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Myra Marx Ferree was mistakenly identified as not being pictured on page 6 of the November 2004 Footnotes issue, but she was standing between Jerome Scott and Mounira M. Charrad in the photo of the 2004 ASA major award recipients.

Call for Papers and Conferences

The Erotic: Exploring Critical Issues, the 2nd Global Conference, May 9-11 2005, Budapest, Hungary. Papers are welcome on related themes. Submit 300 word abstract by January 28, 2005. If paper is accepted, an eight-page draft should be submitted by April 15, 2005. Submit to Jones Irwin at and Rob Fisher at

Global Awareness Society International 14th Annual Conference, May 26-29, 2005, Rome, Italy at the Grand Hotel Duca D’Este. Theme: “Global Awareness: From Multiculturalism to Trans- culturalism and World Peace.” Sessions being organized include a wide variety of multidisciplinary global concerns and issues. Deadline to submit is March 1, 2005. Email proposals to James C. Pomfret,

Imagining Public Policy to Meet Women’s Economic Security Needs, October 14-15, 2005, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Academic and community-based researchers and activists are invited to submit proposals for either a conference paper or roundtable discussions. Suggestions for panels of three to four people on a topic are also welcome. Focus should be on possibilities for new public policies. Contact: Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Chair, Women’s Studies, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC, V5A 2P1, Canada. Submissions due March 15, 2005.

International Sociological Association, RC 04. Sociology of Education Conference, May 19-22, 2005. Theme: “At the Margins of Adult Education, Work and Civil Society.” Papers are encouraged. Deadline for abstracts: February 15, 2005. Abstracts of no more than 200 words can be sent to More information: Contact Erja Moore or Minna Turunen, University of Joensuu, Department of Sociology, POB 111, 80101 Joensuu, Finland.

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) invites proposals for its 55th Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2005, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. Theme: “Blowback: The Unintended Consequences of Social Problems.” Papers, abstracts, or 2- to 3- page outlines for presentations at division-sponsored sessions should be sent electronically to session organizers no later than January 31, 2005. If your paper does not fit into one of the sessions sponsored by a division, send your submission electronically no later than January 31 to Program Committee Co-Chairs: Tim Diamond, and PJ McGann, When sending an email, place SSSP in the subject line.

Third Joint Conference on Mathematical Sociology, June 24-26, 2005, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan. Cosponsored by the Mathematical Section of the American Sociological Association and the Japanese Association for Mathematical Sociology. Abstracts submitted before January 15, 2005, will be given special consideration. Early submitters will be notified of the organizers’ decisions by February 15, 2005. Abstracts submitted later than March 15, 2005, will be accepted only if program space is available. Contact the American organizer, Herm Smith, at, or the Japanese organizer, Dai Nomiya, at

Thomas J. Dodd Research Center 10th Anniversary Meeting, also presented by the University of Connecticut Human Rights Institute, October 27-29, 2005, at the University of Connecticut. Theme: “Economic Rights: Conceptual, Measurement, and Policy Issues.” Scholars from a range of fields are invited to submit papers on any one of three substantive themes: (1) conceptual issues central to understanding economic rights, (2) approaches to measuring economic rights, or (3) policy applications. A one-page abstract and current curriculum vitae should be submitted by March 1, 2005, to: Lanse Minkler, Department of Economics, University of Connecticut, 341 Mansfield Road Unit 1062, Storrs, CT 06269; email

The Znaniecki Conference, April 21-22, 2005, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. Day one will focus on papers on any aspect of Florian Znaniecki’s research or its extensions, with a keynote to be delivered by Professor Elzbieta Halas, University of Warsaw, Poland. Day two will be our annual Transnational Workshop, with the 2005 theme of migration to coincide with the Znaniecki Conference. Submit abstracts or complete papers by March 15, 2005 to: Contact Adrian Cruz, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois, MC-454, 702 South Wright Street, Urbana, IL 61801.


