May-June 2008 Issue • Volume 36 • Issue 5

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February 2008 Science Policy item on Steven Murdock as the new head of the U.S. Census Bureau should have mentioned his affiliation as the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Professor of Sociology at Rice University.

Ann R. Tickamyer’s affiliation was incorrectly listed in the February and March issues of Footnotes. She is at Ohio University.

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Call for Papers


2008 Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Conference, November 5-8, 2008, Jacksonville, FL. Theme: "Research and Practice: Embracing Connections." Conference divisions include students; organization, administration, and leadership; policy, finance, and economics; teaching, learning, and assessment; faculty, international; and context, foundations, and methods. To learn more about the conference and submit a proposal, visit Contact: Patricia L. Farrell, Executive Director, (517) 353-8768;;

Bodies on Display, November 7-8, 2008, McCord Museum, Montreal, QC. A two-day colloquium organized by the McCord Museum of Canadian History in collaboration with the Costume Society of America, Northeastern Region, and with the McCord Museum exhibition "Reveal or Conceal." With the growing scholarly interest in addressing the body in many academic disciplines, this colloquium aims to foster a dialogue among those in the academic setting who study the body as it relates to dress and fashion and dress as an embodied practice with those who approach it from the museum, material culture, living history, and design perspectives. For more information, visit Abstracts due June 13, 2008. Contact:

National Science Foundation Workshop, September 22, 2008, Arlington, VA. Theme: "Using Human Resource Data from Science Resources Statistics to Study the Science and Engineering Workforce." The United States collects extraordinarily high-quality data on the science and engineering workforce. A key component is the SESTAT data ( collected by the National Science Foundation, Science Resources Statistics (SRS), which integrates three databases: The National Survey of College Graduates, The National Survey of Recent College Graduates (NSRCG), and the Survey of Doctorate Recipients. The sampling frame for the latter, the Survey of Earned Doctorates, is also overseen by SRS. The workshop will bring together users and potential users of SRS-restricted data. Current users and potential users who wish to be considered for participation should submit a two-page narrative to Current users will each have 15 minutes to summarize their work; potential users will each make a short presentation concerning the research question they would address if they were to gain access to the data. Deadline: May 30, 2008. Contact: Paula Stephan at

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Wendell Bell, Yale University, was recently honored by the Association of Professional Futurists who voted his two-volume work, Foundations of Futures Studies: Human Science for a New Era, among the top 10 "most important futures works" in the recent past as well as the classics.

Stefanie DeLuca, Johns Hopkins University, was awarded the William T. Grant Scholars Award, a major fellowship for early-career scholars conducting high-quality research. DeLuca has also received funding this year from the Spencer Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the American Educational Research Association.

Shirley Hill, SWS president-elect, received the Midwest Sociological Society’s Distinguished Book Award for her book Black Intimacies: A Gender Perspective on Families and Relationships.

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, received the 2007 Robert Jervis and Paul Schroeder Award from the American Political Science Association International History and Politics Section for her book Territory, Authority, Rights.

Mady Wechsler Segal and David R. Segal, both of the University of Maryland, received the United States Military Academy at West Point Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Distinguished Former Faculty Award on April 5, 2008.

Steven Stack, Wayne State University, Liqun Cao, Eastern Michigan University, and Amy Adamczyk, City University of New York, were awarded the MacNamara Award, given annually by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, for the best article published in their three venues. Their article, "Crime Volume and Law and Order Culture," appeared in Justice Quarterly in June 2007.

Barry Wellman, University of Toronto, received the International Communication Association’s Communication Research as an Open Field Prize given to a researcher who has "made important contributions to the field of communications from outside the discipline of communications."

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July 3-5, 2008. Control or Care of the Self Sociology of the Subject in the 21st Century, University of Hamburg. For more information, visit

June 23-25, 2008. What’s Working in Community Development?, Arcadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada. For more information, visit

August 1-2, 2008. Mini Conference on Race, Labor and Empire, Northeastern University O’ Bryant African-American Institute, Boston, MA. For more information, visit

August 1-4, 2008. Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) Summer Meeting, Boston, MA. Theme: "Feminist Scholarship, Activism, and Professional Development." For more information, visit

September 22, 2008. National Science Foundation Workshop, Arlington, VA. Theme: "Using Human Resource Data from Science Resources Statistics to Study the Science and Engineering Workforce." The workshop will bring together users and potential users of SRS-restricted data. Contact: Paula Stephan at

