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Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS) th Annual Meeting, October 26–28, 2006, Crowne Plaza, San Jose Downtown Hotel, San Jose, CA. Theme: “Sociology for What: Building Our World.” We seek proposals for workshops, panels, papers, poster presentations, and roundtables that promote Applied and Clinical Sociology in the discipline, the academy, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and consulting firms. Deadline: June 30, 2006. Contact: Benjamin Ben-Baruch, Vice-President and Program Chair, 4789 Pine Bluff Ste 3C, Ypsilanti, MI 48197; (734) 528-1439; fax (303) 479-1321; email;


The International Review of Comparative Sociology is a new peer-reviewed biannual journal. The purpose is to examine through a comparative lens the issues and problems confronting societies—or their distinct subpopulations—around the world with the goal of providing innovative solutions from a sociological perspective. Research papers from other related disciplines in the social sciences are also encouraged. Send manuscripts electronically to Debarun Majumdar at Visit the journal’s website at for manuscript preparation guidelines and related information. Electronic submissions are preferred, but if manuscripts are mailed, send three hardcopies and a disk with the document in MS Word. A processing fee of $35 made out to “Serials Publications,” should be sent to the address available on the website. This fee will also cover a one-year subscription to IRCS upon acceptance of the paper.

Sociological Focus invites papers for its special issue on “Science, Technology and Social Inequalities.” Papers that contribute directly to understanding the work of science, technology, and social inequalities in a contemporary sociological context are encouraged. Submission requirements are available at the journal’s website: All manuscripts will be peer reviewed. Deadline: July 1, 2006. Submit complete manuscripts to Sociological Focus, Department of Sociology, Box 210378, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0378. For further information about this special issue, contact Cheryl B. Leggon, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, 685 Cherry Street, Atlanta, GA 30332; email

Substance Use & Misuse is issuing a call for papers for a special issue concerned with licit and illicit substance use in response to conditions of uncertainty and trauma. We welcome original qualitative, quantitative, and historical contributions. For full consideration, manuscripts should be submitted electronically to guest editor Timothy Johnson at or Michael Fendrich at by September 2006. Substance Use & Misuse (formerly The International Journal of the Addictions) is a peer-reviewed journal that has been in publication for over 40 years. Instructions for authors are available at

Teaching About Ethnoviolence and Hate Crimes: A Resource Guide (Second edition). If you have a syllabus, course unit, assignment, film recommendation, or other pedagogical practice that you would be willing to share, send it to Abby Ferber at Include your contact information and attachments of your submission in Word format. Deadline for submissions: July 1, 2006. If you have an idea you would like to discuss, please contact Abby Ferber, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918.

Teaching Sociology of Aging and the Life Course: A Resource Manual (Sixth Edition). Final Call for Submissions for Teaching Sociology of Aging and the Life Course: A Resource Manual (Sixth Edition). Send any syllabi, class exercises, teaching techniques, and other relevant materials on “Teaching the Sociology of Aging and the Life Course.” Send all materials electronically in MS Word format to by July 15, 2006. If you have any questions please contact Diane Zablotsky at (704) 687-2509.

Teaching the Sociology of Mental Health.Send any and all things you use in your classes dealing with mental health and/or illness to Teresa Scheid, Dept. of Sociology, UNC-Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 28223. It is best to email materials so I will have a file, I am especially interested in various types of assignments and tools in addition to your syllabus.


August 2–5, 2006. 11th International Social Justice Conference, Berlin, Humboldt University. Theme: “Social Justice in a World of Change: Interdisciplinary Approaches.” Contact: Bernd Wegener, Humboldt University, Institute of Social Sciences, D-10099 Berlin; 49-30-2093-4422; fax 49-30-2093-4430; email;

August 10–12, 2006. The Society for the Study of Social Problems 56th Annual Meeting, Hilton Montréal Bonaventure, Montréal, Québec, Canada. “Building Just, Diverse, and Democratic Communities.” Contact: Michele Smith Koontz, SSSP, 901 McClung Tower, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-0490; (865) 689-1531, Fax (865) 689-1534; email

October 5–6, 2006. Pennsylvania State University’s 14th Annual Symposium on Family Issues. Theme: “Caring and Exchange Within and Across Generations.” Several sociologists will present their work. The 2006 Symposium is a collaborative effort with The Generations Working Group of the NICHD Project on Explaining Family Change and Variation. Information and registration available at or contact Carolyn Scott, (814) 863-6806; email

October 26–28, 2006. 24th Annual Meeting of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology, Crowne Plaza San Jose Downtown Hotel, San Jose, CA. Those who share an interest in applying knowledge to addressing and solving social problems are invited to participate. For additional information visit or contact Benjamin Ben-Baruch, Vice-President and Program Chair, 4789 Pine Bluff Ste 3C, Ypsilanti, MI 48197; (734) 528-1439; fax (303) 479-1321; email

October 26–29, 2006. Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Power in Maritime America, Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT. Contact: Glenn S. Gordinier, Munson Institute, Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., PO Box 6000, Mystic, CT 06355-0990; fax 860/572-5329.


