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The Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology Annual Meeting, October 4-6, 2007, Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Michigan area. Theme: “Sociology: From Imagination to Action.” Submit presentations, papers, workshops, etc. to Visit for forms and more information.

International Conference on Survey Methods in Multicultural, Multinational, and Multiregional Contexts ( MC), June 25 - 29, 2008, Berlin, Germany. This conference will bring together researchers and survey practitioners concerned with survey methodology and practice in comparative contexts. Submit abstracts for consideration at the CSDI* website Click “Events” to reach the 2008 3MC conference abstract submission form. Deadline: September 15, 2007. We encourage submissions from all over the world, including regions with emerging survey traditions. We also intend to secure funding to help researchers from less affluent countries attend the conference. Contact: Janet Harkness at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and copy to

New England Sociological Association (NESA) 2007 Fall Conference, November 3, 2007, Stonehill College, Easton, MA. Theme: “Civic Engagement: Linking Campus and Community.” The 2007 Fall Conference will build on the theme through paper presentations, panels, roundtable discussions, and student poster presentations. Paper and proposal deadline: October 3, 2007. Suggestions for other ways to approach the conference theme are also welcome. Submit papers and/or proposals via email to NESA’s 2007 Fall Conference Organizer Jennifer Dobruck at jdobruck@hotmail. com. Include “NESA Proposal” in the subject line.

Nineteenth Century Studies Association th Annual Conference, April 3-5, 2008, Florida International University, Miami, FL. Proposals concerning any aspect of politics or propaganda during the 19th century are welcome. Send abstracts (250 words) for 20-minute papers, author’s name and paper title in heading, with one-page CV by October 1, 2007, to Kathleen McCormack at Graduate students whose proposals are accepted can at that point submit a fulllength version of the paper to compete for a travel grant to help cover expenses.

Pacific Sociological Association’s (PSA) th Annual Meeting, April 10-13 2008, Portland Marriott. Theme: “Sociology of Memory: New and Old Conceptualizations of Memory, Personal or Commodity, Public or Private?” The PSA seek presentations related to: collective memory, personal, trauma, repressed, body memory, technology and socio-political issues pertaining to collective or “commodity memory” (such as electronic data, seed, sperm or DNA banking), drug technology to improve or repress memory, psychological or legal issues about memory, early or recent theoretical conceptualizations. Send abstracts and contact information to Noel Packard at For more information, visit

The Spanish Association of Political Science (AECPA) th Meeting, September 18-20, 2007, Valencia, Spain. Working group, “Elites and Leadership,” invites students of elites (political, economic, religious, intellectuals, military) and leadership to present their research projects and/or their findings in an intellectually encouraging environment. For more information, visit Contact: Xavier Coller at Xavier. or Belén Blázquez at bblazquez@ujaen.e.

Sociologists of Minnesota 00 Annual Conference, October 4-5, 2007, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, Coffman Union. Theme: “Sociology Matters: Looking In, Looking Out.” Have a session idea? Or a paper to present? Contact: Scott Foster at For additional news and information as it becomes available, visit the SOM website

Studying Ethnic Minorities – Methodological Approaches in Qualitative Research, December 5-6, 2007, Danish National Institute of Social Research (SFI), Copenhagen. The objective of this conference is to discuss different methodological, ethical and epistemological aspects of studying ethnic relations and ethnic minorities. The conference is organized as a combination of plenum presentations by international keynote speakers and workshops with participants’ paper presentations and discussions. Both keynote speakers and participants will be discussants during workshops. The number of participants will be limited to 40. Submissions are encouraged from both PhD fellows and senior researchers working with qualitative studies of ethnic minorities. If you wish to participate in the conference, contact: Rikke Plauborg, Socialforskningsinstituttet, Herluf Trolles Gade 11, DK-1052 København K.;

Teachers, Teaching, and the Movies Interdisciplinary Conference, October 25-27, 2007, College of Charleston, SC. This conference will focus on an underexamined topic in the fields of education and film studies: the way narrative cinema represents teachers, teaching, and learning. Send proposals to: John Bruns, Department of English, College of Charleston, 66 George St., Charleston, SC 29424-0001; or Paula Egelson, School of Education, College of Charleston, 66 George St., Charleston, SC 29424-0001;


American Sociological Association’s Handbook for Teaching Medical Sociology. Course syllabi (either graduate or undergraduate), out of class assignments (including, but not limited to, papers) evaluation rubrics, classroom projects and exercises), audio-visual materials, bibliographies, and anything else you have used in your course(s) are all welcome. Please send your materials as a Word file. Contact: Bill Gronfein, (317) 274-3669;

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons for Leaders is accepting submissions of true leadership stories to be included in the book. This book is part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. The Life Lessons books are different from the typical Chicken Soup book in their focus on learning and application. Each chapter is focused on a different “key ingredient” and uses the stories as illustrations of a learning point. Stories should be 300-1200 words and reflect an actual experience of the author or an illustration of an experience about which they are aware. The following chapters provide guidelines for submissions: (1) On Inspiration and Motivation (2) On Coaching and Mentoring (3) On Vision (4) On Communication (5) On Role-Modeling (6) On Empowerment and Execution (7) On Respect. Contributing a story also gives you an opportunity to include a short paragraph about you, promoting your latest book, project, etc. If the story you write is published, you will be paid $200 upon publication. Deadline: June 30, 2007. For more information or to submit a story visit

Cityscape, published three times a year by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Policy Development and Research, is accepting submissions to its new Referred Papers section. Cityscape welcomes high-quality submissions in all areas of housing and urban policy, from all relevant disciplines. Topics might include data collection, economic opportunity and self-suf-ficiency, fair housing, home ownership and housing finance, housing technology, effectiveness of government programs, international comparative housing policy analysis, regulatory barriers to affordable housing, rural housing, housing for persons with special needs, subsidized housing, university partnerships, urban revitalization and community development, and urban trends. The Managing Editor also will give guidance to authors about the suitability of papers proposed in outline form. Send manuscripts or outlines to

Communication in Healthcare Settings: Policy, Participation and New Technologies. Proposals for papers are invited for contributions to the 15th monograph in the series to be published by Sociology of Health and Illness in conjunction with Blackwell Publishers. The monograph aims not only to build on the existing foundations of interactional research in medical sociology but also to broaden the scope of this field by featuring studies involving a varied range of healthcare professionals and a wide range of healthcare delivery sites. Contact Alison Pilnick at, Jon Hindmarsh at, or Virginia Gill at

The Journal of Applied Social Science, the official, peer-refereed journal of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS), is requesting submissions. Following the recent creation of AACS through a merger between the Society for Applied Sociology and the Sociological Practice Association, The Journal of Applied Social Science, now distributed by Paradigm Publishers, supercedes the journals of the two organizations. We publish original research articles, essays, research reports, teaching notes, and book reviews on a wide range of topics of interest to the sociological practitioner. All submissions are now being processed electronically. Send as an email attachment a Word document (not .PDF) file of the manuscript, an abstract of no more than 150 words, and a brief biographical statement. Tables and figures must be camera-ready. We publish two issues each year: submissions for the Winter issue will be accepted through August 15 and for the Spring issue through February 15. Submissions should be accompanied by a processing fee of $15 sent via postal mail (this fee is waived for members of AACS). Contact: Jay Weinstein, Journal of Applied Social Science, Department of Sociology, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI 48197;;

Journal Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ). The Theories, Issues and Boundaries Section (TIBS) of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) invites contributions to a Special Issue of the Journal Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ) entitled “Theories and Concepts for the Study of Nonprofits and Voluntary Action.” Papers submitted should be located in relation to current knowledge and scholarship. We hope to include papers from a range of disciplines, grounded in studies from many parts of the world, and employing a range of different theoretical approaches. Submit your manuscript at by March 31, 2008. Note on your cover letter that you are submitting for the Special Issue. Specific submission instructions can be found on the NVSQ website at Contact: Margaret Harris at or Howard Tuckman, at