October 12-14, 2008. SAGE’s Fourth National Conference on LGBT Aging, Marriott New York at the Brooklyn Bridge. Theme: "It’s About Time: LGBT Aging in a Changing World." Contact: Karen Taylor, Director of Advocacy & Training, Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), 305 Seventh Avenue, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10001; (212) 741-2247;

November 5-8, 2008. 2008 Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Conference, Jacksonville, FL. Theme: "Research and Practice: Embracing Connections." For more information, visit Contact: Patricia L. Farrell, Executive Director, (517) 353-8768;;

November 7–8, 2008. Bodies on Display, McCord Museum, Montreal, QC. For more information, visit Contact:

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Science, Technology, and Society (STS). STS considers proposals that examine historical, philosophical, and sociological questions that arise in connection with science, engineering, and technology, and their respective interactions with society. STS has four components: Ethics and Values in Science, Engineering and Technology (EVS), History and Philosophy of Science, Engineering and Technology (HPS), Social Studies of Science, Engineering and Technology (SSS), Studies of Policy, Science, Engineering and Technology (SPS). The components overlap, but are distinguished by the different scientific and scholarly orientations they take to the subject matter. STS encourages the submission of hybrid proposals that strive to integrate research involving two or more of these core areas. STS provides the following modes of support: Scholars Awards, Standard Research Grants and Grants for Collaborative Research, Postdoctoral Fellowships, Professional Development Fellowships, Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants, Small Grants for Training and Research, Conference and Workshop Awards, and other funding opportunities. Full proposal date: August 1, 2008. For more information, visit

The Effect of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination/Bias on Health Care Delivery (R01). The relationship of race and ethnicity to health disparities is complex. Racial and ethnic minorities suffer disproportionate morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases such as cancer, heart and lung diseases, blood and sleep disorders, diabetes, and stroke. While these differences can be partially explained by differences in lifestyle, health-seeking behavior, and financial access to care, these factors do not entirely explain differences in incidence, treatment, or outcomes. For more information on grants involving these issues visit:

Visiting Member Awards for 2009-2010 in the School of Social Science. The School of Social Science each year invites as members up to 20 scholars from a large applicant pool. Visiting Members are expected to pursue their own research, but the school organizes a seminar on the year’s focus and a weekly lunch at which members as well as invited guests present their ongoing work. The school is not wedded to any particular intellectual or disciplinary approach. It encourages social scientific work with n historical and humanistic bent. For more information, visit

The Van Alen Institute and the Social Science Research Council are pleased to announce the 2008-2009 New York Prize Fellowship in Sustainable Cities and the Social Sciences. For more information about the fellowship at

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SUNY Press Dissertation/First Book Prize in African American Studies. SUNY Press is proud to announce a new competition for the best single-authored dissertation or first book manuscript in the field of African American studies. We seek nonfiction manuscripts that engage any dimension of African American experience, whether historical or contemporary. The competition is open to scholars in all disciplines, but we especially encourage work that speaks effectively across disciplines and projects that offer new perspectives on concerns central to the field of African American studies. The winner will receive a publication contract with SUNY Press and a $3,000 advance. Runners up may also be considered for publication with SUNY Press. All submissions must be postmarked by July 1, 2008. Contact: Larin McLaughlin, Acquisitions Editor, SUNY Press, 194 Washington Ave., Ste. 305, Albany, NY 12210;

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) Cheryl Allyn Miller Award. SWS has established an award for graduate students and recent PhDs working in the area of women and paid work, employment and self-employment, informal market work, and illegal work. The award is supported by a bequest from the family of the late Cheryl Allyn Miller, a sociologist and feminist who studied women and paid work. The purpose of the award is to recognize a sociology graduate student or a recent doctorate whose research or activism constitutes an outstanding contribution to the field of women and work. This contribution may take the form of scholarly or policy research or activism. It may be completed work or work in progress, but should not be a proposal for future work, and should be sufficiently close enough to completion that the applicant can concisely describe and contextualize the contribution to the field. The award is $500. Applicants must be graduate students or have received their PhD in 2007 or 2008 and belong to SWS. (Applicants may join at the same time they apply for the award.) Submissions must include a 2- to 3-page curriculum vitae, a cover page, an abstract, and a paper of no more than 30 double-spaced pages, including bibliography in a style suitable for submission to a scholarly journal. The abstract/cover page should include applicant’s name, address, telephone number, email, and the date the PhD was completed. Self-nominations are accepted. Do not include any nominating letters. Applications must be postmarked by June 15, 2008. Send three copies of all application materials. Please print on both sides. Contact: Ivy Kennelly, Department of Sociology, 801 22nd St., NW, Suite 409, Washington, DC 20052;;

