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Candidates for ASA Offices in 2006

In accordance with election policies established by the ASA Council, biographical sketches of the candidates for ASA leadership positions are published in Footnotes (see below). The biographical sketches appear in alphabetical order by office. Biographical sketches for all candidates will be available online when ballots are mailed to all current voting members in mid-April.

Candidates for President-Elect

Name: Arne L. Kalleberg

Present Professional Position: Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology (1994 to present) and Senior Associate Dean for Social Sciences (2004 to present), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Former Professional Positions Held: Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1986-94; Assistant Professor to Professor, Indiana University- Bloomington, 1975-85
Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin- Madison, 1975; MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1972; BA, Brooklyn College, 1971.
Offices Held in Other Organizations: Society for the Advancement of Socio- Economics (elected to Executive Committee, 1996-99; 2001-04); American Association for the Advancement of Science (elected a Fellow, 1997); Member, Committee on the Impact of the Changing Economy on the Educational System (2000-01) and Committee on Techniques for the Enhancement of Human Performance- Occupational Analysis (1996-98), National Research Council; Member, Nominations Committee, Southern Sociological Society 1998-2000; Co-editor (with Ivar Berg) of book series: Plenum Studies in Work and Industry, Kluwer/ Plenum Publishing Corporation, 1983 to present.
Positions Held in ASA: Secretary, 2001-04; Chair, Organizations, Occupations and Work Section, 2000-01; Chair, Organizations and Occupations Section, 1989-90; Elected member, ASA Publications Committee 1993-96; Elected member, ASA Nominations Committee 1987-88.
Publications and Professional Accomplishments: Kalleberg, Arne L. 2006. The Mismatched Worker. New York: W.W. Norton; Epstein, Cynthia Fuchs and Arne L. Kalleberg (editors). 2004. Fighting for Time: Shifting Boundaries of Work and Social Life. New York: Russell Sage Foundation; Kalleberg, Arne L. 2001. “Organizing Flexibility: The Flexible Firm in a New Century.” British Journal of Industrial Relations 39: 479-504; Kalleberg, Arne L., Barbara F. Reskin, and Ken Hudson. 2000. “Bad Jobs in America: Standard and Nonstandard Employment Relations and Job Quality in the United States.” American Sociological Review 65:256-278; Kalleberg, Arne L., David Knoke, Peter V. Marsden, and Joe L. Spaeth. 1996. Organizations in America: Analyzing Their Structures and Human Resource Practices. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Personal Statement: Social, economic and political forces (such as globalization, technological innovation, and the end of welfare) are radically transforming the nature of work in our society, and have led to the growth of dual-earner families, 24/7 work schedules, low-wage and often “dead end” jobs, and job insecurity. These changes in work and the workforce have, in turn, magnified social problems such as poverty, workfamily conflicts, political polarization, religious discord, and racial, ethnic and gender inequality. I became a sociologist in part because I wanted to explain the persistence of low-wage work and why highly educated people were unable to get good jobs. My research and teaching over the past 30 years have helped me to appreciate the social structural reasons for these problems and their historical and international dimensions. They have also underscored for me the intimate links between work and gender, race and families. My journey toward understanding has made me increasingly aware of the enormous opportunities— and obligations—we have to educate students and the public about these issues. A strong ASA can be a tremendous asset as we seek to foster public efforts designed to produce a society that offers workers secure jobs that pay a living wage.