National Women’s Studies Association Journal (NWSA). The editors of New Orleans: A Special Issue on Gender, the Meaning of Place, and the Politics of Displacement of the NWSA Journal seek contributions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives offering feminist analyses of the meanings that New Orleans as a place has assumed in both historical and contemporary contexts, especially the contexts created by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Since the fall of 2005, New Orleans, as a place-name alone, prompts debates around race and class and has come to stand in for a host of issues and topics that go beyond the physical space to which the name refers. In most of these public debates, gender has not played as prominent a role as race or class, despite the fact that gendered ideas about crime, poverty, victimhood, refugee status, welfare and government aid, etc., inform such debates. Submit work that explores the specifically gendered dimensions of the experience of place endured by inhabitants of the city of New Orleans, the Gulf Coast, and other hurricane-affected regions. Send one e-copy and two print copies of your manuscript (20-30 pages, doubled spaced) by November 1, 2007, with parenthetical notes and complete references page formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style to: Kathryn Feltey, Department of Sociology, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-1905;

Research in Political Sociology is accepting manuscripts for Volume 17. This volume will broadly focus on “Politics and Public Policy.” Submitted manuscripts might focus on topics such as social policy, business policy, trade policy, organizations and policy formation and related topics of interest to political sociology. Four copies of the manuscripts should be submitted to Harland Prechel, Department of Sociology, 4351 Academic Building, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4351. Deadline: September 15, 2007.

Sociological Focus, Special Issue on Racial and Ethnic Inequality in Health and Healthcare. Papers that address processes and mechanisms affecting health status and/or healthcare quality, understudied populations, or understudied issues are of particular interest. Papers from a variety of methodological approaches are welcome. Contact: Jennifer Malat, Department of Sociology, 1009 Crosley Tower, Box 210378, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0378; Deadline: December 7, 2007. Submissions should contain two printed copies of your paper (in ASA format), an electronic copy of the paper, and a $15 fee. Submission requirements may be found in a current (August 2006 or later) issue of the journal or at the journal’s website:


August 10, 2007. 5th International Carework Conference, CUNY Graduate Center. Theme: “Is a Caring Society Possible? Mobilizing for Social Change.” The conference will bring together scholars and advocates who focus on the caring work of individuals, families, communities, paid caregivers, social service agencies and state bureaucracies. We will take stock of what we now know about the organization of care in the United States and begin to develop strategies to effect change at both local and national levels. See for more information.

August 10-11, 2007. 8th Annual Conference of the Sociological Imagination Group, Warwick Hotel, Essex Suite, 65 West 54th St., New York. Theme: “Confronting Fundamental Problems in Society and Sociology,” All are invited, and there is no registration fee. Conference details available at Contact: Bernard Phillips and David Knottnerus:

September 1-2, 2007. Globalization, Social Inequality and the Life Course Conference of the European Consortium for Social Research and the European Science Foundation TransEurope Research Network, Groningen, The Netherlands.

September 7, 2007. Looking Backward, Looking Forward: One Hundred Years of Sociology at the University of Illinois. The Sociology Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be celebrating its centennial with this special program. Assisting the department in addressing these questions will be the prominent sociologists, Jeffrey Alexander of Yale University and Giovanni Arrighi of Johns Hopkins University. The program will also have panels of current faculty and graduate students and distinguished alumni. We encourage everyone interested—particularly department alumni—to join us in Urbana for this celebration.

October 7-10, 2007. 3rd International Conference on e-Social Science, Ann Arbor, MI. The aim of the conference on e-Social Science is to bring together international representatives of the social science and cyber infrastructure research communities in order to create better mutual awareness, harmonize understanding, and instigate coordinated activities to accelerate research, development, and deployment of cyber infrastructure to support the social science research community.

October 8-9, 2007. Penn State’s 15th Annual Symposium on Family Issues. Theme: “Work-Life Policies that Make a Real Difference for Individuals, Families, and Organizations.” The topic will be addressed by 16 scholars from major universities and work-family research centers. Presentations at the symposium will focus on which workplace practices have the most potential to improve the well-being of employees and their families, policies to address workplace challenges for salaried as well as hourly employees, how to conduct effective intervention research, and questions that remain for researchers of work-life policies. Information and registration available at Contact: Carolyn Scott (814) 863-6806;

October 22, 2007. De Jong Lecture in Social Demography, Penn State University. Theme: “Social Class Health and Mortality Differentials: Are There Important Selection Effects?” Alberto Palloni, professor of Population and International Studies in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and president of the Population Association of America, will be the featured speaker. For more information, visit

November 18-19, 2007. Frontiers of Asian Sociologies, Part III: A Symposium for and by Young Scholars, Thematic Session at the 80th Meeting of the Japan Sociological Society, Kanto Gakuin University, Kanagawa, Japan.


Advancing Novel Science in Women’s Health Research (ANSWHR)(R03). The National Institutes of Health (NIH), led by the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), is seeking to promote innovative, interdisciplinary research that will advance new concepts in women’s health research and the study of sex/gender differences. ORWH is particularly interested in new interdisciplinary research to advance studies on how sex and gender factors affect women’s health; however, applications in all areas of women’s health and/or sex/gender research are invited to apply. Four overarching themes are important for addressing women’s health: (1) lifespan, (2) sex/gender determinants, (3) health disparities/differences and diversity, and (4) interdisciplinary research. Under the program announcement, investigators may request funds to perform secondary data analyses of either their own data sets or other data sets that are publicly available. For more information see

Sister Bowman Scholarships for African-American Single Mothers. The Sister Thea Bowman Foundation has four scholarships for African-American single mothers and their child to attend the College of St. Mary in Omaha, NE. Each mother may take up to two children with her to the College of St. Mary. The cut off age for the child is nine. Each mother will live in a dorm with other single mothers and their children. This dorm has been renovated to accommodate mothers and their children. The student must be an African-American single mother who has completed high school. She must be from low-income housing. She must be able to gain admission to College of St. Mary. She need not be Catholic. Each student will have an African-American mentor during her course of study. Each student will also have an African-American host family from Omaha who will also serve as mentor. Contact: Mary Lou Jennings, Executive Director of the Sister Thea Bowman Foundation at;

Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) Research Grants. The MSS Endowment Committee is offering research grants up to $1,500. Your research must be innovative and in the early stages of conceptualization. Proposals must be 1,200 words or less, and include: a cover page, statement of the research problem, theoretical framework, summary of methodology and design; an itemized budget; and a brief budget justification. References should follow the ASA Style Guide. In addition to the application components listed above, applicants should include a CV and a list of references. Applications are due by February 15, 2008. Send one hardcopy of the proposal to Gail Wallace, Chair Elect, Endowment Committee, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 624 North Broadway/Room 884, Baltimore, MD 21205. Send one electronic version to Applicants must be current members of the Midwest Sociological Society.

National Humanities Center Fellowships 2008-2009. The National Humanities Center offers 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities during the 2008-09 academic year. Applicants must hold doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Young scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply, but they must have a record of publication, and recent PhDs should be aware that the Center does not support the revision of a doctoral dissertation. In addition to scholars from all fields of the humanities, the Center accepts individuals who are engaged in humanistic projects. The Center gladly accepts applications from scholars outside the United States. Most of the Center’s fellowships are unrestricted, however several are designated for particular areas of research. These include environmental studies and history, English literature, art history or visual culture, French history, literature, or culture, Asian Studies, and theology. Fellowship amounts (up to $60,000) are individually determined, the amount depending upon the needs of the Fellow and the Center’s ability to meet them. Travel expenses are provided. Request application material from: Fellowship Program, National Humanities Center, Post Office Box 12256, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2256. Applications and letters of recommendation must be postmarked by October 15, 2007. Contact:;

