The American Sociological Association (ASA) announced this week that it has appointed three sociologists from the University of Notre Dame to serve as the next editors of the American Sociological Review (ASR), the association's flagship journal. Omar Lizardo, Rory McVeigh, and Sarah Mustillo will begin their three-year term in January 2016.
"The American Sociological Review is in good hands with this talented trio of sociologists at the helm," said ASA Executive Officer Sally T. Hillsman. "We look forward to working with them to implement new ideas for the journal while continuing to honor ASR's tradition of publishing outstanding sociological research."
Lizardo, McVeigh, and Mustillo will succeed Larry W. Isaac and Holly J. McCammon, sociologists from Vanderbilt University, who have edited the journal since 2010.
"Above all, we are excited by the opportunity and the challenge," said McVeigh, a professor and the chair of Notre Dame's Department of Sociology. "Being selected as editors is an extraordinary honor, but we recognize that editorship comes with a heavy burden of responsibility. What is published in ASR matters. It matters for students, for scholars, for policymakers, and for society at large."
Founded in 1936, ASR's mission is to publish original works of interest to the sociology discipline in general, new theoretical developments, results of research that advance our understanding of fundamental social processes, and important methodological innovations. Peer-reviewed and published six times a year — in February, April, June, August, October, and December — all areas of sociology are featured in ASR, with emphasis on exceptional quality and general interest.
"We hope to take ASR in some new thematic directions while maintaining its place as the premier outlet in the discipline," said Lizardo, an associate professor of sociology whose research deals with various topics at the intersection of cultural and cognitive sociology, social psychology, the sociology of organizations, and social network theory.
Mustillo, a professor of sociology, who earned her PhD in sociology at Duke University and whose research focuses on health, demography, social psychology, and quantitative methodology, with a particular focus on race and gender, agreed.
"We plan to continue the journal's legacy of publishing the field's most pivotal research," said Mustillo, who is currently the secretary/treasurer of the ASA's Section on Methodology and has served on the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research's Summer Program advisory board. "Beyond preserving the tradition, we will focus on increasing the efficiency of the review process, ensuring that the content published reflects the substantive and methodological diversity of the field as a whole, and providing a mechanism to publish groundbreaking but time-sensitive work."
McVeigh's research examines structural foundations of collective conflict and his work cuts across several sociology subfields, including social movements, political sociology, stratification, race/ethnicity, gender and crime. He earned his PhD from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, is currently the editor of Mobilization, and serves on the editorial boards of ASR and Social Forces.Lizardo, who earned his PhD at the University of Arizona, is deputy editor of Mobilization and a member of the editorial boards of eight sociology journals, including ASR.
About the American Sociological Association and the American Sociological Review
The American Sociological Association, founded in 1905, is a non-profit membership association dedicated to serving sociologists in their work, advancing sociology as a science and profession, and promoting the contributions to and use of sociology by society. The American Sociological Review is the ASA's flagship journal.