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In the News

Organized by Subject Area

Aging and the Life Course

Nicholas Danigelis and Stephen Cutler, both of the University of Vermont, and Melissa Hardy, Pennsylvania State University, had their American Sociological Review article on aging and attitudes summarized in a March 10 Washington Post "Science Notebook" story. The study was also cited by UPI on March 7, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on March 18, and The Chicago Tribune on March 23. Danigelis was interviewed by Vermont Public Radio for a March 26 segment on the study.

Barbara Mitchell, Simon Fraser University, was quoted in a March 25 USA Today article about baby boomers’ concerns over their adult children’s life plans for her research revealing parental frustration.

Clive Seale, Brunel University, was cited in a March 11 Washington Post article about dying alone. Seale’s research, published in Social Science and Medicine, found that the media portray dying alone as a fearful fate, often the outcome of an undesirable personal character.

Children and Youth

Peter Bearman, Columbia University, and Hannah Brückner, Yale University, were cited for their research on teens and abstinence pledges in a March 30 New York Times magazine article about abstinence clubs on college campuses.

Murray Straus, University of New Hampshire-Durham, was cited in a March 18 USA Today article about his research suggesting that children whose parents spanked them may have a greater chance of sexual problems later.

Nikki Jones, University of California-Santa Barbara, had her research on violence among teenage girls profiled in an April 6 Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, NJ) article on Jones’ lecture about the field research she did in Philadelphia.

Community and Urban Sociology

Stefanie DeLuca, Johns Hopkins University, participated in an August 16, 2007, National Public Radio interview about her research on the Moving to Opportunity housing voucher experiment. Her research was originally featured in a story on neighborhood effects in The Washington Post on August 14, 2007.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, was quoted in a March 15 Los Angeles Times article about whether the city received its fair share of state housing funds.

James M. Jasper, City University of New York Graduate Center, was quoted in a March 7 Philadelphia Inquirer article about the movements of Americans and two women who chose to return to their childhood homes.

Robert Sampson, Harvard University, is quoted in a March 21 New York Times article about a plan in Washington, DC, to replace a housing project with a mixed-income community in which former residents would be welcomed back. Sampson commented on the unintended consequences of housing vouchers for low-income residents.

Sudhir Venkatesh, Columbia University, was cited in a GOOD Magazine article from March 4 about Chicago public housing’s Cabrini-Green projects. His book, Gang Leader for a Day, has received attention within a number of news outlets, including the Chicago Tribune February 6, The Sunday Times February 9, BBC News February 12, The Times of India February 17, and Foreign Policy’s Passport blog March 3.

Crime, Law and Deviance

Andrew Beveridge, Queens College, was cited in a March 11 Associated Press article for his study of community representation within jury pools in Hillsborough County, NH. Beveridge’s study found that most jurors were white and older and not representative of minorities and young people in the area. The story ran on,, and several New Hampshire news websites.

Randall Collins, University of Pennsylvania, was profiled in the February 18 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education for his examination of violence.

Philip Dolce, Bergen Community College, was quoted in a March 26 article in The Record (Hackensack, NJ) about his federally funded "Gangs in Suburbia" project, designed to help prevent teenagers from joining gangs.

Aaron Doyle, Carleton University, was quoted in a March 18 Canadian Press article about the release of surveillance video capturing a murder in Toronto. The article was published in newspapers throughout Canada.

Amy Fitzgerald, University of Windsor, had her research on violence in communities with slaughterhouses cited in an April 3 posting on The New York Times Freakonomics blog.

Sociology of Culture

Robert C. Bulman, Saint Mary’s College of California, was quoted in a March 23 article in The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN) about how movie catch phrases enter the popular culture.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, wrote a critical review of the popular TV show about urban Baltimore, The Wire, for the winter 2008 issue of Dissent magazine.  

Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, gave perspective to a March 30 Washington Post article about popular culture’s movement from sentimentality to sarcasm. Etzioni commented on the disconnect between emotions in people’s lives and the entertainment they consume.