Following the October 2006 National Institutes of Health (NIH) conference organized by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), Understanding and Reducing Disparities in Health: Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Contributions (see and December 2006 Footnotes, p. 1), NIH and the Centers for Disease Control are soliciting behavioral and social science research on the causes and solutions to health and disabilities disparities. Three broad areas are of interest: (1) public policy, (2) health care, and (3) disease/disability prevention. Proposals utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, investigate multiple levels of analysis, incorporate a life-course perspective, and/or employ innovative methods (e.g., system science, community-based participatory research) are encouraged. Apply for funding in 2007, 2008, or 2009. Announcement numbers are PAR-07-379 (R01 mechanism) and PAR-07-380 (R21 mechanism). See the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts listings at (R01) and (R21). Letters of intent due August 20. Applications due September 19. Direct general inquiries to Ronald Abeles ( Research on Interventions that Promote Research Careers. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued an RFA for R01 research grant proposals addressing “Research on Interventions that Promote Research Careers.” Letters of intent are due September 24, and full applications


2008 Julien Mezey Dissertation Award. The Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities invites submissions for its 2008 Julien Mezey Dissertation Award. This annual prize is awarded to the dissertation that most promises to enrich and advance interdisciplinary scholarship at the intersection of law, culture, and the humanities. The award will be presented at the Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco, March 28-29, 2008, hosted by San Francisco State University and the University of California-Berkeley. The Association seeks the submission of outstanding work from a wide variety of perspectives, including but not limited to law and cultural studies, legal hermeneutics and rhetoric, law and literature, law and visual studies, legal history, and legal theory and jurisprudence.. Applicants eligible for the 2008 award must have defended their dissertations successfully between September 1, 2006 and August 31, 2007. Each submission must be accompanied by a letter of support from a faculty member.

Award for Excellence in Human Research Protection. Health Improvement Institute (Institute) launched the Award for Excellence in Human Research Protection in 2002 to encourage and to recognize excellence and innovation in human research protection. The Office for Human Research Protections of the Department of Health and Human Services was the founding sponsor of the Awards program. Awards are given for demonstrated excellence in promoting the well-being of people who participate in research. The Institute has established three annual Awards: Best practice that has demonstrated benefit – given to a research institution, unit (for example, Institutional Review Board), or individual; Innovation established through research or other report published in the last five years – given to an individual (or team) who produced a significant contribution to advancing human research protection; Lifetime achievement – given to an individual (in academe, industry, or government). Any institution or investigator who conducts research involving human beings, or who contributes to human research protection, is eligible to apply for an Award; self-nomination is acceptable. We welcome new applications from previous Award winners. Individuals or institutions may apply for one or more Awards in any number of categories. Applications must be received at Health Improvement Institute on or before September 24, 2007. Contact: Awards Coordinator at (301) 320-0965;

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. Applicants must demonstrate: (1) Leadership ability or potential for exercising leadership in teaching and learning, with a strong commitment to academic and civic responsibility; and (2) Leadership or potential leadership in the development of others as leaders, scholars, and citizens. A faculty member or administrator must nominate the student, with a supporting letter from a second faculty member or administrator. The following materials must be submitted: (1) a nomination letter from a faculty member or administrator; (2) a supporting letter from a second faculty member or administrator; (3) a statement from the student indicating how he or she meets the award criteria; (4) a copy of the student’s curriculum vitae. Nominees must also complete an online form with all contact information. The awards provide AAC&U membership and financial support for graduate students to attend AAC&U’s 2008 Annual Meeting, which will be held in Washington, DC, January 23-26, 2008. All award recipients are required to attend the conference. Contact: Suzanne Hyers at (202) 387-3760; Go to the K. Patricia Cross page of AAC&U’s website for complete information. Deadline: October 5, 2007.

National Academy of Social Insurance 2008 John Heinz Dissertation Award. Nomination Deadline: September 15, 2007. The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) is pleased to announce competition for its 16th annual new scholars award for an outstanding dissertation in the field of social insurance. NASI is devoted to furthering knowledge and understanding of social insurance, health care financing and related issues through research and education. The award will be given to the best doctoral dissertation in the social insurance field completed between January 1, 2006 and September 15, 2007. The winner will receive a $1,000 honorarium and the opportunity to participate in the annual meeting with expenses paid. The application and nominator recommendation forms with letter, and a hard copy of dissertation should be sent to: Robert B. Hudson, Department of Social Welfare Policy, Boston University, 264 Bay State Rd., Boston, MA 02215, (617) 353-3759. The PDF version of the dissertation must also be submitted to See NASI website for more details. Visit the “Student Opportunities” section at for nomination information or call NASI at (202) 452-8097.

In the News

Ronald Aday, Middle Tennessee State University, was quoted in a May 29 New York Times article about prisons that need to deal with aging populations and dementia.

The April 2007 American Sociological Review study, “Family Instability and Social Well-Being,” along with the American Sociological Association, was cited on April 15, 2007, in the UK newspaper, the Independent.

Monika Ardelt, University of Florida, was quoted and her research profiled in a May 6 New York Times article about her study that designed a psychological test to assess wisdom.

Richard Arum, New York University, appeared on CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight, on April 17, 2007, to comment on the Virginia Tech shootings. He was also interviewed by CNN on April 16. Suzanne Bianchi, John Robinson, and Melissa Milkie’s book, Changing Rhythms of American Family Life (part of the ASA Rose Series) was featured in a number of newspapers and radio and television news shows, including The Today Show.

Donald Black, University of Virginia, was the subject of an April 23 Washington Postarticle about Black’s research regarding the violent behavior of a person such as Seung Hui Cho, the Virginia Tech shooter who killer 32 people and himself. Mark Cooney, University of Georgia, was also quoted in the same article on the topic of wealth and violence. Black was also quoted on April 22, 2007, in The Washington Post, on the role of sociological factors motivating the Virginia Tech shootings.

James E. Blackwell, University of Massachusetts-Boston, was quoted in the April 6 Chronicle of Higher Education in its lead article “High Debt for Black Scholars” on his research on the presence of black faculty as the strongest predictor of black student enrollment in graduate schools.

Dallas Blanchard, University of West Florida, was quoted in a May 27 Washington Post article on Memorial Day in the panhandle of Florida as a gay pride event.

Wayne Brekhus, University of Missouri-Columbia, was interviewed by Kansas City public radio station KKFI-FM on April 9 about the Missouri legislature’s controversial “intellectual diversity” bill and about legislative threats to academic freedom.

Hilquias B. Cavalcanti, James Madison University, was quoted in an April 15 New York Times article about Latin American immigrants leaving behind their religion when they come to America.

Karen A. Cerulo, Rutgers University, was the topic of a feature article in Slate.comon May 16. In the piece, “Think Negative” by John Gravois, Cerulo’s book, Never Saw It Coming, was quoted extensively and forwarded as a much need reality check to the bestselling self-help manual, The Secret.

Andrew Cherlin, Johns Hopkins University, was quoted by The Associated Press in a May 14, 2007 article on American divorce rates hitting a 37-year low.

Dalton Conley, New York University, wrote an op-ed on legal spousal rights and priveleges that appeared in the May 20 New York Times. Conley and Judith De-Sena, St. John’s University, were quoted in an April 29 New York Times article about New Yorkers making friends in their condominiums over breakfast.

Carrie Yang Costello, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was quoted in the April 9 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article about radio show host Don Imus’ racially offensive reference to the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.

John B. Diamond, Harvard Graduate School of Education, was quoted in a May 17, 2007, New York Times article titled “New Demographic Racial Gap Emerges.”

Thomas Dietz, Michigan State University, was quoted on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition in a story on anticipated sea-level rise. He was also the subject of a feature interview by Jack Lessenberry on Michigan Public Radio about climate change in the Great Lakes Region. Dietz’s research on the anthropogenic drivers of environmental change in collaboration with Eugene A. Rosa, Washington State University, and Richard York, University of Oregon, was the subject of a feature story in the Lansing State Journal. James Cramer of University of California-Davis was also quoted in the article.

