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4th Annual Graduate Student Ethnography Conference, March 2, 2007, Stony Brook University. We invite graduate students to submit abstracts of ethnographic research for the conference with the following three panels: Intersectionality, The Body and Performance, and Political Ethnography. Each panel will have invited senior scholar discussants. Submit abstracts by January 24 to Contact: for more information.

Confronting Fundamental Problems in Society and Sociology, August 10, 2007, New York City. The Sociological Imagination Group seeks papers for a two-day conference the day before the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. We are a group of sociologists and other scholars who have been working together over the past seven years to advance C. Wright Mills’ vision as expressed in The Sociological Imagination. We seek to overcome the tower-of-Babel specialization of ASA’s 44 sections and to promote a social science that integrates the knowledge within those sections so that we can address the full complexity of human behavior. Potential participants who are interested in presenting their work should submit a 2-page abstract in the body of an email to Bernard Phillips at no later than March 1. For more information visit

Critical Themes in Media Studies 7th Annual Graduate Student Conference, April 21, 2007, The New School. The Media Studies Conference is an entirely student-run program and covers diverse themes from globalization, televisuality, cyberspace and popolar culture to political economy, media/social theory, film, philosophy and beyond. All themes are open for consideration. The deadline for submitting abstracts is February 16, 2007; papers will be due no later than March 9, 2007. For further information, visit Contact: or Marianna Mott Newirth, Communications Officer, at

Ethnographies without Texts: A Student Workshop in Ethnographic Non-fic-tion Film and Video, April 27-28, 2007, Film Study Center Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Ethnographies Without Texts (EWT) is a two-day workshop for graduate students working in non-fiction film and video. The workshop aims to benefit students currently preparing new work, by providing the opportunity to participate in scholarly and artistic exchange and critique with a selected group of other student practitioners, faculty, and filmmakers, from programs across the United States and abroad. EWT is currently accepting submissions that are at a stage of editing in which critical feedback will be useful toward the completion of the project. Submissions should include a cover sheet, a one-page project description including location and objectives of the fieldwork upon which the project is based, and two copies of the media project on MiniDV or DVD format, along with any cueing instructions. The selection committee will view no more than 30 minutes of work per applicant. Deadline: February 1, 2007. Contact: Ethnographies Without Texts, c/o Media Anthropology Lab, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, 11 Divinity Ave., PM 5th floor, Cambridge, MA 02138; email

Special Conference of the Research Committee 0 of the International Sociological Association, August 28-30, 2007—Téluq-Uqam, Montréal, Québec, Canada. Special conference of the Research Committee 30 of the International Sociological Association in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the Association d’économie politique. The conference is on labor, work, gender, innovation and technological change, new forms of work organization, and changes in work and socio- economic security. We invite proposals for different types of presentations, including paper presentations, poster presentations, and panel presentations. Academic, labor, and community-based researchers are invited to submit proposals for either a conference presentation (proposals to deliver a poster presentation are also welcome) or panel discussion (proposing a panel of two, three, or four speakers) on a topic. Contact: Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay, Télé-université, UQAM, 100 Sherbrooke oust, Montréal, Québec, Canada H2X 3P2; Deadline: January 30, 2007.


Humanity & Society’s Special Issue is dedicated to the exploration of connections between the oppression of animals and broader issues of social injustice. This special issue, titled “Social Justice and the Animal Question,” will frame debates about animals and their centrality to broader issues of power and oppression. A range of papers that thoughtfully examine the moral landscape of human-animal relations is encouraged. Manuscripts should not exceed 30 double-spaced pages of text, plus notes and references, and should follow the “Notice to Contributors” guidelines supplied at Authors should include both an abstract and a Reflexive Statement explaining his or her commitment to and personal involvement in efforts to alleviate the form of injustice addressed in the manuscript. Articles using a conventional scholarly format as well as personal essays and policy “think” pieces are welcome. Papers should be submitted via email to Ann Goetting, the Executive Editor, at Identify submissions with the subject: Animals. Contact: Leslie Irvine at Deadline: July 1, 2007.

