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Community Building and Identity Formation in the African Diaspora, March 30-31 2007, Boston University African American Studies and African Studies Center. The African American Studies Program at Boston University invites paper proposals for a multi-disciplinary conference on the comparative study of community building and identity formation in the African Diaspora in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions. Organizers seek papers from a variety of approaches on the themes of community building and identity formation in diaspora, in a comparative and historical perspective. Send a 250-word abstract with a current curriculum vita to Christine Loken- Kim, Program Administrator, African American Studies, Boston University, 138 Mountfort Street, Brookline, MA 02446; email

International Symposium—A Changing Cuba in a Changing World, March 12-14, 2008, Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies, The Graduate Center–City University of New York. This international, interdisciplinary forum will gather scholars and other specialists to probe changes currently underway in economics, politics and policy models, civil society, art and literature, race relations, national identity and culture, as well as Cuba’s role in world affairs. Particular interest in attracting Cuba specialists from the Western Hemisphere, Europe, and elsewhere. Deadline for paper proposals or sessions: October 16, 2007. Send your proposals to: Cuba Project, The Bildner Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10016-4309; fax (212) 817-1540; email; and


ASA Sociology of Sexuality/ies Instructional Materials. Submit syllabi and other instructional materials for the new edition of the American Sociological Association publication The Sociology of Sexuality/ies: Syllabi and Other Instructional Materials. Materials may include, but are not limited to: complete syllabi from courses related to the sociology of sexuality/ies, course assignments, class activities, relevant film reviews, handouts, and any other written materials relevant to teaching courses in areas related to sexuality/ies. Submissions must be formatted using MS Word. References and notes should conform to the ASA Style Guide. Submit materials via email to Andrea Miller at Deadline: January 1, 2007.

Social Thought and Research, an interdisciplinary journal, invites papers that explore the themes of gender, migration, and their intersection with globalization; articles addressing international inequality and social fault lines; and papers that address issues related to field methodology and ethical concerns. More general papers covering other topics of sociological interest are also invited. Send one paper copy of your submission, one electronic version of the paper in MS Word format and a $10 submission fee (waived for students) to Social Thought and Research, University of Kansas, Department of Sociology, 716 Fraser Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045-2172. Deadline: February 1, 2007. Manuscripts must include a 200-word abstract and author contact information. For additional information, visit

Teaching the Sociology of Peace, War, and Military Institutions: A Curriculum Guide (4th Edition). A revision of the previous edition is urgently needed, in light of the events of September 11, 2001, and continued scholarship surrounding the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, and other places. The curriculum guide will consist of three sections: essays on best practices for teaching, syllabi and other instructional materials, and bibliographies and lists of websites. All syllabi should be accompanied and preceded by a 100-300 word description of your campus and the context in which the course is taught (e.g., type of school, size, level of the course, prerequisites, demographics of students, etc). Deadline for Submissions: December 15, 2006. Send specific materials to the following: Essays/Empirical Studies on Pedagogy of Peace, War, or the Military Institution, Morten G. Ender, Sociology Program Director, Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership, Thayer Hall 282E, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY 10996; (845) 938-5638; email


January 17-20, 2007. The Association of American Colleges and Universities’ 93rd Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. Theme: “The Real Test: Liberal Education and Democracy’s Big Questions.” For more information, visit

March 8-10, 2007. 28th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association. Theme: “Race and Ethnicity in the 19th Century.” For more information, visit:

March 16-18, 2007. Workshop on Surveillance & Inequality, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, will bring together a multi-disciplinary and international array of scholars studying the social implications of contemporary surveillance with a particular interest in questions of the public sphere, equality, civil liberties, privacy, and fairness. Contact:;

March 30-31, 2007. Community Building and Identity Formation in the African Diaspora, Boston University African American Studies and African Studies Center. A multi-disciplinary conference on the comparative study of community building and identity formation in the African Diaspora in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions. Contact: Christine Loken- Kim, Program Administrator, African American Studies, Boston University, 138 Mountfort Street, Brookline, MA 02446; email

April 4-7, 2007. The Midwest Sociological Society and the North Central Sociological Association Joint Annual Meetings and Conference, Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL. Theme: “Social Policy, Social Ideology, and Social Change.” Contact: Lauren Tiffany, MSS Executive Director, (608)787-8551; email;

April 12-14, 2007. The British Sociological Association’s Annual Conference, University of East London, England. Theme: “Social Connections: Identities, Technologies, Relationships.” For more information, visit

