November 2012 Issue • Volume 40 • Issue 8

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The Collective Spirit of Aging across Cultures is seeking chapter proposals for an edited collection published by Springer Science and Business Media. Authors are invited to propose a chapter that discusses a relevant issue of our time that promotes the understanding of aging across diverse cultures from multiple perspectives and disciplines. The edited collection will intertwine theories, stories, and best practices that are reflective of our increasingly diverse aging communities for the purpose of informing academics, practitioners, policymakers, and community members across disciplines in the field of gerontology. Contact: Halaevalu Vakalahi at

Contexts is currently seeking contributors to compose short “In Brief” pieces (200-350 words in length) for its upcoming issue. These articles summarize research related to newsworthy topics. While these articles are academically informed, they are written for a broader audience and are largely free of academic jargon. Sample articles can be found at under Departments. These articles are a great way to write about your existing interests or explore an entirely new topic, all while getting a publication under your belt. We are open to hearing any creative article ideas. Contact: Joanne Chen at

Solving Social Problems is a new book series that provides a forum for the description and measurement of social problems, with a keen focus on the concrete remedies proposed for their solution. The series takes an international perspective, exploring social problems in various parts of the world, with the central concern being their possible remedy. The books in this series are theoretically sophisticated, exploring previous discussions of the issues in question, examining other attempts to resolve them, and adopting and discussing methodologies that are commonly used to measure social problems. Proposed solutions may be framed as changes in policy or practice, or more broadly as social change and social movement. Solutions may be reflective of ideology but are always pragmatic and detailed, explaining the means by which the suggested solutions might be achieved. Contact: Bonnie Berry at, or Neil Jordan at;


34th Annual Meeting of the Hawaii Sociological Association, February 16, 2013, Honolulu Community College, Honolulu, HI. Theme: “Critically Examining Structures of Inequality: Encouraging Agency and Creating Change.” Abstracts (maximum 300 words) are invited on topics that broadly fit the theme.  Undergraduate students are also encouraged to participate in this conference. Submissions for undergraduate students will be assigned to paper sessions or roundtables by the conference organizers.  Deadline: December 15, 2012. Contact:;

International Conference of Half Century of Migration and Regional Integration in South China, May 17-19, 2013, Pearl River Delta Social Research Centre, CUHK-Shenzhen Research Institute, Shenzhen, China. South China is one of the most economically and socially dynamic regions in China and geographically close to Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. This international conference aims to provide a forum for discussing/sharing theories and strategies regarding the rapid social development and changes in the region, and exchanging knowledge and interdisciplinary research on migration and regional integration. Abstracts that include the purpose and setting of the research, the methods and nature of the sample, the principal findings and major conclusions, and the paper’s contribution to knowledge are invited. Three nights of accommodation will be provided to all participants. A few travel grants are available on a competitive basis. Quality papers will be invited to be included in an edited volume after the conference. Deadline: January 10, 2013. Contact:;

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December 27-29, 2012. Indian Sociological Society’s (ISS) XXXVIII All India Sociological Conference, Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, Rajasthan. Theme: “Contemporary Indian Society: Challenges and Responses.” Contact: Kamala Ganesh at or Aditya Raj at;

February 1, 2013. Fifth Annual Medicine and the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX. Contact:;

February 16, 2013. 34th Annual Meeting of the Hawaii Sociological Association, Honolulu Community College, Honolulu, HI. Theme: “Critically Examining Structures of Inequality: Encouraging Agency and Creating Change.” Contact:;

March 18-20, 2013. 2013 International Labour Process, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Contact:;

March 27-30, 2013. 93rd Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Sociological Association, New Orleans, LA. Theme: “New Social Media, and Life, Politics, and Society in the Early 21st Century.” Contact: Cynthia Cready at;

March 27-30, 2013. Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. Theme: “Integrating the Sociology Eclectic: Teaching, Research and Social Activism.” Contact: Barbara Keating and Kimberly Maas at;

March 29-31, 2013. Australian International Cultural and Educational Institute Online Conference on Multidisciplinary Social Sciences.

May 17-19, 2013. International Conference of Half Century of Migration and Regional Integration in South China, Pearl River Delta Social Research Centre, CUHK-Shenzhen Research Institute, Shenzhen, China. Contact:;

June 6-8, 2013. Society for Menstrual Cycle Research 20th Biennial Conference, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY. Theme: “Making Menstruation Matter.”

