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  1. An Invitation from ASA President Paula England

    I invite ASA members to post comments on this new blog. It is a place where members can comment on ASA issues, and on public issues of particular interest to sociologists.

    Members may want to use this space to talk about public sociology. We can discuss how to engage sociologists in public debates and get their voices heard. We can discuss the pros and cons of such engagement, including when ASA should or shouldn’t take a stand on public issues. And we can debate or brainstorm about ASA’s internal policies.

  2. Thoughts on the Latest Sociology Job Market Findings?

    Just last month, ASA’s Department of Research published a data brief that examined the job announcements from 2013 in ASA’s online Job Bank. We invite comments on the findings as well as ideas about what else you might like to know about the job market for sociologists.

    –Michael Kisielewski, ASA Department of Research

  3. ASA Annual Meeting Concerns

    Some ASA members have signed a petition asking Council to review its policies about the timing and location of Annual Meetings and the cost of attending. A subcommittee of Council has been formed to bring recommendations to Council at its winter 2015 meeting. We encourage additional member input here; the petition is at

    www.change.org/p/american-sociological-association-more-inclusive-scheduling-of-annual-meetings

  4. Journal Piracy Is Not [Just] Stealing From the Rich

    This post is from Karen Gray Edwards, ASA Director of Publications and Membership

  5. ASA Applauds Supreme Court’s Ruling to Uphold Affirmative Action Program at University of Texas

    The American Sociological Association (ASA) issued a press release today applauding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today in the affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The judgement allows the university to continue using race as a factor in admissions decisions.

  6. Black Lives Matter Movement at the 2016 ASA Annual Meeting

    Following another shooting of an unarmed black man by an officer of the law, sociologists took to social media to ask “What can we do?”.

  7. How Are You #Doingsociology?

    Last year, ASA focused on why you #lovesociology. This year we would like to know how you are #doingsociology. What are you doing as a sociologist? Being a sociologist is about doing sociology. On the newly designed ASA website, there is a section on the homepage, titled “What Sociologists Do,” which highlights the important and valuable work being done by sociologists.

  8. The Developmental Peer Review: Clearing Up Some Misunderstandings

    As part of Peer Review Week (September 19-25), Rory McVeigh, co-editor of the American Sociological Review, has written the following blog post. Thank you to our reviewers at all of our journals–your work is essential to the scholarly publishing process!

  9. Sociology and Finance: Not that Strange, and Definitely Not Strained Bedfellows

    This is a guest post by Ray Sin, a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Illinois-Chicago, is an Associate Behavioral Researcher at Morningstar Inc.

    What is Morningstar? What exactly do you do at Morningstar? What has sociology got to do with finance?

  10. Understanding and Teaching about the 2016 Election and Its Results

    Arlie Russell Hochschild recently commented “Whether Donald Trump rises or falls, we need sociology to take up the task of analyzing the rise of the right. And we need our government and society at large to address all the ways millions of Americans have been—in real life—left behind.”