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The winners of the Sociology of Mental Health Awards were incorrectly listed in the November issue of Footnotes. The correct listing follows: Best Publication in Mental Health, Allan V. Horwitz, Rutgers University; Best Dissertation Award, Tami M. Videon, Montefiore Medical Center.

The affiliation of Ronald Lembo, Amherst College, was incorrectly listed in the September/October issue of Footnotes. He is a member of the 2005 Annual Meeting Program Committee.

The affiliations of William G. Staples, University of Kansas, and Clifford L. Staples, University of Kansas, winners of the 2003 Marxist Sociology Section Distinguished Book Award, were incorrectly cited in the November issue of Footnotes.

Call for Papers and Conferences

ASEAN Inter University Seminar on Social Development 6th Annual Conference, organized by the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (in collaboration with the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore and School of Social Development, Universiti Utara Malaysia) May 14-16, 2004, Penang. Theme: “Decentering Southeast Asia?” Submit abstracts by January 31, 2004. More information: and Contact: ASEAN Seminar Secretariat, National University of Singapore, Department of Sociology, AS1/03 10, 11 Arts Link, Singapore 117570; fax (65) 6777 9579.

Hate Crimes 2nd Annual Conference, February 26-28, 2004, Galleries of Justice: Museum of Law, Nottingham, UK. Theme: “Crime and Prejudice.” Papers are welcome on topics such as: defining “hate” crimes; taking “bias” and “prejudice.” Proposals of about 350 words should be submitted by December 16, 2003, to: SOLON, Nottingham Trent University, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU; e-mail Contact the conference organizers:;; or

The 3rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, June16-19, 2004, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. The following types of papers/abstracts/submissions for any of the listed areas are invited: research papers, abstracts, student papers, work-in-progress reports or proposals for future projects, and reports on issues related to teaching. There is a limit of two contributed submissions per lead author. Submission deadline: January 27, 2004. More information: E-mail abstract and/or paper to: Contact: Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, PO Box 75023, Honolulu, HI 96836; fax: (808) 947-2420. If you wish to be a session chair, please e-mail your request to and indicate the topic area in which you are interested.

31st Annual Western Anthropology/Sociology Undergraduate Research Conference, April 24, 2004, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA. Empirical, theoretical, and review papers are invited. Deadline: February 18, 2004. Contact: Anthropology/Sociology Department, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA 95053.

The Phi Beta Delta Honor 18th Annual International Conference, March 25-28, 2004, Washington, DC. Theme: “The World’s Shared Knowledge: Celebrating the Language of our World.” Submissions are invited for paper presentations, panels, and poster sessions. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted electronically in MS Word by December 15, 2003. Contact: Phi Beta Delta International Conference, c/o India Dennis, Capital University, Conservatory of Music, 2199 E. Main Street, Columbus, OH 43209-2394; fax (614) 236-6935; e-mail A limited number of stipends are available. Requests for stipends should be addressed to: Eileen Evans at

“Remaking Revolution” Conference, April 16-17, 2004, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY. This interdisciplinary conference invites intellectuals working within various theoretical traditions and social movements to consider the fate of political revolution in America, the advanced industrial West, and the world and to reflect on the related concepts of revolution and resistance in the contemporary context. Proposals are welcome for complete panels and individual papers. Proposals for each paper should include an abstract (300 words or less) and a brief curriculum vitae (one page). Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2004. Contact: Cedric Johnson, Department of Political Science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY 14456-3397; e-mail

Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) 54th Annual Meeting, August 13-15, 2004, Cathedral Hill Hotel, San Francisco, CA. Theme: “The Culture of Social Problems: Power, People, and History.” Proposals are invited in the form of complete papers, abstracts, or two-three page outlines. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2004. Contact: Mary Haught, Department of Sociology, 112 Piskor Building, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617; e-mail Questions should be directed to Program Co-Chairs: Stephen Pfohl, Boston College, (617) 552-4135, fax (617) 552-4283; e-mail and R. Danielle Egan, St. Lawrence University, (315) 229-5120; fax (315) 229-5830; e-mail When sending an email, place SSSP in the subject line.


Chicago Policy Review is soliciting submissions for Volume 8 with the theme, “Civil Liberties.” We welcome submissions that explore issues of law, immigration, education, the environment, healthcare, and international relations from practitioners in the private and public sector. The editors welcome research articles (quantitative or nonquantitative), essays, and book reviews. Submissions must be typed and double-spaced with endnotes. All citations and references should follow the author-date style as described in the Chicago Manual of Style. The author’s name, professional and/or academic affiliation and title, address, and telephone number must appear on the first page. Submissions must include a brief abstract (no more than one page, double-spaced) and a short biography of the author must appear on the last page. The deadline for submission is January 2, 2004. All work should be submitted on disk (Microsoft Word format is preferred) and in hard copy form or e-mailed. Contact: Chicago Policy Review, Room 013, Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, 1155 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637; (773) 834-0901; e-mail

Death, Dying, & Bioethics: A Teaching Resource Manual for Courses on the Sociology of Death. Call for submissions for revision of teaching manual in time for the 2004 Annual Meeting. Submit materials appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate courses dealing with death and dying including syllabi, exercises, projects, resources, bibliographies, etc. Send all submissions to: Gerry Cox, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 437J Carl Wimberly Hall, LaCrosse, WI 54601, e-mail

