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2014 06 - ASA Election Results

The ASA election results are in. Kyle Crowder (University of Washington) was elected to Population Section Chair. James Raymo (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Sarah Burgard (University of Michigan) have been elected to Population Section Council. Jennifer Melvin (University of Texas) and Jennifer Laird (University of Washington) will serve as student members of the council.  Thank you to all who agreed to be on the ballot for your willingness to serve the section.

2014 05 – Penn State Stratification Conference

Residential Inequality in American Neighborhoods and Communities, September 12-13, 2014.

The 20 papers to be presented at this conference by leading researchers highlight how stratification intersects with the residential landscape of the United States. Thematic sessions examine the linkages between socioeconomic and ethnoracial statuses and four spatial sorting processes: segregation, locational attainment, residential mobility, and neighborhood change. State-of-the-art substantive work is featured, with many of the papers employing innovative methods or data to speak to issues of both theoretical and policy importance. The program format is designed to encourage interaction among attendees. Authors and titles can be viewed at For more information and to register, visit Conference co-sponsors: The American Academy of Political and Social Science and The Pennsylvania State University.

2014 05 – Digitizing Demography Conference

There will be a one-day "Digitizing Demography" conference, which will precede the ASA Annual Meeting on Friday, August 15, 2014. Information about this event is available by clicking on either of these links:

2014 04 - Exhibition of the China Family Panel Studies at the PAA 2014 Annual Meeting

The Institute of Social Science Survey (ISSS) from Peking University will be exhibiting the China Family Panel Studies (CFPS) at the Population Association of America 2014 Annual Meeting from April 30 (afternoon) to May 3 (morning) in Boston, MA.

The CFPS is a national longitudinal multidisciplinary survey launched by ISSS at Peking University in 2010. In order to document China's social, economic and demographic changes, the CFPS collects a wide range of information on 33,600 adults and 8,990 children from 14,798 families living in 635 communities across 25 provinces in China. The first full-scale follow-up survey has been accomplished in 2012.  We are in preparation to collect the third round data in this summer.

Please visit booth # 233 and find out more about the study and application for data access.

2014 04 – Wendy D. Manning to give 2014 De Jong Lecture in Social Demography

The 9th annual De Jong Lecture in Social Demography will be held on November 5, 2014 at the Nittany Lion Inn starting at 9am. Everyone is invited to a reception at 11:45am.

Well-being in Same-Sex Relationships

Wendy D. Manning, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Sociology

Co-Director, National Center for Family and Marriage Research

Bowling Green State University

Discussants include Abbie Goldberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Clark University, and Tim Biblarz, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Southern California. Our web site is under construction but registration is open at

The Lecture is sponsored by the Caroline M. and Gordon F. De Jong Lectureship in Social Demography Endowment and the Department of Sociology and Criminology and the Population Research Institute at Penn State.

2014 04 – Athens Institute for Education and Research

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), will hold its 1st Annual International Conference on Demography and Population, 16-19 June 2014, Athens, Greece. The conference website is The registration fee is €300 (euro), covering access to all sessions, two lunches, coffee breaks and conference material. Special arrangements will be made with a local luxury hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to the Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. The conference will address themes (in English only) on all areas of Demography and Population and other related disciplines. Selected (peer-reviewed) papers will be published in a Special Volume of ATINER's book series. If you think that you can contribute, please submit a 300-word abstract by 28 April 2014, by email, to: Dr. Barbara Zagaglia, Academic Member, ATINER & Assistant Professor, Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting form available at Announcement of the decision is made within 4 weeks after submission, which includes information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. chair a session, evaluate papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos (, President, ATINER.

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent academic association with the mission to become a forum, where academics and researchers - from all over the world - could meet in Athens and exchange ideas on their research and discuss the future developments of their discipline. Since 1995, ATINER has organized about 250 international conferences and other events. It has also published about 200 books. Academically, the Institute consists of five research divisions and twenty-three research units. Each research unit organizes at least an annual conference and undertakes various small and large research projects. Academics and researchers are more than welcome to become members and to contribute to ATINER's objectives. Members can undertake a number of academic activities. You are more than welcome to propose new events and research projects.

2014 04 - Penn State’s 22nd Annual Symposium on Family Issues, Gender, and Couple Relationships

October 13-14, 2014 – Nittany Lion Inn.

