March 2009 Issue • Volume 37 • Issue 3

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Candidates for ASA Offices in 2009

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 candidates 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


Randall Collins

Randall Collins

Present Professional Position: Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 1997-present.

Former Professional Positions: Professor of Sociology, University of California Riverside, 1985-1997; Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions, University of Cambridge, 2000-2001; Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia, 1978-1982.

Education: PhD, University of California Berkeley, 1969; MA (psychology), Stanford University, 1964; BA, Harvard University, 1963.

Positions Held in Other Organizations: H. Paul Douglass Lecturer, Religious Research Association, 2007; President, Pacific Sociological Association, 1992-1993; Consulting Editor, American Journal of Sociology, 1976-1978, 1990-1992; Founding Editor, Sociological Theory 1980-1984; Founding Editor, Theory and Society, 1973-1975.

Positions Held in ASA:Council Member, 1987-1990; Committee on Publications, 1980-1985; Chair, Sociology of Education Section, 1982-1983; Committee on Nominations, 1981-1982; Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award Committee, 1981-1983.

Publications: Collins, Randall. 2008. Violence: A Micro-Sociological Theory. Princeton University Press; Collins, Randall. 2004. Interaction Ritual Chains. Princeton University Press; Collins, Randall. 1998. The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change. Cambridge: Harvard University Press; Collins, Randall. 1995. "Prediction in Macro-sociology: the Case of the Soviet Collapse." American Journal of Sociology 100:1552-93; Collins, Randall. 1979. The Credential Society: An Historical Sociology of Education and Stratification. New York: Academic Press.

Personal Statement: From my many years on ASA committees, council, sections, and publications, I am very familiar with its local culture. I even chaired a report on ASA’s organizational problems as a bureaucracy and as a collection of disparate sections (published in Footnotes, Sept. 1989). I strongly believe that you can apply sociology 24 hours a day, even to the meetings we sit through. The ASA president, like any such position, is enmeshed in factional politics and bureaucratic powers. The most important thing the office has freedom to do is to act as a symbolic exemplar of what the field is about: An intellectual enterprise we can be proud of, and an exciting adventure of exploring the world through research. There are plenty of crises ahead in the world, and, in my view, sociology is the best discipline to guide our way through them with our eyes open.

Viviana A. Zelizer

Viviana A. Zelizer

Present Professional Position: Lloyd Cotsen ’50 Professor of Sociology, Princeton University, 2002-present.

Former Professional Positions: Professor, Department of Sociology, Princeton University, 1988-2002, Chair, 1992-1996; Assistant to Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Barnard College and Graduate Faculty of Columbia University, 1978-1988; Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University, 1976-1978.

Education: PhD, Columbia University, 1977; MA, Columbia University, 1974; BA, Rutgers University, 1971.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Advisory Board, Doctoral Program in Sociology, Instituto de Altos Estudios Sociales and Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2008-present; Member, Scientific Council, Paris School of Economics, 2006-present; Corresponding Editor, Theory and Society, 1988-2005; Editorial Board, Contemporary Sociology, 1991-1994; Chair, Eastern Sociological Society Merit Award Committee, 2002-2003.

Positions Held in ASA: Chair, Economic Sociology Section, 2001-2002; Member, Committee on Nominations, 1992-1993; Member, Council (1987-1989; 2001-2005); Prize Committee (1987), Section on Comparative Historical Sociology.

Publications: Zelizer, Viviana A. 2009. "Intimacy in Economic Organizations." In Economic Sociology of Work. Vol.19, Research in the Sociology of Work, edited by Nina Bandelj. Bingley, UK: Emerald, forthcoming; Zelizer, Viviana A. 2007. "Pasts and Futures of Economic Sociology." In Special Issue "Coming and Going in Economic Sociology." Edited by Nicole Woolsey Biggart American Behavioral Scientist 50:1056-69; Zelizer, Viviana A. 2006. "Money, Power, and Sex." Yale Journal of Law and Feminism 18:303; Zelizer, Viviana A. 2005. The Purchase of Intimacy, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press; Zelizer, Viviana A. 1994. The Social Meaning of Money, New York: Basic Books.

Personal Statement: The worldwide 2008 economic debacle not only upset economic institutions and practices, but has radically undermined prevalent understandings of how the economy works as well. As our economic futures are being redesigned, sociologists face a unique challenge and opportunity. For years we have critiqued the dangerous fantasy of self-regulating free markets. We have shown repeatedly that­—far from autonomous—markets are social, cultural, moral, and political constructions. It is now our task to communicate widely and clearly our alternative explanations of economic activity. For the past 30 years, that concern has inspired my research and teaching. I have paid special attention to the crucial economic significance of such activities as unpaid and paid domestic work, caring labor, and consumption. As part of that effort, I have worked to increase dialogue with scholars in other countries, other disciplines, and among our own vibrant sections. I am honored and grateful to have been nominated for the ASA presidency. Our association has a long tradition of excellence in research and policy efforts on behalf of superior economic and social arrangements. I hope to build on that legacy.

Candidates for Vice President-Elect


Adam Gamoran

Adam Gamoran

Present Professional Position: Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992-present.