Management Science invites papers for a special issue on “Open Source Software.” Both theoretical and empirical research using quantitative or qualitative methods are welcome. All articles should have clear relevance to management practice. Authors should prepare their manuscripts according to Management Science guidelines. Papers should be submitted electronically by September 1, 2004, at On the first screen, authors should select “Special Issue” as their manuscript type and designate Georg von Krogh as the “Department Editor.” Contact: Georg von Krogh, University of St. Gallen Institute of Management, Dufourstrasse 48, CH-9010 St. Gallen, Switzerland; e-mail

Research in Social Problems and Public Policy seeks papers for Volume 13 on the organizational, institutional, and policy response to offenders with mental illness. Quantitative and qualitative research on organizational responses to “mentally ill offenders” as well as their responses to the institutional processes in their lives will be the basis of this volume and chart new directions for social policy in three areas of criminal justice processing: (1) pre-adjudication, (2) post adjudication, and (3) post-release. Please send double-spaced, 20 page manuscripts by April 30, 2004 to Stephanie Hartwell, Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts- Boston, Boston, MA 02125-3393; e-mail

Science and Technology in Society, a new series from the University of Wisconsin Press, is seeking submissions. The anchor for the series will be an annual edited volume that will explore contemporary issues in areas of science and technology that demand public discussion. Send inquiries to: Daniel Kleinman, Department of Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706; (608) 265-3289; fax (608) 262-6022; e-mail

Social Thought and Research (STAR), formerly Mid-American Review of Sociology, in connection with the Carroll Clark Lectureship at the University of Kansas, is inviting papers that explore the theme, “Sexuality and the Media.” Send three paper copies of your submission, one 3.5 inch disk, a $10-submission fee, and a self-addressed stamped envelope by January 16, 2004. Manuscripts must include an abstract. Send to: Social Thought and Research, University of Kansas, Department of Sociology, 716 Fraser Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045; e-mail or

Symbolic Interaction, the journal of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, invites manuscript submissions for a special issue on “Race and Symbolic Interaction.” We seek empirical and theoretical papers that consider Race (broadly defined) from a symbolic interactionist perspective. Manuscripts should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages of text, exclusive of references and footnotes. Submitted manuscripts will be subject to peer review. Selection criteria include the manuscript’s potential theoretical or empirical contributions and the fit of the manuscript with the overall theme of the issue. Deadline for submitting all manuscripts is July 1, 2004. Send manuscripts to Reuben A. Buford May, Department of Sociology, University of Georgia, Baldwin Hall 117, Athens, GA 30602-1611; e-mail

Teaching Resource Manual for Quantitative Research Methods is being put together by the George Washington University Department of Sociology. Research methods course syllabi, assignments, and projects are being sought, as well as any other research methods material that may be useful to instructors. Please send your material in hardcopy and on a floppy disk as a word document(s) to: Kevin Mulvey, The George Washington University, Department of Sociology, 801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall, Suite 409, Washington, DC 20052.


February 27, 2004, New Scholars Conference in Citizenship Studies, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. Contact: Marc Kruman, Director, Center for the Study of Citizenship, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI;

March 26-28, 2004, Rock Ethics Institute, Penn State University. Theme: “The Ethics and Epistemologies of Ignorance.” Contact: Shannon Sullivan and Nancy Tuana, Rock Ethics Institute, 240 Sparks Bldg., Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802; fax (814) 865-0119; e-mail

April 15-18, 2004, Midwest Political Science Association 2004 National Conference, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL. Contact: For more information, visit

May 5-9, 2004, Cultural Studies Association 2nd Annual Conference, Northeastern University, Boston, MA. Contact:

May 18-20, 2004, Washburn University Conference, Topeka, KS. Theme: “Telling the Story: Narrating Brown v. Board.” Contact: Cheryl Childers, Director, Center for Diversity Studies, Department of Sociology, Washburn University, 1700 SW College Ave., Topeka, KS 66621; e-mail

May 23-26, 2005, International Conference to Commemorate C. Gini and M. O. Lorenz Centenary Scientific Research, The University of Siena, Italy. Themes: Income and Wealth Distributions, Lorenz Curve, Human Capital, Inequality and Poverty. Contact: C.R.I.D.I.R.E.-Department of Quantitative Methods, Piazza San Francesco 8 - 53100 Siena, Italy; (+39) 0577 298603; fax (+39) 0577 298626; e-mail

May 29-31, 2004, Social Stress Research, Ninth International Conference, Le Centre Sheraton Hotel, Montreal, Canada. Contact: Catherine Moran, Conference Coordinator, Department of Sociology, Horton Social Science Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824; e-mail

June 3-5, 2004, Conference on Esoteric Religious Traditions, Michigan State University. Theme: “Esotericism: From Europe to North America.” Contact: ASE, c/o Esoterica, 235 Bessey Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.

June 11-13, 2004, International Sociological Association 28th Conference on Sociotechnics/Sociological Practice, Molyvos, Greece. Theme: “Social Capital and Social Transformations in the Age of Glocalization.” Contact: George Tsobanoglou at

August 15-16, 2004, International Coalition Against Sexual Harassment (ICASH) 11th Conference, Cathedral Hill Hotel, San Francisco, CA. Theme: “Academic and Workplace Sexual Harassment: Prospects for Social, Legal, and Political Change.” Contact Co-Chairs Michele Paludi ( or Carmen Paludi ( /~pms/icash.html.


The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is accepting applications for research grants awarded to investigators conducting clinical, biological, or psychosocial research on the problem of suicide. AFSP grants are awarded for one or two-year periods, and for up to three years for research fellowships. Visit for more information.

