email@example.com or (631) 632-4544. Visit www.sunysb.edu/Reinventioncenter.
June 21-24, 2005. The International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS) International Conference, San Francisco, CA. See iasscs.sfsu.edu/.
Abe Fellowship Program is designed to encourage international multidis-ciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. The program seeks to foster the development of a new generation of researchers who are interested in policy-relevant topics of long-range importance and who are
willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network built around such topics. It strives especially to promote a new level of
intellectual cooperation between Japanese and American academic and professional communities committed to and trained for advancing global understanding and problem solving. Fellowship Terms Applications must be submitted online at applications.ssrc.org. The deadline for receipt of applications is September 1 annually. Contact: Abe Fellowship Program, Social Science Research Council, 810 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019 USA; (212) 377-2700; fax (212) 377-2727; email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.ssrc.org; or Abe Fellowship Program, c/o Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, Ark Mori Building, 21F, 1-12-32 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-6021, Japan; 03-5562-3506; fax 03-5562-3504; email ssrcABE@gol.com.
American Academy of Arts and Sciences invites applications for research projects related to its major program areas: Humanities and Culture, Social Policy and American Institutions, Education, and Science and Global Security (see program descriptions at www.amacad.org). Visiting Scholars will participate in conferences, seminars, and events at the Academy, while advancing their independent research. Terms of Award: $35,000 stipend for post-doctoral scholars; up to $50,000 for junior faculty. Postmark deadline: October 15, 2004. Contact: Visiting Scholars Program, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 136 Irving Street, Cambridge, MA 02138-1996; (617) 576-5014; fax (617) 576-5050; email email@example.com. www.amacad.org.
American Association for the Advancement of Science announces its Science and Technology Policy Fellowships for 2005-2006. Assignments are for one-year terms involving domestic and international science policy issues in Congress and several executive branch agencies. Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent by the application deadline date. Approximately 60 fellowships are awarded in ten different programs. Stipends start at $62,000. Application deadline is January 10, 2005. Contact: AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Programs, 1200 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 326-6700; email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.fellowships.aaas.org.
American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announces its 2004-2005 fellowship and grant competitions. The fellowships include the central ACLS Fellowships, offering stipends from $30,000-$50,000, the ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area studies Fellowships, the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars (with a stipend of $75,000), and the Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (with a stipend of $60,000). See www.acls.org/fel-comp.htm.
The American Institute for Yemeni Studies offers pre- and postdoctoral fellowships for the purpose of supporting research on Yemeni and South Arabian studies and promoting scholarly exchange between Yemen and the United States. Application deadline: December 31, 2004. For details, eligibility, and requirements, see www.aiys.org/fellowhips, or contact the executive director: Maria Ellis, American Institute for Yemeni Studies, P.O. Box 311, Ardmore, PA 19003-0311; (610) 896-5412; fax (610) 896-9049; email email@example.com.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Vera Institute of Justice Postdoctoral Fellowship on Race, Crime, and Justice. One fellowship is awarded each year for a two-year residency at the Vera Institute in New York. Fellows receive a generous annual salary and benefits plus research and travel allowances to pursue a scholarly project of their own design while gaining experience in policy-oriented research and writing. Applicants must have completed a doctorate within seven years of applying for the fellowship or be completing it by summer 2005. Applications are due October 22, 2004, with the residency to start in summer or fall 2005. Details and an application are available at www.vera.org/mellon. Contact: Pamela Guthrie, Research Department Coordinator, Vera Institute of Justice, 233 Broadway, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10279; fax (212) 941-9407; email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a brochure and application.
The Foundation for Child Development (FCD) announces a third round of grants in its Changing Faces of America’s Children—Young Scholars Program. The Young Scholars Program supports early-career researchers studying the challenges faced by children living in immigrant families. Three to four fellowships of up to $150,000 for use over one to three years (maximum) will be awarded competitively. Proposals are due on November 1, 2004. Applicants must have earned a PhD or its equivalent in one of the behavioral and social sciences or in an allied professional field within the last 15 years. They must also be full-time, faculty members of a college or university in the United States. The Young Scholars Program supports: (1) Basic and policy-relevant research about the education, health and well-being of immigrant children from birth to age 10, particularly those living in low-income families. (2) Young investigators’ efforts to attain tenure or who have received tenure in the last four years from a college or university in the United States. www.fcd-us.org/ourwork/y-index.html.
The Freie Universität Berlin and GSA Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies offer up to one-year of research support at the Freie Universität Berlin. The program accepts applications from U.S. and Canadian nationals or permanent residents. Applicants for a dissertation fellowship must be full-time graduate students who have completed all coursework required for the PhD and must have achieved ABD status by the time the proposed research stay in Berlin begins. Also eligible are U.S. and Canadian PhDs who have received their doctorates within the past two calendar years. Awards provide between 10 and 12 months of research. Deadline: December 1, 2004. Visit userpage.fu-berlin.de/~bprogram/ or email email@example.com.
International Center for Advanced Studies at New York University. Fellowships for 2005-2006. Theme: “Politics of the Unprivileged.” The project seeks to examine the production, circulation, and practical import of knowledge generated in the various disciplines of social inquiry. What are the costs of the growing divide between social science inquiry and humanistic scholarship? What are the implications of the growing dominance of U.S.-based models of social inquiry for the understanding of other cultures and for the fundamental concepts of political experience and inquiry? The stipend is $35,000 for nine months and includes eligibility for NYU housing. Application deadline: January 6, 2005. See www.nyu.edu/gsas/dept/icas for more information and application forms. Fax (212) 995-4546; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Korea Foundation, a public non-profit organization based in Seoul, Korea, undertakes various academic and cultural exchange programs to improve awareness and understanding of Korea worldwide and to foster cooperative relationships with foreign countries. With the goal of expanding academic interest in the field of Korean Studies, the Foundation supports non-Korean experts in the fields of humanities and social sciences in their research on Korea. Fellowships and grants include a fellowship for graduate studies, post-doctoral fellowships (deadline: January 15), advanced research grants (deadline: January 30), and publication subsidies (deadlines: March 31 and September 30). For information and application guidelines, visit www.kf.or.kr or contact: Fellowship Program Department, Korea Foundation, 1376-1 Seocho 2-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-072, Korea; +82-2-3463-5614; fax +82-2-3463-6075; email email@example.com. www.kf.or.kr/english/program/fellowship/f1.html.
National Institutes of Health is accepting applications for research funding to study mechanisms of health risk behavior in children and adults. Non-profit and for-profit organizations, public and private institutions, units of local and state government, certain agencies of federal government, and faith- or community-based organizations are eligible. For full program announcement and application details, visit grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-121.html.
