January 2014 Issue • Volume 42 • Issue 1

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Call for Papers


European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology is seeking manuscripts to contribute to its journal. The journal aims to be a forum in which to explore the relationship between culture and politics through a sound sociological lens. Along with a robust book review section. For more information, visit www.mc.manuscriptcentral.com/recp and www.tandfonlin.com/recp.

Studies in Symbolic Interaction invites submissions for a second special issue on “Radical Interactionism,” from Norman K. Denzin, the series’ founding editor. Before submitting a completed paper, submit a three- to four-page summary of your proposed project. Deadline: July 1, 2014. Contact: Lonnie Athens at athenslo@shu.edu.


The Conference of Ethnography and Qualitative Research, June 5-7, 2014, Bergamo, Italy. Theme: “Ethnography of Disasters: History, Resistance, Struggles.” Papers with both ethnographic and qualitative contributions that deal with disastrous events in the widest possible sense; analyze the social, economic, historical, legal, and political context within which disasters develop; and explain how the restoration of normal life conditions are, or are not, pursued by different private and institutional actors. Deadline: February 17, 2014. Contact: Pietro Saitta at pisait@gmail.com and Domenica Farinella at dominca.farinella@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.etnografiaricercaqualitativa.it/?p=8.

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.

International Conference on Capital, Labor and South-South Development, October 9-11, 2015. Ithaca, NY. Theme: “Capital, Labor, and South-South Development.” The dynamic of global development in the 21st Century differs from the historically unidirectional “North to South” flow of capital, technology, and models of development. Interested in original research papers within the context of South-South development. Deadline: January 31, 2014. Contact: Sarosh Kuruvilla at sck4@cornell.edu, Eli Friedman at edf48@cornell.edu, and Ching Kawn Lee at cklee@soc.ucla.edu.

Junior Theorists Symposium (JTS), August 15, 2014. Berkeley, CA. JTS invites submissions for extended abstracts. The JTS is a one-day conference featuring the work of up-and-coming theorists, sponsored in part by the Theory Section of the ASA. Since 2005, the conference has brought together early career-stage sociologists who engage in theoretical work. Deadline: February 15, 2014. Contact: juniortheorists@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.scatter.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/junior-theorists-symposium /.

The Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium (NEO-USS), Saturday, March 1, 2014. Kent, OH. Theme: “Engaging the Sociological Imagination.”  NEO-USS is a one-day conference that brings together undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty mentors to showcase the undergraduate scholarship of Northeast Ohio and surrounding regions. Traditional papers (including original empirical research, theoretical explorations, and reviews), posters, and creative works (including video and photography of a sociological nature) are all welcome. Contact: Clare Stacey at NEOUSS@kent.edu. For more information, visit www.kent.edu/sociology/neo-uss/index.cfm.  

Research Network Sociology of the Arts 8th Conference, September 4-6, 2014, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Theme: “Art and its Contexts: Cross-Disciplinary Dialogue.” The Research Network aims to provide the sociological context for understanding the multifaceted and interwoven social aspects that characterize the art worlds. The focus of this conference will be on sociological approaches to art and their tense but promising relations with other approaches by cultural studies, art history, philosophy and aesthetics. Deadline: February 15, 2014. Contact: Dan Eugen Ratiu at daneugen.ratiu@gmail.com; esa.arts2014@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.hiphi.ubbcluj.ro/ESA-Arts-2014.

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) 64th Annual Meeting, August 15-17, 2014, San Francisco, CA. Theme: “Fifty Years Later: From a War on Poverty to a War on the Poor.” SSSP is an interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students interested in the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems. Deadline: January 31, 2014. Contact: sssp@utk.edu. For more information, visit www.sssp1.org.

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April 2-5, 2014. Southern Sociological Society Annual Conference. Charlotte Marriot City Center, Charlotte, NC. Theme: “Poverty, Social Policy, and the Role of the Sociologist.” Contact: program@southernsociologicalsociety.org. For more information, visit www.southernsociologicalsociety.org/annual.html.