The Sociologists’ AIDS Network (SAN) announces the Martin Levine Student Essay Competition 2006. Sociology students are invited to submit an original, 20-page (double-spaced) essay on the social dimensions of HIV/AIDS for the annual student essay competition. The topic is broadly defined and can include any aspect of HIV/AIDS from a sociological perspective. The student must be the first author and must have written most, if not all, of the manuscript. Deadline: July 15, 2006. The winner will receive an award of $100 and a five-year membership to SAN. Contact: Matt G. Mutchler at Manuscripts can be submitted by email (preferred) to this address or send three full copies to Matt G. Mutchler, Sociology Department; California State University-Dominguez Hills, 1000 East Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747.

The Communitarian Network invites you to participate in an essay contest on communitarian thinking. The essay contest has been re-opened. Submissions will be accepted until June 30, 2006, and the winners will be announced shortly thereafter. There will be no further extensions. Visit for more details. Communitarian thinking must be evident throughout the essay; it should nurture and guide the analysis rather then be mentioned in the introduction and conclusion or only evoked occasionally. The essays must be original. No parts of them can have been previously published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Submit essays to The Communitarian Network, 2130 H Street, NW Suite 703, Washington, DC 20052. Please address them “Attention: Contest.”

In the News

Anthony J. Blasi, Tennessee State University, was quoted in the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman about the dilemmas of Catholic universities maintaining their identities absent members of religious orders. The article focused on Saint Edward’s University in Austin.

Diane Brown, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, was quoted in a March 16 Newark Star Ledger article on inadequate health care.

Sherri-Ann P. Butterfield, Rutgers University-Newark, was a panelist on tensions between West Indians and African- Americans on the radio talk show Let’s Talk Caribbean 1190 AM WLIB in New York on April 2.

Mary Chayko, College of Saint Elizabeth, was quoted in a March 5, 2006, article in the Morristown, NJ, Daily Record on the pop-cultural fascination with reality TV and the Oscars.

Andrew Cherlin, Johns Hopkins University, was quoted in a March 16 USA Today article about how young adults living at home with their parents is becoming more of a norm again. Barbara Mitchell, Simon Fraser University, was quoted in the article for her research on Vancouver young adults who lived with their parents. Frank Furstenberg Jr., University of Pennsylvania, commented on small families having more room for adult children.

Andrew Cherlin, Johns Hopkins University, was cited in a March 26 Washington Post article on African Americans and marriage.

Nicholas Christakis, Harvard Medical School, and Paul Allison, University of Pennsylvania, were quoted February 18 in Science News for their research reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, which found that the stress of caring for a loved one, especially a spouse, is a public health problem. Linda Waite, University of Chicago, also comments on the “exciting” results of the study in the article.

Ailsa Craig, New York University/Memorial University of Newfoundland, was quoted in a feature article in the April issue of Quill & Quire about poets’ strategies for combining paying work with their poetry careers.

Maxine Leeds Craig, California State University-East Bay, was quoted in a March 26 Los Angeles Times article about Katherine Dunham’s contribution to modern dance.

Thomas Dietz, Michigan State University, was interviewed on Michigan Public Radio on February 23 about how to make comparisons about risks. Dietz and Eugene A. Rosa, Washington State University, organized a session at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meetings in St. Louis on climate change and terrorism to examine what can be learned from comparing societal responses to these two very different kinds of risk.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, was quoted in the Cleveland Plain-Dealer February 4 about the growing controversy over local government use of eminent domain, and in the Los Angeles Timeson February 19 on LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s vision for city planning and March 4 on the election of Maria Elena Durazo to lead the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. He was quoted in the Pasadena Star-News February 7 and the Pasadena Weekly February 9 in his role as a leader of school reform efforts in that city. He authored an op-ed column in the Los Angeles Times on January 15, critical of that paper’s coverage of labor issues and an op-ed column in the Pasadena Star-News February 11 encouraging the Pasadena city government to invest more money in the local school district. He authored an appreciation of Rosa Parks in the Winter 2006 issue of Dissent magazine.

Felix Elwert and Nicholas Christakis had their longitudinal study, published in the February 2006 American Sociological Review, featured in the March 20 Health and Science section of the Boston Globe. It found the health effects of a spouse’s death to differ radically between blacks and whites, The article also referenced Christakis’s research with Paul D. Allison, University of Pennsylvania, on the importance of social networks and health.