April 18-21, 2007. The White Privilege Conference, 8th Annual Conference, Colorado Springs, CO. Theme: “The Matrix: Examining Intersections, Making Connections and Building Allies.” For details, visit

May 3-5, 2007. Northwestern University Workshop on Sociology of Taxation. A oneday graduate workshop held in conjunction with a conference on the sociology of taxation. For more information about the two-day conference or the one-day workshop, see the website at

July 25-28, 2007. Meeting of the Research Committee on Sociology of Law (RC12), Berlin, Germany. Information concerning this event is available on the Law and society website at

August 10, 2007. The Consumer Studies Research Network Miniconference on The Future of Consumer Studies, Barnard College, New York. Contact: Keith Brown at or Dan Cook at For more information, visit

September 28-29, 2007. Vienna: Migration and People Movement in Europe, Fifth International Workshop of the Network “Strategic Elites and EU Enlargement.” Sponsored by the British Council. Contact:

March 12-14, 2008. International Symposium— A Changing Cuba in a Changing World, Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies, The Graduate Center–City University of New York. This international, interdisciplinary forum will probe changes currently underway in economics, politics and policy models, civil society, art and literature, race relations, national identity and culture, as well as Cuba’s role in world affairs. Contact: Cuba Project, The Bildner Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10016-4309 or via email to or via fax to (212) 817-1540. For more information, visit and


California Story Fund. Funding is available for scholars working on or interested in creating community-based humanities projects through the California Story Fund, a grant line of the California Council for the Humanities. The Council offers twice yearly grants of $10,000 under the California Story Fund for humanities projects that bring to light little-known California stories. Projects can include community-based oral histories or ethnographic studies or other types of documentary research. Deadline: February 1, 2007. For more information, visit or call the Council’s offices at (415) 391-1474.

Collaborative HIV-Prevention Research in Minority Communities Program, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS), University of California-San Francisco. Our program is designed to assist investigators already conducting HIV-prevention research in ethnic minority communities to improve their programs of research and to obtain funding for their work. Our goal is to increase the quantity and quality of HIV-prevention research being conducted with minority communities and to increase the number of ethnic minority scientists among investigators federally funded. We seek scientists who are conducting theory-driven, culture-specific HIV-prevention research in collaboration with minority communities. Participants spend six weeks at CAPS in San Francisco for three summers receiving training and mentorship tailored to their individual needs and program of research. Between the first and second years, participants receive $25,000 to conduct pilot research to strengthen future research proposals. CAPS faculty then mentor participants in developing their grant proposals. Deadline: January 8, 2007. Contact: Stacey Wertlieb, Project Analyst, at or at (415) 597-4662, or Olga Grinstead, Principal Investigator at (415) 597-9168. For more information, visit

Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research via Methodological and Technological Innovation in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R21). Deadline: February 23, 2007. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) of the National Institutes of Health solicits applications to develop new and innovative measures, methods, and technologies that support the interdisciplinary integration of human social and/or behavioral science with other disciplines across varying levels of analysis. For more information, visit

Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry, GOALI Grant, National Science Foundation. The GOALI program aims to fund an eclectic mix of university-industry partnerships. Special interest is focused on affording the opportunity for: (1) faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students to conduct research and gain experience with production processes in an industrial setting, (2) industrial scientists and engineers to bring industry’s perspective and integrative skills to academe, and (3) interdisciplinary university-industry teams to conduct long-term projects. For more information, visit

Translational Research for the Prevention and Control of Diabetes and Obesity (R18). The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the Office of Behavior and Social Sciences Research seek to develop cost effective and sustainable interventions that can be adopted in real world settings, for the prevention and control of diabetes and obesity. Research should be based on interventions already proven efficacious in clinical trials to prevent and reverse obesity and type 2 diabetes, to improve care of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and to prevent or delay its complications. Interventions should be as close to cost neutral as possible. NIDDK encourages studies addressing minority populations at disproportionate risk for obesity, diabetes and diabetes complications. See Contact: Sanford Garfield at (301) 594-8803; email


NIH Director’s Pioneer Award. This award supports exceptionally creative scientists in a wide range of fields, including the behavioral and social sciences, who propose highly innovative, and potentially transformative, approaches to major challenges in biomedical and behavioral research. In September 2007, NIH expects to make 5 to 10 Pioneer awards of $500,000 in direct costs per year for five years. The program is open to scientists at all career levels and in any field of research, provided they are interested in exploring health-related topics. We encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups in health-related research, as well as individuals in the early to middle stages of their careers. The application process includes a three- to five-page essay and three letters of reference. Deadline: January 16, 2007. Detailed instructions are available at For more information, visit Contact:

