and helped me grow, and to the American society, which has accepted me and offered me a new home.Back to Top of Page