February 2014 Issue • Volume 42 • Issue 2

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Call for Papers


The General Social Survey (GSS) invites proposals to add questions to its anticipated 2016 survey. Proposals will be accepted on the basis of scientific quality and scholarly interest. Outside funding is not necessary. Deadline: March 15, 2014. Contact: Tom W. Smith at smith@norc.uchicago.edu. For more information, visit www3.norc.org/GSS+Website/.

The Irish Journal of Sociology (IJS), the official journal of the Sociological Association of Ireland, seeks manuscript submissions for volume 22, 2014.Contact IJS editor at irishsoc@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/cgi-bin/scribe?showinfo=ip024.

Mid-South Sociological Association (MSSA) 2014 Annual Conference November 5-8, 2014. Mobile, Alabama. Theme: “Globalization and Sociology: Exploring Diversity, Paradigmatic Shifts and Critical Frameworks from a Social Context.” Deadline: February 15, 2014. For more information, visit www.midsouthsoc.org.


Association for Humanist Sociology (AHS), Inc, October 8-12, 2014, Wyndham Cleveland Hotel, Cleveland, OH. Theme: “Injustice, Exploitation, Racism and the Activist Foundations of Sociology.” Submissions for sessions, papers, film screenings, or other presentations on the conference theme and all issues of interest to sociologists, humanists, and progressive social activists are welcome and encouraged. AHS is a community of sociologists, educators, scholars, and activists who share a commitment to using sociology to promote peace, equality, and social justice. Deadline: July 15, 2014. Contact: Mary Erdmans at mpe10@case.edu and Stephen Adair at adairs@ccsu.edu. For more information, visit www.ahssociology.org.

The Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting November 5-9, 2014, Washington, DC. Theme: “Making Connections: From Cells to Societies.” The theme challenges researchers to present their best evidence on aging-related connections they investigate. Deadline: March 5, 2014. For more information, visit www.geron.org/2014.

Global Awareness Society International 23rd Annual International Conference, May 22-27, 2014, Montego Bay, Jamaica. Theme: “The Search for Peace in a Challenging Global Environment.” This interdisciplinary conference invites presentations and panels from all areas of sociology, social work, and criminal justice with emphasis on international and global concerns. This is a full call for papers. Deadline: March 30, 2014. Contact: James Pomfret at gasi@bloomu.edu, (570) 389-5177. For more information, visit www.orgs.bloomu.edu/gasi.

Patuxent Defense 10th Annual Forum April 30, 2014. St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Theme: “Challenges for the U.S. and NATO in Promoting Middle East Stability and Security.” The Patuxent Partnership and the Center for the Study of Democracy jointly present this forum with the generous support of SAIC. The forum includes a mix of international representatives, policymakers, academics, defense analysts and government officials. Deadline: February 24, 2014. Contact: Michael Cain at mjgcain@smcm.edu.

2015 Ralph and Ruth Fisher Forum, presented by the Russian, Eastern, and Eurasion Center at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, June 19-20, 2015. Theme: “Violence in Twentieth-Century Russia and Eurasia: Experience, Affect, Memory, and Legacies.” The forum is seeking paper proposals from that will examine the immediacy, effects, and refractions of violence in Russia and Eurasia Deadline: March 1, 2014. Contact: Harriet Murav at hlmurav@illinois.edu  and Mark Steinberg at steinb@illinois.edu. For more information, visit www.reeec.illinois.edu/events/conferences/.

Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Annual Meeting on Mental Health. August 15-17, 2014. Theme: “Methodological Issues and Prospects in Advancing Mental Health Research.” Deadline: January 31, 2014. Contact: Krysia Mossakowski at krysiam@hawaii.edu.

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February 27-March 2, 2014. AGHE’s Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference. Denver, CO. The AGHE’s 40th anniversary Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference is the premier national forum for discussing ideas and issues in gerontological and geriatric education. Educators, clinicians, administrators, researchers, and students share their experiences, expertise, and innovations regarding teaching and learning about aging and older persons. For more information, visit www.aghe.org/am.

March 27-29, 2014, Couch-Stone Symposium, Texas State University. Theme: “Symbolic Interactionist Takes on Music.” The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, The Center for Social Inquiry and the Department of Sociology at Texas State University are hosting an intimate symposium focused specifically on music. Session and panel topics include: music scenes; music and self-identity; audience and artist interaction; interdisciplinary study of music; music festivals; the social organization of music; and mundane music experiences in everyday life. Contact: Joseph A. Kotarba, Director of the Center for Social Inquiry, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas 78666 (jk54@txstate.edu or 512-245-8905).

April 25-26, 2014. Council on Contemporary Families (CCF) 18th Anniversary Conference. Coral Gables, FL. Theme: “Families as They Really Are: How Digital Technologies are Changing the Way Families Live and Love.” For more information, visit www.contemporaryfamilies.org/conferences/.