June 6-9, 2013. Labor & Employment Relations Association First Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO. Contact:;

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American Philosophical Society Research Programs. Franklin Research Grants. This program of small grants to scholars is intended to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the cost of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses. Applicants are expected to have a doctorate or to have published work of doctoral character and quality. Deadline: December 1, 2012. Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research. This Fund encourages exploratory field studies for the collection of specimens and data and to provide the imaginative stimulus that accompanies direct observation. Grants will be available to doctoral students who wish to participate in field studies for their dissertations or for other purposes. Deadline: February 1, 2013. Contact: Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships, (215) 440-3429;

The Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies offers up to one year of research support at the Freie Universität Berlin. It is open to scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on German and European history since the mid-18th century. The program accepts applications from U.S. and Canadian nationals or permanent residents. Applicants for a dissertation fellowship must be full-time graduate students enrolled at a North American university who have achieved ABD status by the time the proposed research stay in Berlin begins. Also eligible are U.S. and Canadian PhDs who have received their doctorates within the past two calendar years. Deadline: December 1, 2012. Contact:;

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American Bar Foundation Doctoral Fellowship Program in Law and Social Science, 2013-14. The American Bar Foundation (ABF) is committed to developing the next generation of scholars in the field of law and social science. The purpose of the fellowship is to encourage original and significant research on law, the legal profession, and legal institutions. Applications are invited from outstanding students who are candidates for a PhD degree in the social sciences. Applicants must have completed all doctoral requirements except the dissertation by September 1, 2013. Applicants who will have completed the dissertation prior to September 1, 2013 are also welcome to apply. Doctoral or proposed research must be in the general area of sociolegal studies or involve social scientific approaches to the law, the legal profession, or legal institutions. Fellows receive a stipend of $30,000 for 12 months. Fellows also may request up to $1,500 to reimburse expenses associated with research, travel to meet with advisors, or travel to conferences at which papers are presented. Tenure Fellowships are awarded for 12 months. Full-time fellowships Fellowships are held in residence at the American Bar Foundation. Fellows are expected to participate fully in the academic life of the ABF so that they may develop close collegial ties with other scholars in residence. Deadline: December 15, 2012. Contact: Amanda Ehrhardt, (312) 988-6515;;

Jefferson Science Fellowship (JSF). Tenured or similarly ranked academic scientists, engineers, and physicians from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens are eligible for selection as Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF). Each Fellow will spend one year at the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for an onsite assignment in Washington, DC, that may also involve extended stays at U.S. foreign embassies and/or missions. While in general JSF assignments will involve providing up-to-date expertise in the rapidly advancing science, technology, engineering and medical arenas that routinely impact the policy decisions encountered by the U.S. Department of State/USAID, each fellow will also be expected to become conversant with the functional operation of the U.S. Department of State/USAID. In doing so, the JSF program complements and enhances the existing efforts by the permanent staff within the U.S. Department of State/USAID. Following the fellowship year, the Jefferson Science Fellow will return to his/her academic career but will remain available to the U.S. Department of State/USAID for short-term projects over the subsequent five years. Deadline: January 14, 2013. Contact:;

Law and Social Science Dissertation Fellowship & Mentoring Program, 2013-2014. The Law and Society Association, in collaboration with the American Bar Foundation (ABF) and the National Science Foundation, seeks applications for the Law and Social Science Dissertation Fellowship and Mentoring Program (LSS Fellowship). Fellowships are held in residence at the American Bar Foundation where Fellows are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the ABF including participation in a weekly seminar series. LSS Fellows will receive a stipend of $30,000 per year beginning fall 2012. Fellows will attend LSA annual meetings in both years of the fellowship and the Graduate Student Workshop in the first year of the fellowship. Fellows will receive up to $1,500 for research and travel expenses each year. Relocation expenses up to $2,500 may be reimbursed. Third-, fourth-, and fifth-year graduate students who specialize in the field of law and social science and whose research interests include law and inequality are invited to apply. Fellowship applicants should be students in a PhD program in a social science department or an interdisciplinary program. Humanities students pursuing empirically-based social science dissertations are welcome to apply. Deadline: December 1, 2012. Contact: Amanda Ehrhardt, (312) 988-6515;;

