Candidates for ASA Offices in 2008
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
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Present Professional Position: Professor, Departments of Ethnic Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies, University of California-Berkeley, 1990-Present; Founding Director, Center for Race and Gender (Organized Research Unit), University of California-Berkeley, 2001-Present.
Former Professional Positions Held: Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Binghamton, 1986-90; Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Florida State University, 1984- 86; Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Boston University, 1972-84.
Education: PhD, Harvard University, 1971; BA, University of California-Berkeley, 1962.
Positions Held in Other Organizations: Steering Committee, Berkeley Diversity Research Initiative, UC Berkeley, 2006- Present; Advisory Board, Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, 2004- Present; Advisory Board, Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University, 2002-Present; Editorial Collective, Feminist Studies, 1999-2004; President, Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), 1998-1999.
Positions Held in ASA: Member of Council, 2005-08; 1991-94; Deputy Editor, American Sociological Review, 1999-2004; Program Committee, Annual Meetings, 2002 and 2003; Chair, Section on Asia and Asian America, 2001-02; Editorial Board, Contemporary Sociology, 1997-2000.
Publications: Shades of Difference: Why Skin Color Matters (ed.) Stanford University Press, in press; Forced to Care: The Significance of Coercion in Care Labor, Harvard University Press, forthcoming; “Whose Public Sociology? The Subaltern Speaks, But Who is Listening?” in Dan Clawson, Robert Zussman, Joya Misra, Naomi Gerstel, Randall Stokes, Douglas L. Anderton, and Michael Burawoy, eds., Public Sociology: Fifteen Eminent Sociologists Debate Politics and the Profession in the Twenty-first Century (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007); Unequal Freedom: How Race and Gender Shaped American Citizenship and Labor, Harvard University Press, 2002; “From Servitude to Service Work: Historical Continuities in the Racial Division of Paid Reproductive Labor,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 18, no. 1 (Fall, 1992): 1-43.
Professional Accomplishments: Feminist Lecturer for Outstanding Feminist Sociology, Sociologists for Women in Society, 2007 (at Wright State University and Truman State University); Jessie Bernard Award for Outstanding Scholarship, American Sociological Association, 2005; Scholarly Awards for Unequal Freedom: How Race and Gender Shaped American Citizenship and Labor; Outstanding Book Award, American Sociological Association Section on Asia and Asian America, 2004; Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award, Pacific Sociological Association, 2004; Oliver Cromwell Cox Award, American Sociological Association Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, 2003; Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship Award, American Sociological Association Section on Race, Gender, and Class, 2003; Finalist, C. Wright Mills Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2003; Hull Lecture in Social Justice, University of California-Santa Barbara, 2005.; Visiting Scholar, Havens Center for the Study of Social Structure and Social Change, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001.
Candidate Statement: My primary concern as a scholar and teacher has been to understand the dynamics of race, gender, and class in processes of inequality and exclusion. My early research documented the work and family lives of heretofore neglected groups— women of color in domestic service and women in clerical occupations. I explored the ways in which larger political and economic forces shaped workers’ experiences, while also attending to workers’ agency. This drew me into historical research on the race and gender structure of local labor markets and the consequences of labor market position on workers, including the forms of resistance available to them. More recently, as sociological and historical scholarship on African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans has reached a critical mass, I have engaged in comparative analysis of race and gender in the construction of labor and citizenship across different regions of the United States. This comparative research has yielded theoretical innovations, such as conceptualizing citizenship as local practice and relating labor market stratification to degrees of citizenship. My current project explores the persistence of coercive labor regimes in the contemporary world and the dynamics of coercion in the overwhelming allocation of caring labor to women, particularly immigrants and women of color. I examine the way family law and social welfare policy have created and enforced women’s status obligation to perform unpaid caring labor in the family and the way in which labor law treats paid home care workers as quasi-property in order to exclude them from benefits and protections afforded to other workers.
Participation with the ASA Annual Meetings and service on ASA committees have been incredibly important in my development as a sociologist and teacher, affording opportunities to interact with and learn from sociologists developing intersectional approaches to gender, race, class, and labor at a time when these topics were still marginal. Now these subjects are well established and widely taught. My hope is that the ASA will continue to welcome a diversity of topics and approaches so that sociologists carving out new areas of inquiry and engaging in innovative pedagogy can also find support and inspiration for their efforts.
