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Conference on Esoteric Religious Traditions, June 3-5, 2004, Michigan State University. Theme: "Esotericism: From Europe to North America." Proposals should be sent by e-mail consisting of a single-spaced page or less abstract and a brief curriculum vitae. Desired topics include: Gnosticism and Hermeticism, Alchemy, astrology, Folk magical traditions in North America, Magic and Secrecy, New Religious Movements, Asian influences on Western traditions. Deadline: December 31, 2003. Contact: ASE, c/o Esoterica, 235 Bessey Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.

Cultural Studies Association 2nd Annual Conference, May 5-9, 2004, Northeastern University, Boston, MA. Each proposal must contain a cover sheet with name(s), paper and/or panel title(s), affiliation(s), and e-mail and snail mail addresses. Paper and panel proposals should be no more than 300 words in length and should be sent to Proposal deadline: December 1, 2003.

International Coalition Against Sexual Harassment (ICASH) 11th Conference, August 15-16, 2004, Cathedral Hill Hotel, San Francisco, CA. Theme: "Academic and Workplace Sexual Harassment: Prospects for Social, Legal, and Political Change." Submissions are invited for workshops, papers, and panel discussions. Proposals on all aspects of sexual harassment are welcome, but especially on the following topics/areas of harassment: educational settings (K-12; college), cross-national studies, male perpetrators or targets, women in male-dominated environments, training approaches, management strategies. Submit to Carmen Paludi at Proposal deadline: February 20, 2004. For information on proposal format or conference, contact Co-Chairs Michele Paludi ( or Carmen Paludi (, or see the ICASH web page

International Conference to Commemorate C. Gini and M. O. Lorenz Centenary Scientific Research, May 23-26, 2005, The University of Siena, Italy. Themes: Income and Wealth Distributions, Lorenz Curve, Human Capital, Inequality and Poverty. A proposal should include: title of the paper, abstract, names of the participants, institutional affiliation, address, e-mail, phone and fax number. The language of the meeting will be English, and the abstract should also be submitted in English. A book of the refereed papers will be published. Contact: C.R.I.D.I.R.E.-Department of Quantitative Methods, Piazza San Francesco 8 - 53100 SIENA–ITALY; (+39) 0577 298603; fax (+39) 0577 298626, e-mail

Rock Ethics Institute, March 26-28, 2004, Penn State University. Theme: "The Ethics and Epistemologies of Ignorance." Submissions should consist of a 500-word abstract and a two-page curriculum vitae. Submission deadline: post-marked December 1, 2003. Notification of acceptance will be sent via e-mail no later than January 15, 2004. Submissions may be e-mailed, faxed or mailed to: Shannon Sullivan and Nancy Tuana, Rock Ethics Institute, 240 Sparks Bldg., Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802; fax (814) 865-0119; e-mail

Social Stress Research, Ninth International Conference, May 29-31, 2004, Le Centre Sheraton Hotel, Montreal, Canada. Please share this announcement with other stress researchers and graduate students. Submission deadline: November 30, 2003. Send all papers and abstracts to: Catherine Moran, Conference Coordinator, Department of Sociology, Horton Social Science Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824; e-mail Further information can be found on our website at:

Washburn University, May 18-20, 2004, Topeka, KS. Theme: "Telling the Story: Narrating Brown v. Board." Proposals of 200 words are welcome for 20-minute paper presentations on the full range of themes suggested by the Brown decision. Authors of accepted papers will have the option of submitting their work for the online refereed publication of the conference proceedings, hosted by Washburn University's DART Project and for publication in The Kansas State Historical Society journal, Kansas History. Contact: Cheryl Childers, Director, Center for Diversity Studies, Department of Sociology, Washburn University, 1700 SW College Ave., Topeka, KS 66621; e-mail Proposal deadline: November 10, 2003. Notification of acceptance will be sent by December 19, 2003.


The American Sociological Association is revising its syllabi set Internationalizing Sociology in the Age of Globalization. The editors are Kamini Maraj Grahame (Penn State University-Harrisburg), Peter Grahame (Mount Saint Mary's College), and Martin Malone (Mount Saint Mary's College). We are looking for materials, particularly syllabi on internationalizing sociology, globalization processes, and global studies with a sociological focus. We are interested in both general processes of internationalization and globalization as well as more specific topics such as the global environment. Assignments, lists of films, and other supplementary materials are also of interest. All materials should be submitted on disk or in electronic form along with paper copies. We cannot return submitted materials. Contribution deadline: December 10, 2003. Materials should be sent to: Kamini Maraj Grahame, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg, 777 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057. Inquiries regarding contributions can be sent to Kamini Grahame at

Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research. Special Issue Theme: "Children and Global, Commercial Culture" (May 2005). We invite the submission of papers that will focus on commercialized children's culture and practice in the context of an increasingly globalizing marketplace, especially those that examine children and their childhoods in "third-world" or "Global South" countries and contexts. We welcome many types of work, including theoretical discussions, ethnographic-interpretive research, generational and feminist approaches. Paper lengths should not exceed 8,500 words, including references and notes. All papers will undergo peer review. Submissions in languages other than English will be accepted, under certain conditions. Deadline: April 15, 2004. Early submissions preferred. Contact: Dan Cook,, with inquiries. If you are unable to submit electronically, post submissions to: Dan Cook, c/o Childhood Special Issue, University of Illinois, 103 Gregory Hall, 810 S. Wright St. Urbana, IL 61801; fax (217) 244-3348.