2007 Alan T. Waterman Award. The National Science Foundation bestows the Waterman Award to recognize the talent, creativity and influence of a singular young researcher. The Waterman Award is the Foundation’s highest honor for researchers under the age of 35. Nominees are accepted from any field of science or engineering that NSF supports. The recipient will receive a grant of $500,000 over a three-year period for scientific research or advanced study in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation, at any institution of the recipient’s choice. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be 35 years of age or younger or not more than seven years beyond receipt of the PhD degree by December 31 of the year in which they are nominated. Candidates should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievements in scientific research of sufficient quality to place them at the forefront of their peers. Criteria include originality, innovation, and significant impact on the field. For detailed nomination information, visit Deadline: December 31, 2006. The nominations and letters must be received through the FastLane system. Contact: (703) 292-8040; email;

Peter K. Shaw New Student Research Prize. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Deadline: December 31. The papers should report on research in the applied social/behavioral sciences. The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and travel funds to present that paper at the annual meeting in Tampa, FL. Contact: Sociology for Applied Anthropology at (405) 843-5110; email;

In the News

The American Sociological Association was listed as a source for an Inside USA Today table in the Careers section on August 25, 2006.

Stanley Aronowitz, Graduate Center- CUNY, wrote “Should Academic Unions Get Involved in Governance?” for the fall 2006 Liberal Education.

Diane Barthel-Bouchier, Stony Brook University, published an article titled “What’s Worth Saving” concerning a Long Island, NY, heritage controversy in Newsday, October 8, 2006.

Mike Bell, University of Wisconsin, was quoted in a Reuters news story about why the environment doesn’t get more attention in political campaigns in the U.S. on October 30.

Suzanne Bianchi, John Robinson, and Melissa Milkie, all of the University of Maryland, had their recent book, Changing Rhythms of American Family Life, as the basis for a number of stories appearing in the media. Bianchi was quoted in the New York Times on October 18, 2006, and the Washington Post on October 27. Findings from the book were also featured in columns in The Boston Globe on August 27, The Sacramento Bee on, The Philadelphia Inquirer on November 3, The Buffalo News on November 2, and The San Jose Mercury News on November 5. Milkie appeared on NPR’s Talk of the Nation on October 18. In addition, the book has appeared on various internet forums such as MonstersAndCritics. com (October 17, 2006) and’s On Balance on October 18.

Deborah Carr, University of Wisconsin- Madison and Rutgers University, and Merril Silverstein, University of Southern California, were quoted in a November 2 article on the growing number of great grandparents.

Daniel F. Chambliss, Hamilton College, was quoted in an October 10 Washington Post article on the testing culture in schools.

Andrew Cherlin, Johns Hopkins University, was quoted in an October 22 Washington Post article on empty nesters.

Dalton Conley, New York University, had an op-ed published in the November 6, 2006, New York Times on the feasibility of applying statistical significance standards and procedures to determine the outcome of particularly close U.S. elections.

Mathieu Deflem, University of South Carolina, was interviewed in an article on terrorism since September 11, 2001, “11. September 2001,” in Pravda (Slovakia) on September 9, 2006.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, was quoted in an article in the October 2006 issue of Los Angeles Magazine about his research on the widening economic divide facing Southern California and LA.

Elaine Howard Ecklund, University at Buffalo-SUNY, had her research on religion among academic scientists featured in the October 31 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education as well as a web essay.

Morten Ender, United States Military Academy, was interviewed on a call-in show, The Jacey Eckhart Show on 1170 AM KCBQ Talk Radio, on October 8th and replayed in other areas around the U.S. with high concentrations of military service members.

Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, wrote an op-ed that appeared in the October 7 New York Times on the philosophical and psychological difficulties of dealing with grief after the loss of a loved one.

Dana Fisher, Columbia University, was mentioned in a November 5 New York Times article on the number of new books on the condition of American democracy. She was also mentioned in an article in the September 15 Chronicle of Higher Education.

Neil Gross, Harvard University, and Solon Simmons, George Mason University, had their research on religious beliefs of academics featured in InsideHigherEd. com on October 10, the Washington Poston October 14, and the Chronicle of Higher Education on October 20.

David Knoke, University of Minnesota, Lynn Smith-Lovin, Duke University, and Mario Luis Small, University of Chicago, were quoted in an October 16 Washington Post article on homophily and politics.