Jeanne Fleming, Money magazine and columnist, was quoted in numerous articles about a book she recently co-authored that examines the role money plays in personal relationships. Among the publications in which she was quoted are: The Washington Post January 6, The Los Angeles Times February 3, The Baltimore Sun December 25, 2007, The New York Post January 24, and, in Canada, Maclean’s on January 9. She also discussed money-and-relationships problems on a number of radio and television programs, among them: NPR’s Tell Me More January 14 and ABC’s Good Morning America January 8.

Shirley Laska, University of New Orleans, was quoted in a March 16 Associated Press article about the erosion of bayou culture in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The article appeared in The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and other media outlets across the country.

Patricia Leavy, Stonehill College, was quoted in a March 10 article released by the Canwest News Service and published by The Montreal Gazette, The Windsor Star and Winnipeg Free Press. The article discussed charitable giving and celebrity associations with charitable causes.

Pepper Schwartz, University of Washington-Seattle, was quoted in an article about Bravo’s television series, "The Real Housewives of New York City," in the March 3 New York Times. Schwartz proposed that the series taps into a fascination with transitions in women’s roles.

Jonathan Wynn, Smith College, was quoted in an April 1 New York Times article about pranks and practical jokes.

Economic Sociology

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, was quoted in the January 3 Denver Post about the mortgage meltdown.

Paul Schervish, Boston College, was the subject of a March 9 "Idea Lab" article in The New York Times about his 23-year research on what makes the rich donate and who are their philanthropic recipients.

Gregory D. Squires, George Washington University, published an op-ed about inequality and subprime mortgages in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on March 9.

Sociology of Education

Stefanie DeLuca, Johns Hopkins University, wrote a column for USA Today on February 26 explaining why delaying college enrollment hinders bachelor’s degree completion.

Environment and Technology

Morten Ender, Bruce Keith, and ten of their undergraduate students, all of the United States Military Academy at West Point, had their Alternative Spring Break project in New Orleans featured in a March 27 article in The Times-Picayune newspaper. The article highlighted the second year of the civic re-vegetation and beautification project in which the students participated in the Lakeview section of New Orleans.

Setsuko (Seiko) Matsuzawa, Sewanee: The University of the South, was interviewed by Radio Puerto Rico on civic environmental activism in China. The interview was broadcast in Puerto Rico, Northern Mexico, and Fresno, CA, as well as throughout the western United States.

Sociology of Family

Suzanne Bianchi, University of Maryland, was quoted in a March 24 Washington Post article about birth order and time that parents spend with their children. She commented on an economist’s research that shows firstborn children get more time with their parents than subsequent children.

Scott Coltrane, University of California-Riverside, Oriel Sullivan, Ben Gurion University, Shirley Hill, University of Kansas, and Pamela Smock, University of Michigan, were cited in a March 6 Associated Press article for their role in a Council on Contemporary Families report summarizing recent studies on family dynamics. The article on the relative contribution of husbands and wives to housework ran in The Columbus Dispatch, The Huffington Post website, and a number of news websites around the country.

Frank Stafford, University of Michigan, was quoted in an April 4 Reuters article about his research that shows husbands create extra housework for their wives. His research was also covered by UPI, The Ann Arbor News, and media outlets across the country.

Arlie Russell Hochschild, University of California-Berkeley, discussed the reasons for the increase in parents hiring consultants to help with child rearing in a March 8 article in The Washington Post.

Marcia Millman, University of California-Santa Cruz, commented on the relationships of sisters in a March 18 article in The New York Times about exposed fabricating author Margaret Seltzer and her whistleblower sister.

International Migration

Douglas Massey, Princeton University, was quoted in a March 3 USA Today article on the movement of immigrants once they arrive in the United States. Massey, the editor of New Faces in New Places: The Changing Geography of American Immigration, asserts that immigrants are more mobile and increasingly settling in suburban areas.

Latino/Latina Sociology

Edward Telles and Vilma Ortiz, both of the University of California-Los Angeles, had their book, Generations of Exclusion, included in an article in the March 24 issue of Newsweek. The article discusses economic and social changes among Mexican-American families.

Sociology of Law

J. Steven Picou, University of South Alabama, was quoted in a February 26 Associated Press story about oral arguments presented to the U. S. Supreme Court regarding the punitive damage award for the Exxon Valdez oil spill litigation. The story ran in newspapers such as the Kansas City Star and the The Times-Picayune.

Medical Sociology

Christopher Browning, Ohio State University, was quoted in a March 25 HealthDay News article about his research published in Urban Studies that indicates that neighborhoods may have a major influence on the amount people exercise. The article received widespread coverage online and in daily newspapers across the country.

