, with "An. Rev. Submission" in the subject line. If e-mail submission is impossible, please send a hard copy to Emily Hannum, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 3718 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6299.
Critical Pedagogy in the Sociology Classroom. Note the deadline for materials has been extended to October 1, 2001. Call for syllabi and instructional materials for a new ASA handbook on implementing the critical pedagogical framework into the sociology classroom. Contact Peter Kaufman at (845) 257-3503 if you have any questions.
Gender & Society. Call for papers for a special issue, "Global Perspectives on Gender and Carework," on the allocation, meaning, and experiences of paid and/or unpaid carework in relation to globalization. Submit papers, including $10.00 (U.S.) submission fee payable to Gender & Society, Christie Bose, Editor, University at Albany, SUNY, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222. Deadline, December 15, 2001.
Inventio, an online journal of creative thinking about teaching and learning founded at George Mason University, invites work for a special issue "Bricks and Clicks: Learning Spaces for the Information Age" for Spring 2002. The call for articles is available at http://www.doiiit.gmu.edu/inventio.
Journal of Contemporary Ethnography announces a Call for Papers for a special issue "Ethnographic Perspectives on Gender, Crime and (In)Justice." The issue will focus on problems related to gender inequality, situated femininities/masculinities, and their relations to crime, juvenile delinquency, and justice. In addition to traditional topics within criminology and criminal justice, the themes of crime and justice will be considered broadly to include legal, human rights, and labor issues associated with the commercial sex industry and other criminalized activities, as well as issues facing women in prison. If you are interested in reviewing for this issue, contact the Special Issue Editor, Jody Miller, e-mail: email@example.com; (314) 516-5426. Please send four manuscript copies and a U.S. $10 submission fee (payable to Jody Miller) by December 31, 2001 to: Jody Miller, JCE Guest Editor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 8001 Natural Bridge Rd., St. Louis, MO 63121.
Journal of Sociology (Journal of The Australian Sociological Association) plans a special issue "Flexibility: Families, Selves and Work." Call for Papers. This special thematic issue will publish papers which engage with the broad issue of changing flexibility in the relation between families, identities, paid work and/or labor markets in contemporary societies. They welcome submissions on any aspects of this topic, including both empirically based and theoretical contributions. They particularly encourage papers that develop new perspectives, significantly extend, elaborate or question existing findings, or concern previously unexamined aspects of the relationship between families, selves, and paid work. Send submissions to: The Editors, Journal of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, SA, 5001 by February 1, 2002. Further information may be obtained from: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research in Sociology of Education invites submissions of well-researched, theoretically interesting papers for its 2002 volume, "Educational Stratification from a Comparative-International Perspective." Research in Sociology of Education, the continuation title for the series Research in Sociology of Education and Socialization, publishes peer-reviewed empirical research and commentaries in the field of sociology of education. They seek manuscripts that address global, state policy, institutional, organizational, community, or micro-level factors influencing educational outcomes outside of the U.S. Send submissions by November 30, 2001 as e-mail attachments to Emily Hannum, email@example.com, Bruce Fuller, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Regina Werum, email@example.com, with "RSE Submission" in the subject line. If e-mail submission is impossible, send a hard copy to Emily Hannum, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 3718 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6299.
Women, Gender & Technology, University of Illinois Press. The editors, Sue V. Rosser, Mary Frank Fox, and Deborah Johnson, Georgia Tech University, invite proposals for volumes for the book series. The Women, Gender & Technology series brings together women's studies and technology studies, focusing upon women and technology, feminist perspectives on technology, and the gendering of technology and its impact upon gender relations in society. Direct inquiries and proposals to: Sue V. Rosser, Dean, Ivan Allen College, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA 30332-0525; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; Mary Frank Fox, Professor of Sociology, School of History, Technology, and Society, and Co-director, Center for Study of Women, Science, and Technology, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA 30332-0345; e-mail email@example.com; or Deborah Johnson, Professor and Director of Program in Philosophy, Science, and Technology, School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA. 30332-0345; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women's Health and Urban Life an international and interdisciplinary journal funded by the Wellesley Central Health Corporation and located at the University of Toronto seeks manuscripts on topics relating to women's and girls' health. The orientation of the journal is critical, feminist, and social scientific. Both qualitative and quantitative manuscripts, and theoretical or empirical works are welcome. Contact Aysan Sever, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto-Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada M1C 1A4; fax (416) 287-7296; e-mail email@example.com.
October 18-21, 2001.The Society for Applied Sociology 19th Annual Meeting, Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Kansas City, MO. Theme: “Pioneering Applied Sociology in New Practice Frontiers.” See http://appliedsoc.org for complete information.
October 18-19, 2001. Sociologists of Minnesota, Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN. Theme: “Sociology at Various Levels.” See www.thundercom.net/som or contact S. Magnuson-Martinson, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or (952) 487-8478.
October 19-20, 2001. The California Sociological Association will meet at the Holiday Inn Capital Plaza in Sacramento, CA. Theme: “Sociology for the New Century.” For more information, contact Elizabeth Nelson, e-mail email@example.com or (559) 431-2630.
October 22, 2001. The Communitarian Network Discussion, New York University. Theme: “Is America (Still) a Monochromatic Society?” There is no charge, but space is limited, so you must register to attend with Joanna Cohn at firstname.lastname@example.org. An updated statement of the program and the names of participants is at www.gwu.edu/~ccps.
October 26-27, 2001. University of Illinois Department of Sociology Conference. Theme: “The Changing Terrain of Race and Ethnicity: Theory, Methods and Public Policy.” For further information, see www.uic.edu/depts/ci/raceconf or contact the Office of Conferences and Institutes at the University of Illinois-Chicago (312) 996-5225.
November 2-3, 2001. Michigan Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI. Theme: “Sociology and the Community: The On-going Exchange.” Keynote Speaker: Joyce Miller Iutcovich. For more information see http://www.delta.edu/cri/msa.html or e-mail email@example.com.
November 16-17, 2001. Missouri Sociology Association Annual Meeting, Osage Beach, MO. The main topic will focus on the relationship between professors and college students. Contact Robert Fernquist e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or (660) 543-8510 for information about the meetings or see http://www.cmsu.edu/sociology/missouri.htm.
American Institute for Yemeni Studies announces fellowships for research and study in Yemen. Deadline: December 31, 2001. For details about the specific programs, eligibility, and application requirements, see http://www.aiys.org/fellowships or contact Maria Ellis, Executive Director, AIYS, P.O. Box 311, Ardmore, PA 19003-0311; (610) 896-5412; fax (610) 896-9049; e-mail email@example.com.