Predoctoral Fellowship: Multidisciplinary Training in Gender, Sexuality, and Health. The Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health will offer at least one and possibly two Predoctoral Fellowships in Gender, Sexuality and Health to PhD applicants entering in the fall of 2013. This fellowship is funded by a training grant award from the National Institute of Child Health and Development, Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch. Fellowships cover tuition and a stipend and include monies for professional meeting travel and academic supplies.  Funding is guaranteed up to five years (although students will be encouraged to seek outside funding for their dissertation research).  Applicants must apply to and be accepted by the Department of Sociomedical Sciences before a training fellowship can be offered. Contact: Andrea Constancio at;

Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS) is a three-year training and service fellowship for master-level public health professionals. The fellowship focuses on public health program management and provides experience in program planning, implementation, and evaluation through specialized hands-on training and mentorship at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and in-state and local health organizations. The goal of the program is to prepare public health professionals for leadership positions in local, state, national, and international public health agencies. Fellows first work in program areas within the CDC. They are then placed in a field assignment with a public health agency. Fellows initially earn a salary equivalent to a GS-9 pay grade and advance to GS-11 with geographic adjustments. Fellows receive supervision and mentoring while working on multidisciplinary projects with public and private partners.

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21st Annual John Heinz Dissertation Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in the Social Insurance Field. The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) is accepting applications for the John Heinz Dissertation Award for an outstanding dissertation in the field of social insurance.  The award is designed to recognize and promote outstanding research by new scholars addressing social insurance policy questions. Presented annually in memory of Senator John Heinz, the winner will receive a $2,500 honorarium and the opportunity to participate in the 25th Annual NASI conference with expenses paid. The dissertation award will be given to the best doctoral dissertation in the social insurance field completed between January 1, 2011 and October 15, 2012, addressing topics relevant to the design, planning, implementation, or evaluation of social insurance policy. Contact: (202) 452-8097;

North Central Sociological Association (NCSA) 2013 Student Paper Competition. Submit your paper to the competition and you may have the chance to publish your work in Sociological Focus. The completion is broken down into two divisional awards: Graduate Student Division and Undergraduate Division. The completion is open to all students at two-year and four-year colleges, universities, and community colleges. The maximum length of a paper is 5,000 words (approximately 18-20 pages). An abstract of no more than 100 words must also be included. Papers with multiple authors will be considered provided that all authors are students in the same division category. Winners are expected to present their papers at the NCSA 2013 annual meeting to receive the monetary award. Deadline: January 7, 2013. Contact: Carolette Norwood at, Subject line: NCSA Student Paper Competition.

The Peter K. New Student Research Competition invites papers (maximum of 45 pages) based on original research in the general area of health or human services from students at the graduate or undergraduate level. The competition winner will receive $2,000 as well as a Baccarat trophy. Travel funds will also be provided for the winner to present the paper at the Society for Applied Anthropology Meeting in Denver in March 2013.  Second and third prizes will be awarded depending on the quality of the competition. Deadline: December 31, 2012. Contact:

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In the News

Richard Alba, Graduate Center, City University of New York, was quoted and Jennifer Lee, University of California-Irvine, was mentioned in a September 25 Press-Enterprise article about a panel discussion in Riverside, CA,  on diversity’s role in democracy.

Rachel Kahn Best, University of Michigan, was quoted in an October 1 Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog post about her American Sociological Review study, which found that patient-led advocacy has changed how the U.S. government funds medical research.

Cheris Shun-ching Chan, University of Hong Kong, was interviewed on an Australian social media research talk show, “Up Close,” in Australia for her project on culture and life insurance business in China. The interview was also featured on Radio Netherlands Worldwide.

Mark Chaves, Duke University, was mentioned in an October 10 Los Angeles Times article, “Protestants No Longer Majority in U.S., Study Finds.”

Jay Coakley, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, was quoted in an October 12 Atlanta Journal-Constitution blog post, “Fan Revolts Out of Control, One Wanted to Fight UGA Player.”

Stephanie Coontz, Evergreen State College, wrote a September 30 New York Times op-ed, “The Myth of Male Decline.” The op-ed also mentioned David Cotter, Union College, Joan Hermsen, University of Missouri, Reeve Vanneman, University of Maryland-College Park, Philip Cohen, University of Maryland-College Park, and Paul England, New York University.