Fast Capitalism, an electronic journal, invites papers for FC 1.2. Deadline is May 1, 2005. The journal addresses the impact of rapid information and communication technologies on self, society, and culture in the 21st century. The focus of FC 1.2 is the future of the American left, but papers on other topics are welcome, too. Contact

Journal of the Community Development Society. Special issue on public participation in community-based organizations and local government. Papers are invited that examine techniques used by community development practitioners to enhance citizen participation as well as contemporary trends in grassroots involvement, especially studies focusing on public participation as it relates to inequality faced by low-income and minority communities. Contact guest editor before making submissions, at Robert M. Sullivan, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University at Buffalo, 201K Hayes Hall, 3435 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214; email

Journal of Sociology of the Australian Sociological Association welcomes substantive or methodological contributions from researchers investigating social issues using longitudinal data, on any substantive topic, are welcome. Send by February 1, 2005, to Janeen Baxter, School of Social Science, University of Queensland, St. Lucia QLD 4072, Australia.

National Women’s Studies Association Journal, special issue on “Women, Tenure, and Promotion.” Contributions are due May 1, 2005, and examples of topics include status of women and changing the structures, mentoring for women, student evaluations and faculty ratings, court trends, women and lawsuits, or tenure and promotion struggles and denials. Submit a 150-word abstract with a completed essay of 20-30 pages including abstract, notes, and references. Submit two copies to Ines Shaw, English Department, Nassau Community College, One Education Drive, Garden City, NY 11530 and one copy to Betty Harris, Women’s Studies Program, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019. For more information email

Qualitative Sociology, special issue on “Political Ethnography.” QS is looking for papers that include close-up, on-the-ground observation of routine and/or contentious politics in real time and space. Ethnographies of party, union, or NGO politics as well as of mass contentious actions (from episodic protests to social movements) from around the globe are welcome. Deadline is June 1, 2005. Send papers to Javier Auyero, Editor, Qualitative Sociology, Department of Sociology, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794. Guidelines are available at

Service-Learning and Undergraduate Sociology: Research, Syllabi, and Instructional Materials (Marsteller Kowalweski, Ender, and DeFiore, 2001), a top seller among the American Sociological Association’s teaching resources, is ready for its third edition and will include the following sections: (Sections I and II) Syllabi of Complete S-L and Integrating S-L Sociology Courses. We are interested in receiving materials from sociologists using service-learning in their teaching. Materials may include, but are not limited to: complete syllabi, course outlines, handouts, assignment sheets, or any other written materials relevant to using service-learning in teaching sociology. (Section III) Best Practices for Finding, Building, and Maintaining Community Partnerships. We are requesting “advice” or “tips” from sociologists using service-learning in their teaching who have been successful at building and maintaining community partnerships. Submissions should be accompanied by any documents you may use to help you accomplish successful partnerships (contracts, needs or asset identification surveys, recognition certificates, etc.). All submissions should include description of the type of school, size of class, level of class (e.g., freshman vs. senior), etc. Deadline for submissions is February 10, 2005. Submissions for initial review should be sent via email (in MS Word format or compatible format). Text should be single-spaced with double spacing between paragraphs and sections. Specify which section your submission is for and send to: JoAnn DeFiore, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Saint Francis University, PO Box 600, Loretto, PA 15940; (814) 472-3042; email


February 23-25, 2005. Campbell Collaboration Fifth Annual Colloquium, “Supply and Demand for Evidence,” Corinthia Alfa Hotel, Lisbon Portugal. Visit or email

June 10-12, 2005. Histories of Print, Manuscript, and Performance in America, meeting of the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA. For information visit

June 26-28, 2005. AcademyHealth’s 2005 Annual Research Meeting, Boston, MA. For more information contact (202) 292-6736;;

October 21-23, 2005. International Biennial Conference of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL. For more information visit


American Institute for Yemeni Studies with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is seeking applicants for fellowships. The fellowships are designed to bring scholars from Eastern Europe into the broader research community, especially Yemen. The countries that are involved include Bulgaria, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. The post-doctoral fellowships cover all areas of the humanities and social sciences and have tenures of two to three months. For further information, contact (610) 896-5412; email;