Charlene Harrington, University of California-San Francisco, was quoted in a March 3 New Haven Register article about the high prevalence of anti-psychotic drugs dispensed in Connecticut nursing homes.

Rachel Kimbro, Rice University, was cited in a March 11 HealthDay News article for her research in the March/April of Health Affairs, which found that immigrants with low levels of education fared better in health outcomes compared with native-born Americans, regardless of race or ethnicity.

John Robinson and Steven Martin, both of the University of Maryland, received media attention for their research findings on Americans and sleep., The Washington Post, and several other news outlets reported on the report, Not So Deprived: Sleep in America, 1965-2005.

Abigail C. Saguy, University of California-Los Angeles, was quoted in a March 18 San Diego CityBeat article about the fat acceptance movement in the context of public attitudes about body size, health, and stigmatization.

Organizations, Occupations and Work

Riley E. Dunlap, Oklahoma State University, was quoted in a March 4 New York Times article about a conference of climate change skeptics in New York City sponsored by the Heartland Institute.

Sylvia Fuller, University of British Columbia, was interviewed and/or had her research on job mobility and wage trajectories cited in media outlets such as The Chicago Sun-Times on March 20, KGO-AM March 20, KCSN-FM March 24, and various television affiliate websites around the United States. Fuller’s research appeared in the February issue of the American Sociological Review.

Jerry A. Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania, was interviewed for a segment about the 40-hour work week on WHYY-FM, the National Public Radio affiliate in Philadelphia. Jacobs discussed his book The Time Divide and his related research on the show Radio Times.

Vicki Smith, University of California-Davis, was quoted in a March 25 Sacramento Bee story about the employment vulnerability of disabled workers.

Peace, War and Social Conflict

Ronald Berger, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, was interviewed about the Holocaust and his family’s survival of it for The Exchange program on Iowa Public Radio (IPR) on March 5. He was also interviewed about this topic for the Classical Music program on IPR on March 3.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, was quoted in the Pasadena Star-News on March 19 on his views on the anti-war movement.

Morten Ender, United States Military Academy at West Point, was quoted in a front-page USA Today article on March 20 examining the demographics trends of the nearing 4,000 American soldier deaths since the beginning of the war in March 2003.

David R. Segal, University of Maryland, was quoted in The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) regarding the aging membership of veterans’ organizations on January 20, and in the Express-News (San Antonio, TX) and the Houston Chronicle on Texas producing more Army recruits than any other state on January 23. He was quoted in Spero News on changes in the military profession on February 15 and in USA Today on large American cities that have had no fatalities in the Iraq war on February 19. He was quoted in The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) on the demographic composition of the American military on March 15 and in a number of publications by Agence France Presse regarding marriages between American service personnel and Iraqi civilians on March 20. He was also interviewed for an article published in the New York Review of Books on April 3 about America’s volunteer army and their motivations for service.

Mady Wechsler Segal, University of Maryland, was interviewed for the lead article in the February 24 Washington Post Magazine, about military women in combat in Iraq.

Christina Weber, North Dakota State University, was interviewed for a March 31 segment on Minnesota Public Radio about how the changing role of women in the Iraq war affects the women who have been deployed.

Political Sociology

Nancy Ammerman, Boston University, was quoted in a March 19 Chicago Tribune article about Sen. Barack Obama’s March 18 speech on race.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, coauthored an essay in the spring issue of Dissent magazine about the political history of a folk song written as a campaign song for a 1949 Progressive Party candidate. He also had two articles published in American Prospect: An analysis of how wealth and income influence voting behavior among whites on March 25 and an article about the role of organizers in Sen. Obama’s presidential campaign February 1. Dreier authored an article for the February 19 issue of The Nation about the enthusiasm of Obama supporters, and wrote five columns for The Huffington Post website during 2008.

Charles Gallagher, Georgia State University, was interviewed by the nationally syndicated Newhouse News Service for a February 10 article on race and white male voting patterns.

Philip Kasinitz, City University of New York-Graduate Center, was interviewed on March 17 by BBC Radio’s Caribbean Service about the inauguration of New York Governor David Patterson, the first U.S. governor of West Indian descent.  

Amy Liu, California State University-Sacramento, was quoted about the results of a university poll about political issues in an article in the March 19 issue of the Sacramento Bee.

Mark Oromaner, had his letter to the editor of AM New York published in the March 31 issue. The letter concerned Hillary Clinton’s "misspoke" incident and Roger Clemens’ "misremembered" testimony before Congress suggesting that the two recall Senator Moynihan’s observation that we are not entitled to our own facts.