Morten Ender, United States Military Academy, was interviewed in a Philadelphia Inquirer article on the three-year anniversary of the war in Iraq on March 19. The article focused on soldier and homefront communication methods and patterns. He was interviewed for and quoted in a March 23 front-page newspaper story in the Chattanooga Times Free Press about the state of Tennessee among the top 10 states with most U.S. National Guard deaths since September 11, 2001, and regional differences on military service. The story also ran in the Knoxville News Sentinal and on local news station broadcasts throughout the state of Tennessee. He was quoted in the New York Times on April 7 regarding the social history of the military’s casualty notification and assistance to the bereaved immediate and extended families of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. His research findings collected from field data in Iraq in the summer of 2004 highlighting the myth of low morale among American soldiers in Iraq was featured in the May 2006 issue of the Washington Monthly.

Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, was quoted in The Grand Rapids Press on February 19, Newshouse News Service on February 16, Houston Chronicle on February 26, and Times-Picayune on February 20 regarding consumers’ feelings about offering personal information to retailers.

Nancy Foner, Hunter College-City University of New York, was quoted in an April 3 New York Times article on the decline of the black population in New York City.

Tyrone Forman, University of Illinois at Chicago, was quoted in a USA Today story on February 7 on Americans ages 14 to 25 and their attitudes regarding interracial relationships.

Herbert Gans, Columbia University, was quoted on March 12, 2006, in the Amsterdam- based Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad about the U.S. news media; Gans had a letter in the March 20 New York Times Book Review about Harvard University.

Kathleen Gerson, New York University, was quoted in a March 11 New York Timesarticle about which sex is the most sensible when it comes to saving money.

Davita Silfen Glasberg, University of Connecticut, was featured in an article in the University of Connecticut Advance, covering a new course she developed with Bandana Purkayastha, also of the University of Connecticut, on “Human Rights in the United States.” The course is the latest addition to a growing interdisciplinary Human Rights Minor program at the university.

Neil Gross, Harvard University, wrote “Right, Left, and Wrong,” which examines the research behind David Horowitz’s book The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America in the “Ideas” section of The Boston Globe on February 26, 2006.

Michael J. Handel, Northeastern University, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune disputing recent reports that poor skills are the key problem for U.S. workers. His work on job satisfaction was also cited in the New York Times and in the Buenos Aires Business Daily Mercado.

David J. Harding, University of Michigan, was quoted in a March 23 article in the Boston Phoenix newspaper about youth violence in Boston.

Allan V. Horwitz, Rutgers University, and Jerome C. Wakefield, New York University, were quoted and featured in a March 7 Washington Times article on their research from Contexts magazine about the reported rates of mental illness.

Pamela Hunt, Kent State University, was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor, for her expertise in the jam band scene and Grateful Dead subculture in September 2005.

Albert Hunter, Northwestern University, was quoted in an April 4 article on gay activities occurring in the suburbs.

Michael Kimmel, State University of New York-Stony Brook, was quoted in a March 26 New York Times article about the modern bachelor pad.

Ross Koppel, University of Pennsylvania, was quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer on a story about labor strife and the history of violence on February 10.

Jerry Krase, Brooklyn College-CUNY, published two illustrated articles in USITALIA, an English language supplement to America Oggi, showing how both Big and Little Italy’s are changing due to the influx of new immigrants.

Annette Lareau, University of Maryland, was the subject of a March 9 New York Times op-ed article about her research on middle-class parenting styles versus working-class parents.

Edward Laumann, University of Chicago, was cited in a March 7 New York Timesarticle for his research findings on mixed orientation marriages.

Paul Lichterman, University of Southern California, was quoted in a March 15 Rocky Mountain News article about how the evangelical Christian nonprofit group, the Promise Keepers, is scaling down. The group used to pack football stadiums with the faithful, but lately has been holding more meetings in people’s homes. He also was interviewed by Swedish National Public Radio on February 11 about the Danish newspaper cartoons that sparked riots amongst Muslims offended by them.

Michael Mann, University of California- Los Angeles, was interviewed on camera about a society’s definition of “terrorist” versus “hero” in a March 18, 2006, CNN story about a new British film titled V for Vendetta.

Richard Moran, Mount Holyoke College, commented in the April 6 Washington Poston the Moussaoui jurors hearing September 11, 2001, tapes.

Philip Morgan, Duke University, was quoted in a March 26 Washington Post article on twenty-somethings not having enough time for committed relationships.

Peter C. Moskos, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, commented in a March 26 New York Times article on the numbers of police needed in a police force.