Miller McPherson, University of Arizona and Duke University, Lynn Smith-Lovin, Duke University, Matthew Brashears, University of Arizona, had their research mentioned in the Los Angeles Times on October 16 and October 17. Their research also appeared in Self magazine and was discussed on the Colin McEnroe Afternoon Show on WTIC NewsTalk 1080 AM.

Patrick Nolan was a panelist on OnPoint! With Cynthia Hardy on WWDM 101.3 FM on October 15. The topic was “Where Are America’s Morals?”

Mary Pattillo-McCoy, Northwestern University, was quoted in an October 15 Washington Post article on one woman’s retreat from hip-hop.

Oren Pizmony-Levy, Indiana University, had his research on the experiences of gay Israeli soldiers profiled in an August 23 article in the Jerusalem Post.

John Reynolds, Florida State University, and three students published an article, “Have Adolescents Become Too Ambitious?” in the May 2006 issue of Social Problems. The findings from this article were discussed in national and international newspapers and news websites, including the Washington Post, Miami Herald, USA Today, CNN, and Globe and Mail.

Rubén Rumbaut and Frank D. Bean, University of California-Irvine, and Douglas S. Massey, University of Princeton, were cited in an October 2 La Opinion article for their research, which found that two generations after Latin American immigrants arrive in the United States they lose the dominion of Spanish, and English becomes the predominant language. Rumbaut was also quoted in an October 21 New York Times article on young refugees trying to acclimate in America and was quoted in an October 9 USA Todayarticle about the push for English as the official language.

Christian Smith, University of Notre Dame, was quoted in an October 6 New York Times article on the evangelical religions and teenage members.

Lynn Smith-Lovin, Duke University, was quoted in a United Press International article on social isolation on October 12.

Pamela J. Smock, University of Michigan, Andrew A. Beveridge, Queens College- CUNY, and Stephanie Coontz, Council on Contemporary Families, were quoted in an October 15 New York Times article on the unmarried population outnumbering married American households.

Rodney Stark, Baylor University, was quoted about the role of economics in religious behavior in the United States in an article about atheism and British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in the November 2006 issue of Wired magazine.

Sudhir Venkatesh, Columbia University, was quoted in an October 7 Associated Press article on the last days of Taylor House, a public housing community in Chicago. The article appeared in the Seattle Post Intelligner, Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

W. Bradfrod Wilcox, University of Virginia, wrote a letter to the editor on father involvement in children’s lives. The letter appeared in the October 19, 2006, New York Times.

Kazuo Yamaguchi, University of Chicago, wrote a column on the relationship between marital satisfaction and work-family balance, which summarizes the content of his related article in the Japanese Journal of Household Economics, appear in the Nikkei Newspaper on September 20, 2006, and the study was also quoted by the Yomiuri Weekly in the October 29 issue.


Mary Frank Fox, Georgia Institute of Technology, was awarded the 2006 Outstanding Faculty Member/Woman of Distinction award at Georgia Institute of Technology.

William Freudenberg, University of California-Santa Barbara, received the 2006 Fred Buttel Outstanding Scholarly Achievement award from the Rural Sociological Society.

Sally Ward Maggard, U.S. Department of Agriculture, received the 2006 Excellence in Practice and Application award from the Rural Sociological Society.

Hy Mariampolski, Qualidata, was elected to the Market Research Council, the honorary association for the market research profession.

Diana Mincyte, University of Illinois-Urbana, received the 2006 Graduate Student Paper award from the Rural Sociological Society.

Torin Monahan, Arizona State University, Simon A. Cole, UC-Irvine, Jill A. Fisher, Arizona State University, and Gary T. Marx, MIT, were recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to host two international workshops on “Surveillance and Society.”

Walter Gillis Peacock, Texas A&M University, received recognition from Texas A&M University for hundreds of hours of work with the media following Katrina and Rita by being awarded the first “Newsmaker Award.”

Francie Ostrower, Urban Institute Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, was awarded the 2006 Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Prize by Independent Sector for her report, “Attitudes and Practices Concerning Effective Philanthropy.”

Cathy Rakowski, Ohio State University, received the 2006 Excellence in Instruction award from the Rural Sociological Society.

Richard L. Simpson, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, received the Southern Sociological Society 2007 award.


Holly Carter, Augusta State University, will be the assistant vice president for international affairs at Augusta, effective January 1, 2007.