Orlando Patterson, Harvard University, published an op-ed piece in the March 11 New York Times about the "red phone" Hillary Clinton advertisement and was quoted in a March 19 article in The New York Times about Sen. Barack Obama’s March 18 speech on the subject of race.

Mary Pattillo, Northwestern University, commented on Sen. Barack Obama’s appeal to black professionals in a March 17 Washington Post article.

Robert Putnam, Harvard University, was cited in an April 1 Associated Press article about presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s April Fools’ Day joke challenging rival Barack Obama to a bowling match. The article referenced Putnam’s book Bowling Alone.

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, was quoted in an April 1 Chicago Tribune article about Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympics. Sassen asserted that the personal appearance of a political candidate in support of the Olympic bid could be an asset.

Sociology of Religion

Nancy Ammerman, Boston University, John Barnshaw, University of Delaware, and Janja Lalich, California State University-Chico, were quoted in an April 9 LiveScience article, published on, about the Texas compound of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Mark Chaves, Duke University, was quoted in a March 5 posting on The Dallas Morning News’ religion blog about the status of membership in the United Methodist church in light of a study released by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. He noted that Americans have become increasingly tolerant of other cultures and faiths.

Jonathan Cordero, California Lutheran University, was quoted in a March 2 Religion News Service book review of Anne Rice’s novel, Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana. The review was picked up by The Columbus Dispatch.

Roger Finke, Pennsylvania State University, was quoted in a March 1 Associated Press article about religion in the United States based on a study released by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

Barry Kosmin, Trinity College, was quoted in a March 19 USA Today article about religion and changing notions of sin. He commented on changes in what society deems acceptable behavior.

D. Michael Lindsay, Rice University, was quoted in a February 29 Associated Press article about the erosion of religious denominational loyalty. He discussed the changing religious landscape in the United States, pointing to his survey of people in positions of power at major evangelical organizations. The article ran in the San Francisco Chronicle,, the Houston Chronicle’s HoustonBelief blog and

Race, Gender and Class

Shyon Baumann, University of Toronto, had her research on gender and attraction covered by UPI and the National Post on March 18. She found that men of all races are more attracted to fair-skinned women, while women often fall for men with dark complexions.

Juan Battle, City University of New York-Graduate Center, Darnell Hunt, University of California-Los Angeles, and Earl Wright, Texas Southern University, were quoted in a February 7 Diverse Issues in Higher Education article on black perceptions of a deepening social split between poor and middle-class blacks.

Stephen Steinberg, Queens College and City University of New York-Graduate Center, was quoted in an April 6 article in the Baltimore Sun on the popular website Stuff White People Like.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Jennifer Bratter, Rice University, was featured in a March 31 New York Times article about the national dialogue on mixed race and the notion of an "authentic race."

Tracy Dietz, University of Central Florida, was quoted in an April 2 article in the Orlando Sentinel about increasing racial disparities at nursing homes. She commented that whites are more likely to live in assisted-living facilities.

Ronald Mincy, Columbia University, Pamela Oliver, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Alford Young, Jr., University of Michigan, were quoted in an article about black male incarceration in the February 7 issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

Sociology of Sexualities

Martin Monto, University of Portland, was interviewed on Elliot Spitzer and why men seek out prostitutes on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered March 12 program, on WAMC Northeast Public Radio on March 11, and by The Oregonian for an article appearing on March 13.

Ryan Spohn, Kansas State University, was quoted in a March 31 article in The News Journal (Wilmington, DE) about a lawsuit in which a woman claimed her ex-boyfriend gave her a sexually transmitted disease. He asserted that the suit reflected American’s changing views about STDs and about what should be kept private.

Judith Treas, University of California-Irvine, was quoted in the March 27 issue of U.S. News & World Report debunking concerns about an "infidelity epidemic" in an article on unfaithful spouses in light of the Eliot Spitzer scandal.

Sudhir Venkatesh, Columbia University, was quoted in a March 18 San Diego Union-Tribune article and a March 15 Morning Edition segment on National Public Radio about prostitution in the wake of the Eliot Spitzer scandal.

Ronald Weitzer, George Washington University, was quoted in articles on Eliot Spitzer and prostitution in The New York Times (March 16), Los Angeles Times (March 15), Associated Press (March 11, 12, and 22), The Plain Dealer (March 21), Atlanta Journal-Constitution (March 11), and The New York Times (April 7). He was also a guest on a prostitution show on KFWB all-news radio, Los Angeles (March 31).