Critical Sociology is publishing a special issue: "Cultural Practices in the Making of Oppositional Politics." Edited by Jean-Pierre Reed (University of Memphis). This special issue—developed from an American Sociological Association 2003 Special Session culture panel—is designed to further explore the mechanisms and processes through which everyday cultural practices assume a radical or challenging nature, and play a role in oppositional consciousness formation. We seek to demonstrate how "traditional" and/or politically unconventional social spaces and cultural practices can exhibit a radical potential under conditions of political mobilization. As such, we invite submissions that critically consider the role of the everyday familiar, cultural practices, and the "traditional" as anti-hegemonic vehicles in the political arena. Submit a 500-word titled abstract and proposal by December 1, 2003, outlining the theoretical framework, main points, and methodological angle of your paper. Forward abstracts and proposals to the Special Issue editor at Applicants will be notified by January 7, 2004, on the status of their submissions. Contact: Special Issue on Cultural Practices in the Making of Oppositional Politics, David Fasenfest, Editor, Critical Sociology, Wayne State University, 656 Kirby St., Detroit, MI 48202.

Handbook of Medical Sociology, Bernice A. Pescosolido, Jack K. Martin and Jane McLeod (Editors). In a series of essays, this volume proposes to offer a systematic view of the critical questions that face our understanding of the role of social forces in health, illness and healing, to provide an overall theoretical framework, and to ask medical sociologists to consider the implications of taking on new directions and approaches. Such issues may include (among others): the importance of multiple levels of influences, the utility of dynamic, life course approaches, the role of culture, the impact of social networks, the importance of the fundamental causes approach, and the influences of state structures and policy making. The editors of this volume are soliciting ideas and suggestions regarding the structure and content of the proposed volume and particularly encourage input regarding the concerns and requests of medical sociologists with respect to crucial gaps that need to be filled and directions toward which they would like to see the field move. Please submit your ideas and suggestions via electronic or hard copies to Bernice A. Pescosolido (, Jack K. Martin (, or Jane McLeod (, at the Department of Sociology, Indiana University, Ballantine Hall 744, 1020 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN 47405; (812) 855-6256.

Mental Health, Social Mirror is inviting chapter proposals. Proposals should clearly identify the area of sociological study on which they will focus (e.g., stratification; religion; culture; stigma), provide a brief description of key theoretical and/or empirical debates that they will address, and include a list of proposed authors. Proposals from teams that include persons who are not traditionally identified as mental health researchers will receive special consideration. The essays in this volume reassert the centrality of research on mental health to sociology in two ways. First, they articulate the contributions that this research has made, and can make, to resolving key theoretical and empirical debates in important areas of sociological study. Second, they draw from mainstream theories and concepts to reconsider the potential of sociology to provide insights into critical problems in the etiology of mental illness, the use of services, and other key problems in the lives of persons affected by mental health problems as consumers, caretakers (formal and informal), and citizens. By so doing, the volume aims to build bridges between the sociology of mental health and other subfields within the discipline. Submission deadline: March 31, 2004. Please submit proposals to: Bill Avison, Department of Sociology, University of Western Ontario, 5327 Social Science Centre, London, ON N6A 5C2, Canada; and Jane McLeod and Bernice Pescosolido at the Department of Sociology, Indiana University, Ballantine Hall 744, 1020 E. Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405 (three copies total). Chapter drafts are due on January 31, 2005.

Population Review, a peer-reviewed journal of demography and population studies published since 1957, welcomes original articles on all aspects of human population problems, solutions, issues, trends and events as they relate to the developing countries of the world in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Population Review also accepts articles that examine population topics in the developed world, particularly as they relate to the developing world. Articles that are multidisciplinary in orientation (incorporating theoretical concepts and perspectives from anthropology, biology, ecology, economics, environmental science, epidemiology, geography, history, mass communications, medicine, political science, public health, psychology and sociology, among others) are highly desired. For more information see

Race, Gender and Class is publishing a special issue in 2004. Theme: "Working and Poverty Class Experiences in Academia." This is the first call for papers for that issue. We invite papers from undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and scholars. For additional information on the Race, Gender and Class journal and manuscript requirements, visit: Publication is anticipated in the academic year 2004-2005. Submission deadline: post-marked December 31, 2003. Please send three copies of your manuscript via snail mail to: Barbara J. Peters, Department of Sociology, Long Island University-Southampton College, 239 Montauk Highway, Southampton, NY 11968; e-mail

Race & Society: The Official Journal of the Association of Black Sociologists is currently accepting submissions. Please forward all manuscripts and other correspondence to: Jennifer Hamer, Editor, Race & Society, Department of Sociology, Wayne State University, 2228 F/AB, Detroit, Michigan 48202; (313) 577-3282; e-mail

Research in the Sociology of Health Care is seeking papers for Volume 22, published by Elsevier Press. Theme: "Chronic Care, Health Care Systems, and Services Integration." Papers dealing with macro-level system issues and micro-level issues involving ways to provide chronic and long-term care and meet health care needs of people both in the U.S. and other countries are welcome. The focus can be from a consumer or a provider perspective. Send completed manuscripts or detailed outlines for review by February 15, 2004 to: Jennie Jacobs Krnonenfeld, Department of Sociology, Box 872101, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-2101; (480) 965-8053; fax (480) 965-0064; e-mail

Social Problems is publishing a Special Section and is soliciting papers on the theme: "Issues in Mental Health and Illness." While papers concerned with general issues in mental health and illness are welcome, two topics are especially important: stigma and the link of mental health and illness to other social problems, such as inequality, crime and violence, substance use, HIV/AIDS, racism, sexism, or homelessness. Stigma that attaches to mental health and mental health care is still endemic and represents a major barrier, not only for individuals with mental illness, but those with other types of disabilities. Social Problems seeks papers that address the nature and consequences of stigma generally, and that further both theoretical and empirical understanding of stigmatizing processes. All submissions will be subject to peer review. Manuscripts should conform to Social Problems format. Please mention in a cover letter your interest in appearing in the special section. Submissions will be considered until January 15, 2004, or until the section is filled. Please send five hard copies of manuscripts plus an electronic file to: Social Problems, Social & Cultural Sciences, Lalumiere Hall 340, Marquette University, 526 N. 14th St., PO Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881.