Jan Dizard, Amherst College, was quoted in an April 26 Associated Press article about tighter gun controls. The article appeared in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and the Denver Post.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, coauthored an article in the May 11, 2007 issue of Chronicle Review. A different version of the article also appeared on TomPaine. com. Dreier was invited by the Los Angeles Times to write five columns about the city’s housing crisis. The columns appeared April 9-13, 2007. He was quoted in the April 12 issue of the Pasadena Weeklyabout the new school superintendent Edwin Diaz and identified in an article in the April 25 issue of the Pasadena Weekly. He was quoted in Bill Boyarsky’s April 30 column on the TruthDig.Com website. His article, “Mine Deaths Follow Weak Regulations,” appeared in National Catholic Reporter, February 16, 2007. An article about the death and legacy of Martin Luther King appeared in the online edition of the American Prospect magazine on January 15, 2007. Drier published an op-ed in the Sunday Los Angeles Times on May 27 and another op-ed in the LA Business Journal on May 29. He and Kelly Candaele coauthored an article, “How the Employee Free Choice Act Would Help Colleges” in the May 7 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education. A different version of this article appeared on several websites, including TomPaine.Com, AlterNet, and Common Dreams. He was quoted in LA City Beat on May 9 about LA’s housing crisis and in the Pasadena Weekly April 26 and May 1) about the recent elections for Pasadena’s City Council and School Board.

Kathryn Edin, Harvard University, was quoted in a May 7, 2007, Washington Post feature story about 2008 Democratic presidential nomination candidate John Edwards’ anti-poverty proposals.

Jean Elson, University of New Hampshire, was quoted in a May 22 Associated Press article on her reservations regarding the new continuous birth control medication, Lybrel, which was picked up by more than 300 media outlets, including the AP wire service, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today. In addition, she was interviewed on NPR’s Weekend Edition and on the television program Canada AM.

Morten G. Ender, United States Military Academy at West Point, was quoted in an April 9, 2007, New York Times article about the increases in prosecutions of U.S. soldiers who go AWOL or desert the Army.

Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, wrote a letter to the editor that appeared in the May 20 New York Times about self-selected racial categories. William H. Frey, Brookings Institution, was quoted in an April 5 New York Times article about tech-driven metro areas growing while the Rust Belt metro areas are diminishing.

Joshua Gamson, University of San Francisco, was quoted in a May 6 Washington Post article about a Washington, DC, escort service.

Joseph Gasper, Johns Hopkins University, was interviewed by Inside Higher Ed, ABC News, and Al Jazeera International, on April 16, 2007, on the Virginia Tech shootings. He was also quoted along with Peggy Giordano in an article on the Virginia Tech shootings by the French news agency, Agence France Presse, on April 17, 2007. Gasper also wrote an opinion piece on the Virginia Tech shootings for the Baltimore Sun, on April 19, 2007.

Naomi Gerstel, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Natalia Sarkisian, Boston College, were the subject of a May 28 Washington Post article for their fall 2006 Contexts article about marriage and community ties.

Jack Goldstone, George Mason University, was quoted by The Associated Press, on April 9, 2007, in an article on how the increasing violence in Baghdad is causing the best and brightest Iraqis to flee Iraq.

Angel Harris, University of Texas-Austin, was on on May 22 to discuss what he has learned from his studies of racial achievement gaps in education.

Mark D. Hayward, University of Texas-Austin, was quoted in an April 20, 2007, Washington Post article on the health of baby boomers relative to their parents’ generation as they approach retirement.

Anne Hendershott, University of San Diego, was quoted in an April 19 New York Times article on the abortion debate in the states.

Rosanna Hertz, Wellesley College, was quoted in a May 13 Washington Post article about women choosing to freeze their eggs at fertility clinics, to buy time on their biological clock.

Tomás R. Jiménez, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California-San Diego, wrote an op-ed on immigration and national identity in the May 27 Los Angeles Times.

Lisa Keister, Duke University, and Margarita Mooney, Princeton University, were quoted in a May 25 New York Timesop-ed by David Brooks on the economic boom of the non-Hispanic white Catholics. The article was based largely on Keister’s research on the topic.

Suzanne Goodney Lea, Gallaudet University, used her theoretical understanding of the role interaction plays in self formation and how this potentially explains the formation of a violent identity in Virginia Tech shooter Seung Hui Cho for the April 17 edition of ABC World News Tonight. She was also interviewed in the April 18 edition of The Guardian Unlimited (UK) regarding the packet of videos and pictures Cho sent to NBC News.

Edward Laumann, University of Chicago, was quoted and his research was featured in a May 22 Washington Post article about sexual relationships and sex research.

Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College, wrote a letter to the editor about migrant workers, which appeared in the May 6 issue of the New York Times.

Jerry M. Lewis, was quoted in a May 2 New York Times article on the release of a recording of the alleged orders to shoot at the 1970 Kent State protests.

Lynn Smith-Lovin, Duke University, appeared on NPR’s Fair Game, on May 7, 2007, to talk about friendship in American society.

Michael Macy, Cornell University, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal in an article about how social computing is opening up new research opportunities in the study of on-line communities like Facebook, Second Life, and Wikipedia.

Jeff Manza, Northwestern University, and Christopher Uggen, University of Minnesota, had their book Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracyreviewed in the April 12 New York Review of Books.

Torin Monahan, Arizona State University, was interviewed on NPR about the social implications of electronic surveillance, March 9, 2007. He was also quoted in a March 11, 2007, East Valley Tribune article on public surveillance in Phoenix.

Katherine Newman, Princeton University, appeared in the media numerous times during the week of April 16, 2007, on the Virginia Tech shootings. She was interviewed by CNN’s Lou Dobbs, Inside Edition, the CBS Early Show, ABC’s Nightline, Good Morning America, and wrote an opinion piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education. She was quoted on April 22, 2007, in The Washington Post about how the violence this generation of children has seen has shaped, but not hardened, their outlook on life. She also wrote a letter to the editor about a Maureen Dowd column that appeared in the April 28 New York Times.

Patrick D. Nolan, University of South Carolina, was quoted advocating allowing concealed weapons permit holders to carry handguns on college and university campuses in South Carolina as a means of deterring or minimizing future campus violence in a May 10 article in the Charleston Post and Courier.

Jay Olshansky, University of Illinois, was quoted in an April 6, 2007, CNN.comarticle on so-called “anti-aging medicine” and expresses the opinion that it is an expensive hoax.

Don O’Meara, University of Cincinnati-Raymond Walters College, was quoted in an article on cross-gender friendships in the June 2007 issue of Men’s Health magazine.

Bernice Pescosolido, Indiana University, was quoted in an April 29 USA Today article on her research that examined American attitudes toward mental health in children.

Mark Regnerus, University of Texas-Austin, was quoted in the article “Even Evangelical Teens Do It: How Religious Beliefs Do, and Don’t, Influence Sexual Behavior” by Hanna Rosin on May 30, 2007, on

Gene Rosa, Washington State University, was interviewed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), for a national TV news special on the relationship between consumption and climate change.

Michael J. Rosenfeld, Stanford University, and C.N. Le, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, were quoted in an April 13 Associated Press article on the recent surge in interracial marriages. The article appeared in numerous media sources, including the Washington Post and the USA Today.

Virginia Rutter, Framingham State College, was quoted in Variety on April 3, 2007, on how marriage is represented in the HBO series, The Sopranos. She was also interviewed along with Ira Silver, Framingham State College, on April 19, 2007, by The Boston Globe, on their Global Warming Teach-In at Framingham State College.

Dan Ryan, Mills College, was the subject of a May 22 New York Times article about having spam filters for emails from friends. The article was about his September 2006 Sociological Theory article on the social organization of notification.

Pepper Schwartz, University of Washington, was quoted on April 19, 2007, in USA Today, in an article on why more and more people feel comfortable cheating on their spouses on business trips. She was interviewed by the International Herald Tribune on April 10, 2007, about her new book, Prime: Adventures and Advice on Sex, Love and the Sensual Years, and was profiled in an April 19 New York Timesinterview article on Schwartz as a sociologist as sex expert.

Laurie Schaffner, University of Illinois-Chicago, was a featured guest on the NPR-affiliate WBEZ-FM’s Eight Forty-Eight program on March 28, 2007. Schaffner discussed her book Girls in Trouble with the Law, the current state of juvenile detention centers, and her personal connections to her research.

