March/April 2013 Issue • Volume 41 • Issue 3

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Candidates for ASA Offices in 2013

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 sent to all current voting members in mid-April.

Candidates for President-Elect

Candidates for Vice President-Elect

Candidates for President-Elect

paula england

Paula England

Paula England

Present Professional Position: Professor, Department of Sociology, New York University, 2011-present.

Former Professional Positions: Professor, Department of Sociology, Stanford University, 2004-11; Professor, Department of Sociology, Northwestern University, 2002-04; Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 1999-2002.

Education: PhD, University of Chicago, 1975; MA, University of Chicago, 1972; BA, Whitman College, 1971.

Positions Held in ASA: Chair, Committee on the Status of Women in Sociology, 2008-09; Chair, Section on the Family, 2007-08; Member, ASA Council, 1997-2000; Chair, Section on Organizations, Occupations, and Work, 1998-99; Chair, Section on Sex and Gender, 1995-96.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Member, Board of Directors, Population Association of America, 2007-09; Member, Board of Directors, Council on Contemporary Families, 2003-07; Member, Executive Committee, Joint Center for Poverty Research, Northwestern University and University of Chicago, 1998-2001; Editor, American Sociological Review, 1994-96.

Publications: Armstrong, Elizabeth, Paula England, and Alison Fogarty. 2012. “Accounting for Women’s Orgasm and Sexual Enjoyment in College Hookups and Relationships.” American Sociological Review. 77:435-462; England, Paula. 2010. “The Gender Revolution:  Uneven and Stalled.” Gender & Society 24:149-166 ; England, Paula. 2005. “Separative and Soluble Selves: Dichotomous Thinking in Economics,” in Feminism Confronts Homo Economicus, edited by Martha A. Fineman and Terence Dougherty, Cornell University Press; Budig, Michelle and Paula England. 2001. “The Wage Penalty for Motherhood.” American Sociological Review 66:204-225; England, Paula. 1992. Comparable Worth: Theories and Evidence. Aldine de Gruyter.

Personal Statement: I would be honored to be ASA President. Learning, doing research, presenting research to academic and public venues, and teaching as a sociologist have been fascinating and meaningful for me. I want the ASA to serve all of its diverse members through its annual meeting, its vibrant sections, its scholarly journals, and its committees and other governance structures. If elected president, I will listen to input from members, try to see that the activities of the Association well serve members from all groups working in all types of institutions, and help to create an intellectually diverse and interesting program for the 2015 Annual Meeting.

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aldon morris

Aldon D. Morris

Aldon D. Morris

Present Professional Position: Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Northwestern University, 2007-present.

Former Professional Positions: Interim Dean, College of Arts and Science, Northwestern University, 2007-08; Director of Asian American Studies, Northwestern University, 2002-05; Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan, 1986-88.

Education: PhD, State University of New York-Stony Brook, 1980; BA, Bradley University, 1974; Associate of Arts, Olive-Harvey Community College, 1972.

Positions Held in ASA: Chair, Selection Committee, W.E.B. Du Bois Award for Distinguished Scholarship, 2013; Member, Task Force on Journal Diversity, 2000; Council Member, 1994-1997; Member, Minority Fellowship Program, 1986-88; Associate Editor, American Sociological Review, 1983-86.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Founding Member, Movement for Jobs and Justice Now, 2012; Board, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection, 1990-2000; President, Association of Black Sociologists, 1986-88.

Publications: Morris, Aldon, Forthcoming 2013, Origins of American Sociology: The Untold Story of W. E. B. Du Bois, University of California Press; Morris, Aldon, 2007, Sociology of Race and W. E. B. DuBois: The Path Not Taken in Sociology in America edited by Craig Calhoun, University of Chicago Press; Morris, Aldon, and Carol Mueller, 1992 (ed) Frontiers in Social Movement Theory, Yale University Press; Morris, Aldon.1981, “Black Southern Student Sit-in Movement: An Analysis of Internal Organization” American Sociological Review. 46:747-767;Morris, Aldon. 1984, The Origins of The Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing for Change, Free Press.

Personal Statement: I am humbled to run for ASA president. My experiences in Jim Crow Mississippi, Chicago’s inner city, as a factory worker, and as a scholar, enable me to view the world from both subaltern and privileged standpoints. Because sociology is a scientific enterprise that unravels dynamics of domination and probes solutions to human suffering, it is a combat sport. An ASA Annual Meeting during my tenure would focus on rigorous foundational knowledge regarding “struggle” in all of its manifestations. Inequalities rooted in class, race, gender, sexual orientation, and those associated with religion, war, policy formation and the environment would take center stage. To produce new knowledge, a broad tent is required, constituted of sociologists from every kind of institution, as well as practitioners, retired scholars, and international colleagues. If elected, I will organize the conference to push the limits of knowledge and engagement in the service of enriching our scholarship and promoting social transformation.

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Candidates for Vice President-Elect

Cecelia Menjivar

Cecelia Menjívar

Cecilia Menjívar

Present Professional Position: Cowden Distinguished Professor, Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University, 2008-present.

Former Professional Positions: Assistant to Professor, School of Social and Family Dynamics/School of Justice and Social Inquiry, Arizona State University, 1996-2007; Post-doctoral Fellow, RAND, 1994-95; Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California-Berkeley, 1992-94.