Humanity & Society is requesting submissions for future issues. Humanity & Society is the official peer-reviewed journal of the Association for Humanist Sociology (AHS). It seeks original research on and critical analyses of social-structural- level dynamics affecting justice and equality. Subject areas include race, class, and gender inequality; war, peace, and international relations; colonialism; political sociology and political economy; organizational analysis; social theory; social change; social movements and backlash; and humanism and human rights. Articles may be theoretical and/or speculative, critical essays, or analyses of data utilizing various qualitative and quantitative research strategies. Theoretical orientations may be eclectic, Marxist, feminist, critical theory, symbolic interaction and humanist sociology (designed to contribute to a more humane egalitarian society). Humanity & Society is particularly interested in publishing the work of scholars. For directions on submission, review the “Notice to Contributors,” located on the AHS website: Contact: Ann Goetting at

The Journal of Applied Social Science, the official, peer-refereed journal of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS), is requesting submissions for future issues. 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 processed electronically. Send an email attachment of your manuscript in a word-processed format file, an abstract of no more than 150 words, and a brief biographical statement. Tables and figures must be camera-ready. Submissions for the winter issue will be accepted through August 15 and through February 15 for the spring issue. 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, Editor, Journal of Applied Social Science, Department of Sociology, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI 48197; email;


January 25-27, 2007. First North American Conference on the Study of Radicalism, Michigan State University’s Kellogg Conference Center. Theme: “Global Radicalisms: Beyond Left and Right?” The conference is associated with a new print journal from MSU Press: Journal for the Study of Radicalism, whose website is

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

March 26-30, June 11-15, August 6-10, 2007. Workshops in Quasi-Experimental Design and Analysis in Education. These workshops are designed to complement the current interest in randomized experiments in education by simultaneously seeking to improve the quality of the quasi-experiments that are needed when random assignment is not feasible or breaks down. The deadline for applications for the March workshop is January 25; for the June workshop is March 15; and for the July workshop is May 15. Contact: Karen Burke, Institute for Policy Research, 2040 Sheridan Road, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208;

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

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

April 12-14, 2007. The British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2007. University of East London. Theme: “Social Connections: Identities, Technologies, and Relationships.” Contact:;

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

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

May 25-27, 2007. International Sociological Association, Research Committee 04, Sociology of Education Mid-term Conference, Nicosia, Cyprus. Theme: “New Directions in Sociology of Education.” For more information, visit

May 30-June 2, 2007. 6th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Honolulu, HI. Submission Deadline: January 24, 2007. For more information, visit Contact:

June 3-5, 2007. Academy Health 2007 Annual Research Meeting, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, Orlando, FL. Visit for more information.

June 22-24, 2007. Geography and the Humanities Symposium, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. For more information visit

July 9-26, 2007. Crime and Justice Summer Research Institute: Broadening Perspectives and Participation, Criminal Justice Research Center, Ohio State University. For more information and to download an application, see our website Contact:

August 10, 2007. Miniconference on the Future of Consumer Studies, by the Consumer Studies Research Network, Barnard College, New York. For more information, visit

March 12-14, 2007. International Symposium— A Changing Cuba in a Changing World, Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies, The Graduate Center–City University of New York. This international, inter-disciplinary forum will probe changes currently underway in economics, politics and policy models, civil society, art and literature, race relations, national identity and culture, as well as Cuba’s role in world affairs. Contact: Cuba Project, The Bildner Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10016-4309 or via email to or via fax to (212) 817-1540. For more information, visit and


The Advertising Educational Foundation invites you to apply to the Visiting Professor Program (VPP). Deadline: February 16, 2007. The VPP is a highly competitive, two-week fellowship for professors of advertising, marketing, communications, and the liberal arts. Whether a professor is placed with an agency, a marketing, or media company depends on his/her area of expertise. Preference is given to professors with little or no industry experience and to those who have not already participated in the program. The objective is to expose professors to the day-to-day operations of an advertising agency, marketing, or media company, and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas between academia and industry. The Program is only offered to professors teaching in the United States. For an application, visit Contact: Sharon Hudson, (212) 986-8060 x15; email:

The Behavioral Science Training in Drug Abuse Program currently has openings for three Postdoctoral Fellows. Fellows will develop knowledge and skills in the areas of drug abuse and HIV/AIDS research through formal training and hands-on research experience at one of the nation’s largest non-profit research institutes funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and affiliated with Columbia University in New York City. Stipends range from $20,772 for predocs and $36,996 to $51,036 for postdocs, depending upon years of experience. See for details and application requirements.

