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Plenary Track: Profiling Across Social Institutions

The meeting theme, “Allocation Processes and Ascription,” selected by ASA President Barbara Reskin reflects her well-known research interests on how racial and ethnic discrimination and segregation operate in conjunction with gender in the labor market. Starting with an idea to construct a set of sequential sessions on a topic that would illuminate the generalizability of allocation processes and ascription, Reskin created a special subcommittee to develop a new “plenary track” concept for this year’s Annual Meeting.

The innovative Plenary Track on Profiling Across Social Institutions is scheduled on Sunday, August 18, beginning at 12:30 p.m. with a major plenary session. At 2:30 p.m., attendees can choose among six concurrent thematic sessions that pursue general issues raised in the plenary. At 4:30 p.m., there is an opportunity to continue discussion of profiling issues at an informal roundtable session. These three session tiers are open to all meeting registrants.

In addition, an intensive course on teaching about profiling was developed to accompany the major profiling sessions. The day-long course provides curriculum assistance, teaching strategies, and a chance to get to know others who share similar interests. Please see the course description on page 12 for more details.

Don’t miss this tremendous opportunity to participate in discussions of the meeting theme by attending these sessions organized by the plenary track subcommittee: Barbara Reskin, chair (Harvard University); John Hagan (Northwestern University), Cedric Herring (University of Illinois, Chicago), Felice Levine (American Educational Research Association), Robert Nelson (American Bar Foundation), Ruth Peterson (Ohio State University), David Takeuchi (Indiana University), and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey (North Carolina State University).

  • Plenary Session. Profiling Across Social Institutions
    Organizer and Presider: Barbara F. Reskin, Harvard University

    Panel: Mahzarin Banaji, Yale University; Lawrence D. Bobo, Harvard University; and Troy Duster, University of California, Berkeley, and New York University

  • Concurrent Thematic Session. Profiling in the Criminal Justice System
    Organizers: John Hagan, Northwestern University; and Ruth D. Peterson, Ohio State University

    Presider and Discussant: Katheryn Russell, University of Maryland

    Racial Profiling and Perceptions of Fairness in the Legal System. Richard Brooks, Northwestern University); and Steven Tuch and Ronald Weitzer, George Washington University

    Profiles and the Precautionary Principle: Notes on the Governance of Intolerable Risks. Jonathan Simon, University of Miami

    Toward an Understanding of the Normative Dimensions of Policy Brutality. Carroll Seron, Joe Pereria, and Jean Kovath, City University of New York

    Race, Typifications, and the Pre-Trial Assessment of Criminal Defendants: Perceptions and Process in Legal Decision-Making. Christine Bond and George S. Bridges, University of Washington; Charis Kubrin, George Washington University; and Chris Bader, Baylor University

  • Concurrent Thematic Session. Profiling in Education
    Organizer: Felice J. Levine, American Educational Research Association

    Presider: Joan E. Talbert, Stanford University

    Panel: Pamela B. Walters, Indiana University; William T. Trent, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and Walter R. Allen, University of California, Los Angeles

  • Concurrent Thematic Session. Profiling and Ascription in Employment
    Organizer and Presider: Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, North Carolina State University

    Ascriptive Allocation of Workplace Authority: The Last Frontier in the Battle for Equal Opportunity at Work. Ryan A. Smith, Rutgers University

    Whom Employers Want: Prejudice and Discrimination in the Multi-Ethnic Labor Market. Michael Lichter, State University of New York, Buffalo; and Roger Waldinger, University of California, Los Angeles

    Three Forms of Inequality: Advantage, The Absense of Advantage, and Disadvantage. Nancy DiTomaso, Corinne Anne Post, D. Randall Smith, and George S Smith, Rutgers University

    Discussion: William T. Bielby, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Concurrent Thematic Session. Profiling in Health
    Organizer: David T. Takeuchi, Indiana University

    Presider: Shobha Srinivasan, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

    Panel: David R. Williams, University of Michigan; Bernice A. Pescosolido, Indiana University; and Ruth Zambrana, University of Maryland

  • Concurrent Thematic Session. Profiling in Housing and Consumption Markets
    Organizer and Presider: Robert L. Nelson, American Bar Foundation

    Pervasive Prejudice? Racial Disparities in Car Sales. Ian Ayres, Yale University

    Insurance Redlining and the Persistence of Dual Housing Markets in Urban America. Gregory D. Squires, George Washington University

    Who Was Next? Consumer Notions of Fairness in Shopping Experience. David K. Crockett, University of South Carolina

    Discriminatory Attitudes against Outgoups in Israel: Effects of Ethnic Origin and Citizenship Status. Moshe Semyonov, Tel Aviv University and University of Illinois, Chicago

  • Concurrent Thematic Session. Profiling, Society, and the State
    Organizer: Felice J. Levine, American Educational Research Association

    Panel: Margo Anderson, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and Edward Telles, University of California, Los Angeles

  • Discussion Roundtables. Profiling Across Social Institutions
    Organizer: Felice J. Levine, American Educational Research Association