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In the "ASA Hosts Open House to Debut New Office" in the July/August 2008 Footnotes, the citation about the Best Real Estate Deal award nomination gives the wrong year. ASA was nominated for the 2007 award, not 2008.

In the "International Perspectives" article on page one of the July/August 2008 Footnotes, editing may have obscured one of the author’s points about the ISA classification of Iran and China. In the third paragraph under the subhead "The ISA and the World-System," the author stated that although Iran and China are important semi-peripheral countries, the ISA places them in the same category as low-income countries of the world-system’s periphery. For this reason, the author and many other scholars believe that because China may become the world-system’s next hegemon, the ISA needs to revise its membership classification scheme.

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Call for Papers


An Interdisciplinary Collection of Essays on the Zombie seeks proposals for an interdisciplinary volume discussing the zombie from a variety of perspectives and within a range of contexts. Submissions from all disciplines are invited. In addition to theoretical essays on zombies, we also welcome critical discussions of specific zombie films, novels, and graphic novels, including those both pre- and post-Romero. Proposals should be between 200 and 300 words. Include brief author biographical details with their submissions, including name and academic affiliation. Submit proposals either electronically or by regular mail. Deadline: October 31, 2008. Contact: Cory James Rushton, Dept. of English, St. Francis Xavier University, PO Box 5000, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, B2G 2W5, Canada;; or Christopher M. Moreman, Dept. of Philosophy, California State University-East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, CA 94542;

Marriage and Family Review announces a special issue concerned with the demography of marriages and families. We seek a range of papers that examine the demographic transitions of the family life course at various levels and lead to improved understanding and theory. We encourage contributions based on quantitative as well as qualitative data, including projection-based papers and those focused on population policy and analysis. Marriage and Family Review publishes research articles, commentary, and reviews related to the family unit and the complex issues affecting today’s families. Submit a letter of interest, including a one-paragraph overview of topic by October 15 to Kimberly Faust at Completed manuscripts are due March 1, 2009, via email and should be formatted in accordance with Marriage and Family Review guidelines.

Research in the Sociology of Health Care. Papers are sought for volume 27 of Research in the Sociology of Health Care. The theme is Social Sources of Disparities in Health and Health Care and Linkages to Policy, Population Concerns and Providers of Care. Papers dealing with macro-level system issues and micro-level issues involving social sources of disparities in health and health care are sought. The focus can be from a consumer side or a provider or policy perspective. Papers that raise issues of the availability of services, access to those services, quality of services, and the role of government would all be appropriate. For papers examining social sources of disparity in health and health care delivery systems in other countries, the focus could be on issues of delivery systems and ways in which revisions and changes impact population health, especially if those are also related to health care in the United States or other countries as well. The volume will contain 10 to 14 papers, generally between 20 and 40 pages in length. Send completed manuscripts or detailed outlines for review by February 15, 2009. For an initial indication of interest contact by January 10, 2009. Contact: Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld, Sociology Program, School of Social and Family Dynamics, Box 873701, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-4802; (480) 965-8053;

Social Science History, the official journal of the Social Science History Association, is soliciting article submissions for future issues. Social Science History seeks to advance the study of the past by publishing research that appeals to its interdisciplinary readership of historians, sociologists, economists, political scientists, anthropologists, and geographers. The journal invites articles that blend empirical research with theoretical work, undertake comparisons across time and space, or contribute to the development of quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis. Contact: Jeffrey Beemer, Social Science History, W34A Machmer Hall, University of Massachusetts, 240 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003-9278;;


20th Greater New York Conference on Behavioral Research, November 14, 2008, Fordham University. Students and professionals in the social sciences are invited to submit 300-word abstracts for possible presentation. This student-oriented conference includes awards, and symposia on careers, graduate admissions, publishing student research, and membership in ASA. Contact: Dean Jason Greif at (212) 636-6393; Deadline: October 13, 2008.