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) announces a call for proposals for a new program of academic policy research conferences. This new program replaces the Research Fellowship Program and encourages and supports academic research on pressing policy issues. The aim of this program is to support a series of transatlantic research-driven conferences of scholars and policymakers working on policy areas that will change on a yearly basis. This year, GMF will consider proposals in three areas: the rise of China as a transatlantic issue, energy security, and economic policy. GMF will award six grantees up to $25,000 for conferences to be held in the 2007-08 academic year. American and European university-based scholars from any discipline may apply. Preference will be given to those proposals with a comparative and interdisciplinary approach. Proposals will be evaluated on their intellectual merits, transatlantic cooperation, engagement with the policy community, and potential policy impact through publications or other means. Deadline: March 1. Contact: Oliver Mains, German Marshall Fund of the United States, 1744 R St. NW, Washington, DC 20009. Further details may be found at

Stiftung Deutsch Amerikanische Wissenschaftsbeziehungen (SDAW/Foundation German-American Academic Relations) is prepared to fund research groups composed of German and North American scholars, and, where appropriate, other European scholars, who propose to explore topics of particular interest for the transatlantic relationship, focusing on international or domestic and comparative issues and/or opening up new methodological approaches. For more information, visit Deadline: March 31, 2007.


Fifth Norbert Elias Prize will be awarded in 2007. The Prize consists of €1,000 and it will be awarded to a significant first major book published between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2006. The Prize is awarded in commemoration of the sociologist Norbert Elias (1897–1990), whose writings, at once theoretical and empirical, boldly crossed disciplinary boundaries in the social sciences to develop a long-term perspective on the patterns of interdependence. This does not mean, however, that the prize-winning book will necessarily be directly inspired by Elias’s own work. Nominations for the prize should be sent to Saskia Visser, Secretary to the Norbert Elias Foundation, J.J. Viottastraat 13, 1071 JM Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Deadline: March 31, 2007.

The International Center for Qualitative Inquiry announces the second annual Illinois Qualitative Dissertation Award, for excellence in qualitative research in a doctoral dissertation. Eligible dissertations will use and advance qualitative methods to investigate any topic. There are two award categories, traditional (Category A), and experimental (Category B). Submissions in both categories address social justice issues. Submissions in Category A use traditional qualitative research and writing forms, while Category B submissions experiment with traditional writing and representational forms. An award of $250 plus a book credit of $150, courtesy of Sage Publications, will be given to each winner. All doctoral candidates are eligible, provided they have successfully defended their proposals prior to January 1, 2007, and will defend their final dissertation by April 1, 2007. Receiving or being considered for other awards does not preclude a student from applying for this award. Deadline: February 1, 2007. For further information, visit or Contact: Norman Denzin at

The Lewis A. Coser Award for Theoretical Agenda-Setting recognizes a mid-career sociologist whose work holds great promise for setting the agenda in the field of sociology. While the award winner need not be a theorist, his or her work must exemplify the sociological ideals Coser represented. Eligible candidates do work that is of crucial importance to sociology. They must have received a PhD no less than five and no more than twenty years before their candidacy. Nomination letters should make a substantive case for the nominees selection and should discuss the nominees work and his or her anticipated future trajectory. No self-nominations. After nomination, the Committee will solicit additional information from nominees and others for those candidates they consider appropriate for consideration. Submission Deadline: March 1, 2007, Send nominations to: Andrew Perrin, Chair, Lewis A. Coser Award, Department of Sociology, CB#3210 Hamilton Hall, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599- 3210; (919) 962 6876;

The Sociology of Education Special Interest Group at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) invites nominations (including self-nominations) for the Elizabeth G. Cohen Applied Research in Sociology of Education Award. The award is given once every two years to a sociologist or someone in a related field whose body of research has focused on the improvement of schools, school districts, or educational policy. The awardee should be a member of AERA during the year in which the award is given, and he or she will be honored at the AERA Annual Meeting. Deadline: February 28, 2007. For each nomination, send a letter identifying the person and the reasons the scholar is worthy of this award. Contact: Daniel A. McFarland at

In the News

Algernon Austin, Thora Institute, LLC, wrote an op-ed with Jared Bernstein for the November 8 Baltimore Sun on the misconception of black culture.