Sociology of Sport Journal, Special Issue theme: "Whiteness and Sport." Guest Editor: Mary G. McDonald. The issue will appear in Volume 22, published in 2005. Submissions of empirical and theoretical work are welcome from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary viewpoints including but not limited to sociology, cultural studies, ethnic studies, gender studies, history and anthropology. Submissions must conform to the editorial guidelines identified in the Sociology of Sport Journal's Instructions for Contributors and will be subject to the usual review process. The deadline for submission is June 15, 2004. Contact: Mary G. McDonald, Miami University, 204C Phillips Hall, Oxford, OH 45056, (513) 529-2724; e-mail

Sociological Focus. Special Issue: "Social Movements: Approaches and Trends in a New Century." Guest Editors: Patricia Gagné (University of Louisville) and Matthew Renfro-Sargent (University of Kentucky/University of Wisconsin). Sociological Focus welcomes original manuscripts for a peer-reviewed, special issue to be published in August 2004 examining qualitative and quantitative approaches to social movements. Manuscripts on health and legal movements, transnational movements, and the strategies and tactics of social control agents are encouraged, as are those on theory and methods of research. Send four hard copies and a disk copy (in Word or Word Perfect) of the manuscript in ASA style by December 15, 2003 to: Gay C. Kitson, Editor, Sociological Focus, Department of Sociology, University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-1905; e-mail Include the $15 processing fee and a note indicating the article is for the social movements special issue. Provide your e-mail address or a self-addressed, stamped postcard if you wish acknowledgement of receipt of your manuscript at the Sociological Focus office.

Teaching Sociology of Education (ASA Resource Manual) is asking professors for submissions of syllabi and course materials from their Sociology of Education courses for consideration for its new edition. Those who teach sociology of education courses are also invited to fill out a questionnaire about the course. Please contact Jeanne Ballantine for a copy. Submission deadline: February 20, 2003. Contact: Jeanne Ballantine, Department of Sociology, 270 Millett Hall, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 45435; e-mail


February 14, 2004, Hawai'i Sociological Association 25th Annual Conference, Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu, Hawai'i. Contact: Michael Hallstone, Division of Professional Studies, University of Hawaii-West O'ahu, 96-129 Ala Ike, Pearl City, HI 96782; (808) 454-4709; fax (808) 453-6176; e-mail

February 18-22, 2004, 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Hyatt Sainte Claire, San Jose, CA. Deadline for paper or organized symposium submissions is November 30. Submissions or questions should be directed to Lewis Aptekar, San Jose St. University, (408) 924-3662; e-mail For information on the Society and the meeting, visit

February 19-22, 2004, 74th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, Roosevelt Holtel, New York City. Theme: "Rethinking Careers for a Changing Society." Learn more at the ESS website or by contacting the program committee at

March 11-14, 2004, Journal of Baseball History & Culture 11th Annual Spring Training Conference, Tucson, AZ. Theme: "The Historical and Sociological Impact of Baseball." Contact: NINE Spring Training Conference, #444, 11044 - 82 Ave. Edmonton, AB T6G 0T2, Canada.

March 19, 2004, Arkansas Undergraduate Sociology and Anthropology Symposium, 25th Annual Meeting, Hendrix College, Conway, AR. Contact: James R. Bruce, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Hendrix College, 1600 Washington Ave., Conway, AR 72032; e-mail

April 23-24, 2004, The Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center (Cornell University). Ithaca, NY. Theme: "Rethinking Work and the Life Course." This is a major scholarly event to honor the many contributions of Phyllis Moen to Cornell University, Human Development, and Sociology and to discuss cutting edge ideas and prospects for work, family and the life course in the 21st century. Contact: Carrie Chalmers, Administrative Support, Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center, Cornell University, Surge 1, 2nd Floor, Ithaca, NY 14853-4401; (607) 254-4336; fax (607)254-2903; e-mail;

May 7-9, 2004, The Program on Comparative Economic Development (PCED) International Conference, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Theme: "75 Years of Development Research." Contact: Dan Wszolek, Department of Economics, Uris Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853; fax (607) 255-2818; e-mail For updates and more detailed information see

May 20-23, 2004, Interim Conference 2004: Research Committee on the History of Sociology, International Sociological Association, Seminarhotel Velm, Gramatneusiedl – Marienthal, Austria (20 kilometers outside of Vienna).

