November 2010 Issue • Volume 38 • Issue 8

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Jonathan Turner Receives Highest Honors
from UC Regents

Jan E. Stets, University of California-Riverside

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Jonathan Turner

Jonathan Turner, distinguished professor of sociology at the University of California-Riverside, has been named a University Professor by the University of California Regents (UC). He is the 37th scholar in the UC system and the second sociologist (Neil Smelser was the first) to be so honored since 1960. Turner is one of two professors currently on the Riverside campus to receive this honor. The title of University Professor is reserved for scholars of international distinction who are also recognized as scholars and teachers of exceptional ability. The appointment allows these distinguished scholars to visit other UC campuses to give special seminars and presentations.

Turner is one of the world’s leading authorities on the nature and history of sociological theory. His journal articles and book chapters offer a profound commentary on the state of sociological theory and provide examples of how formal substantive theories should be developed. His textbooks on theory have become standard reading in sociology across the globe. He also has made important contributions to various sub-areas in sociology including the sociology of emotions, ethnic relations, social institutions, social stratification, and bio-sociology. Turner has made a substantial impact on the discipline, and in so doing, has achieved a stellar global reputation. His books have been translated into many languages including Chinese, Farsi, Japanese, Polish, and Portuguese.

Students credit Turner with the ability to stimulate, inspire, and challenge them. Many students who go on to outstanding careers in sociology credit Turner’s ability to teach them to think as pivotal to their career success.

Turner joined the UCR faculty in 1969. Upon hearing of his recognition Turner said, "I am incredibly honored to be named University Professor…As someone who began his career at UCR in 1960 as a freshman (the same year that the first University Professor was appointed), and now some 50 years later to be honored in this way is highly gratifying, to say the least, and gives pause to think about my academic life."

Jonathan Turner is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is past-president of the Pacific Sociological Association and the California Sociological Association. He is past-editor of Sociological Theory and Sociological Perspectives. Jonathan Turner’s lifetime corpus of work makes him very deserving of this high distinction. logo_small

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