Robert N. Bellah, University of California- Berkeley, was featured in the December 1, 2006, Chronicle of Higher Education because Duke University Press is honoring his 80th birthday by publishing The Robert Bellah Reader with selected works on the evolution of civil religion in the United States.

Suzanne Bianchi, University of Maryland- College Park, had her research on trends in Americans’ social networks and family, which was part of the Rose Series publication Changing Rhythms of American Family Life, featured in a November 7, 2006, New York Times op-ed by Stephanie Coontz. Her research was also mentioned, along with colleagues Melissa A. Milkie and John P. Robinson in an October 22 article in the Washington Post by Marie Cocco.

Diane R. Brown, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, was quoted in an October 25 Star-Ledger article on racial disparities in health plans.

Karen A. Cerulo, Rutgers University, has done a number of 30- and 60-minute interviews on both commercial and public radio stations in Columbia, MO, Minneapolis, MN, Nevada City, CA, New Brunswick, NJ, Phoenix, AZ, Philadelphia, PA, Plainfield, VT, Salt Lake City, UT, Santa Barbara, CA, and Santa Cruz, CA. She has also done two syndicated programs, one with Richard Baker and another with Bruce Wadzeck. The interviews focus on her new book Never Saw It Coming: Cultural Challenges to Envisioning the Worst.

Dalton Conley, New York University, was quoted in the November 14, 2006, Washington Post about persisting disparities in income and education among racial/ethnic groups within the United States, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, authored an article, in the Los Angeles Business Journal on November 27 analyzing the results of two housing bond measures on the November 7 ballot. His article in American Prospect magazine on November 10 examined the results of successful ballot initiatives in six states to raise the minimum wage. He had an article appear on the on November 27. He was interviewed about his research on widening economic segregation within American metro areas in Los Angeles Magazine in October and he was quoted in an October 27, 2006, story in the Los Angeles Times about the death of labor leader Miguel Contreras and in a November 2, 2006, Los Angeles Timesstory about the role of business groups and labor unions in campaigns for statewide public works bonds. He was also quoted in a cover story in the December 2006 issue of Los Angeles Magazine about LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s first 18 months in office.

Mitchell Duneier, Princeton University, was quoted in a November 25 Washington Post article on New York City street vendors.

Julio Frenk was mentioned in the November 5, 2006, Washington Post for his candidacy for the World Health Organization Director in the general election.

Kathleen Gerson, New York University, and Jerry Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania, had their research on trends in Americans’ social networks, featured in a November 7, 2006, New York Times op-ed by marriage historian Stephanie Coontz.

David J. Hanson, SUNY-Potsdam, was quoted in the November 6, 2006, Washington Post about the efficacy of the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program to reduce drug use in K-12 school settings.

Janice Irvine, University of Massachusetts- Amherst, was quoted in a December 3 New York Times article on being repulsed but unable to turn away from celebrity gossip.

Michael Jacobson, Vera Institute of Justice, was quoted in a November 26 Washington Post article on decreased crime rates and a decreased need for jails.

Colin Jerolmack, The Graduate Center- City University of New York, had his letter to the editor critiquing an essay that portrayed people who care for and feed urban pigeons as “crazy” and “marginal,” published in the November 19 New York Times Magazine and was featured in a September 19 Philadelphia Metro article about the merits and dangers of websites where students can post public and anonymous evaluations of professors.

Jerry M. Lewis, Kent State, was quoted in an article in the Akron Beacon Journal on the possibility of celebration riots after the Ohio State-University of Michigan Championship football game.

Wilbrod Madzura and Scott Magnuson- Martinson, both of Normandale Community College, were quoted in an article on grade inflation in the November 27 issue of the Community College Week.