Odis Johnson, Jr., has accepted a faculty appointment at the University of Maryland- College Park, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences effective July 1, 2006.

Verna Keith, Janice McCabe, and Annette Schwabe have joined the faculty of the Department of Sociology at Florida State University.

Mark Zbaracki, University of Pennsylvania, is a visiting professor at the Stern School of New York University.


Wendell Bell, Yale University, gave a keynote address at a conference on “Future Matters: Futures Known, Created and Minded” at the Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Wales, September 4-6, 2006. His topic was “The Future of Human Society.”

Barbara Entwisle, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was elected President of the Population Association of America.

Mark S. Gaylord is a Fulbright Visiting Professor in the School of Law at Chinese University of Hong Kong for 2006-07. He is also attached to the Hong Kong-America Center where he will assist with programming and fundraising.

Brian Gran, Case Western Reserve University, gave a lecture and participated in a Master of Advanced Studies in Children’s Rights program organized by both the Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch and the University of Fribourg on November 16.

Kathleen Mullan Harris, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was elected Vice-President of the Population Association.

Maryanne T. Fong, has recently been elected to the International Who’s Who Historical Society and her biography has been selected for publication in the upcoming edition of the International Who’s Who of Professionals. In September 2006, she was invited to become a Senate Member of the World Nations Congress for Life by the Chief Executive of the World Nations Congress.

Valerie R. Leiter, Simmons College, was named a William T. Grant Scholar and received a grant for her work on “The Transition to Adulthood among Youth with Disabilities.”

Walter Gillis Peacock, Texas A&M University, was asked to participate in and moderate a special National Academies panel on Long Term Housing Recovery in August 2006. This was a panel organized by the National Academies for the GAO. He was also invited to meet with other GAO groups the following morning to discuss his research and findings related to housing recovery, especially ethnic/racial variations on housing recovery. Brenda Phillips, Oklahoma State University, was a member of the panel as well.

Members' New Books

Howard Aldrich, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Martin Ruef, Princeton University, Organizations Evolving, 2nd ed. (Sage, 2006).

Suzanne M. Bianchi, John P. Robinson, and Melissa A. Milkie, University of Maryland-College Park, Changing Rhythms of American Family Life (Russell Sage Foundation, 2006).

Judith Blau, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, and Alberto Moncada, Societies without Borders (Brill NL, 2006); Justice in America: The US Constitution and Human Rights (Roman & Littlefield, 2006).

Kenneth Bollen, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Patrick J. Curran, Latent Curve Models: A Structural Equation Perspective (Wiley, 2006).

Karen A. Cerulo, Rutgers University, Never Saw It Coming: Cultural Challenges to Envisioning the Worst (University of Chicago Press, 2006).

Mahmoud Dhaouadi, University of Tunis, The Concept of Culture in Islamic and Social Science Perspectives, in Arabic (Dar Al Kitab Al Jadid, 2006).

Elaine Howard Ecklund, University at Buffalo-SUNY, Korean American Evangelicals: New Models for Civic Life (Oxford University Press, 2006).

Eric L. Jensen, University of Idaho, and Jorgen Jepsen, Aarhus University, Juvenile Law Violators, Human Rights, and the Development of New Juvenile Justice Systems. (Hart Publishing, 2006).

Peter Kivisto, Augustana College, and Elizabeth Hartung, California State University- Channel Islands, eds., Intersecting Inequalities: Class, Race, Sex, and Sexualities(Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007).

Harriette Pipes McAdoo, Michigan State University, ed. Black Families, 4th Edition (Sage Publications, 2006).

JoAnn Miller, Purdue University, and Dean D. Knudsen, Family Abuse and Violence: A Social Problems Perspective (Alta Mira Press, 2007).

Karen M. O’Neill, Rutgers University, Rivers by Design: State Power and the Origins of U.S. Flood Control (Duke University Press, 2006).

Andrew Perrin, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Citizen Speak: The Demographic Imagination in American Life(University of Chicago Press, 2006).

Richard Quinney, Northern Illinois University, Of Time and Place: A Farm in Wisconsin (Borderland Books, 2006).

Louise Marie Roth, University of Arizona, Selling Women Short: Gender and Money on Wall Street (Princeton University Press, 2006).

Gail Satler, Hofstra University, Two Tales of a City: Rebuilding Chicago’s Architectural and Social Landscapes 1986-2005 (Northern Illinois University Press, 2006).

Amy J. Schulz, University of Michigan, and Leith Mulluings, eds. Gender, Race, Class and Health: Intersectional Approaches(Jossey Bass, 2006).