Cheryl G. Najarian, University of Massachusetts- Lowell, did a radio interview on March 1 with Christine Dunlap of the show Sunrise 91.5 FM, WUML, University of Massachusetts-Lowell’s radio station, where she discussed some of the findings in her book on deaf women and work and the challenges they face in the workplace.

Mark Oromaner, New York, had a letter published in the New York Times on February 16 in which he argued that if Vice President Cheney’s defenders of his delay in reporting the incident in which he shot a fellow hunter are to argue that this was part of his private life and not part of his public life, then we should have a policy requiring members of the administration to pay all expenses associated with such activities.

Orlando Patterson, Harvard University, wrote a review essay on “Being and Blackness” in the New York Times Book Review of January 8, 2006. He also wrote an op-ed that appeared in the March 26 New York Times on the disconnection of black youth from the American mainstream and the cultural reasons behind this. He also mentions Roger Waldinger, University of California-Los Angeles, in the article.

Barbara Risman, University of Illinois- Chicago, was quoted in a USA Today story on March 16 on the “failure to launch” phenomenon of adult children not leaving their parental home. She was also interviewed on a live talk show on KOA Radio in Denver on the same topic.

Robert Sampson, Harvard University, and Stephen Raudenbush, University of Michigan, had their research highlighted in “The Cracks in ‘Broken Windows’” published in the February 19, 2006, Ideas section of the Boston Globe. He published an op-ed in the March 11, 2006, New York Times about crime rates in the United States in relation to immigration patterns.

Kim Scipes, Purdue University North Central, provided background and was quoted in a radio news report about demonstrations against the National Endowment for Democracy carried on Workers Independent News Service (WIN), a nationwide news service, on March 10.

David R. Segal, University of Maryland, was interviewed on Maryland Public Radio (WYPR) regarding his research on military recruiting on December 13. He was quoted in the Newark Record on February 2 regarding his research on enlistment propensity, in the New York Times on February 5 on the impact of college attendance and parental attitudes on Army enlistment, and on February 9 on his research with Mady W. Segal, University of Maryland, on increasing Hispanic recruitment. He was quoted in the San Antonio Express-News on February 6 on the relative recruiting success of the Texas National Guard. He was quoted in several Scripps-Howard newspapers on February 16 on the military’s need to adapt to changes in youth culture (e.g., hairdos and color, jewelry, manicures) in order to recruit effectively. He was quoted in several Knight-Ridder newspapers, and interviewed by CBS News on February 28 on a Zogby poll of American soldiers in Iraq showing that three-quarters felt that the United States should withdraw from Iraq within a year.

Karen Sternheimer, University of Southern California, appeared on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” on March 17, 2006, to discuss fears of violence following a shooting at a Denny’s restaurant in Pismo Beach, California.

Jeremy Straughn, Purdue University, was quoted in a March 17 Associated Press article about the anti-war protests on the third anniversary of the war in Iraq. The story was reprinted in at least seven newspapers around the country.

Debra Umberson, University of Texas- Austin, was quoted in the March 27 Chicago Sun Times for her research on marital strain and health, which appeared in the March 2006 issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Duncan Watts, Columbia University, described what is involved in social network research in a March 12 New York Times Magazine about network theory thwarting terrorists.

Charles Willie, Harvard Graduate School of Education, had an article dedicated to his interpretation of why Martin Luther King, Jr., was an effective leader of grassroots social actions in the The Post-Standarddaily newspaper in Syracuse, New York. The article, “Without His Mentors, We Couldn’t Honor King,” was published January 16, 2006. King and Willie were classmates at Morehouse College in Atlanta from 1944 to 1948.


Anthony Cortese’s recent book, Opposing Hate Speech, has been nominated for the 2006 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award. The Myers Center Outstanding Book Awards identify and review books published each year analyzing bigotry and discrimination, and advancing human rights.

Michelle Gawerc, Boston College, and Ryan Burgess, Columbia University Teachers College, have been selected as the 2006 Peace, War and Social Conflict Section Graduate Student Fellows. Gawerc’s work on people-to-people peace initiatives and Burgess’s work on children in conflict areas, as well as their involvement in peace-making activities, reflects the goals of the Section and those of the people for whom the award was established.

D. Michael Lindsay, Princeton University, has won the 4th Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists sponsored by the International Sociological Association. The award, based on Lindsay’s paper “Liminal Organization in Elite Ranks: Linking Societal Power to Religious Faith,” will be presented in July at the World Congress of Sociology in Durban, South Africa.