Ramiro Martinez, Florida International University, Robert J. Sampson, Harvard University, Stephen Raudenbush, University of Chicago, Alejandro Portes, Princeton University, and Ruben Rumbaut, University of California-Irvine, were all quoted or mentioned in a December 3 New York Times article on immigration and crime rates.

Miller McPherson, University of Arizona, Lynn Smith-Lovin, Duke University, and Matthew Brashears, University of Arizona, had their research on declining social networks, which appeared in the June American Sociological Review, mentioned in the November 26, 2006, Time magazine article “The Year in Medicine From A to Z.” Smith-Lovin was interviewed on National Public Radio’s On Point on November 20.

Valentine M. Moghadam, UNESCO and Purdue University, was quoted in an article that appeared in the French daily Le Monde on November 18, 2006. The article, which also appeared in the November 19 edition, described a seminar on Islamic Feminism that Moghadam had co-organized at UNESCO and cited her on the definition of Islamic feminism and on its cultural and political significance.

Mark Nord, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), was quoted in the November 16, 2006, Washington Post about a newly released USDA report on a scientific definition of hunger and the prevalence of hunger in the United States.

Lisandro Perez, Florida International University, was quoted in a November 15 USA Today article about Cubans fleeing their homelands for U.S. shores.

Tony Pogorelc, The Catholic University of America, was interviewed in the November 11 Milwaukee Catholic Herald about his research on the social movement Call to Action. He was also quoted in the November 10 Boston Pilot and November 17 in the Tennessee Register about his study on the process the U.S. Bishops used to compose their 1986 Economic Pastoral Letter.

Harriet Presser, University of Maryland- College Park, had a letter to the editor in the December 1 New York Times.

Jennifer A. Reich, University of Denver, was a guest on the Today Show on October 30, to discuss trends in work and family and changes in family size.

Alan R. Sadovnik, Rutgers University, wrote a letter to the editor on the racial testing gap that appeared in the November 24 New York Times.

Matthew Salganik, Columbia University, was quoted in The Guardian in an article about predicting the success of pop music, and his research was mentioned in the Economist on November 9.

David R. Segal, University of Maryland, was quoted in the USA Today on August 1 regarding mothers and grandmothers who are joining the army. He was quoted in the Sioux City Journal on August 7 and the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil regarding legislation introduced by Iowa senators and congressmen aimed at preventing suicide among military veterans. He was interviewed on All Things Considered on National Public Radio (NPR) and quoted in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on August 15 regarding military recruiting violations and in the Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Tribune, and the Fort Wayne Journal on August 16 regarding recent declines in army enlistment standards. He was quoted on the use of the National Guard as a “back door draft” on August 24 in the Kansas City Star, and on August 27 in the Aberdeen (SD) American News and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He was interviewed on WILL on NPR on September 7 about the state of the American military, and was quoted on teenagers’ concerns about a return to a military draft in the Sacramento Bee on September 22, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on September 25, the Riverside (CA) Press-Enterprise on September 30, and the Ventura County Star on October 3. He was also quoted in the Christian Science Monitor on September 25 regarding the role of clergy acting as counselors for National Guard troops returning from Iraq, in the Baltimore Sun on October 19 regarding an increase in U.S. war fatalities in Iraq, and in the Navy Times on October 23 regarding a proposal to allow Navy reservists to spend a month with an operational unit rather than drilling for one weekend a month and two weeks during the summer.

Mady W. Segal, University of Maryland, and Charles C. Moskos, Northwestern University, were quoted in the New York Times on September 24 regarding American military women being killed in combat in Iraq.

Steven M. Tipton, Emory University, was mentioned in the December 1 Chronicle of Higher Education because Duke University Press is honoring his co-editor, Robert N. Bellah, by publishing the Robert Bellah Reader with selected works on the evolution of civil religion in the United States.


Steven Barkan, University of Maine, won the 2006 “Texty” Textbook Excellence Award in the humanities and social science category from the Text and Academic Authors Association for Criminology: A Sociological Understanding.

Judith Blau, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, received the 2006 Lester Ward Award for Distinguished Contributions to Applied Sociology from the Society for Applied Sociology. As such she was invited to present the keynote address at the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology annual meeting.