American Research Center in Egypt offers fellowships for research in Egypt for 2002-2003. Grants will be made in the areas of archaeology, architecture, art, economics, Egyptology, history, the humanities, Islamic studies, literature, Near Eastern studies, politics, religious studies, and the humanistic social sciences. The deadline for the receipt of the application and accompanying materials is December 5, 2001. A downloadable version of the application and guidelines can be found on the ARCE website under the “Fellowship” heading at http://www.arce.org. For application materials via U.S. mail and for more information, contact The American Research Center in Egypt, Emory West Campus, 1256 Briarcliff Road, NE, Building A, Suite 423W, Atlanta, GA 30306; (404) 712-9854; fax (404) 712-9849; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) announces its fellowships for 2002-2003: ARIT/USIA, NEH/ARIT, Kress/ARIT, and ARIT/Mellon. The application deadline is November 15, 2001. For further information contact: American Research Institute in Turkey, University of Pennsylvania Museum, 33rd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324; (215) 898-3474; fax (215) 898-0657; e-mail email@example.com; http://mec.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT.
Center for Retirement Research at Boston College is soliciting proposals for the Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for Junior Scholars in Retirement Research. The program’s purpose is to promote research on retirement issues by junior scholars in a wide variety of disciplines, including actuarial science, demography, economics, finance, gerontology, political science, public administration, public policy, sociology, social work, and statistics. Applicants are required to have a PhD or comparable professional certification. The deadline for proposals is November 16, 2001. For more details, including complete submission guidelines, see www.bc.edu/crr or contact Elizabeth Lidstone at (617) 552-1677; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center on Religion and Democracy, one of The Pew Charitable Trusts Centers of Excellence, supports academic research on the topic of religion and its role, positively or negatively, on the institutions of public life and democracy. Applicants may be from any discipline, but must be working on a project significantly concerned with religion and public life. Preference will be given to projects that address the current theme of the Center: Religion, Pluralism, and Public Discourse. Applicants must have defended their dissertation by August 1, 2002. Fellows will receive a stipend of $35,000 non-residential and $36,000 residential. Application forms and information are available from the Center at: http://religionanddemocracy.lib.virginia.edu or P.O. Box 400178, Charlottesville, VA 22904; (434) 243-5510; fax (434) 243-5590; e-mail CoRD@virginia.edu.
New York University. The International Center for Advanced Studies is accepting applications for 2002–2003 fellowships in the Project on the Cold War as Global Conflict. Awards are for PhD scholars at all career stages in humanities and social sciences. Non-U.S. applicants are encouraged. Deadline: January 15, 2002. The Project examines conventional wisdoms about the Cold War and post-Cold War worlds. The 2002 – 2003 theme is “Everyday Life, Knowledge, Culture.” Studies of Americanization and Sovietization and resistance to them are welcomed. Topics could include effects of the Cold War on public health, education, and the welfare state; trade union; development and direction of academic disciplines and area studies programs; gender and race relations; class dynamics within and between nations; religion; mass and high culture including art, architecture, film and other media; rise of “Big Science” and the national security state; changes in transportation, information and communication systems. See http://www.nyu.edu/gsas/dept/icas or contact email@example.com; fax (212) 995-4546.
Social Science Research Council. The Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies offers one year of research support at the Free University in Berlin (DM 2,000/month). It is open to scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on the period since the mid-19th century. Deadline: December 1, 2001. For information and application contact: Berlin Program, Social Science Research Council, (212) 377-2700; fax (212) 377-2727; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To download an application go to http://www.ssrc.org/berfell.htm.
Social Science Research Council. The Eurasia Program announces a fellowship program for research on the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union and the New Independent States, funded by the U.S. Department of State under the Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII). Fellowships are offered in three categories. Graduate Training fellowships are for pre-dissertation stage graduate students to enhance disciplinary, methodological or language training. Dissertation Write-up fellowships are for graduate students who have completed dissertation research and expect to complete writing the dissertation during the 2002-2003 academic year. Postdoctoral fellowships are designed to improve the academic employment and tenure opportunities of recent PhD recipients (up to six years past the PhD). Application deadline is November 1, 2001. An application can be downloaded from http://www.scrc.org or for more information contact: Eurasia Fellowship Program, Social Science Research Council, 810 Seventh Avenue, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10019; (212) 377-2700; e-mail Eurasia@ssrc.org.
Social Science Research Council. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Program is launching a research grants program to encourage international collaborative research focusing on the MENA region, defined as stretching from Iran to Morocco. We invite proposals that bring together researchers in different locations to address issues related to the changing nature of public spheres in the region. The competition is open to PhD holders of any nationality or discipline. The deadline for preliminary proposals is October 15, 2001. For information and guidelines contact: MENA Program; (212) 377-2700, ext. 441; fax (212) 377-2727; e-mail email@example.com; http://www.ssrc.org/programs/programpage.cgi?90182AB04.
Social Science Research Council offers the following awards in 2002-2003: Research Fellowships for the study of International Migration to the United States, and Minority Summer Dissertation Workshop for International Migration. For application forms and information regarding eligibility, contact Social Science Research Council, 810 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019; fax (212) 377-2727; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.ssrc.org.
Social Science Research Council, Sexuality Research Fellowship Program: provides dissertation and postdoctoral support ($28,000 and $38,000 respectively) for social and behavioral science research on sexuality. Joint application from fellow applicant and research advisor/associate required. Applications for academic year 2002-03 are due December 15, 2001. For more information write: Sexuality Research Fellowship Program, Social Science Research Council, 810 Seventh Avenue, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10019; e-mail request to: email@example.com.
U.S. State Department. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces the 2002-2003 Russian-U.S. Young Leadership Fellows for Public Service Program, pending release of U.S. government funds. The Russian-U.S. Young Leadership Fellows for Public Service (YLF) Program is a program of ECA, funded by the Freedom Support Act (FSA), and administered by the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX). The program is a landmark effort to promote leadership and public service in both the United States and the Russian Federation. The application deadline is November 30, 2001. More detailed program information, the application, and complete eligibility requirements may be obtained by contacting IREX http://www.irex.org/programs/ylf; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; (202) 628-8188.
In the News
Carole Case was interviewed on the Liz Bishop Show on WRGB-TV in Schenectady, NY on August 5, 2001 regarding her recently published book The Right Blood: America’s Aristocrats in Thoroughbred Racing (Rutgers University Press, 2001).
Stephen J. Cutler and Nicholas Danigelis, University of Vermont, were featured in an article in The Christian Science Monitor for their research on cohort changes in social and political attitudes. The article appeared Tuesday, May 15, 2001.
Linda Evans, professor emeritus, Central Connecticut State University, and a Boston attorney representing employees, was featured in the Boston Law Tribune and the Connecticut Law Tribune for her research on age discrimination in the legal profession. The article, published on July 2, 2001, was subsequently the lead-story on the websites of the Tribune’s parent corporation, American Lawyers Media Publications, throughout the U.S.
John Farley, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, was interviewed by CBS affiliate KMOV-TV on his research into segregation in the St. Louis SMSA.