American Research Institute in Turkey with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is seeking applicants for fellowships. The fellowships are designed to bring scholars from Eastern Europe into the broader research community, especially Turkey. The countries that are involved include Bulgaria, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. The post-doctoral fellowships cover all areas of the humanities and social sciences and have tenures of two to three months. For further information, contact (215) 898-3474; email;

Federal Emergency Management Agency, Community Planning Fellowships. The fellowships are designed to help graduate-level planning students learn to incorporate hazard mitigation into community planning practices, and is managed by the Multihazard Mitigation Council of the National Institute of Building Sciences. Students will be based at FEMA headquarters in Washington, DC, for eight weeks during the summer of 2005 or two semesters during the 2005-2006 academic year. Fellows receive a stipend for the orientation, a stipend and tuition/fees to cover credit hours, and housing. Applications due January 31, 2005. For more information on the program, contact Claret Heider, (202) 289-7800; email

Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund provides fellowships for scholars whose lives and work are threatened in their home countries. They permit scholars to find temporary refuge at universities and colleges anywhere in the world. Applications are accepted any time. Emergency applications receive urgent consideration. Maximum award is $20,000. For additional information, contact IIE Scholar Rescue Fund Fellowships, 809 U.N. Plaza, Second Floor,New York, NY 10017; (212) 984-5588; email;

University of Colorado-Boulder School of Journalism is seeking applicants for dissertation fellowships in media, religion, and culture. Three one-year dissertation fellowships of $12,000 each will be awarded to doctoral candidates/candidates at the dissertation proposal-writing stage, or who are in the first year after the dissertation proposal is approved. Supported by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Deadline: April 5, 2005. Contact Scott Webber at;

In the News

The American Sociological Association was mentioned in a November 7 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about young people going through a quarterlife crisis based on research by Frank Furstenberg, University of Pennsylvania.

Eric Anderson, SUNY-Stony Brook, was featured on the TBS reality show “The Real Gilligan’s Island” as “The Professor.”

Andrew Beveridge, Queens College, had his research cited in a November 28 New York Times article about Afghan-American women and their rights in America.

Monte Bute, Metropolitan State University, was profiled in a November 1 St. Paul Pioneer Press article about his colorful history and the Distinguished Sociologist Award he received from the Sociologists of Minnesota.

Lee Clarke, Rutgers University, was featured on WWOR TV, Seacaucus, New Jersey, on November 10, 2004 about how government officials have put up evacuation signs in Newark that go nowhere.

William V. D’Antonio, Catholic University, wrote an op-ed in the October 31 Boston Globe on the family values of Massachusetts liberals.

Mathieu Deflem, University of South Carolina, was featured for his website campaign,, in an article “Web Site Defends Sociology” in The Daily Gamecock, November 17.

John DeLamater, University of Wisconsin-Madison, was quoted in the November 15 New York Daily News about recent national political setbacks to the scientific study of human sex behavior.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, was quoted in the November 10 Los Angeles Times on the labor movement’s prospects in the wake of President Bush’s victory. He was quoted in Neal Pierce’s November 7 syndicated column, which appeared in the Charlotte Observer, Seattle Times, and other papers, about the prospects for progressive politics following the Bush victory. He also wrote an analysis of the recent election for the online edition of Dissent magazine. He was quoted in the November 19 LA Weekly about the HUD-related redevelopment of public housing in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles. He and Kelly Candaele wrote an article for The Nation website on how Democrats and progressives can win politically as well as help those at the bottom of the economic ladder by campaigning to raise the minimum wage at the federal level and in key states.

Troy Duster, New York University, was quoted in the November 10 Boston Globe on the importance of doing research on the 2004 presidential election to allay widespread internet-based speculation and conspiratorial fears of election fraud.

