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Purkayastha Appointed
ASA Representative to the ISA

From left to right: ISA President (2014-2018) Margaret Abraham, ASA Executive Officer Sally Hillsman, ISA Representative Bandana Purkayastha.

The ASA is pleased to announce the appointment of Bandana Purkayastha as the current Representative of the ASA to the International Sociological Association (ISA). Her term began on July 1, 2014, and runs for four years, concluding on June 30, 2018. One of her first duties will be to represent the Association at the XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, to be held July 13-19, 2014, in Yokohama, Japan.

“I am excited about serving as the American Sociological Association representative to ISA,” said Purkayastha, Professor and Head of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. “I look forward to facilitating productive conversations and collaborations among national associations globally.” 
“The goal of the ISA is to represent sociologists everywhere and to advance sociological knowledge throughout the world,” said Sally Hilsman, ASA Executive Officer. “The ASA takes very seriously its responsibilities within the ISA community as the official representative of sociologists in the United States.”

Broad Research Interests

Purkayastha’s research focuses on the intersections of gender/racism/class/age; transnationalism; violence and peace; and human rights. Her work has led to more than 10 books, including the award-winning co-edited book Human Rights in Our Own Backyard (2011), and 35 articles and chapters since 2000. She earned her PhD at the University of Connecticut. She has a significant record of leadership and organizational experience within the ISA, ASA, and Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS), where she most recently served as President (2013–2014).

As the ASA representative to ISA, Purkayastha replaces Margaret Abraham, who is now the ISA President (see the September/October 2014 Footnotes)

“My term is especially meaningful because Margaret Abraham, who is widely known for her research and activism on violence against women and her award-winning book Speaking the Unspeakable, has been elected as ISA President,” said Purkayastha. “Having known Maggie for decades, through our feminist collaborations on research and practice within ISA and ASA and through her contributions to SWS, especially during my term as President. I look forward to supporting Maggie’s Presidential agenda for international sociology for the next four years.”

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