In her 1972 book, The Future of Marriage, Jesse Bernard argued that, within each relationship, there exist two marriages, namely his marriage and her marriage. In other words, Bernard explained, women and men have fundamentally different experiences in their shared relationship. Bernard’s review of the literature revealed that marriage had positive implications for men in domains ranging from employment and income to health and longevity, but that married women fared more poorly than both married men and single women. The institution of marriage would have a future, Bernard argued, but only if marriage relationships changed in ways that also supported women’s health and well-being.

Fifty years after Bernard’s volume was published we take stock of couple relationships—including how they have changed over this period of time. We also consider contemporary issues pertaining to gender in couple relationships, ranging from their structure—married, cohabiting, heterosexual and same sex unions—and their dynamics, including couple dynamics and parenting roles and their implications for men’s and women’s health and well-being. An issue we ponder throughout is the future of marriage, including whether and how social scientists can contribute to women’s and men’s ability to flourish in the context of what has been a fundamental social institution.

A complete program and registration is available at  For more information, contact Carolyn Scott

The Symposium is generously sponsored by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the following departments and institutes at Penn State: Population Research Institute, Children, Youth, & Families Consortium, the Prevention Research Center, Social Science Research Institute, and the departments of Sociology and Crime, Law & Justice, Human Development & Family Studies, Psychology, Anthropology, Biobehavioral Health, and Labor Studies & Employment Relations.

2014 03 - New Sociology Open Access Journal

The American Sociological Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that it will launch a new sociology open access journal in 2014. The journal, which will be free to all readers, will welcome scholarly articles in any area of sociology, with authors retaining copyright, and will be freely available to all interested readers. For more information, visit

2014 03 - Environmental Demography Graduate Student Workshop 

University of Colorado Population Center, May 12-13, 2014

With support from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Development, the University of Colorado Population Center is offering a 2-day research workshop in Environmental Demography for current graduate students.

Environmental Demography represents a dynamic area of demographic research and includes topics of tremendous policy importance particularly in the context of contemporary environmental change.

The workshop’s primary goal is to assist students in moving research papers toward completion and, eventually, publication. We aim to provide encouragement and mentoring for this emerging generation of population-environment scholars.

The workshop, led by 3 University of Colorado Boulder faculty, will include an overview of the sub-discipline, but will be focused on student research through presentations, discussion, brainstorming and feedback.  We will also spend time discussing future directions and possibilities for new collaborative research.  Lori Hunter – Editor-in-Chief of Population & Environment – will lead a discussion on the peer-review process and strategies for publication.

A maximum of 10 students will be selected for participation.

To apply, please submit a letter of application describing your research interests, experience, professional ambitions and year in your graduate program.  A complete, nearly complete, or preliminary research manuscript is also required – and will form the basis of your contribution to the research workshop. Very early research ideas are not appropriate for the workshop as we aim to grapple with projects at least partially underway, for example with preliminary data analyses.

Please also include the names and contact information for two individuals that could act as references.

Selected students will receive $500 toward travel and accommodation.

Decisions will be based on application letters, manuscripts and the desire to create a group of participants with shared interests and the ability to complement each other’s strengths.

Complete application materials are due Friday, March 14th and decisions will be made by Tuesday, March 25th.

Please submit application materials to

Questions regarding the workshop can be directed to

2014 02 - Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies International Conference 

October 9-11, 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland. Abstracts are due by March 31, 2014. See the PDF Announcement for more information.

2014 02 - New Journal: Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

On December 31, the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, the American Sociological Association (ASA), along with Sage, opened the submission portal for the new journal, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, which will publish its first issue in January 2015! Please share this news widely with colleagues and students. This is an exciting new venture!