Former Professional Positions: Director, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004-present; Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001-2004; Assistant to Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984-1992.

Education: PhD, University of Chicago, 1984; AM, University of Chicago, 1979; AB, University of Chicago, 1979.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Chair, Independent Advisory Panel of the National Assessment of Career and Technical Education, U.S. Department of Education, 2007-present; Co-Chair, Planning Committee for the Study of the Education Research Doctorate, National Academy of Education and American Educational Research Association, 2006-2007; Member, Board on Science Education, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, 2006-present; Member, Board on International Comparative Studies in Education, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, 1998-2003; Elected Member, National Academy of Education, 2001.

Positions Held in ASA: Co-Chair, Willard Waller Award Committee, Sociology of Education Section, 2006-2007; Chair, Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, Sociology of Education Section, 1996; Chair, Sociology of Education Section, 1993-1994; Chair, Nominating Committee, Sociology of Education Section, 1989; Council Member, Sociology of Education Section, 1986-89.

Selected Publications: Ayalon, Hanna, Eric S. Grodsky, Adam Gamoran, and Abraham Yogev. 2008. "Diversification and Inequality in Higher Education: A Comparison of Israel and the United States." Sociology of Education 81:211-241; Shavit, Yossi, Richard T. Arum, and Adam Gamoran, with Gila Menahem, eds. 2007. Stratification in Higher Education: A Comparative Study. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press; Gamoran, Adam, ed. 2007. Standards-Based Reform and the Poverty Gap: Lessons for No Child Left Behind. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press; Gamoran, Adam. 2001. "American Schooling and Educational Inequality: Forecast for the 21st Century." Sociology of Education 34 (Extra Issue):135-153; Gamoran, Adam. 1992. "The Variable Effects of High School Tracking." American Sociological Review 57:812-828.

Personal Statement: As Vice President, I would work vigorously with the President and Council to advance the goals of ASA. First, I would be an advocate for federal funding for sociological research. My leadership in research and my experience with federal agencies have positioned me well for this role, and new streams of scientific research funding make this a priority. Second, I would promote the public engagement of sociologists with the major issues of our time, including changing social institutions, immigration policy, environmental sustainability, and global relations. My experience as a sociologist who addresses policy issues in education would support my efforts to create new opportunities to enhance the salience of sociology in such deliberations. Third, I would press for further inclusiveness within our association and in the broader society so that we truly embrace diversity and recognize it as a strength of our community, our nation, and our increasingly interdependent world.


David A. Snow

David A. Snow

Present Professional Position: Chancellor’s Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine, 2001-present.

Former Professional Positions: Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona, 1987-2001; Assistant to Associate Professor, University of Texas, 1976-1987; Instructor, Southern Methodist University, 1975-1976.

Education: PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 1976; MA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1972; MA, Urban Studies, University of Akron, 1971.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Board of Directors, 1990-2001, and Vice President, 1995-2001, Primavera Foundation, Tucson, AZ; Board of Directors, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 1997-2000; President, Pacific Sociological Association, 1997–1998; Vice President, Pacific Sociological Association, 1993-1994; President, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, 1992-1993.

Positions Held in ASA: Chair, Community and Urban Sociology Section, 2008-2010; ASA Publications Committee, 2001-2003; ASA Council, 1995-1998; Chair, Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section, 1992-1993; ASA Editorial Boards: American Sociological Review, 1990-1992, and Social Psychology Quarterly, 1993-2000.

Publications: Snow, David A. and Sarah A. Soule. Forthcoming in 2009. A Primer on Social Movements. New York, NY: W.W. Norton; Snow, David A., Rens Vliegenhart, and Catherine Corrigall-Brown. 2007. "Framing the French ‘Riots’: A Comparative Study of Frame Variation." Social Forces 86:385-415; Lofland, John, David A. Snow, Leon Anderson, and Lyn H. Lofland. 2006. Analyzing Social Settings: A Guide to Qualitative Observation and Analysis. 4th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth; Morrill, Calvin, David A. Snow, and Cindy White. 2005. Together Alone: Personal Relationships in Public Places. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press; Snow, David A., Sarah A. Soule, Hanspeter Kriesi, eds. 2004. The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements. Oxford: Blackwell.

Personal Statement: Among the challenges confronting the discipline and the ASA, there are three especially critical ones. First, we need to continue to embrace and nurture the virtues of diversity and inclusivity in terms of membership, theoretical perspectives, methodological approaches, and substantive interests without generating a mix of disconnected interests and voices that renders what we do indecipherable to others and ourselves. Second, we need to vitalize a set of theoretical and methodological principles that undergird and connect our substantive pursuits—and that distinguish us from our sister disciplines in the social sciences—without undermining the diversity and openness generative of innovation and creativity. Lastly, we must understand more fully that the viability of our discipline and practice mandates that we engage pressing domestic and global issues publicly by conversing with the various polities and publics relevant to those issues. These are broad and complicated challenges, but they are fundamental to our enterprise and will thus receive my attention as an officer of the ASA.