Education: PhD, Sociology, University of California-Davis, 1992; MS, International Education and Development Policy, University of Southern California, 1983; BA, Psychology and Sociology, University of Southern California, 1981.

Positions Held in ASA: Member-at-large, ASA Council, 2010-present; Committee on Nominations, 2007-09; Program Committee, 2004 and 2008 Annual Meetings; Chair, Latina/o Section, 2005-06; Council Member, International Migration Section 2003-06; Committee on Nominations, Family Section, 2009-2010.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Sociologists for Women in Society, Member, Mainstream Team (media contact) 2009; Co-Chair, Program Tracks on Migration and Diasporas, Cross-border Studies, Latin American Studies Association, 2007-09 and 2009-10 meetings; Co-Chair, Central American Section, Latin American Studies Association, 2002-03; Committee on Committees, Southern Region, Pacific Sociological Association, 2004-07; Chair, Minority Fellowship Selection Committee, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2001-2002.

Publications: Menjívar, Cecilia. 2011. Enduring Violence: Latina Women’s Lives in Guatemala. University of California Press; “Gendered Paths to Legal Citizenship: The Case of Latin-American Immigrants in Phoenix.” Law & Society Review 46:335-368; Menjívar, Cecilia and Leisy J. Abrego. 2012. “Legal Violence: Immigration Law and the Lives of Central American Immigrants.” American Journal of Sociology, 117:1380-1421; Menjívar, Cecilia and Victor Agadjanian. 2007. “Men’s Migration and Women’s Lives: Views from Rural Armenia and Guatemala.” Social Science Quarterly 88:1243-1262; Menjívar, Cecilia. 2006. “Liminal Legality: Salvadoran and Guatemalan Immigrants’ Lives in the United States.” American Journal of Sociology, 111:999-1037; Menjívar; Cecilia. 2000. Fragmented Ties: Salvadoran Immigrant Networks in America. University of California Press.

Personal Statement: I am honored to be nominated to run for the VicePresidency of the ASA. In my view, sociology’s strength and future promise lies in its flexibility, rich array of viewpoints, and natural predisposition to embrace inclusivity and diversity. Sociology’s unique toolkit places us in a distinctively strong position to understand the historical roots of processes that create social inequalities, conflicts, and human suffering in micro situations and macro contexts, both domestically and globally. This also means that sociologists have the responsibility to lead in identifying critical research paths in order to address these challenges and to engage pressing issues in ways that transcend the academy. My research interests in various parts of the world, my efforts to promote the inclusion of underrepresented perspectives, and my conviction that sociological research should inform policy and be communicated to various publics would be central in my work as an ASA officer.

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ruben rumbaut

Rubén G. Rumbaut

Rubén G. Rumbaut

Present Professional Position: Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California-Irvine, 2002-present.

Former Professional Positions: Professor, Department of Sociology, Michigan State University, 1993-2002; Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, 2000-01; Resident Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, New York City, 1997-98.

Education: PhD, Brandeis University, 1978; MA, Brandeis University, 1973; BA, Washington University, St. Louis, 1969.

Positions Held in ASA: ASA Council, 2006-09; (Chair, Committee on Awards; Advisory Panel, Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline; Task Force on Teaching Ethics throughout the Curriculum); Consulting Inaugural Editor, Contexts, 2003-06; Editorial Board Member and Associate Editor, Sociology of Education, 2004-06; Liaison Committee with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the AAAS Directorate for International Programs, 1992-96; Founding Chair, Section on International Migration, 1993-95.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: National Advisory Committee, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program, 2011-present; MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood, 1999-2011; Committee on Population, National Academy of Sciences, 2002-08; Board of Overseers, General Social Survey, 1998-2004 (Chair, International Social Survey Program Committee); Founding Member, Committee on International Migration, Social Science Research Council, 1994-2004.

Publications: Portes, Alejandro and Rubén G. Rumbaut. Forthcoming 4th ed. Immigrant America: A Portrait. University of California Press;  Rumbaut, Rubén G. 2008. “The Coming of the Second Generation: Immigration and Ethnic Mobility in Southern California.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 620:196-236; Rumbaut, Rubén G. 2005. “Turning Points in the Transition to Adulthood: Determinants of Educational Attainment, Incarceration, and Early Childbearing among Children of Immigrants.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 28:1041-1086;  Rumbaut, Rubén G. 2004. “Ages, Life Stages, and Generational Cohorts.” International Migration Review. 38:1160-1205;  Portes, Alejandro and Rubén G. Rumbaut. 2001. Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation. University of California Press and Russell Sage Foundation [Spanish ed. 2011].

Personal Statement: The ASA was founded five score and seven years ago; I’ve been avidly engaged in the discipline as student and practitioner for the past two score and seven years. Sociology today is a sprawling field, too diverse to be characterized monolithically; but its leitmotifs remain those that first drew me to it: a reasoned, evidence-based inquiry into the never-dull dialectic of individuals and their contexts, teasing out truths of uncommon sense from the intersections of biography and history. The contextualizing discipline par excellence with the widest-angle lens of the social sciences, sociology is indispensable to grasp the new century in all its complexity and paradox. At a time of widening inequalities and perplexing global change, with Robert Lynd’s question (“knowledge for what?”) central as ever, ASA leadership can and should play a dual role, lending an authoritative voice in public education and debate, while continuing to expand and support the organization’s multiple constituencies. 


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