March 2014 Issue • Volume 42 • Issue 3

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Candidates for the 2014 ASA Election

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 mid-April.

Candidates for President-Elect

Candidates for Vice President-Elect


Candidates for President-Elect

Ruth Milkman

Ruth Milkman

Ruth Milkman

Present Professional Position: Professor of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center, 2009–present.

Former Professional Positions: Associate Professor to Professor of Sociology, UCLA, 1988–2009; Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Sociology, Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center, 1982–1988.

Education: PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1981; MA, University of California- Berkeley, 1977; BA, Brown University, 1975.

Positions Held in ASA: Member, Distinguished Scholarly Book Award Selection Committee; Member, Contemporary Sociology Editorial Board, 2009–12; Chair, Student Paper Award Committee, Labor and Labor Movements Section. 2007? Member, Book Award Committee, 2005; Chair, Labor and Labor Movements Section, 2003–04; Rose Book Series Editorial Board, 2000–03.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Labor Research and Action Network Advisory Board, 2012-present (elected); Jobs with Justice (JWJ) National Advisory Board, 2012-present (JWJ merged with American Rights at Work, on whose board I served from 2008 on); Labor and Working Class History Association, Board of Directors, 2010–13 (elected); Labor and Employment Research Association, Awards Committee Member, 2006–08, Program Committee Member 2006–08

Publications: Milkman, Ruth. 2013. “Back to the Future? U.S. Labor in the New Gilded Age.” British Journal of Industrial Relations 51: 645-665; Milkman, Ruth and Eileen Appelbaum. 2013. Unfinished Business: Paid Family Leave in California and the Future of U.S. Work-Family Policy. Cornell University Press; Milkman, Ruth, Stephanie Luce, and Penny Lewis. 2013. Changing the Subject: A Bottom Up Account of Occupy Wall Street in New York City. Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, City University of New York; Milkman, Ruth and Veronica Terriquez. 2012. “’We Are the Ones Who Are Out in Front’: Women’s Leadership in the Immigrant Rights Movement,” Feminist Studies 38: 723-752; Milkman. Ruth, 2006. L.A. Story: Immigrant Workers and the Future of the U.S. Labor Movement. Russell Sage Foundation.

Personal Statement: Propelled by a deep curiosity about social dynamics acquired early in life, I became a sociologist with a strong desire to produce scholarly work that could contribute to social change. My professional career has been largely devoted to research inspired by—and aspiring to be useful for—the women’s movement, the labor movement, and the immigrant rights movement. If elected ASA President, I will seek to nurture the synergies between sociology and the broad array of progressive social movements, both within the United States and worldwide. The social, economic, and political realities of the 21st century—from growing labor market precarity, to declining welfare provision and social regulation, to soaring inequality in income and wealth—make efforts to link sociology to a social change agenda ever more urgent. Without compromising our scholarly integrity or intellectual independence, sociological inquiries can both be informed by and help to inform social movements.

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Bernice A. Pescosolido

Bernice A. Pescosolido

Bernice A. Pescosolido

Present Professional Position: Distinguished and Chancellor’s Professor of Sociology, Indiana University, 2006-present.

Other Professional Positions: Indiana University Network Institute (IUNI), Co-Director, 2014-present; Preparing Future Faculty (PFF), Co-Director (with Brian Powell), 1994-present; Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research (ICMHSR), Founding Director, 1993-present.

Education: PhD, Yale University, 1982; MA/MPhil, Yale University, 1976; BA, University of Rhode Island, 1974.

Positions Held in ASA: ASA Vice-President, 2003–04; Section Chair: Sociology of Mental Health, 2005–06; Medical Sociology Section, 1993; Committee/Chair: Publications, 2000–02; Nominations, 2004; Minority Fellowship Program, 2002-Present; Task Force on Journal Diversity, 2000–03; Council Member: ASA, 2002–05; Section on Teaching and Learning, 2001–11; Editorial Boards: American Sociological Review, 2006–08; Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 2008–11; Teaching Sociology, 1997-2000; Contemporary Sociology, 1983–86; Society and Mental Health, 2011–14.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Board of Directors/Executive Committee: Kinsey Institute, (2013–present), Glenn Close’s Bring Change 2 Mind (2012–present), Sociological Research Association (2010–15), Jed Foundation (2013-present); Co-Chair, Academic Justice Committee, Sociologists for Women in Society, 2012–14; Editorial Boards: Annual Review of Sociology, 2011–15; American Journal of Sociology, 2006–08; Social Forces, 2011–13; Review/Advisory Panels: NSF, 2013; NIH, 2011-present; Carter Center, 2007-present; NIMH, various panels, 1999-present; Inst. of Medicine, various panels, 1999-2002;