J. Barry Gurdin, wrote an article, “Kabbalah by the Bay,” for the October 1 issue of Forward.

Morten Ender, United States Military Academy at West Point, was interviewed on Here & Now on WBUR, Boston Public Radio, regarding his observations this past summer of U.S. service member consumption patterns and mounting credit card debt while in Iraq. The story aired November 24. He was also interviewed live on November 17 on North Country Public Radio regarding his research of U.S. soldiers in Iraq and observations of life in Baghdad. He was quoted in an October 27 article in The Hartford Courant regarding his work on the socio-demographics and non-traditional families, especially fiancés, of U.S. service members killed in Iraq. The story also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Roger Finke, Pennsylvania State University, Peter Berger, Boston University, and Rodney Stark, Baylor University, were all cited for their research on religion and American society in a November 21 New York Times article.

Robert Freymeyer, Presbyterian College, was quoted in the November 8 issue of the Christian Science Monitor in an article on the Democrats’ prospects for winning the South.

John Gagnon, State University of New York-Stony Brook, was quoted in a November 9 New York Times article about ideological and political obstacles in America to objective research on human sexual behavior.

Donna Gaines,, wrote an opinion piece on the results of the recent presidential elections in the November 11 New Haven Advocate.

Brian Gifford, University of California-Berkeley, was interviewed on November 21 on National Public Radio and quoted in the Associated Press on November 12 and the Washington Post on October 28 about his research on the racial distribution of U.S. military deaths in Iraq. His op-ed piece about the Iraq war appeared in the Washington Post on November 29.

Robert Hauser, University of Wisconsin, was quoted in a New York Times obituary for Otis Dudley Duncan. Peter Blau, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was also cited as Duncan’s co-author of The American Occupational Structure.

Jerry A. Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania, had his research on the long workweeks of faculty reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 5.

Nora Jacobson, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, wrote an op-ed that appeared in the November 28 Washington Post. The article was about the anti-Americanism she feels as an American living in Canada.

Arne L. Kalleberg, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was quoted in the November 9 Washington Post in an article about the displacement of information technology workers.

Jerry Krase, City University of New York-Brooklyn College, was interviewed on November 23 on Voice of America about the multicultural changes seen in Brooklyn from his daily bus commute.

Louis Kreisberg, Syracuse University, wrote an op-ed article for the Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon) on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict after Yasser Arafat’s death.

Aaron Kupchik, Arizona State University, was quoted in a November 29 Arizona Republic article about the direct marketing to consumers of Taser guns (in time for the holidays).

Bart Landry, University of Maryland-College Park, was quoted in an August 27 Denver Post article about African American middle class and home ownership.

Edward Laumann, University of Chicago, was quoted in a November 9 New York Times article about political and ideological barriers in America to research on human sexual behavior. He was also quoted in the November 15 Chicago Tribune about scientific research on human sexual behavior.

Donald N. Levine, University of Chicago, was quoted in Robert D. Kaplan’s November 14 New York Times op-ed about democratization of Iraq.

Martin N. Marger, Michigan State University, was interviewed on CBC Radio on October 18 on the impact of the U.S. presidential election on Canada.

Timothy J. Owens, Purdue University, was interviewed November 11 by public radio station KCSN (Northridge, CA) about his research on self-esteem change of military veterans from his book From Adolescence to Adulthood in the Vietnam Era.

Harriet Presser, University of Maryland-College Park, was quoted in the December/January issue of Working Mother magazine about people working nonstandard hours.

Stanley Presser, University of Maryland-College Park, is quoted in the October 18 issue of The New Yorker about the validity of responses in opinion polling.

Ira Reiss, University of Minnesota, was quoted in a November 15 Los Angeles Times article about the relative contribution of sociological factors (vs. the findings of biologist Alfred Kinsey) to changes in human sexual behavior.

William Seltzer, Fordham University, had his letter to the editor published in the December 2 New York Times. The letter was regarding college statistics collected by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Robert Silverman, University at Buffalo, was quoted in an article in the Baltimore Sun on November 25 about the recent fight between Detroit Pistons fans and Indiana Pacers players in the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Barry Wellman, University of Toronto, was featured in an Associated Press story about how people are not very excited about the Internet anymore.

