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  1. ASA Files Amicus Brief With Supreme Court in Support of Marriage Equality

    The American Sociological Association (ASA) filed an amicus curiae brief yesterday with the Supreme Court of the United States in the same-sex marriage cases currently pending before the court. The ASA’s brief highlights the social science consensus that children raised by same-sex parents fare just as well as children raised by different-sex parents.

  2. Sociologists Available to Discuss Same-Sex Marriage

    With the Supreme Court of the United States expected to rule imminently in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which addresses the matter of marriage equality and the constitutional status of state bans on same-sex marriage, the American Sociological Association (ASA) has a number of sociologists available to discuss same-sex marriage.

  3. Science Policy

    HHS Releases Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule

  4. Science Policy

    Census: More than Half of Asians in U.S. Have a Bachelor’s or Higher

  5. First-Generation College Status in the ASA Membership

    In response to recent reports about the challenges facing first-generation college students, the ASA began to think about how to address this issue within the discipline of sociology. The ASA Research Department conducted a survey intended to ascertain the extent of first-generation students within the ASA membership. This research brief explores the characteristics of ASA members who were the first generation in their families to attend college.

  6. Social Causes of Violence: Crafting a Science Agenda

    This Report shows the magnitude and complexity of violence in U.S. society, explicates the important ways that social science has already contributed knowledge, and sets forth a challenging set of research directions. The Report makes clear the need for a sustained violence initiative to produce fundamental research.  Federal support for a major initiative  requires an examination of priorities for allocating scarce resources. Across the landscape of serious issues where serious science must be done, research on violence should be enlarged.

  7. Political Parties or Sociology Parties?

    Mike Leavitt, the former governor of Utah, recently stated that “[t]here is more sociology happening now than there is politics [in the current election]…the politics are really overshadowed by the sociology...[But] we don’t have sociology parties, we have political parties.”1 Although I am not extensively versed in political science and cannot speak to whether sociology trumps politics in this election, there certainly is a good deal of sociology surrounding Trump in politics.

  8. LL3 Task Force Is Making Progress

    The ASA Task Force on Liberal Learning and the Sociology Major, Third Edition (LL3) has been working steadily on the charge put to it by ASA Council at their August 2014 meeting: to revise the ASA document Liberal Learning and the Sociology Major Updated: Meeting the Challenges of Teaching Sociology in the 21st Century (McKinney et al. 2004). Perhaps the most important as well as the most cited sociology curricular document in the United States, this revision comes at a critical time when several changes are occurring in higher education.

  9. Vantage Point: From the Executive Officer

    Human Rights and the Scholarly Society: What Is ASA’s Role?

  10. Evaluating Public Communication in Tenure and Promotion

    The ASA Task Force on Public Communication and Social Media recently issued its report assessing how tenure and promotion committees might consider sociologists’ involvement in these types of communication activities. Titled “What Counts? Evaluating Public Communication in Tenure and Promotion,” the report is timely, as sociologists (along with scientists generally) increasingly use multiple forms of communication to engage broader audiences with their research and teaching and contribute to solutions of the pressing problems of our time.