Natalia Sarkisian and Naomi Gerstel,both of the University of Massachusetts- Amherst, have been named the winners of the 6th Annual Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research by the Center for Families at Purdue University and the Boston College Center for Work & Family, with exclusive sponsorship by the Alliance for Work Life Progress. Their work, “Explaining the Gender Gap in Help to Parents: The Importance of Employment,” was published in the Journal of Marriage and Family.

Charles Tilly, Columbia University, received the Sidney Hook Memorial Award from Phi Beta Kappa for his service as a professor and leader in the cause of liberal arts education.

Chris Uggen has been chosen as one of the four 2006 Distinguished McKnight University Professors. The goal of the Distinguished McKnight University Professorship program is to honor and reward the University’s highest-achieving faculty whose work and reputation are identified with Minnesota, who bring renown and prestige to the University, and who can be expected to make additional significant contributions to their discipline in the future.

Charles Webel was named a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Peace, Conflict, and Terrorism Studies, 2006.

Charles Willie, Harvard Graduate School of Education, received the Merit Award from the Eastern Sociological Society at its 76th Annual Meeting in February 2006. The Award is given annually for “Outstanding Contribution to the Discipline, the Profession, and the Eastern Sociological Society.” In August 2005 Willie received a similar honor from the ASA—the Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award—at its Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.


Douglas Anderton has been named as the incoming editor, and Gianpaolo Baoicchi associate editor, of the interdisciplinary journal Social Science History. The Social and Demographic Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst will be home to the journal beginning July 1, 2006.

Anthony J. Blasi, Tennessee State University, was elected president of the Tennessee Conference of the American Association of University Professors.

Tracy Chu, City University of New York, has received an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant for her dissertation, “The Pathology of Victimhood: Mental Health and the Social Construction of ‘Trauma’ Among Refugee/Asylum- seeking Survivors of Torture.”

Lee Clarke, Rutgers University, has been awarded the Anschutz Distinguished Fellowship for 2006–07.

Richard Colignon, Duquesne University, will become chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at St. Louis University.

Anthony Cortese, Southern Methodist University, served a two-day residency at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in St. Joseph and Collegeville, Minnesota, respectively. Cortese delivered a keynote address, “Opposing Hate Speech.”

Kenneth F. Ferraro, Purdue University, has begun a four-year term as editor of the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Lorena Garcia will be joining the faculty at the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago as an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the fall of 2006.

J. Craig Jenkins, Ohio State University, has been appointed chair of the Department of Sociology at Ohio State University.

Jerry Krase, Brooklyn College-CUNY, has been appointed Visiting Scholar in Sociology at Wagner College in New York City.

Jill Quadagno, Florida State University, was invited by Senator Harry Reid to make a presentation on a panel on universal coverage at the Issues Conference for Democratic Senators on April 28. The retreat was organized by the Democratic Policy Committee.

Barbara J. Risman moved to the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois-Chicago in January 2006, as Professor and Head of the Sociology Department.

Kim Scipes, Purdue University North Central, led workshops on “US and International Labor Solidarity Developments” and on “The National Endowment for Democracy (NED)” at the National Venezuela Solidarity Conference held at George Washington University in Washington, DC, March 4-6. Scipes also spoke at public demonstrations against the NED outside its headquarters, and against AFL-CIO involvement with NED at the AFL-CIO headquarters on March 6.

David Sonnenfeld, Washington State University, returned as Scholar in Residence with the Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands, in March.

Chikako Usui, Duquesne University, will become acting-chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis for the 2006–07 academic year. Linda Vo, University of California-Irvine, has been named a Chancellor’s Fellow. This three-year honor recognizes faculty of exceptional value to the university whose recent achievements in scholarship evidence extraordinary promise for world-class contributions to knowledge.

Charles Webel presented papers last year at the World Congress of Psychoanalysis, Rio de Janeiro, and the International Society for Theoretical Psychology, Cape Town.

Members' New Books

Winifred Breines, Northeastern University, The Trouble Between Us: An Uneasy History of White and Black Women in the Feminist Movement (Oxford University Press, 2006).

Leonard Cain, Portland State University, A Man’s Grasp Should Exceed His Reach: A Biography of Sociologist Austin Larimore Porterfield (University Press, 2005).

Mohammad A. Chaichian, Mount Mercy College, White Racism on the Western Urban Frontier: Dynamics of Race and Class in Dubuque, Iowa (1800-2000) (Africa World Press, 2006).

Charles T. Clotfelter, After Brown: The Rise and Retreat of School Desegregation(Princeton University Press, 2006).

Uta Gerhardt, Heidelberg University, Soziologie der Stunde Null. Zur Gesellschaftskonzeption des amerikanischen Besatzungsregimes in Deutschland 1944-1945/1946 [The Sociology of Germany’s Transformation to Democracy Through American Military Government, 1944-1945/1946] (Suhrkamp, 2005).