Katie Corcoran, University of Washington, was quoted in an August 19 article about her study on American megachurches. The study, which she co-authored with James Wellman and Kate Stockly-Meyerdirk, both of the University of Washington, was also the subject of articles in a number of other media outlets including The Huffington Post, Yahoo!News News, and The Washington Post on August 20; the Houston Chronicle on August 23; on August 29; The Charlotte Observer on September 7; and numerous others.

Hector Cordero-Guzman, Baruch College- City University of New York, was quoted in a September 17 USA Today article about the one-year anniversary of the “Occupy” movement. The article also appeared in the Detroit Free Press on September 17.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, appeared on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” on August 8, on PBS’ “The Tavis Smiley Show” on October 14, and on other television and radio shows to discuss his new book, The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame. He wrote about his experience on “The O’Reilly Factor” in August 9 and 13 Huffington Post articles. His tribute to environmental scientist Barry Commoner appeared in The Nation and The Huffington Post on October 1, and he was interviewed about Commoner for an October 2 Los Angeles Times article. Dreier was also interviewed for an October 2 New York Times article about Proposition 32, an anti-union ballot measure, and for a September 3 History News Network article about the history of Labor Day. In addition, he wrote a September 14 New York Daily News op-ed suggesting that New York City name a public school after Pete Seeger; a September 3 San Francisco Chronicle op-ed about the decline of union-made clothing; a commentary on the mass killings in Aurora, CO, which appeared in Alternet on July 24, Truthout on July 25, and Salon on July 27; an August 15 Truthout profile of civil rights icon Rev. James Lawson; a September 26  Truthout article and an August 2 Huffington Post article (co-authored with Gregory Squires, George Washington University, about Wells Fargo’s predatory lending and foreclosure practices. Other recent Huffington Post commentaries he wrote include “Mitt Romney’s Favorite Socialists” on  September 21, “More Than 47% of Americans ‘Depend’ on Government, Mr. Romney” on September 19, “‘We Take Care of Our Own’ vs. ‘You’re On Your Own’” on September 7, “California’s Harvest of Shame: 2012” on August 23, “Pete Seeger–In His Own Words–Graces the Colbert Report” on August 7, and “Mitt’s Mansions, the Foreclosure Crisis, and the Election” on August 5.

Gary Dworkin, University of Houston, was quoted in an October 5 Texas Tribune article about how the strain for Texas public school teachers runs deeper than budget cuts. The article also appeared in the New York Times on October 5.

Morten Ender, U.S. Military Academy, and David Segal, University of Maryland-College Park, had their study, “One Year Out: An Assessment of DADT Repeal’s Impact on Military Readiness,” featured in a September 10 Huffington Post article. The study, which found that one year after the repeal of DADT, there are no notable overall negative effects on military readiness, cohesion, recruitment, retention, or morale,was also the subject of a September 16 New York Times editorial and articles in a number of other media outlets including Politico,, The Maddow Blog, the Atlantic,, and Mother Jones on September 10.

Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, wrote an October 9 column, “Should Colleges Talk to Parents About Their Kids?”

Leta Hong Fincher, Tsinghua University, wrote an October 12 International Herald Tribune op-ed, “China’s ‘Leftover’ Women.” Fincher was also was quoted and Phillip Cohen, University of Maryland-College Park, was mentioned in a September 19 Foreign Policy article, “Nobody Told Asia About The End of Men.” The article also appeared on on September 21.

Gary Alan Fine, Northwestern University, was mentioned in a September 28 Atlantic article, “Why the Seamus Story Has Legs.” Fine, the author of Kitchens: The Culture of Restaurant Work, was interviewed for a September 6 Chicago Reader article on the efforts of a Chicago chef to open her own restaurant.

David Finkelhor, University of New Hampshire, was quoted in an October 13 article, “Sex-Abuse Cases Often a Double Standard.”

Claude Fischer, University of California-Berkeley, was quoted in a September 26 Mother Jones article about a study, that found Republicans and Democrats increasingly dislike each other.

Adrianne M. Frech, University of Akron, was quoted and Sarah Damaske, Pennsylvania State University, was mentioned in an August 23 New York Times article about their study, which found that full-time work means better health for mothers. The study was also the subject of articles in a number of other media outlets including on August 20, The Globe and Mail on August 23, and on August 24.