The Center for Democracy and the Third Sector (CDATS) at Georgetown University is pleased to announce the second annual visiting faculty fellowship competition for the 2004-2005 academic year. Fellowships will provide support for scholars, researchers, and specialists with experience equivalent to a PhD to pursue research on all aspects of the relationship between, and interactions among, democratic governance and the third sector. The third sector encompasses those parts of civil society that are neither government nor business, including associations, non-governmental organizations, non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, citizen groups, and social and cultural movements. CDATS invites applications from post-doctoral scholars in the social sciences at any career stage. The deadline for receipt of applications is January 15, 2004. For further information and to download an application:

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy is inviting applications for research grants in the social sciences. Five to six grants are granted each year ranging for $2,000-$5,000. Preference will be given to projects that deal with contemporary issues in the social sciences or issues of policy relevance and to scholars in the initial stages of work. Interested parties should obtain an application from the Foundation or its website and return it along with a letter stating their research purpose, simple budget, curriculum vita, and names of two individuals who will submit letters supporting their proposal. Send letters of support directly to the Foundation. The submission deadline is December 31, 2003. Awards will be announced on or around May 1, 2004. Contact: 2003 Awards, Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, PO Box 7, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553-0007.

The Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS) offers five grants (EUR 1,000 per month) for fellowships at the IAS-STS in Graz, Austria, starting October 1, 2004 and ending June 30, 2005. The IAS-STS promotes the interdisciplinary investigation of the links and interactions among science, technology, and society as well as research on the development and implementation of socially and environmentally sound technologies. The grants of the 2004-2005 fellowship program are dedicated to projects investigating: (1) Gender-Technology-Environment; (2) Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Genome Research and Biotechnology; and (3) Technology Studies and Sustainability. Closing date for applications: January 15, 2004. Contact: Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS), Attn. Guenter Getzinger, Kopernikusgasse 9, A-8010 Graz, Austria; e-mail

The Institute of Education Sciences announces four research grant competitions for 2004: Cognition and Student Learning Research Grants, Reading Comprehension and Reading Scale-up Research Grants, Teacher Quality Research Grants, and Mathematics and Science Education Research Grants. Information regarding program and application requirements for each of the competitions listed above is contained in the Request for Applications (RFA) at the following website:

The National Academies’ Fellowship Office announces a new competition for the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Urban Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The program offers $55,000 in research funding over a 15-month period. Applicants must be recent PhD recipients who propose research in fields of interest to HUD, including sociology. Full details are available online at

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is currently accepting applications for research grants. NICHD is particularly interested in interdisciplinary research projects examining mind/body interactions that influence child health and development, population processes and reproduction, and disability and rehabilitation in children and young adults. Applications must be prepared using the PHS 398 research grant application instructions and forms available at Direct inquiries regarding research interests and topics relevant to NICHD to: V. Jeffery Evans, Director, Intergenerational Research Program, Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 8B07, MSC 7510, Bethesda, MD 20892-7510; (301) 496-1176; fax (301) 496-0962; e-mail

The National Institutes of Health invite applications for Interdisciplinary Health Research Training: Behavior, Environment and Biology. This institutional, postdoctoral National Research Training Award (NRSA) will support the establishment of programs that provide formal coursework and research training in a new interdisciplinary field to individuals holding advanced degrees in a different discipline. These training programs are required to include a behavioral or social science discipline, and we are especially interested in programs that integrate the behavioral and/or social sciences with the more traditional biomedical sciences. We encourage the development of programs that accept postdoctoral trainees with varied research backgrounds, provide multiple tracks of research training that enhance each trainee’s development of new, interdisciplinary knowledge and skills, while supporting opportunities for trainee interaction and research integration across the research tracks. Contact: Nancy L Desmond, National Institute of Mental Health, Division of Neuroscience & Basic Behavioral Science, 6001 Executive Blvd., Room 7197, MSC 9645, Bethesda, MD 20892-9645; (301) 443-3563; fax (301) 443-1731; e-mail RFA Number: RFA-MH-04-007. Letter of intent receipt date: February 11, 2004. Application receipt date: March 11, 2004.

The Society for Research in Child Development is offering Policy Fellowships for 2004-2005. Policy Fellows work as “resident scholars” at the interface of science and policy. The goals of these fellowships are: (1) to contribute to the effective use of scientific knowledge in developing public policy, (2) to educate the scientific community about the development of public policy, and (3) to establish a more effective liaison between scientists and the federal policy-making mechanisms. Both early and mid-career professionals are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is December 15. For more information and application instructions, call (202) 336- 5926 or visit

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) is recruiting applications for the 2004 Minority Scholarship. Persons accepted into an accredited doctoral program in any one of the Social and/or Behavioral Sciences are invited to apply for the $10,000 Minority Scholarship. Deadline for submission is March 15, 2004. Visit for an application or contact Michele Koontz, Administrative Officer: (865) 689-1531; e-mail Completed applications should be forwarded to Teresa Scheid, Chair. Full address is contained in the application form.

University of California-San Francisco Center for AIDS Prevention Studies is accepting applications for researchers for the Collaborative HIV-Prevention Research in Minority Communities Program sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The purpose of project is to increase the numbers of ethnic minority group members among principal investigators at NIH, CDC, and other equivalent agencies. Investigators from the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies collaborate with scientists to develop an ethnic minority-focused HIV prevention research project. Participants will: (1) receive mentoring and $25,000 to conduct preliminary research; (2) spend six weeks in San Francisco for three consecutive summers; and (3) receive a monthly stipend for living expenses and roundtrip airfare to San Francisco each summer. Applicants should be scientists/researchers in tenure track positions and investigators in research institutes who have not yet obtained RO1 funding from the NIH or an equivalent agency. Application deadline: January 15, 2004. For more information and an application, visit Contact: Barbara Marín, Program Director, UCSF-Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, 74 New Montgomery, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94105; (415) 597-9162; fax (415) 597-9213; e-mail

In the News

Surendra Bir Adhikari, Ohio Tobacco Use Prevention & Control Foundation, was quoted in the September 10-27th issue of Nuestro Ohio Latino Newspaper, in an article on how the Foundation has implemented culturally appropriate smoking cessation programs and Quitline for diverse ethnicities including Hispanic Americans.