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The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Research Grant Program funds research on a wide variety of topics related to the mission of LSAC. Specifically included in the program’s scope are projects investigating precursors to legal training, selection into law schools, legal education, and the legal profession. To be eligible for funding, a research project must inform either the process of selecting law students or legal education itself in a demonstrable way. The program welcomes proposals for research from a variety of methodologies, a potentially broad range of topics, and varying time frames. Proposals will be judged on the importance of the questions addressed, their relevance to the mission of LSAC, the quality of the research designs, and the capacity of the researchers to carry out the project. Deadline: August 15, 2014. For more information, visit www.lsac.org/lsacresources/grants/lsac-research.

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The Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2014 awards outstanding scientific contributions of individuals from all disciplines aiming at the improvement of young people’s development and perspectives worldwide. The prize is endowed with 1 Mio. Swiss Francs, of which 900,000 Swiss Francs are for use in a research project, 100,000 Swiss Francs are for related costs, such as travel, networking, and dissemination. Deadline: March 15, 2014. Contact: award@jacobsfoundation.org. For more information, visit www.jacobsfoundation.org/research-prize.

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In The News

Keith Bentele, University of Massachusetts-Boston, wrote a December 17 post on the Washington Post’s “The Monkey Cage” blog centered around his new study, “Jim Crow 2.0? Why States Consider and Adopt Restrictive Voter Access Policies.” The study was also mentioned in a number of other media outlets including Talking Points Memo on December 20, MSNBC’s Up with Steve Kornaki on December 23, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry on December 28, The Atlantic and the Ashville Citizen-Times on December 30, The Dallas Morning News on January 2, and The Boston Globe on January 8. In addition, Bentele was quoted in a December 9 post, “Satanists Want a Monument in Oklahoma’s Capitol,” on the Washington Post’s “GovBeat” blog that also quoted Rebecca Sager, Loyola Marymount University.

Elizabeth Bernstein, Barnard College, was mentioned in a December 23 post, “What Prostitutes Can Teach the Canadian Government,” on the Washington Post blog “The Monkey Cage.”

Bianca E. Bersani, University of Massachusetts-Boston, was quoted in an October 15 Pew Research Center article, “Crime Rises Among Second-Generation Immigrants as They Assimilate.”

Robert Brulle, Drexel University, was quoted in a December 20 Guardian article, “Conservative Groups Spend Up to $1bn a Year to Fight Action on Climate Change.”

Theodore Caplow, University of Virginia, was quoted in a December 16 New Republic article, “A Sociologist Studied Christmas Gifts, and Here’s What He Learned.”

Deborah Carr, Rutgers University, was quoted in a December 14 Record article, “Grieving Parents Turn Pain of Losing a Child into Activism.” The article also appeared in the Republican-American on December 31.

Christine Carter, University of California-Berkeley, was quoted in a January 6 Sacramento Bee article, “Best Year Ever: 14 Happy & Healthy Habits for 2014.”

Philip Cohen, University of Maryland, was mentioned in a January 6 CNN.com column, “Why ‘War on Poverty’ Not Over.” He was also mentioned in a December 18 Slate article, “New Disney Heroine’s Eyes Are Bigger Than Her Wrists.”

Ryan Cragun, University of Tampa, was quoted in a December 24 Washington Post article about same-sex marriage in Utah. He was also quoted in a December 30 Los Angeles Times article, “Utah Weighs Impact of Ruling Allowing Gay Marriage.”

William D’Antonio, Catholic University, was quoted in a December 11 National Catholic Reporter article about his life and work. The article also mentioned Michele Dillon, University of New Hampshire, Mary L. Gautier, Georgetown University, and Steven A. Tuch, George Washington University.

Matthew Desmond, Harvard University, and Eric Klinenberg, New York University, were quoted in an article, “Disrupted Lives,” in the January-February issue of Harvard Magazine. The article also mentioned Tracey Shollenberger, Harvard University. In addition, Desmond was mentioned in a January 6 Colorlines article, “Evictions Are Still Hurting Communities of Color.”

Nancy Foner, Hunter College and The Graduate Center-CUNY, was quoted in a January 7 Times (of London) article on Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld’s new book, The Triple Package.

Lori Freedman, University of California-San Francisco, wrote a January 1 New Republic column, “Yes, the Church Should Be Liable When Doctrines Interfere With Safe Medical Care for Women.”

Hilary Levey Friedman, Harvard University, appeared September 15 on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show about the Miss America Pageant, was featured October 27 on NBC Nightly News for her work on competitive youth sports, and was quoted in an October 14 New Republic article for her research on girls and competitive dance.