Juliet B. Schor, Boston College, and Sharon Zukin, Brooklyn College, was quoted in an April 22 New York Times article on the shopping obsession of pre-teens or tweens.

Kim Scipes, Purdue University North Central, was interviewed about current social developments in Venezuela on the V Headline Venezuela Newshour that is broadcast around the world on American Voices Radio Network on May 29.

David R. Segal, University of Maryland, was quoted in the Baltimore Sun on April 2 on the changing nature of communication about war, including the posting on blogs of letters originally written during World War II, and on April 12 regarding the consequences of extending army tours in Iraq from 12 to 15 months.

Greg Smithsimon was quoted by the Chicago Tribune on April 2, Reuters on March 19, and interviewed on AM 930, Cleveland on April 3 regarding a study by his students in which they “dropped” wallets on the streets of New York and found 82 percent were returned.

Karen Sternheimer, University of Southern California, was interviewed by radio stations KFWB (Los Angeles) and CHQR (Calgary) on February 28, 2007, about her Contexts article, “Do Video Games Kill.” Reuters also wrote a story based on this article, which ran in USA Today, the San Diego Union Tribune, and other newspapers in March 2007.

N. Prabha Unnithan, Colorado State University, was interviewed for and quoted in an article entitled “How Honest Is Aspen?” which appeared in The Aspen Times on April 7, 2007.

Duncan J. Watts, Columbia University, wrote an article in the April 15 New York Times “Idea Lab” on cumulative advantage as a predictor of and reason for a best seller.

Ronald Weitzer, George Washington University, was quoted in a June 2 New York Times article on race and police shootings.

William Julius Wilson, Harvard University, was quoted and pictured in a May 7, 2007, Washington Post feature story about 2008 Democratic presidential nomination candidate John Edwards’ anti-poverty proposals.

Bruce Western, Princeton University, had his book Punishment and Inequality in America reviewed in the April 12 New York Review of Books.

Guobin Yang, Barnard College, was interviewed and cited by the leading German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung on September 9, 2006, on collective memories of Mao and the Chinese Cultural Revolution. He was featured on the Brian Lehrer LiveTV show on February 28, 2007, discussing social and political issues in China and on the Wisconsin Public Radio Here on Earth show on April 12, 2007, discussing China’s environmental issues.

Phil Zuckerman, Pitzer College, and Christian Smith, University of Notre Dame, were quoted in a May 25 Washington Post article about atheism.

Viviana Zelizer, Princeton University, was quoted in a May 20, 2007, business section article in The Washington Post about the psychological phenomenon of “mental accounting” in which people keep tabs on their income and expenditures and how that affects their purchases and time spent earning money.


Todd E. Bernhardt, Broward Community College, received the Cleveland Clinic of Florida Endowed Teaching Chair. He was one of 10 recipients chosen from a college-wide competition. Each recipient receives a professional stipend and a program stipend, for a total of $22,500 awarded over three years to further enhance educational excellence.

G. William Domhoff, University of California-Santa Cruz, received the University of California’s Constantine Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award. The award honors outstanding scholarly work and/or educational service since retirement by UC faculty emeriti in the humanities or social sciences.

Stephanie Ellis and Steve Tuch, received Service Awards for service to the District of Columbia Sociological Society Angela Hattery and Earl Smith, both of Wake Forest University, received the Teaching and Innovation Award bestowed by the Teaching and Learning Center at Wake Forest University for their course Social Stratification in the Deep South, taught during the summers of 2003, 2005 and to be offered in 2007. This course was featured in Footnotes, Wake Forest Magazine, and Public Sociologies Reader.

Christine L. Himes was named the Syracuse University United Methodist Scholar/Teacher of the Year. The award recognizes the ideal combination of scholarly endeavor and effective teaching by a faculty member.

Janet Huber Lowry, Austin College, received The Scholarship Award for the Social Science Division. The certificate of $500 acknowledged her co-edited book (with Kamal K. Misra), Recent Studies on Indian Women-Empirical Work of Social Scientists, several workshops on assessment at regional gatherings in 2006: ESS, MSS (with Carla Howery & Diane Pike), and SSA (with Judith Warner), and a recent grant for a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad to India this summer for which she is project director.

Mairead Moloney, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, has been selected as the 2007 Sociologists for Women in Society Beth Hess Scholar.

Thomas K. Pinhey, University of Hawaii-Hilo, received the Excellence in Scholarly/ Creative Award for the academic year 2006-2007.

Harriet Presser, University of Maryland, has been selected by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation Board of Directors as the recipient of the 2007 Founders Distinguished Senior Scholar Award. This award was bestowed on Presser for her lifetime of outstanding college and university teaching, her publication record, and the impact she has had on women in the profession and in the community.

Heather Ridolfo, University of Maryland, received the Irene B. Taeuber Graduate Student Paper Award from the District of Columbia Sociological Society.

Vincent Roscigno was selected as a Joan Huber Faculty Fellow for Research Excellence (2007-2009) in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Ohio State University.

Benita Roth, Binghamton University, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for the Academic Year 2006-07. She also received the Heller-Bernard Award from the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at CUNY for 2006-07 for her project “Anti-AIDS Activism in Los Angeles from the 1980s to the 2000s: From Streets to Suits.”

Richard Sennett, London School of Economics, received the 2006 Hegel Prize from the German city of Stuttgart for his lifetime achievement in the humanities and social sciences.

Kathleen F. Slevin, College of William and Mary, recently received the College’s Thomas Jefferson Award. The award is presented each year to a faculty member for significant service through his or her personal activities, influence, and leadership.

Margaret Somers, received the Lewis A. Coser Award for Theoretical Agenda-Setting in 2006 while the 2007 award was given to George Steinmetz.

Gregory Squires, George Washington University, received the 2007 Stuart A. Rice Merit Award for Career Achievement from the District of Columbia Sociological Society.

Lois Vitt, Institute for Socio-Financial Studies, received the Morris Rosenberg Award for Recent Achievement from the District of Columbia Sociological Society


Roksana Badruddoja has been named an Assistant Professor at California State University-Fresno, Women’s Studies Program.

J. Michael Brooks has retired from Valdosta State University.

Xiangming Chen, University of Illinois-Chicago, was appointed to Dean and Director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies at Trinity College in Connecticut.

Penny Edgell, University of Minnesota, was promoted to Professor.

Mark S. Gaylord has accepted a faculty position in the School of Law at Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he is currently a Fulbright Scholar for 2006-2007.

Elizabeth A. Hoffmann, Purdue University, has been granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Sociology.

Kathy Hull, University of Minnesota, was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.

Erin Kelly, University of Minnesota, was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.

Andrew London, Syracuse University, was promoted to full professor in the Department of Sociology.

Barbara Lovitts is now a Senior Associate at Abt Associates in Bethesda, MD.

Marcellino Morales has obtained the academic rank of Assistant Professor of Sociology at East Los Angeles College.

Hermann Strasser, Full Professor at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, retired February 28, 2007.

Thomas L. VanValey has retired from Western Michigan University. Robert Wazienski has retired from Illinois State University.

Matthew G. Yeager, Carleton University, has recently been named to the faculty of the Department of Sociology, King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario (Canada).


Philip Cohen, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, testified April 12 before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee at a hearing titled, “Closing the Gap: Equal Pay for Women Workers,” concerning legislation submitted by Hillary Clinton (the Paycheck Fairness Act) and Tom Harkin (the Fair Pay Act).

Brian Gran, Case Western Reserve University, has been invited to serve on the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre’s Expert and Scientific Committee on Independent Human Rights Institutions for Children. The Innocenti Research Centre is the main research arm of UNICEF.

Madonna Harrington Meyer, Syracuse University, was recently named Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence.

Leslie Hossfeld, University of North Carolina Wilmington, was an invited speaker at a bi-partisan congressional briefing on Capitol Hill titled, “Rethinking US Trade Policies for the Common Good,” in March 2007. The key theme of the briefing focused on trade and livelihoods.