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Lawrence Rhoades, Director of the Division of Education & Integrity, retired March 1, 2008, after serving 31 years for the U.S. government. Under his watch, the Office of Research Integrity implemented numerous educational programs for research integrity and the Responsible Conduct of Research that has benefited countless research institutes while improving the state of integrity in research.

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Monica Boyd, University of Toronto, was recently elected for a two-year term as President of the Academy of Social Sciences, Canada’s National Academy, the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).

Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform during a February 14 hearing titled "Six Years Later: Innovative Approaches to Combating Terrorists."

David Schleifer, New York University, received a John C. Haas long-term fellowship from the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

Ida Harper Simpson, Duke University, was recognized with the Southern Sociological Society’s highest honor, admission to the Roll of Honor, on April 10, 2008. The first woman to receive this honor, she is recognized for her five decades of scholarship in the study of work, occupation, and family.

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Monica Boyd, University of Toronto, was recently elected for a two-year term as President of the Academy of Social Sciences, Canada’s National Academy, the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).

Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform during a February 14 hearing titled "Six Years Later: Innovative Approaches to Combating Terrorists."

David Schleifer, New York University, received a John C. Haas long-term fellowship from the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

Ida Harper Simpson, Duke University, was recognized with the Southern Sociological Society’s highest honor, admission to the Roll of Honor, on April 10, 2008. The first woman to receive this honor, she is recognized for her five decades of scholarship in the study of work, occupation, and family.

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Members’ New Books

Duane F. Alwin, Pennsylvania State University, Margins of Error: A Study of Reliability in Survey Measurement (John Wiley & Sons, 2007).

H. B. Cavalcanti, James Madison University, Gloryland: Christian Suburbia, Christian Nation (Praeger, 2007).

Angie Y. Chung, University at Albany, Legacies of Struggles: Conflict and Cooperation in Korean American Politics (Stanford University Press, 2007).

Jeanne Fleming and Leonard Schwarz, Money magazine and, Isn’t It Their Turn to Pick Up the Check? Dealing with All of the Trickiest Money Problems Between Family and Friends – from Serial Borrowers to Serious Cheapskates (Free Press, 2008).

Judith M. Gerson, Rutgers University, and Diane L. Wolf, University of California-Davis, Eds., Sociology Confronts the Holocaust: Memories and Identities in Jewish Diasporas (Duke University Press, 2007).

Jane A. Grant, Indiana University-Purdue University, The New American Social Compact: Rights and Responsibilities in the Twenty-first Century (Lexington Books, 2008).

Max Haller, University of Graz, European Integration as an Elite Process. The Failure of a Dream? (Routledge, 2008); Die Gesellschaft Österreichs. Sozialstruktur und sozialer Wandel (Campus, 2008).

Victoria L. Johnson, University of Missouri-Columbia, How Many Machine Guns Does It Take to Cook One Meal? The Seattle and San Francisco General Strikes (University of Washington Press, 2008).

Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld, Arizona State University, Ed., Inequalities and Disparities in Health Care and Health: Concerns of Patients, Providers and Insurers, Vol. 25 of Research in the Sociology of Health Care (Elsevier Publishers, 2008).

Edith King, University of Denver, Sociology for Educators in the Post-9/11 World (Thomson Publishers, 2008).

Clara E. Rodriguez, Fordham University, Heroes, Lovers, and Others: The Story of Latinos in Hollywood (Oxford University Press, 2007).

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Other Organizations

Michigan State University. The African Atlantic Research Team (AART) of the sociology department at Michigan State University received the "Excellence in Diversity" Award from the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives for 2008. The honor includes a $2,500 award for the team and a special video produced that highlights AART’s achievements in excellence in diversity and inclusion. In August of 2007, Michigan State University’s Sociology department’s AART members participated in the First Annual Conference on Afro-Hispanic Studies Across the Disciplines hosted by the University of Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah Institute.

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Caught in the Web

The Immanent Frame. The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) has launched a new collective blog on secularism, religion, and the public sphere. Edited by SSRC program officer and research fellow Jonathan Van Antwerpen, The Immanent Frame hosts an ongoing discussion of Charles Taylor’s latest book, A Secular Age. Other blog topics have included secular criticism, religious pluralism, realism in international relations, and the "return" of religion in American higher education. Contributors to The Immanent Frame have also responded to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto; reflected on the debate over headscarves in Turkey; debated the role of evangelicals in the Presidential primaries; and discussed Francis Ford Coppola’s recent film, Youth without Youth, which was based on a novella by scholar of religion Mircea Eliade.