Burkart Holzner, University of Pittsburgh, and Leslie Holzner, Transparency in Global Change: The Vanguard of the Open Society (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006).

Linda Kalof, Michigan State University, Looking at Animals in Human History (Continuum, 2006).

Edith King, University of Denver, Meeting the Challenges of Teaching in an Era of Terrorism(Thomson Publishers, 2006).

Cheryl G. Najarian, University of Massachusetts- Lowell, “Between Worlds:” Deaf Women, Work, and Intersections of Gender and Ability (Routledge, 2006).

R. Keith Sawyer, Washington University- St. Louis, Social Emergence: Societies as Complex Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Ruth Sidel, Hunter College, Unsung Heroines: Single Mothers and the American Dream(University of California Press, 2005).

Metta Spencer, University of Toronto, Two Aspirins and a Comedy: How Television Can Enhance Health and Society (Paradigm Publishers, 2006).

Charles Tilly, Columbia University, Why?(Princeton University Press, 2006).

Charles Webel, Terror, Terrorism, and the Human Condition (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005). Forthcoming with Johan Galtung, ed., The Handbook of Peace and Conflict Studies (Routledge, 2006).

Robert W. White, Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis, Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, The Life and Politics of an Irish Revolutionary (Indiana University Press, 2006).

Tamar Diana Wilson, University of Missouri- St. Louis, Subsidizing Capitalism: Brickmakers on the U.S.-Mexican Border(State University of New York Press, 2005).

Patricia A. Wittberg, Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis, From Piety to Professionalism—and Back? Transformations of Organized Religious Virtuosity(Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006).

Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University, American Mythos: Why Our Best Efforts to Be a Better Nation Fall Short (Princeton University Press, 2006).

Caught in the Web

Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC). Fast, free access to the highest quality UK social science research is now available to organizations across the United States from one website, Developed by the UK’s Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) the website allows users to search all ESRC-funded research material on a variety of topics including crime, education, economics, health, the environment, and social affairs. Information from other leading UK and international social science resources such as Europa, the Social Science Research Network, the UK’s Office of National Statistics, and the UK Data Archive is also available—just by typing a simple query into the site’s powerful search engine. The website is quick and easy to navigate, providing research material in a variety of useful formats, including: Full research papers and datasets, Plain-English summaries, Facts & Figures information sheets, and Topical news stories. For further information, visit Contact: Cormac Connolly, +44 1793 413 079; email

New Programs

European University Institute and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies has developed a proposal for a Research Network 1989, which is kindly supported by GESIS and its CEE Service Agency, Towards 2009 a global window of attention opens for Central and Eastern Europe because of the 20th anniversary of 1989. While particularly in CEE participants, observers and academics will be recording their interpretations, 1989 was also a global and world-historical event. Cultural, economic, legal, political and social interpretations are intertwined with the flow of history and are themselves subject to appropriation and revision by actors. “Before” and “after” 1989 are thus inextricably linked. We invite Working Group proposals. Proposals should advance, interrogate or replace knowledge claims by identifying an intellectual agenda that is worthy of sustained attention. Initiators of working group proposals may expect to lead the group. Please find further information on the website: The Opening Plenary is scheduled for October 24 to 28, 2006, to be held at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Deaths Al Bertrand, retired LSU Boyd Professor of Sociology Emeritus, died on February 26, 2006, at his home in Baton Rouge, LA. He was 87 years old. Al Reiss, Yale University, died April 27 after a long decline in health at his retirement community in Hamden, CT.


Al Bertrand, retired LSU Boyd Professor of Sociology Emeritus, died on February 26, 2006, at his home in Baton Rouge, LA. He was 87 years old.

Al Reiss, Yale University, died April 27 after a long decline in health at his retirement community in Hamden, CT.


Albert N. Cousins
(1919– 2006)

Albert N. Cousins, a retired sociology professor who died [March 20] at age 86, developed a keen interest in urban affairs during the civil rights movement and racial unrest of the 1960s.

Cousins, who taught at Cleveland State and John Carroll universities, wrote or cowrote several books and papers, including “North Coast Metropolis: Sociology of Cleveland,” that explored the issues of inner-city poverty and citizen empowerment. His books include “Urban Life: The Sociology of Cities and Urban Society,” published by John Wiley & Sons Inc. in 1979, and “Urban Man and Society,” a 1970 Knopf publication.

He began teaching at Fenn College in the early 1950s and remained on the faculty as it transformed into Cleveland State University in the mid-1960s.

In the early years of Cleveland State, students filling out faculty-evaluation surveys described Cousins as “groovy.” Although most of his colleagues also received high marks, Cousins’ “groovy” label and his propensity for flashy attire—“ His red herringbone shirt and gold striped tie are a little too hard to take at 8 a.m.,” one student observed—were singled out in a news report.

