homeprev issuesexecpublic affairsstaffasa home
Call for Papers
Editors’ Reports
In the News
Members' New Books
Other Organizations
Summer Programs

Call for Papers


Association of Humanist Sociology 2007 Annual Meeting, October 25–28, 2007, Hilton Garden Inn, Henderson, Nevada. Theme: “Expanding our Branches: Nourishing our Roots.” Help us reflect on where we have come from and discover how we can go places we have never been. We invite proposals for papers or sessions that feature: scholarly work, video, or other forms of creative expression, teaching, book discussions, social activism, and sociological tours of area. Submission deadline: June 30, 2007. Send proposals to Emma Bailey, Program Chair, at

ISA International Laboratory for PhD Students in Sociology, November 18–24, 2007, Maiduguri, Nigeria. Theme: “Globalization, Social Problems and Social Policy.” The International Sociological Association invites applications from PhD students in sociology or interdisciplinary programs to attend the seventh edition of the ISA International Laboratory for PhD Students in Sociology. The core of the program will be presentations by the students of their own work and subsequent discussion within the group of participants. The workshop will be in English. Interested candidates should submit: a letter of application specifying the topic of their research, two–page curriculum vitae, a two–page abstract of their research project including information about the theoretical approach(es) used, a list of university courses completed and, if available, the grades, and two letters of recommendation. Send applications no later than May 15, 2007, to: International Sociological Association, Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology, University Complutense, Campus de Somosaguas, 28223 Madrid, Spain; 34–91 352 7650. Travel and lodging expenses of participants will be covered by the International Sociological Association supported by a grant from the UNESCO International Social Science Council and the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Maiduguri.


The ASA Violence in American Society Teaching Resource Guide will be updated this spring and published in August 2007. This revision will be the second edition. We would like to include course syllabi or teaching exercises for a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses exploring the topic of violence in American society, broadly defined. If you have a syllabus or a relevant teaching exercise that you would like to share with colleagues in this publication, submit them by June 1, 2007, to: Violence Teaching Resource Guide, Department of Sociology, Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002–3695; email The Violence in American Society Teaching Resource Guide is published by the American Sociological Association.

Handbook for Teaching Medical Sociology. Course materials are solicited for a new edition of the American Sociological Association’s Handbook for Teaching Medical Sociology. Course syllabi (either graduate or undergraduate), basic and special assignments, evaluation rubrics, audio–visual materials, and anything else used in your course are welcome. Send materials as a Word file to Bill Gronfein at

Humanity & Society. Capital versus Community: Case Studies of Community Asset Building, Humanity & Society’s Special Issue, is dedicated to the exploration of community–based asset building. Globalization and capital mobility threaten the economic and social base of many communities. This special issue will examine how community–based development efforts are responding to these challenges, the obstacles they face, and the impacts and outcomes of their activities. We are looking for case studies in a wide variety of contexts (e.g., rural, urban, and suburban) and involving different racial and ethnic groups (e.g., African American, Latino, and American Indian). Manuscripts should not exceed 30 double–spaced pages of text, notes and references, and should follow the “Notice to Contributors” guidelines supplied at Submit papers via email to Ann Goetting, or Gary Green at Deadline: September 1, 2007.

Michigan Sociological Review (MSR) encourages submissions for its fall 2007 issue. The MSR is an official, peer–refereed publication of the Michigan Sociological Association. The MSR publishes research articles, essays, research reports, and book reviews. This editorial cycle particularly welcomes work in the sociology of education as well as general sociology. Submissions will be accepted until June 30, 2007. Send an email attachment in MS Word format (not pdf) along with a brief biographical statement to Send disks via postal mail to Joseph Verschaeve, Michigan Sociological Review, Department of Sociology, Grand Valley State University, 2169 AuSable Hall, Allendale, MI 49401.

Political Power and Social Theory is a peer–reviewed annual journal committed to advancing the interdisciplinary understanding of the linkages between political power, class relations, and historical development. The journal welcomes both empirical and theoretical work and is willing to consider papers of substantial length. Publication decisions are made by the editor and editorial board and anonymous reviewers. Submit manuscripts in electronic format to ppst@ Potential contributors are asked to remove any references to the author in the body of the text in order to preserve anonymity during review. Contact: Diane E. Davis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue #9–521, Cambridge, MA 02139;;

Rural Realities is an information/policy series that seeks to showcase innovative applied research being conducted by Rural Sociological Society members and other rural social scientists that give attention to critical and timely rural issues. Rural Realities is a peer–reviewed, web–based quarterly series. Each issue will be devoted to a single topic. Articles submitted by an author should be six to eight double spaced pages in length, should effectively incorporate tables, graphs, and/or charts that are clear and understandable to nonacademic audiences, and be written in a style that effectively communicates to the policy community. The series editor, coupled with the series’ communication specialist, are available to work hand in hand with the authors in the manuscript development, preparation, review, and revision processes. Submit a one–page abstract electronically to the Rural Realities editor, Bo Beaulieu, (662) 325–3207; fax (662) 325–8915;

Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance is a series of edited volumes that publishes work in the areas of the sociology of deviance, criminology and criminal justice, and sociology of law. Each volume of the series revolves around one specified theme in any of these areas and includes chapters by 12 to 14 authors showcasing theoretical contributions, empirical research, and methodological innovations. The series editor is currently soliciting proposals for volumes on themes to appear in the coming years. The proposal should contain a brief exposition of the planned volume, including the name of the editor, a one–paragraph description of the theme, and a list of potential contributors to the volume. More information on the series can be found online at Contact: Mathieu Deflem at

Special Issue on Grief and Pedagogy for Feminist Teacher. The Feminist Teacher collective would welcome essays for a special issue on Grief and Pedagogy. What is the challenge, that the presence of grief in our lives presents to the continuing enactment of pedagogy? What are the natures of the different sorts of grief that challenge the enactments? What responses have our associated institutions formulated? Send related articles by July 15 to Gail Cohee, Feminist Teacher magazine, Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, Box 1829, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912.

Teaching Notes for Feminist Teacher. We invite readers to submit brief descriptions of classroom experiences, which challenged or encouraged your commitment to feminist pedagogy. Did a teaching strategy work especially well? Was a class particularly discouraging? In your teaching note, describe the experience and tell us how it shaped your approach to teaching. We also invite submissions that describe class materials (books, articles, films, etc.) that worked particularly well. Explain the context in which you used the material and how you taught the work. We encourage teachers from all kinds of classrooms and institutions to submit their experiences. Keep your teaching notes to 500–1,000 words. Send an electronic copy to feminist– with subject line “Teaching Notes” and a hard copy to Gail Cohee, Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, Box 1829, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912.

Teaching Resources Manual on the Sociology of Asian Americans. We are in desperate need of teaching and teaching–related material on Asian Americans. Send course syllabi, assignments, exercises, projects, suggested videos & films, and other instructional–related material for possible inclusion in the ASA Teaching Resources Manual on the Sociology of Asian Americans. Contributions for courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels will be of interest. Include your submissions on disk or in electronic form. Include your name, address, and contact information. All materials should be sent to Leslie Wang, Department of Sociology, 154 Madeleva Hall, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN 46556; 574–284–4514;


April 19, 2007. 1st Annual DC Metropolitan Area Undergraduate Research Conference in Sociology, Gallaudet University. Theme: “Balancing Security, Opportunity, and Diversity, and Diversity in a Shrinking World.” Contact Suzanne.Lea@gallaudet. edu.

April 19–21, 2007. Aliens and Nations: Citizenship, Sovereignty, and Global Politics Conference, Keele University’s Association of Legal and Social Philosophy, Keele, United Kingdom.

April 26–30, 2007. Give Peace a Chance: Community Consciousness, Inner Wisdom and Social Change, New York Marriot at the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, NY, at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama.

May 2, 2007. DC Sociological Society Awards Dinner, Vantage Point Restaurant, Holiday Inn Rosslyn Key Bridge. Presentation on “Class and Changing Rhythms of Family Life” with speakers Annette Lareau, Melissa Milkie, and Suzanne Bianchi. See for more details.

May 3–4, 2007. National Research Council Workshop, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC. Theme: “Understanding Interventions that Encourage Minorities to Pursue Research Careers: Major Questions and Appropriate Methods.” The workshop is sponsored by the National Institute of Health and overseen by a committee appointed by the National Academies.

May 3–5, 2007. The Syracuse University Gerontology Center celebrates its 35th anniversary with a special conference on Aging and Disability. The international conference will bring together aging and disability scholars to focus on health, work, living arrangements, care, and civil rights. For details, visit

May 4, 2007. 3rd Annual UCSD Culture Conference, Department of Sociology, University of California–San Diego. This one–day conference will bring together sociologists who are interested in the study of culture. Contact: Stephanie Chan at For more information, visit:

May 4–5, 2007. What Works for Today’s Families? And What Doesn’t? A Decade of Research, Practice, and Dialogue, International House, University of Chicago.