June 17-20, 2004, National Women's Studies Association 25th Annual Conference, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Milwaukee, WI. Theme: "Women in the Middle: Borders, Barriers, Intersections." Contact: NWSA 2004 Conference, Center for Women's Studies, Bolton Hall 735, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, PO Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201; fax (414) 229-6855; e-mail Submission form is available at

August 12-15, 2004, Rural Sociological Society 67th Annual Meeting, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sacramento, CA. Contact: Domenico Parisi, Department of Sociology and Social Science Research Center, PO Box 5287, 103 Research Park, Mississippi State, MS 39762; (662) 325-8065; fax (662) 325-7966; e-mail

September 29-October 3, 2004, Oral History Association 2004 Annual Meeting, Portland, OR. Theme: "Telling Stories: Narratives of Our Own Times." Contact Program Co-Chair: Lu Ann Jones, Department of History, Brewster A-315, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858; (252) 328-1025; e-mail


American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) directly supports and administers programs of fellowships for scholarly research and for language study in Turkey for U.S.–based scholars and graduate students. ARIT Fellows come from all regions of the country and represent many fields of the humanities and social sciences. ARIT fellowships support individual research projects in ancient, historical, and modern times in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, that must be carried out in Turkey. For more information see: Contact: ARIT, University of Pennsylvania Museum, 33rd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324; (215) 898-3474; fax (215) 898-0657; e-mail

University of California-San Diego, Center For Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS) Visiting Research Fellowships. CCIS will offer a limited number of Visiting Research Fellowships at both the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels for the 2004-05 academic year. These awards are to support advanced research and writing on any aspect of international migration and refugee flows. CCIS fellowships must be held in residence at UCSD. They cannot be used to support fieldwork or other primary data collection. Visiting Research Fellows will have the opportunity to present their research at CCIS research seminars and participate in writer's and academic professionalization workshops. The duration of the fellowship is usually for 10 months, although shorter stays will also be allowed. No summer-only fellowships will be awarded. For the current academic year, stipends are $2,250 per month for predoctoral fellows and $3,000-$4,000 per month for recent postdoctoral fellows (PhD received within the last six years) depending on seniority. Stipends for more senior scholars are negotiable. CCIS fellowships may be supplemented with compensation from other fellowships, research grants, sabbatical leaves, or other sources. CCIS fellows may be requested to teach a one-quarter (10 week) course in a UCSD department. Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the CCIS website at All application materials must be submitted no later than January 15, 2004. If you have any questions about the Visiting Research Fellows Program, please contact Gaku Tsuda, Associate Director of CCIS; (858) 822-0526; e-mail

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations might consider the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature. Winners will receive $17,500 for 12 months of full-time dissertation writing. Approximately 28 non-renewable fellowships will be awarded from among more than 400 applications. Graduate schools will be asked to waive tuition for Newcombe Fellows. All applications and proposals must be postmarked by December 5, 2003. Notification of awards will be made in April 2004. Tenure begins in June or September 2004. Administered by The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Contact: Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships, P.O. Box 5281, Princeton, NJ 08543-5281; (609) 452-7007 or 1-800-899-9963; fax (609) 452-7828; e-mail

University of Michigan Research and Training Program on Poverty and Public Policy offers one- and two-year postdoctoral fellowships to American minority scholars in all of the social sciences. Fellows will conduct their own research on a poverty-related topic and participate in a seminar under the direction of Sheldon Danziger, Henry J. Meyer Collegiate Professor of Public Policy and Co-Director, National Poverty Center and/or Mary Corcoran, Professor of Public Policy and Political Science. Funds are provided by the Ford Foundation. Applicants must have completed their PhDs by August 31, 2004. Preference is given to those who have received their degree after 1999. Application deadline is January 13, 2004. Contact: Program on Poverty and Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, 1015 E. Huron St., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Applications are available on the web:

University of Minnesota is pleased to announce a postdoctoral position, a National Research Service Award, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, on the psychosocial determinants of mental health and adjustment, with emphasis on childhood, adolescence, and the transition to adulthood. Full-time, 12-month research training is provided. The appointment is for two years maximum, subject to review at the end of the first year. The award supports three predoctoral and one postdoctoral student. Competencies to be developed include solid disciplinary grounding, an interdisciplinary perspective, methodological expertise, and sensitivity to policy issues. U.S. citizens or residents are eligible. In addition to an annual stipend in accordance with NRSA guidelines, the award provides tuition, fees and medical insurance coverage. Postdoctoral candidates should provide a letter describing current research interests, a complete vita, university transcript, three letters of recommendation, and samples of written work. For full consideration, send application materials to: Jeylan Mortimer, Life Course Center, Department of Sociology, 1014 Social Sciences Building, 267-19th Avenue South, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, for admittance in June 2004 or thereafter. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2003. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Social Science Research Council is pleased to announce the fifth annual dissertation fellowship competition of the Program on Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector. Fellowships will provide maintenance support for dissertation research on the history, behavior, and role of nonprofit and/or philanthropic organizations in the United States. Up to seven fellowships of $18,000 each will be awarded to graduate students in the social sciences and humanities to apply their knowledge of the theories and methods of their disciplines to issues concerning philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. All application materials must be received in our offices by December 1, 2003. For further information, including eligibility requirements, see the SSRC website or contact program staff at (212) 377-2700 or

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) Action Grants for Experienced Scholars (SAGES Program). The sponsor provides up to $7,000 over a two-year period for its members who are age 60 and over and/or retired to apply their their knowledge to helping solve social problems or to assist policy makers to do this. Deadline: February 15, 2004. Contact: SPSSI, 208 I St. NE, Washington, DC 20002-4340; (202) 675-6956; fax (202) 675-6902; e-mail

Society for Research in Child Development is accepting applications for their AAAS Policy Fellowships in Congress or the Executive Branch. Doctoral level scientists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Deadline for applications is December 15, 2003. Visit or call (202) 336-5926.