National Institutes of Health is accepting applications for research funding in a new program titled “Sociobehavioral Data Analysis and Archiving in Aging.” Up to two years of research may be supported. Non-profit and for-profit organizations, public and private institutions, units of local and state government, certain agencies of federal government, and faith- or community-based organizations are eligible. For full program announcement and application details, visit grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-123.html.
Pembroke Center at Brown University offers postdoctoral fellowships for 2005-2006. Theme: “Language of Victimization.” It will consider the multiple languages used to fashion the image and meaning of victimization in different historical and cultural contexts. Stipend is $35,000. Deadline: December 10, 2004. Contact: Elizabeth Barboza, Box 1958, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912; (401) 863-2643; e-mail Elizabeth_Barboza@brown.edu.
Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies announce the 2005 competition of the International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship (IDRF) program, which is designed to support distinguished graduate students in the humanities and social sciences conducting dissertation field research in all areas and regions of the world. Fifty fellowships of up to $20,000 will be awarded in 2005 with funds provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The IDRF Program is committed to scholarship that advances knowledge about cultures, societies, aesthetics, economics and/or polities outside the United States. The program is open to full-time graduate students in the humanities and social sciences—regardless of citizenship—enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States. Applicants must have completed all PhD requirements except fieldwork and dissertation by the time the fellowship begins or by December 2005, whichever comes first. Fellowships will provide support for nine to twelve months in the field, plus travel expenses. The fellowship must be held for a single continuous period within the 18 months between July 2005 and December 2006. For further information on application procedures, visit the IDRF website at www.ssrc.org/programs/idrf or contact program staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission deadlines: Step 1: November 1, 2004 (online); Step 2: November 8, 2004 (mail-in).
TIAA-CREF has created the Ruth Hamilton Research Scholarship. This scholarship for graduate students in the social sciences has been created to honor Hamilton, who is renowned for her work on minority and urban issues. The Scholarship is funded by a $500,000 endowment from TIAA-CREF and will be administered by the TIAA-CREF Institute, the research and education unit of TIAA-CREF. The scholarship will be awarded to graduate students enrolled in a social science field relating to urban/black studies or the African Diaspora at an accredited public or private university. www.tiaa-crefinstitute.org.
Wesleyan University’s Center for the Humanities, an institute devoted to advanced study and research, invites applications for the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2005-2006. At least one fellowship, possibly two fellowships, will be awarded; the stipend for each is $45,000. For information on eligibility, the application procedure, and the Center’s themes for 2005-2006, visit the Center’s website: www.wesleyan.edu/chum. Completed applications must be received by November 11, 2004.
In the News
Howard E. Aldrich, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was quoted in the May 23 Raleigh News & Observer on why so many organizations and voluntary associations are segregated by ethnicity.
Judy Auerbach, American Foundation for AIDS Research, was interviewed on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on June 23 about international AIDS policy.
Christine Bachrach, National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, was quoted in the August 2004 Discover magazine about her research on human social networks and its relation to sexual behavior research supported by the National Institutes of Health.
Carl L. Bankston, III, Tulane University, published a letter to the editor in the July 18 New York Times Magazine about China’s increasing urbanization and changing demographics and the economic implications for future health care expenditures.
Helen A. Berger, West Chester University, was interviewed on May 13 on National Public Radio’s New Trends in Religion segment about four teenage “witches” or Wicca devotees.
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva was quoted in the May 14 Chronicle of Higher Education about Cambridge University Press’ new interdisciplinary journal on race, The Du Bois Review.
Diane R. Brown, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, was quoted in a June 13 Newark Star Ledger article about a recently held forum, “Eliminating Health Disparities: Bridging the Healthcare Divide.”
Ronald Burt, University of Chicago, was featured in the May 22 New York Times on his research on individual creativity being a function of the structure of one’s social network. He was also quoted and cited for his research on workplace reputation in the March 15 Chicago Tribune.
Toni Calasanti, Virginia Tech, was quoted in a May 2 New York Times article about economic hard times and divorce.
Mary Chayko, College of Saint Elizabeth, was quoted in the April 12 issue of Time magazine in an article about the social implications of weblogs and “blogging.”
Andrew Cherlin, Johns Hopkins University, was quoted in a June 27 New York Times article about newlyweds hedging their bets with their wedding vows.
Lee Clarke, Rutgers University, was quoted in the July 1 issue of Washington Jewish Week about his presentation to a C-SPAN-televised conference, titled “Living with Terror: Psycho-Social Effects,” held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, in June.
Daniel Thomas Cook, University of Illinois-Chicago, was the subject of a June 11 Chronicle of Higher Education article about marketing to children. His book, The Commodification of Childhood: The Children’s Clothing Industry and the Rise of the Child Consumer, was also cited.
Thomas D. Cook, Northwestern University, was quoted in the May 28 Chronicle of Higher Education about randomized trials methodology in education research.
David Cunningham, Brandeis University, authored a June 20 New York Times Magazine article about the history of the FBI’s use of knowledge, especially in relation to the KKK.
Mathieu Deflem, University of South Carolina, was featured on a June 14 broadcast about the War on Terrorism on the South Carolina Educational Radio Network.
Gordon De Jong, Pennsylvania State University, was quoted in a June 29 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about the loss of college graduates from the state.
Michele Dillon, University of New Hampshire, was quoted in the Dallas Morning News April 17, the Los Angeles Times, May 2, and in the Miami Herald, May 30, in regard to presidential candidate John Kerry’s Catholicism and the Catholic vote.
Paul DiMaggio, Princeton University, was quoted in a June 13 New York Times article about the merits of perceived political divisiveness within the United States.
Peter Drier, Occidental College, published a June 10 Newsday.com editorial on former President Reagan’s negative economic and social policy legacies. He also wrote an article with Kelly Candaele that appeared in The Nation on June 10.
Melissa Sheridan Embser-Herbert, Hamline University, wrote a May 16 Washington Post opinion piece on social and gender issues relating to the prisoner abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. She also commented on the issue in a May 10 ABCnews.com article.
Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, authored an opinion piece on drivers’ licenses serving as de facto national ID cards in the May 16 Washington Post.
George Farkas, Pennsylvania State University, had his Contexts magazine article on academic test score gaps between black and white children featured in Richard Morin’s “Unconventional Wisdom” column in the July 25 Washington Post.
Susan Farrell, Kingsboro Community College, was interviewed for NOW with Bill Moyers on the topic of “A Faithful Choice.” Farrell and several others were interviewed about being religious and pro-choice.
Myra Max Feree, University of Wisconsin-Madison, wrote an article that appeared in the May 23 Newsday about the gay marriage debate and its meaning for gender roles.
Charles A. Gallagher, Georgia State University, was quoted in New York Newsday, June 27, on the racial and sexual implications of the Marcus Dixon rape case in Rome, Georgia.
Rosemery Gartner, University of Toronto, was quoted in a May 10 Houston Chronicle article about abuses at the Abu Ghraib Iraq prison.
