May-June 2009 Issue • Volume 37 • Issue 5

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Brown, Donato, Isaac and McCammon Are Incoming Editors
of American Sociological Review

by Daniel B. Cornfield, Vanderbilt University

Tony N. Brown, Katharine M. Donato, Larry W. Isaac, and Holly J. McCammon, all of Vanderbilt University, will be the next editors of ASA’s American Sociological Review (ASR), the flagship journal of the Association. Their three-year term begins in January 2010 and follows the editorship of Randy Hodson and Vincent J. Roscigno.


The ASR editors (from left to right) are: Larry W. Isaac,
Holly J. McCammon, Tony N. Brown, and Katherine M. Donato.

Individually and collectively, my distinguished department colleagues bring an engaging, creative, and erudite sociological imagination to the ASR editorship. As their individual bios show, each is highly accomplished and pushing frontiers of the discipline. Together, they bring a commitment to academic excellence and innovation, a wide embrace of the discipline, and a sense of fairness that will inform their editorship. They write and teach in more than 25 sociological subfields and have conducted research with a wide array of quantitative, historical, and qualitative methods. As researchers, they have collaborated with a large, diverse, interdisciplinary and international group of faculty and student research associates. As a team, they are at once collegial, organized, and disciplined. Their team spirit is nourished daily in the vibrant and synergistic culture of Vanderbilt’s Department of Sociology.

As sociologists, the new ASR editors practice an academic "glocalism" that involves them in leadership roles locally in the university and in the profession at large. Tony heads the largest of Vanderbilt’s first-year student residential houses and has been an active participant at the University of Michigan’s Program for Research on Black Americans. Katharine chairs the Vanderbilt sociology department and is a member of advisory committees for the Russell Sage Foundation and the Mexican Migration Project. Larry has served on the editorial board of the Vanderbilt University Press, has served a total of 37 editorial-board years on 11 journal editorial boards, and just finished a term as President of the Southern Sociological Society. Holly has served as an associate dean to strengthen doctoral education and research at Vanderbilt and as 2007-08 Chair of the ASA’s Collective Behavior and Social Movement Section.

This is an aerobically fit editorial team. Although each team member enjoys unique pastimes (e.g., Tony—cooking Cajun food, Katharine—tasting tequila in Mexico, Larry—sipping vinho verde in Lisbon, and Holly—reading mystery novels), they also share a love of walking, jogging, and running. Perhaps a new mobile editorial team will be increasingly sighted in Nashville’s many parks and greenways.


Tony N. Brown is Associate Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, a historically black university in Princess Anne, MD, and his PhD from the University of Michigan. As a graduate student, he was an ASA MFP Fellow and is the first former Fellow to be an editor of a major ASA journal. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Program for Research on Black Americans at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, Tony joined the Vanderbilt University faculty in 2001. His research, which has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, addresses the sociological and social psychological meaning and consequence of race and racism, especially: race, racism, and the sociology of mental health; and racial hierarchy, identity, and stratification. Tony’s current projects investigate the mental health impact of race-related stressors, the meaning of racial identity, childhood ethnic/race socialization, physician-patient communication in medical encounters, the social construction of race in Brazil, and the conceptualization of mental health. His approach is informed by critical race theory and mainstream social psychological theories. He is actively involved in funded projects that investigate whites’ racial attitudes, cultural competencies, and how poor physician-patient communication contributes to continuing racial/ethnic health disparities. Tony utilizes psychiatric epidemiologic, social survey, and quantitative methods in his research. One of his favorite books is Gordon Allport’s The Nature of Racial Prejudice, which he likes to assign in his undergraduate course, the Social Psychology of Racial Prejudice. Among the outlets in which his work has appeared are Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Psychology Quarterly, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Contemporary Justice Review, and Journal of Applied Social Psychology.