Caught in the Web

The National Institute of Mental Health has culled an extensive list of federal data and statistical resources on health and population groups from a wide range of agencies. Resources cover broad areas. View/download from the ASA website at


New England Resource Center for Higher Education invites nominations for the Ernest A. Lynton Award for Faculty Professional Service and Academic Outreach. The award recognizes a faculty member who connects his or her expertise and scholarship to community outreach. Unlike traditional service-learning awards that focus on the link between teaching and service, the Lynton Award emphasizes the connection more broadly to incorporate professional service and academic outreach. Send nominations to: NERCHE, Graduate College of Education, UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125-3393; email

Members' New Books

Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval, University of California-Santa Barbara, Globalization and Cross-Border Labor Solidarity in the Americas: The Anti-Sweatshop Movement and the Struggle for Social Justice (Routledge, 2005).

Berch Berberoglu, University of Nevada-Reno. Globalization and Change: The Transformation of Global Capitalism (Lexington Books, 2005).

Melanie E.L. Bush, Brooklyn College, Breaking the Code of Good Intentions (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004).

Maria Charles, University of California-San Diego, and David Grusky, Stanford University, Occupational Ghettos: The Worldwide Segregation of Women and Men (Stanford University Press, 2004).

Raymond De Vries, St. Olaf College, A Pleasing Birth: Midwives and Maternity Care in the Netherlands (Temple University Press, 2004).

Yanyi K. Djamba, Southeastern Louisiana University, Sexual Behavior of Adolescents in Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2004).

Alice Fothergill, University of Vermont, Heads Above Water: Gender, Class, and Family in the Grand Forks Flood (SUNY Press, 2004).

Michael D. Grimes, Louisiana State University, Patching Up the Cracks: A Case Study of Juvenile Court Reform (Lexington Books, 2004).

Yuniya Kawamura, Fashion Institute of Technology/State University of New York, Fashion-ology: An Introduction to Fashion Studies (Berg Publishers, 2004).

Yuniya Kawamura, Fashion Institute of Technology/State University of New York, Pari no Shikumi (The Internal Structure of Paris Fashion (Nihon Keizai Shinbun, 2004).

Nancy Kleniewski, Bridgewater State College, editor, Cities and Society (Blackwell, 2005).

Vivian Louie, Harvard University, Compelled to Excel: Immigration, Education, and Opportunity Among Chinese Americans (Stanford University Press, 2004).

James T. Richardson, University of Nevada-Reno, Regulating Religion: Case Studies from Around the Globe (Kluwer/Plunun, 2004).

T.P. Schwartz-Barcott, Social Research Services, War, Terror, and Peace in the Qur’an and in Islam: Insights for Military and Government Leaders (Army War College Foundation Press, 2004).

Maureen R. Waller, Cornell University, My Baby’s Father: Unmarried Parents and Paternal Responsibility (Cornell University Press, 2004).


Patricia and Peter Adler have been elected as the new Presidents-elect for the Midwest Sociological Society.

Roberto Cipriani, University of Rome 3, has been elected President of the Italian Sociological Association.

Cheryl G. Najarian has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. She is also a Faculty Associate in the Center for Women and Work.

James T. Richardson, University of Nevada-Reno, was invited to present a paper at the first-ever international conference on law and religion to be held in China at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. His paper was titled, “Religion in Public Space: A Comparison of Russia, Japan, and the United States.”

Havidàn Rodrìguez, University of Delaware, was recently appointed as member of the Disasters Roundtable Steering Committee of the National Research Council, and the Committee on Assessing Vulnerabilities Related to the Nation’s Chemical Infrastructure, both of the National Academies.

David A. Sonnenfeld, Washington State University, was a co-organizer and invited participant at an international conference on “Environmental Governance in Asia: Regional Perspectives on Institutional and Industrial Transformations.” He was also co-convenor of a workshop on “Environmental Reform in Asia: Innovation, Transformation, and Challenge.” Both events were sponsored by the Agro-Industrial Transformations Towards Sustainability project of the North-South Interdisciplinary Research and Education Fund.

Patricia Yancey Martin became chair of the Department of Sociology at Florida State University in August, 2004.

Other Organizations

Advertising Educational Foundation’s 2005 Visiting Professor program exposes professors to the daily life of an agency, behind the scenes, and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas between the industry and academia. For more information, visit or email Sharon Hudson at or Kathy Grantham at

Asian American Psychological Association invites those interested in basic and applied research on the health, education, or mental health of Asian American populations to join the organization. For more information, visit

Mid-South Sociological Association is administering the newly established Stanford Lyman Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor Stan’s memory. Stan helped found the Association and was very involved in it. The scholarships will go to graduate and post-graduate students of sociology writing in fields in which Stanford was prominent (e.g., sociological theory, race relations, symbolic interaction, law, and ethics). To make tax-deductible contributions to the Fund, make payment to the Mid-South Sociological Association and send to Sahadeo Patram, Secretary-Treasurer, MSSA, Morehouse College: Unit 140036, 830 Westview Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30314.

Panel Study of Income Dynamics invites you to attend a free three-hour workshop titled “Introduction to Using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and Its Child Development Supplement,” March 30, 2005, from 2:00-5:00 pm at the Philadelphia Marriott in Conference Rooms 401-402. Contact to register for this workshop by February 15, 2005.


Pablo J. Boczkowski, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received a 2004 Outstanding Book Award of the Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Association for Digitizing the News: Innovation in Online Newspapers (Cambridge: MIT Press).

Walter S. DeKeseredy, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and Martin D. Schwartz, National Institute of Justice, jointly received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Women and Crime.

Ho-fung Hung, Chinese University of Hong Kong, received the PEWS Distinguished Article Award for “Orientalist Knowledge and Social Theories: China and the European Conception of East-West Differences from 1600 to 1900.”

John H. Laub, University of Maryland, and Robert J. Sampson, Harvard Uniersity, received the 2004 Michael J. Hindelang Award from the American Society of Criminology for their book, Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives: Delinquent Boys to Age 70 (Harvard University Press, 2003).

Michael Massoglia, University of Minnesota, received the second prize in the American Society of Criminology Gene Carte Student Paper Competition for “Desistance or Displacement? The Changing Patterns of Offending from Adolescence to Young Adulthood.”

Harriette Pipes McAdoo, Michigan State University, received the Ernest Burgess Award at the National Council on Family Relation’s 66th Annual Conference in November in recognition of her distinguished career.

Michael Messner, University of Southern California, won the 2004 Outstanding Book Award from the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, for Taking the Field: Women, Men, and Sports (University of Minnesota Press).

Jeffrey D. Morenoff, University of Michigan, received the Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award.

Jack Nusan Porter, Glenn Jacobs, and Alan Sica won the Distinguished Contribution to the History of Sociology award, presented by the History of Sociology Section, for their part in founding and editing The Journal of the History of Sociology, later called History and Sociology: An International Review.

Catherine Richards Solomon, Quinnipiac University, received the Outstanding Submission by a Student or New Professional Award from the National Council on Family Relation’s Research and Theory Section for her paper “‘The Very Highest Thing Is Family’: Family Life of Male Assistant Professors.”

Beverly Silver, Johns Hopkins University, won the PEWS Book Award for her book Forces of Labor: Workers’ Movements and Globalization Since 1870 (Cambridge University Press, 2003).

Rebecca L. Warner, Oregon State University, received the 2004 Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award from Oregon State. She is also the recipient of the 2004 College of Liberal Arts Excellence Award.


Mildred Peacock Crowder, Mongomery College and University of Maryland, died at the age of 90 of kidney failure.

Solomon Poll, Professor Emeritus at University of New Hampshire, passed away in August 2004.


Otis Dudley Duncan

Otis Dudley Duncan, one of the most influential sociologists of the 20th century, died of prostate cancer in Santa Barbara, California, on November 16, 2004. Duncan was instrumental in advancing the discipline of sociology through the use of advanced quantitative methods. Duncan was “the most important quantitative sociologist in the world in the latter half of the 20th century,” said Leo Goodman, University of California-Berkeley.

Duncan’s best-known work is a 1967 book that he coauthored with the late Peter M. Blau, The American Occupational Structure, which received the American Sociological Association Sorokin Award for most distinguished scholarly publication (1968). Based on quantitative analyses of the first large national survey of social mobility in the United States, the book elegantly depicts the process of how parents transmit their social standing to their children, particularly through affecting the children’s education. This work was subsequently elaborated by Duncan and other scholars, to include the role of cognitive ability, race, and other factors in the transmission of social standing from one generation to the next.

The book’s impact went far beyond its analyses of occupational mobility. Using survey data and statistical techniques, the book showed how an important sociological topic could be analyzed effectively and rigorously with appropriate quantitative methods. The work helped inspire a new generation of sociologists to follow and pursue quantitative sociology.

Robert M. Hauser, University of Wisconsin, said, “The most important thing about Dudley Duncan’s studies of social stratification was not the specific findings, though they have stood up well across the decades, but that they provided a framework for cumulative scientific work that challenged, extended, and compared those findings across time and place.”

Duncan introduced “path diagrams,” “path models,” and “path analysis” to the discipline of sociology, and he used these statistical tools in the Blau-Duncan book and his other studies of social stratification. Path analysis was first invented by Sewell Wright, a renowned biologist and evolutionary theorist. A path diagram and a corresponding path model describe a set of equations summarizing complex scientific ideas in terms of statistical relationships. Jointly with Arthur Goldberger, an eminent econometrician, Duncan worked on the relationship between path analysis and other statistical methods in the social sciences. They showed that path analysis models were closely related to the simultaneous equations models of economics and the confirmatory factor analysis of psychology. These three different ways of analyzing certain kinds of data can be included within a single general framework, called “structural equation models.” Today, structural equation models are widely used.

After contributing to the development of structural equation models, Duncan worked on other advanced quantitative methods for use in sociological research. In particular, he contributed in important ways first to “loglinear methods,” which are now used widely in the social sciences, and then to “Rasch models,” which were introduced by George Rasch, a Danish statistician, for educational testing. Duncan’s research pertaining to loglinear methods and their application included many articles on important sociological topics (1974 to 1985); and his research pertaining to Rasch models and their application also included many articles on important topics (1983 to 1990).

Duncan’s sociological interests were wide-ranging and evolved over time. His 1959 survey of demographic research (with the late Philip Hauser) literally defined the field of social demography. With Harold Pfautz he translated Maurice Halbwachs’ classic Morphologie Social as Population and Society: Introduction to Social Morphology. He invented a measure of the social standing of occupations (the Duncan Socioeconomic Index). With Beverly Duncan, he introduced an index of residential segregation between whites and blacks and conducted a thorough study of racial segregation in Chicago. His studies in Human Ecology culminated in a methodological book, Statistical Geography: Problems in Analyzing Areal Data. Together with a group of graduate students, the Duncans mapped out the hierarchical economic and social relationships among metropolitan areas and between those areas and their hinterlands. They also carried out pioneering research on changing gender roles in America. In the 1970s, Duncan led the development of indicators of social change in America. Before his retirement in 1987, he devoted almost all his attention to fundamental issues in social measurement. The main product was the 1984 book Notes on Social Measurement, which in his own estimation is his “best book.” He was also very proud of his most fully developed mathematical-theoretical article, which presented a solution of a problem that had vexed some of the leading social scientists of the time: “Why do people’s verbally expressed attitudes so often seem unrelated to their actions?”