The Civil Rights Century: The NAACP at 100, February 6-7, 2009, Johns Hopkins University. The Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University seeks proposals for individual papers or panels. This public conference will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in February 1909. This landmark anniversary is an ideal moment for reflection and discussion on the current status of the struggle for civil rights in the United States. Organizers seek papers or panels that will engage a broad audience of academics and nonacademics. The NAACP’s history suggests a wide variety of topics. Submit abstracts of no more than 500 words for each paper and a two-page CV for each presenter by October 31, 2008. Contact:

Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) 2009 Annual Meeting, March 19-22, 2009, Baltimore Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel. The 2009 ESS Meeting will highlight emerging tensions between changing lives and resistant institutions, exploring how they play out in domains ranging from the private realms of family and personal life to the public worlds of work, politics, culture, and civil society. The 2009 meeting will consider the basic forces fueling social change as well as how political shifts in the wake of the 2008 elections are likely to alter our prospects for achieving a future that is both more diverse and more equal. Early submissions and creative suggestions on all topics and in a variety of formats are encouraged. The abstract system is now up on the ESS website. All submissions should come through this system. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Contact:;

Justice Studies Association (JSA) Eleventh Annual Conference, May 27-30, 2009, Albany, NY. Theme: "Immigration, Sanctuary, Worlds without Borders." See the Justice Studies Association website for a full description of the conference theme and a full listing of suggested topic areas as well as additional information about JSA. Send your presentation (or session) title with a 200-word abstract electronically to Program Co-chair Dennis Sullivan at by February 15, 2009. Contact: John F. Wozniak at

Pacific Sociological Association’s 80th Annual Meeting, April 8-11, 2009, Westin Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA. Theme: "Sociology of Memory: New and Old Conceptualizations of Memory, Personal or Commodity, Public or Private?" Papers pertaining to collective memory, socio-political issues pertaining to "commodity memory" such as electronic dataveillance, video surveillance; seed, sperm or DNA banking; drug technology to improve or repress memory; sociological, psychological, historical, or legal issues pertaining to personal, trauma, repressed, body memory; or early or recent theoretical conceptualizations about memory and related topics are invited. Send initial inquiries, abstracts, and contact information to: Noel Packard at For more information, visit Deadline: October 15, 2008.

Pennsylvania Sociological Society’s 58th Annual Meeting, October 31-November 1, 2008, Dixon University Center, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Harrisburg, PA. Theme: "Health, Well-being and Quality of Life across the Life Span." Student paper presentations and posters are especially encouraged—competitions will be held for both. Deadline: September 22, 2008. Submit hard copy of paper (or two-page presentation proposal), including a 250-word abstract, to Chad Kimmel, 1871 Old Main Drive, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA 17257;;

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September 26-27, 2008. Social Psychology Centennial Celebration. University of Wisconsin-Madison. 2008 is the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first textbooks titled Social Psychology. This is an appropriate time to assess where this unique, interdisciplinary field has come from and where we are going. Join colleagues in recognizing this historic milestone. Regular registration is $90; student registration is $50. For more information, visit

October 3, 2008. Pennsylvania State University’s De Jong Lecture in Social Demography. Theme: "Was Welfare Reform a Success? How Minority Families Are Faring." The conference is free. For more information, visit

October 3-5, 2008. Conference in Honor of Charles Tilly, Columbia University. Charles Tilly was one of the giants of social science and remains through his teaching, writing, and leadership a formative influence on the study of politics, social movements, inequality, states, French and British history, and historical social science in general. To celebrate Tilly’s many contributions and explore themes close to his heart, the Social Science Research Council and Columbia University are convening a conference in his honor. For more information, visit

October 17-18, 2008. Michigan Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Muskegon Community College, Muskegon, MI. Theme: "Rebuilding Communities." For more information, visit

October 29-31, 2008. Social Research Conference at the New School, John L. Tishman Auditorium. Theme: "Free Inquiry at Risk: Universities in Dangerous Times." This conference commemorates the 75th anniversary of The New School’s University in Exile, founded in 1933 as a haven for European scholars rescued from the ravages of fascism. For more information, visit