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The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) is soliciting applications for the 2014 Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship. Persons identified as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian/Asian American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, or American Indian, or Alaska Native and accepted into an accredited doctoral program in any one of the social and/or behavioral sciences are invited to apply for the $12,000 Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship. Deadline: February 1, 2014. Contact: Hoan Bui at hbui@utk.edu. For more information, visit www.sssp1.org/index.cfm/m/261/Racial/Ethnic_Minority_Graduate_Scholarship/.

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. Deadlines: August 15. For more information, visit www.lsac.org/lsacresources/grants/lsac-research.

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The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) invites applications to its PhD and postdoctoral program. BIGSSS supports its doctoral and postdoctoral fellows in achieving early scientific independence and provides funds in order to conduct, present, and publishing of their research. The language of instruction is English. Deadline: February 14, 2014. Contact: admissions-officer@bigsss-bremen.de. For more information, visit www.bigsss-bremen.de.

Columbia University Post-Doctoral Fellowship Position to begin September 2014. The goal of the fellowship is to train researchers whose work is focused on the ethical, legal, and social implications of advances in genetics, with a special focus on psychiatric, neurologic, and behavioral genetics. Training programs, which will generally last two years, include course work, mentored research activities, guidance in seeking research funding, and participation in the activities of the Columbia University Medical Center. All activities are designed to accommodate the skills and interests of the fellows. Candidates should have a doctorate (e.g., PhD, JD, MD) in the social and behavioral sciences, genetics or other basic sciences, and substantial empirical research skills. Deadline: February 1, 2014 Contact: Sharon Schwartz at sbs5@columbia.edu.

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In The News

Mitch Abolafia, University at Albany, was a November 1 guest on the “Marketplace Morning Report” radio program and was quoted in a Marketplace.org article about the Federal Reserve under Ben Bernanke.

Rene Almeling, Yale University, authored a November 29 post, “Sex Cells: The Gender Divided Market for Eggs and Sperm,” on the PBS NewsHour “Rundown” blog.

Medora Barnes, John Carroll University, was quoted in an October 15 Canada.com article, “Baby Blues (and Pinks): Parents Buying into Stereotypes Even Before Little Ones are Born, Study Shows,” about her research. The research was also covered in The (Montreal) Gazette, The Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen, and a number of other major Canadian newspapers on October 14 and 15.

Michelle Budig, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, was quoted in a November 15 NBCNews.com article about the motherhood wage penalty and the fatherhood wage bonus, and her research on the topic was mentioned in a November 15 CNBC broadcast.

Helen A. Berger, Brandeis University, was interviewed for an October 30 CNN.com article, “For Some Wiccans, Halloween Can Be a Real Witch.”

Karen Cerulo, Rutgers University, was quoted in a November 23 CNN.com article, “Phones on a Plane: To Talk or Not to Talk?”

Andrew Cherlin, Johns Hopkins University, and Judith Seltzer, University of California-Log Angeles, were quoted in a November 18 Wall Street Journal article, “Parents Serving as Emergency Support for Adult Kids.”

Jay Coakley, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, was quoted in a November 27 Huffington Post column, “It’s Decision Time: What Kind of Sports Do We Want?”

Jessica Collett and Jade Avelis, both of the University of Notre Dame, were mentioned along with their research on the influence of the impostor phenomenon on career aspirations in a November 9 Guardian article. They were also mentioned in articles in ScienceCareers, Physics World, Business Insider, and other media outlets.

Paula England, New York University, was quoted in a November 12 New York Times article, “In Hookups, Inequality Still Reigns.”

Jeremy Fiel, University of Wisconsin–Madison, was quoted in a November 5 Atlantic article, “Why Are American Schools Still Segregated?”

Claude Fischer, University of California-Berkeley, was quoted and Judith Seltzer, University of California-Los Angeles, was mentioned in a November 30 Deseret News article, “Senior Discounts: Adult Children Subsidized by Senior Parents.”

Lori Freedman, University of California-San Francisco, was quoted in a December 2 Washington Post article, “Catholic Hospitals Are Growing. What Will That Mean for Reproductive Health?” The article also appeared in The Seattle Times on December 2.

