American Sociological Association

ASA Footnotes

A publication of the American Sociological AssociationASA News & Events
March/April 2016

Candidates for the 2016 ASA Election

In accordance with election policies established by the ASA Council, biographical sketches of the candidates for ASA leadership positions (President and Vice-President) are published in Footnotes (see below). The candidates appear in alphabetical order by office. Biographical sketches for all candidates will be available online when ballots are sent to current voting members in mid-April.

Candidates for President-Elect

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Present Professional Position: Professor and Chair of Sociology, 2006-present.

Former Professional Positions: Assistant to Full Professor, Texas A&M University, 1998-2005; Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, 1993-1998.

Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1993; MA, University of Wisconsin, 1987; BA, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, 1984

Positions Held in ASA: Committee on Nominations, 2010-11; Council Member of American Sociological Association, 2003-2006; Member of ASA Public Understanding of Sociology Award Selection Committee, 2001-2003; Chair of Section of Racial and Ethnic Minorities, 1999-2000; Editorial Board of Contexts, 2007-2010.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: President-Elect Southern Sociological Society, 2017-18; Associate Editor of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, 2015-Present; Editorial Board of Social Currents, 2014-Present; Advisory Editor of Social Problems, 2014-Present;

Publications: Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. 2015. “More Than Prejudice: Restatement, Critical Reelections, and New Directions in Critical Race Theory.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. 1(1):1-15; Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. 2013. Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America (4th ed.). Lanham, Rowman and Littlefield.; Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. 2012. “The Invisible Weight of Whiteness: The Racial Grammar of Everyday Life in Contemporary America.” Ethnic and Racial Studies. 35(2): 173-194; Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. 2004. “From Bi-Racial to Tri-Racial: Towards a New System of Racial Stratification in the USA.” Ethnic and Racial Studies. 27(6): 931-950; Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. 1997. “Rethinking Racism: Toward a Structural Interpretation.” American Sociological Review. 62:465-480.

Personal Statement: The sociological imagination is mighty powerful, but it is not almighty. Sociology, for instance, needs to address its “race problem.” Race, like all social cleavages, shapes deeply our personal lives and how we transact our sociological affairs. Accordingly, if we dream of a color-blind society and discipline, we must be willing to consider enacting race-conscious policies today. Race matters in both clear and subtle ways and we must tackle forthrightly the multiple ways in which it does. Despite our limitations, sociologists should not shy away from becoming “patriots of humanity” as 19th century Puerto Rican sociologist Eugenio María de Hostos advocated. Sociologists can bring clarity to numerous debates and can do so without partisanship or compromising social scientific standards. We are not Comtean priests with singular access to the truth, but our work and actions can contribute to build a more democratic, inclusive, and humane world. Another sociology is possible!

Brian Powell

Brian Powell

Brian Powell

Present Professional Position: Chair, Department of Sociology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 2014-present

Former Professional Positions: James H. Rudy Professor of Sociology, 2008-Present; Affiliated Faculty, Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, 2013-Present; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Gender Students, Indiana University, 1986-Present

Education: PhD, Emory University, 1984; MA, Indiana University, 1980; BA, Hobart College, 1976

Positions Held in ASA: ASA Vice-President, 2012-2013; ASA Council Member, 2012-2015; Chair, ASA Section on Social Psychology, 2011-2012; Chair, ASA Section on Sociology of Education, 2009-2010; Member, ASA Publications Committee, 2002-2005.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Board Member, General Social Survey Board of Overseers, 2015-Present; Board Member, Council on Contemporary Families , 2011-2012; Founding Member, Teaching and Learning Introductory Sociology (TLIS) Network, 2010-Present; Member, National Science Foundation Sociology and Dissertation Advisory Panel, 2002-2004, 2006-2008, 2009-2010; President, Phi Beta Kappa, Indiana University, 2007-2008.

Publications: Cheng, Simon and Brian Powell. 2015. “Measurement, Methods, and Divergent Patterns: Reassessing the Effects of Same-Sex Parenting.” Social Science Research 52:615-626; Hamilton, Laura, Claudia Geist, and Brian Powell. 2011. “Marital Name Change as a Window into Gender Attitudes.” Gender & Society 25:145-175; Powell, Brian, Catherine Bolzendahl, Claudia Geist, and Lala Carr Steelman. 2010. Counted Out: Same-Sex Relations and Americans’ Definitions of Family. New York: Russell Sage Foundation/American Sociological Association Rose Series; Cheng, Simon and Brian Powell. 2007. “Under and Beyond Constraints: Resource Allocation to Young Children from Biracial Families.” American Journal of Sociology 112:1044-1094; Hamilton, Laura, Simon Cheng, and Brian Powell. 2007. “Adoptive Parents, Adaptive Parents: Evaluating the Importance of Biological Ties for Parental Investment.” American Sociological Review 72:95-116.

Personal Statement: I take an optimistic view of the ASA and its members. The ASA includes an impressive group of sociologists who excel in so many aspects of our profession and who give me great optimism about the discipline’s future—even during a period of time when the discipline, the ASA, and higher education face daunting challenges. The ASA must be fully inclusive and transparent in serving its members—whether they are employed in liberal arts colleges, research universities, applied settings, or elsewhere; whether they are students beginning their academic career or sociologists who have reached retirement; whether they are motivated primarily by teaching, research or advocacy; whether they assign greater importance to disciplinary concerns or to broader social policy. As someone who is committed to quality teaching, research excellence, and meaningful public engagement and who has worked with small liberal arts colleges, research universities, and applied settings, I look forward to representing, promoting participation among, providing transparency to, and advocating for the ASA membership.

Candidates for Vice President-Elect

Vincent J. Roscigno

Vincent J. Roscigno

Vincent J. Roscigno

Present Professional Position: Distinguished Professor of Arts & Sciences in Sociology, Ohio State University, 2012-Present.

Former Professional Positions: Professor of Sociology, Ohio State University, 2005-2012; Associate Professor of Sociology, Ohio State University, 2001-2005; Assistant Professor of Sociology, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2001-2005.

Education: PhD, North Carolina State University, 1996; MS, North Carolina State University, 1991; BA, University of Arizona, 1989.

Positions Held in ASA:  ASA Program Committee, 2015 and 2016 Meetings;  ASA Publications Committee, 2012-2015; Co-Editor, American Sociological Review, 2007-2009; Outstanding Dissertation Award Selection Committee, 2004-2006; Outstanding Graduate Paper Award Committee, Organizations, Occupations & Work Section, 2006.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Founding Co-Editor, Social Currents, Journal of the Southern Sociological Society, 2013-Present;  Executive Committee, Southern Sociological Society, 2009-2013; President, Southern Sociological Society, 2009-2010; Committee on the Profession, Southern Sociological Society, 2004-2007;  Committee on the Status of Women, Southern Sociological Society, 2001-2004.

Publications: Roscigno, Vincent J., Julia Miller Cantzler, Salvatore J. Restifo, and Joshua Guetzkow. 2015. “Legitimation, State Repression and the Sioux Massacre at Wounded Knee.” Mobilization 20:17-40; Byron, Reginald and Vincent J. Roscigno. 2014. “Relational Power, Legitimation and Pregnancy Discrimination.Gender & Society 28:438-462; Roscigno, Vincent J., Diana Karafin, and Griff Tester. 2009. “The Complexities and Processes of Racial Housing Discrimination.” Social Problems 56:46-69; Roscigno, Vincent J., Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, and Martha Crowley. 2006. “Education and the Inequalities of Place.” Social Forces 94:2121-2145; Roscigno, Vincent J. and Randy Hodson. 2004. “The Organizational and Social Foundations of Worker Resistance.” American Sociological Review69: 14-39.

Personal Statement: I am truly honored that I have been nominated for the position of Vice President of the ASA—an organization that reflects many voices and that continues to play an important part in my ongoing excitement about the “doing” of sociology. If elected, I will strive to insure that the many faces of our field—including those underrepresented in our ranks; at large research and smaller liberal arts institutions; senior and especially junior scholars and graduate students; U.S. and international scholars; and those on the tenure track, those holding adjunct/lecturing positions, and those who are in more applied arenas—find nothing short of a supportive, nurturing organization with a forward-thinking leadership and an open ear. Such inclusivity in principle and practice is essential for the ASA to thrive. Indeed, if elected, I would carry this as the guiding principal into all formal and informal responsibilities of the Vice President.

Christopher Uggen

Christopher Uggen

Christopher Uggen

Present Professional Position: McKnight Professor of Sociology and Law, University of Minnesota, 2006-present.

Former Professional Positions: Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota, 2005-2006; Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota, 2001-2005; Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota, 1995-2001.

Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1995; MS, University of Wisconsin, 1990; BA, University of Wisconsin, 1986

Positions Held in ASA: Public Understanding of Sociology Award Committee, 2014-2016; Chair, ASA Section on Crime, Law, and Deviance, 2014-2015; Editor, Contexts, 2008-2011; ASA Publications Committee, 2008-2011; Nominations Committee, Section on Crime, Law and Deviance, 2010-2011.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Editor and Publisher,  (with Doug Hartmann), 2010-present; Board of Overseers, General Social Survey (GSS), 2016-2020; Minnesota Department of Corrections Human Subjects Committee, 2009-2015; Executive Secretary, American Society of Criminology, 2003-2009; Associate Editor, Law and Society Review, 2003-2006.

Publications: McLaughlin, Heather, Christopher Uggen, and Amy Blackstone. 2012. “Sexual Harassment, Workplace Authority, and the Paradox of Power.” American Sociological Review 77:625-47; Massoglia, Michael and Christopher Uggen. 2010. “Settling Down and Aging Out: Toward an Interactionist Theory of Desistance and the Transition to Adulthood.” American Journal of Sociology 116:543-82; Manza, Jeff, and Christopher Uggen. Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy. 2006, 2008. New York: Oxford University Press; Uggen, Christopher, and Jeff Manza. 2002. “Democratic Contraction? The Political Consequences of Felon Disenfranchisement in the United States.” American Sociological Review 67:777-803; Uggen, Christopher . 2000. “Work as a Turning Point in the Life Course of Criminals: A Duration Model of Age, Employment, and Recidivism.” American Sociological Review 65:529-46. 

Personal Statement: Thanks for considering me for ASA Vice President. My agenda is to bring sociology to broader visibility and influence. I will seek to ensure that the next sociological generation has the material and intellectual resources they need to flourish. As editor (at Contexts and TheSocietyPages, with Doug Hartmann), department chair, and in public and policy work, I’ve seen how sociology speaks powerfully to the central dilemmas of the day. As a “big tent” sociologist, I value the richness and diversity of our field and the science and activism that sociology inspires. Effective ASA leadership helps put our productive internal tensions to good purpose, while advocating to external audiences on behalf of our membership. As Vice President, I will work to expand the reach and impact of sociology, to use old and new media to bring sociology to more students, and to sustain and nurture the research infrastructure that advances sociological knowledge.

The elected members of the Committee on Nominations prepared most of the slates of candidates for the 2016 election. In order to be eligible to vote in the 2016 election, you must have renewed your membership by March 31. If you have any questions about the slate of candidates or the petition process, e-mail or call (202) 383-9005.