Publications: Pescosolido, Bernice A. 2013. “The Public Stigma of Mental Illness: What Do We Think; What Do We Know; What Can We Prove?” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 54:1-21; Perry, Brea L. and Bernice A. Pescosolido. 2012. “Social Network Dynamics and Biographical Disruption: The Case of ‘First-Timers’ with Mental Illness.” American Journal of Sociology 118:134-175; McCabe, Janice, Emily Fairchild, Elizabeth Grauerholz, Bernice A. Pescosolido, and Daniel Tope. 2011. “Gender in 20th Century Children’s Books: Patterns of Disparity in Titles and Central Characters.” Gender and Society 25:197-226. Reprinted in: The Kaleidoscope of Gender: Prisms, Patterns, and Possibilities, 4th Edition. Edited by J.Z. Spade and C.G. Valentine. Sage, 2014; Pescosolido, Bernice A., Brea L. Perry, J. Scott Long, Jack K. Martin, John I. Nurnberger, and Victor Hesselbrock. 2008. “Under the Influence of Genetics: How Transdisciplinarity Leads Us to Rethink Social Pathways to Illness.” American Journal of Sociology 114:S171-S201; Pescosolido, Bernice A., Elizabeth Grauerholz, and Melissa Milkie. 1997. “Culture and Conflict: The Portrayal of Blacks in U.S. Children’s Literature through the 20th Century.” American Sociological Review 62: 443-464.

Personal Statement: Being nominated for ASA President is both an honor and a responsibility. As a scholar and teacher in the sociological tradition, I have always seen social ties at the center of what we do—relationships embedded with cultural meaning, enacted through dynamic interactions, and creating structural opportunities or limits. In my view, the central issue for the ASA President lies in drawing from and bridging ties within sociology (e.g., our sections, our strong array of approaches) and across scientific communities (e.g., our sister social sciences, NSF, NIH, AAAS) for the purposes of understanding and improving society. Sociological theory and method have provided me with a strong foundation, not only to understand social life, but also to build these bridges between our own communities as well as with our publics—students, policymakers, the general public. As ASA president, I will actively collaborate with the membership on new strategies that will allow sociology to continue to build bridges that integrate our insights, efforts, and role in society.

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Candidates for Vice President-Elect

Mary Bernstein

Mary Bernstein

Mary Bernstein

Present Professional Position: Professor of Sociology, University of Connecticut, 2011–present.

Former Professional Positions Held: Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Connecticut, 2005–11; Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Connecticut, 2001–05; Assistant Professor of Justice Studies, Affiliate Women’s Studies, Arizona State University, 1997–2001.

Education: PhD, New York University, 1997; MA, New York University, 1992; BA, Middlebury College, 1985.

Positions Held in ASA: Chair, ASA Section on Sexualities, 2010–11; Secretary Treasurer, ASA Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements, 2010–12; Council Member, ASA Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements, 2006–09; Council Member, ASA Section on Sexualities, 2005–08; Nominations Committee, ASA Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements, 2001–03

Offices Held in Other Organizations: President, Sociologists for Women in Society, 2014–15 Deputy Editor, Gender & Society, 2011–15; Member, Editorial and Publications Committee, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2012–15; Advisory Board Member, Social Problems, 2000–03 and 2010–14; Consulting Editor, American Journal of Sociology, 2003–05.