University of Virginia, the Center on Religion and Democracy. Residential and nonresidential postdoctoral fellowships available for 2004-2005 academic year. Deadline: December 1. Contact: Joseph Davis, Center on Religion and Democracy, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400178, Charlottesville, VA 22904; e-mail

W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Center for the Advancement of Health are pleased to announce recruitment for the 2004 cohort of W.K. Kellogg Foundation Scholars in Health Disparities. This program challenges post doctoral investigators from a variety of disciplines such as economics, sociology, political science, public health and law, to examine the causes and consider policy solutions for health disparities by race/ethnicity, gender and income/socioeconomic status. Research topics funded by this program include the ways by which social, economic, political, environmental, and educational inequalities and institutional racism play a role in the creation of health disparities, and the development of policy initiatives that might reduce these disparities. Stipends of up to $52,500/year; Fringe benefits; Research/travel expenses. Up to 15 Scholars will be funded to undertake postdoctoral research at one of the following participating sites: Harvard Center for Health and Society; University of Michigan Institute for Social Research; Morgan State University Public Health/Urban Health Policy Center; University of California, San Francisco Center on Social Disparities in Health; Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology; Morehouse School of Medicine National Center for Primary Care. Application: For further information and application materials, visit or contact April Oh, Program Manager at Deadline for receipt of applications is January 15, 2004.

In the News

John P. Bartkowski, Mississippi State University, was quoted in the September 11, 2003, Denver Post concerning the resignation of Promise Keepers founder Bill McCartney and its impact on the Christian men's movement.

Terry Besser, Iowa State University, was quoted in a September 11 Des Moines Register article about his study on prisons not helping cities grow.

Andrew Beveridge, Queens College-CUNY, was cited in the September 11 issue of the New York Times for his research on census information on the zip code 10048, the zip code of the World Trade Center.

Paul Burstein, University of Washington, was quoted in a September 26 Seattle Times article about the High Holy Days being a time of outreach for Judaism.

Douglas Card, University of Oregon, was reported about in the September 17 Chronicle of Higher Education on his lawsuit against the author of a newspaper column that claimed he bashed Israel and Jews in his classes.

Mary Chayko, College of St. Elizabeth, was interviewed on WCTC radio (New Brunswick, NJ) regarding her book Connecting How We Form Social Bonds and Communities in the Internet Age (2002, SUNY Press); and on WBBR-Bloomsburg Radio (New York), September 14, on the phenomenon of "flash mobs."

Mathieu Deflem, University of South Carolina, appeared in the week of September 11 on: a televised interview on undercover investigations at DMV bureaus on News Channel 7 (CBS), Spartanburg, SC (September 9); a radio feature on "Worldwide Police Efforts to Battle Terrorism" on the South Carolina Educational Radio Network (September 9); and a radio broadcast on global policing and terrorism on The Andy Thomas Show, South Carolina, September 10, 2003.

Peter Drier, Occidental College and Richard Appelbaum wrote an article in the September 23 American Prospect about Nike agreeing to pay $1.5 million to a corporate industry-controlled sweatshop watchdog to monitor its manufacturing practices.

George Dowdall, St. Joseph's University, was quoted in the September 8 issue of U.S. News and World Report for his research on alcoholism and the discovery of a gene linked to college-age binge drinking.

Timothy Dunn, Salisbury University, was quoted in a September 19 Washington Times article about Spanish Mass attracting greater numbers of immigrants.

Troy Duster, University of California-Berkeley, wrote a September 19 article in and was featured in the September 17 on continuing racial disparities between blacks and whites.

Frank Furstenberg, University of Pennsylvania, was quoted in a Sept/Oct 2003 Psychology Today article about boomerang parents and their children returning home.

Wayne Hale, NASA flight director, was quoted in the September 17 Washington Post as wishing he had taken more sociology courses in college.

William B. Helmreich, City University of New York, was quoted in a September 10 issue of the New York Times about the increased numbers of sidewalk tradespeople because of high commercial rent rates.

Eric L. Jensen, University of Idaho, was interviewed and quoted in the Spokesman-Review (Spokane), September 7, 2003, in an article on mandatory waiver of juveniles to criminal court.

Lisa Keister, Ohio State University, had her research on the relationship between the number of siblings and accumulated wealth featured in the Unconventional Wiz column in the August 31, Washington Post.

Stephen Klineberg, Rice University, was quoted in a September 30 Houston Chronicle article about one out of four Texans lacking health insurance.

Jerome Krase, Brooklyn College-CUNY, was quoted in the September 25 New York Times in a Metro section front page article about Staten Island's shifts in population and diversity, which can lead to tension. He was also mentioned in an October 2 New York Daily News article about a committee appointed to examine issues related to schools, hospitals, and auto insurance in Brooklyn.

Charles Moskos, Northwestern University, was cited in a September 14 USA Today op-ed article about a tax on the wealthy needed to fund the war.

Steven Nock, University of Virginia, was quoted in a September 10 Arizona Republic article about the difficulties of merging families in a second marriage.

Steven M. Ortiz, Oregon State University, as part of the extensive media coverage on NBA Laker star Kobe Bryant, was interviewed about his research on professional athletes' wives by 20/20 (ABC), July 23, August 6; and his research was featured on Countdown With Keith Olbermann (MSNBC), July 28. He also appeared on Dateline NBC, July 27; The Big Story With John Gibson (Fox News), August 6; and MSNBC Live, August 8; to discuss the topics of athletes' wives, female fans, sport marriages, and adultery. He also was interviewed about these topics on several news- and sports-talk radio programs including CJCL-AM 590 (Toronto, Canada), July 22; CFAX-AM 1070 (Victoria, Canada), July 25; XTRA-AM 690/1150 (Los Angeles, CA), July 25; KMPC-AM 1540 (Los Angeles, CA), July 31; The Current (CBC Radio, Toronto, Canada) for the segment on "Sports Wives," August 1; KEYS-AM 1440 (Corpus Christi, TX), August 7; XPRS-AM 1090 (San Diego, CA), August 7; ABC News Radio, August 8; KFXX-AM 910 (Portland, OR), August 11; and Weekend All Night With Jon Chelesnik (ESPN Radio), August 17. In addition, he was interviewed and quoted in newspapers such as The Denver Post, July 29; The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA), August 4; The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), August 6; Chicago Sun-Times, August 10; Daily News (New York), August 31; and The Oregonian, August 31; on the topics of the lifestyle of professional athletes, athletes' wives, female fans, and adultery.