Jeff Breese, Marymount University, received the 2006 Alex Boros Award from the Society for Applied Sociology.

Anne Charvat, Inservice, Inc., received the 2006 Robert Ezra Park Award from the Society for Applied Sociology.

Hayward Derrick Horton, SUNY-Albany, is a recipient of the University’s 2006 Excellence in Academic Service Award. He is also a recipient of the 2006 SUNY Chancellor ’s Award for Excellence in Academic Service.

Louis Kriesberg, Syracuse University, received the Peace and Justice Studies Association’s Peace Scholar Award at its annual meeting on October 7, 2006.

Barbara Walters, Kingsborough Community College, received a President’s Faculty Award for 2006.


Gennifer Furst was promoted to assistant professor of sociology at William Paterson University.

Robert Getso returned from civilian service with the U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) and accepted a position as professor of sociology at Passaic County Community College. He also continues to instruct sociology at City University of New York.

Hayward Derrick Horton, SUNY-Albany, has been promoted to Professor of Sociology.

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

Karrie Ann Snyder, previously of the University of Chicago, has recently started a position at the Institute for Women’s Health Research, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, as a Research Assistant Professor.


Thomas Calhoun, Southern Illinois University, presented his presidential address on “The Quest for Inclusion: A sociological Mandate” at the Mid-South Sociological Association annual meeting.

Karen Cerulo, Rutgers University, was selected as the new editor of Sociological Forum, published by the Eastern Sociological Society.

Aya Ezawa, Swarthmore College, was named a 2005 Abe Fellow by the American Council of Learned Societies.

John L. Hammond, Hunter College and Graduate Center-CUNY, was a visiting professor at Nanjing University last summer. He taught a course on social movements.

Eric Klinenberg, New York University, was named a 2005 Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellow by the American Council of Learned Societies.

Ross Koppel, University of Pennsylvania, has been named president of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociologists.

Fatos Tarifa, former Albanian Ambassador to the United States, presented on the topic of “Facing Tomorrow’s Global Challenges: What Can Sociology Offer?” at the 2006 Society for Applied Sociology annual meeting.

Mary Virnoche, Humboldt State University (HSU), recently received a $500,000 National Science Foundation Scientific Leadership Scholars grant. The funds will support 30 Native American and/or first generation college students studying Computer Science, Environmental Resources Engineering, or Mathematics at HSU for four years. Mary is a co-principal investigator teaming with colleagues from the sciences to address structural inequities in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Members' New Books

Dean John Champion, Texas A&M International University, Crime Prevention in the United States (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2007).

James M. Jasper, Getting Your Way: Strategic Dilemmas in Real Life (Chicago, 2006).

Louis Kriesberg, Syracuse University, Constructive Conflicts: From Escalation to Resolution, 3rd ed., (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006) and Mothers in Poverty, paperback edition, originally published in 1970 (Aldine Transaction, 2006).

Aaron Kupchik, University of Delaware, Judging Juveniles: Prosecuting Adolescents in Adult and Juvenile Courts (NYU Press, 2006).

David Mechanic, Rutgers University, The Truth About Health Care: Why Reform Is Not Working in America (Rutgers University Press, 2006).

Bernard Phillips, Ed., The Invisible Crisis of Contemporary Society: Reconstructing Sociology’s Fundamental Assumptions (Paradigm Publishers, 2007) and Understanding Terrorism; Building on the Sociological Imagination (Paradigm Publishers, 2007).

Harland Prechel, Texas A&M University, Ed., Politics and Globalization: Research in Political Sociology, Vol. 15 (Elsevier Press, 2007).

Jennifer Rothchild, University of Minnesota- Morris, Gender Trouble Makers: Education and Empowerment in Nepal (Routledge, 2006).

James W. Russell, Eastern Connecticut State University, Double Standard: Social Policy in Europe and the United States (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006).

Robert A. Stebbins, University of Calgary, Serious Leisure: A Perspective for Our Time (Transaction Publishers, 2006).

A. Javier Treviño, Wheaton College, ed. Classic Writings in Law and Society: Contemporary Comments and Criticisms(Transaction Publishers, 2007).