International Sociological Association (ISA) E-Bulletin. As an organ of the ISA, the E-Bulletin aims to cater to the various needs of the organization as well as its diverse community of members in varied socio-cultural settings. It is conceptualized as a forum through which the various ISA members are able to engage in debates and communication regarding the intellectual activities of national associations and research committees of the ISA. It is a forum for showcasing the work, practices, ideas, and voices of the diverse community of sociologists; engaging in substantive, ethnographic, demographic, theoretical, historical and critical research; and operating out of different locations. Every issue will include a very brief editorial and carry at least two pieces of theoretical interest (short essays, addresses, reflections) by sociologists from different parts of the world. Published in March, July, and November, article submissions to the E-Bulletin must have sociological value and interest for an international community of social scientists. We welcome all submissions in the following categories: (1) Feature essay (up to 4000 words) (2) In Conversation with… (3) Reflections on… (up to 3000 words) (4) Forum (200-400 words) (5) Photo essays, audio, and video clips (6) Reporting a Conference/Workshop. All communications should include a contact name and address, including an email address. The deadline for submissions is the first of the month before each of the three issues. Contact: Editor, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore, 11 Arts Link, Singapore 115750; 0065-65165076; fax 0065-67779579;, launched in 2007, is a sociology blog produced and maintained by former ASA President, Joe Feagin, Texas A&M University, and Jessie Daniels, CUNY-Hunter College. is intended to provide a credible and reliable source of social science information for journalists, policymakers, high school and college students, and members of the public seeking solid evidence-based research on and analysis of "race," racism, ethnicity, and immigration issues, especially as they shape U.S. society and government policy in a global setting. also provides substantive analysis on local, national, and global resistance to racial-ethnic oppression, including antiracist activism. Additional contributors include Adia Harvey Wingfield, Jose A. Cobas, Claire Renzetti, and other scholars and researchers from sociology and other social science disciplines at a variety of institutions across the United States and overseas.

Website of the National Associations and Other Collective Members of the International Sociological Association. At the moment it does not contain much information, but it is being constantly updated. The first task is to try to build up websites for those countries that do not have them. From among such countries we would like volunteers to come forward and supply us with information. We are open to any ideas as to how to develop this website, both individual country websites and the site as a whole.

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Summer Programs

Summer School on Cultural Dimensions of Politics in Europe 2008 (CDPE2008). July 2-9, 2008, Prague, Czech Republic. The founder of the European Spring/Summer Institute and the Summer School on Crime, Law and Psychology, the Prague’s Centre for Public Policy (Centrum pro verejnou politiku- CPVP), has teamed up with professors from Poland, the United States, and the United Kingdom to launch a Summer School on Cultural Dimensions of Politics in Europe 2008. The Summer School is a week-long academic program designed to bring together 30 undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds from all parts of the world. The program is designed for those who are interested in and would like to learn more about the cultural aspects of political institutions and processes. The program is aimed at drawing closer attention to the cultural dimensions of political institutions and processes in Europe. For more information, visit Final deadline is May 15, 2008. Contact: CDPE2008, Centrum pro verejnou politiku, Vyjezdova 510, 190 11 Prague 9, Czech Republic; +420 737 679 605; fax +420 281 930 584;

Summer Workshops on Quasi-Experimental Design and Analysis in Education. Tom Cook, Northwestern University, and Will Shadish, University of California-Merced, will be leading two workshops in 2008 on the design and analysis of practical quasi-experiments for use in education, August 4-8, 2008, and August 11-15, 2008. These workshops are designed to complement the current interest in randomized experiments in education by seeking to improve the quality of the quasi-experiments. Several recent analyses of the quality of quasi-experiments in education point to designs and analyses that are generally below the state of the art, and so the workshop’s principal aim is to improve this state. We are particularly looking for people who are doing, or plan to do, a specific quasi-experimental project or who are active in writing about quasi-experimental theory or practice or causal analysis in general. The costs for tuition and meals during the workshop will be covered. Attendees are responsible for all costs related to travel and lodging. The deadline for the second workshop is May 23, 2008. Contact: Karen Burke, Institute for Policy Research, 2040 Sheridan Road, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208;;

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