Devah Pager, Northwestern University, and her study on discrimination in hiring practices was featured in a September 4 Wall Street Journal article. It also mentioned her 2003 ASA Dissertation award.

Caroline Hodges Persell, ASA Vice President-Elect, was quoted in an op-ed column about George Bush and Howard Deans' traditional WASP upbringing in the September 13, New York Times.

Harriet Presser, University of Maryland, was on "Youth Voices" on National Public Radio about night shift workers in an "around the clock" economy and its impact on children.

Robert J.S. Ross, Clark University in Worcester, discussed the influx of foreign-born workers has reinvigorated the labor movement in a September 11 Boston Globe article.

Beth Rubin, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, spoke with News 14 Carolina on September 8 regarding the efforts by the Pillowtex labor union to help laid off workers after the company went out of business.

Saskia Sassen, University of Chicago, was interviewed on NPR's Marketplace on September 12, 2003, talking about the international trade conference in Cancun.

C. Matthew Snipp, Stanford University, was quoted in a September 18 San Francisco Examiner article on low enrollment in kindergarten correlates with the housing crisis in San Francisco.

Christopher Uggen, University of Minnesota, was quoted in a September 25 Christian Science Monitor article about a push to enfranchise felons.

Pam Walters, Indiana University and ASA Council member, wrote an op-ed column on the Bush administration stripping funding for Teach for America in the September 26, Christian Science Monitor.

Duncan Watts, Columbia University, was quoted in a September 3 Washington Post article on the connection of people through the website

Doris Wilkinson, University of Kentucky, was quoted in a September 15 Philadelphia Inquirer article about the African-American barbershop being a shelter.

Alan Wolfe and James Davison Hunter were quoted in a September 7 New York Times Magazine article on the culture wars between liberals and conservatives.

Caught in the Web

An informational website on Symbolic Interactionism, created by a group of graduate students at the University of Colorado-Boulder, is packed with information useful for classroom teaching.

The Eurasia Center has launched its new website:


Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) announces the 2004 Student Paper Competition. The competition is open to students from the nine-state Midwest region and to other student members of the Midwest Sociological Society. Graduate and undergraduate papers are judged in separate divisions with prizes in each division as follows: First Prize: $250; Second Prize: $150; Third Prize: $100. Students may nominate their own work, or, with the students' permission, advisors may submit papers on their students' behalf. The MSS reserves the right not to award prizes; it may also award second and/or third prizes without awarding a first prize. Contact: Scott A. Hunt, University of Kentucky, Department of Sociology, 1515 Patterson Office Tower, Lexington, KY 40506-0027; e-mail

Members' New Books

Ivar Berg, University of Pennsylvania, Education and Jobs: The Great Training Robbery (Percheron Press-Eliot Werner Publications, 2003).

Michael Delucchi, University of Hawaii-West Oahu, Student Satisfaction with Higher Education During the 1970s—A Decade of Social Change (Edwin Mellen Press, 2003).

Jean Elson, University of New Hampshire, Am I Still a Woman? Hysterectomy and Gender Identity (Temple University Press, 2003).

Peter K. Manning, Northeastern University, Narcs' Game 2nd edition (Waveland Press, 2003); Policing Contingencies (University of Chicago Press, 2003).

Jean L. Pyle, University of Massachusetts-Lowell and Robert Forrant, University of Massachusetts-Lowell (Editors), Globalization, Universities, and Issues of Sustainable Human Development (Edward Elgar, 2003).


David Featherman, University of Michigan, will serve as interim director of the newly-created Center for the Advancement of Behavioral and Social Science.

Jennifer F. Hamer was recently appointed as Editor of Race & Society: The Official Journal of the Association of Black Sociologists.

Felice Levine, American Educational Research Association and former ASA Executive Officer, has joined the Advisory Board for the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute of the United Negro College Fund.

Stephen J. Morewitz, Morewitz & Associates, has been appointed Adjunct Professor at the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt College.

Pamela Smock has been named associate director of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

Doris Wilkinson, University of Kentucky, was selected by the University President's Commission on Diversity to receive the first annual President's Award for Diversity in the faculty category.

Other Organizations

The International Scope Review wishes to welcome new members to its Editorial Advisory Board. The Editorial Advisory Board has two missions to fulfill: (1) evaluating globally the work of the Review and advising its future developments; (2) networking to enhance our notoriety. For more details, see the Editorial Board presentation page:
. If you would like to contribute, please contact us and send a full curriculum vitae as an attachment. The Review would like to examine candidacies from top-level academicians. It will also consider candidacies from representatives of the "civil society" or practicioners with an excellent academic background.

The Midwest Political Science Association is an academic association with thousands of members across the United States as well as dozens of other countries. Founded in 1939, the MPSA is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in all areas of political science. The MPSA publishes one of the top journals in the field, the American Journal of Political Science, and hosts a large research conference with over 460 panels and 2,600 presenters. Membership in the MPSA provides you with a calendar year subscription to the AJPS as well as a reduced registration fee at the Annual National Conference.