David Bartram, University of Reading, was quoted in a Jerusalem Post op-ed piece, September 17 (reprinted in the New York Post, September 18, 2003), regarding Campus Watch.

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Texas A&M University, was interviewed by Harry Allen, host of “Nonfiction” (WBAI-NY), about his new book Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States, on October 10.

Diane R. Brown, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, was quoted in the October 11 Star-Ledger about reducing racial/ethnic disparities in cancer treatment.

James Burk, Texas A&M University, was quoted in the November 2 Washington Post about his research on the public reaction to combat deaths.

Dan Clawson, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, was quoted in an October 3 Guardian article about illegal and legal immigrants as Freedom Riders for immigrant rights.

Mathieu Deflem, University of South Carolina, was quoted in an article on the consumer policies of Wal-Mart, in Playboy magazine, November issue.

Peter Drier, Occidental College, co-wrote an article with Kelly Candaele in the October 23 The Nation, about the Los Angeles grocery workers’ strikes. He wrote an op-ed in the October 6 USA Today about the Bush administration policy requiring public housing residents to perform community service and also co-authored an article in the May/June Shelterforce about the grassroots community-organizing group, ACORN. He was also quoted and interviewed in various media outlets from June to August, including the New York Times, Dollars and Sense, Washington Post, Contra Costa Times, and KTAR radio, an ABC affiliate in Phoenix.

David Gibson, Harvard University, was featured as an expert in the network analysis of face-to-face encounters in the November 2 New York Times magazine.

Sharon Hays, University of Virginia, wrote an article in the October 17 Chronicle of Higher Education on welfare reform.

William B. Helmreich, City University of New York, was quoted in the November 2 Washington Post about a reunion of Holocaust survivors gathering at the Washington, DC Holocaust Museum.

Cedric Herring, University of Illinois-Chicago, and Earl Smith, Wake Forest University, were quoted extensively in an October 9 Winston-Salem Chronicle story about skin tone inequality and colorism among African Americans. In addition, Herring was a featured guest on Chicago’s WUPC-TV to discuss skin tone inequality, colorism, and other issues growing out of his new book (with Verna Keith and Hayward Derrick Horton), Skin Deep: How Race and Color Matter in the “Color-Blind” Era.

Richard Ingersoll, University of Pennsylvania, was quoted in an October 7 Christian Science Monitor article about his research on some of the reasons teachers leave the profession.

Philip Kasinitz, CUNY-Graduate Center, was quoted in an article on transnational politics in the Haitian Times, October 1.

Akil Kokayi Khalfani, University of Pennsylvania, was quoted in a September 17 Associated Press newswire article about California transplants discussing the recall election.

Jerry M. Lewis, Kent State University, was quoted in an October 18 Cleveland Plain Dealer article about the NCAA leaving policies on crowd control up to schools.

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Harvard University, was interviewed on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on October 15 regarding the importance of parent-teacher conferences.

Sara McLanahan, Princeton University, had her research reported in an October 21 Salt Lake Tribune article on childbirth.

Tamara Mix and Sine Anahita, both of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, were guests on KSUA (College, Alaska) about the Columbus Day Teach-in event they organized and about Columbus Day issues in general.

Charles Moskos, Northwestern University, was quoted in the November 2 Washington Post about his work polling troops on morale.

Lisa D. Pearce, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was quoted in a June 15 Washington Times article on organized religion and American family life.

Eric Popkin, Colorado College, was quoted in the November 2 Denver Post about the Guatemalan elections.

Harriet B. Presser, University of Maryland-College Park, was a guest on the “Kojo Nnamdi Show” on WAMU National Public Radio on October 22, 2003, discussing sleep deprivation among Americans.

Barbara Risman, North Carolina State University, and David Popenoe, Rutgers University, were quoted in an October 19 Salt Lake Tribune article on the state of marriage and the changing views about marriage.

Kirby D. Schroeder, University of Chicago, appeared in the October issue of The Washington Monthly in ”Hard Corps” about Cadets, sexual assault, and institutionalized masculinity.

Judith Stacey, New York University, was quoted in an October 18 Toronto Star article on children in lesbian and gay families.

Toni T. Watt, Texas State University, was quoted about her October 2003 Sociology of Education article on the link between students’ emotional health and types of schools they attend on the Education Week website on October 29. The same article was featured in the October 22 USA Today.


