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Sociology of Race and Ethnicity Launched Its Inaugural Issue

ASA’s version of #SRESelfie2015

ASA is extremely pleased to announce the debut of our newest section journal, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. Below is a first-hand account of the creation and development of the Section for Racial and Ethnic Minorities journal from its founding Editorial Office team—David L. Brunsma, David G. Embrick, and Megan Nanney. The journal will publish the highest quality, cutting-edge sociological research on race and ethnicity regardless of epistemological, methodological, or theoretical orientation. For more information, details on submitting, and to read a few of the inaugural issue’s articles,visit www.asanet.org/journals/sre.cfm.

The Birth of a Journal as Told by Its Editors

At the 2011 ASA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, David G. Embrick was the incoming Chair of the ASA Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities (SREM). Like many times prior, a conversation emerged about the need for a journal that would be specific to the sociology of race and ethnicity, yet would also address the concerns many SREM members felt about lacking a publication that would meet the needs for race and ethnicity scholars to be published in a journal that would be respected on their CVs.

Two important things happened during the Las Vegas meeting. First, an initial plan was created to gather information on what needed to be done to get a race and ethnicity journal started. Second, David L. Brunsma won the election for the 2012 ASA SREM Chair position. The importance of this election (and subsequent ASA SREM Chair elections) was that there was a continuity of race and ethnicity scholars who sought to create a new race and ethnicity journal, which meant that the process of getting a journal did not have to start and die with each new ASA SREM Chair. Embrick and Brunsma began in earnest to think and strategize how to move forward. We began initial conversations with Justin Lini at the ASA Executive Office to help us get the lay of the land.

The 2012 ASA Annual Meeting in Denver marked a significant time for us. It was then that Embrick and Brunsma made progress on drafting a proposal for the creation of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. This lengthy and tedious process included not only thinking about the structure of the editorial team and editorial board, but also dealing with budget, membership dues, content, and eventually, the long-overdue overhaul of ASA SREM’s bylaws. It was also important for us to get a solid handle on the niche and need that this journal would fill for American sociologists of race and ethnicity as well as international sociologists. Over many beers, we discussed, debated, created, contemplated, and negotiated what and how the new journal should look and feel. It was during the Denver meeting that we first approached the SREM membership (via the business meeting) with our idea.

By the 2013 Annual Meeting in New York, we had already, through items that were added to the 2013 SREM ballot, garnered overwhelming support from the ASA SREM membership who not only felt this journal should go forth, but also suggested that they would be willing to pay increased section dues to see this project come to fruition. We were overjoyed. Our proposal for Sociology of Race and Ethnicity was a thoroughly vetted document, from former SREM leadership, discussions with former and current editors of ASA section journals and other ASA journals, engagement with SREM’s Council members, and many others. Officially approved first by the ASA Publications Committee, ASA Council would then accept our proposal during its 2013 meetings.

Embrick, through the support of Loyola University Chicago and Virginia Tech, took a one-year sabbatical as a Visiting Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at Virginia Tech. During the academic year 2013-14, Embrick stayed in the Brunsma household in Blacksburg, VA, and taught and worked at Virginia Tech, which was a blessing for the emergent journal as it allowed Embrick and Brunsma to work very closely together—at the same dinner tables, on the patio, in the local watering holes, etc. Being together in one place, working with our Managing Editor Megan Nanney, currently a graduate student at Virginia Tech, allowed us to get all of the new journal’s editorial processes and documents in order as well as create an efficient and excellent Editorial Office with which to process manuscripts in the first year of submissions – 2014.

Our desire as editors and as an editorial team is to provide full and timely decisions based on respectfully constructive reviews. We strive every day to manage the review process carefully, render thoughtful and supportive decisions, and to provide a critically important space for the publication of the best scholarship in the sociology of race and ethnicity regardless of epistemological, theoretical, or methodological approach. We do this with the help of the amazing Megan Nanney, our incredible team of Associate Editors who provide advice and consent when we need it, our top-notch Editorial Board, the deeply supportive staff at ASA (especially Karen Gray Edwards), the SAGE team we work with, lead by Tom Mankowski, and all with the support of the fantastic SREM members.

In January of 2015, our inaugural issue of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity was published and sent to SREM members. The response to the journal was (and still is) truly overwhelming. After several ASA SREM members posted selfies with the journal on Twitter, Brunsma invited all SREM members to take a picture of themselves with their copy of the inaugural issue and post it on Twitter using the hashtag #SRESelfie2015. The response to this request has been outstanding with individuals, groups of colleagues, whole departments, and even the ASA staff taking their selfies with the inaugural issue. 2015 has been a fantastic year at the journal so far, and now it is also the year of the selfie for Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.

We look forward to many more!

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