Name: Victor Nee

Present Professional Position: Goldwin Smith Professor of Sociology, 1991 to present, and Director, Center for the Study of Economy and Society, Cornell University, 2001 to present.
Former Professional Positions: Chair, Department of Sociology, Cornell University, 1997-02; Associate Professor to Professor of Sociology, Cornell University, 1984-91; Assistant to Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California-Santa Barbara, 1977-85.
Education: PhD, Harvard University, 1977; MA, Harvard University, 1975; BA, University of California-Santa Cruz, 1967.
Offices Held in Other Organizations: National Science Foundation Sociology Review Panel, 2001-03; Editorial Board, American Sociological Review, 1996-99; Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, residence year 1996-97; Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, 1994-95; Deputy Editor, Sociological Forum, 1987-90.
Positions Held in ASA: Chair, Rationality and Society Section, 2005-06; Electedat- Large Member of the ASA Council, 2001-04; Council, Economic Sociology Section, 2002-04; Chair, International Migration Section, 2000-01; Nominations Committee, 1998-2000.
Publications: Nee, Victor. 2005. “The New Institutionalisms in Economics and Sociology,” in The Handbook of Economic Sociology (2nd Edition), edited by Neil J. Smelser and Richard Swedberg, Russell Sage Foundation and Princeton University Press; Nee, Victor, and Richard Swedberg (eds). 2005. The Economic Sociology of Capitalism, Princeton University Press; Alba, Richard, and Victor Nee. 2003. Remaking the American Mainstream: Assimilation and the New Immigration, Harvard University Press; Nee, Victor. 1996. “The Emergence of a Market Society: Changing Mechanisms of Stratification in China,” American Journal of Sociology; Victor Nee, Jimy M. Sanders, and Scott Sernau. 1994. “Job Transitions in an Immigrant Metropolis: Ethnic Boundaries and Mixed Economy,” American Sociological Review; Nee, Victor. 1989. “A Theory of Market Transition: From Redistribution to Markets in State Socialism,” American Sociological Review.
Personal Statement: If I have the privilege of serving you as President, I will strive to draw attention to the many ways in which sociology contributes to our understanding of this era of momentous societal transformation and worldspanning migrations. As an Asian American, whose family emigrated in 1949 from China to the United States, I have both experienced and studied change in two societies that will reshape the contours of the 21st century. The rapid reemergence of a market economy and society in China has been dramatic, with global impact. No less significant are the social, cultural, and economic shifts in our own country that come with global capitalism, large-scale immigration, and struggles for inclusion and against social inequalities. With its focus on cultural beliefs, networks, norms, and rules, -the nuts and bolts of the sociological approach- to sociology can discover and analyze mechanisms that motivate, enable, and guide the action of individuals and groups and that underlie the politics of institutional change. I am optimistic about sociology’s future. We have the tools that will allow us to make new advances in explaining these interconnected cultural, economic, and societal shifts. If elected, I will focus on guiding the ASA to highlight sociology’s contributions and ongoing efforts to explain the dynamics of societal change in a world on the move.

Candidates for Vice President-Elect

Name: Randall Collins

Present Professional Position: Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1997 to present.
Former Professional Positions Held: Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions, University of Cambridge, 2000-01; Professor, University of California- Riverside, 1985-97.
Education : PhD, University of California- Berkeley, 1969; MA, Stanford University, 1964; AB, Harvard College, 1963.
Offices Held in Other Organizations: President, Pacific Sociological Association, 1992-93; Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Fellow, the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Consulting Editor, American Journal of Sociology 1976- 78, 1990-92; Founding Editor, Theory and Society 1973-75.
Positions Held in ASA: Editorial Board, American Sociological Review 1995-97; 2003-06; Council, American Sociological Association, 1987-90: Committee on Publications, American Sociological Association, 1980-85; Committee on Nominations, American Sociological Association, 1981-82; Founding Editor, Sociological Theory 1980-84.
Publications: 2004. Interaction Ritual Chains. Princeton University Press; The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change. Cambridge: Harvard University Press; 1995. “Prediction in Macro-sociology: the Case of the Soviet Collapse.” American Journal of Sociology 100:1552-93. The Credential Society: An Historical Sociology of Education and Stratification. New York: Academic Press; Conflict Sociology. New York: Academic Press.

Name: Doug McAdam

Present Professional Position: Professor of Sociology, Stanford University, 1998 to present
Former Professional Positions Held: Director, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 2001-05; Assistant to Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona, 1983-2001.
Education: PhD, SUNY at Stony Brook, 1979; MA, SUNY at Stony Brook, 1977; BS, Occidental College, 1973.
Offices Held in Other Organizations: Chair, Review Committee on Scholarly Residencies, Rockefeller Foundation, 2005 to present; Chair, American Academy of Arts and Sciences Talcott Parsons Award Committee, Fall 2003; Member of the Board of the Oxford University Press series, “The Public Sphere,” 2003 to present; Member, Social Science Research Council Board of Trustees, 2002 to present; Member Institute for Advanced Study Advisory Board, 2002-04.
Positions Held in ASA: Member, Committee on Publications, 2000-03; Member, ASA Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award Committee, 1996-99; Chair, Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements, 1993-94; Member of the Editorial Board of the Rose Monograph Series, 2005 to present.
Publications: Rob Sampson and Doug McAdam, Heather MacIndoe and Simon Weffer. 2005. “Civil Society Reconsidered: The Durable Nature and Community Structure of Collective Civic Action.” American Journal of Sociology 111; Doug McAdam and Yang Su. 2002. “The War at Home: The Impact of Anti-War Protests, 1965-1973.” American Sociological Review 67:696-721; Doug McAdam, Sidney Tarrow and Charles Tilly. 2001. Dynamics of Contention. New York: Cambridge University Press; Doug McAdam. 1999. Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency, 1930-1970 (2nd edition). Chicago: University of Chicago Press; Doug McAdam. 1988. Freedom Summer. New York: Oxford University Press.
Personal Statement: I would be honored to serve the ASA in the office of Vice President. In an era when the health and well being of the social sciences is very much in jeopardy, our professional associations are more important than ever. My aim would simply be to do all I can to help maintain the strength, relevance, and progressive character of the Association.