Bernice A. Pescosolido
Present Professional Position: Distinguished Professor, Department of Sociology, Indiana University (Bloomington), 2006 - Present
Former Professional Positions Held: Chancellor’s Professor for Excellence in Research and Teaching, 1998-present; Lecturer to Full Professor, Department of Sociology, Indiana University, 1981-Present; Director, Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research, 1992-Present; Co- Director, Preparing Future Faculty Program, 1995-Present.
Education: PhD, Yale University, 1982; MPhil, Yale University, 1977; MA, Yale University, 1976; BA, University of Rhode Island, 1974.
Offices Held in Other Organizations: National Institutes of Health, Study Section and Advisory Panels (NIMH, AHRQ, HSR, National Cancer Institute, OBSSR, National Institute of Heart, Lung and Blood), 1993-Present; National Children’s Study, Federal Advisory Committee Member, 2005-March 2007; International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Organizing Committee, 2003-04; General Social Survey (GSS) Overseers’ Board, 1997- 2000; Editorial Boards (Social Forces, 2000- 03; American Journal of Sociology, 1995-97).
Positions Held in ASA: Mental Health Section Chair, 2005-06; ASA Vice-President, 2003-04; Task Force on Journal Diversity, Chair, 2000-2000; Publications Committee 1999-2002; Chair, 2000-02; Editorial Board Member (ASR, 2006-07; JHSB, Deputy Editor, 2007-Present; TS 1997-2000, Contemporary Sociology 1994-97). Publications and Accomplishments: Pescosolido, Bernice A. 2008. “The
Converging Landscape of Higher Education: Perspectives, Challenges, and a Call to the Discipline of Sociology.” Teaching Sociology. March 2008; Pescosolido, Bernice A. 2006. “Of Pride and Prejudice: The Role of Sociology and Social Networks In Integrating the Health Sciences” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 47 (September):189-208; Pescosolido, Bernice A. and Beth A. Rubin. 2000. “The Web of Group Affiliations Revisited: Social Life, Postmodernism, and Sociology.” American Sociological Review 65 (February-Centennial Issue):52-76; Research Awards (NIMH Career Awards —K02 Independent Scientist & K01 Research Scientist Development; U. of Rhode Island COAS Dean’s List Alumni Award, 2007; Leo G. Reeder Distinguished Career in Medical Sociology, ASA, 2005; Sociological Research Association, 2000; Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, 2000-2003); Teaching Awards (P.A. Mack Award, Distinguished Service to Teaching, IU, 2007; IU Faculty Colloquium for Excellence in Teaching (FACET), 1989- present; Hans O. Mauksch Award, Section on Teaching and Learning in Sociology, ASA, 2006; Wilbert Hites Mentoring Award, IU, 2003; Herman F. Leiber Award for Distinguished Teaching, IU, 1992; Edwin H. Sutherland Teaching Award, Department of Sociology, 1985).
Personal Statement: Sociologists bring a broad and deep perspective to understanding human behavior. While any juncture in the discipline’s history is unique, the current embrace of “context,” “disparities,” and “social networks” as core sociological foci, by other social sciences as well as by the humanities and life sciences, presents sociology with interesting opportunities and challenges. As we continue to expand this core, our efforts will be strengthened by having greater connection among our own communities of substance, method, orientation, and purpose. Throughout my career, my professional activities have been directed at connecting insights of diverse subfields; finding synergy among teaching, research, and service; addressing our internal debates as well as presenting sociological ideas to outside audiences; and fostering communication among sociologists in public and private sectors, academic, and applied positions, research universities and liberal arts colleges. My work has and will continue to encompass diversity issues in research, governance, publications, and outreach. With respect to research, my focus has been on areas of health, social networks, scholarship of teaching and learning, race, contemporary social problems, professions, and social policy, in both national and cross-national contexts. Sociology’s strength and promise lies in a rich array of viewpoints and approaches. By challenging each other to work together across traditions, to generate new knowledge without losing ideas central to our discipline, and to foster an understanding among other scholars, students, and our “publics” of how our contributions shape intellectual and policy landscapes, we can expand and enhance sociology’s legacy.
Candidates for Vice President-Elect
Linda M. Burton
Present Professional Position: James B. Duke Professor of Sociology, Duke University, 2006-Present. Former Professional
Positions Held: Director, Center for Human Development and Family, The Pennsylvania State University, 1998-2006; Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 1993-2006; Senior Research Associate, Population Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University, 1990-2006.
Education: PhD, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1985; MA, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1982; BA, University of Southern California, 1978.