Steven Gold, Michigan State University, was quoted in the June 7 issue of Time magazine in an article about second-generation immigrant entrepreneurship.
Andrew Greeley, National Opinion Research Center, had his op-ed column about the Catholic vote and the pro-life stance cited in a June 29 Miami Herald article.
Cathy Stein Greenblat, Rutgers University, published a photo essay in the July 30 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education based on her recent book Alive with Alzheimer’s.
Jay Howard, Indiana University/Purdue University-Columbus, was a guest on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation on June 3, discussing contemporary genres of Christian music.
Martha Huggins, Tulane University, was the subject of a June 29 BBC News Online Magazine for her research on torture.
Jerry A. Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania, and Kathleen Gerson, New York University, had their research on long work weeks discussed in the Journal of the American Medical Association, July 7.
James M. Jasper and his book Restless Nation were quoted in a recent U.S. News and World Report cover article on how Americans constantly remake themselves.
Satoshi Kanazawa, London School of Economics, had his research on physical beauty and intelligence featured in the May 30, 2004, Washington Post.
Philip Kasinitz and John Mollenkopf, both from City of University New York-Graduate Center, were interviewed on New York City’s growing Asian population on New York One television on May 10.
Valarie King, Pennsylvania State University, was quoted in the June 20 Washington Post for her research from a decade ago showing that fathers who don’t live with their children make the greatest impact through child support.
Ross Koppel, University of Pennsylvania, was quoted extensively in an article on the costs of Alzheimer’s in the June 20 Philadelphia Inquirer.
William Kornblum, City University of New York-Graduate Center, was cited extensively in the June 20 New York Times for his research on Times Square.
Annette Lareau, Temple University, was interviewed on May 15 on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered about the minority achievement gap and tracking in high schools.
Edward Laumann, University of Chicago, was mentioned in a May 1 New York Times article for his and other researchers’ work on the varying sexual habits of different neighborhoods.
Barrett Lee, Pennsylvania State University, had his research on public sympathy for the homeless featured in the May 30 Washington Post. Lee had worked with Bruce Link, Columbia University, and graduate student Chad Farrell and had published the results in the February 2004 issue of the American Sociological Review.
Hilary Levey and Steven Tepper, Princeton University, were quoted in USA Today on May 12 and The Chicago Tribune on May 21 about their research project on university commencement speakers. Levey also appeared on Your World with Neil Cavuto on Fox News Cable on May 18 for the same work.
Martin L. Levin, Xiaohe Xu and John Bartkowski, all from Mississippi State University, published in the Journal of Marriage and Family on seasonality of sexual debut. The research was cited in May in Newsweek and MSNBC.
Donald P. Levy, University of Connecticut, had his current research on sports fans in general and the phenomenon of “fantasy sports” cited in the June 21 issue of Sports Illustrated.
Zai Liang, State University of New York-Albany, was cited in the May 15 issue of the Economist about recent emigration from China’s Fujian province. He was also consulted for the March issue of National Geographic about China’s economic growth and environmental issues.
Seymour Martin Lipset, George Mason University, was referenced in a July 7 Washington Post op-ed article about Kerry’s choice of Senator John Edwards for his running mate.
Donald Lloyd and R. Jay Turner, both from Florida State University, had their research on stress relative to young adults’ psychiatric disorders reported in Forbes magazine, Yahoo News, Medical Breakthroughs, Health Central.com, and Dr. Koop.com. They were also quoted in January 2004 by The Times of India, regarding their research on post-traumatic disorders linked to childhood stress.
Meika Loe, Colgate University, had her book, The Rise of Viagra: How The Little Blue Pill Changed Sex in America, discussed in Rick Marin’s column in the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times on July 11.
Robert Manning, Rochester Institute of Technology, spoke on July 1 in Washington, DC, at a conference by the Center for American Progress. The conference was covered by CNN and appeared live on C-Span. He was also featured in a Southern Exposure (Vol. 31, No. 2) article, titled “Banking on Misery: Citigroup, Wall Street, and the Fleecing of the South.”
Douglas S. Massey, Princeton University, had his article, published in the April issue of The Du Bois Review, discussed in the May 14 Chronicle of Higher Education’s review of new journals.
Anita Mathur, University of California-Berkeley, had her research featured in a May 14 Chronicle of Higher Education story on community college attendance for welfare recipients.
Clark McPhail, University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign, and University of North Carolina historian Fitzhugh Brundage, were the featured guests on Chicago Public Radio’s Odyssey program on mob violence, April 19.
Jane Menken, University of Colorado-Boulder, was quoted in the July 9 Los Angeles Times about the Union of Concerned Scientists’ July 8 report on Bush administration misuse of science in forming national policy.
Stephen J. Morewitz, Morewitz & Associates, and California State University- Hayward, had his research on hypertension impairment featured in WebMD on May 17 and in InCirculation.net, May 19.
Charles Moskos, Northwestern University, was quoted in a May 12 Chicago Tribune article about the theories behind why pictures were taken at the Iraq prison in Abu Ghraib.
Steven Nock, University of Virginia, was interviewed on National Public Radio’s May 24 Morning Edition about the well-being of children of gay parents.
Andrew Perrin, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was interviewed in the May 23 Raleigh News & Observer on segregation 50 years after Brown v. Board of Education.
Becky Pettit, University of Washington, was featured in a May 24 Seattle Post Intelligencer article and was quoted in a May 22 Seattle Times article about her research that found the rate of black incarceration to be on the rise. Bruce Western, Princeton University, was also mentioned. The articles were based on Pettit and Western’s research in the April 2004 American Sociological Review.
J. Steven Picou, University of South Alabama, was quoted in the July/August issue of E: The Environmental Magazine on the chronic community impacts of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill and the long-term social consequences of the litigation associated with this disaster.
Harriet Presser, University of Maryland-College Park, was quoted extensively in a June 2 Christian Science Monitor article about American parents working unusual hours and how it affects the family. The article was based on a study from the Spring Contexts. Her study was also featured in the San Francisco Business Times, May 25; San Jose Business Journal, May 25; and the Globe and Mail, May 25.
Sean Reardon, Pennsylvania State University, was quoted in a May 17 Chicago Tribune article about the resegregation of schools in the south.
Wormie L. Reed, Cleveland State University, was quoted in a May 10 Cleveland Plain Dealer article about the lack of blacks living in one of the fastest growing suburbs in Ohio, Twinsburg.
Craig Reinarman, University of California-Santa Cruz, and his American Journal of Public Health article comparing cannabis use in Amsterdam and San Francisco, was covered in various media in May including KCBS radio (San Francisco), KSBW television (Monterey), the Oakland Tribune, the Ottawa Sun, the Montreal Gazette, the Vancouver Sun, and the Victoria Times.