May 8–10, 2007. ECLS–B Child Development Conference, Natcher Conference Center, Bethesda, MD. Theme: “The Development from Birth Through Age Two.” The conference provides an opportunity for investigators to share research findings relating to early childhood development using data from the 9–month and 2–year ECLS–B data collections. For more information, visit

May 8–11, 2007. Health in Families, Healthy Families: Gendered Explorations Conference, International Sociological Association, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario. Contact: ISA, Donoso Cortes, 65, Madrid, 28015, Spain;;

May 9–10, 2007. 2007 Social, Behavioral, Educational Research (SBER) Conference, Broomfield, CO. Theme: “Sharing Tools and Joining Forces: Ethical and Regulatory Balance in SBER.” Contact: (617) 423–4112;

May 13–16, 2007. Nurturing Technologies: Pervasive Systems for Self Reflection, Critique and Growth workshop at Pervasive 2007, Fifth International Conference on Pervasive Computing, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This workshop will explore applications of pervasive technology beyond supporting tasks, instead supporting a more fundamental nurturance: facilitating the long–term growth of people in the face of short–term distractions and obstacles.;

May 17–80, 2007. American Association for Public Opinion Research Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA. Sessions are aimed towards research professionals in the commercial, government, media and academic worlds and will address how voters made up their minds in the 2004 and 2006 elections, and how various social and political issues factored into their vote choice. Registration and program information is available at

May 31–June 1, 2007. ISA Research Committee on Women in Society, RC32 Interim conference, Athens, Greece. Theme: “Women and Citizenship in a Local/Global World.”

May 31–June 1, 2007. Transatlantic Voyages Congress, International Sociological Association, Nancy, France. Contact: ISA, Donoso Cortes, 65, Madrid, 28015, Spain;

June, 14–15, 2007. 3rd Hellenic Observatory PhD Symposium, London School of Economics and Political Science. Theme: “Contemporary Greece: Structures, Context and Challenges.” Contact: Eleni Xiarchogiannopoulou, 0044 20 79556529 (Monday & Tuesday); email or Sofia Christofidou 0044 20 79556066 (Monday–Thursday) email

June 28 –30, 2007. Golden Jubilee, University of Dhaka–Bangladesh. The Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka–Bangladesh is celebrating its Golden Jubilee. As a part of the celebrations, the Department is organizing an International Seminar on “Fifty Years of Sociology, Fifty Years of Social Transformation: Future of the Past.”

July 13–16, 2007. 25 Years of Theory, Culture & Society, University of Tokyo. Theme: “Culture in Process…Ubiquitous Media… Asian Transformations.” See www.v–

July 13–16, 2007. Theory, Culture and Society 25th Anniversary Conference, Tokyo University, Japan. Theme: “Ubiquitous Media: Asian Transformations.” www.u–

July 29–31, 2007. World Future 2007: Fostering Hope and Vision for the 21st Century Annual Conference, World Future Society, in Minneapolis, MN. Contact: Susan Echard, WFS, 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 450, Bethesda, Md. 20814; (800) 989–8274;;

August 9–10, 2007. On the Edge: Transgression and the Dangerous Other Conference, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. Contact: Transgression Conference, c/o Department of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 899 10th Street, New York, N.Y. 10019;

August 10, 2007. The Consumer Studies Research Network (CSRN) One–Day Mini–Conference, Barnard College, New York City. Theme: “The Future of Consumer Studies.” This conference brings together faculty and graduate students to discuss their ongoing work in the sociological study of consumption. Visit the conference website to register and for updated information on the program, Contact: Keith Brown,, or Dan Cook,

August 10, 2007. Pre–Conference for Beginning Instructors on Teaching: “Teachers are Made, Not Born: A Workshop for New Sociology Instructors.” For information on specific sessions, see the ASA Section on Teaching and Learning in Sociology website at Contact: Betsy Lucal (574) 520–4899;

August 10–11, 2007. Sociological Imagination Group 8th Annual Conference, Warwick Hotel, New York. Theme: “Confronting Fundamental Problems in Society and Sociology.” For information, see www.sociological– Contact: Bernard Phillips at or David Knottnerus at

August 10–12, 2007. International Visual Sociology Association Conference, New York, NY. Theme: “Public Views of the Private; Private Views of the Public.”

August 14–17, 2007. ISA Research Committee on Social Stratification, RC28 Montreal, Canada. Theme: “Cumulative Advantage: Education, Health, Wealth and Institutional Contexts.”

September 3–6, 2007. 8th European Sociological Association Conference, Glasgow, United Kingdom. Contact:;

September 5–7, 2007. CRESC Annual Conference 2007, University of Manchester. Theme: “Re–thinking Cultural Economy.” This Conference seeks to assess where the various debates about culture and economy and cultural economy are, and to explore where they may be going in the future. Contact: CRESC Conference Administration, 178 Waterloo Place, Oxford Road, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL; Tel: +44(0)161 275 8985; fax +44(0)161 275 8985; email

September 12–14, 2007. Work, Employment & Society (WES) Conference 2007, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom. Theme: “Beyond These Shores: Sinking or Swimming in the New Globalized Economy?” For more information, visit the conference website at

September 26–29, 2007. 7th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology (ESC), Bologna, Italy. Theme: “Crime, Crime Prevention and Communities in Europe.”

October 17–19, 2007. International Association for Time Use Research XXVIIII Conference, Washington, DC. Theme: “Work vs. Play.”

October 18–20, 2007. The Society for the Study of Human Development 5th Biennial Meeting, Pennsylvania State University. Theme: “Crossing Boundaries in Human Development.” Contact: Toni C. Antonucci, Program Committee Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48106;;

October 25–28, 2007. Association of Humanist Sociology 2007 Annual Meeting, Hilton Garden Inn, Henderson, Nevada. Theme: “Expanding our Branches: Nourishing our Roots.” Contact: Emma Bailey, Program Chair, at

November 1–2, 2007. CPST National Conference, Washington, DC. Theme: “The Present and Future Status of the American STEM Workforce.” Contact: Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology, 1200 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 113, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 326–7080; fax (202) 842–1603;;

November 15–19, 2007. The Social Capital Foundation 2007 Conference, Hawaii. Theme: “Multiethnicity and Social Capital.”

November 18–24, 2007. ISA International Laboratory for PhD Students in Sociology. Theme: “Globalization, Social Problems and Social Policy.”

November 22–24, 2007. 8th International Conference on Asian Youth and Childhoods 2007, Lucknow, India. The conference will provide many opportunities for for social science academics and professionals to interact with members inside and outside their disciplines. Visit Contact: ayc2007@rediffmail. com.


The Leopold Leadership Program at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University announces the call for applications for the 2008 Leopold Leadership Fellowships. Mid–career academic environmental scientists from North America are invited to apply for the 2008 fellowships that provide scientific leadership, communications, and outreach training. Through a competitive process, the Leopold Leadership Program selects up to 20 fellows to participate in an intensive training program designed to build and enhance the skills of academic environmental scientists to communicate with policy makers, media representatives, businesses, non–profit organizations, and the general public. The program’s mission is to advance environmental decision–making by providing academic environmental scientists with the skills and connections needed to be effective leaders and communicators. The program seeks candidates with terminal degrees from a broad range of disciplines including the social sciences and technical, medical and engineering fields related to the environment. Applicants must be at mid–career as a tenured or tenure–track professor (associate professor or professor level or equivalent), and be active in teaching and research. The training is offered in English and focuses on U.S.–based institutions, audiences, and policy making. Full details and application documents are available online at Deadline: April 16, 2007.

Science of Science and Innovation Policy. The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) aims to foster the development of the knowledge, theories, data, tools, and human capital needed to cultivate a new Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP). SciSIP will underwrite fundamental research that creates new explanatory models and analytic tools designed to inform the nation’s public and private sectors about the processes through which investments in science and engineering (S&E) research are transformed into social and economic outcomes. SciSIP’s goals are to understand the contexts, structures and processes of S&E research, to evaluate reliably the tangible and intangible returns from investments in research and development (R&D), and to predict the likely returns from future R&D investments within tolerable margins of error. Collaborative projects are encouraged, including those that build linkages across disciplinary and national borders. The FY 2007 competition includes two emphasis areas: Analytical Tools and Model Building. The emergent body of research will develop and utilize techniques for retrospective and prospective analyses. Contact: Kaye Husbands Fealing, (703) 292–7267,;

CDC Grants for Public Health Research Dissertation. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS),, has particular interest in supporting dissertation research on (1) survey methodology and statistics or (2) projects using NCHS data sets alone or in conjunction with other data sets. Dissertation applications must focus on methodological and research topics that address the mission and research interests of CDC. The full CDC Announcement can be found at–files/PAR–07–231.html. Contact: Virginia S. Cain, Director of Extramural Research, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 3311 Toledo Road, Room 7211, Hyattsville, MD 20782; (301) 458–4395; fax (301) 458–4020;