Charles A. Gallagher, La Salle University, was interviewed November 5 on Philadelphia’s Fox News on the sociological reasons bystanders don’t help when they see a victim to crime. He was also quoted in an October 31 Houston Chronicle article about how cafes can be gathering spots for specific immigrant groups and was quoted in October 19 Courier Post article on the racial and sociological implications of Corey Booker being elected to the U.S. Senate.

Julian Go, Boston University, was interviewed November 18 on Pacifica Radio’s “Against the Grain,” which covered Go’s research on the American and European empires in the post-World War II period as discussed in his book, Patterns of Empire: the British and American Empires, 1688 to the Present.

Alice Goffman, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mitchell Duneier, Princeton University, Elijah Anderson, Yale University, Gary Alan Fine, Northwestern University, and Bruce Western, Harvard University, were quoted and Sudhir Venkatesh, Columbia University, was mentioned in a November 18 Chronicle of Higher Education article, “The American Police State.”

Kevin Gotham, Tulane University, was mentioned in a December 4 Advocate article, “Katrina Study to Examine People, Plants and the Rats.”

Jonathan Hill, Calvin College, was quoted in a December 3 Salt Lake Tribune article, “A New Look at Giving Tuesday: More Give to Religion Than Realize it.”

James M. Jasper, Graduate Center-CUNY, was a November 12 guest on Romanian National Television’s evening news, where he discussed the country’s growing protests against gold mining.

Philip Kasinitz, Graduate Center-CUNY, was quoted in a recent Les Temps article on the resurgence of taxi dancing in New York City.

Michael Kimmel, Stony Brook University, was quoted in a December 4 Telegraph article, “Sexist Britain? Oh Come On, Women are Just as Badly Behaved When it Comes to Stereotyping Girls at Work.” Kimmel was also quoted in a December 3 Telegraph article, “The 10 Jobs Men Don’t Trust Women (or Men) to Do: From a Male Nanny to a Female Bus Driver,” and in a November 17 Associated Press article, “Network of All-Boys NYC Public Schools Growing.” In addition, Kimmel’s new book, Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era, was reviewed November 24 in the New York Times.

David Maume, University of Cincinnati, was interviewed December 5 on NPR’s “Morning Edition” about his Journal of Health and Social Behavior study, which found that social ties are more important than biology when it comes to teen sleep problems. The study was also the subject of articles in a number of media outlets including NPR.org, The Huffington Post, LiveScience.com, Newsday, and Education Week on December 5.

Sabrina McCormick, George Washington University, was quoted in a September 26 Chicago Tribune article, “When Cancer Comes Early.”

Theresa Morris, Trinity College, was interviewed October 22 on WPR and WNPR and quoted in an October 23 WNPR.org article about her research on c-sections, published in her book, Cut It Out: The C-Section Epidemic in America.

Kelly Musick, Cornell University, was quoted and Ann Meier, University of Minnesota, was mentioned in a November 29 Wall Street Journal article, “Why Family Dinners Won’t Stop Drug Abuse.”

Jay Livingston, Montclair State University, wrote a November 25 Pacific Standard column, “Kennedy’s Assassination and the Sociology of Emotions.” The column originally appeared in Sociological Images on November 23.

Andrew Papachristos, Yale University, was quoted and Christopher Wildeman, Yale University, was mentioned in a November 27 Los Angeles Daily News op-ed, “Reassessing Poverty’s Role.”

Michael Pollard, RAND Corporation, and Kathleen Mullan Harris, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, had their research covered in a December Women’s Health article, “The Shack-Up Shakedown.”

David Schleifer, Public Agenda, was interviewed November 7 on NPR’s “All Things Considered” about the FDA’s proposed new regulations that would essentially ban trans fats. He was also quoted in a November 7 NPR.org article and in November 8 Chicago Tribune and Atlantic articles about the same topic.

Judith Seltzer, University of California-Los Angeles, was quoted in a November 5 Washington Post article on grandparents caring for children.