Wendy Simonds, University of Kentucky, Barbara Katz Rothman, City University of New York, and Bari Meltzer Rothman, Laboring On: Births in Transition in the United States (Routledge, 2006).

Patricia Voydanoff, University of Dayton, Work, Family, and Community: Exploring Interconnections (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2007).

Esther Wilder, Graduate Center-CUNY, Wheeling and Dealing: Living with Spinal Cord Injury (Vanderbilt University Press, 2006).

New Programs

New MA program in Criminology and Public Sociology. The University of North Carolina-Wilmington’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice announces a new MA program in Criminology and Public Sociology. The MA, whether criminology or public sociology, encompasses rigorous analyses of the values, assumptions, and social structures within national and global societies. It assists and advises potential students to gain significant insights into these social processes and structures in their desired professions. The purpose of the masters program is to train students to use theoretical and methodological tools that will allow them to acquire and apply specific information to particular problems or to improve the quality of life. One of the strengths of the new program is the diverse theoretical, methodological, and substantive interests of the graduate faculty. A limited number of graduate teaching assistantships are available. Applications for the program are now being accepted for fall 2007. Apply online at For more information on the program, visit or contact Leslie Hossfeld at for public sociology, or Michael Maume at for criminology.

Summer Programs

Crime and Justice Summer Research Institute The Criminal Justice Research Center at Ohio State University offers a Summer Research Institute on “Broadening Perspectives and Participation,” July 9-26, 2007. Funded by the National Science Foundation and Ohio State University, it is designed to promote successful research projects and careers among scholars from under-represented groups working in areas of crime and criminal justice. The Summer Research Institute will provide resources for completing a research project, senior faculty mentorship, networking opportunities, professional development workshops, and a culminating symposium. Travel and living expenses will be covered. Applications must be postmarked by February 9, 2007. For more information and an application, see our website If you have any questions, email

Summer Research Institute for Undergraduates. The Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware is offering a Summer Research Institute for undergraduate students to provide hands-on research training and mentoring on the social science aspects of disasters. Each summer, 10 students from a variety of social science disciplines are selected to participate in the nine-week Summer Institute. Transportation and lodging expenses are covered for the student participants, who also receive a generous stipend. Students entering their junior or senior year in the fall 2007, are invited to apply. Students who are underrepresented in graduate schools—minority students, women, students from poorer regions of the country, and students from institutions with limited graduate programs—are especially encouraged. Deadline: February 1. Program details, guidelines, and application materials are at The program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program and the U.S. Department of Defense.


Donald H. Bouma, Calvin College & Western Michigan University, died on August 8 in Sun City, AZ.

John H. Burma, Grinnell College, died in Claremont, CA, on August 22.

Clifford Geertz, eminent cultural anthropologist, died in Princeton, NJ, at the age of 80, from complications from heart surgery.

Linda Faye Williams, University of Maryland, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 57.

Ellen Willis, renowned journalist and professor of journalism at New York University, died November 9 after a long struggle with cancer.


Meyer Barash

Professor Emeritus Meyer Barash, one of Hofstra University’s most popular teachers for more than 30 years, died March 14, 2005, after a brief illness. He wandered, literally and professionally, over many places and interests—most notably as the distinguished translator of the work of Roger Caillois and as a walker in the city. He was an American flaneur, who brought the world into the classroom.

Meyer was one of the first sociologists in the New York area, and perhaps elsewhere, to introduce a course in terrorism. He was invited regularly by police departments to share that program, and his two eight-week courses offered to all fulltime employees of New York/New Jersey Port Authority was the subject of a “Talk of the Town” article in The New Yorker (April 9, 1979).

Meyer did graduate work in sociology and anthropology at Columbia. Although he did not complete his doctorate, his distinguished translation from French of Caillois’ Man and the Sacred and Man Play and Games (Free Press, 1959 and 1961, and reprinted by University of Illinois Press, 2001) and his assignment by UNESCO to East Pakistan (later Bangladesh) were more than equivalent to the academic degree. He taught for a year at the University of Dacca where his Long Island family also joined him for school and their daily life. One of his major contributions in that year was to introduce Bangladesh faculty to the heterogeneous social and academic life in the United States.