Katharine M. Donato is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Vanderbilt University. She earned her PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. After her post-doctoral fellowship in demography at the University of Chicago, she served on the faculties of Louisiana State University and Rice University, joining the Vanderbilt faculty in 2006. Katharine’s broad interests focus on topics related to social stratification and demography, especially international migration between Mexico and the United States. Her research has addressed questions related to the impact of U.S. immigration policy on the labor market incorporation of Mexican and other Latino migrants and the process of immigrant incorporation in new U.S. destinations. This led to her service as a member of the Binational Study of Migration between Mexico and the United States, organized by the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform. She has also been very interested in how the processes of health and migration unfold over the life course, especially how Mexican migration influences child health outcomes (see With recent funding from the National Science and Russell Sage Foundations and the Vanderbilt Center for Nashville Studies, she is currently working on a tri-city project that examines immigrant parent involvement in schools in Chicago, New York, and Nashville. Katharine is also developing a new project on adolescent health and migration in Mexico, and this summer she is working on a book manuscript about variation in gender ratios among immigrant populations. Her favorite undergraduate course to teach is Contemporary Mexican Society, in which students read Enrique Krauze’s Mexico: Biography of Power-A History of Modern Mexico 1810-1996. Her work has appeared in Demography, Social Forces, International Migration Review, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science Quarterly, and Population Research and Policy Review.


Larry Isaac is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University. Before joining the Vanderbilt faculty in 2004, he earned his PhD from Indiana University and served on the Florida State University faculty as the Mildred and Claude Pepper Distinguished Professor of Sociology. His primary research areas are social movements/political sociology, cultures of class, and historical sociology, and his research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the ASA. Larry has a long-standing practice of combining qualitative and quantitative methods and has been innovative by simultaneously modeling historical contingencies and continuities with multiple methods, including textual and pictorial analysis, historical case studies, cross-national analysis, archival analysis, interviews and surveys, Boolean-based analytical techniques (e.g., QCA and ESA), as well as various multivariate statistical techniques. During his career, he has written about the social determinants of political orientations, macro-dimensions of inequality, the insurgency-state policy relationship, formal methods for analyzing social-historical contingency and continuity, labor movements, civil rights movement, interdependencies between movements, and cultural consequences of movements. His major current projects include: (a) a study of cultural, political, and institutional dimensions of militias formed as countermovement organizations against labor during the Gilded Age; (b) a study of the literary consequences of collective contention surrounding the labor movement during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era; and (c) a study of the Nashville civil rights movement (with Dan Cornfield, Dennis Dickerson, and James Lawson, Jr.). He enjoys teaching his undergraduate course on America in the Sixties and assigning Todd Gitlin’s The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage. Among the publications in which his work has appeared are the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change, International Review of Social History, and Historical Methods.


Holly J. McCammon is Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University. She earned her PhD at Indiana University and joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1990. Her scholarship, which has been supported by the NSF and American Association of University Women, is situated broadly in social movements, political sociology, and gender, and she has long been a student of collective action. Holly is especially interested in the types of tactics and strategies that groups employ as they challenge authorities as well as the way in which the broader political and cultural context shapes these tactics and strategies. Her research has considered how the U.S. legal environment shapes workers’ strike action, particularly how the law channels workers’ behavior into less disruptive and less militant forms of action. She has also studied the U.S. woman suffrage movement and how the suffragists were able to win changes in voting rights laws for women, particularly in contexts where women had already made significant inroads into spheres of activity dominated by men, such as the professions and educational institutions. Currently, Holly is investigating efforts by women in the early 20th century to change U.S. state-level jury laws so that women could sit on juries. In states where these jury movements were strategic in their collective action, women gained a place on juries more rapidly than in other states. She is currently completing a book on the women’s jury movements. Among her favorite books is Mary Fainsod Katzenstein’s Faithful and Fearless: Moving Feminist Protest Inside the Church and Military, which she likes to assign in her undergraduate course on Social Movements. Some of the publications in which her work has appeared are the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Social Problems, Mobilization, and Gender & Society. logo_small

The ASA founded ASR in 1936 with the mission to publish original works of interest to the sociology discipline in general, new theoretical developments, results of research that advance our understanding of fundamental social processes, and important methodological innovations.


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