Michael Givant, Adelphi University, was quoted in the Daily Times-Call about his research on mentally unsound NFL Draft fans.
Jennifer Hamer, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, was interviewed by Salon.com about her new book What it Means to be Daddy.
Brooke Harrington, Brown University, was featured in a Newsweek article on January 8, 2001 for her research on gender and investing behavior. On May 24, she was interviewed on the same topic for the BBC World Service. She also gave an invited lecture in April at the University of Connecticut Law Center on the implications of her research for Social Security privatization.
Murray Hausknecht, Emeritus Professor, City University of New York, had a letter to the editor published in the New York Times, July 20, 2001.
William Helmreich, City University of New York, was quoted in the New York Times, June 9, 2001 in an article about the changing political climate in a New York Hasidic village.
David Karp, Skidmore College, was interviewed on a Jamaican radio station by former Jamaican First lady Beverly Manley, March 26, 2001.
John C. Kilburn Jr., Eastern Connecticut State University, was quoted in a May 27, 2001 Hartford Courant article on the unusually high rate of child sexual assault in Northeastern Connecticut.
Michele Lamont, Princeton University, was quoted in the New York Times, July 7th, in an article by Emily Eakin on the making of intellectual reputations related to new intellectual fashions for work. Her book, The Dignity of Working Class: Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Immigration was discussed in The Nation (May 14), The Chronicle of Higher Education (February 23), The New York Times (January 6), The Christian Science Monitor (January 2), and The Public Interest (Spring 2001).
Lauren Langman, Loyola University of Chicago, appeared on the Chicago NPR program “Odyssey”, and spoke about the alternative globalization movements. He appeared with Douglas Morris, his graduate student, and Michael Hardt, co-author of Empire. They discussed a wide variety of topics about globalization, democracy, social movements and the future of protest.
Jerry M. Lewis, Emeritus Professor, Kent State University, was quoted in the New York Times (March 4 and May 14, 2001) and USA Today (April 3 and 4, 2001) in regard to issues related to crowd activities on college campuses.
John R. Logan, State University of New York-Albany, was quoted in a July 6, 2001 New York Times article about the city’s Hispanic Census Groups.
John Logan, State University of New York-Albany, and Philip Kasinitz, City University of New York Graduate Center, were quoted in a New York Times “Week in Review” article on residential segregation in contemporary America, July 29, 2001. Richard Alba, State University of New York-Albany, had a letter in response to the same article published on August 5.
Kimberly Mahaffy, Millersville University, was interviewed on Talk 1116 3AK, morning radio in Melbourne, Australia and quoted in The Australian, June 29, 2001, regarding the upcoming special issue of The Journal of Mundane Behavior entitled “Mundane Sex.”
Barry Markovsky, University of Iowa, was interviewed on the “Iowa Talks” radio show on WSUI (Iowa City) for a program on paranormal beliefs.
J. Steven Picou, University of South Alabama, was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 15, 2001 on the long-term community and ecological impacts of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, as well as the social risks of offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
Craig Reinarman, University of California-Santa Cruz, did background interviews for and was quoted in a three-part series (July 29-31, 2001) on the failures of the war on drugs in the St. Petersburg Times (FL).
Gregory Squires, George Washington University, was quoted, August 5, in an article in the Washington Post about his research on the discrimination that still exists in housing practices.
Ann Swidler, University of California-Berkeley, was quoted, August 5, in an article in the Washington Post about her interviews with married and divorced couples.
Verta Taylor and Leila J. Rupp had their research on the way drag performances challenge fixed and dichotomous conceptions of gender and sexuality discussed in an article in the Fall 2001 edition of the Bryn Mawr Alumnae Bulletin.
William Julius Wilson, Harvard University and Andrew Cherlin, Johns Hopkins University, had an article published in the New York Times, July 13, 2001 about the real test of welfare reform.
Karen Albright, New York University, has been selected for the Henry A. Murray Dissertation Award granted by the Murray Research Center of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University for her dissertation research: “Downward Mobility in the Land of Success: How Race, Class and Gender Mitigate the Failure of the American Dream.”
Roderic Beaujot, University of Western Ontario, received the 2001 John Porter Award from the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association for his book Earning and Caring in Canadian Families (Broadview Press, 2000).
Anne Bolin, Elon University, received the 2001 Elon University Scholars Award.
Elizabeth Brainerd, Williams College, is the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) first grantee of the John J. and Nancy Lee Roberts Fellowship.
Daniel F. Chambliss, the Sidney Wertimer Professor of Sociology at Hamilton College, is the principal investigator for a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant is $330,000, for three years, which is phase one of a multi-phase project. The topic is “A Multi-phase Longitudinal Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes in a Liberal Arts Setting.”
Wendy Chapkis, University of Southern Maine, received the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher/Scholar Award for 2000-2001.
Andrew Cherlin, Johns Hopkins University, won the Olivia Schieffelin Nordberg Award for excellence in writing in the field of population sciences.
Stephen J. Cutler, University of Vermont, won the 2002 recipient of the Clark Tibbitts Award from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.
Michael Delucchi, University of Hawaii-West Oahu, received the 2000-01 Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
William Finlay, University of Georgia, received Honorable Mention in the Josiah Meigs Excellence in Teaching Award.
Cornelia Butler Flora is the Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture, February 2001.
Brooke Harrington, Brown University, received an NSF grant to study “The Impact of Gender and Group Processes on Investment Decisions,” as well as a grant from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College to study “Distributional and Demographic Effects of Social Security Privatization.”
Joseph Hermanowicz, University of Georgia, received the Lilly Teaching Fellowship 2001-2002.
Garry W. Hesser, Augsburg College, won the Honored Faculty Award, class of 2001.
Gloria Jones Johnson, Iowa State University, was awarded thee Spring 2001 Vanguard Award for Faculty Excellence in Leadership NAACP.
Michele Lamont, Princeton University, received the 2001 C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems and the Mattei Dogan Award for the Best Comparativist Book from the Society for Comparative Research for her book The Dignity of Working Men: Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Immigration (Harvard University Press and Russell Sage Foundation, 2000).
James D. Lee, University of South Alabama, won the Donald R. South Faculty Service Award for 2000-2001 in April.
Holli Drummond Letchman, University of Georgia Graduate Student, received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award.
Jerry M. Lewis, Emeritus Professor, Kent State University, won the highest award a faculty member can receive, the President’s Medal in recognition of his contributions for teaching.
Cameron Macdonald, University of Connecticut, is a Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
David Maines, Oakland University, received the 2001 Oakland University Research Excellence Award.
Reuben May, University of Georgia, won the Richard R. Russell Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Denise D. McAdory, University of South Alabama, won the Glen Sebastian Faculty Member of the Year presented by the Student Government Association.