Stanley Lieberson, Harvard University, and Viviana Zelizer, Princeton University, were among the members elected to the American Philosophical Society.

Jack Nusan Porter, Spencer Institute for Social Research, was elected treasurer of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.

Laurie Schaffner, University of Illinois at Chicago, received a Fulbright-Garcia Robles grant to spend AY2007-2008 at the University of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Michael Schulman, North Carolina State University, has been appointed a William Neal Reynolds Professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Kim Scipes was named the “Outstanding Full-time Teacher” for the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University North Central (PNC) for the 2006-2007 academic year.

James F. Short, Washington State University, was surprised to learn that the Washington State University building that houses the Department of Sociology and the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center was renamed in his honor. The building, formerly known as the James Wilson Hall is now the Wilson-Short Hall.

Kathleen F. Slevin, College of William and Mary, is the new president-elect of the Southern Sociological Society.

Lester Ward, founder of the American Sociological Society, was honored in Towanda, PA, when the city officially declared April 19 Lester Ward Day. For more information, visit under “Community” items. The Towanda Daily Review wrote an article on the event.

Charles V. Willie, Harvard University, was invited by the U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas as its keynote speaker for Black History Month, from February 21-23. His trip was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs through its U.S. Speaker Program.

Members' New Books

Margaret L. Andersen, University of Delaware, On Land and On Sea: A Century of Women in the Rosenfeld Collection (Mystic Seaport Museum, 2007).

Helen A. Berger, West Chester University, and Douglas Ezzy, University of Tasmania, Teenage Witches: Magical Youth and The Search for the Self (Rutgers University Press, 2007).

Bonnie Berry, Social Problems Research Group, Beauty Bias: Discrimination and Social Power (Praeger Publishers, 2007).

Howard Brick, Washington University in St. Louis, Transcending Capitalism: Visions of a New Society in Modern American Thought(Cornell University Press, 2006).

Richard A. Dello Buono, UNICEF, and Marco A. Gandásegui, Jr., University of Panama, eds., Un Continente en la Encrucijada: Nuestra America en Transformación [A Continent at the Crossroads: Latin America in Transformation] (CELA-Panama, 2007).

Colin Campbell, University of York, The Easternization of the West: A Thematic Account of Cultural Change in the Modern Era(Paradigm Publishers, 2007).

Angie Y. Chung, University at Albany, Legacies of Struggle: Conflict and Cooperation in Korean American Politics (Stanford University Press, 2007).

Bertram J. Cohler, University of Chicago, Writing Desires: Sixty Years of Gay Autobiography (University of Wisconsin Press, 2007).

Mahmoud Dhaouadi, Sultan Qaboos University-Oman, The Other Face of Modern Tunisian Society (Tibr Ezzaman, 2006).

Michele Dillon, University of New Hampshire, and Paul Wink, Wellesley College, In the Course of a Lifetime: Tracing Religious Belief, Practice, and Change (University of California Press, 2007).

John Edwards, Marion Crain, and Arne L. Kalleberg, University of North Carolina, eds., Ending Poverty in America: How to Restore the American Dream (New Press, 2007).

Amitai Etzioni, The George Washington University, Security First: For A Muscular, Moral Foreign Policy (Yale University Press, 2007).

Chester Hartman and Gregory D. Squires, The George Washington University, eds., There is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster: Race, Class, and Hurricane Katrina (Routledge, 2006).

Yuniya Kawamura, Fashion Institute of Technology-SUNY, Modeologie (Norstedts Akademiska Forlag, 2007).

Linda Kalof, Michigan State University, and Amy F. Fitzgerald, University of Windsor, The Animals Reader (Berg Publishers, 2007).

Suzanne Goodney Lea, Gallaudet University, Delinquency and Animal Cruelty: Myths and Realities about Social Pathology (LFB Scholarly Publishing, 2007).

Angela Hattery and Earl Smith, Wake Forest University, African American Families (Sage, 2007).

Tara Hefferan, Alma College, Twinning Faith and Development: Catholic Parish Partnering in the U.S. and Haiti (Kumarian Press, 2007).

Albert Hunter, Northwestern University, and Carl Milofsky, Bucknell University, Pragmatic Liberalism: Constructing a Civil Society (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2007).

Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College, God Needs No Passport: Immigrants and the Changing American Religious Landscape (The New Press, 2007).

Veronica Manlow, St. Joseph’s College, Designing Clothes (Transaction Publishers, 2007).

Martha McCaughey, Appalachian State University, The Caveman Mystique: Pop-Darwinism and the Debates over Sex, Violence, and Science (Routledge, 2007).

Charles Perrow, Yale University, The Next Catastrophe: Reducing Our Vulnerabilities to Natural, Industrial, and Terrorist Disasters(Princeton University Press, 2007).

Victoria Pitts-Taylor, CUNY, Surgery Junkies: Wellness and Pathology in Cosmetic Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2007).

Laura Raynolds, Colorado State University, Douglas Murray, Colorado State University, and John Wilkinson, Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, eds., Fair Trade: The Challenges of Transforming Globalization (Routledge Press, 2007).

Vincent J. Roscigno, Ohio State University, The Face of Discrimination: How Race and Gender Impact Work and Home Lives(Rowman & Littlefield, 2007).

Emily Rosenbaum, Fordham University, and Samantha Friedman, Northeastern University, The Housing Divide: How Generations of Immigrants Fare in New York’s Housing Market (New York University Press, 2006).

Earl Smith, Wake Forest University, Race, Sport and the American Dream (Carolina Academic Press, 2007).

Richard Swedberg, Cornell University, Principles of Economic Sociology (Princeton University Press, 2007).

Gresham M. Sykes, University of Virginia, The Society of Captives: A Study of a Maximum Security Prison (Princeton University Press, 2007).

Christophe Van den Bulte, University of Pennsylvania, and Stefan Wuyts, Tilburg University, Social Networks and Marketing (Marketing Science Institute, 2007).

Viviana A. Zelizer, Princeton University, The Purchase of Intimacy (Princeton University Press, 2007).

Other Organizations

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has developed a new website for its public education campaign to end campus anti-Semitism. You are invited to visit The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission) is engaged in a public education campaign to end campus anti-Semitism. The Commission announced that anti-Semitism is a serious problem today at many of the nation’s post-secondary educational institutions. At a public briefing in November 2005, a panel of experts testified that too many students are not knowledgeable about their rights and protections against anti-Semitic behavior. Campus Anti-Semitism, the Commission’s recent report may be found at The Commission is conducting this public education campaign in order to ensure that college students know what their rights are. Contact: Kenneth L. Marcus, staff director, (202) 376-7700 or Sock-Foon C. MacDougall at


The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) is an interdisciplinary academic society with a strong emphasis on postcommunist Central/East Europe. We very much want to include sociological perspectives and the knowledge of sociologists working there. If you are one of these scholars, send me a note indicating what you are working on and whether you might be interested in contributing to a panel of the AAASS meetings. That information would help bring sociological expertise to bear on our understanding of post-communist Europe. Contact: Marilyn Rueschemeyer at

New Publications

A glance at the debut issue of International Political Sociology: A new journal. The influence of social theorists such as Émile Durkheim and Karl Marx on international-relations theory are easily found in the classic texts of that discipline, say the editors-in-chief of this new journal, yet “discussion of the importance of such influences remains relatively muted.” Through the journal, they hope to establish a “resource for those who rightly think” that international relations, sociological theory, and social analysis can all benefit one another. The journal will appear quarterly and will explore topics such as the sociology of the international-relations discipline, the sociology of political movements, urbanization patterns, and the sociology of militaries. The first issue includes an examination of airport security procedures from the standpoint of Foucault, by Mark B. Salter. In a separate article, Gary T. Marx discusses 38 techno-fallacies of the information age. The journal is available through Blackwell Publishing.