Chris Rhomberg, Yale University, was interviewed for a feature article that appeared in the July 16 San Francisco Chronicle about his book No There There: Race, Class, and Political Community in Oakland.
Paul M. Roman, University of Georgia, was interviewed on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation on March 10 about constructive assistance for substance abusers in the workplace.
Abigail Saguy was quoted in the July 18 Houston Chronicle discussing her current work on how the mass media are reporting on the so-called “obesity epidemic.” This research was also cited in the New Scientist on May 1.
Kim Scipes, Roosevelt University, published articles on AFL-CIO foreign operations in Labor Notes, a national rank-and-file labor activist journal, in the February and April 2004 issues. The latter article was picked up by a number of web sites including Counterpunch, Z Net, and Venezuela Analysis. Scipes also did two live radio interviews about AFL-CIO efforts in Venezuela on KPFT-FM, Houston, TX, in March and on KDVS-FM, Davis, CA, in April.
Christian Smith, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Richard Flory, Biola University, were quoted in a May 15 Los Angeles Times article about “biblezines,” or magazines about the Bible meant to entice a younger generation.
Earl Smith, Wake Forest University, was quoted in a May 17 Dallas Morning News article about the effect of Jackie Robinson’s inclusion in major league baseball on desegregation of schools. The article also appeared in the San Jose Mercury News.
Judith Stacey, New York University, was interviewed on National Public Radio’s May 24 Morning Edition about the well-being of children of gay parents. The segment mentioned her American Sociological Review article.
Stephen Steinberg, City University of New York-Queens College, wrote a letter to the editor on Smarty Jones in the June 8 New York Times.
Van C. Tran, Harvard University doctoral student, was interviewed on National Public Radio’s June 5 Weekend Edition about his childhood in a refugee camp in Thailand before arriving in the United States five years ago. Tran was also featured in the June 22 New York Times Metro section about his adaptation to life in America and his graduation from Hunter College.
Christopher Uggen, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, was interviewed on National Public Radio’s May 22 and 23 edition of Sound Money on his article in American Sociological Review about sexual harassment in the workplace being a problem for adolescents.
Bert Useem, University of New Mexico, was quoted in a May 7 Fort Worth Star Telegram article about the psychology behind the Iraq prison abuse.
Jean Van Delinder, Oklahoma State University, was quoted in a May 16 Kansas City Star article about social barriers wearing down gradually not legally.
Ronald Weitzer, George Washington University, was quoted extensively in an article on prostitution in massage parlors, in an article in the Louisville Courier-Journal on July 11. He was the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show Ernie Brown’s America at Night on April 13, discussing his research on the sex industry.
Barry Wellman, University of Toronto, was quoted in the July 7 Globe and Mail about patriotism among Canadians.
Charles Willie, Harvard University, was quoted in a May 16 Boston Globe article about the 30-year anniversary of the court ruling that found that Boston schools were segregated.
Sharon Zukin, Brooklyn College and City University of New York-Graduate Center, was quoted on food stores as social institutions in the New York Times on May 2.
Caught in the Web
Quarterly Journal of Ideology is an interdisciplinary, internet publication intended for those interested in ideological issues in all arenas of scholarly inquiry, including, but not limited to, sociology, economics, philosophy, history, political science, theology, literature, journalism, anthropology and science. QJI is especially interested in providing a forum that allows professionals to critique the conventional wisdom within the areas of their expertise conducted through qualitative rather than quantitative evaluation. To submit an article to be reviewed for publication, visit www.lsus.edu/la/journals/ideology or email email@example.com.
Members' New Books
Biko Agozino, Cheyney University, and Anita Kalunta-Crumpton, co-editors, Pan African Issues in Crime and Justice (Aldershot Ashgate, 2004).
James A. Beckford, University of Warwick, Social Theory and Religion (Cambridge University Press, 2003).
James A. Beckford, University of Warwick, and James T. Richardson, University of Nevada, Reno, editors, Challenging Religion: Essays in Honour of Eileen Barker (Routledge, 2003).
Diane R. Brown, Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities, and Verna M. Keith, Arizona State University, In and Out of Our Right Minds: The Mental Health of African American Women (Columbia University Press, 2004).
David L. Brunsma, University of Missouri, What the School Uniform Tells Us About American Education: A Symbolic Crusade (Scarecrow, 2004).
John L. Campbell, Dartmouth College and Copenhagen Business School, Institutional Change and Globalization (Princeton University Press, 2004).
Gregg Lee Carter, Bryant University, Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture and the Law (ABC-CLIO, 2003); Doing Sociology with Student Chip: Data Happy!, 4th Edition (Allyn & Bacon, 2004); Empirical Approaches to Sociology, 4th Edition (Allyn & Bacon, 2004).
Gordon J. DiRenzo, University of Delaware, Conoscenza e Spiegazione (Knowledge and Explanation) (Roma: Di Renzo Editrice, 2004).
Jill Esbenshade, San Diego State University, Monitoring Sweatshops: Workers, Consumers, and the Global Apparel Industry (Temple University Press, 2004).
Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber, Boston College, and Gregg Lee Carter, Bryant University, Working Women in America: Split Dreams, 2nd Edition (Oxford University Press, 2005).
Nora Jacobson, University of Toronto, In Recovery: The Making of Mental Health Policy (Vanderbilt University Press, 2004).
Yuniya Kawamura, Fashion Institute of Technology/State University of New York, The Japanese Revolution in Paris Fashion (Berg Publishers, 2004).
Jonathan Markovitz, University of California-San Diego, Legacies of Lynching: Racial Violence and Memory (University of Minnesota Press, 2004).
Robert Merton, Mass Persuasion: The Social Psychology of a War Bond Drive, reprint (Howard Fertig, Inc., 2004).
Patrick Nolan, University of South Carolina, and Gerhard Lenski, University of North Carolina, Human Societies: An Introduction to Macrosociology, Ninth Edition (Paradigm Publishers, 2004).
Patrick Nolan, University of South Carolina, Studying Human Societies: A Primer and Guide (Paradigm Publishers, 2004).
Vincet J. Roscigno, Ohio State University, and Willian F. Danaher, College of Charleston, The Voice of Southern Labor: Radio, Music, and Textile Strikes, 1929-1934 (University of Minnesota Press, 2004).
Julie Shayne, Emory University, The Revolution Question: Feminisms in El Salvador, Chile, and Cuba (Rutgers University Press, 2004).
Ruth A. Wallace, Georgetown University, They Call Him Pastor: Married Men in Charge of Catholic Parishes (Paulist Press, 2003).
Frank Harold Wilson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Race, Class, and the Postindustrial City: William Julius Wilson and the Promise of Sociology (SUNY Press, 2004).
Elizabeth Borland will join the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of The College of New Jersey in the fall as an Assistant Professor.