Candidates for Secretary-Elect

Name: Jay Demerath, III

Present Professional Position: Emile Durkheim Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA, 1972 to present.
Former Professional Positions: Executive Officer, American Sociological Association, 1970-72; Instructor to Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin- Madison, 1962-70.
Education: PhD, University of California-Berkeley, 1964; MA, University of California-Berkeley, 1962; BA, Harvard College, 1958.
Offices Held in Other Organizations: President, Association for the Sociology of Religion, 2004-05; President, Eastern Sociological Society, 2000-01; President, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 1997-99; Council, International Society for the Study of Religion, 1999 to present; Consultant, Lilly Endowment, 1984-2004.
Positions Held in ASA: Nominations Committee, 1991-93; Chair, ASA Endowment Campaign, 1984-88; Ethics Committee, 1983-85; Chair, Committee on Publications, 1975-77; Book Review Editor, American Sociological Review, 1965- 68.
Publications: Farnsley, Arthur II, N.J. Demerath III, Etan Diamond, Mary Mapes, and Elfriede Wedam, 2004. Sacred Circles/Public Squares: The Multicentering of American Religion. Bloomington, IN: Indiana U. Press; Demerath, N.J. III. 2001. Crossing the Gods: World Religions and Worldly Politics. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers U. Press; Demerath, N.J. III, and Rhys Williams. 1992. A Bridging of Faiths: Religion and Politics in a New England City. Princeton, NJ: Princeton U. Press; Demerath, N.J. III, Gerald Marwell and Michael Aiken. 1971. Dynamics of Idealism: White Students in a Black Movement. San Francisco: Jossey- Bass; Demerath, N.J. III, and Richard A. Peterson, eds. 1967. System, Change and Conflict: A Reader in Sociological Theory and the Debate over Functionalism. New York: Free Press.
Personal Statement: My term as ASA Executive Officer occurred during an especially yeasty period. Working under the leadership of Secretary Pete Rossi, I helped to economize with a new ASA building, was founding editor of Footnotes, launched Contemporary Sociology and the Annual Review of Sociology, cooperated with the new and dynamic SWS, and sewed the seeds for the Minority Fellowship Program. Subsequently, I have not always been pleased with ASA decisions, especially those that charge more for less. As the second of three generations of sociologists in my family, I feel an especially strong commitment to an ASA that will insure that sociology’s best days are still ahead of it in teaching, research, and public service.

Name: Donald Tomaskovic-Devey

Present Professional Positions: Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts- Amherst, 2005 to present; Adjunct Professor of Management, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Australia, 2003 to present.
Former Professional Positions Held: Assistant to Professor of Sociology, North Carolina State University, 1984-2005; Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of South Carolina, 1983-84.
Education: PhD, Boston University, 1984; BA, Fordham University, 1979.
Offices Held in Other Organizations: Consulting Editor, American Journal of Sociology, 2002-04; Editorial Board, Social Forces, 2001-03; Southern Sociological Society, Honors Committee 2002-05; Executive Committee 1996-99; Associate Editor, Social Problems, 1995-97.
Positions Held in ASA: Dissertation Award Committee, 2004-05; Organizations, Occupations and Work Section, Chair, 2003-04; Council, 1996-99; Nominations Committee, 2002-03; Sex and Gender Section, Council, 2000-03; Editor, Contemporary Sociology, 1996-2000.
Publications and Professional Accomplishments: Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and Kevin Stainback. Documenting Desegregation: Equal Opportunity in Private Sector Employment Since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 2005 to 2007, Russell Sage Foundation; Donald Tomaskovic- Devey, Melvin Thomas and Kecia Johnson, 2005. “Race and the Accumulation of Human Capital Across the Career: A Theoretical Model and Fixed Effects Application.” American Journal of Sociology. 111:58-89; Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and Catherine Zimmer, Establishment Change in Gender and Race/Ethnic Segregation and Access to Managerial and Craft Occupations, 1966-1999. July 2002-June 2004. National Science Foundation; Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, and Sheryl Skaggs, 2002. “Sex Segregation, Labor Process Organization, and Gender Earnings Inequality.” American Journal of Sociology. 108:102-128; Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, Gender and Racial Inequality at Work: The Sources and Consequences of Job Segregation. Ithaca, NY: ILR Press, 1993.
Personal Statement: I am honored to have been nominated to be a candidate for Secretary of the American Sociological Association. In this role I would try to encourage decisions intended to promote the diverse educational, policy, and scientific faces of sociology to our multiple publics. I also think it is important for the organization’s menu of professional services be as useful and attractive as possible to the full range of practicing sociologists.