Caught in the Web

Crime and Society: A Comparative Criminology Tour of the World. Announcing a new global criminology website where criminology professors and students can: Publish their papers, works-in-progress, and articles regarding global criminology; Research subjects in global criminology by accessing Interpol and United Nations data sets and text information for all countries of the world; Learn about a new text for Introductory Criminology that is truly global in scope. The Global Criminology website called Crime and Society: A Comparative Criminology Tour of the World is at

The Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA) is the world’s first interactive digital archive of policy-relevant data on the arts and cultural policy in the United States. A collaborative effort of Princeton University’s Firestone Library and the Princeton Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, CPANDA is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The core mission of the Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA) is to acquire, archive, document and preserve high quality data sets on key topics in arts and cultural policy, and make them available in a user-friendly format to scholars, journalists, policy makers, artists, cultural organizations, and the public.

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) is pleased to announce that their new website is up now. The URL is still A link to the SWS survey of ASA candidates is on that homepage. Send any feedback to


Wilma Allen, Walter Allen’s wife, passed away June 6 after a long battle with scleroderma.

Ida R. Hoos, a research sociologist who was an early critic of using technology to study social issues, died of pneumonia on April 24 at the age of 94.

David M. Heer, University of Southern California, died March 14 in San Diego. He was 76.

Otto N. Larsen, 85, passed away peacefully on May 20, 2007, surrounded by his family at his home on Maui, HI.


John H. Burma

John Harmon Burma, Jr., died August 22, 2006, in Claremont, CA, at the age of 93. A resident of Claremont since 1970, he had suffered for several years from Alzheimer’s disease.

He was born April 2, 1913, in Dallas, TX, the only child of the Rev. John H. Burma and Manetta Knock Burma. While growing up, he lived in Dallas; in Dubuque, Iowa; and subsequently in Waxahachie, TX, where he attended high school. John graduated from Trinity University, where his father was the president, in 1933 with a major in sociology and minors in German and Bible, after having also taken courses at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Southern California. Prior to and during pursuit of his MA at the University of Texas, he taught at Sherman High School and served as principal of Crisp High School and Whitewright High School, where he also coached an undefeated football team. He was an instructor in sociology during summer sessions at the University of Texas-Austin.

He received his MA degree in sociology and education from the University of Texas in 1938, following completion of his thesis, “An Emergent Fascist Movement in America: A Sociological Study.” This was followed by completion of his PhD in sociology and economics at the University of Nebraska in 1941, with his dissertation on “Migration from a Nebraska County During the Drought-Depression”.

Burma continued his academic career at Grinnell College in Iowa in 1941. During his 29 years at Grinnell, he reached the rank of Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and served for a time as Chair of the Department and of the Division of Social Studies. He was named the Lucy Leland Professor of Sociology in 1961. For a number of years, he served as a Justice of the Peace in Poweshiek County, IA. While at Grinnell, he also taught summer sessions at the University of Minnesota, New Mexico Highlands University, the University of Nevada, Whittier College, and the University of Redlands. During 1946-47, he taught at Pomona College. Fluent in Spanish, he traveled and studied extensively in Mexico and in Costa Rica. In 1970, he became Professor of Sociology and Criminology at California State Polytechnic University– Pomona, from which he retired in 1982 as Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Burma was an authority on Spanish-speaking minorities in the United States, and his book Spanish Speaking Groups in the United States (Duke University Press, 1954) was reprinted in 1961 and 1974. He authored and co-authored several college textbooks, including Mexican-Americans in the United States: A Reader (1970). He served as a contributing author in 1960 for the White House Conference on Children and Youth regarding Mexican-American youth, and as a consultant on migratory agricultural labor for the U.S. Department of Labor and for the National Teacher Corps. He was a life member of the American Sociological Association, past president of the Midwest Sociological Society, past editor of Midwest Sociologist, and a member of the Review Board of Editors of The Sociological Quarterly.

John was an avid coin and stamp collector and had a particular interest in Mexican coins, which he enjoyed while traveling throughout Mexico during summers and sabbaticals. In retirement, he and his wife Dorothy enjoyed many cruises to destinations throughout the world. An excellent marksman since his days as a young man growing up in Texas, he won cruise skeet shooting competitions in his 80s.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Hughlette Beasley Burma in 1952; by an infant son in 1950, by his daughter Susan B. Huntoon in 1970, and by his wife Dorothy Ann Pulley Burma in 2004. He is survived by his son-in-law, Dr. Peter Huntoon of Boulder City, NV; his nephew, Dr. Robert Timm of Ukiah, CA; his niece Jackie Hallier of Kansas City, KS; his niece Janice Hopkins of Plymouth, CA; and his nephew Jim Pulley of Breckendridge, MO.

John was a member of the Claremont United Church of Christ, where a memorial service was held on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006.

Robert M. Timm, Ukiah, California

Eric Markusen

Eric Markusen died on January 29, 2007, at the age of 60. Any death that early is hard to fathom. But he was so youthful a 60—so vital and sturdy and spirited—that the mind almost refuses to register the fact. He died of pancreatic cancer. He learned of it last November and was gone before three months were out.

Markusen made his home in Minnesota. He graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, earned a PhD from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and spent most of his working career at Southwest Minnesota State University at Marshall.

In that sense, he had an established base. But he devoted the whole of his adult life to an unrelenting study of the sources of human cruelty and suffering, journeying to distant regions of the world where people were engaged in the harsh business of slaughtering or otherwise making life unbearable for one another. He visited Hiroshima and Auschwitz early in his career, knowing them as the opening moments of a new age in human history. Once having established a place in what came to be known as “genocide studies,” he made scores of visits to Rwanda, Chad, Ethiopia, Eritrea, the lands once known as Yugoslavia, and numerous places where humans live in distress. He spent much of the last five years of his life in Copenhagen as Research Director and then as Senior Researcher of the Department for Holocaust and Genocide Studies of the Danish Institute for International Studies.

By my count, the words “genocide” or “genocidal” are featured in the titles of 22 of the 38 books and articles he wrote between 1980 and 2005, “Nuclear War” or “Total War” are found in 10, and of the remaining five, two refer to “Collective Violence,” two to “The Holocaust,” and one each to “Rwanda” and “Yugoslavia.”

Mass killing was both the focus of his professional work and a private preoccupation. He was drawn to human troubles by a profound sense of urgency, a compelling need to confront them, feel them, understand them, bear witness to them, and, above all, do something about them.

Markusen knew (and was content for others to know) that this sense of urgency began early in life. He had what he described as “a difficult and turbulent childhood.” Both of his parents suffered from levels of pain so great that they took their own lives, separately, when Eric was an adolescent. Markusen managed somehow to fuse that terrible beginning into so deep an empathy for, and so clear an understanding of, the pain of others—a transformation of astonishing generosity under the circumstances—that he became one of the world’s foremost scholars of genocide and a person of uncommon decency and compassion.

At 60, Eric Markusen had seen more human misery up close than most of us are able to imagine. He and I were partners on one of the projects he had been drawn to so urgently, the civil wars that followed the collapse of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. In our traveling we passed through villages by the hundred that had been leveled. We visited the site of what may have been the most vicious concentration camp south of Auschwitz. We made our way through the rubble of Vukovar, shelled for 90 days by Serb artillery. We met and talked to persons whose spirits had been crushed.

Markusen absorbed all this in without averting his eyes for a second. He was wholly immersed in those scenes, as he had been so often before, but without any protection from them. Most of us learn to take shelter from such exposure, wrapping ourselves in layers of emotional insulation to make sure that no damage is done to us. We scholars are particularly adept at that. We filter the troubles we observe through screens of our own devising, treating them as data to be processed, slices of life to be assigned a proper place in the order of things, moments to be lifted out of the flow of time to serve as specimens of something more general.

Markusen would not do that. He did not scan those landscapes with a detached clinical eye. He drew them in, invited them into the core of his being, because he thought he could not truly understand the suffering of others if he did not make an effort to experience it himself. He made it a part of himself and in doing so he became witness and participant as well as observer. He was a skilled theorist, but he also knew what it was like out there.