Rachel Gordon, University of Illinois-Chicago, was quoted in a December 10 USA Today article about the research she conducted with Robert Crosnoe, University of Texas-Austin, which found that better-looking high school students received better grades. The research was also featured in a number of other media outlets including TIME.com on December 10, the New York Daily News on December 11, and the Los Angeles Times on December 12.

Erin Hatton, SUNY-Buffalo, was quoted in a January 6 In These Times article, “Forever Temp?”

William Helmreich, The Graduate Center and City College of New York-CUNY, was the subject of a September 18 New Yorker profile and was featured in a December 8 New York Times article centered around his new book, The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City. He was also mentioned in a December 15 New York magazine article, “Pavement As Lab.”

Arlie Hochschild, University of California-Berkeley, was mentioned in a December 20 Washington Post column, “For Women, It’s the Most Stressful Time of the Year.”

Carole Joffe, University of California-San Francisco, was quoted in a January 7 In These Times article, “Republicans (Still) Have a ‘Female Problem.’”

Shamus Khan, Columbia University, wrote a December 15 New York Times column, “We Are Not All in This Together.”

Daniel Lichter, Cornell University, was quoted and Sheela Kennedy, University of Minnesota, was mentioned in recent Associated Press article about how couples are now more likely to quickly move in together after an unplanned pregnancy than to quickly get married. The article appeared in a number of media outlets including the New York Daily News on January 6, the Seattle Times and the Calgary Herald on January 7, and the Washington Post on January 8.

Jay Livingston, Montclair State University, was mentioned in a December 18 post, “‘None, It Seems, are Happier Than the Tea Partiers...’ Umm, Maybe Not,” on The Washington Post’s “The Monkey Cage” blog.

James Loewen, Catholic University, was quoted in a December 24 Diverse: Issues in Higher Education article, “Dr. James W. Loewen Changing the Way America Views its History.”

John Logan, Brown University, and Susan Brown, University of California-Irvine, were quoted in a recent Associated Press article about how the inclusion of Latinos in some California cities has caused more racial isolation. The article appeared in a number of media outlets including the Daily Democrat and ABCNews.com on December 28.

Laura Miller, Brandeis University, was quoted in a December 15 Washington Post article, “Independent Bookstores Turn a New Page on Brick-and-Mortar Retailing.” The article also appeared in the Chicago Tribune on December 15 and the Express on December 18.

Zachary Neal, Michigan State University, was quoted in a November 19 Atlantic Cities article and interviewed November 21 on WKAR about his study, “The (In) compatibility of Diversity and Sense of Community.” His research was also mentioned in a number of other media outlets including Michigan Radio, Fria Tider (Sweden), Fakty (Poland), U.S. Catholic, University Herald, Express (Belgium), and the Toronto Star.

Tim Pippert, Augsburg College, was quoted in a December 29 NPR.com article, “A Campus More Colorful Than Reality: Beware That College Brochure,” and was interviewed on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday about the same topic.

George Ritzer, University of Maryland, was mentioned in a December 27 Huffington Post article, “An Alluring Woman With Fries and McDonaldization in Art.”

Michael J. Rosenfeld, Stanford University, was quoted in a January 6 PsychCentral.com article, “No Liberty for Single People in the American Colonies.”

Stephen Russell, University of Arizona, was quoted in a January 3 Los Angeles Times article, “Do ‘Jokesters’ Distort Research on Gay Youth?”

Robert Sampson, Harvard University, was quoted in a January 6 New York Times article, “Two Decades of Change Have Boston Sparkling.” He was also quoted in a December 30 Nature article, “Behaviour and Biology: The Accidental Epigeneticist.”

David R. Segal, University of Maryland, was interviewed December 20 by Bloomberg News about the appointment of Admiral Michelle Howard as Vice Chief of Naval Operations, the number two military job in the U.S. Navy.

Murray Straus, University of New Hampshire, was mentioned in a December 15 Fayetteville Observer editorial, “Our View: Here’s Why Spanking Students is Sure to Backfire.”

Diana Veloso, De La Salle University-Manila, was interviewed November 4 for Best Men, a weekly show on men’s issues produced by GMA News TV, a television network in the Philippines. As part of the episode, she shared sociological perspectives on gender socialization in Philippine culture and its impact on the general public’s response to male rape and other forms of abuse against men.

Sudhir Venkatesh, Columbia University, was mentioned in a January 5 New York Times Book Review article, “Cities.”

Lisa Wade, Occidental College, wrote a December 7 Salon column, “American Men’s Hidden Crisis: They Need More Friends!” The column also mentions Rebecca Adams, University of North Carolina-Greensboro. In addition, Wade was mentioned in a December 9 Slate article, “Society Tells Men That Friendship Is Girly. Men Respond by Not Having Friends.”

Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University, was quoted in a December 27 Washington Post column, “Everybody Wants to Fix the World. Here’s How.” The column also appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune on January 4.

Kristi Williams, Ohio State University, and Bradford Wilcox, University of Virginia, were quoted in a January 7 CNBC.com article, “Marriage May Not be Magic Bullet for Poverty.” The article also appeared on NBCNews.com on January 7.

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Gary D Bouma, Monash University, received the 2013 Award for Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology by The Australian Sociological Association.

Adele E. Clarke, University of California-San Francisco, received the 2012 John Desmond Bernal Prize for Distinguished Contribution to the Field from the Society for Social Studies of Science.

Brad Fulton, Duke University, received the President’s Award for Nonprofit Research from the RGK Center and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action for his research on social diversity within organizations.

Louis Kriesberg, Syracuse University, received the 2013 Peace Studies Lifetime Achievement Award, by the Central New York Peace Studies Consortium.

Stephen J. Morewitz, California State University-East Bay, won the 2013 San Jose State University Annual Book Award for co-editing, Handbook of Forensic Sociology and Psychology (Springer, 2013).

Ana Sanicki, London School of Economics, received first place for the 2013 Sociologists AIDS Network Scholarly Activity Award.

Beth Schneider, University of California-Santa Barbara, won the 2013 Sociologists AIDS Network Outstanding Career Award.

Kristi Stringer, University of Alabama-Birmingham, received third place for the 2013 Sociologists AIDS Network Scholarly Award.

Kelly Szott, Syracuse University, received runner-up for the 2013 Sociologists AIDS Network Scholarly Award.

Brooke West, Columbia University, won the Sociologists AIDS Network 2013 Marin Levine Paper Competition Award.

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Robert M. Clark, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, was promoted to Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences in August 2013.

Nicholas Copeland, Virginia Tech University, has been appointed an assistant professor of American Indian Studies in the Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech University.

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Barbara Risman, University of Illinois-Chicago, was elected President-Elect of the Southern Sociological Society (SSS).

Steve McDonald, North Carolina State University, was elected Vice President-Elect of the Southern Sociological Society (SSS).

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New Books

Pertti Alasuutari, University of Tamere, Ali Qadir, University of Tampere, Eds., National Policy-Making: Domestication of Global Trends (Routledge, 2014).

Elizabeth Aranda University of South Florida, Sallie Hughes University of Miami, Elena Sabogal William Paterson University, Making a Life in Multiethnic Miami: Immigration and the Rise of a Global City (Lynne Rienner, 2014).

Ronald J. Berger, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Jon Feucht, East Tennessee State University, and Jennifer Flad, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Disability, Augmentative Communication, and the American Dream: A Qualitative Inquiry (Lexington, 2014).

Alessandro Bonanno, Sam Houston State University, Steven A. Wolf, Cornell University, Eds., The Neoliberal Regime in the Agri-Food Sector (Routledge, 2014).

Garcia, Angela Cora. An Introduction to Interaction: Understanding Talk in Formal and Informal Settings (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013).

Jan Marie Fritz, University of Cincinnati, Ed., Moving Toward a Just Peace: The Mediation Continuum (Springer, 2014).

Meg Wilkes Karraker, University of St. Thomas, Diversity and the Common Good: Civil society, Religion, and Catholic Sisters in a Small City (Lexington, 2013).

Lane Kenworthy, University of Arizona, Social Democratic America (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Jerry Lembke, College of the Holy Cross, PTSD: Diagnosis and Identity in Post-Empire America (Lexington Books, 2013).

Gilda L. Ochoa, Pomona College, Academic Profiling: Latinos, Asian Americans, and the Achievement Gap (University of Minnesota Press, 2013).

Lois Presser, University of Tennessee, Why We Harm (Rutgers University Press, 2013).

Thomas Janoski, University of Kentucky, Darina Lepadatu, Kennesaw State University, Dominant Divisions of Labor: Models of Production that Have Transformed the World of Work (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2013).

Adrienne Trier-Bieniek, Valencia College, Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman: Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos (Scarecrow Press, 2013).

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New Publications

The Human Talent Network, a new talent portal delivering news, opinions, and commentary on issues related to the social sciences and the practice of human resources launches a new website. For more information, visit www.prweb.com/releases/2013/12/prweb11394994.htm.

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Summer Programs

21st Annual RAND Summer Institute, July 7-10, 2014, Santa Monica, CA. Two conferences addressing critical issues facing our aging population: Mini-Medical School for Social Scientists; Workshop on the Demography, Economics, Psychology, and Epidemiology of Aging. Interested researchers can apply for financial support covering travel and accommodations. Deadline: March 21. 2014. For more information, visit www.rand.org/labor/aging/rsi.html.

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