Patrick Sharkey, New York University, was quoted in a December 4 Daily Beast article, “Obama Confronts Liberals’ Biggest Skeptics: White People.”

Melissa Sloan, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, and Dawne Mouzon, Rutgers University, were quoted in a December 5 Los Angeles Times article about Sloan’s new Social Psychology Quarterly study, “Counting on Coworkers: Race, Social Support, and Emotional Experiences on the Job.”

Clare Stacey, Kent State University, was quoted in a November 21 Bloombergarticle, “Home-Care Aides at Poverty’s Edge Are Hottest U.S. Jobs.” The article also appeared in the Chicago Tribune on November 28.

Zeynep Tufekci, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was interviewed November 18 on the North Carolina Public Radio program, “The State of Things,” about her life and research.

Charles Varner, Princeton University, and Cristobal Young, Stanford University, were mentioned in a December 3 Atlantic Cities article, “Why Bill de Blasio’s Tax Hike Won’t Cause the Wealthy to Flee New York.”

Sharon Zukin, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center-CUNY, was quoted about holiday shopping in several publications including the Press & Sun Bulletin on November 27, the New York Post on November 29, and the Connecticut Post on December 2. The New York Post article also quoted Michelle Weinberger, Northwestern University, about the same topic.

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Bonnie Berry, Social Problems Research Group, is the recipient of the Mentor of Mentors Award from the American Society of Criminology.

David Christopher Lubin, University of Chicago, received the UChicago Booth Teaching Award for 2013. The first sociologist selected since 1998.

Maxine Baca Zinn, Michigan State University, received the 2013 Charles Horton Cooley Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the Michigan Sociological Association.

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Richard Arum, New York University, has joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a senior fellow on educational quality as a one-year stint.

Chloe Bird, RAND Corporation, has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of Women’s Health Issues of January 2014. For more information, visit www.whijournal.com.

E. C. Ejiogu, University of the Free State-South Africa, was guest editor on a Special Section of the Journal of Asian and African Studies December issue.

Simon Langlois, Laval University-Quebec, has been elected President of the Academy of Social Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada on November 2013.

David Christopher Lubin, University of Chicago, received the 2013Chicago Social Sciences Division Research Grant in support of his field work.

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New Books

Salvatore J. Babones, University of Sydney, Gustavo Esteva, Universidad de la Tierra, and Philipp Babcicky, University of Sydney, The Future of Development: A Radical Manifesto, (Policy Press, 2013).

Salvatore J. Babones, University of Sydney, Methods for Quantitative Macro-Comparative Research (Sage Publications, 2013).

Salvatore J. Babones, University of Sydney, Ed., Applied Statistical Modeling (4 volumes, Sage Publications, 2013) and Fundamentals of Regression Modeling (4 volumes, SAGE Publications, 2013).

James Burk, Texas A&M University, Ed. How 9/11 Changed Our Ways of War (Stanford University Press, 2013).

Morten Ender, West Point, David Rohall, Western Illinois University, Michael Matthews, West Point, The Millennial Generation and National Defense: Attitudes of Future Military and Civilian Leaders (Palgrave Pivot, 2014).

Karla A. Erickson, Grinnell College, How We Die Now Intimacy and the Work of Dying (Temple University Press, 2013).

Nancy Foner, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center, Jan Rath, University of Amsterdam, Jan Willem Duyvendak, University of Amsterdam, and Rogier van Reekum, Erasmus University, Eds. New York and Amsterdam: Immigration and the New Urban Landscape (New York University Press, 2014).

Gary Neil Marks, University of Melbourne, Education, Social Background and Cognitive Ability: The Decline of the Social (Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014).

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New Publications

Behavioral Science & Policy (BSP), a new journal for policy makers. Published with Brookings Institution Press, BSP features short articles advancing proposals and recommendations from leading behavioral and social scientists. Articles will be reviewed by disciplinary researchers and professional writing editors so that they are readily accessible to a broad audience. For more information, visit www.bsp-journal.org/.

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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. For more information, visit www.rand.org/labor/aging/rsi.html.

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