Candidates for Secretary


Catherine Berheide

Catherine White Berheide

Present Professional Position: Assistant to Full Professor of Sociology, Skidmore College, 1979-present.

Former Professional Positions: American Sociological Association Congressional Fellowship, Washington, DC, 1992-1993; Visiting Fellowship, Center of the Study, Education and Advancement of Women, University of California-Berkeley, 1981; Assistant Professor of Sociology, Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN, 1976-1979.

Education: PhD, Northwestern University, 1976; MA, Northwestern University, 1973; BA, Beloit College, 1972.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Senator, Phi Beta Kappa Society, 2000- present; Chair, Nominations Committee, International Sociological Association Research Committee 32, 2001-2003; Vice-President, Eastern Sociological Society, 2001-2003; Treasurer, Eastern Sociological Society, 1996-1999; President, Sociologists for Women in Society, 1990-1991.

Positions Held in ASA: Council Member, American Sociological Association, 1998-2001; Associate Editor, Teaching Sociology, 1998-2000, 1988-1991; Chair, ASA Committee on Committees, 1995-1996; Chair, ASA Section on Undergraduate Education, 1993-1994; Chair, ASA Section on the Sociology of Sex and Gender, 1984-1985.

Publications: Berheide, Catherine White. 2007. "Doing Less Work, Collecting Better Data: Using Capstone Courses to Assess Learning." Peer Review 9(2):27-30; Berheide, Catherine White. 2005. "Searching for Structure: Creating Coherence in the Sociology Curriculum." Teaching Sociology 33(1):1-15; Chin, Jeffrey, Catherine White Berheide, and Dennis Rome, eds. 2002. Included in Sociology: Learning Climates That Cultivate Racial and Ethnic Diversity. Washington, DC: American Association for Higher Education; Berheide, Catherine White. 2001. "Using the Capstone Course for Assessment of Learning in the Sociology Major." Pp.164-176 in Assessing Student Learning in Sociology, edited by C. Hohm and W. Johnson. 2nd ed. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association. Chow, Esther and Catherine White Berheide, eds. 1994. Women, Family, and Policy: A Global Perspective. Albany, NY: SUNY Press

Personal Statement: As Secretary, I would promote the American Sociological Association’s mission of advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good by strengthening the public presence of sociology, the teaching and learning of sociology, and sociological research. My extensive experience within the ASA governance system over the past 30 years, including as a member of Council, has allowed me to see first hand the work the ASA does from the editorial boards, to the sections, to the annual meetings, to task forces and briefings on Capitol Hill. As chair of the Committee on the Executive Office and Budget, I would work with the Executive Officer to ensure that the ASA remains financially sound as it continues these important activities and broadens its outreach to the full range of sociologists from students to contingent faculty, from those working in non-academic settings and teaching colleges to those at research universities.


Dan Clawson

Dan Clawson

Present Professional Position: Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1990-present.

Former Professional Positions: Assistant Professor to Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, 1978-1990

Education: PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1978; MA, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1975; BA, Washington University, 1970.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Vice President, Research Council 44, International Sociological Association, 2006-present; President, Massachusetts Society of Professors, 2003-2006; Co-convener, Labor and Childcare Conference and Initiative, 1999-2001; National Chair, Scholars, Artists, and Writers for Social Justice, 1998-1999.

Positions Held in ASA: Chair, Labor and Labor Movements Section, 2004-2005; Co-editor, Rose Series in Sociology, 2000-2005; Member, Nominations Committee, 2000-2001; Editor, Contemporary Sociology, 1995-1997; Editorial Board, American Sociological Review, 1989-1992

Publications: Clawson, Dan, Robert Zussman, Joya Misra, Naomi Gerstel, Randall Stokes, Douglas Anderton, and Michael Burawoy, eds. 2007. Public Sociology: Fifteen Eminent Sociologists Debate Politics & the Profession in the Twenty-First Century. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press; Morris, Aldon and Dan Clawson. 2005. "Lessons of the Civil Rights Movement for a Workers’ Rights Movement." WorkingUSA: Journal of Labor and Society 8:685-706; Clawson, Dan. 2003. The Next Upsurge: Labor and the New Social Movements. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press; Clawson, Dan and Naomi Gerstel. 2002. "Caring for Our Young: Child Care in Europe and the United States." Contexts 1:28-35; Clawson, Dan, Alan Neustadtl, and James Bearden. 1986. "The Logic of Business Unity: Corporate Contributions to the 1980 Congres­sional Election." American Sociological Review 51:797-811.

Personal Statement: The Secretary is a trustee of the organization, elected to address behind-the-scenes issues. The Secretary is also a member of a wide range of committees and thus serves a bridging role, helping to connect members and committees to each other and to the ASA staff. I would identify three concerns, starting with our resources, including the web, which should be used in ways that facilitate member engagement with public sociology, making it possible for clusters of members to bring their work to larger audiences. Second, the ASA is, and should remain, a leader in modeling the practices we would like to see in the larger society, whether that be on gender, environmental, racial, or labor fronts. Lastly, as a professional association, we must be concerned with job markets in relation to the changing character of colleges and universities—and that is more than ever true in hard times. logo_small


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