The official journal of ASA’s Section for Racial and Ethnic Minorities, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity will publish the highest quality, cutting-edge sociological research on race and ethnicity regardless of epistemological, methodological, or theoretical orientation. While the study of race and ethnicity has derived from a broad and deep tradition of interdisciplinarity, sociology indeed has often been at the forefront of scholarly understanding of the dynamics of race and ethnicity; yet, there exists no journal in sociology devoted to bringing together this important theoretical, empirical, and critical work. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity will provide a fulcrum upon which sociologically-centered work will swing as it also seeks to provide new linkages between the discipline of sociology and other disciplines and areas where race and ethnicity are central components. Our submission portal can be found at: We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, published four times per year, is devoted to publishing the finest cutting-edge, critical, and engaged public sociological scholarship on race and ethnicity. Each issue will be organized around a core group of original research articles. Depending on the length of the articles, each issue will have approximately three or four of these articles. Original articles, of 8,000 to 10,000 words, will represent rigorous sociological research in the sociology of race and ethnicity, broadly conceptualized, methodologically varied, and theoretically important pieces. The journal will also include a section that will feature original research and pedagogical application pieces devoted to the teaching of race and ethnicity – “Race and Ethnicity Pedagogy” – as well as Book Reviews and a section on Books of Note.

We are currently welcoming submissions of:

1.) Regular length journal articles (8,000-10,000 words)

2.) Shorter pieces on race and ethnicity pedagogy (1,500 words)

The journal’s co-editors, associate editors, and editorial board members are committed creating a high quality outlet for the most important work in the sociology of race and ethnicity, through timely and constructive peer reviews, careful and engaging editorial decision-making, as well as drawing from all epistemological, theoretical, and methodological perspectives and approaches.

Anyone interested in becoming part of our reviewer database can also register now for an account through this website, denoting areas of interest and expertise.


David L. Brunsma (Virginia Tech) and David G. Embrick (Loyola University Chicago), Founding Co-Editors, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

2014 02 - Jane Menken Annual Distinguished Lecture

The University of Colorado Population Center is pleased to announce the inaugural Jane Menken Annual Distinguished Lecture, presented by

John Bongaarts

Vice President, Population Council

“Why Population Trends Matter”

Monday, March 17th 2014

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Institute of Behavioral Science Building, Room 155 A

University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Bongaarts’ is a Vice President of the Population Council and a distinguished scholar. His research examines fertility determinants, population-environment relationships, the demographic impact of the AIDS epidemic, population aging, and population policy options in the developing world. He serves as chairman of the Panel on Population Projections of the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council. He is a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, the US National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American

This annual lecture honors Distinguished Professor and Director of IBS, Dr. Jane Menken who came to CU-Boulder following many productive years at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania.  With a renowned research career focused on fertility dynamics, population policy and HIV/AIDS and child mortality in developing countries, Dr. Menken is a member of the National Academy of Science, a former President of the Population Association of America, and a Laureate of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population.

2014 02 - Sociology of Population Section Student Paper Award: Deadline February 15, 2014

Submissions for the Sociology of Population Section Student Paper Award in social demography are due February 15, 2014. This award consists of a certificate and support for travel expenses to attend the 2014 ASA meeting in San Francisco. The paper must use a sociological perspective to address an issue of relevance to contemporary demography, broadly defined. Purely technical papers are not eligible. Papers can be sole-authored by students or have multiple student authors; no faculty co-authors are allowed.

Membership in the Population Section is not required for submission, and the paper need not be on the ASA program, so please forward this announcement to students who might have papers to submit. Submissions should include a blinded version of the paper (excluding any identifying information such as name, university affiliation, address, and acknowledgements), a separate cover page with identifying information, and the name and telephone number of the registrar of your degree-granting university. Send materials to Sarah Hayford, committee chair, at Other committee members are Jason Houle and Jennifer March Augustine. Further details and submission criteria are online at

2014-01 - General Social Survey Accepting Proposals to Add Modules to GSS 2016

Please view the full announcement here for more information. 

2014-01 - Otis Dudley Duncan Award deadline extended to March 1, 2014

Please considering nominating yourself or a colleague for this section sponsored award.

The Section on Sociology of Population announces a call for nominations for the 2014 Otis Dudley Duncan Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Social Demography. The Award will be presented to the author(s) of a recent book that has made significant contributions to social demography. Books published in the last three calendar years (2012-2014) will be considered. Winners of the award for previous years can be found on the Past Award Recipients Page.

Please send nominations by email to the Committee Chair, with copies to the other Committee members. Send copies of nominated books to all three Committee members. Nominations and books should be sent by March 1, 2014.

Otis Dudley Duncan Award Committee: Jennifer E. Glick, Committee Chair, (, Matthew Hall ( and Yang Yang (

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