Other Publications

Nineteenth Century Studies, the interdisciplinary journal of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, announces a special issue, volume 17: Special Section on "Religion and Culture," guest edited by Elisabeth Jay and Thomas Dixon. Available in August 2003. For subscription ($25, includes NCSA membership) and single-issue ($15) inquiries, please contact: Nineteenth Century Studies, David Hanson, Editor, Southeastern Louisiana University, Dept. of English, SLU 10861, (985) 549-2113, Respond to:


Lori Cain won first place in the Sociologists of Minnesota statewide student paper competition.

Stephen J. Morewitz, Morewitz & Associates, is the winner of the 2003 Society For The Study of Social Problems Outstanding Scholar Award in Crime and Delinquency for his new book, Stalking and Violence: New Patterns of Obsession and Trauma (Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2003).


Harold Taylor Christensen

Harold Christensen's long and full life came to a close at home on August 30. He was born in Preston, Idaho, and raised in Rexburg, Idaho, as the second of seven sons. As a young man, he was a Latter-day Saint missionary in New Zealand for four years. He was educated at Ricks College, Brigham Young University, and the University of Wisconsin.

Harold came to Purdue University in 1947 to establish a department of sociology. At that time, the University did not have a separate department but offered a few courses in the Division of Education and Applied Psychology, precursors of the School of Education and the Department of Psychological Sciences. Under Harold's leadership, course offerings were expanded, faculty members added, degree programs developed, and the department established as an administrative unit in 1953. Today, sociology at Purdue is taught by more than 30 faculty in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

During his tenure at Purdue, Harold served as a visiting scholar at Brigham Young University, the University of Copenhagen, the University of Hawaii, and the University of California-Irvine.

A conservative man in his personal life, Harold exerted a liberal influence on campus, exalting intellectual curiosity and reason. Despite the public opposition of a Purdue trustee, Harold brought Alfred Kinsey to campus to lecture on human sexuality. Margaret Mead presented an early feminist critique of American society. As Christensen's guest, William F. Ogburn spent a semester on campus challenging engineers to think of the social consequences of technological development.

As one of the leaders of his generation of sociologists, Harold strove to put the discipline of sociology on scientific footing, developing the record-linkage technique, a method of quantitative analysis that helped overcome some of the limitations of interviews and questionnaires in obtaining valid information for study of such then-delicate issues as premarital conception and child spacing. He was also a pioneer in cross-cultural research on marriage and family and one of the first scientists to document the sexual revolution in the United States and in Scandinavia.

He authored six books and countless professional papers and articles. His edited book, The Handbook of Marriage and the Family (1964), was a monumental effort to draw together the theories and methodologies of the young field. This volume was so successful that it was published in several languages and has been continued in subsequent editions by his colleagues.

Harold edited the Journal of Marriage and the Family, then called Marriage and Family Living, from 1957 to 1960. He was an active member of the National Council on Family Relations in its developmental period, serving as its 18th President in 1960. In 1967-69, he was a director of the Sex Information and Education Council of the United States, and served as its vice president in 1968-69.

For his outstanding contributions to the field of marriage and the family, Harold was awarded the third Ernest Watson Burgess Research Award from the National Council on Family Relations in 1967. Purdue University granted him an honorary doctorate in 1993 for his pioneering work in sociology.

Harold and Alice, his wife of 68 years, spent the past 27 years in retirement in La Jolla, CA, where they were both active at the Institute of Continued Learning at the University of California-San Diego.

Harold had a profound influence on a generation of students and colleagues. He will be remembered as a gentle man of wisdom and unwavering integrity.

Robert L. Eichhorn, Carolyn C. Perrucci, and Robert Perrucci, Purdue University

James Copp

James Copp passed away on January 18, 2003, in College Station, TX. Jim was born in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, on April 28, 1925. He completed his BS and master's degrees at the University of Minnesota in 1949 and 1951. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1954. Prior to coming to Texas A&M University in 1972, Jim taught at Kansas State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Pennsylvania State University; he also served as the Branch Chief of Human Resources in the Economic Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. After 27 years at Texas A&M, he retired in the spring of 1999 and was an emeritus professor at the time of his death. After his official retirement, Jim continued to teach in our department on a part-time basis.

Jim made important contributions to the field of rural sociology. His research sought to understand rural communities in light of the forces of urbanization and the restructuring of agriculture. His edited book, Our Changing Rural Society: Perspectives and Trends (Iowa State University Press, 1964), long served as a cornerstone in the instruction of rural sociology throughout the country. Jim also published numerous articles and book chapters that focused attention on rural communities. His most recent work addressed the changes underway in rural communities in the West. He played a leading role in the ongoing activities of the Western Regional Coordinating Committee (WRCC-84) and its "Community, Institutional Change and Migration in Rural America Project." His interest in Western communities was featured in his co-edited book (with John Wardwell), Population Change in the Rural West, 1975-1990 (University Press of America, 1996).

Jim provided intellectual leadership to the field of rural sociology in other ways. He served as President of the Rural Sociological Society (RSS) in 1971-72. His 1972 presidential address chided and challenged rural sociologists to play a more aggressive role in the development of rural communities, a priority that he viewed as a normative goal. Jim asserted that rural sociology research was being shaped by funding agencies and administrators of the agricultural complex where many rural sociologists worked. He was afraid that rural sociologists were imprisoned by the structures that supported their work, which resulted in the general absence of research addressing critical issues of the time. Given the contemporary dependence of rural sociologists, and sociologists more broadly, on funding agencies, Jim's admonishment continues to be relevant today. Jim also served as editor of both Rural Sociology (the official journal of RSS) and Southern Rural Sociology (Southern Rural Sociological Society's official journal). We do not believe there is another individual who served as RSS president and editor of these two journals.

