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  1. Diversity Statement

    The ASA Council has approved the following diversity statement to guide the organization in seeking members to serve as candidates for election and appointees to committees:

  2. Reports Accepted by ASA Council

    The ASA Council periodically receives reports from committees and task forces that it has charged with specific tasks. Those reports range from analysis of a problem with proposed solutions, to suggestions for new avenues for association investigation and/or action. Following are recent reports received and approved by the ASA Council: 

  3. How Contact Experiences Shape Welcoming: Perspectives from U.S.-Born and Immigrant Groups

    This research examines how intergroup contact experiences—including both their frequency and their qualities (friendly, discriminatory)—predict indicators of welcoming among U.S.-born and immigrant groups. Analyzing a new survey of U.S.-born groups (whites and blacks) and immigrant groups (Mexicans and Indians) from the Atlanta and Philadelphia metropolitan areas (total N = 2,006), we examine welcoming as a key dimension of social integration.
  4. Definitions and the Development of Theory in Social Psychology

    Formal definitions specify what is necessary and sufficient for the identification of a particular term. These formal definitions use precise language and do not admit contradictions; they are exact class. There are multiple advantages of exact class definitions. They enable us to confidently use deductive arguments so we can ensure that the terms in the premises match the terms in the conclusion. They prevent sloppiness and circularity of logic. They also help us look beyond common sense or what we think we already know.
  5. From “Ridiculous” to “Glad to Have Helped”: Debriefing News Delivery and Improved Reactions to Science in Milgram’s “Obedience” Experiments

    Commentators on Milgram’s classic and controversial experiments agree that better integration of theories of “obedience to authority” with current archival research on participants’ viewpoints is essential in explaining compliance. Using conversation analysis, we examine an archived data source that is largely overlooked by the Milgram literature, yet crucial for understanding the interactional organization of participants’ displayed perspectives. In hundreds of interviews conducted immediately after each experiment, participants received one of two types of debriefing: deceptive or full.
  6. Executive Officers

       
    2016-present Nancy Kidd
    2002-2016 Sally T. Hillsman
    1991-2002
  7. James F. Short, Jr.

    James F. Short, Jr.

    James F. Short, Jr.

  8. Robert M. MacIver

    Robert Morrison MacIver

    Robert Morrison MacIver

    April 17, 1882 - June 15, 1970

    “The virtue of democracy is that is has placed limits on the absoluteness of power.” -Robert Morrison MacIver

  9. Robert K. Merton

    Robert King Merton

    Robert King Merton

    July 4, 1910 - February 23, 2003