Offices Held in Other Organizations: Board of Directors, Family Process, Member, 2007-Present; National Center for Marriage Research, Advisory Board Member, 2007- Present; Board on Children, Youth, and Families, National A, Member, 2006-Present; National Children’s Study, National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, Advisory Board Member, 2003-07; Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Science, Member, 1997-2004.
Offices Held in ASA: Committee on Nominations, Section on Aging and the Life Course, Member, 2007-Present; Council, Member, 2001-04; Task Force on Journal Diversity, Member, 2000-03; Dubois- Johnson-Frazier Award Selection Committee, Chair, 1999-2001; Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Committee, Member, 1993 – 1996.
Selected Publications & Professional Accomplishments: Linda M. Burton. 2007. “Childhood Adultification in Economically Disadvantaged Families: A Conceptual Model.” Family Relations 56: 329-345; Andrew Cherlin, Linda M. Burton, Tera Hurt, and Diane M. Purvin. 2004. “The Influence of Physical and Sexual Abuse on Marriage and Cohabitation.” American Sociological Review 69: 768-789; Family Research Consortium IV Legacy Award, 2005; Evan G. and Helen G. Pattishall Outstanding Research Achievement Award, The Pennsylvania State University, 2000; American Family Therapy Academy Award for Innovative Contributions to Family Research, 1996.
Personal Statement: Over the past decade I have directed two national research consortia and postdoctoral training programs— the NIMH-sponsored Family Research Consortium III and the African American Mental Health Research Scientists Consortium. The goals of these programs are to invest in the career development of the next generation of social science researchers through extensive and sustained team mentoring, to bridge disciplinary divides in collaborative research on the health and wellbeing of America’s disadvantaged populations, and to inform public policy through collaborative social science research. My goals as ASA Vice President would be to continue and broaden these efforts within ASA by promoting mentoring and training programs that enhance the scholarship and grant submission activities of early-career sociologists, fortifying the Minority Fellowship Program, developing additional opportunities for sociologists to become involved in national interdisciplinary research efforts and training programs, and increasing the number of learning opportunities for sociologists interested in translating their research to inform public policy.
Present Professional Position: Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, Brown University, 2004-Present Former Professional
Positions Held: Director, Spatial Structures in the Social Science, Brown University, 2004- Present; Associate to Distinguished Professor, University at Albany, 1980-2004; Director, Lewis Mumford Center, University at Albany, 1999-2004.
Education: PhD, University of California- Berkeley, 1974; MA, Columbia University, 1969; BA, University of California-Berkeley, 1968.
Offices Held in Other Organizations: Research Committee on Urban and Regional Development, President, 1994-98; Social Sciences and Population Study Section, NIH, Panel member, 1988-92; Sociology Program, NSF, Panel member, 1997-99; Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science, Advisory board member, 2000-04; Urban China Research Network, Director, 1999-2004.
Offices Held in ASA: Contemporary Sociology, Editorial Advisory Board, 2005- Present; Committee on Publications, Elected Member, 1998-2001; Spivack Program Advisory Committee, Member, 1997-2000; Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award Committee, Chair, 1995-97; Section on Community and Urban Sociology, Chair, 1993-94.
Selected Publications & Professional Accomplishments: Logan, John R. and Harvey Molotch. 1987. Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place. Los Angeles: University of California Press; Logan, John R. 2007. Urban China in Transition. New York: Blackwell; Logan, John R. and Todd Swanstrom. 1990. Beyond the City Limits: Urban Policy and Economic Restructuring in Comparative Perspective. Philadelphia: Temple University Press; Logan, John R. and Glenna D. Spitze. 1996. Family Ties: Enduring Relations between Parents and Their Grown Children. Philadelphia: Temple University Press; Logan, John R. 2002. The New Chinese City: Globalization and Market Reform. New York: Blackwell.
Personal Statement: The Vice President serves as a member of the ASA Council and participates in all policy decisions. I am committed to representing the interests and fostering the participation of all members, making the diversity of the ASA a strength. I am especially interested in involving student members in our activities and in being sure that members in non-academic positions and full-time teaching positions benefit fully from their affiliation. The association sometimes must take a position on current events, particularly where there is strong sociological evidence to back it up. I believe greater efforts are needed to help individual members to bring their research to bear on public issues and to receive credit for nontraditional forms of publication and dissemination. My own work has increasingly moved in this direction, and I would like to take advantage of my experience to create similar opportunities for others.