Publications: Bernstein, Mary and Verta Taylor (eds.). 2013. The Marrying Kind? Debating Same-Sex Marriage Within the Lesbian and Gay Movement. University of Minnesota Press; Bernstein, Mary and Marcie De la Cruz. 2009. “What Are You? Explaining Identity as a Goal of the Multiracial Hapa Movement.” Social Problems 56:722-745; Armstrong, Elizabeth A. and Mary Bernstein. 2008. “Culture, Power, and Institutions: A MultiInstitutional Politics Approach to Social Movements.” Sociological Theory 26:7499; Bernstein, Mary. 2005. “Identity Politics.” Annual Review of Sociology 31: 4774. Bernstein, Mary. 1997. “Celebration and Suppression: The Strategic Uses of Identity by the Lesbian and Gay Movement.” American Journal of Sociology 103:531-565.

Personal Statement: I am honored to run for Vice President of ASA. I have come to understand the varying professional needs of ASA’s members as chair of the Sexualities Section, organizer of the 2012 Sexualities miniconference, council member of Collective Behavior and Social Movements, and chair or member of 16 other section committees. My extensive research and teaching experiences and positions as president of Sociologists for Women in Society, deputy editor of Gender & Society, and editorial board member of American Journal of Sociology and Social Problems further provide me with a broad perspective on the discipline. My goals are to help ensure that the discipline becomes even more visible, vibrant, inclusive, and relevant to students, colleges and universities, and the public. As Vice President, I would work to expand ASA initiatives enhancing departments’ recruitment and retention of majors, promoting sociologists’ voices in public debates, addressing the growth of contingent workers, and supporting academic freedom.

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Barbara J. Risman

Barbara J. Risman

Barbara J. Risman

Present Professional Position: Professor of Sociology and Department Head, University of Illinois-Chicago, 2006–present.

Former Professional Positions: Professor of Sociology, North Carolina State University, 1998–2005; Director of Graduate Studies, Sociology, North Carolina State University 2000–03; Founding Director of Women’s Studies, North Carolina State University, 1989–93

Education: PhD, University of Washington, 1983; MA, University of Washington, 1978; BA, Northwestern University, 1976.

Positions Held in ASA: Member, Program Committee 2012–13, 2004–05; Chair, Excellence in Reporting on Social Issues Awards Committee, 2010; Member, Public Sociology Award Committee, 2006; Member, ASA Council, 2000–03; Co-Editor, Contemporary Sociology, 1998–2000.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: President, Southern Sociological Society, 2016; President of the Board of Directors, Council on Contemporary Families, 2013–present; Executive Director, Council on Contemporary Families, 2006–12; CoChair, Publications Committee, Sociologists for Women in Society, 2010–12; President, Sociologists for Women in Society, 2003.

Publications: Risman, Barbara J. and Georgiann Davis, 2013. “From Sex Roles to Gender Structure.” Current Sociology, 61(56); Risman, Barbara J. and Pallavi Banerjee. “Kids’ Race Talk: Tweenagers in a Post Civil Rights Era.” Sociological Forum. 28(2); Risman, Barbara J., 2010. Families as They Really Are. Norton Publishers; Risman, Barbara J. 2004. “Gender as a Social Structure: Theory Wrestling with Social Change.” Gender & Society, 18: 429-450; Risman, Barbara J. 1998. Gender Vertigo: American Families in Transition. Yale University Press.

Personal Statement:  I am honored to have been nominated for Vice President. ASA has provided the resources for me to develop as a researcher, teacher, and a public sociologist. I would be pleased to have the opportunity to help insure future generations receive such assistance. If elected, I would support building the capacity of ASA to address the important social issues of our times, with research briefs commissioned for important Supreme Court decisions and ever stronger relationships with the media. If we are to increase the extent sociological research and analysis makes a difference in the world around us, we are going to have to act collectively as a community—those of us in the academy and those of us outside of it. As a feminist, I would do my utmost to ensure that women and those from historically underrepresented groups are integrated into leadership roles in our profession.

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The elected members of the Committee on Nominations prepared most of the slates of candidates for the 2014 election; the slate of candidates for the Committee on Nominations was prepared by Members-at-Large of the ASA Council. In order to be eligible to vote in the 2014 election, you must renew your membership by March 31. If you have any questions about the slate of candidates or the petition process, e-mail governance@asanet.org or call (202) 383-9005.

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