October 31-November 1, 2008. Pennsylvania Sociological Society’s 58th Annual Meeting, Dixon University Center, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Harrisburg, PA. Theme: "Health, Well-being and Quality of Life across the Life Span." For more information, visit

November 6-9, 2008. Association for Humanist Sociology 2008 Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. Theme: "What Is to Be Done? Public Sociology in Politics and Practice." For more information, visit

November 7-8, 2008. California Sociological Association Meeting, Mission Inn, Riverside, CA. Theme: "Applying Sociology to Societal Issues." Contact: Ed Nelson (559) 978-9391;

November 14, 2008. 20th Greater New York Conference on Behavioral Research, Fordham University. This student-oriented conference includes awards and symposia on careers, graduate admissions, publishing student research, and membership in ASA. Contact: Dean Jason Greif at (212) 636-6393;

December 16-18, 2008. NIH Summit: The Science of Eliminating Health Disparities, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD. Join the NIH Institutes, Centers, Offices, and their many partners engaged in research on minority health and health disparities at this free summit. Register online at

February 6-7, 2009. The Civil Rights Century: The NAACP at 100, Johns Hopkins University. This public conference will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in February 1909. This landmark anniversary is an ideal moment for reflection and discussion on the current status of the struggle for civil rights in the United States. Contact:

February 12-14, 2009. International Conference on Parent Education and Parenting, University of North Texas, Denton, TX. This is a three-day interdisciplinary conference that will bring together regional, national, and international scholars, policymakers, parent/family educators, early childhood interventionists, family support professionals, school/parent liaisons, students, and child and family advocates. For more information, visit

March 19-22, 2009. Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) 2009 Annual Meeting, Baltimore Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel. The 2009 ESS Meeting will highlight emerging tensions between changing lives and resistant institutions, exploring how they play out in domains ranging from the private realms of family and personal life to the public worlds of work, politics, culture, and civil society. Contact:;

April 8-11, 2009. Pacific Sociological Association’s 80th Annual Meeting, Westin Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA. Theme: "Sociology of Memory: New and Old Conceptualizations of Memory, Personal or Commodity, Public or Private?" For more information, visit

May 27-30, 2009. Justice Studies Association Eleventh Annual Conference, Albany, NY. Theme: "Immigration, Sanctuary, Worlds without Borders." Contact: John F. Wozniak at;

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The Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California-Berkeley invites applications for visiting scholars for 2009-2010. The Center fosters empirical research and theoretical analysis concerning legal institutions, legal processes, legal change, and the social consequences of law. The Center creates a multidisciplinary milieu with a faculty of distinguished socio-legal scholars in sociology of law, political science, criminal justice studies, law and economics, legal history, and legal and social philosophy. The Center will consider applications for periods of time that vary from one-month duration to the full academic year. Deadline: November 17, 2008. Contact: Visiting Scholars Program, Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California-Berkeley, CA 94720-2150;;

The Fetzer Institute announces the availability of $1 million total funding to support scientific research projects on compassionate love in a relational context (marital relationships, parent-child relationships, familial relationships, intergroup relationships, and relationships between religious and cultural groups). Letters of intent are due September 15, 2008. For more information, visit

The Foundation for Child Development. The changing Faces of America’s Children - Young Scholars Program’s goals are to: Stimulate both basic and policy-relevant research about the early education, health, and well-being of immigrant children from birth to age 10, particularly in low-income families, and support the career development of young investigators to attain tenure or who have received tenure in the last four years from a college or university in the United States. Eligible researchers will have earned their doctoral degrees within the last 15 years and be full-time faculty members of a college or university in the United States. Applicants must hold a PhD or its equivalent in one of the behavioral and social sciences or in an allied professional field. Tenureequivalent positions are not eligible for the fellowship. Deadline: November 5, 2008. Contact:;