International Sociological Association. Fourth Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists. Open to all sociologists under 35 years of age. Winners will be invited to participate in the XVI World Congress of Sociology, which will take place in Durban, South Africa, in July 2006. The winners’ papers will be considered for publication in the ISA’s journal International Sociology. For more information, see

The editors of Law and Social Inquiry are pleased to announce a competition for the best journal-length paper in the field of sociolegal studies written by a graduate student. The winning paper will be published in Law and Social Inquiry and the author will receive a cash prize of $500. The author must be a graduate or law student at the time of submission. Entries must be received by March 1, 2004. Contact: The Editors, Law and Social Inquiry, American Bar Foundation, 750 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611; (312) 988-6517; e-mail

The North Central Sociological Association Teaching Committee is now calling for nominations (and renominations) for the 2004 Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award. This award may be given to an individual, a department, a program, or an institution. Individuals nominated for the award must be a member of the North Central Sociological Association. Departments, programs, or institutions nominated for the award must be located in the North Central Sociological Association region. The principal criterion for the award is excellence in some activity enhancing the teaching of sociology for the North Central Sociological Association or within the North Central region. Nominations should include a letter of nomination outlining reasons for the nomination, a vita and/or a listing of activities that have fostered better teaching of sociology, and documents supporting the nomination. The deadline for nominations is January 31, 2004. Send nominations or address questions to: Leslie T. C. Wang, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, University of Toledo, 2801 West Bancroft Street, Toledo, OH 43606; (419) 530-4076; fax (419) 530-8406; e-mail

Members' New Books

Ivar Berg, University of Pennsylvania, Education and Jobs: The Great Training Robbery. (Percheron Press, Eliot Warner Publication, 1970; 2003).

Dana M. Britton, Kansas State University, At Work in the Iron Cage: The Prison as Gendered Organization (New York University Press, 2003).

Daniel B. Cornfield and Holly J. McCammon, Vanderbilt University, (editors) Labor Revitalization: Global Perspectives and New Initiatives, Vol. 11, Research in the Sociology of Work (Elsevier Press, 2003).

William W. Falk, University of Maryland-College Park, Michael D. Schulman, North Carolina State University, and Ann R. Tickamyer, Ohio University, (editors) Communities of Work: Rural Restructuring in Local and Global Contexts (Ohio University Press, 2003).

Thomas J. Fararo University of Pittsburgh, and Kenji Kosaka, Generating Images of Stratification: A Formal Theory (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003).

Josef Gugler, University of Connecticut, World Cities Beyond the West: Globalization, Development and Inequality (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Daniel Kleinman, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Impure Cultures: University Biology and the World of Commerce (University of Wisconsin Press, 2003).

Olaf F. Larson, Cornell University, and Julie N. Zimmerman, University of Kentucky, Sociology in Government: The Galpin-Taylor Years in the U.S. Department of Agriculture 1919-1953 (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2003).

Duane A. Matcha, Siena College, Health Care Systems of the Developed World: How the United States’ System Remains an Outlier (Praeger, 2003).

Robert Mark Silverman, State University of New York-Buffalo, Community-Based Organizations: The Intersection of Social Capital and Local Context in Contemporary American Society (Wayne State University Press, 2004).

Karen Sternheimer, University of Southern California, It’s Not the Media: The Truth About Pop Culture’s Influence on Children (Westview Press, 2003).

A. Javier Trevino, Wheaton College, Goffman’s Legacy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003).


Michael Burawoy, University of California-Berkeley and ASA President, visited several state sociological associations this fall: Wisconsin Sociological Association, Sociologists of Minnesota, Pennsylvania Sociological Association, Georgia Sociological Association, and California Sociological Association, with the North Carolina Sociological Association on the docket for spring. He is speaking about Public Sociologies and seeking feedback from those state association members.

Velmer Burton, Jr., is the new Chancellor at the University of Minnesota-Crookston.

Thomas Dietz has been appointed Director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program, Professor of Sociology and Crop and Soil Science, and Associate Dean in the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Natural Science and Social Sciences, all at Michigan State University.

Susan Halebsky Dimock, 2003 ASA Congressional Fellow, will be starting a new position at the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health.

Linda Kalof has been appointed Professor of Sociology and Resource Development at Michigan State University.

Satoshi Kanazawa is now Lecturer of Management and Research Methodology at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Peter Kivisto, Augustana College, is the new editor of Sociological Quarterly.

Phyllis Moen has been elected as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow.

Havidán Rodriguez, University of Delaware, former director of the Minority Affairs Program of the ASA, was on an Integrated Data Analysis project retreat on October 20.

Rose Weitz, Arizona State University, is officially moving from the Sociology department to the Women’s Studies Program. She will remain an affiliated faculty member in Sociology.

Other Organizations

The Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California-Berkeley invites applications for visiting scholars for 2004-05. The Center fosters empirical research and theoretical analysis concerning legal institutions, legal processes, legal change, and the social consequences of law through a multidisciplinary milieu with a faculty of distinguished socio-legal scholars. The Center will consider applications for varying time periods, from a one-month duration to the full academic year. Applications should be sent to: Visiting Scholars Program, Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-2150; e-mail, by February 1, 2004. Inquiries to the Director, Robert A. Kagan,; or the Associate Director, Rosann Greenspan, Please note that the Center cannot offer stipends or other financial assistance.

The Central European University Nationalism Studies Program announces a call for applications for MA, PhD, and DSP studies. The aim of the program is to engage students in empirical and theoretical study of issues of nationalism, self-determination, problems of state formation, ethnic conflict, minority protection and the related theme of globalization. The deadline for application is January 5, 2004. For more information visit Contact: Szabolcs Pogonyi, Program Coordinator, CEU Nationalism Studies, Nador u. 9. FT Room 205, 1051 Budapest, Hungary; +36 1 3273000/2086; fax +36 1 2356102; e-mail