Bandana Purkayastha, University of Connecticut, won the Junior Faculty AAUP Teaching Excellence Award.
Dean Rojek, University of Georgia, received the 2000 Regents’ Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award for outstanding commitment to improve student learning and advance teaching of undergraduate researchers.
Clinton Sanders, University of Connecticut, won the Charles Horton Cooley Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction for the year’s best book.
Mady Wechsler Segal, University of Maryland, received the 2001 Morris Rosenberg Merit Award for Recent Achievement from the D.C. Sociological Society.
Ellen Watkins, Illinois College, won the Dunbaugh Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Fenggang Yang, University of Southern Maine, received the University of Southern Maine’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship, May 2001. He has also received funding to conduct oral history interviews with Chinese in Maine, part of a project to build a Chinese archive at the Maine Historical Society.
Catherine White Berheide, Skidmore College, was elected to the Senate of Phi Beta Kappa and Vice President of the Eastern Sociological Society.
Bob Greene, Waukesha High School, has been elected the President of Wisconsin Sociological Association.
Clare Hinrich, Iowa State University, was elected for 2000-2003 to the governing council of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society.
Meg Wilkes Karraker is the chair of the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN).
Michael Maume has joined the faculty at University of North Carolina-Wilmington.
Gustavo S. Mesch has been elected as the Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Haifa, Israel for a period of three years.
Eleanor M. Miller has been appointed Associate Dean for the Social Sciences in the College of Letters & Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Gordon Nelson, Augsburg College, has retired after 33 years of service.
Sandra Smith, New York University, has been invited to become an editorial board member of the American Sociological Review. Her term begins in January of 2002 and lasts for three years.
Michael Timberlake has joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Utah.
Rhonda Zingraff, Meredith College, is now the director of the College’s undergraduate research program.
Caught in the Web
International Consortium for Advancement of Academic Publications http://www.icaap.org/ publishes scholarly journals that are freely available. The sociology section is http://www.icaap.org/database/sociology.shtml.
Oxfam America recently published a 56-page report on Cuban agriculture crisis and transformation. Entitled Going Against the Grain, the report can be accessed at www.oxfamamerica.org/cuba.
Social, Political and Economic Change and Resources for Methods in Evaluation and Social Research sites have moved. The new locations: Social, Political and Economic Change http://gsociology.icaap.org and Resources for Methods in Evaluation and Social Research http://gsociology.icaap.org/methods.
Kennan Institute announces a competition for an interdisciplinary junior scholar workshop series: “Multicultural Legacies in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus”. The series is designed to serve as a forum at which junior scholars from various disciplines can develop their research pertaining to multicultural legacies in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Participants will be expected to present their research at a workshop in Washington, DC, March 22-23, 2002, to prepare policy briefs based on their work, and to revise workshop papers for an edited volume. Participation is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents at the post-doctoral level (pre-tenure) and PhD candidates who have completed dissertation field research for their dissertations. For additional information, contact the Kennan Institute, (202) 691-4100; email@example.com or www.wilsoncenter.org/kennan/index.htm.
Members' New Books
Hugh Barlow and David Kauzlerich, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Criminology (Prentice-Hall, 2002).
Terry Besser, Iowa State University, The Conscience of Capitalism: Business Social Responsibility to Communities (Praeger, 2001).
Jill Bystydzienski, Iowa State University, and Steven P. Schacht, State University of New York-Plattsburgh, eds. Forging Radical Alliances Across Difference: Coalition Politics for the New Milennium (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001).
John L. Campbell, Dartmouth College and Ove K. Pederson, University of Copenhagen, eds. The Rise of Neoliberalism and Institutional Analysis (Princeton University Press, 2001).
Terry Nichols Clark, University of Chicago, and K. Hoggard, eds. Citizen Responsive Government (Elsevier Science, 2000).
William M. Cross, Illinois College, Urban Problems in Sociological Perspective, 4th ed. (2001).
William V. D’Antonio, James D. Davidson, Dean Hoge, and Katherine Meyer, American Catholics: Gender, Generation, and Commitment (Alta Mira/Rowman & Littlefield, 2001).
Peter Dreier, Occidental College, John Mollenkopf, City University of New York, and Todd Swanstrom, Saint Louis University, Place Matters: Metropolitics for the Twenty-first Century (University of Kansas Press, 2001).
Patricia Ewick, Clark University Massachusetts, with A. Sarat, Studies in Law, Politics, and Society Volume 21 (Elsevier, 2000).
William G. Flanagan, Coe College, Urban Sociology; Images and Structures, 4th ed. (Allyn & Bacon, 2001).
Jaber F. Gubrium, University of Florida, and James A. Holstein, Marquette University, eds. Handbook of Interview Research (Sage, 2002).
Jennifer Hamer, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, What it Means to be Daddy (Columbia University Press, 2001).
Mary Haour-Knipe, International Organization for Migration, Moving Families: Expatriation, Stress and Coping (Routledge, 2001).
Jane Helleiner, Brock University, Irish Travellers: Racism and the Politics of Culture (University of Toronto Press, 2000).
Ellis Jones, Ross Haenfler, and Brett Johnson with Brian Klocke, University of Colorado-Boulder, The Better World Handbook: from Good Intentions to Everyday Actions (New Society Publishers, 2001).
Edith King, University of Denver, Social Thought, 6th ed. (Harcourt, 2001).
Jennie J. Kronenfeld, Arizona State University, Health, Illness, and Usage of Care: The Impact of Social Factors (Elsevier Science, 2001).
Rhonda F. Levine, Colgate University, Class Networks, and Identity: Replanting Jewish Lives from Nazi Germany to Rural New York (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001).
Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College, The Transnational Villagers (University of California Press, 2001).
David Maines, Oakland University, The Faultline of Consciousness:A View of Interactionism in Sociology (Aldine de Gruyter, 2001).
Lois Wright Morton, Iowa State University, Health Care Restructuring: Market Theory vs. Civil Society (Greenwood Publishing, 2001).
Bandana Purkayastha, University of Connecticut, Tagore and Science (Asian American Studies Institute, 2001).
Jacob S. Siegel, J. Stuart Siegel Demographic Services, North Bethesda, MD, Applied Demography: Applications to Business, Government, Law, and Public Policy (Academic Press, 2001).
Mark A Winton, University of Central Florida, and Barbara A. Mara, Child Abuse and Neglect: Multidisciplinary Approaches (Allyn & Bacon, 2001).
Milan Zafirovski, University of North Texas, Exchange, Action, and Social Structure: Elements of Economic Sociology (Greenwood Press, 2001).
American Association for the Advancement of Science. Science Books and Films: Your Guide to Science Resources for All Ages (SB&F) is recruiting reviewers. Contact Heather Beecheler, (202) 326-6646; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gift from Within, is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder, those at risk for it, and those who care for traumatized individuals. Their philosophy is to rekindle hope and restore dignity to trauma survivors. Contact Joyce Boaz Director, Gift From Within; http://www.sourcemaine.com/gift.
IREX announces the availability of a policy paper entitled “Central Asia: Examining Regional Security” on the IREX web site, summarizing a policy forum organized by IREX at the U.S. Department of State on January 31, 2001. The policy paper is available electronically at:
http://www.irex.org/publications-resources/policy-papers/central-asia.pdf. For more information about IREX’s policy papers, e-mail email@example.com.
National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Changes in National Mortality Statistics. Effective with recently-published data for 1999, two important changes in national mortality statistics have been implemented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS): (1) a new cause-of-death classification and (2) a new population standard for age-adjusting death rates. The new cause-of-death classification is the Tenth Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), replacing ICD-9, which was in use during 1979-1998. The new classification and associated coding rules result in discontinuities in cause-of-death trends, as has been the case with the introduction of previous revisions of the ICD. The new population standard is the estimated year 2000 population, which replaces the 1940 population standard long used by federal agencies and state health departments. The new standard changes the magnitude of age-adjusted death rates bringing them into closer alignment with unadjusted rates; mortality trends and group differentials tend to be similar using either standard. Additional information is available in three NCHS reports as follows: “Deaths: Preliminary Data for 1999,” National Vital Statistics Reports (NVSR), Vol 49, No. 9, June 26, 2001; “Comparability of Cause of Death between ICD-9 and ICD-10: Preliminary Estimates,” NVSR, Vol. 48, No. 2, May 18, 2001; and “Age Standardization of Death Rates: Implementation of the Year 2000 Standard,” NVSR, Vol. 47, No. 3, October 7, 1998. The reports are available on the NCHS website at the following: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/nvsr/nvsr.htm. General information on mortality is available on the NCHS mortality website at the following: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/dvs/mortdata.htm.
Margarita S. Studemeister is the editor of “El Salvador: The Implementation of the Peace Accords” published by the United States Institute of Peace. This monograph includes papers on human rights and judicial reform; the transformation of the police force; changes in the political regime of the country; the involvement of the United Nations; and lessons of El Salvador’s peace process for the current situation in Colombia. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Science Research Council announces the availability of summer fellowships for innovative research on information technology (IT), international cooperation and global security. PhD students and faculty from any academic discipline and of any nationality may apply. These in-residence fellowships (location TBA), for summer 2002, are designed for researchers who currently work on cooperation and security issues and who want to explore the role and impact of IT in this area; or for researchers who work on IT and want to explore its relationship to cooperation and security. Summer Programs Deadline: Monday, December 3, 2001. For more information and an application: e-mail Itcoop@ssrc.org; www.ssrc.org. Program on Information Technology, International Cooperation and Global Security, Social Science Research Council, 810 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019; (212) 377-2700; fax (212) 377-2727.
Policy and Practice
Robert Blain, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, will lecture in Warsaw, Poland on using time as the universal unit of exchange (rather than money).
Garry W. Hesser, Augsburg College, National Issues Forum Faculty, was appointed to the Minnesota Humanitites Commission, 2001.
J. Steven Picou was appointed as a member of the Committee to review the Gulf of Alaska Ecosystem Monitoring Program, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, 2000-2001.
Current Sociology, published six times a year by Sage Publications, seeks a new editor to begin September 2002. Expressions of interest should be submitted to Christine Inglis, ISA Vice-President for Publications, Multicultural Research Center, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia; 61-2-93513161; fax 61-2-93514580; e-mail c.inglis@edfac. usyd.edu.au, by January 31, 2002.
Jean-Marie Tremblay, professeur de sociologie Cégep de Chicoutimi, Province de Québec is working on a social sciences virtual library, unique in the world, especially in sociology, political economy, Marxism and anthropology. Students, teachers, and researchers will already find more than 65 books from the founders of those disciplines. See http://www.uqac.uquebec.ca/zone30/Classiques_des_sciences_ sociales/index.html. All the books are available free in Word 2001 and Acrobat Reader formats from the web site.
Academic Editor available to edit theses, dissertations, journal articles, proposals, and non-fiction book manuscripts. Contact Donna Maurer, PhD (sociology) at email@example.com; website: http://www.academic-editor.com.
Wendy Landers is available to do overflow and consulting work. Masters in Survey Methodology from Michigan in 1999. (202) 237-2432; www.LandersSurveys.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Margaret Syant Horsley, former chair and dean at Washington College, died on June 29, 2001.
Bernice Neugarten, University of Chicago, died in July.
Richard Tomasson, University of New Mexico, died September 8, 2001.
Rosalie (Savat) Wolf, an active researcher and worker in the fields of elder abuse prevention and gerontology, died Tuesday, June 26, 2001.
Lore K. Wright, Medical College of Georgia, died January 13, 2001.
Janice M. Beyer
Janice M. Beyer, a distinguished business researcher and the Harkins & Company Centennial Chair in Business Administration at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas-Austin, passed away on June 20, 2001. She was 67 years old.
Beyer had been a member of the UT faculty since 1988, teaching in the Management Department at the McCombs School. In 1992 she began a joint professorship with the Sociology Department. Prior to joining the McCombs School, she taught at New York University, Cornell University, and State University of New York-Buffalo.
“Jan Beyer was a pioneering scholar whose research and service had a profound impact on our profession,” said McCombs School Associate Dean David Jemison. “Her Presence, insight, and rapid wit influenced several generations of scholars and students. The esteem in which she was held by colleagues throughout the world was reflected by her election as president of the Academy of Management and her service as editor of the Academy of Management Journal. She’ll be missed.”
In addition to serving as president of the Academy of Management, Beyer was also president of the International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management. She served on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Academy of Management and on the Executive Council of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics.
Beyer published more than 100 articles and books in her field. She was on the editorial boards of many of the leading publications in management science including: Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Advances in Qualitative Organizational Research, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Quality Management, and Journal of World Business. She was also co-editor of the Journal of Socio-Economics. In addition, Professor Beyer served on many committees in the McCombs School and was Director of the Center for Organizational Research.
“Janice Beyer was a distinguished research professor who made a great contribution to the study of management science,” said John Butler, chairman of the Management Department at the McCombs School. Also former chair of the Department of Sociology, Butler remarked that he specifically sought out Beyer in the Business School and asked her to take a joint appointment in sociology so that students in organizational science could take courses with her.
Beyer was originally from Milwaukee, WI. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and her Masters of Science and PhD degrees from Cornell University. She is survived by her brother, Warren Beyer of Milwaukee; her daughters Claire Lodahl of Durango, CO and Andrea Henneman of Princeton, NJ; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service was held June 26.
Kim Head, McCombs School of Business.