Cousins toned down the flashiness in his later years, but, according to his son, Daniel, “He definitely has a few jackets that I’m afraid to wear.”

The Cleveland native had lived most of his life in University Heights and Cleveland Heights.

“Six weeks ago, he was shoveling his driveway of snow,” his son said. “Then it all fell out from under him. His health collapsed. He wanted to live independently as long as he could. And he did that.”

He spent his last weeks at an assisted living facility near his son in the Boston area. He died at Concord (Mass.) Health Care Center.

As a youngster, Cousins had worked at a Cleveland food market run by his Russian- immigrant parents. He ran track at East Technical High School in the 1930s and was part of a relay team that won state honors, according to his son.

After graduating from Ohio State University in 1941, Cousins joined the Army for service in World War II. He served as an aide to a general in the ordnance department at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. His duties included gleaning war-related news articles from daily publications and preparing a weekly news digest for officers.

During the war, he married Rose Manitsas, whom he had met at Ohio State. Rose, who inspected airplane rivets during the war, later taught in the Cleveland schools. She died in 1987.

After the war, Cousins earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in sociology from Harvard University. He taught briefly at Florida State University and worked for Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court before joining the Fenn faculty.

He helped found United Area Citizens Agency in 1968 and directed its antipoverty campaign. He decorated the walls of his home with plaques from education and government officials praising his community service.

Cousins retired from CSU in 1989, but remained in the classroom as a part-time teacher at John Carroll University until 2003.

“He was an enthusiastic professor,” his son said. “He was a scholar of American culture. He was fascinated with Cleveland and the American way of life.”

This originally appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on March 27, 2006, by Alana Baranick

Valerie Moore
(1964 – 2006)

Valerie Moore, associate professor of sociology, died peacefully in her home on February 1, 2006, at the age of 41. She joined the faculty of the University of Vermont as an assistant professor in 1997 and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2003.

Valerie earned her PhD at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where she was a recipient of numerous awards, including a Ford Foundation Minority Graduate Fellowship and a Special Graduate Activities Grant from the National Science Foundation. Her dissertation, titled “How Kids Create and Experience Gender and Race,” served as a starting point for her long-term research interests in the intersection of race and gender, identity formation, and the negotiated emergence of self.

Early in her career, Valerie wrote a paper on the effect of a professor’s race and gender on her/his experience as a faculty member, detailing the threats from both students and colleagues that made it difficult for young women professors, especially women of color, to maintain a sense of self as a competent professional. Later, her careful observations of children demonstrated the importance of studying interactions in a wide range of settings to understand the ways children build identities based on race and gender. And her comparisons of identify formation among African-American children in predominantly black summer camps, on the one hand, and camps that were largely white, on the other, allowed her to examine the impact of racial context on identity formation. Many have called for analysis of the interaction of race and gender, the ways race is gendered and gender is racialized. Valerie did it. Many have theorized the invisibility but use of whiteness. Valerie analyzed it. Many have insisted that social context shapes the use of race, as well as gender. Valerie theorized and concretized its effects. Her substantive interest in gender and race resulted in influential research articles in, among other outlets, Social Problems and Gender and Society. At the time of her death, she was writing an invited proposal on these issues for a book in the Rose Monograph Series.

In addition to her important scholarly and service contributions during her all-too-brief career, Dr. Moore will be remembered for her effectiveness as a teacher and mentor. Presiding over a large introductory lecture class or teaching a dozen or so students in the intensive atmosphere of advanced seminars, Valerie was perceived by her peers and her students alike as both an effective and caring teacher. Particularly impressive was her ability to teach sensitive issues on race and childhood in ways that simultaneously challenged students’ misperceptions, while treating their views with respect. Her boundless enthusiasm and positive nature belied a quiet strength that carried her points across to even the most intransigent students.

Valerie was much admired by graduate students as well as faculty who were drawn to her obvious, but never arrogant, intelligence, wit, and warmth. Her melodic voice pulled listeners in—whether she was singing in the choir or chatting in the hallway. She brought a kind of joy to life that carried her through health and a prolonged illness. Our deepest sympathies go to her life partner, Joey McNabb of Burlington, VT, and her parents, Samuel and Jacqueline (Davis) Moore of Plainfield, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Valerie Moore Scholarship Fund, c/o Jill Gould, P.O. Box 491, Milton, VT 05468.

Naomi Gerstel, University of Massachusetts- Amherst and Beth Mintz, University of Vermont

Arthur J. Vidich
(1922 – 2006)

Arthur J. Vidich, who chronicled social and economic changes in America after WWII, died on March 16th, at his home in Southampton, NY, from complications from chronic lymphatic lymphoma. He was 83.