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) has begun its search for the next editor of Social Problems. The Editor’s three-year term starts with operation of the new editorial office at mid-year 2005 and assumption of responsibility for editing Volumes 53-55 (years 2006-2008). The SSSP seeks an individual with a distinguished scholarly record, previous editorial experience (i.e., service as a journal editor or associate editor), strong organizational and management skills, the ability to work well with others, and a familiarity with and commitment to Social Problems. A full description of desired qualifications and the application process is posted on our website Deadline for initial nominations and inquiries: January 1, 2004. Contact: Leon Anderson, Chair, SSSP Editorial and Publications Committee, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701; (740) 593-1377, fax (740) 593-1365; e-mail

Sociologists Without Borders is a Spanish NGO that was founded with the intention of putting its professional skills in the service of the democratization and well-being of groups and citizens who lack tools of measurement or interpretation of their circumstances. Sociologists Without Borders supports the right to “peaceful meddling” and opposes States’ practices that advance their own sovereignty but diminish the human rights of their citizens. There are members in the United States and several European, Asian, and Latin American countries. The U.S. chapter sponsored an “other groups” session at the 2003 ASA meeting and plans additional meetings and conferences. Membership dues support European and American students to work in Nairobi, Kenya. The dues structure is: Friends, $60; Members, $30; Students, $15; and sociologists from poor countries, $0. For further information, U.S. sociologists should contact Judith Blau, Non-U.S. sociologists should contact Alberto Moncada,


Karin Aguilar-San Juan, Macalester College, and Mignon R. Moore, Columbia University, were awarded the 2003-2004 Junior Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

Ron Aminzade and Erik Larson received an award from the ASA Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline to fund their research on “Redressing Racial Inequalities: Neoliberalism, Globalization, and the Politics of Indigenization.”

Michael Burawoy, University of California-Berkeley and ASA President, received the Distinguished Sociologist Award from the Pennsylvania Sociological Society in November.

Megan Henly, Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland, received the 2003 James W. Prothro Student Paper Award, which recognizes excellence in student-authored research related to public opinion.

Carla Howery, ASA Deputy Executive Director, received the George K. Floro Award for Distinguished Service to the Wisconsin Sociological Association and the Lester Frank Ward Award from the Society for Applied Sociology.

Jeylan Mortimer, University of Minnesota, was awarded the Dean’s Medal of that university for her excellence in scholarship and creative activity.

Gregory L. Weiss, Roanoke College, won the college’s 2003 Professional Achievement Award.


Sue Dynes, wife of former ASA Executive Officer Russell R. Dynes, died in November.

Ruth Simms Hamilton, Michigan State University, was killed at her home on November 11.


Richard Harvey Brown

Richard was born on Mother’s day, May 12, 1940, in New York City as the second of four children. When he was five years old, the Brown family moved across the country to California.

After graduating John Marshall High School in Los Angeles, Richard studied Sociology and Social Institutions at the University of California-Berkeley. He then returned to New York where he spent three years studying Chinese language and Chinese and Japanese history at Columbia’s East Asian institute before taking an MA in sociology.

Richard had a passion for social activism that led him to a career in development. In the mid-1960s he worked for the Community Development Foundation in Latin America. Later, he returned to New York to work as assistant commissioner of the largest anti-poverty program in the United States. But Richard found that his commitment to social change and ideals of hands-on activism conflicted with the reality of liberal social reform policy. He left the government sector and took a PhD in sociology from the University of California-San Diego.

He became a member of the Sociology Department at the University of Maryland-College Park in 1975. Reflecting his broad interests, Richard was also an Affiliate Professor in the departments of Comparative Literature, Latin American Studies, American Studies, and Speech Communication.

In his first book, A Poetic for Sociology (1977), Richard proposed a theory of “symbolic realism,” which sought to overcome the impasse between “subjectivist” and “objectivist” theories of knowledge in the social sciences. He relied upon the idea of “cognitive aesthetics” to show how concepts traditionally employed in the study of literature (e.g., point of view, metaphor, irony) could be used to understand the logic and practice of sociology. This work, then, signaled a turn toward language and discourse as a starting point for sociological analysis.

In Society as Text (1987) Richard further developed the rhetorical approach to sociology. He held that both individual consciousness and social structure emerged from discursive practice. In these essays Richard not only elaborated the theoretical grounding for a rhetorical sociology, but he also showed how this approach could be used to address a range of traditional sociological problems including inter-class communication, the formation of selfhood, and the political and discursive character of social science research.

Richard explored the political and moral implications of the rhetorical construction of scientific truths in Social Science as Civic Discourse (1989) and Toward a Democratic Science (1998). Weighing in on the “science wars,” he sought to replace the positivist account of knowledge as empirically deduced truth with an appreciation of science as discursive construct. Understanding knowledge production in this way suggested that scientific inquiry could be re-oriented around inclusive dialogues and socially responsible rhetorics that addressed important social issues rather than technical ones.

In recent years, Richard trained his eyes on the political and cultural consequences of globalization. His research described the manner in which identities have been reshaped in response to the forces of global capitalism and explored the possibility of democratic political action at the transnational level. He organized a successful conference, Globalizations 2002, which drew a number of well-known scholars to campus. He was finishing a manuscript on the changing American political, economic, and cultural scene, titled America in Transit, and an edited volume titled The Politics of Selfhood: Bodies and Identities in Global Capitalism (published in November by Minnesota University Press).

Richard also traveled widely. He had guest lectureships in China in 1998, in Tehran in 1998, and in Bogotá, Colombia in 2000. He also traveled to the University of Silesia in Poland in May 2003 to attend a conference and receive a festschrift on his work.

To his students and colleagues, he was a tireless advocate for the development of new sociological tools for understanding our changing world. His seminars attracted an international crowd of graduate students from across campus. Committed to an ideal of free-flowing intellectual exchange, he left it to his students to decide the direction his seminars took and allowed them to select each meeting’s readings. Richard had a reputation for weaving together insights from sociological theory with anecdotes from his travels that he liked to call “data points.”