Duncan established a new intellectual tradition in sociology that built on a longstanding tradition in demography. While some sociologists earlier tried to model sociology after physical science, Duncan was disdainful of the search for supposedly universal laws of society that would mimic those of physical science. The central tenet in Duncan’s new paradigm for quantitative sociology is the primacy of empirical reality. Quantitative tools would not be used to discover universal laws that would describe or explain the behavior of all individuals. Rather, quantitative analysis summarizes empirical patterns of between-group differences, while temporarily ignoring within-group individual differences. Examples include: socioeconomic inequalities by race and gender, residential segregation by race, inter generational social mobility, trends in divorce and cohabitation, consequences of single parenthood for children, and rising income inequality. Over time, social scientists can improve their understanding of the world by incrementally adding greater complexities to their analyses.

Duncan was a legendary mentor to graduate students. Many of his former students went on to make important contributions to quantitative sociology, and to have highly successful careers as sociologists. In reflecting on his career just before his death, Duncan remarked about himself that “of all his achievements, he was most proud of the record of outstanding achievement in quantitative sociology racked up by so many of his former students.”

Duncan received numerous awards and honors. He was elected to membership in three learned societies: The National Academy of Sciences, The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and The American Philosophical Society. He was also awarded honorary degrees by the University of Chicago, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Arizona. And he was President of the Population Association of America in 1968-1969.

Duncan was born on December 2, 1921, in Nocona, Texas. He received most of his precollegiate education in Stillwater Oklahoma. He completed his BA at Louisiana State University in 1941 and his MA at the University of Minnesota in 1942. He then served three years in the U.S. Army during World War II before completing his PhD degree in sociology at the University of Chicago in 1949. He was on the faculty in the Departments of Sociology at Penn State University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, the University of Arizona, and the University of California-Santa Barbara.

After retirement in 1987, Duncan was active in electronic music composition, in writing articles on music theory, and in the design of computer graphics.

Before his death, Duncan briefly returned to quantitative research. He wrote articles on the prevalence of creationism, the rising public toleration of atheists, the increasing number of people who specify “none” as their religion, the increasing public approval of euthanasia and suicide for terminally ill persons, and on some controversial statistics regarding gun use.

Survivors include Dudley Duncan’s wife Beatrice, his two sisters, Mary Anne Stone and Barbara Doze, and his daughter, Eleanor Duncan Armstrong, an eminent flutist based at Penn State University. Earlier in his life Dudley Duncan was married to Rose Mary Tompkins, and Beverly Davis, both now deceased.

Yu Xie, Leo A. Goodman, Robert M. Hauser, David L. Featherman, Halliman H. Winsborough

William Silverman

William (Bill) Silverman died suddenly and unexpectedly at home in Jericho, New York on August 3, 2004. Bill was born June 13, 1939, in Minneapolis Minnesota. He graduated from Washburn High School in Minneapolis and received his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. He taught at New York University and various colleges in the New York and New Jersey state college systems. Most recently, Bill was employed by the Federation of Organizations in West Babylon, NY, a non-profit organization providing services to the Mentally Ill and Elderly.

Bill was an active and contributing member of the American Sociological Association and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. He was serving as Secretary/Treasurer to the Sociology of Religion Section of the ASA at the time of his death. Within the SSSR, he was active participant in the SSSR/ RRA History Project and served for many years as the SSSR’s “unofficial photographer.” Bill was exceptionally well-read, and constantly tracked new developments in the sociology of religion. His scholarly work focused primarily upon theoretical issues in the sociology of religion and on Church-state relations.

Bill will be remembered by many as a thoughtful and considerate colleague. All of Bill’s professional colleagues remember that he kept track of their interests and sent them newspaper clippings whenever he saw something in the New York Times that he thought they might like to see.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Maurice and Toby Silverman. He is survived by his brother Robert (Suzanne Van Dyk) Silverman, his nephews (Adam Graham-Silverman, Tom Silverman and Dan Van Dyk), his niece (Allison Van Dyk Zaccardi), and many cousins. Memorial donations may be sent to either the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Division of Social Sciences, Alfred University, One Saxon Drive, Alfred NY 14802 or the Federation of Organizations, 1 Farmingdale Road, West Babylon NY 11704.

Arthur L. Greil, Alfred University


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