Jim made significant contributions to the development of sociology and rural sociology at Texas A&M beginning with his arrival in 1972. He served as the head of both the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology (1972-81) and Rural Sociology (1972-80), with each of these departments located in different colleges. Both his intellectual influence and his commitment to democracy had immediate impact. It was under his leadership that sociology and rural sociology expanded at Texas A&M, where the mission moved from primarily teaching to a dual mission of research and teaching. After completing his terms as department head, Jim continued to make important contributions to the department through his research, teaching, and service activities. He made particularly important contributions in the internationalization of the departmental curriculum through his development of courses on Soviet Society (later Post-Soviet Society) and Islamic Societies. Even after his retirement, he continued to teach these courses on a fairly regular basis. His love of teaching and his continued commitment to teaching were apparent even after his retirement. Indeed, he mentioned on several occasions to the current department head that he didn't have to be paid for teaching the courses.

Another indication of his dedication to the department is reflected in a conversation he had with a former department head in the early 1990s. He told the head that he was approaching retirement and was not conducting enough research to warrant a 2-2 teaching load, and asked to teach an additional undergraduate course each semester. Jim had a 3-3 teaching load until the late 1990s while maintaining an enviable research program, including publishing the aforementioned 1996 book with Wardwell, and presenting research papers at professional conferences.

Jim Copp's friends, colleagues, and students will always remember him for his wry sense of humor, cheerfulness, and unassuming manner. He had a perpetual enthusiasm for learning and discovery that invigorated those around him. He loved to exchange and challenge ideas and he was interested in almost everything—from biology to theology with stops at sociology and physics. His fondness for learning and discovering extended to photography, hiking, camping, and plant identifying. An avid traveler, he visited many countries throughout the world. He also logged thousands of miles driving through rural communities armed with his camera and his sociological imagination conducting sociological "windshield reconnaissance." He and his wife, Veronica, regularly entertained his colleagues and students at their home with sociological slide shows from their trips. We will all miss those wonderful evenings.

Jim is survived by his wife, Veronica Copp, four daughters (Christine Avery and her partner Terry Johnson; Karen Copp and her partner Steve Hendrix; Sarah Copp and her husband Humberto La Roche; and Martha Copp and her husband Jeff Supplee), one son (John Copp and his wife Peggy), and seven grandchildren. A memorial fund has been established at Texas A&M University to support research activities of undergraduate minority students. Donations to the memorial fund may be sent to the Texas A&M Foundation, Memorial Scholarship Fund: James H. Copp, c/o John Knudsen, 601 Blocker Building, 4223 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-4223.

Rogelio Saenz, Dudley Poston, and Jane Sell, Texas A&M University

Kurt H. Wolff

Kurt H. Wolff, a prominent member of the Sociology Department at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, during the 1960s and 1970s, died September 14 at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. He was 91.

One of the last surviving intellectual refugees from Nazi Germany, Wolff was internationally known for his writings, both in English and German, on the sociology of knowledge and sociological phenomenology. He translated and edited works by Georg Simmel, Emile Durkheim, and Karl Mannheim, with whom he studied in Frankfurt in the early 1930s.

Wolff's critical contribution to sociological theory was "anti-theoretical" and "anti-functionalist," the idea of "surrender and catch." It originally developed from his early anthropological research in the 1940s in New Mexico. He believed field research should begin with immersion in, or "surrendering to," the worlds of the subjects, not with preconceived social scientific notions hindering discovery, or the "catch." Over the decades, he elaborated the methodological and epistemological implications of this critical notion in a number of books and essays, including Surrender and Catch: Experience and Inquiry Today (1976) and Survival and Sociology: Vindicating the Human Subject (1991). He did not stop writing until a few weeks before his death; in the last year alone, he published two short books, A Whole, a Fragment and What It Contains. He spoke eight languages and his works were translated into German, Italian, and Japanese.

Wolff was born on May 20, 1912, in Darmstadt, Germany, the son of Ida and Oscar Wolff. He seemed on the way to multiple careers—as a scholar, an expressionist poet and surrealist painter—when he had to flee from Nazi Germany to Italy in 1934. He obtained his PhD in the sociology of knowledge from the University of Florence in 1935 and married the former Carla Bruck in 1936.

In 1939, the couple succeeded in immigrating to the United States. Starting at Southern Methodist University, he spent several years at Ohio State University, where he published his influential translation, The Sociology of Georg Simmel (1950), before moving to Brandeis University in 1959, where he became chair of the recently established Sociology Department. He retired as Manuel Yellen Professor of Social relations in 1982, but continued teaching for another decade. He was elected president of the International Society for the Sociology of Knowledge in 1972 and held several elected offices in the International Sociological Association. He was awarded Fulbright Senior Lectureships to Italy and Australia in 1963 and 1980, respectively.

In recent years his home town of Darmstadt, whose dialect, famous in German literature, he spoke to perfection until the very end, tried to make amends for his exile and the murder of family members by awarding him a city medal, arranging exhibitions, and publishing his earliest fiction, poetry and drawings.

Wolff leaves a son, Carlo, and granddaughters Lylah and Katy, all of Cleveland, Ohio; a nephew, Helmut Wolff, of Dallas; a niece, Marianne McCall, of San Francisco; a grand-niece, Marianne Weber-Schaefer, of Munich; and a worldwide network of former students and devoted friends, especially James Kaufman and family of Dedham. As of mid-October, a memorial service was planned for late October or early November.

Carlo Wolff


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