David L. Brunsma has accepted a joint position in Sociology and Black Studies at the University of Missouri.
John L. Campbell has been appointed the Class of 1925 Professor of Sociology at Dartmouth College, and Professor of Political Economy at the International Center for Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School.
Steve Carlton-Ford and Paula Dubeck, University of Cincinnati, have recently been selected to edit Sociological Focus, the journal of the North Central Sociological Association.
Monica Casper, University of California-Santa Cruz, has accepted an appointment as Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Vanderbilt University.
Dan Chambliss, Hamilton College, is principal investigator on a $280,000-grant for 2004-2006, from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, for Longitudinal Assessment of Liberal Arts Education.
Lee Clarke, Rutgers University, participated as a speaker in a briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on “Living with Terror: Psycho-Social Effects” in June.
Joe Feagin has been appointed Ella McFadden Professor in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University.
Mary Frank Fox, Georgia Institute of Technology, has given recent invited talks on her research on gender, science, and academia at the National Science Foundation, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American Political Science Association, and the Association for the Study of Higher Education.
R. Scott Frey has become the head of the Sociology Department at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in August 2004.
Allen W. Imershein, Florida State University, was elected Vice-President of the Southern Sociological Society.
William S. Johnson has retired from Arizona State University.
David L. Levinson is now president of Norwalk Community College in Connecticut.
Sara Rab has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, starting this fall.
Deana Rohlinger, Florida State University, has joined the sociology department as an assistant professor starting August 2004.
Kim Lane Scheppele, University of Pennsylvania, has been named the John J. O’Brien Professor of Comparative Law in addition to her position as Professor of Sociology. For 2004-2005, she also has been named a Fellow in the Law and Public Affairs Program at Princeton University.
Shirley A. Scritchfield is the new Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Rockhurst University.
Robin Simon, Florida State University, was elected Treasurer/Secretary of the Mental Health Section of ASA.
Diane Taub, Southern Illinois University, is the new Sociology Chair at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne.
Koji Ueno, Florida State University, has joined the sociology department as an assistant professor starting August 2004.
Henry Vandenburgh was named as Faculty Research Fellow for Bridgewater State College for 2004-2005.
Mary Virnoche and Leah Thompson, Humboldt University, received a two-year AAUW grant of $7500 to fund a longitudinal evaluation of the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference for girls, which encourages girls to “take more math and science” in high school so they have more choices in college.
Mary Lou Wylie, James Madison University, has retired from the sociology department and as chair of that department.
Carlos Zeisel has accepted a position as assistant professor at Morris College in Sumter, SC.
The Social Science Research Council in partnership with the American Council of Learned Societies is proud to announce the recipients of the 2004 International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship (IDRF). The 49 fellows were selected from a competitive pool of 916 applications. The 2004 IDRF fellows conducting dissertation research in the discipline of sociology are: (1) Dorith Geva (New York University): “To Father or to Fight? Mass Conscription and the Politics of Masculine Citizenship, France, 1913-1939, and the United States, 1917-1944.” (2) Jee Young Kim (Harvard University): “The Impacts of Global Labor-Rights Movements: Focusing on Vietnam`s Footwear and Garment Industries.” (3) Amy Lang (University of Wisconsin-Madison): “Assessing the Impact of Deliberative Processes on Electoral Reform Efforts in Two Canadian Provinces.” (4) Fazia Mushtaq (Northwestern University): “Teachers, Preachers and Legal Interpreters: Creating Islamic Communities in Modern Pakistan.” The IDRF program invites applications for the 2005 Fellowship competition. Submissions deadlines: Step 1: November 1 (online), 2004; Step 2: November 8, 2004 (mail-in). Further information about application procedures, selection criteria and recently funded projects can be found online at www.ssrc.org/programs/idrf.
Ronald P. Abeles, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health, has been selected as one of five recipients of the American Psychological Association (APA) Meritorious Research Service Commendation.
Biko Agozino, Cheyney University, as head of that university’s Summer Transportation Institute, has witnessed the university receive the Federal Highway Administration Award of Excellence, the National Summer Transportation Institute Director’s Award for Outstanding Leadership, and the State Department of Transportation Outstanding Achievement Award.
James A. Beckford, University of Warwick, has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy.
Wendy A. Cadge, Bowdoin College, won a 2003 Sabbatical Grant for Pastoral Leaders from the Louisville Institute for Lessons Learned: Congregations Talking about Homosexuality.
Ed Chambers, executive director of the Industrial Areas Foundation, was presented with the 2004 Noam Chomsky Award by members of the Justice Studies Association at its sixth annual conference at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, in June.
Laura Rebecca Clawson, Princeton University, won a 2004-2005 Dissertation Fellowship Award from the Louisville Institute for her I Belong to this Band, Hallelujah: Faith, Community and Tradition Among Sacred Harp Singers.
Steve Derné, State University of New York-Geneseo, is a winner of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity. He is just the second Geneseo professor to win the award.
Sister Esther Heffernan, Edgewood College, won the annual Justice Studies Association Social Activist Award for her work in the areas of peace and social justice for the past 40 years.
Regine O. Jackson, Emory University, has been awarded a 2004 Spencer Foundation Small Research Grant for “Catholic Schools and the Incorporation of New Immigrants in Boston.”
Ivy Kennelly won the 2004 Bender Teaching Award from George Washington University.
Matthew T. Loveland, University of Notre Dame, won a 2004-2005 Dissertation Fellowship Award from the Louisville Institute for his Civic Congregations: Congregational Dynamics and Individual Civic Choices.
Patricia Yancey Martin, Florida State University, received the 2004 Distinguished Article Award from the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association for her paper, “Said and Done Vs. Saying and Doing: Gendering Practices, Practicing Gender at Work.”
Christopher Mele, University at Buffalo, has been awarded a 2004-2005 Fulbright fellowship at the University of Hong Kong.
Torin Monahan, Arizona State University, received a $76,582 grant from the National Science Foundation for research on “Experiences of Surveillance Technologies in Gated Communities and Public Housing.”
W. Lawrence Neuman, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, received the university’s outstanding researcher award as well as the College of Letters and Science teaching excellence award in the past year.
Harold L. Orbach, Kansas State University, received the “Distinguished Service Award” of the Midwest Sociological Society at the Presidential Session of the Society`s Annual Meeting this year. The award was “in recognition of and with gratitude for years of creativity and effort on behalf of the Midwest Sociological Society.”
Terri L. Orbuch, Oakland University, is the recipient of the 2002-2004 Article Award from the International Association of Relationship Research for her article, “Who Will Divorce: A 14-year Longitudinal Study of Black Couples and White Couples,” Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 19 (2002): 179-202.
Clinton R. Sanders, University of Connecticut, is the recipient of the Provost’s Research Excellence Award for 2004.