In his concise introductions to the Cailllois books, Meyer described “the abiding value” of Caillois’ studies on the impact of the sacred-profane dichotomy and of play and games on major social institutions. Meyer’s eclectic and voracious reading and film-going experiences led to his introduction of subjects with immediate relevance during the turbulence of the Vietnam era: terrorism, the film, family ily dysfunction, etc. He co-edited (with Alice Scourby) Marriage and the Family: A Comparative Analysis of Contemporary Problems (Random House, 1970), which was translated into German.

Not only was Meyer the marathon walker (often going from his favorite Oyster Bar on 42nd Street to Columbia at 125th Street), he also was an active member of the monthly Asian study seminar at Columbia where he introduced colleagues from Bangladesh. He also taught at least once during a summer for World Campus Afloat, the semester-atsea program still in operation. On leave from Hofstra he spent two years at Wayne State University where he completed the first of the Caillois books.

On several occasions, Meyer traveled from his home in Levittown to Manhattan to drop in on memorials for notables like Joseph Papp and Helen Hayes. His presence at such services could qualify him perhaps as a protagonist for a story by Saul Bellow, one of Meyer’s favorite authors. At the time of his retirement from Hofstra in 1984 (extended for a decade by part-time teaching), Meyer was honored with a special tribute for his unique services and personal qualities by President James Shuart and Provost Sanford Hammer.

Meyer, a Navy veteran, was predeceased by a son, Frederick, and by his wife, Helen, who taught social work and sociology at Adelphi University. He is survived by a son, David, a daughter Anne Breitstein, two grandchildren, James and Lisa, and another son, Bill, a horticulturist at Planting Fields for nearly 35 years who has served all 32 state parks on Long Island, New York.

In fond remembrance of many stimulating, often contentious discussions, and with great admiration.

Hyman A. Enzer, Hofstra University

Spencer E. Cahill

Spencer Ernest Cahill, Professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida, died at his home in Tampa on October 6, 2006, at the age of 56. He is survived by Donileen R. Loseke, his wife of 27 years.

Spencer grew up on a small farm outside of Vandalia, Missouri. He received his AB in 1971 from the University of Missouri, his MA in 1974 from McMaster University, and his PhD in 1982 from the University of California-Santa Barbara. After graduate school, he taught at Skidmore College from 1983-96 and then the University of South Florida from 1996 until 2006.

Despite his untimely death, Spencer leaves an enormous and enduring legacy in social psychology. He was the author or editor of four books—most recently, Children and Society: The Sociology of Children and Childhood Socialization (with Gerald Handel and Frederick Elkin, 2007) and Inside Social Life: Readings in Sociological Psychology and Microsociology, 5th edition (2007), which was completed two days before he died. In addition, he was the author of dozens of influential and heavily cited articles, a number of which were reprinted in various edited collections.

His research interests were eclectic, but much of his work was encompassed by three broad themes. The first of these themes was childhood socialization, with emphasis on the acquisition of gender roles. Key articles included “Reexamining the Acquisition of Sex Roles: A Social Interactionist Approach” (Sex Roles, 1983) and “Fashioning Males and Females: Appearance Management and the Social Reproduction of Gender” (Symbolic Interaction, 1989). A second theme was the study of professional socialization and identity. With Doni Loseke, he published “The Social Construction of Deviance: Experts on Battered Women” (Social Problems, 1984) as well as “Actors in Search of a Character: Student Social Workers’ Quest for Professional Identity” (Symbolic Interaction, 1986). In addition, he published a series of articles on mortuary science students and funeral directors, including “Some Rhetorical Directions of Funeral Direction: Historical Entanglements and Contemporary Dilemmas” (Work and Occupations, 1995) and “Emotional Capital and Professional Socialization: The Case of Mortuary Science Students (and Me)” (Social Psychology Quarterly, 1999). A third theme linked his interest in socialization with deviance, stigma, and emotions. Here, influential contributions included “Children and Civility: Ceremonial Deviance and the Acquisition of Ritual Competence” (Social Psychology Quarterly, 1987) and “Managing Emotions in Public: The Case of Wheelchair Users” (Social Psychology Quarterly, 1994). His insightful and beautifully written articles are required reading for students in countless courses.

The excellence of Spencer ’s work earned him manifold positions of responsibility. Most recently, he was the editor of Social Psychology Quarterly (2004-06). He worked through pain and nausea on the day before he died to complete his term. He was the co-editor (with Doni Loseke) of the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (1994-1999). He served on the editorial board of Social Problems (1996-1999), and he served as an Associate Editor of Symbolic Interaction (1989-1992). He was President of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (2001-02), Chair of the ASA Section on Emotions (1998-99), and Chair of the ASA Section on Children and Youth. He was very active in the ASA Section on Social Psychology, including a stint on the Council (2001-2004).