Richard continued to work on his manuscripts and meet with his students and colleagues nearly till the day of his death, even to the point of reminding some of the wayward to continue their intellectual journeys even though his was nearing its end. His perseverance and courage over the course of nearly two decades of life-threatening illnesses stand as a resplendent example of intellectual and spiritual stamina to all who knew him. While Richard’s death has left a profound void in the personal and intellectual lives of scholars at the University of Maryland and worldwide, we will remember—and only hope to emulate—his kindness, curiosity, courage, and commitment to scholarship.

James Murphy, George Ritzer, Jeffrey Stepnisky, and Todd Stillman, all at the University of Maryland

Ashakant Nimbark

Ashakant Nimbark, professor of sociology at Dowling College (NY), died on March 13, 2003, of a heart attack in his home in Oakdale, New York. He was 70. Kant was born in India and grew up in a poor, rural family in Gujarat, India. He was a precocious student as a young boy, and this aroused the envy and enmity of some of his upper caste peers. His boyhood experiences with caste discrimination led to a lifelong commitment to equality, and a determination to challenge oppressive authority figures. Kant was especially critical of organized religion, because he viewed its emphasis on the afterlife as a form of escapism. He strongly believed that human problems can, and should, be solved by humans themselves, in this world, rather than by passive acquiescence to divine will and a willingness to seek happiness only in an afterlife.

Kant earned his BA with honors from Gujarat University in 1958, after which he began graduate work at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Bombay. That same year he won an India-wide competition for a fellowship to Amherst College, receiving his graduate diploma there in 1959. He continued his graduate work at the University of California-Berkeley, and Fisk University. In 1969 he earned his PhD in sociology from the New School for Social Research in New York, where a Graduate Faculty Scholarship supported his studies.

Kant came to Dowling College, a private liberal arts college on the south shore of Long Island, in 1967 and built Dowling’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology. He was a teacher with seemingly boundless energy and enthusiasm. One of his many trademarks as both teacher and administrator was his continuous attention to the human dimensions of his work, and his rejection of the bureaucratic style so common in academia. He had a quirky sense of humor and he liked to make people laugh. He always viewed teaching as a pleasure and he persistently challenged his students to view learning as a joy. He praised far more than he criticized, and he lived the egalitarian ideals as a teacher that had always been his life’s mission.

Kant’s energy extended to his research as well. He was a tireless participant in conferences, presenting or chairing sessions at several conferences every year, both in America and in India. Mass media was one of his main research interests, and among his many honors was a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad award for study of the impact of television and videocassette recorders in rural and urban India, research he conducted in 1992-1993. Kant also spoke and wrote often about “desecularization,” the embracing of religion by many formerly secular Indian professionals upon their arrival in America. Consistent with his own staunch secular ideals, Kant was critical of desecularization, but he also sought to understand it. He viewed it as a form of ethnic nostalgia, promulgated by Indians homesick for the subcontinent and alarmed by perceived social looseness in America. For these Indian immigrants to America, religion creates a (false) sense of security and community in their new home.

Kant is survived by his three daughters, and by many family and friends, both in the United States and in India. For those who knew Kant well, he will be remembered for his energy and determination, his intelligence and idealism, and his enthusiasm and joy.

Martin Schoenhals, Dowling College

Steven Philip Schacht

After a five-year struggle with colon cancer, Steven Philip Schacht passed away on November 21 in the comfort of his home and surrounded by loved ones.

Steve was born December 30, 1960, in Chicago. His father was in the Air Force, and during this time, the family lived in South Carolina, England, and Arizona. In 1967, his father left the military to become a pilot at Northwest Airlines, and his family settled in Bloomington, Minnesota, where Steve spent his formative years enjoying the many outdoor and cultural activities of the area.

After graduating from Jefferson High School in Bloomington, he attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where he earned a BA (1985) and MA (1988) in sociology. He then went on to earn a PhD in sociology at Colorado State University-Fort Collins in 1990. He also taught various courses in sociology the entire five years he attended graduate school.

Upon graduation, Steve held a series of visiting professorships at Weber State University, Southwest Missouri State University, Western Washington University, Gonzaga University, and Montana State University. In 1998 he accepted a tenure-track position in sociology at Plattsburgh State University of New York (PSUNY), where he taught sociology and women’s studies courses until this past spring when he went on medical leave. PSUNY was a wonderful work environment for Steve and this past year he was granted tenure and promoted to full professor.

Steve was author and editor of five books and more than 30 journal articles and book chapters. Most of his research and writing explored issues of gender, sexuality, and oppression. A more detailed outline of his research and writing will be posted on his forthcoming webpage. Steve was also an avid urban gardener and farmer with many enjoying the fruits of his labors over the years.

While teaching at Montana State University, Steve met the love of his life and soul mate, Lisa Underwood. Months after they moved to New York, and were married, Steve was unexpectedly hospitalized and diagnosed with colon cancer. To offset the suffering of the many operations and treatments that Steve subsequently underwent, Lisa and he spent much of their free time exploring the New England area and traveling. One of the highlights of all their trips was being in Amsterdam for New Years 2000. Once Steve’s cancer was diagnosed as terminal, they decided to return to Helena so that they could be closer Lisa’s family and to provide a peaceful final destination for Steve. They purchased a house, and it was here that Steve felt like he was truly living in a home for the first time since leaving his parents’ house as a teenager.