Other Organizations

Humanity and Society is seeking people to serve as book reviewers. As a generalist journal, Humanity and Society publishes reviews of books on a wide variety of topics. We are particularly interested in books that are relevant to humanist sociology, broadly defined as sociology that views people not only as products of social forces but also as shapers of social life and that is committed to a more humane, equal and just society. To be considered as a book reviewer, send a summary of your areas of interest and (if applicable) previous reviewing experience to Daniel Egan at We welcome reviewers from a diverse range of backgrounds, including activists, graduate students, and practitioners in fields other than sociology.

New Publications

The Journal of World-Systems Research (JWSR) needs a new editor or editorial team. The journal has established a strong reputation in the publication of cuttingedge interdisciplinary research on global social change and world-systems. It is currently under consideration to become the official journal of the Political Economy of World-Systems (PEWS) Section of the American Sociological Association. The PEWS Publications Committee is seeking proposals for a new editor or editorial team. Ideally the new editor(s) would have tenure at a research university and would be able to obtain financial support from their university for the publicationof the journal. The PEWS Publications Committee will review all proposals and will make the decision regarding the editorial transition. Send queries and proposals to Marina Karides, Sociology, Florida Atlantic University, 2912 College Avenue, Florida Atlantic University, Davie, FL 33314; (954) 236-1053; fax (954) 236-1150; email;

New Programs

Harvard to Present Advanced Quantitative Research Methodology Course Online. The course begins February 6, 2007. Gary King, distinguished Professor of Government and Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University, will present his popular daytime advanced quantitative research methodology course to students around the world via the Harvard Extension School’s distance education program. Until this year, the course had only been available to matriculating students at Harvard; it is now available online to anyone wishing to learn from King how new approaches to research methods, data analysis, and statistical theory are developed. This course introduces the theories of inference underlying most statistical methods. Online registration begins December 4; classes begin February 6, 2007. Visit for more information.

Summer Programs

Crime and Justice Summer Research Institute: Broadening Perspectives and Participation, Criminal Justice Research Center, Ohio State University, July 9-26, 2006. Organized by Lauren J. Krivo and Ruth D. Peterson and funded by the National Science Foundation and Ohio State University, the Institute is designed to promote successful research projects and careers among scholars from underrepresented groups working in areas of crime and criminal justice. Participants will be provided with necessary resources for completing research that is already ongoing and will work with senior faculty mentors in their areas of study. Research and professional development workshops will address topics related to publishing, professionalization and career planning. The institute will culminate in a research symposium where participants present their completed research before a scholarly audience. Expenses for travel to Ohio, living, and local transportation will be provided. Applications are due February 9, 2007. For more information and to download an application, visit Contact:

Summer Institute in Applied Research in Child and Adolescent Development, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/National Institutes of Health. June 24-29, 2007, Bolger Center, Potomac, MD. A goal of the Institute is to support investigators who are beginning careers as applied researchers by providing training that will build upon their existing content knowledge and research skills. The Child Development and Behavior Branch and the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch of the NICHD are organizing this Institute with financial support and guidance from the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). Application packet and Institute information are available at: Contact: Deadline: February 15, 2007.


Samuel W. Bloom, Graduate Center-City University of New York and the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, passed away on December 20.

Bill Borchert Larson passed away on July 28, 2006.

Yuri Levada died November 16 of a heart attack at the Levada Analytical Center in Moscow.

Robert Smock, University of Michigan- Dearborn, died of natural causes on February 25, 2006, in Plymouth, MI, at the age of 80.


Feliks Gross

On Thursday, November 9, 2006, my good friend, colleague, and mentor Feliks Gross died peacefully in his sleep at his apartment on the upper west side of Manhattan. He was 100 years old but ever so young. On the occasion of my last visit to his bedside he explained that he was reviewing his prior publications and “working on another book.” He smiled when I wished him “Sto Lat!”