Spencer was an outstanding scholar, but he was so much more than that. He loved Doni; he loved cooking, gardening, traveling, and listening to jazz with her. He loved their cats, Ella (Fitzgerald) and Mel (Torme). He loved dressing up, and he was always the most dapper man in the room. He loved people—not just observing them, but being with them. Like me, he had great admiration for Erving Goffman’s work. When Doni called with the terrible news, one of the first things I thought of was Goffman’s essay, “Where the Action Is,” where he suggests that many of the virtues are thought of as such because they represent qualities we want in ourselves as well as the people with whom we interact: courage, gameness, integrity, gallantry, and composure. Like so many others, I have witnessed Spencer display these qualities on innumerable occasions.

And, of course, there is deference. Spencer had every reason to be arrogant but, instead, he was gracious, humble, and courteous with everyone he met. Not surprisingly, at the memorial gathering, his beautiful home was full of people from all walks of life. This rude world could use a lot more people like Spencer Cahill. Instead, there is one less.

Michael Flaherty, Eckerd College

The University of South Florida has established a scholarship in Spencer Cahill’s name. Contributions should be mailed to the Spencer Cahill Graduate Student Scholarship Fund/Fund 421820, University of South Florida, Attn: Patricia Green, 4202 East Fowler Ave., Department of Sociology CPR 107, Tampa, FL 33620. Visit the new ASA Social Psychology Quarterly forum at to contribute to a special string honoring Cahill’s memory.

William F. Kenkel

William F. Kenkel was an impressive scholar, teacher, and colleague who was well liked and respected by everyone who knew him. William died as the result of a stroke on September 28, 2006. He was born in Hyattsville, MD, on February 11, 1925.

William Kenkel received his BA in Sociology in 1949 and his MA in Sociology in 1950, both at the University of Maryland. He received his PhD at Ohio State University in 1952.

From 1952-53, Kenkel worked as a research Associate for the Air Force Project at Ohio State University. He taught at Iowa State University (ISU) from 1954-67. While at ISU, he became full Professor in 1960 and head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology from 1966- 67. He then served as Professor at the University of Kentucky from 1967-90, where he served as Chairman of the Sociology Department from 1970-76. After 1990, he was Professor Emeritus with the University of Kentucky.

In his retirement, Kenkel missed teaching and was persuaded to take a part-time position in Sociology to teach classes in Family at Georgetown College, where he taught as an Adjunct Professor from 1995- 2004. His reputation as a skilled teacher who truly cared about his students and colleagues was highly appreciated at Georgetown College and surely at Iowa State University and the University of Kentucky as well. He was an interesting person who could talk with insight on a great variety of topics. He also was a friendly person always willing to help others when an opportunity arose. He had a personality that made people he met want to claim him as a friend.

William Kenkel was an outstanding scholar who was very active professionally. He wrote four books: Social Strati- fication in the United States (with John Cuber) in 1954; Problems of American Society (with John Cuber and Robert Harper) in 1964; Society in Action 2nd ed. in 1980; and The Family in Perspective 5th ed. in 1985. In addition to his books, he published 43 articles in professional journals or books from 1956-90.

His professional activities included serving at President of three associations, the Mid-South Sociology Association (1988-89); the National Council of family Relations (1967-68); and the Anthropologists and Sociologists of Kentucky (1975- 76). He was the Vice President of the North Central Sociological Association from 1980-81, Past Associate Editor of two journals (The Journal of Marriage and the Family and Sociological Analysis), and he served on the Editorial Board of Sociological Spectrum. He was a council member of the North Central Sociological Association 1985-86, and chaired the finance committee of the National Council of Family Relations 1968-69, the Family Section of the American Sociological Association 1982-85 and the Family Section of the Mid-South Sociological Association in 1977 and 1980.

William Kenkel will truly be remembered as a highly active and respected scholar. He will be missed by our discipline, by his many colleagues and students, and by his family. He is survived by his wife, Marion Scott “Scottie” Kenkel, his five children and 12 grandchildren. His five children are: Steven W Kenkel (employed at Nortel in Durham), Philip L. Kenkel (teaching Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma Sate University), Donald S. Kenkel (teaching Economics at Cornell University), Kenneth R. Kenkel (staff attorney at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, OH) and Kathy Marie (a special education teacher in Salinas, CA).

Dennis Dedrick, Georgetown College

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