Steve’s mother, Jaci, and maternal and paternal grandparents preceded him in death. He is survived by Lisa, his younger “brothers”/stepsons Nik Crighton and Andy Merrick, Suzy and Dennis Underwood (Lisa’s parents), Lisa’s large extended family that resides in the Helena area, his father Phil and stepmother Sue Schacht (Spruce Creek, FL), his brother Jim Schacht (Bloomington, MN), a stepbrother Judd Greenagel (Minneapolis, MN), stepsisters Amy Duder (Tampa, FL) and Erin Mastrovito (Raleigh, NC), his feline companions of over 16 years, Rudy and Cleo, and his canine walking companions of over 12 years, Robin and Winston.

Steve felt truly blessed for all the wonderful friends and experiences he had during his life. Although he endured many hardships from his cancer during the past five years, this time was also a gift for him, as it was spent forging an emotional and spiritual bond with Lisa that he had never previously experienced and that words are inadequate to fully describe.

At times like this it is often tempting to focus on what is lost when it is ultimately what is given that matters most. Steve would want all his family and friends to ultimately celebrate his life and the time he spent with them or, as he often liked to say, cheers to the possibilities instead of the limitations of life!

Steve requested that all memorials be sent to:, c/o Lisa Underwood, 307 Geddis Street, Helena, MT 59601.

Steven Schacht

Ruth Hill Useem
( - 2003)
Ruth Hill Useem died September 10, 2003, at home in East Lansing, Michigan. She was 88. Professor emerita of sociology and education at Michigan State University she taught there from 1952-85, following appointments at the University of Wisconsin and Queens College, New York City. Among the pioneers of global sociology, sociologies of childhood and international science, and second-wave feminism, her work focused on how individuals construct self identities in situations of change and conflict.

Ruth was best known for introducing the concept “third culture kid” (TCK) to describe children growing up outside their citizenship countries because of a parent’s work abroad. She helped millions of TCKs who often see themselves as unique, at home everywhere and nowhere, understand that they are part of a larger, non-traditional, culture and community. She directed research on TCKs and their education, expanding this knowledge with interviews and observations conducted while consulting at international schools in 40 countries. She was involved in a study of adult TCKs until her death.

Her interest in, and love for, TCKs grew out of research Ruth did with her husband and collaborator, John Useem, on changing cultures and culture contact among the Rosebud Sioux (her dissertation), Western educated Indians in India, Americans working in India, and scientists in the Philippines. They theorized that a “third culture” is created by those engaged in relating nation states or segments thereof. While studying men in the third culture Ruth was also an expatriate wife and mother. This, and her concern for those overlooked, drew her attention to families accompanying third culture employees, especially children raised in third cultures.

Ruth’s activism as a second-wave feminist also reflected her personal biography and commitment to the marginalized. She was the only female sociology-anthropology graduate student at the University of Wisconsin (PhD, 1947) and was, for a time, relegated to consultant and adjunct positions because of nepotism rules. She challenged existing gender roles in publications and consulting, and excelled as mentor and role model. Women recall that seeing her pregnant and professional at meetings in the 1940s empowered them. In addition to encouraging students, she brought graduate students’ wives to her home for discussions to help them understand their husbands’ academic lives.

Committed to communities of scholars, Ruth was a leader in many professional organizations. She was instrumental in founding ASA’s sections on world sociology, world conflict, and the sociology of children and served on ASA’s Council. In the North Central Sociological Association she was President, Vice President, and council member. Other organizational involvement centered primarily on intercultural or women’s issues.

Ruth’s greatest legacy may be her personal influence on students, colleagues, and TCKs. She embraced, challenged, and encouraged those who came into her world; creating the feeling of an extended family. Integrating the personal and the professional, she regularly invited this intellectual family into her home for stimulating, wide-ranging exchanges around tables in the dining and living room, both piled high with papers and the latest books, ever inviting new explorations.

Ruth is survived by sons Michael, Howard, and Bert, their wives, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. For more details on Ruth’s accomplishments, see

Ann Cottrell, San Diego State University

New Programs

The Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science (CSISS) is pleased to announce its new program, Spatial Perspectives on Analysis for Curriculum Enhancement (SPACE). SPACE is oriented toward the professional development of undergraduate-level instructors in the social sciences. It is eligible for three years of support totaling $1.4 million through the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education’s program for Course, Curriculum & Laboratory Improvement National Dissemination. SPACE seeks to disseminate tools and concepts for spatial thinking to individuals responsible for developing undergraduate curricula in the social sciences. SPACE will be centered on a series of one- and two-week-long professional development workshops. The program will also offer short orientation workshops at conferences and meetings of various social science academic societies. Additionally, the SPACE website will feature an extensive set of resources for instructors interested in introducing courses or course modules on spatial analysis that will enable instructors to establish support networks and discuss issues regarding pedagogy. For details on how to participate and other information, visit Contact: Don Janelle, (805) 893-5267; fax (805) 893-8617; e-mail

University of Michigan is now accepting applications for its interdepartmental PhD Program in Sociology and Women’s Studies. This program draws on the Women’s Studies Program’s 30-year history and breadth of faculty expertise across the social sciences and humanities, and the Sociology Department’s long-standing record of excellence in training and scholarship. Application deadline: December 15, 2003. Contact: Anne Herrmann, Director of Graduate Studies, Women’s Studies (, or Karin Martin, Director of Graduate Studies, Sociology Department, c/o 1122 Lane Hall, 204 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290; (734) 763-2047; fax (734) 647-4943; e-mail Website: