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June 22, 2006

Kalleberg Elected 99th President
of the American Sociological Association

Washington, DC—The American Sociological Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that Arne L. Kalleberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), was elected the 99th President of the ASA in the Association’s 2006 election.  Douglas McAdam, Stanford University, was elected Vice President.  Kalleberg and McAdam will assume office in August of 2007, following a year of service as President-elect and Vice President-elect, respectively.  Also, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, was elected Secretary.  He will begin his three-year term in 2007, following a year of service as Secretary-elect.
Kalleberg, the Kenan Distinguished Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC, served as the Secretary of the Association from 2001-04. Kalleberg's research and teaching focus on labor force issues at the interface of sociology, economics and psychology. For example, he studies flexible staffing arrangements—such as temporary, part time and contract work—looking at the quality of such jobs, employers' motivations for creating them and workers' reasons for taking them. Kalleberg's current projects include an analysis of changes in job quality in the United States, the nature of the working poor in America, an assessment of major ways in which people and jobs are mismatched in industrial societies and analyses of cross-national attitudes toward work. He has published more than 100 articles and chapters and co-authored or co-edited nine books on numerous topics, including quality of work, stratification and inequality, and the sociology of occupations and organizations.
Election to President is the highest honor ASA members can bestow on a colleague.  As President, Piven will serve as Chair of the ASA Council, which governs the Association and its policies.  She will also chair the Program Committee for the 2008 Annual Meeting, to be held in Boston, MA, on August 1-4, 2008. 
There were 11,197 ASA members eligible to vote in the 2006 election, the largest number in nine years. Of those eligible, 4,074 members cast votes, constituting a 40 percent response rate.
In announcing the results of the election, ASA Secretary Franklin D. Wilson and Executive Officer Sally T. Hillsman extended their heartiest congratulations to the newly elected officers and committee members.  The other newly elected officials include: four elected Council Members-at-Large, two members for the Committee on Publications, and six members for the Committee on Nominations.
The newly elected officers and their affiliations are:
Arne L. Kalleberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Vice President-Elect
Douglas McAdam, Stanford University
Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Dalton Conley, New York University
Mary E. Pattillo, Northwestern University
Mary Romero, Arizona State University
Rubén Rumbaut, University of California-Irvine
Committee on Publications
Amy S. Wharton, Washington State University
Howard Winant, University of California-Santa Barbara
Committee on Nominations
Suzanne M. Bianchi, University of Maryland-College Park
Elisabeth Clemens, University of Chicago
Kathleen Gerson, New York University
Ross L. Matsueda, University of Washington
Joya Misra, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Ann R. Tickamyer, Ohio University
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