Jeanne E. Griffith
(1950 - 2001)
Jeanne Elaine Griffith, 51, a former government statistician who was director of the National Science Foundation’s Science Resources Studies Division from 1996 until 1999, died of breast cancer August 2 at Halquist Memorial Hospice Center in Arlington, VA.
Dr. Griffith, a Washington resident, was a native of Glen Mills, PA. She was a sociology graduate of the College of William and Mary and received a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in applied statistics from George Washington University. She received a doctorate in sociology from Johns Hopkins University.
In the 1970’s and early 1980’s she did statistical work at the U.S. Census Bureau, Fairfax County’s Office of Research and Statistics, the old Health, Education and Welfare Department, and the Office of Management and Budget.
She worked at the Library of Congress from 1983 until 1987. Her last position there was as social legislation specialist in the Congressional Research Service’s education and public welfare division.
Over the next nine years at the Education Department, Dr. Griffith became acting commissioner of the National Center for Educational Statistics. She was named to the Senior Executive Service in 1990.
In June, she was a recipient of the American Statistical Association’s Roger Herriot Award for innovation in federal statistics.
Her memberships included the Cosmos Club, and she did volunteer work at the National Zoo.
Survivors include her husband of 16 years, Andrew Orlin of Washington, her father, Benjamin Griffith Jr. of West Chester, PA; a sister, Margaret Pinarelli or Arlington; and a brother Benjamin Griffith III of North Wales, PA.
Washington Post August 5, 2001.
Hylan Garnet Lewis
Hylan Garnet Lewis, the noted black scholar who masterfully combined careers in sociology and social policy, died on March 8, 2000, just short of his 89th birthday, in Versailles, France.
For over half a century, Lewis was a central figure in civil rights, anti-poverty and other basic and policy research, as well as in professional and political activities on behalf of poor people of all races. A quiet leader, a superb networker, and an utterly decent human being, Lewis was nearly everywhere that significant policy was being created, often in the literal and figurative backrooms where the needed analytic work was done.
Hylan Lewis was born on April 11, 1911 in Washington, DC. He received his AB from Virginia Union University (1932), and his MA and PhD from the University of Chicago (1936, 1951). Lewis began his teaching career at Howard University, where he was a sociology instructor from 1934 to 1941, and one of a group of remarkable young social scientists who later spearheaded African American sociology after World War II. Subsequently, Lewis taught at Talladega College, Atlanta University, Howard University once more, and then from 1977 to his retirement, at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). In 1990-91, he was named the first holder of the Michael Harrington Chair of Social Sciences at Queens College, CUNY. His many other honors include the ASA’s DuBois-Johnson-Frazier award (1976) and the Merit Award of the Eastern Sociological Association (1979).
Meanwhile, Lewis pursued his second career in civil rights and social policy research and analysis, serving on nearly 50 governmental and public nonprofit agencies, advisory groups, panel, and task forces including the National Academy of Sciences, the Office of Economic Opportunity, the National Urban league, the U.S. Children’s Bureau, and several U.S. cabinet departments. His best known long-term research affiliations were with the Health and Welfare Council of the National Capital Area, where he directed the Child Rearing Study from 1959-1964 that produced Elliot Liebow’s Tally’s Corner among other works; and New York’s Metropolitan Applied Research Center (1969-1975), where he and Kenneth Clark continued the urban and ghetto policy research they had begun earlier.
Lewis was the author, among other publications, of Blackways of Kent (1955), Child Rearing among Low Income Families (1961), and Culture, Class and Poverty (1967), the latter two among the earliest antidotes against the stigmatization of the poor black family that began again in the 1960s. He also published about three dozen articles and book chapters, and wrote an innumerable number of significant but unpublished reports.
In the last decade of his life, Lewis devoted much of his time to a third career: as an informal oral historian, telling an endless stream of visitors, this writer included, about Robert Park and other Chicago School greats, and the history-making organizations, famous names and important unknowns of the latter two thirds of the 20th century. (Tapes that Lewis made of these observations are being transcribed.)
My favorite Hylan story reported how the Howard University social scientists lobbied and advised FDR on civil rights and social policy issues. Avoiding public contact with the black community because of his political dependence on then dominant Southern white racist Democrats, FDR kept in touch with the Howard University group through his valet.
A memorial fund under the supervision of Karen Buck is being established in Lewis’ name at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
Herbert J. Gans, Columbia University
Donald Nelson Michael
In the half-century since Don Michael received his Harvard doctorate, the social sciences have fragmented into ever narrower sub-specialties. Michael was a generalist in the grand tradition of the giants who were not afraid to look at humankind as a whole and to ponder the great issues that confront it. His abiding concern with technology’s impact on society was nurtured by his undergraduate training in physics (at Harvard) and engineering (courtesy of the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II). When he arrived at the University of Chicago in 1946 to study sociology with William Fielding Ogburn, the great scholar of social change, a freshly placed plaque at a laboratory site on the campus commemorated the first achievement of controlled nuclear fission. But Leo Szilard and the other physicists who had produced the atomic bomb were deeply troubled by its consequences. Each issue of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists carried on its cover the image of a clock, with the minute hand approaching noon (or midnight!). When international crises mounted, as Stalin moved to extend his empire, the hand came closer to 12; it was set back when tensions abated. In Edward Shils’s graduate seminar, the talk was centered on large themes, especially the nuclear threat to human survival. The mood of great urgency was sustained by Don Michael throughout his lifetime. He would say earnestly, “We’re walking on the edge of the precipice every minute,” and then characteristically, his features would relax into an infectious grin. Returning to Harvard, Michael studied social psychology with Clyde Kluckhohn, and began pondering the issues of tension-reduction and trust-building in international affairs.
Michael’s early orientation to the physical sciences brought him to pioneering examinations of the social implications of space exploration and of computers. In 1961, the Brookings Institution (of which he was a staff member) published his first book, Proposed Studies on the Implications of Peaceful Space Activities for Human Affairs. The following year he published Cybernation: The Silent Conquest, which heralded the start of the computer age. He was an active environmentalist long before the term was invented. He was a fierce believer in the necessity of social planning and regarded the conquest of ignorance as the first priority. These interests prompted other important books: The Next Generation, The Unprepared Society, and On Learning to Plan – and Planning to Learn. In addition he wrote hundreds of articles and reports for an extraordinary variety of journals and organizations.
As Professor of Planning and Public Policy and also of Psychology at the University of Michigan, Don Michael was a gifted teacher and inspiring mentor. But he left his greatest impression on a number of important organizations that he served as a consultant, project director or board member. They ranged from the Club of Rome, the Institute for the Future, the Stanford Research Institute and the Western Behavioral Science Institute to the Global Business Network and the Girl Scouts of America. He was an advisor to such federal agencies as the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Academy of Sciences. He was awarded honorary doctorates by Marlboro College and the Saybrook Graduate School, on whose faculty he had served.
Don Michael brought an astonishing and indefatigable enthusiasm to everything he did. He could express both joy and outrage, he cherished friendships and he retained to the end an unfailing wonder at the world’s marvels and at human frailties. Most important, he thought big. “Be question askers all the time,” he said, “not answer givers.”
William A. Rushing
On January 27, 2001, sociology lost a very productive practitioner and a sterling character. Bill Rushing was known for his candor, even to the point of being outspoken; and he had a distinguished career in sociology. He died at age 70 following a long series of painful and disabling illnesses.
A native of Murfreesboro, TN, “Billy,” as he was known growing up, was popular among his childhood friends and schoolmates, especially as an athlete. He became captain of the high school football team in 1946 and was named All-Middle Tennessee in basketball the following year. After completing his Air Force service in 1949, Bill earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Colorado in 1956 and 1958, and his PhD from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1961.
By any conventional standard, Bill Rushing was a prolific author. The point is not just that he published numerous articles in major journals and authored or edited eight books. Additionally, his publications manifested an interest in and mastery of various sociological specialities, including medical sociology, the sociology of deviance, and organizational sociology. Equally important, Rushing had a keen eye for the significant and the controversial, an inclination that led to his last book, The AIDS Epidemic: Social Dimensions of an Infectious Disease (Westview, 1995).
Throughout his career, Bill championed sociology as a unique disciplinary approach to the solution of weighty social problems. He frequently juxtaposed sociology to other disciplines, such as medicine and economics, highlighting the policy implications of empirically rigorous, theoretically informed sociological analysis. For example, in his first book, The Psychiatric Professions: Power, Conflict, and Adaptation in a Psychiatric Hospital Staff (University of North Carolina Press, 1964), Bill wrote (p. vii),
“During the past decade the problem of mental health has received increased attention from sociologists. Much of this attention has been devoted to the study of societal and community factors which precipitate, or are at least correlated with, mental illness. Relatively less attention has been devoted to the study of persons who treat mental patients. Yet from a practical as well as a sociological standpoint, the study of mental health professions is equally important. Effective modern psychiatric treatment in mental hospitals consists of the application and co-ordination of the activities of professional persons with diverse therapeutic skills, which is a matter of social structure and social organization. And the study of social structure and social organization is central to the sociologist’s interest.”
Bill went on to conduct social structural analyses of a wide range of health issues. For example, in his Social Functions and Economic Aspects of Health Insurance (Kluwer-Nijhoff, 1986), Bill conducted a structural-functional analysis of health insurance, countering the economic thesis that health insurance distorted supply and demand (p. 9). Instead, he argued (p. 200), “while health insurance does increase health service expenditures, it is an adaptive institution and a response to and not just a cause of increases in expenditures…A fundamental thesis of this book is that health insurance reduces conflict and promotes harmony in social relations and that this may be a far more significant consequence of health insurance than any improvements in health…Relations between generations have received specific attention…In the years ahead such relations are viewed as replacing relations between social classes as the arena where health insurance will be most significant from a social perspective.”
In The AIDS Epidemic, Bill tackled the social etiology and societal reactions to AIDS, a disease he considered to be “one of the most important in all history” (p. xi). He hoped that, by interpreting the basic facts of AIDS “in terms of sociological concepts and principles,” the insights could broaden understanding of AIDS, as well as “help clinicians, public health officials, policymakers, and AIDS activists in dealing with the problems of this terrible disease” (p. xiii). Medical science, he argued (p. 205), competed with religious and moral views of AIDS,
But even in rationalized societies, medical knowledge and scientific reasoning do not always undermine archaic-metaphorical reasoning. When a disease is associated with what many consider to be immoral conduct, the social construction of that disease as due to natural causes must continually compete with a construction based on moral reasoning and ideas about sin and the wrath of God, even when the medical science conception of disease is broadly institutionalized in society. This is the case with HIV-AIDS. Medical knowledge has not eliminated reactions based on supernatural beliefs and moral reasoning by a long shot.
Bill Rushing’s accomplishments were by no means limited to scholarly productivity. He combined that productivity with several years of distinguished administrative service at Vanderbilt University, where he was Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology (1975-1979), Acting Chair (1985-1988), and named Emeritus in 1998. After taking his PhD, Bill was a member of the faculty at Florida State University (1961-63), the University of Wisconsin (1963-64), Washington State University (1964-68), and Vanderbilt University (from 1968 onward). There may have been more popular instructors at those universities, but Rushing had few peers when it came to promoting sociology as a discipline and a science.
Bill Rushing’s colleagues in sociology can take comfort in knowing that he is no longer in pain. They should know also that his wife Betty and their children were a great blessing for him.
Daniel B. Cornfield, Nashville, TN; Jack P. Gibbs, Austin, TX
Robert N. Stern
Robert N. Stern, Professor in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) and the Department of Sociology at Cornell University, died April 21, 2001 in Ithaca, New York. He was diagnosed with diabetes when he was nine, and died of complications from the disease at the age of 52.
Among the unifying threads in Stern’s scholarly work, consisting of seven books and monographs and dozens of articles and chapters, are the control and governance systems in non-hierarchical organizations and organizational networks, and the question of how workers realize their aims (including worker ownership, issues of exit and voice and determinants of strikes and union effectiveness). He had a remarkable ability to connect with a wide range of scholars and to contribute incisive theory and research findings, which accounted in part for his many coauthored publications. Needing to use a wheelchair did not stop him from traveling extensively to interview union officials and workers, and he frequently presented his research findings at academic meetings. Over the years, as complications from his diabetes increased, Bob demonstrated every day a courageous commitment to his research, his teaching, his colleagues, and his students.
Bob became a faculty member of the Department of Organizational Behavior in the ILR School in 1974, after completing his baccalaureate in sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, and his MA and PhD in sociology at Vanderbilt University. As an undergraduate he met Corinne, his wife-to-be, with whom he had a strong and fulfilling marriage. His interest in the sociology of organizations and industrial relations was piqued by his undergraduate studies, and he pursued this interest at Vanderbilt University, where he worked with James Thompson, Omer Galle, and Mayer Zald. Under their mentorship, Bob developed an interest in the sources and nature of conflict in organizations, an interest that served as a major focus of research throughout his academic career, manifested in several different streams of research. In his early years at Cornell, he began to explore specific problems of governance and conflict in employee-owned organizations and worker cooperatives. The problem of maintaining democracy in such organizations held an enduring fascination for him, and he teamed up with departmental colleagues, Howard Aldrich, Tove Hammer, and the late William F. Whyte, to produce a series of published monographs and journal articles addressing this issue. General concern with organizational governance issues also inspired a series of studies on law firms, on one hand, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, on the other. At the same time, he maintained a special focus of research on labor unions, studying conditions that produced and shaped industrial conflict.