National Children’s Study seeks proposals for new study centers, which begins its next phase. The National Children’s Study has issued a request for proposals to award contracts to up to 20 new study centers. These centers will manage operations in in as many as 30 communities across the United States. The National Children’s Study seeks to examine the effects of environmental influences on human health and development by enrolling a representative sample of more than 100,000 infants from across the United States and following them from before birth until age 21. The request for proposals represents the next step in implementing the study, which began in 2005 with the awarding of contracts to seven initial, or vanguard, centers in seven U.S. communities. These new study centers must successfully demonstrate such capabilities as collection and management of biological and environmental specimens; the capacity to develop community networks for identifying, recruiting, and retaining eligible mothers and infants; and the ability to secure the privacy of the data collected. Detailed information on the National Children’s Study is available at The request for proposals is available at


2007 WLS Pilot Grant Program. The Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison will award two to three pilot grants to investigators using the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) data for scholarly research. Selected recipients will receive $10,000 to support their research, along with a residency at CDHA, where they will receive training and support in use of WLS data. Eligibility: Applications are welcomed from investigators in such diverse fields as anthropology, demography, economics, epidemiology, family studies, genetics, gerontology, human development, psychology, and sociology. Applicants must have a doctoral–level degree. This grant program is intended to support new users and new uses of WLS data. We encourage applications from junior researchers (i.e., with fewer than five years since completing their doctorallevel degree) as well as more experienced researchers who have not previously used WLS data. Applicants must be affiliated with either educational institutions or with 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations. The deadline for application is May 25, 2007. To apply submit a research proposal (five page maximum) and a CV either electronically (preferred) or printed to: Carol Roan, Center for Demography of Health and Aging, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1180 Observatory Drive, Room 4430, Madison, WI 53706; (608) 265–6196; More information about the WLS and the pilot grant program including questionnaires, codebooks, and public data may be found at the WLS pilot grant website,

Margaret Clark Award Sponsored by the Association for Anthropology and Gerontology. The 15th annual Margaret Clark Award, with a cash prize of $500 for graduate and $250 for undergraduate students, is given to the outstanding paper in anthropology and gerontology. The competition aims to support the continued pursuit of the insights and ideals demonstrated by Margaret Clark, a pioneer in the multidisciplinary study of socio–cultural gerontology and medical anthropology, and a scholar committed to mentoring younger colleagues. Contributions are invited from students of all disciplines and methods. We welcome submissions that are research, analytic, or literary in nature, and academic, applied or practice oriented. The relation to lifespan and aging issues must be discussed. Decisions will be made solely by reference to the caliber of the manuscript. All submissions must be original and not previously published. The length should approximate that of a journal article. Submissions must include: (1) a cover letter listing the author’s address, institutional affiliation, and phone number; (2) a statement of student status signed by a faculty member; (3) three copies of the manuscript, and (4) a brief abstract. Text should be typed double–spaced on one side of the paper. Any standard bibliographic format may be used. Manuscripts must be postmarked by June 1, 2007. Only complete submissions will be considered. Contact: Mark Luborsky, Clark Award Chair, Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University, 87 East Ferry Street, 252 Knapp Building, Detroit, MI 48202; email;

In the News

Paul Amato, Pennsylvania State University, was a guest on National Public Radio’s February 19, 2007, Diane Rehm Show, discussing his book Alone Together, which examines the changing institution of marriage in American Society.

Monte Bute, Metropolitan State University, wrote an opinion piece on Minnesota’s commitment to higher education that appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on February 27, 2007.

Camille Z. Charles, University of Pennsylvania, was quoted in a February 9 Chronicle of Higher Education article about her study finding that black students at selective colleges are increasingly immigrants.

Mark Chaves, University of Arizona, was quoted in a February 25 Washington Post article on the divide in the Episcopal Church.

Héctor R. Cordero–Guzmán, Baruch College–CUNY, was interviewed for CBS 2 New York’s series, “Latino Power,” airing February 27 and 28.

Shelley J. Correll, Cornell University, had her research on work place discrimination against mothers mentioned in a February 22, 2007, New York Times article.

Bella DePaulo, University of California–Santa Barbara, was quoted in a February 19 Washington Post article about lying to protect others.

Doug Downey, Ohio State University, was interviewed by the Associated Press on a study he co–authored on why children gain more weight over the summer. The article appeared in numerous media publications in mid–march.

Barry Glassner, University of Southern California, was quoted in the LA Times on February 19, 2007, about his book The Gospel of Food: Everything You Think You Know About Food Is Wrong, and on February 19 in USA Today and February 17 on on food tourism.

Heather Hofmeister, University of Aachen, was featured as a scientific expert for the television science magazine Delta on the theme “The Future of the Family,” broadcast on September 7, 2006 on the German public television station 3sat.

Jerry Lembcke, Holy Cross College, was interviewed for the October 13, 2006, newsletter Counterpunch by Stephen Philion, St. Cloud State College. His “Reflectionson the Antiwar Documentary, Sir, No Sir,” was posted at History News Network website on November 6, 2006.

Micki McGee, New York University, was interviewed and quoted by Craig Wilson of USA Today on January 11 and by Abby Ellin of The New York Times January 25 about her book Self–Help, Inc: Makeover Culture in American Life and new trends in self–help literature and personal coaching.

Patricia Yancey Martin, Florida State University, was featured in the 2007 edition of Florida State University’s College of Social Sciences Magazine, regarding her scholarship on gender and her book on organizations that deal with rape victims.

Mignon R. Moore, University of California–Los Angeles, was interviewed and quoted extensively in the Metro New York newspaper about her research on the relationship of black and Latina lesbians and gay people to minority communities on February 23.

J. Steven Picou, University of South Alabama, was quoted on the burdens placed on researchers who receive subpoenas for their data in the February 5, 2007, issue of Business Week magazine in an article entitled “Keeping Lawyers Out of the Lab.”

Brian Powell, Indiana University, was quoted in a Reuters article on why children gain more weight during summer vacation. Over 180 media outlets reported on Powell’s study, co–authored with Laura Hamilton and Simon Cheng, from the February 2007 American Sociological Review, “Adoptive Parents, Adaptive Parents: Evaluating the Importance of Biological Ties for Parental Investment” was covered by major news media such as Associated Press and NBC.

Zhenchao Qian, Ohio State University, was interviewed by several news outlets, including USA Today and U.S. News and World Report on his study, “Social Boundaries and Marital Assimilation: Interpreting Trends in Racial and Ethnic Intermarriage,” which appeared in the February 2007 issue of the American Sociological Review.

Phillip Rieff had his book, Charisma: The Gift of Grace, and How it Has Been Taken Away From Us, reviewed in the March 4 New York Times Book Review.

Ronald Rindfuss, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, was cited in a March 4 New York Times Magazine article for his research on Norwegian birth rates.

Jack Rothman, University of California–Los Angeles, was profiled in a LA Times article on February 15, 2007, about his comedy routines.

David R. Segal, University of Maryland, was quoted in The Village Voice on January 30 regarding Marine Corps recruiting. He and Morten Ender, United States Military Academy, were quoted in an article in the National Journal on February 3 on their research on the racial composition of the American military and military fatalities in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was interviewed on BBC radio’s “The World” on February 12 regarding women in combat. The interview was also carried on WGBH (Boston) and other PRI stations. He was quoted in the Wallingford, CT, News on February 16 regarding his research on the socio–economic background of American soldiers. He was quoted in USA Today, the Post Chronicle, and the UPI wire regarding the attrition of older recruits from the Army and in the South Florida Sun–Sentinel on military veterans opposing the war in Iraq on February 20.

Kim Scipes, Purdue University North Central, had her article on her trip to Venezuela, “10 Days in Venezuela: A Visit to the Land of Hope,” published on

Pamela Smock, University of Michigan, was quoted in a March 4 New York Times and Washington Post article about a decline in married couples with children.

Karen Sternheimer, University of Southern California, was interviewed by several news outlets on her article, “Do Video Games Kill,” which appears in the current issue of Contexts. Her piece was covered by USA Today and Reuters, as well as by radio and television stations.

Mary Waters, Harvard University, was quoted in a February 10 New York Times article about Harvard University naming its first female president.

Rose Weitz, Arizona State University, had her research on the social meanings and consequences of women’s hair featured in the documentary Hairstyle Confidential, which was aired nationally by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on January 18, 2007. Weitz appeared at several points during the documentary, to help provide a broader context for such topics as why women’s identities are linked to their hairstyles, and how women’s hairstyles affect their job prospects.

Elaine Wethington, Cornell University, wrote a letter to the editor about allowing young girls to read whatever type of books they are interested in. It appeared in the February 14 New York Times.

David Yamane, Wake Forest University, was quoted in U.S. Catholic in December 2006 for a story on Catholics Conversion and in the Allentown Morning Call on October 22, 2006, on Catholic seminarians.

Dan Zuberi, University of British Columbia, was a guest on a one hour National Public Radio’s Weekday show in the Seattle/Puget Sound region about working poverty in Seattle and Vancouver and on his book Differences That Matter: Social Policy and the Working Poor in the United States and Canada on February 26.