Robin Simon, Florida State University, won the Best Publication Award in the Mental Health Section of the American Sociological Association for the summer of 2004 for the article “Revisiting the Relationships among Gender, Marital Status, and Mental Health.”
Tamara L. Smith, SUNY-Albany, received the Paul Meadows Excellence in Teaching Award for teaching accomplishments.
Kathryn Tillman, Florida State University, received the First Year Assistant Professor Award from the FSU Committee on Faculty Research Support, supporting her research in summer 2004.
Koji Ueno, Florida State University, received the 2004 Odum Best Graduate Paper Award from the Southern Sociological Society for a forthcoming paper titled, “The Effects of Friendship Networks on Adolescent Depressive Symptoms,” in Social Science Research.
Gregory Weiss, Roanoke College, was one of 11 recipients of the TIAA-CREF Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, the state’s highest honor for faculty at colleges and universities.
Brunetta Wolfman won Provincetown, MA’s Senior Citizen of the Year Award for 2004.
Fenggang Yang, Purdue University, won a 2004-2005 First Book Grant Award for Minority Scholars from the Louisville Institute for Independence and Integration: Chinese Christian Churches in America.
Jerry Salomone died in Hammond, Louisiana, on July 4, 2004.
William Silverman, secretary-treasurer of the ASA Religion section, died in Jericho, New York on August 3, 2004.
Ecks died Saturday, his 28th wedding anniversary, after a two-year battle with prostate cancer. He would have turned 62 on the Fourth of July.
Survivors include his wife, Jane, his daughter, Marion, two sisters and a brother.
“It was an honor to work with him. Jim was an honest and decent public servant,” said 5th District Ald. James Sullivan, who had the closest relationship with Ecks among the city’s aldermen. “He had the best interest of his community, not just for today but in the future, at heart.”
Betsy Flood, a 3rd District resident who came to know Ecks through the Wauwatosa neighborhood associations, characterized him as an impassioned “idea guy” who “wasn’t afraid to rock the boat” on behalf of his constituents.
“He was truly a good guy,” said Flood, who recalled how Ecks had happened to see her cleaning up after a block party a few years ago and stopped to help.
“With him . . . I always felt as if we had at least one representative who was a delegate for us. Those are going to be some shoes to fill,” Flood said. “Whoever it is, I hope they’re as opinionated.”
A Wauwatosa native and former seminarian, Ecks graduated from Christ King School and Marquette University High School.
He earned a doctorate in sociology at Rutgers University, a master’s degree in social research in New York, and a bachelor’s from St. Louis University.
He taught at Rutgers University and the College of DuPage in Illinois, Marquette University, Carroll College in Waukesha and Nicolet High School.
In his private life, Ecks was a student of Milwaukee history, environmentally conscious and an avid gardener, hauling water to the family’s rented plot on the Milwaukee County grounds and frequently delivering flowers that he grew to various City Hall offices.
“He lived a life that was ecologically pure,” said his brother, John Ecks of Coronado, Calif. “They didn’t consume much, they grew things and recycled. They were very committed in that regard.”
Those philosophies were reflected in his political views. He was a strong proponent of preserving the county grounds, opposed the widening of I-94 and pushed for better public transportation.
An academic at heart, Ecks loved to speak and debate, and he was prone to alliteration when taking the floor. To the frustration of his colleagues at times, he tended to dissect an issue and painstakingly examine its components in an effort to find a solution.
“He was obviously a very bright man who often brought his philosophical background to bear,” said Wauwatosa Mayor Theresa Estness. “He would circle an issue, get to know it and own it, and then find a different path to whatever solution was there.”
It was Ecks, for example, who suggested in 2001 that the city bring in a mediator to broker a peace between Wisconsin Lutheran College and neighbors who feared the college’s brisk expansion was destroying their neighborhood.
“He was always willing to take a new look at hardened positions and come up with a creative option that would move folks beyond whatever contention of the day,” Sullivan said.
Ecks was diagnosed with prostate cancer about 2 1/2 years ago. Of his Common Council colleagues, he told only Sullivan initially. Then about a month ago, after the cancer had spread to his bones and brain, he notified the rest of the aldermen and the mayor by letter.
Last week, in his characteristically genteel way, Ecks left a phone message for city administrator Thomas Wontorek asking “if he would be so kind as to relieve him of his duties” as a member of the city’s comprehensive planning committee for the sake of continuity, Estness said.
“He very much wanted to continue his service without people looking at his illness,” Sullivan said of Ecks’ decision to keep his illness private. “He wanted to contribute as long as he was able. And I have a tremendous amount of respect for that.”
Annysa Johnson, Reprinted from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Witold Krassowski, inspiring teacher for generations of students at Santa Clara University, passed away on August 31, 2004, after a long struggle with congestive heart failure. He leaves a gap in our lives.
Dr. Krassowski was born on September 8, 1921, in Piesza-Wola, Poland. Fighting in the Polish army and then the Polish underground during World War II, Krassowski commanded a regiment in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. Later captured by the Germans, then swept westward across Europe, and eventually finding himself in England as a refugee, Krassowski managed to win a scholarship for undergraduate studies in engineering at Purdue. While there, he washed dishes in exchange for meals and pocket money, and worked summer jobs as a carnival concession hawker to pay the rent. At Purdue, Krassowski also happened to take an elective course in Sociology. It was here that he identified Sociology as his calling. (Thank you, Purdue.) Krassowski married the love of his life, “Tweet,” in 1951 and went on to graduate studies in Sociology at UCLA, where he worked with Leonard Broom and Donald Cressey. (Thank you, UCLA.)
Krassowski left UCLA for a job at Santa Clara University in 1957, where he was the first full-time sociologist and lived a life illustrating the importance of “founder effects.” Dr. K, as everyone referred to him, was a colorful man, upright and handsome, with a magnetic personality, an appealing accent, a sharp intellect, and a buoyant personality. He was insightful about people, clever about organizational process, ethically principled, and physically energetic. He also remained true to his deeply held values. Most people liked him a lot, and nearly everyone respected him. By the end of his first year at Santa Clara, the Board of Trustees recognized that Krassowski was a very good hire. It approved sociology major and formed the sociology department, with Krassowski as its only full-time faculty member and department head.
The department began graduating two or three students a year in 1960, and produced several professors from those early cohorts (Ron Anderson at UCLA, Leo Pinard at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Timothy Hartnagel at the University of Alberta, Joseph DeMartini, now deceased, at Washington State University, William Satariano at UC Berkeley’s Geriatric Resource Center, and Pamela Jolicoeur at California Lutheran College). Dr. K was a moving force on campus, serving on the Board of Trustees, successfully fighting to have the social sciences offer BS degrees at Santa Clara rather than BA degrees, actively supporting Santa Clara’s move to go “co-ed,” introducing Anthropology to campus, fighting for major core curricular reforms, and introducing Santa Clara’s first for-credit internships. He built an undergraduate program based on commitment to providing personal attention for all students, and emphasizing that the core of sociological activity is scientific research rather than protest or advocacy. Newly arriving faculty sometimes challenged these assumptions, but Dr. K remained to the end, a powerful and effective voice for the premises on which the program was founded.
During the 1970s rapid growth in the number of Sociology majors changed the flavor of the department. In order to provide more encouragement for student scholarship, Dr. K lead the department in hosting its first annual undergraduate research conference in 1973. This is now the oldest continuously running conference of its kind in sociology.
Dr. K remained an exemplary teacher and mentor through the 1980s and 1990s. Meanwhile, by 1990 the program began to institute the components of a developmental curriculum. In 1992 Dr. K won the Pacific Sociological Association’s Distinguished Teacher Award for decades of classroom and advising excellence. The award committee was particularly impressed with the intense loyalty generations of students retain to the department after having been touched by Dr. K’s warm effervescence and the sheer power of is sociological imagination and insight. His career reached a satisfying pinnacles when Santa Clara’s Sociology major program was awarded the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award in 1998, for its effort to initiate a developmental curriculum. He retired in 1999. And until the middle of 2003, he continued to come to the office almost every day, serving effectively as a colleague, mentor, and most especially as an advisor who was loved and respected by students. Despite faltering health, Dr. K stayed involved in the life of the program, meeting with and encouraging colleagues even in his last few days.
Please join us in remembering a colleague who marked our lives and who modeled concern for students. Students walked away from Dr. K’s classes appreciating the power of Sociology’s conceptual frameworks when applied to analysis of complex problems and the resolution of everyday issues. Witold Krassowski will be missed.
Charles Powers and Marilyn Fernandez, Santa Clara University
Joel B. Montague, Jr.
Joel Montague, “Monty” to his friends and students, was a quiet man who enjoyed explaining how seemingly ordinary events could be seen through a sociological lens as having significant social consequences, often unforeseen by observers. His presentation of such events was unique because of the self-effacing and low-keyed manner in which they were told. They were presented as sociological stories but he told them as a traditional Southern rural storyteller. That process was not far off the mark since he was born in a small town in rural Missouri, a border state. His later concern with inequality was foreshadowed when, as a child in the Great Depression, he not only saw much poverty and injustice all around him but also was mystified by the unemployment of his father, a Protestant minister.
In an autobiographical work, Cohort of One, he asked his father how God could permit one of his own ministers to be without work when so much needed to be done. His father cautioned him that the trouble was not in heaven but here on earth. Much later he sought explanations in the work of the classical thinkers of sociology, especially Weber, Durkheim, Simmel, and DuBois. In 1931 he attended a small Missouri college, now Central Missouri University, where he was first exposed to a sociology course, though it was only one of three. But that was enough to decide his future career once and for all. He taught sociology and history in a local high school for two years and worked as a social caseworker at Kalamazoo, Michigan State Hospital. During World War II, as a Specialist First Class, Monty came face to face with social psychological problems facing servicemen, an experience that led to a major paper: “Social Factors in Combat Fatigue.” That was the first of many articles on health and medical issues, which later culminated in extensive research on the British national health care system.
He soon concluded that the problems of health care and medicine were not isolated problems. Societies afflicted with structural inequities had to be factored in. He soon extended his theoretical concern by focusing on how Weber’s concepts of power, class and status could be applied to contemporary British and American settings. His interests led to comparative research on health and medical institutions in those countries. After brief teaching stints in England and Australia, he shifted to comparative studies of schools and university systems. Though much of Monty’s research in the late 1950s and 1960s are perhaps forms of “critical sociology,” his approach was more Weberian than Marxist. But it was C. Wright Mills whom he most admired among contemporary sociologists, a fact evidenced by the title of a paper Monty co-authored with several students: “Establishment Sociology.”
Monty and his beloved wife Evelyn were active in many community issues and controversies in the Pullman, Washington—Moscow, Idaho area while at Washington State University where Monty spent most of his academic life. It was not an area that was always sympathetic to social reformers, and Monty encountered political resistance to his ideas. In one such experience he was prevented from being issued a passport to enable him to travel to take up a visiting professorship in Japan. Monty and Evelyn were not deterred. They joined student rallies and became political, social, and academic mentors to dozens of students. Evelyn, who predeceased him by two years, was a great questioner who would pester him with unanswered questions. With Monty turning up example after example of inequalities, she once asked: “Where is it all coming from? Why aren’t the schools stamping it out?” They were both enlightened and devastated when their collective inquiries revealed that most of the inequalities were structured into the way school systems are themselves organized.
Monty’s interests would soon lead him to deal with racial and ethnic issues. Apart from research papers, Monty found a surprising way to turn those interests into practical procedures for social change. When he joined the sociology faculty at Washington State University, there were only three other sociologists in the department and there were few black students and other ethnic groups throughout the university. While helping the department to expand, Monty and others saw a chance to do something much more important. In this isolated and predominately white and rural setting, the faculty launched an unprecedented recruitment drive to attract and enroll black graduate students into the Masters and PhD programs. This recruitment program attracted students who were later to join teaching faculties at such places as the University of Massachusetts, Florida A&M., Indiana State, University of Chicago, Wisconsin, North Carolina A&T, Virginia Commonwealth and Atlanta University. Monty was proud of the accomplishments of these students and he and Evelyn kept in touch with many of them by mail, telephone, and brief visits. He was especially proud when he learned, shortly before his death, that the Washington State University Sociology Department would be the first institution to receive the DuBois- Johnson-Frazier Award, an award honoring the intellectual tradition of those giants of sociology, and presented formerly only to individuals.
Over the years Monty was recognized for his work on many occasions. A special issue of the Alpha Kappa Deltan, the sociology student honorary, was dedicated to him. At the 1997 meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, his former students organized two sessions devoted to him—one focused on Monty as their teacher and on as an explicator of the ideas of the classicists in sociological theory and practice. Many of his students were treated to visits at the Montague dinner table in which Monty, the storyteller, would have center stage and regale the group with stories of growing up in poverty and his entry into critical sociology or social reform. The evening would generally not end before Monty made one of many explanations of the “blue light of sociological truth,” regarding the blue light hanging from the ceiling in his dining room. Monty was important for students because he would take a stand as student and back it up with sociological research support. In a letter Monty wrote to one of us a year before he died, he said, “I was interested (in my early years) in what was called “applied sociology,” how sociological knowledge could be applied to solve social problems, rather than in sociology as a scientific discipline. Later I realized that theory and application cannot be separated—and I hope I have made some contribution to both.” He had.
Monty is missed by his daughter, Ann Marie, his adopted son Charles and his wife Tia, as well as Tia’s children, and the many former students, colleagues and friends.
