American Sociological Association

Research Projects

ASA Research Projects

The ASA Department of Research on the Discipline and Profession carries out original surveys and compiles data from secondary sources on a wide range of topics. Some of the department’s activities are organized as projects that stretch over multiple years and usually result in published reports and/or presentations. Several of these projects have received funding from outside organizations. This page provides an overview of ongoing and past projects, with links to detailed information on each.

Survey of Academic Departments

The ASA Research Department surveyed sociology departments across the country at three separate times between the 2000-2001 and 2011-2012 academic years. The project page organizes reports and presentations of data from all three surveys along with questionnaires and descriptions of survey methodology.

Bachelor’s and Beyond 2005

To gather information on career outcomes and the relevance of a sociology degree, the ASA Research Department surveyed 2005 bachelor’s graduates at three points in time: during their senior year, two years after graduation, and four years after graduation. Check out the project page for publications, presentations, and data from the project along with all of the survey details.

Bachelor’s and Beyond 2012

In the wake of the Great Recession of 2008-2009, the National Science Foundation supported a further longitudinal study of sociology bachelor’s graduates from the Class of 2012. It was carried out in three phases over the course of about one and one-half years, and the results and all the details are available on the project page.

Sociology PhD Cohort of 1996-97 Study

This extended project surveyed sociology PhD graduates from the 1996-1997 academic year at several time points over the course of ten years. It covered both academic and non-academic careers, with a special focus on issues in balancing work and family. The project page collects multiple reports of project findings in one place for easy reference.

Study of Master’s Candidates

In collaboration with the ASA Task Force on the Master’s Degree, this multi-year project explored characteristics of departments offering master’s degrees in sociology as well as the employment and educational progress of 2008 graduates. There’s lots more information here from all phases of the project.

Networks and the Diffusion of Pedagogy

This project encompasses three separate studies of social networks among sociologists, with regard to teaching materials and techniques as well as mentoring in the careers of under-represented minority scholars. For more information on any of the three, check out the project page.

Non-Academic PhD Study

This project investigates the careers of PhD sociologists employed in applied, research, and policy positions outside of the professorate. The 2006 survey asked sociologists employed in non-academic positions to report on the professional characteristics of, and satisfaction with, their jobs and how they utilize their sociological skills. Find out more about this project here.

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