Heather Gautney, Fordham University, was quoted in a September 17 Christian Science Monitor article, “Occupy Wall Street Stages a Comeback: What Did it Accomplish?”

Paul Glavin, University of Toronto, was quoted and his Journal of Health and Social Behavior study was mentioned in a September 17 BBC article, “Is Teleworking Driving Us Crazy?”

Lingxin Hao, Johns Hopkins University, was quoted and Han S. Woo, Johns Hopkins University, was mentioned in a September 21 article about their study, which found that immigrants’ children do better in school than their peers. The study also was the subject of a September 11 article and a September 29 Wall Street Journal article.

Jason Houle, University of Wisconsin-Madison, was quoted in an August 20 Associated Press article about his study, that found that young adults from middle-income families are more likely to rack up student loan debt—and in greater amounts—than students from both lower and higher income backgrounds. The Associated Press article appeared in a number of media outlets including the Boston Globe, the Huffington Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Charlotte Observer, the Kansas City Star, the Houston Chronicle, the Plain Dealer, the Miami Herald, and on August 20, and the Denver Post on August 21. Additionally, the study was featured in a variety of other media outlets including an August 20 Education Week “College Bound” blog post, an August 20 Inside Higher Ed article, and an August 30 article.

Carolyn L. Hsu, Colgate University, was quoted in an August 20 “Healthland” blog post about her study on social status, binge drinking, and social satisfaction among college students. The study was also the subject of articles in a number of other media outlets including the Huffington Post, Yahoo!News, U.S. News and World Report,,, the New York Post, the Daily Mail, the Guardian, and on August 20, and numerous others.

Arthur Jipson, University of Dayton, was quoted in an August 21 article about his study on how homeless people are finding equality and acceptance on social networking sites. The study was also the subject of articles in a number of other media outlets including the Washington Post on August 24 and the Huffington Post on August 26.

Philip Kasinitz, Graduate Center, City University of New York, was interviewed on September 18 on NPR’s “All Things Considered” about immigrants and niche employment.

Eric Klinenberg, New York University, was quoted in a September 28 Atlantic article, “Does Sharing Housework Really Lead to Divorce?”

C.N. Le, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, was quoted In a September 28 Washington Post article, “Familiar Ad Trope: Pairing White Men and Asian American Women,” about how the recent proliferation of Asian Americans in mainstream media advertisements still reinforce cultural assumptions and stereotypes about Asian American men and women.

Jack Levin, Northeastern University, was quoted in an October 6 Patriot Ledger article about how DNA testing is helping solve cold cases on Massachusetts’ South Shore.

Amanda Lewis, Emory University, and John Diamond, Harvard University, co-authored an October 1 Huffington Post column about how integration still does not really exist in schools in the United States. The column also mentioned Karolyn Tyson, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Roslyn Mickelson, University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Kris Marsh, University of Maryland-College Park, was quoted in a September 27 article, “Census: More People Identify as Mixed Race.”

Harvey Molotch, New York University, was quoted in a September 21 New York Magazine article, “Does ‘See Something, Say Something’ Do Nothing?”

Jennifer Karas Montez, Harvard University, and Richard Miech, University of Colorado-Denver, were mentioned in a September 21 New York Times article about how the life span has shrunk for the least-educated whites in the United States.

Adina Nack, California Lutheran University, was quoted in an October 9 article, “Guys, Go to the Doctor.”

James L. Nolan, Jr., Williams College, was quoted in a September 23 Associated Press article about how novel courts are handling low-level crimes across the United States. The Associated Press article appeared in a number of media outlets including the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the San Jose Mercury News on September 23.

Andrew Papachristos, Yale University, wrote an October 10 Huffington Post column, “It’s the Gangs, Stupid: Why People Don’t Respond to Crime Statistics.” He was also quoted in an October 3 Chicago Tribune article, “Gang Factions Lead to Spike in City Violence.”

Becky Pettit, University of Washington, was mentioned in an October 12 Huffington Post column, “Education and Incarceration: Beyond ‘Affirmative Action.’”