Art taught at the Graduate Faculty of Political & Social Science at the New School for Social Research for 40 years. He is best known for Small Town in Mass Society (with Joseph Bensman). The book, still in print and translated into several languages, rendered a candid portrait of “Springdale,” actually Candor, a rural community near Ithaca, New York. This classic documented the extent to which urban bureaucracies and the norms of the emerging new middle classes had penetrated even the nooks and crannies of American society by the mid-1950s. Upon publication of the book in 1958, Art was hung in effigy from the back of a manurespreader at Candor’s July 4th parade. The memory of such unusual celebrity gave Art pleasure until his last days. Small Town created a sensation in scholarly circles and generated vigorous debates about the ethics of social research and about the relative merits of bureaucratically organized surveys versus fieldwork generating qualitative data to address intellectual problems.

He was born in Manganese, Minnesota, on May 30, 1922, the youngest of five children to Austrian immigrants. His elder brother died accidentally as a young boy. A disabling accident in Manganese’s iron mines forced Joseph Vidich to move to West Allis, Wisconsin, to find other work. Art’s second-generation immigrant experiences in that depression-era industrial town helped shaped the critical eye through which he later examined American society.

He entered the University of Wisconsin in September 1940 where he majored in American institutions and economics. His education at Madison was interrupted by the Second World War. In April 1942, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and, before being shipped overseas, completed his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan, with a major in economics. He served in the Pacific theater with the Second Regiment of the Second Marine Division, rising to first lieutenant and machine-gun platoon leader. Nine days after Nagasaki was devastated by the nuclear bomb, he disembarked in the port city as part of the first occupying force of the Japanese islands. His first-hand observations of the effects of the bomb on Nagasaki made him a life-long critic of nuclear weapons.

After his discharge from the Marine Corps, Art returned to the University of Wisconsin where he obtained his MA in sociology and anthropology in 1948. Wisconsin’s illustrious faculty in the social sciences, including Hans H. Gerth, who brought his deep knowledge of Max Weber’s work to American readers, was decisive in shaping his understanding of the great changes underway in postwar America.

In the fall of 1947, Art traveled to Micronesia and did six months of fieldwork on the archipelago of Palau. This became the basis of his master’s thesis, and later, in expanded form, his doctoral thesis at Harvard’s Department of Social Relations. He earned his PhD in social anthropology from Harvard in 1953 under Barrington Moore.

In 1950–1951, Art studied at the University of London on a Fulbright Scholarship. During that European sojourn he traveled to his parents’ birthplace in Kropa, Slovenia, and began a life-long relationship with Slovenian intellectuals.

After teaching for three years at the University of Puerto Rico, and three more years at the University of Connecticut, he began his long career at the Graduate Faculty at The New School in 1960. His work at The New School brought him into contact with scholars from around the globe, scores of whom he hosted in seminars at The New School and at his homes. During those years, he also held visiting professorships at the Universidad Nacional in Bogota, Colombia; the Kyoto American Studies seminar in Kyoto, Japan; the University of California-San Diego; Clark University; the University of Zagreb in Croatia; and Tehran University, Iran. He created and sustained an intellectual milieu that exemplified the Graduate Faculty’s singular legacy as a crossroads of European and American social thought.

In addition to Small Town in Mass Society, Art wrote The New American Society: the Revolution of the Middle Class (with Joseph Bensman); American Sociology: Worldly Rejections of Religion and Their Directions (with Stanford M. Lyman); and Collaboration, Reputation, and Ethics in American Academic Life: Hans H. Gerth and C. Wright Mills (with Guy Oakes), among many other books, articles, and reviews. He also edited or co-edited more than a dozen volumes and was the founder and long-time editor of the International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society.

His first wife, Virginia, from whom he divorced in 1973, died in 1995; his second wife of 34 years, Mary, died in 2003. He is survived by his sisters, Pauline Ruthenberg and Olga Shultz both of Mesa, AZ, and Betty Jauquet of Ashland, WI, and his children, Charles of Ashford, CT, Paul and Andrew of New York City, Joseph of Wall, NJ, his step-children Max Gregoric of Rockville, UT, and Rosilind Gutterson of Southampton, NY, and thirteen grandchildren. Art also leaves behind scores of men and women who benefited from his ability to help frame intellectual problems theoretically and historically. And all who knew him cherished his remarkable hospitality, vitality, curiosity, and sense of humor.

There will be a celebration of Art’s life and work at The Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, on September 14–15, 2006.

Robert Jackall, Charles Vidich, and Paul Vidich