Markusen emerged from the life he lived an immensely caring, generous, loving person. This may not be an appropriate observation to make in a professional tribute like this. But those were also the qualities that made him a scholar of very special parts. In the end, it was his particular kind of intellectual sensibility, his aptitude for seeing human meaning in scenes of havoc, that were his gift to those he tried to help and those he tried to teach. He understood the plight of his fellow humans in a way few of us, if any, are able, and he did things for them, testified on their behalf in a way few of us, if any, can match. A listing of his accomplishments— the important books and articles he published, the collections he edited, the commissions he served on, the lectures he gave, the other responsibilities he accepted—simply cannot convey that. They were all of a piece. In the end it was the life that mattered, and that life made a tremendous difference.

Markusen was a great teacher. He was also a great interviewer. He thought his task was to establish contact rather than to extract information, which is exactly why data poured out of the exchange. The interviews he conducted in Yugoslavia were transcribed in my office, and the person who did that work was so taken by the humanity and grace of the voice she had been listening to, as well as by the richness of the information the voice elicited, that she embraced him, a stranger, when he walked for the first time into her office.

Markusen leaves behind a daughter, Maria, and a wondrous partner, Randi, who was his closest colleague and closest friend as well as a loving spouse. He leaves behind thousands who were made better by him and learned from him. And he leaves behind a smile and a spirit and a gentle dignity that will be a part of the living world so long as those who knew him remain alive.

Kai Erikson, Yale University

Patrick McGuire

Patrick McGuire, Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology &Anthropology and former Director of the Urban Affairs Center at The University of Toledo, died on March 18, 2007. His devotion to family and profession during a long battle with cancer earned him the profound respect of the university community.

Dr. McGuire completed his PhD (1986) at SUNY Stonybrook. He began his professional career focusing on political sociology and political economy, including his research on Marxist theory in From the Left Bank to the Mainstream: Historical Debates and Contemporary Research in Marxist Sociology (1994). His work with Mark Granovetter and Michael Schwartz examined the social construction of the early electrical industry in the United States. From this work came a number of journal articles and book chapters that include Electric Charges: The Social Construction of Rate Systems (2005) and The Making of an Industry: Electricity in the United States (1998). Patrick’s interest in Irish politics and the struggle for human rights and freedom in British occupied Ireland spanned the entirety of his professional career.

His strong commitment to faculty rights was evidenced by Dr. McGuire’s active participation in a broad range of departmental, college, and university bodies. As University of Toledo (UT) Faculty Senate President (1996-97), he ably supported faculty initiatives while working constructively and creatively with student, staff, and administrative groups. As a professor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology and as a frequent community lecturer, he brought both academic theory and applied rhetoric to his audiences as a dynamic speaker. Patrick was known as much for his dedication to and career mentoring of his students as for his research. His past students can be found on the faculties of a number of colleges and universities and on the staff of regional and national organizations. He often taught Introduction to Sociology, converting countless students to the major.

McGuire became Director of The University of Toledo’s Urban Affairs Center (UAC) in 1999, and served in that capacity until 2005. There, he fused his research interests, community activist role, and university administrative talents. His community involvement through UAC included service on the City of Toledo Electrical Franchise Review Committee and as UT’s liaison to The Ohio Urban University Program. In his role as Director of UAC, he facilitated collaborative, interdisciplinary research among faculty from across the university to serve both the public and private sectors in Toledo and Ohio. Patrick was well known for his ability to construct networks among diverse faculty to work on problems of interest to the Toledo community. As part of these efforts, he established a book series by UT faculty about Toledo’s various ethnic subpopulations. These books included The Irish in Toledo (2005) by his departmental colleague Seamus P. Metress and books on the Hungarian and African-American communities in Toledo.

After stepping down as Director at UAC, Patrick continued his research and writing on the topic of “brain drain” until very recently. His manuscript, High School Graduation and Brain Drain: Survey Results and Insights from the Toledo Metropolitan Area, released by UAC just before his death, outlined strategies for the retention of Ohio’s high school graduates in the face of the traditional focus on college graduates, and examined local, regional, and national recruitment markets as well as retention.

Patrick McGuire was born in Malone, NY on July 13, 1953. He is survived by his life partner, Linda Pertusati; children, Erin and Seamus McGuire; parents, Florilda (Boyer) and Charles McGuire, NY; sister Megan (Gary) Woodworth, NM; brother, Terry (Marianne) McGuire, NY; nephew Kevin and niece Katie.

Barbara Chesney, University of Toledo; Steve Revard, Kansas State University

Ida R. Hoos
(d. 2007)

Ida Russakoff Hoos, 94, a research sociologist who was an early critic of using technology to study social issues, died April 24 of pneumonia at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Hoos became interested in the effects of automation and technology on workers while completing her doctoral degree at the University of California at Berkeley, which she received in 1959. Her dissertation was later published as “Automation in the Office” (1961). She subsequently published more books on retraining employees and a critique of systems analysis in public policy.

Using cost-benefit analysis to make policy decisions is “about as neutral as asking a fox into a henhouse to observe the color of the eggs,” she told the New York Times in 1982 as Reagan administration appointees began applying business concepts to governmental matters.

Hoos, who retired in 1982, was a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, NASA, the Office of Technology Assessment and the Energy Department. In 1976, she was dubbed by writer-politician Frances Farenthold in a Redbook magazine article as one of “44 Women Who Could Save America.”

Hoos graduated from Radcliffe College while working in a department store. She founded Jewish Vocational Services for underemployed women while studying for a master’s degree in sociology, which she received in 1942, under social psychologist Gordon Allport at Harvard University. At the end of World War II, she moved to Berkeley with her husband and worked on her PhD.

After receiving her degree, Dr. Hoos worked at the university, first in the Institute of Industrial Relations, then as the only social scientist at the Space Sciences Laboratory. She became concerned about the effect of satellite surveillance on personal privacy and how decisions about nuclear power and nuclear waste were being made.

Dr. Hoos moved to Brookline, MA, in 1990 and according to her family, “loved opera and hated to iron.”

Her husband, Sidney S. Hoos, died in 1979. Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Daniels of Goldendale, WA, and Judith Hoos Fox of Jamaica Plain, MA; three granddaughters; and three greatgrandchildren.

A longer version of this obituary was written by Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post Staff Writer, and was published May 4, 2007.

D. Lawrence Wieder

D. Lawrence Wieder, 68, Professor Emeritus of Communication at the University of Oklahoma, died November 30, at Norman Regional Hospital, following a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Wieder was born in Mason City, IA, May 4, 1938, and was raised in Santa Barbara, where he met and married the former Karen Couch of Norman, OK, his wife of 34 years.

He received his bachelor’s degree at the University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB), and his doctorate from UCLA in 1969. He was a member of the sociology department at UCSB until 1975, when he joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma. He taught sociology at the University of Oklahoma for several years and moved to the department of communication in 1983, serving as interim chair in 2000.

His many publications include a book considered a standard in ethnomethodology, Language and Social Reality: The Case of Telling the Convict Code and many articles and conference presentations in his fields. He was a founding editor and Associate Editor of Human Studies for 22 years. He served as an offi-cer of numerous professional associations, including the Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences, a Society which he helped to found. He served on the Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology as an International Advisory Board Member and as an Editorial Board Member of Research in Language and Social Interaction for more than 12 years. He was an active member of many national professional organizations, including the National Communication Association, which presented him with a lifetime achievement award in 2004.

Among the many courses he taught were those in Nonverbal Communication Theory and Research, Ethnomethodology, Conversation Analysis, Face to Face Interaction, Ethnography of Communication, Qualitative Methods, Deviant Behavior, Social Problems, Sociology of Aging, Sociological Theory, and Phenomenology and the Human Sciences.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Walter Wieder, and is survived by his mother, Carolyn Allen Wieder, brother, Norman Wieder, niece Deborah Fisher, and nephew David Wieder, all of Santa Barbara, CA, and by his wife, Karen, his son, Robert Wieder of Eustis, VA, and his daughter, Katharine Wieder of Norman.

Donations in his memory can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network ( or to any other national cancer research institute.

Karen Wieder, Oklahoma University and George Psathas, Boston University