Corinne Reczek, University of Cincinnati, was quoted in a September 2 New York Times article, “From the Band with the Song, It’s the Wedding.” Reczek was also quoted in an August 21 New York Daily News article about her study on the relationship between marriage and alcohol. The study, which she co-authored with Tetyana Pudrovska, Pennsylvania State University, Deborah Carr, Rutgers University, and Debra Umberson, University of Texas-Austin, was also the subject of an August 23 Washington Post “The Checkup” blog post and articles in a number of other media outlets including The Telegraph,, the Philadelphia Inquirer, U.S. News and World Report, the Ottawa Sun, and the Toronto Sun on August 18; the Huffington Post,, and on August 20.

Chris Rhomberg, Fordham University, wrote a September 10 op-ed, “America Would be Better Off With More Strikes.” The op-ed also mentioned Jake Rosenfeld, University of Washington. Rhomberg was also interviewed about the piece on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” on September 10 and on WGN AM radio in Chicago on September 11.

Barbara Risman, University of Illinois at Chicago, was quoted in an August 17 Globe and Mail article about her study, which found that college students lose respect for peers who hook up too much. The study, which she co-authored with Rachel Allison, University of Illinois-Chicago, also was the subject of articles in a number of media outlets including the Huffington Post,,, Yahoo!News, the Edmonton Sun, the Toronto Sun, Inside Higher Ed, the Ottawa Sun, and the Philadelphia Daily News on August 17, and numerous others.

Pepper Schwartz, University of Washington, Virginia Rutter, Framingham State University, and Stephanie Coontz, Evergreen State College, were quoted and Susan L. Brown, Bowling Green State University, was mentioned in a September 30 New York Times article, “Till Death, or 20 Years, Do Us Part.”

Brian Serafini, University of Washington, was quoted and Michelle Maroto, University of Alberta, was mentioned in an August 17 “Healthland” blog post about their study, “Recession, Man-cession, or Mom-cession? Gender Inequality in Reemployment Outcomes Disaggregated by Marital and Parental Status.” The study was also the subject of an August 21 article in The Nation.

Ira Silver, Framingham State University, wrote a September 27 Huffington Post op-ed, “A Tasty Way to Launch a Career,” which draws on material from his next book Investing in Opportunity: How You Can Help Restore the American Dream.

Robert Silverman, University at Buffalo, was quoted in a September 12 Pacific Standard article about his Urban Education study, “Making Waves or Treading Water,” which suggests that many charter schools are treading water.

Theda Skocpol, Harvard University, Todd Gitlin, Columbia University, and Frances Fox Piven, Graduate Center, City University of New York, were quoted in a September 15 Los Angeles Times article about the one-year anniversary of the “Occupy” movement. The article also appeared in the Chicago Tribune on September 15.

David Smilde, University of Georgia, was quoted in a Bloomberg News article, “Chavez Win Leaves Venezuelan Opposition Reeling Before Next Vote,” which also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on October 9.

Dmitry Tumin, Ohio State University, was quoted and a Zhenchao Qian, Ohio State University, was mentioned in an August 29 article about their study, which suggests that married couples who undergo long-term separations appear to be those who cannot afford to divorce. The study was also the subject of an August 20 Star Tribune blog post.

Thomas Volscho, College of Staten Island, City University of New York, was quoted in an October 2 article about his American Sociological Review study on the rise of the one percent. The study was also the focus of an October 5 Commercial Appeal article.

Robb Willer, University of California-Berkeley, was interviewed July 23 on ABC’s “Nightline” for a segment about heroism and the mass killings at the Aurora, CO movie theater. He was also interviewed September 7 on ABC’s “20/20” about heroism.

William Julius Wilson, Harvard University, was quoted in a September 30 Chicago Tribune column, “Revisiting the ‘Truly Disadvantaged’ 25 Years Later.” The column also appeared in a number of other media outlets including The Fresno Bee and The Morning Sun on October 1 and The Tennessean on October 6.

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Kathleen Blee, University of Pittsburgh, received the 2012 Virginia Hodgkinson Research Prize from the Association for Research on NonProfit Organizations and Voluntary Action for her book, Democracy in the Making: How Activist Groups Form.

Cheris Shun-ching Chan, University of Hong Kong, received the Best Book on Globalization Award 2012 from the Global Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems for Marketing Death: Culture and the Making of a Life Insurance Market in China.