Geneviève Zubrzycki, University of Michigan, appeared on PBS Jim Lehrer’s NewsHour on January 8, 2007. She was invited to comment on the resignation of Warsaw archbishop Stanislaw Wielgus after the revelation of his collaboration with the secret police during the Communist era in Poland.

Harriet Zuckerman, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, was quoted in a February 10 New York Times article on the closing of an ESP lab.


Jeffrey C. Alexander, Yale University, received the 2006 Professional and Scholarly Publishing Award from the Association of American Publishers in the category “Sociology and Social Work” for his book, The Civil Sphere.

Judith K. Barr, Qualidigm, received the Distinguished Service Award from Women in Health Management, Inc. at their 2006 Leadership Event. Barr was a founder and served as the first president (from 1989–94) of this New York–based professional association for women in health fields.

Anne Barrett and John Taylor, both of Florida State University, were approved in January 2007 for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure, starting fall 2007.

Amy Cass, University of Delaware, and Evelyn Perry, Indiana University, were two of the eight graduate students awarded the 2007 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards from the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Francesco Duina, Bates College, had her book, The Social Construction of Free Trade: The EU, NAFTA, and Mercosur, named an “Outstanding Academic Title” for 2006 by the editors of Choice magazine, published by the Association of College & Research Libraries.

Steve Derne, SUNY–Geneseo, is a recipient of the SUNY Geneseo Womyn’s Action Coalition Gender Equity Award. The Womyn’s Action Coalition, an undergraduate student organization, recognized awardees for their attention to the issue of gender equity and their efforts to effect change in the community.

Heather Hofmeister, University of Aachen, Hans–Peter Blossfeld, University of Bamberg, and Melinda Mills, University of Groningen, accepted a Descartes Prize Finalist award for collaborative European research at the European Commission Science and Society Awards Ceremony in Brussels on March 7, 2007, on behalf of the Globalife Project.

Candace Kruttschnitt, University of Minnesota, has been selected as one of the 2007–10 Scholars of the College.

Judith Lorber, Graduate Center and Brooklyn College–CUNY, is the 2007 recipient of the Eastern Sociological Society Merit Award. It goes to a “distinguished scholar” who has “made outstanding contributions to the discipline, the profession, and the ESS.”

Patricia Yancey Martin, Florida State University, received the Feminist Activism Award from Sociologists for Women in Society in 2006, an award that required her to give lectures on two U. S. campuses about her research and meet with local activists concerned with the welfare of women and girls. She was also selected as one of seven Phi Beta Kappa members for the southeast region’s Phi Beta Kappa Fellows Lectureship Program for 2007.

Mignon R. Moore, University of California–Los Angeles, was recently honored by the Human Rights Campaign as a rising leader in the black LGBT community for her work on race and same–sex union formation among black and Latina lesbian–headed families in New York.

Deana Rohlinger was chosen as the Florida State University Sociology Department’s J. Michael Armer Faculty Best Teacher in 2006.


Heather Hofmeister, previously an assistant professor at the University of Bamberg (Germany), has received a tenured professorship of sociology at the University of Aachen (RWTH Aachen, Germany) beginning April 1, 2007.

Verna Keith has been named a full professor at Florida State University.

George Luke was appointed visiting assistant in sociology at Florida State University.

Janice McCabe has been named an assistant professor at Florida State University.

Annette Schwabe was appointed assistant in sociology at Florida State University.


Amy Binder, University of California–San Diego, is the new vice president–elect of the Pacific Sociological Association. Anthony Cortese, Southern Methodist University, was invited by the National Academy of Sciences to evaluate Ford Fellowship proposals in Sociology, American Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies as part of a panel that met in Washington, DC, March 1–3.

Carolyn Cummings Perrucci, Purdue University, has been elected a member of the Board of Directors, Society for the Study of Social Problems, for a threeyear term.

Sarah Damaske, New York University, received a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Grant in Women’s Studies, Women’s Health, and Children’s Health for “Moving on Up? The Role of Work and Family in Women’s Mobility Paths.”

Minjeong Kim, SUNY–Albany, received a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Grant in Women’s Studies, Women’s Health, and Children’s Health for “Gendered International Marriage Migration Under Globalization.”

Rosemary Powers, Eastern Oregon University, Candan Duran–Aydintug, University of Colorado–Denver, Belinda Robnett, University of California–Irvine, and Melanie Jones, University of California–Davis, are newly elected members of the Pacific Sociological Association Council.

Saskia Sassen, University of Chicago, is a 2007–2008 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar. Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars serve as ambassadors for the Society and make a substantial contribution to the intellectual life of the campus. If interested in having a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar come to your campus, email

Kim Scipes, Purdue University North Central, presented her paper, “AFLCIO Foreign Policy Program and John Sweeney: Progressive Change or Return to Labor Imperialism,” at the sessions of Research Committee (RC) 44, “Comparative Labor Movements.” She was elected to the Board of RC 44 for a four–year term. Scipes served as one of three invited speakers for opening night debate at an international labor history conference, “Worlds of Labour: Southern African Labour History in an International Context,” at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Judith Treas, University of California–Irvine, is the new president–elect of the Pacific Sociological Association.

Members' New Books

William R. Avison, The University of Western Ontario, Jane D. Mcleod, Indiana University, and Bernice A. Pescosolido, Indiana University, eds., Mental Health, Social Mirror (Springer Publishing, 2007).

Dean John Champion, Richard Hartley, and Gary Rabe, Criminal Courts: Structure, Process and Issues, 2nd edition (Pearson/ Prentice Hall, 2008).

Dean John Champion, Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections, 6th edition (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2008).

Heather Hofmeister, University of Aachen, and Hans–Peter Blossfeld, University of Bamberg, eds., Globalization, Uncertainty, and Women’s Careers: An International Comparison (Edward Elgar Press, 2006).

Diana Khor, Hosei University, and Saori Kamano, National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, eds., Lesbians in East Asia: Diversity, Identities and Resistance (Haworth Press Inc., 2006).

Karen Seccombe, Portland State University, Families in Poverty, Vol. 1, Families in the Twenty–first Century Series (Allyn and Bacon, 2007).

Barbara R. Walters, CUNY–Kingsborough, Vincent Corrigan, and Peter T. Ricketts, The Feast of Corpus Christi (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006).

Geneviève Zubrzycki, University of Michigan, The Crosses of Auschwitz: Nationalism and Religion in Post–Communist Poland (University of Chicago Press, 2006).

Other Organizations

Czechoslovak History Conference has changed its name to the Czechoslovak Studies Association. For more information about this organization, please visit

Summer Programs

The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and its partners are sponsoring a Summer Research Institute to address essential conceptual, methodological and practical issues involved in planning and carrying out research that is jointly conducted by communities and researchers. The Institute will take place at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center in Chicago, IL, July 9–13, 2007. Applications are due on May 7. For additional information, visit


Judith Nelson Cates, formerly of Little Falls, MN, passed away on January 23, 2007, in Reston, VA, at the age of 76.

Jean Baker Miller, psychoanalyst and social activist, died at her home in Brookline, MA, on July 29.

Martin Trow, University of California–Berkeley, died from a brain tumor at his home on February 24.


Thomas A. Lyson

Thomas Anthony Lyson, the Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of Development Sociology at Cornell University, died on December 28, 2006 of cancer.

He completed his PhD (1976) at Michigan State University. He began his sociological career with a primary focus on youth, and later turned to a focus on the structure of economic opportunities, especially in rural areas. From this work came numerous journal articles as well as a series of books that include High Tech, Low Tech, No Tech: Recent Occupational and Industrial Changes in the South (with William Falk, 1988); Two Sides to the Sunbelt: The Growing Divergence Between the Rural and Urban South (1989); Rural Sociology and Development: Rural Labor Markets (edited with W. Falk, 1989); Forgotten Places: Uneven Development and the Loss of Opportunity in Rural America (edited with W. Falk, 1993).

When Prof. Lyson joined the Cornell faculty, he turned his attention to the changing structure of agriculture, particularly on how technological changes were affecting the dairy industry and on sustainability in agriculture. His latest work concentrated on the structures of economic opportunities and of agriculture into his conception of civic agriculture. Here he applied his work in the Farming Alternatives Program (later renamed the Community, Food, and Agriculture Program). Out of this era came co–authored journal articles, including “Local Capitalism, Civic Engagement, and Socioeconomic Well–being” (1998) and “Civil Society and Agricultural Sustainability” (1998) as well as his last two books: Civic Agriculture: Reconnecting Farm, Food and Community (1994) and Remaking the North American Food System (edited with C. Hinrichs, forthcoming).

Professor Lyson took teaching and mentoring students very seriously. He challenged students to see “the big picture” and to think theoretically, but in a way that left them feeling competent and inspired. He was also engaged in public life in ways that reflected his sociological interests and passions. In the small village of Freeville, NY, where he lived during his tenure at Cornell, he served in the village government in a variety of capacities, including as a member of the zoning board and two terms as Mayor. He was an active leader in a successful campaign to retain the village’s elementary school after the school district proposed closing it.

Professionally, Professor Lyson was active in the American Sociological Association, the Rural Sociological Society, and the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society. As editor of Rural Sociologyfrom 1996–99, he made a great effort to ensure that the journal reflected the range of methodological orientations and topics investigated by the rural sociologists and others who were members of the Rural Sociological Society.

Prof. Lyson is survived by his widow, Loretta Carrillo, daughters, Mercedes and Helena, and numerous current and former graduate students. The Department of Development Sociology is planning a celebration of his life and work in June 23, 2007. Memorial contributions may be sent to Memorial–Sloan Kettering Research, 1275 York Ave., New York, New York 10021 or to the “Lyson Memorial Fund” (payable to Department of Development Sociology), c/o Prof. Max Pfeffer, Department of Development Sociology, Cornell University, Warren Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853–7801.

Gilbert Gillespie, Cornell University William Falk, University of Maryland

Martin Trow

Martin Trow, professor emeritus of public policy at the University of California–Berkeley and an internationally recognized leader in higher education studies, died at the age of 80.

Trow died at his home on February 24, seven months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Trow is credited with being the first scholar to describe the transition in higher education from elite to mass to universal student access in a seminal paper written in 1973 for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Trow began his career at UC Berkeley as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology in 1957, the same year that the Center for Studies in Higher Education was established on campus. In 1958, Trow joined the center, which was the first academic research institute in the United States to focus on higher education policy issues.

As a researcher at the center, Trow took a scholarly approach to such topics as faculty recruitment, undergraduate peer influence, and gender and ethnic diversity in academia.

“Always with a comparative eye toward countries like Great Britain, Sweden and Japan, he crafted essay after essay on the economic, political and social class implications of the development of mass education,” said Neil Smelser. “His voice on this core feature of twentieth–century education could not be ignored by either scholars or political leaders.”

Trow served as director of the center from 1977–88. While director, he was credited with increasing the interdisciplinary nature of the center and with encouraging more studies and seminars on graduate education, undergraduate curriculum and new modes of instruction. Through his own long–term efforts and intellect, Martin Trow made Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education what it is today and established its international stature.

Trow was born in New York City in 1926, and grew up in Brooklyn. His undergraduate studies were interrupted in 1943 by his service in the U.S. Navy. He left the military in 1946 with the rank of lieutenant.

The following year, Trow earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. He worked briefly as an engineer before beginning his graduate studies in sociology in 1948 at Columbia University, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1956.

Trow taught and did research at Bennington College in Vermont from 1953 until he joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1957. On campus the following year, he met his wife, Katherine Bernhardi, whom he married in 1960.

Trow was promoted to associate professor in 1962, and to full professor in 1968. In 1969, he moved to the campus’s Graduate (now the Goldman) School of Public Policy.

Although Trow is most recognized for his research in comparative higher education, he also published influential research on populist movements. In Union Democracy, a book he co–authored in 1956 with Seymour Lipset and James Coleman, Trow explained the lively internal political life of a printers’ union. He wrote one of the earliest articles on the social basis of Joseph McCarthy’s right–wing populist movement. That paper, “Small Business, Tolerance and Support for McCarthy,” was published in 1958 in the American Journal of Sociology.

McCarthyism was attractive because this unstable, unpredictable life of small business owners fosters a tendency in them to find scapegoats for problems, according to the paper. Since then, many similar protest politicians, including George Wallace, Ross Perot and David Duke, have found core support from small business owners, Wilensky added.

Throughout his career, Trow chaired or served on several national and international commissions and advisory committees at the U.S. Department of Education, the National Research Council, the National Institute of Education, the College Entrance Examination Board and the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education.

Trow was also a member or fellow of numerous professional societies and organizations, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Education, the Society for Research in Higher Education in Great Britain, and the Swedish Center for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences.

In 1997, he was awarded the Berkeley Citation for Distinguished Achievement and Notable Service to the University, the campus’s highest award. In November 2006, he was awarded the Howard Bowen Distinguished Career Award by the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Trow has been a distinguished visiting scholar at Nuffield College in Oxford, the London School of Economics, and the Institute for Studies in Higher Education at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan. He had also been awarded honorary degrees from the University of Stockholm, the University of Sussex, the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, the University of Warwick, the University of Lancaster, and Carleton College, where he was a trustee for many years.

He has written more than 150 articles and 11 books.

Upon his retirement in 1993, Trow became an emeritus professor at the Graduate School for Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

Trow is survived by his wife, Katherine Bernhardi Trow of Kensington, California; sons, Paul Trow of Natick, Mass., and Peter Trow of Santa Barbara, Calif.; daughter, Sarah Eydam, of Antioch, Calif.; and grandson, Daniel Trow of Franklin, Tenn.

Sarah Yang, University of California–Berkeley, Media Relations

Editors’ Reports

American Sociological Review

Review Process: The ASR continues to receive a large volume of first rate submissions. The acceptance rate thus remains quite low at 10 percent. We have worked hard to keep the average turnaround time low at just under 11 weeks.

Publicity Successes: Following the lead of Jerry Jacobs, the prior ASR editor, and with the encouragement of the ASA Publications Committee and ASA Council, the ASR staff is working hard to give the discipline’s best research greater public visibility. Notable successes include McPherson, Smith–Lovin, and Brashears’ article on social isolation in America, Lichter and Qian’s article on inter–racial marriage, and Hamilton, Powell and Cheng’s article on adoption successes. With the help of authors, we are preparing press friendly abstracts of selected ASR bi–monthly in coordination with the public release of the journal. Sujata Sinha, the ASA’s new press officer, and the author’s university press officers, are sent these media–friendly summaries for use in their own press releases, which are then brought to the attention of relevant media outlets. Such coordination—between the ASR office, authors’ own university media relations experts, and the ASA press office—seems to be working. We are and remain encouraged by the enthusiasm that the public holds for sociological topics, once they are translated into accessible language and packages.

Range of Submissions: The topics of the articles submitted to the ASR are extremely diverse and this speaks volumes about the discipline’s range and appeal. Areas in which only limited submission are received include qualitative and experimental research and papers that are primarily methodological in focus. As the discipline’s flagship journal we seek to publish papers that have broad interest to the discipline from all substantive and methodological approaches in the discipline. We thus encourage submissions that fully reflect that diversity, and we pledge to do our best to provide a fair and timely review for all articles received.

Editorial Board and Reviewers: One of the key ingredients to ensuring that the true richness and excitement of the field makes its way into the pages of the ASR is by assembling a strong and diverse reviewer pool. We have been doing so since July, and have been overwhelmed by the citizenship, thoughtfulness, and continued commitment of the ASR’s reviewers. We have also maintained such diversity on the editorial board itself. This includes a larger and methodologically broad group of 7 deputies, as well as the addition of 13 new board members to replace the 13 that rotated off as of January first. With the addition of new deputies and board members, the current ASR board is comprised of 68 board members, of whom 41 percent are women and 25 percent are racial/ethnic minority. We will continue to consider diversity in both background and methodological orientation as individuals rotate off and onto the board. We thank existing board members and especially those now rotating off the board after a three–year commitment. We also welcome our new board members.

Challenges: Limited page allocations and the desire to publish as many articles as possible push issues of length to the fore. Many sociology journals are restricting submissions to set limits, such as 8,500 words. We recognize that publishing diverse articles and serving a diverse audience warns against such rigid limits. However, we constantly have to encourage reluctant authors to edit their articles toward more reasonable lengths. And, truly, a significant number would be better, tighter, and more readable at two thirds the length they are initially submitted. We hope that what many experience as negative pressures for shortening articles will end up having positive consequences for creating tighter arguments and more readable prose.

Vincent Roscigno and Randy Hodson, Editors

Contemporary Sociology

Books Considered: The editorial office of Contemporary Sociology received 954. The total number of books that the editors examined was 954.

Review Process: 388 books were screened by editors and accepted for review for the year and the number of reviews received for the year was 410. 321 reviews were finished and published for Volume 35. 229 were classified as “No Review” and 212 were classified as “Take Note.” There were 122 New Books pending triage at the time of this report.

Production Lag: The editorial office, on average, schedules reviews, articles, symposia, and review essays for publication within eight weeks after the materials arrive. The journal’s managing editor, Jenny Fan, edits and formats all the work received in preparation for publication. Most contributors send electronic copies of their work. The production lag, redefined and to be calculated in the new database, will represent the time between receipt of the review and the publication date.

Items Published: The breakdown of the items published in Volume 35 contain the following: 321 book reviews, 16 symposium essays, 24 review essays, 9 comments, and 2 other. The total number of items published is 371.

Editorial Board Members and Reviewers: 16 women, 24 men, and 13 minorities compose the outgoing editorial board.

During its first year at the University of California–Irvine, Contemporary Sociology has followed through with its initiative to present symposia that highlight the ways sociology informs public debate and public policy. Some of the featured subject titles of 2006 included: “’Natural’ Disasters,” “Morality Battles,” and “Israel/Palestine.” Contemporary Sociology started off 2007 with “Religion” and some of the upcoming symposia will be on security and surveillance, states and development, labor, and “political Islam” in the post–9/11 era.

Part of the editors’ initiative included plans to disseminate symposia beyond regular subscribers to relevant lawmakers, non–profit organizations, professionals, and media interested in the topics. We have distributed several symposia, recipients including the House of Representatives, the Senate, FEMA, the Red Cross, and media centers such as CNN, NPR, and MSNBC News. We have received favorable feedback from disaster research centers, governors, and members of congress. CS will continue its plans for outreach with upcoming symposia; thanks, in advance, to the Public Affairs and Public Information program at ASA for coordinating with our efforts for specific dissemination.

Valerie Jenness, David A. Smith, and Judith Stepan–Norris, Editors


During our second year as editors of Contexts the flow of submissions continued to increase rapidly. Because of the large number of proposals and submissions, we now have an acceptance rate comparable to that of other ASA journals. Contexts has become a desirable publication outlet. (The figures given in the table date from March 2006 only, as that is when we adopted the Journal Builder program to track submissions.)

At the ASA Annual Meeting last year in Montreal, we sponsored the first annual Contexts forum, a well–attended panel on the causes and consequences of mass murder. A version of it will appear in our May issue. At the New York meetings this coming August, we are sponsoring a forum on corporate governance.

The largest market for Contexts aside from ASA members continues to be undergraduate students. Increasing numbers of instructors are requiring articles or asking students to subscribe to the magazine. A recent Footnotes article detailed the several ways that you can get Contexts into the classroom, and there is now a page on our website (www.contextsmagazine. org) to help you do this. This summer, W.W. Norton will publish a Contexts reader containing almost 70 of our articles and keyword essays most suitable for course use.

We encourage all readers to email us with their comments and suggestions: and We are also pleased that two great sociologists, Chris Uggen and Doug Hartmann of the University of Minnesota, will be taking over as editors at the end of 2007.

Jeff Goodwin and James M. Jasper, Editors

Journal of Health and Social Behavior

Personnel. During 2006 we had only one change in personnel at the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. Ashley B. Thompson, an advanced graduate student at Vanderbilt University, took over the position of Managing Editor for Reviews in May from Ranae J. Evenson, who took an assistant professorship at Bowling Green State University. Although Ashley’s expertise is in social psychology and the sociology of the South, she has rapidly mastered the leading researchers and subfields in medical sociology in the course of this job. Brent Winter, a freelance writer with many years of experience in production and copyediting, continues on capably as the Managing Editor for Production. Andrew Cognard–Black, Assistant Professor of Sociology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, continues as long–term copyeditor for the journal.

Overall Operations and Manuscript Flow. JHSB published 26 articles in 2006. The number of new submissions in 2006 (N = 159) was somewhat higher than in 2005 (N = 140) but generally in line with the annual number of new submissions received by the journal from 1990 through 2006 (mean = 144).

In 2006, 268 manuscripts were considered. I made editorial decisions on 233 papers (87 percent ); the remaining papers were still out under review. Of the 233 decisions made, 36 percent were “reject,” 14 percent were “reject without review,” 27 percent were “revise and resubmit,” 12 percent were “conditional accept,” and 10 percent were “accept.” One paper was withdrawn by the author from consideration.

The mean time lag between manuscript submission and editorial decision in 2006 was 11 weeks (median = 13 weeks), consistent with the ASA guidelines of 12 weeks, or three months, to make a decision. We have maintained this mean time lag for the past two years.

The mean production lag (i.e., the time between acceptance of a paper and its appearance in print) was 7 months in 2006 (median = 5.7 months), again consistent with ASA editorial guidelines which recommend a six month lag. We have sustained this recommended lag for the past two years.

Changes in Journal Procedures. Much of our review process is now handled electronically. Most reviewers prefer to receive electronic rather than paper copies of manuscripts. Ashley Thompson converts manuscripts to read–only PDF files before emailing them to reviewers. Almost all reviewers return comments to us using our electronic review forms. Last year, Brent Winter developed procedures for copyediting manuscripts electronically. Our copyeditor has been comfortable with this change, and now our authors are correcting their copyedited papers electronically as well. The shift from paper to electronic processing continues to go smoothly.

Special Projects. With the approval of my deputy editors, Eliza Pavalko and Fred Hafferty, and the editorial board, I issued a call for papers in June 2006 for a special section of the journal on the topic of comparative health care/comparative medical systems. About six papers were submitted in response to this call; two are currently under revision and likely to be published together in 2008.

Upcoming Changes in Journal Pages. Normally, the journal has been allocated 428 pages per year by the ASA for its issues. Our typesetter recently informed us that by changing the spacing around the headings in our articles he could save about 16 pages of space without altering the appearance of our printed articles. Because most articles in JHSB take 16 printed pages on average, the typesetter’s change will allow us to publish one additional article each year, starting in 2007.

Most importantly, the ASA Council voted in February 2007 to increase the annual page allocation for JHSB by an additional 64 pages per year, starting in 2007. The increase in our page allocation from ASA was due to a combination of factors: high numbers of submissions to JHSB, a low acceptance rate, and a very high impact factor (over the past decade, the journal has ranked just under the American Journal of Sociology and always above Social Forces in its scholarly impact). The 64 page increase will enable the publication of four more articles per year. The combination of saved pages from the typesetter’s innovation and the additional pages from the ASA will permit the journal to publish a total of 31 rather than 26 articles per year, a substantial increase.

Editorial Board and Deputy Editors. Fifteen editorial board members rotated off the board at the end of 2006: Jacqueline Lowe Angel (Texas), Theodore D. Fuller (Virginia Tech), Robert A. Hummer (Texas), Corey Lee Keyes (Emory), Andrew S. London (Syracuse), William J. Magee (Toronto), Richard Allen Miech (Colorado–Denver), Samuel Noh (Toronto), Suzanne Trager Ortega (Missouri), Cynthia A. Robbins (Delaware), Jason Schnittker (Pennsylvania), Stefan Timmermans (UCLA), R. Jay Turner (Florida State), Karen Van Gundy (New Hampshire), and Nicholas H. Wolfinger (Utah). I am deeply grateful for their extraordinary service and commitment to the journal. I also thank the continuing editorial board members and the many, many additional ad hoc reviewers who have contributed their time and expertise so generously to the journal. Without their contributions, we simply could not fulfill the goal of publishing the very best papers in medical sociology submitted to the journal.

The editorial board has 13 new board members whose terms run from January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2009. New board members include Ralph Catalano (California–Berkeley), Brian K. Finch (San Diego State), Susan Gore (Massachusetts–Boston), Joseph G. Grzywacz (Wake Forest), Kara Joyner (Cornell), Donald A. Lloyd (Florida State), Peggy McDonough (Toronto), Fred C. Pampel (Colorado), Christian Ritter (Kent State), Stephanie A. Robert (Wisconsin), Susan Roxburgh (Kent State), Teresa L. Scheid (North Carolina–Charlotte), and Mark B. Tausig (Akron). I have already begun to rely heavily on the professional guidance of these new editorial board members along with our faithful continuing board members.

The editorial board in 2006 was a diverse group, not only in terms of gender (44 percent female) and race/ethnicity (15 percent minority), but also in terms of methodological skills and substantive specialties. The 2007 editorial board maintains an equivalent range in its composition demographically (53 percent female, 13 percent minority), methodologically, and substantively.

Current Problems and Issues. I am happy to say that we have no new problems or issues to report.

Peggy A. Thoits, Editor

Rose Series in Sociology

2006 was our first year as an editorial team and we drew extensively on the experience, advice, and help of the former editors at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. Indeed, with only one exception, all of the accomplishments reported in this narrative should be credited to the former editors.

Four Rose books are currently in production with Russell Sage:

  • Paul Atttewell and David Lavin. Passing the Torch: Does Higher Education for the Disadvantaged Pay Off Across the Generations?
  • Melissa Hardy and Lawrence Hazelrigg. Pension Puzzles: Questions of Principle and Principal.
  • Gay Seidman. Citizens, Markets, and Transnational Labor Activism.
  • Madonna Harrington Meyer and Pamela Herd. Retrenching Welfare, Entrenching Inequality: Gender, Race, and Old Age in the U.S.
Nine other books are currently under contract:
  • Rebecca Emigh, Daylan Riley, and Patricia Ahmed. The Production of Demographic Knowledge: States, Societies, and Census Taking in Comparative and Historical Perspective.
  • Scott L. Feld. Regulating Morality by Choice: Politics and Personal Choice in the Case of Covenant Marriage.
  • Frank Furstenberg, Julie Kmec, and Mary Fischer. Setting Out: Establishing Success in Early Adulthood Among Urban Youth.
  • Arne Kalleberg. Bad Jobs, Good Jobs, No Jobs: Changing Work and Workers in America
  • Pam Oliver and James E. Yocom. Racial Disparities in Imprisonment: Patterns, Causes, Consequence.
  • Sean O’Riain and Chris Benner. Reworking Silicon Valley.
  • Brian Powell, Catherine Bolzendahl, Danielle Fettes, Claudia Geist, Lala Carr Steelman. Who Counts as Kin? How Americans Define the Family.
  • Ellen Reese. “They Say Cutback; We Say Fight Back!” Welfare Rights Activism in an Era of Retrenchment.

Javier Auyero, Diane Barthel–Bouchier, Cynthia J. Bogard, Michael Kimmel, Daniel Levy, Timothy Moran, Naomi Rosenthal, and Michael Schwartz, Editors

Social Psychology Quarterly

Compiling a report of the activities at Social Psychology Quarterly in 2006 is a bittersweet enterprise. As I began to process manuscripts during August 2006, I expected to rely upon the guidance, generosity, and grace of Spencer Cahill, a dear friend of many. As members of this association are aware, Spencer passed away on October 6, 2006, a few months before his term as editor of SPQ was to end. Despite the encroachments of mortality, Spencer intended to fulfill his term as editor, and he completed the editing of the December 2006 issue of his journal, elegant as ever. As the new editor, I was left with fewer than ten manuscripts that awaited Spencer’s wise counsel. His term as editor will be recalled as a shining moment for sociological social psychology. Spencer extended the reach of the journal to incorporate the finest works of conversation analysis. His colleagues treasured the courtesy and honor that he brought to our collective enterprise.

Every editor smuggles an agenda. And so, a rotating editorship is a blessing. With a three–year term, we operate on the treasured assumption that should you disapprove our editorial bleats, close your ears and in a short while we will be a memory. As an ex–editor–to–be, I am no different.

As a result of the strains on the Tampa office, I inherited a problem of manuscript flow. Articles were not processed as rapidly as might have occurred under happier circumstances, and the journal often appeared late. Having been in our business for too many decades, I shared the concerns of authors. I made the quixotic pledge to provide outcome letters to authors within ten weeks. We have made great strides in reducing the time to a decision. In fact, since I began processing manuscripts the average time to outcome is 61 days and only a single manuscript has been under review for over four months. To achieve this goal, I chose my managing editor with exquisite care. I asked Susan Allan, the doyenne of sociological managing editors (the brains and brawn at AJS), who is the best young editor around. She advised me to hire Gianna Barbera. The rest is, as they say, sociology. Gianna serves SPQ as both managing editor and as copy editor. Together we have instituted new systems to facilitate manuscript processing, now distributing manuscripts and reviews electronically. In our office, a stamp is harder to find than a reference to neoclassical economics.

However, our changes go beyond this technological fix. Editing a journal is a form of pedagogy. I insist that reviewers take seriously the responsibility of providing kind, tough, and useful comments. When I request reviews, I ask for “two in two”: two pages of comments in two weeks. While this is particularly important for our graduate student colleagues, every author deserves the same courtesy. We provide authors with an update on the progress of their manuscript after two months, and after three months, I write a personal note. In organizing the journal, I asked two distinguished colleagues, Jane McLeod and Lisa Troyer, to serve as Deputy Editors. These scholars are more than super–reviewers, as they select reviewers and then write “meta–reviews” once these reviews arrive. Once an article is conditionally accepted for publication, it is reviewed by the journal’s graduate editorial assistant, Corey Fields. His mandate is to read each manuscript as a generalist, helping to shaping the essay into a form that reaches the widest range of readers. Gianna in her role as copyeditor has my blessing to be a vigorous shaper of sociological prose. My intention is to produce a journal for readers.

Journal editing is a funny business. In how many occupations are 90 percent of the work products of professionals rejected without appeal? What bozos we must be. But this is our fate as academics. The realities of journal publishing demand this, but this bitter reality is only made palatable if our colleagues are challenged to improve their thinking through serious and conscientious feedback.

Readers of Social Psychology Quarterly will note changes. After many years, we have a new look. Bypassing a color scheme redolent of borscht, I selected airy black–and–white, permitting photography on the cover. Visual sociology demands attention. Each photographer appends an essay, detailing the social psychological implications for unpoetic eyes. I also encourage brief pedagogical essays, aimed at improving the teaching of social psychology. I plan other surprises, while holding tightly to the journal’s well–deserved reputation for publishing the best and most exacting work in the discipline’s many social psychological traditions.

I eliminated the category of research notes, a perverse incentive, creating a thin set of second–class articles. SPQ now publishes longer and shorter articles, and each is judged on its contribution to microsociological theory.

Another innovation is our website. Under the direction of our undergraduate editorial assistant Kasia Kadela, we have established a web presence. The journal now permits online debate on each article, as well as feedback on the direction of the journal. We will be placing appendices and other material—statistical appendices and field notes that expand articles—on the site. Check it often on the ASA web site. Within a decade journals will be web–based, but until ASA speeds or stumbles into this future, we will use our website to create a social psychological community.

For decades I have longed to serve as editor of Social Psychology Quarterly, a journal that I love. Our journal—ASA’s second—has a fateful mandate. Sociology is people and their relations. Our responsibility is to honor Social Psychology Quarterly as “the journal of microsociologies.”

Gary Alan Fine, Editor

Sociological Methodology

In July 2006, editorial responsibility for Sociological Methodology passed from me, Ross M. Stolzenberg at the University of Chicago, to Yu Xie at the University of Michigan. I edited volumes 32 through 36 of Sociological Methodology. The journal goes to Yu Xie with something that it lacked when it came to me: a backlog. Backlogs permit editors to sleep at night and avoid anxiety attacks in the daytime. Backlogs also permit printers, proof readers and production staff to schedule their work efficiently. However, as Marxists know so well, editors are locked in class conflict with authors, who have different class interests and are alienated from the means of journal production. So it is that authors have long loathed lags in publication caused by the very same backlogs editors find so comforting. I am pleased to report to both Marxists and non–Marxists that, as Sociological Methodology passed to Yu Xie, this little piece of class conflict came to an end: articles accepted for publication in Sociological Methodology are now available in online PDF form to subscribers as soon as they are copyedited and electronically typeset. Although electronic dissemination could reduce sales of Sociological Methodology to individuals with access through their institution’s subscription, it is a significant and welcome step toward speeding the development and distribution of information about sociological methods to practitioners of social research. Reduced interclass conflict is nice too, if you want to see things that way. Regardless of one’s views of publication backlogs, I am pleased to report a smooth editorial transition to Yu Xie, who brings scholarly excellence and administrative efficiency to Sociological Methodology. I look forward to resuming life as a reader and occasional contributor to Sociological Methodology. I am confident that the journal is in good hands.

Ross M. Stolzenberg, Outgoing Editor

The year 2006 was a transition year for Sociological Methodology. In July of this year, I began taking over editorship of the journal from Ross (Rafe) Stolzenberg of the University of Chicago. Shortly after that, Rafe’s final issue was released, volume 36, a fascinating collection of articles that includes, in Rafe’s own words, “something to interest nearly every practitioner and reader of contemporary social science research.” We are all grateful to Rafe for his superb editorial work in producing five volumes of Sociological Methodology.

Our own office began processing manuscripts at the beginning of July. Our editorial staff at the University of Michigan includes myself, our managing editor, Cindy Glovinsky, and two graduate student editorial assistants, Debra Hevenstone and Haiyan Zhu. Although we were extremely busy for several months unpacking and organizing materials that the previous office sent to us and we were all new it this, we managed to continue the process of reviewing manuscripts with almost no break in the flow, thanks mainly to Rafe and his able managing editor, Ray Weathers, who met with us and showed us the ropes. We appreciate the patience of contributors who experienced the effects of our inexperience during this transition – files that we occasionally forgot to attach and such.

During 2006, Sociological Methodologyreceived a total of 19 new manuscripts. Of these plus six manuscripts carried over from 2005, eight have thus far been accepted for volume 37. We believe that all articles we received were fairly and thoroughly reviewed and expect that volume 37 will be released on time.

One decision we made when we opened our editorial office was to do the bulk of our correspondence with authors, reviewers, copy editor, and publisher online, and we believe this has led to a significant decrease in editorial lag time, which now averages approximately 10 weeks, and has also saved ASA a signifi–cant amount of money previously spent on mailing costs. We have also set up a website that provides prospective authors with editorial guidelines at

Yu Xie, Incoming Editor

Sociological Theory

We are very pleased with the content and form of the journal over the past year. We feel that the articles published are of extraordinary high–quality, covering a wide range of issues of concern to the development of sociological theory. We have attempted to balance the articles published to match the many trends and tendencies which compose contemporary theory. At the same time we are additionally very happy with the internal workings of our editorial board. In this our second go–round as a collective of four editors we have not established a well working routine, but also a very lively internal intellectual discussion concerning the range and quality of the articles submitted. We hope our readers will agree that this is reflected in the quality and content of the articles we published. Much of this of course is due to the valiant efforts of our managing editor, Jason Mast. We are also supported by a diligent crew of reviewers, who not only have submitted valuable comments when asked, but also have helped in recruiting others to assist in that task. The only negative note of the year came when we were denied our request to increase our allotted pages. This is unfortunate, as it will mean that some deserving articles will go unpublished. In all though, it has been a very successful year for Sociological Theory.

Julia Adams, Jeffrey Alexander, Ron Eyerman, and Philip Gorski, Editors

Sociology of Education

This year Sociology of Education begins its 44th year as an ASA journal of empirical studies focusing on sociological questions in education. We continue to increase the number of manuscripts submitted, resulting in a six percent increase from 2005. The total number of manuscripts received in 2006 exceeds the number of manuscripts the journal has received every year for the past ten years. We recently were given a one –year 40 page increase for 2007 that will become permanent providing the number of submissions continues to grow and our turn around time on manuscript decisions continues to decline.

We have continued to broaden the scope of sociology of education and actively pursue scholars in the United States and abroad who are interested in studying global questions in education. For the past five issues we have included at least one article that addresses education from a global perspective.

There have been several organizational changes at the journal. During 2006 the deputy editor, Rubén Rumbaut was elected to join the Council of the American Sociological Association and under association guidelines is no longer eligible to serve as deputy editor. I have been extremely fortunate, that John Robert Warren of the University of Minnesota has been approved as the journal’s new deputy editor. Professor Warren is a recognized scholar in the field of sociology of education and has published widely in a number of journals including the American Sociological Review and Sociology of Education. He and has been a great asset to our team, and has been centrally involved in determining several editorial decisions.

Manuscript flow. This report covers the manuscript activity of the journal from January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2006. The total number of manuscripts submitted during the 2006 calendar year was 179, with 40 percent being invited as revise and resubmit manuscripts. Of these, 83 were rejected after review and only two were rejected without review. All accepted manuscripts have been drawn from resubmissions, and this is reflected in the 2006 acceptance figures: 22 resubmitted manuscripts were either accepted outright or accepted pending minor revisions. During 2006 the journal review process averaged about 15 weeks with a production lag of about 4 months (this is the time it takes for an accepted manuscript to actually appear in the journal).

Editorial Board. The 2006 editorial board consisted of 23 members, of whom 14 were women, and 6 were members of racial/ ethnic minority groups. In December of 2006, over half of the board rotated off. Serving on an editorial board is a real service to the field, and we thank these members for their time and effort, they are: Sandra Acker, Kathryn Borman, Claudia Buchmann, Scott Davies, Elizabeth Higginbotham, Charles Hirschman, Patricia McDonough, Russell Rumberger, Alan Sadovnik, Regina Werum, and Yu Xie. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new editorial board members: Pamela Bennett, William Carbonaro, Wade Cole, Sara Goldrick–Rab, Joseph Hermanowicz, Charles Hirschman, Sylvia Hurtado, Douglas Lee Lauen, Samuel Lucas, Kelly Raley, Salvatore Saporito, Kathleen Shaw, Christopher Swanson, William Trent, and Julia Wrigley.

Acknowledgments. We thank Karen Edwards, the ASA publications director, and Wendy Almeleh, our managing editor, who continue to support and assist with the journal. For the past two years, Michelle Llosa has been the editorial assistant for the journal. She has been a tremendous help, managing the day–to day work of the journal including maintaining the journal’s files, overseeing its budget and expenses, and the key person who provides that important message of how many reviews are in, and when a decision will be made. Michelle is primarily responsible for placing the journal on Journal Builder, the electronic journal management system of the ASA. Because we are now on Journal Builder, the actual submission numbers, editorial decisions, and decision lag time are now visible and consistent with the other ASA journals in the system. There are two graduate students at Michigan State University who also have been extraordinarily helpful in the management of the journal. I would like to thank Timothy Ford and Nathan Jones for their efforts this past year.

A high–quality journal depends on careful and thoughtful peer review. Both Robert and I are asking our over–extended and busy colleagues to please review for the journal. We look forward to receiving your manuscripts and your reviews.

Manuscript submissions. Please send your manuscripts and reviews to the editor: Barbara Schneider, Michigan State University, College of Education, 516 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824. Any correspondence regarding the journal should be sent to:

Barbara Schneider, Editor

Teaching Sociology

Manuscript Trends: In 2006, 129 manuscripts were considered; of these, 75 were new manuscripts. The number of new manuscripts processed was lower than that for the previous year (98) and represents a 10–year low (see table). Although it is impossible to know what factors account for the decline, I suspect there are two related to developments in the area of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) that are important. First, there has been a tremendous growth in SoTL journals in the past several years (by one count, there were 23 general SoTL and 57 discipline–specific journals in 2007; see for a listing). In the past, options were more limited for sociologists publishing in SoTL and hence, some of the decline may be due to scholars diversifying their outlets.

A second factor that may account for the decline in submissions is related to the present requirement that more extensive or sophisticated assessment data be included when presenting a new exercise, strategy or approach. Before SoTL took shape, it was common for manuscripts to appear in the pages of Teaching Sociology and other SoTL journals purporting “I tried this exercise and liked it,” but lacking solid evidence that the method was actually effective in helping students learn. (Chin has documented that papers published in Teaching Sociologybetween 1984–99 were more likely to use some type of assessment, compared to those published between 1973–83, but most used a single, simple assessment measure. See Chin, Jeffrey. 2002. “Is there a scholarship of teaching and learning in Teaching Sociology? A look at papers from 1984–99.” TS 30:53–62.) Presently, the types and extent of assessment data used vary widely, but no article or note in TS is accepted for publication without evidence that the approach or exercise is effective in producing desired learning outcomes. Although this trend has produced higher quality manuscripts in terms of methodological rigor and has helped ensure that the proposed pedagogy is not simply appreciated by the instructor but also benefits students’ learning, it has probably had the unfortunate effect of stifling submissions of manuscripts that feature highly creative and innovative pedagogies. After all, some of the best teaching arises spontaneously in response to classroom dynamics and larger social forces, and these instructors probably didn’t have the foresight to conduct a pre–test of students’ prior knowledge or attitudes.

As the SoTL area matures, both in terms of number of outlets and standards, we might expect a decline in manuscripts submitted to a discipline–specific journal devoted to teaching. Such a decline should be short–lived, however, as the field grows and more sociologists—including those at research–oriented institutions––venture into SoTL research.

Consistent with the decline in manuscripts considered, the number of manuscripts accepted in 2006 was lower than in previous years. The acceptance rate was somewhat lower than the previous year and for 5 other years since 1997. However, the acceptance rate has hovered close to 20 percent over the past decade.

Special Issue and Themes: The January 2006 issue of TS was devoted to “Cultivating Quantitative Literacy.” Stephen Sweet (Ithaca College) and Kerry Strand (Hood College) served as guest editors of this special issue that features a variety of ways in which instructors can integrate data analysis into sociology courses.

The Application feature entered its second year with the April publication of Matthew Lee, Julia Wrigley, and Joanna Dreby’s paper describing ways to use Wrigley and Dreby’s ASR article on the safety of child care in undergraduate classrooms. A second application appearing in the July issue was written by Nancy Davis and Robert Robinson and explored ways to use their ASR article, “The egalitarian face of Islamic orthodoxy,” to enhance students’ moral reflection and global awareness. I hope to continue publishing Application pieces in the coming year that feature articles from ASR and other sociology journals.

Editorial Board: There were seven outgoing members of the editorial board in 2006: Jeanne Ballantine (Wright State University), Rachel Einwohner (Purdue University), Ed Kain (Southwestern University), Emily LaBeff (Midwestern State University), Kathleen McKinney (Illinois State University), Keith Roberts (Hanover College), and Prabha Unnithan (Colorado State University). I am extremely grateful for all the assistance and wisdom these board members provided during my first three–year term. Nine new members were appointed: Jeffrey Chin (LeMoyne College), Nancy Greenwood (Indiana University–Kokomo), Chigon Kim (Wright State University), Betsy Lucal (Indiana University South Bend), Patrick Moynihan (Fordham University), Laura Nichols (Santa Clara University), Anne Nurse (The College of Wooster), Matthew Oware (Depauw University), and Robyn Ryle (Hanover College).

The 2006 editorial board consisted of 28 members. Of these, 54 percent were women and 18 percent were racial/ethnic minorities. The board members also come from a variety of academic institutions, including small liberal arts colleges, research universities, a military academy and a community college.

Current Issues: In an attempt to make the submission and review process speedier and more efficient, TS switched to an electronic submission and review process in 2006. Although this process appears to have made things easier for authors, to our surprise and disappointment, it seems to be a deterrent for reviewers. When contacted via email by the managing editor requesting reviews, more and more potential reviewers decline the invitation to review or delete the message (we never hear back from many). In the past, when manuscripts appeared in one’s mailbox, it may have been more difficult to decline to review a manuscript in–hand and take the trouble to return it, or perhaps once reviewers took a quick peek at the manuscript, their curiosity was sparked. It has always been a challenge for editors to find reliable, consciousness reviewers; for this editor, this challenge has grown to include ways to most effectively use technology to improve the editorial process for all involved.

Liz Grauerholz, Editor