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July 2014

Milkman Elected 2016 ASA President; Risman Vice-President

  • Ruth Milkman (CUNY Graduate Center) was elected the 107th ASA President, with Barbara J. Risman (University of Illinois-Chicago) Vice President-Elect. Approximately 45 percent of eligible ASA members voted. See the complete election results.

Introducing MFP Cohort 41

  • ASA and the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) are pleased to introduce the seven new Fellows who comprise MFP Cohort 41. This cohort consists of talented PhD candidates with strong and diverse sociological research interests. The new Fellows will officially begin their participation on August 1, 2014. Read about the new MFP Fellows.

Join Us in San Francisco for the 109th ASA Annual Meeting!

  • The 2014 Annual Meeting is fast approaching and we want to make sure you're prepared for a great event. We're excited to offer a mobile event guide to attendees featuring general information, program guide, and much more! Best of all, it's accessible from all devices with an internet browser, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, and even desktops.
  • How you can benefit from our EventMobi App
    • Communicate with other meeting attendees through the app.
    • Take notes on sessions.
    • Have all pertinent meeting details at your fingertips.
    • The Pocket Program & Convention Bulletin feature includes a condensed version of the program schedule (including information on meeting room locations for sessions and events). Any updates to program sessions will be noted in the Pocket Program & Convention Bulletin.
  • Scan the QR code (at right) or go to on your mobile browser.
  • Starting Friday, July 25, preregistered meeting attendees also have the ability to view the meeting room locations of all program sessions and can build their personal agenda through the online preliminary program. Please note: You must login with your ASA ID and password to access this feature.
  • Networking Opportunities. This year's meeting has been organized to encourage and facilitate greater networking. Refreshment breaks will be held in the Exhibit Hall and special breaks will be offered at the Hub as part of the Task Force on Engaging Sociology's social media activities. Complimentary WiFi for meeting attendees will be available in the Exhibit and Registration halls and all ASA-held meeting rooms at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and the Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco. Tweet during the meeting by following @ASANews and using hashtag #ASA14.
  • Live Webcasts of the Plenary Sessions. ASA will live-broadcast all the plenary sessions over the web. Users can use their mobile devices, tablets, and laptops to access the real-time transcription of each plenary session. Visit
  • If the 109th ASA Annual Meeting is your first Annual Meeting, join ASA officers at an orientation session on Saturday, August 16, at 10:30 a.m. for some hints on negotiating the rich, yet complex, program of events.
  • Exhibits. Plan your schedule to include several visits to the ASA Exhibits to browse the latest publications, explore current hardware/software, and to meet the editor of your next publication. The hall will feature the Hub (ASA's social media booth) and the ASA Bookstore.
  • Don't miss the Opening Plenary Session on Friday, August 15, at 7:00 p.m., in Continental Parlor 4-6 of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Emmanuel Saez, the Berkeley economist whose research has been the backbone of many New York Times pieces on income inequality, will speak at this session. He will be joined by Melvin L. Oliver (University of California-Santa Barbara), Thomas M. Shapiro (Brandeis University), and Leslie McCall (Northwestern University); Thomas A. DiPrete (Columbia University) will be the discussant for this plenary on "Income and Wealth Inequality", which officially marks the start of the 2014 Annual Meeting.

ASA Committee on Publications at a Glance

  • In an effort to increase openness and to improve communication with ASA members, the Committee on Publications posts its meeting agendas, post-meeting summaries, and, as of December 2011, full minutes on the Committee's home page. The agenda and summary from the Committee's December 2013 meeting are now posted, as is the pre-meeting agenda for the upcoming meeting to be held in San Francisco in conjunction with the 2014 ASA Annual Meeting. The Committee's meetings (excluding confidential executive sessions) are open to members. Comments on agenda items may be sent via e-mail to Committee chair Erin Kelly.

Recent ASA Press Releases

ASA Opportunities in Retirement Network to Hold Organizational Meeting in San Francisco

  • Emeritus and retired members (and those contemplating retirement) attending the 2014 ASA Annual Meeting are invited to the first official meeting of the newly established ASA Opportunities in Retirement Network (ASAORN). The meeting will be held Saturday, August 16, 6:30-8:15 p.m. in Continental Parlor I in the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel. The meeting will be led by the acting advisory board and will include discussions of plans for the 2015 meeting in Chicago, a book project on "Sociological Lives," possible subgroups, and other activities. For more information, e-mail Rosalyn Darling or Peter Stein.

Applications Invited for Editorship of City & Community

  • Individual and team applications are invited for the position of editor of City & Community, the journal of the American Sociological Association's Community and Urban Sociology Section (CUSS). The editor will be appointed in December 2014 and serve a three year term (through December 2017) with a possible reappointment of an additional three years. Read more.

Hot Off the Press: Journal Highlights

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