J. David Knottnerus, Oklahoma State University, was awarded the honorary title of Regents Professor.

Kathleen S. Lowney, Valdosta State University, was unanimously selected to receive the faculty 2013 Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award for regional and state universities from the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

Gayle Sulik, SUNY-Albany, received the 2013 Sociologists for Women in Society Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Award.

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Justin J.W. Powell is a new professor of Education at the University of Luxembourg.

Carrie Shandra, SUNY-Stony Brook, is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Core Faculty in the Graduate Program in Public Health.

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William R. Avison, Western University, was elected  a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Fellows elected to the Academy are recognized by their peers nationally and internationally for their contributions to the promotion of health science. Membership is one of the highest honors in the Canadian health sciences community. 

Carrie Shandra, SUNY-Stony Brook, received a 2012-2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for the project, “School-to-Work Program Participation and the Early Labor Market Success of Young Adults in the Current Recession.”

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New Books

Joel Best, University of Delaware, and Scott R. Harris, Saint Louis University, Eds., Making Sense of Social Problems: New Images, New Issues (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013).

Kathleen Blee, University of Pittsburgh, Democracy in the Making: How Activist Groups Form (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Cheris Shun-ching Chan, University of Hong Kong, Marketing Death: Culture and the Making of a Life Insurance Market in China (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Ed Collom, University of Southern Maine, Judith N. Lasker, Lehigh University, and Corinne Kyriacou, Equal Time, Equal Value: Community Currencies and Time Banking in the U.S. (Ashgate, 2012).

Colin Cremin, University of Auckland, iCommunism (John Hunt Publishing, 2012).

Trevor W. Harrison, University of Lethbridge, and Slobodan Drakulic, Ryerson University, Against Orthodoxy: Studies in Nationalism (University of British Columbia Press, 2011).

David Jacobson, University of South Florida, Of Virgins and Martyrs: Women and Sexuality in Global Conflict (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012).

Stephen Kalberg, Boston University, Max Weber’s Comparative-Historical Sociology Today: Major Themes, Mode of Causal Analysis, and Applications (Ashgate Publishing, 2012).

Edith W. King, Worldmindedness Institute, Encounters With Social Thought (Amazon Digital Services, 2012).

Patricia Leavy, Stonehill College, Essentials of Transdisciplinary Research: Using Problem-Centered Methodologies (Left CoastPress, 2012).

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Other Organizations

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) announces the formation of the Pre-health iCollaborative repository. The online site supports sharing of free undergraduate teaching resources that address pre-health competencies, including topics from psychology and sociology. The Pre-health iCollaborative repository includes free, open-access teaching resources that faculty can use in the classroom or as student resources to activities that supplement an existing course. The collection is searchable by competency, discipline, or keyword. Site users are encouraged to rate and comment on resources after using them. Faculty are encouraged to submit resources that they have authored or refer to publicly available resources for inclusion in the collection. With the collective wisdom of community comments and ratings, the collection will become more valuable over time. Contact:;

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New Publications

Critical Research on Religion is a new, peer-reviewed, international journal focusing on the development of a critical theoretical framework and its application to research on religion. First issue will be published April 2013. Critical Research on Religion provides a common venue for those engaging in critical analysis in theology and religious studies, as well as for those who critically study religion in the other social sciences and humanities such as philosophy, sociology, anthropology, psychology, history, and literature. A critical approach examines religious phenomena according to both their positive and negative impacts. The journal encourages submissions of theoretically guided articles on current issues as well as those with historical interest using a wide range of methodologies. Contact: Warren S. Goldstein at;

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Summer Programs

Crime & Justice Summer Research Institute: Broadening Perspectives & Participation. July 8-26, 2013, Ohio State University. The Institute promotes successful tenure/careers among faculty from underrepresented groups working in areas of crime and criminal justice. Each participant will complete an ongoing project for journal submission or agency funding review. The Institute will provide living and travel expenses for the duration of the workshop and will culminate in a research symposium where participants present their completed research before a scholarly audience. Applicants must hold regular tenure-track positions in U.S. institutions and demonstrate how their participation broadens participation of underrepresented groups in crime and justice research. Visit to download an application. Once completed, submit all requested application materials and direct any inquiries to Deadline: February 15, 2013.

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Katherine Payne Moseley (KP Moseley) passed away peacefully on October 4, 2012.


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