Edward Gross, University of Washington, and Rutledge M. Dennis, George Mason University
Harold Lyle Nix
It is with considerable sadness to report the passing of Dr. Harold L. Nix, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Georgia. Harold was born in the crossroad community of Batesville, in Cherokee County, Georgia. Following two years of undergraduate study at West Georgia College, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942, served primarily in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and was discharged as a Lt. J.G. in 1945. Harold received two of his academic degrees from the University of Georgia, the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1946, and a Master’s of Education in 1950. His doctorate in Sociology was awarded by the Louisiana State University in 1960.
Harold had two very distinct academic careers. For nine years (1949-1956), he was a high school vocational agriculture teacher. Following the receipt of his doctorate he first served as an Assistant professor of Sociology at Auburn University for one year (1959-60), followed by three years as an Assistant and Associate Professor at Georgia State University (1960-63). For the next nineteen years, he was an Associate and Professor of Sociology at the University of Georgia, or from 1963 to his retirement in 1982. During this period he had a joint appointment, 1/4 in Sociology and 3/4 in the Institute of Community and Area Development. In this capacity he designed and implemented two courses of study around which teaching, research, and service activities were organized. Graduate students were taught the theoretical nature of community and change as well as a method of studying community. The students were taken into a cooperating community to learn by doing real research on a real community. The relevant findings were then presented as a service to the community to aid in better organizing, goal setting, and development. In all, Harold and his graduate students completed about 25 community studies in the State of Georgia. Most of his more than 50 publications pertain to the community area. Additionally, he served on 50 graduate student committees, and as a major professor for eight students. On the national level he was recognized for “Outstanding Contribution to the Theory and Practice of Community Development” by the Community Development Division of the National Universities Extension Association in 1977. At the local level he was presented a University Award for “Distinguished Achievement in Public Service and Extension” in 1980.
Harold Nix’s life involved much more than his work career. He was an avid gardener, and his gardens were considered among the most productive in the area. During his last decade of life, he devoted much of his time to writing his memoirs, resulting in a series of more than seventy autobiographical vignettes. At about sixty years of age, a long time latent interest in horses became manifest. Harold was soon riding to the hounds. Following a stroke and rehabilitation, and a renewed commitment to, as he often stated, the need to “just keep on keeping on,” he actively pursue horse riding and jumping into his early 70s. He was singularly proud of a number of awards he received for his equestrian accomplishments.
There are no roles Harold took more seriously and performed with greater dedication than those associated with being a husband and parent. He was a devoted and loving husband and father/step-father. His first wife, Ruth Blaylock Nix, preceded him in death. He is survived by his second wife, Martha Yon Nix. Other survivors include a daughter and son, four step-daughters and spouses, and seven grand children.
In the words of a resolution passed unanimously by the Department of Sociology at the University of Georgia at the time of his retirement: Harold L. Nix’s “. . . energy, integrity, task orientation and sense of humor have distinguished him as a special person. .. .” As Leo Rosten indicated: “The purpose of life is . . . to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to make a difference that you lived at all.” Harold Lyle Nix more than achieved this purpose.
Albeno P. Garbin, University of Georgia
Frank was a graduate student in sociology at Columbia University in the 1940s when he met a fellow graduate student, Alvin Gouldner. Of the political left, they established with other graduate students the Citizens’ Social Research Council. (They were ecumenical enough to recruit me although I was an economics grad student.) The aim was to provide social science information and ideas to activists in labor unions, community organizations, political organizations, and the like. Frank and Al thought that American sociology, particularly Columbia’s Merton-Lazarsfeld theory-empirical brand, had much to offer activists, particularly those hooked by a mechanical Marxism. (The 1960’s offered a different view of this school!) Today, what they sought to do would be regarded as a branch of public sociology.
The principal outlet was a magazine called Ideas for Action that published short articles building on social science findings and outlooks that could be of direct use to activists. (We even wrote a few class-oriented film reviews so that they could be discussed at union meetings.) After Al moved to the University of Buffalo and we disagreed about the editorship of what became Al’s Studies in Leadership, Frank became the leading figure in our wonderful discussions (my lucky turn to sociology) to develop article themes for the magazine and for our discussions with activists. He drew into the Ideas for Action circle such later social science luminaries as Morris Rosenberg, Sol Levine, Elliot Mishler, Martin Hoffman.
Frank had a knack for sensing the action implications of social science research and formulations. What sparked his creativity was that he looked at institutions from the “underdog” perspective of blue-collar workers, the poor, tenants, students, mental patients, the addicted. He wrote about and worked directly with each of these groups. Frank was engaged.
As he pursued his academic career at Rutgers University, Brooklyn College, Bard College, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York University, and, finally, Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center, he also gained prominence as a social inventor. With Arthur Pearl, he developed the idea of para-professionals (New Careers for the Poor) into a national program. He helped move the occasional practice of peer mentoring into a way of changing schools and deepening the education of mentors as well as the performance of mentees.
He always sought the broader political possibilities of his ideas as in his advocacy of self-help groups as a way of building community and civic association in the larger society.
Frank founded and long edited Social Policy Magazine until Parkinson’s disease limited his mobility and speech. The periodical ranged over a much wider social science and political terrain than its title suggests, often opening up issues that later gained prominence. It published many first-time intellectual and activist authors.
One of his great gifts was dialogue in which he built (and influenced us to build) on the ideas of others in the conversation. He pushed us to work together as a circle rather than as an intellectual school following the leader’s initiative. I once brought to a discussion in Frank’s office an older sociology student who had studied at several grad schools. He came away amazed: he had never been in an academic interplay unmarked by “station identification” and null hypothesis attacks. Frank’s example of openly drawing on and openly developing others’ ideas and knowledge was powerful. He also made discussions fun.
He published hundreds of articles, relatively few in refereed journals, wrote or edited 16 books, and sent thousands of comments to stimulate others to clarify, develop, and write their notions.
Frank had three children, Robin, Janet, and Jeffrey, in his second and longest marriage to sociologist Catherine Kohler Riessman. His widow is Julia Riessman who lives in New York City, the place that he loved, enjoyed, and never left.
S. M. (Mike) Miller, Boston University and Commonwealth Institute
The Second Annual Interdependence Day will be celebrated in Rome, Italy, with the support of the government of Rome under the leadership of Mayor Walter Veltroni. The event is intended to bring together world leaders to reaffirm the idea that all humans and countries are interdependent and bound to one equal destiny and to create an affirmative alternative to war and violence. See www.civworld.org. Holding your own celebration on an academic campus or in an organization is a great way to support this global cause. It will widen the dialogue on important issues and could help nurture the reality of global civil society. Contact: CivWorld Global Citizens Campaign for Democracy, 1841 Broadway, #1008, New York, NY 10023; (212) 247-5433; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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