In sharp contrast to the organizational conflict that provided a main focus for his professional practice, Robert Stern stood out among sociologists at Cornell by virtue of the breadth and strength of collaborative relations that he maintained with students and colleagues and by virtue of his wide-ranging intellectual interests. He took on a supportive, mentoring role for many junior colleagues in the School of Industrial Relations and worked closely with other faculty and students in advising and teaching capacities. He served as chair of the OB Department in the mid-1980s, and as the director of the graduate program from 1997 until his death. His network of social relations drew him into a variety of professional roles, including that of book review editor for Administrative Science Quarterly, expert witness for several congressional committees, and member of various committees in the Organizations and Occupations section of the ASA, Social Issues in Management section of the Academy of Management, and the Industrial Relations Research Association.
Bob’s academic interest in studying the NCAA was fired not only by intellectual questions of governance and interorganizational regulation, but by his love of sports as well. One of his major passions was the collection of baseball cards, and he avidly bought and sold cards at trade meets throughout the northeast region of the country, and on the internet. He was a regular fan at Cornell hockey and lacrosse meets, and seized every opportunity that came along to go to professional baseball games.
Over time, he became progressively more involved with organizations involved in political advocacy for those with disabilities, including serving as an advisor and board member for Ithaca’s Finger Lakes Independence Center and a local disability organization while on sabbatic in Brisbane, Australia. Characteristically, his social involvement was matched by his academic studies of the effects of the Americans with Disabilities Act. He was an active member of Temple Beth-El in Ithaca.
He is survived by his wife, Corinne, daughter, Danielle, and son, Ethan.
Ronald Breiger, University of Arizona; Pamela S. Tolbert, Cornell University
Christopher K. Vanderpool
Christopher K. Vanderpool, Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University, whose involvement in the MSU Sociology Department spanned almost half of its history, died on June 25, 2001, in East Lansing, Michigan, at the age of 58.
Born on June 3, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois, where he grew up in a Polish-American home and graduated from St. Procopius College in Lisle, Illinois, Vanderpool would become an internationalist with widely ranging interests in comparative sociology after arriving at Michigan State University for his graduate work in 1965. An outstanding student of John and Ruth Hill Useem, Chris earned his MA (1966) and PhD (1970) in sociology at MSU. He would remain there until his death in 2001, save for a brief stint as Assistant Professor of International Relations and Sociology at the University of Denver (1970-1972). But his sociological journey would take him around the globe, to Libya and Senegal, the Caribbean and South Korea, Italy and Russia, Australia and Japan, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Kuwait, and India. Always proud of his Polish heritage, he had a fair command of Polish as well as French, and could read Russian as well. When his productive, creative life was cut short by a sudden and undefined cancer in June, he was about to leave for Ethiopia to give a keynote address, and was brimming with plans for the future.
Chris Vanderpool both shaped and was shaped by the MSU Sociology Department, his intellectual cradle. Established in 1924, it had flourished after World War II under the leadership of Charles Loomis (Chair, 1944-1957) and John Useem (Chair, 1957-1965). The change in international relations during the post-war period became a central emphasis in the sociology program at MSU. Chris developed and maintained this interest throughout his professional life, making continuing contributions and championing the comparative international perspective in sociology nourished during many evening seminars at the Useems’ home and in the Zeitgeist of the late 1960s. Thus, he and fellow graduate student Sal Restivo collaboratively designed and wrote their Master’s theses and doctoral dissertations on the international scientific community. In 1974, they published Comparative Studies in Science and Society, a collection that included articles based on their dissertations. Later, with a newly arrived Russian colleague, Vladimir Shlapentokh, Chris would organize a series of provocative national and international conferences (“100 Years: Marx’s Legacy,” “1984: Orwell Revisited”) held at MSU in the 1980s and 1990s. The last of these led to the co-edited volumes State Organized Terror: The Case of Violent Internal Repression (1991), based on a conference marking the 50th anniversary of Stalin’s mass terror, and The New Elite In Post-Communist Eastern Europe (1999), from a conference at which the main presenters represented a dozen countries.
At the time of his death he had ambitious collaborative work in progress responding to a National Science Foundation initiative on biocomplexity in the environment, and other research focusing on social transformations and emergent pathogens. Indeed, Chris’s research and teaching interests ranged from Environmental Sociology to the Sociology of Developing Societies, Comparative Sociology, Political Sociology, Sociological Theory, Social Impact Assessment, Ocean Policy and Development, Natural Resource Conservation and Management, Human Dimensions of Food Safety, Biotechnology and Long-Term Global Environmental Change.
Most notably, Vanderpool served as Chair (1990-1999) and Associate Chair (1973-1979, 1984-1986) of the MSU Sociology Department for more than a fourth of the department’s history. The department expanded and its national profile blossomed under his inspired and institutionally savvy leadership during his decade as Chair in the 1990s. Chris was always thinking ahead about how he could “build” the Sociology Department, often by developing joint positions with other units in the University. He was very creative in this regard, and successful in recruiting and retaining key faculty to the department over the years. He was also a great mentor as Chair, consistently supporting the junior faculty and being clear in what they needed to do to advance in their careers. Staff members who worked with him over the past two decades loved and valued him. Self-effacing and allergic to oppression of any sort, he was a man who believed and practiced the ethic of treating people fairly and with dignity.
Within the ASA, he played a variety of active roles throughout his career. He chaired sessions on “War and the International Order” and “The Political Economy of the Oceans” in the early 1970s, served as Newsletter Editor of the Section on World Conflict from 1977 to 1979, and was elected Chair of Chairs of Major PhD-Granting Departments in Sociology. In the latter position, which he held from 1992 to 1996, he was nationally recognized for his contributions to the profession.
His collaborators regarded him as an ideal partner in scholarly activity, always curious, intellectually alert, and scrupulously objective. He had an exciting mind, a gracious presentation of self, a contagious sense of humor, and indubitable loyalty and reliability as a friend. With such personal qualities, it is not surprising that he was by all accounts a superb teacher as well, and famous at MSU for his Introductory Sociology course, which at times had an enrollment of 500 students in Anthony Hall. He was a model to others for the way he taught his classes; it was not uncommon for the rest of us to encounter many of his undergraduate students who raved about the job he did as a teacher. At his eulogy, a former student and friend could still remember details of a favorite lecture from long ago – on love and exchange theory – and recall the intensely passionate and sociologically imaginative way in which it was delivered.
Chris will be vividly and fondly remembered by his many friends, colleagues, and students at Michigan State University and throughout the United States and the countries in which he left his mark. Above all he will be deeply missed by his wife, Dr. Mariam Sticklen, a professor at MSU; his two sons, Eric and Aaron Vanderpool; his stepdaughter Mitra Sticklen; his sister Gail (Gene) Hoban, niece and nephew Becca and Bill Hoban, and other relatives who will long recall his uncommon kindness and grace.
Rubén G. Rumbaut, Michigan State University