For his Jubilee in June the Academy of Humanities and Sciences of the City University of New York held a special “Feliks Gross Endowment Award” luncheon. The American Sociological Association also recognized him as its “oldest living member” (November 2006 Footnotes). The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America (PIASA) honored him with an archival exhibition and discussed his life and work during its 64th Annual Meeting. The PIASA sessions “Feliks Gross: The Enlightened Pluralist” and “Feliks Gross: Teacher, Friend, and Colleague” captured his essence. He was fondly remembered not merely for his excellent scholarship but for his exceptional character, charity, and respect for people of any social station.

Feliks Gross deserves a place in the pantheon of those who sought to understand, and solve the most vexing of human problems, or perhaps better “our afflictions.” He brought with him a wealth of European ideas that were transformed here by his experience in American society. Believing that basic moral norms are universal, if not absolute he constructed a rational-normative model of reasonable and ethically acceptable standards for the conduct of society. His work lies well within the Classical Tradition and, like Jürgen Habermas, he used reason to hold power to account. To the end Gross was sure that theory disconnected from human values and human beings is meaningless. For this we should be eternally grateful.

Feliks Gross is survived by his only child, Eva Helena Gross Friedman, his niece Augusta Gross, his nephew Jan Gross, his grand niece Magda Gross, and a grand nephew Tomek Gross.

Jerome Krase, Brooklyn College-CUNY

Doris P. Slesinger

Doris P. Slesinger, Professor Emerita of Rural Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, died of pancreatic cancer on October 1, 2006. She was 78 years old. She is survived by her husband, Professor Emeritus Edward Wellin, her three sons and daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren.

Doris earned her undergraduate degree in 1949 from Vassar College, her masters in 1960 in sociology and demography from the University of Michigan, and her PhD in sociology, with emphasis on demography and health, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973. She joined the faculty of UW-Madison’s Department of Rural Sociology in 1974, and retired in 1998. In retirement, she remained engaged in university affairs, including serving in the UW-Madison Faculty/Staff Ombuds Program.

Doris Slesinger’s outstanding career as an applied sociologist built on the long-standing traditions of rural sociology. Her research and outreach activities concerned the health and well-being of minorities, including African Americans and Native Americans, women, migrant farm workers, and the rural poor. Doris conducted significant research on the health and health care of migrant agricultural workers in Wisconsin, providing data used to support policy and legislative reforms. She provided a unique combination of demographic expertise, medical sociology focus, and concern for applied research. She served as a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Migrant Labor from 1998 until her death.

Doris authored or co-authored four books and nearly 100 articles and reports. Her “Women’s Health Brochures” contributed to the expansion of public knowledge on health issues. Written in user-friendly prose in both English and Spanish, the brochures cover an array of topics on women’s clinical health issues and are distributed throughout the country. She was an active participant in the faculty governance and professional societies. She became the first woman chair of a rural sociology department in the country in 1987, a position she held until 1991. She also led the department’s Applied Population Laboratory as director or co-director from 1974-87. She served on the Rural Sociological Society (RSS) governing council from 1983-87; she was elected RSS Vice President in 1989. Doris received the Distinguished Rural Sociologist Award in 2002 for lifetime career achievements. Within the Population Association of America, she was instrumental in the creation and survival of the Committee on Applied Demography in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Doris was in the generation of women professors who were always breaking new ground. Academic women in the generations that followed have had a somewhat easier time because of pioneers like Doris who forged the way, fought the early battles, and established the precedents. Doris actively and continuously tried to make their way easier by her service as an advisor and mentor to women graduate students and junior faculty. She provided what many professional women sought: an advisor, a collaborator, a role model, a protector, a steady and sturdy shoulder. The University of Wisconsin’s Women Faculty Mentoring Program not only selected her as the first recipient of its mentoring award in 1998, but also named it the Doris P. Slesinger Award for Excellence in Mentoring. She was soft-spoken, but never unspoken. She was passionately concerned about fairness and justice, and she never forgot that people have many dimensions to their lives. She made sure that life transitions were marked and celebrated. Doris brought intelligence, honesty and humor to all her activities and relationships.

Those interested in making a memorial gift in Professor Slesinger’s honor should contact the Rural Sociology Department Chair (608-262-9536) or consult the department’s website for information.

Eleanor Cautley, Glenn V. Fuguitt, Gene F. Summers, Leann Tigges, Paul R. Voss

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