The Graduate Program in Rural Sociology at The Ohio State University seeks applicants for master’s and doctoral level fellowships focused on training scholars in sustainable development issues involving food, agriculture, and the environment The fellowships offer a competitive stipend, benefits, and full tuition. Deadline is December 31, 2008, for fall 2009 admittance. For fellowship details and to apply, visit

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy provides grant funding in the major areas of the social sciences for scholars throughout the world who are in the initial phases of their research career. The Horowitz Foundation awards grants annually. For more information, visit

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers new fellowships for teaching development. Teaching Development Fellowships support college and university teachers pursuing significant research aimed specifically at deepening their core knowledge in the humanities to improve their undergraduate teaching. Projects must improve an existing undergraduate course that has been taught in at least three different terms and will continue to be taught by the applicant. Applicants must carry full-time teaching loads at two- or four-year colleges or universities and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program. For more information, visit>.

The Open Society Fellowship supports outstanding individuals from around the world. The Fellowship enables innovative professionals—including journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners—to work on projects that inspire meaningful public debate, shape public policy, and generate intellectual ferment within the Open Society Institute. For more information, visit

Princeton University Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts invites applications for three-year postdoctoral fellowships for recent PhDs in the humanities or social sciences. Four appointments to pursue research and teach half-time include: Open discipline (two fellowships); Humanistic Studies; and East Asian Humanities. Application deadline: October 1, 2008. For more information, visit

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University awards approximately 50 fully funded fellowships each year. Radcliffe Institute fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment, who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts. Applicants must have received their doctorate or appropriate terminal degree by December 2007 in the area of the proposed project.

Radcliffe welcomes proposals from small groups of scholars who have research interests or projects in common. Applications must be postmarked by October 1, 2008. Contact: Radcliffe Application Office, 8 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138; (617) 496-1324; fax (617) 495-8136;;

Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program underwrites fundamental research that creates new explanatory models, analytic tools and datasets designed to inform the nation’s public and private sectors about the processes through which investments in science and engineering (S&E) research are transformed into social and economic outcomes. In addition to standard SciSIP proposals, this solicitation includes a category for four demonstration projects. These projects are intended to demonstrate viable approaches to the collection and analysis of data on knowledge generation and innovation in organizations. The demonstration projects should provide evidence of the scalability and sustainability of the approach, have a data protection and dissemination plan, and include a plan describing how the project’s progress toward its scientific goals can be evaluated and assessed. This solicitation also calls for proposals that use new techniques to analyze and visualize complex datasets. Deadline: December 16, 2008. Contact: Julia Lane at For more information, visit

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The Foundation Mattei Dogan Prize in Sociology awarded by the International Sociological Association. The prize is to be awarded to a sociologist in recognition of his or her lifetime accomplishments, a scholar of very high standing in the profession and of outstanding international reputation. The Prize is awarded every four years at the ISA World Congress, where the Laureate will deliver the Dogan Prize Lecture. The value of the prize is $5000. Nominations are invited for the 2008 Prize, which will be awarded at the upcoming XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology scheduled for Gothenburg, Sweden, July 2010. Deadline: October 15, 2008. For more information, visit

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In the News

Organized by Subject Area

Aging and the Life Course

Paula England, Stanford University, was quoted in a June 15 San Francisco Chronicle article about the increasing age of first-time fathers.

Virginia Rutter, Framingham State College, was quoted in a July 27 Boston Globe Sunday Magazine article about middle-aged dating.

Pepper Schwartz, University of Washington, was quoted in a McClatchy News Service article about dating among older adults. The article appeared on July 20 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Seattle Times, and Detroit Free Press, among others.

E. Kay Trimberger, Sonoma State University, had her book, The New Single Woman, discussed in a May 3 article in Newsday about single older women and their satisfaction with being single.

Yang Yang, University of Chicago, had her research on happiness and aging discussed in a July 14 Washington Post article. Catherine Ross, University of Texas-Austin, was also quoted in the article. The article also ran in the July 15 Columbus Dispatch, the Wichita Eagle, and the Seattle Times.

Alcohol and Drugs

David P. Phillips, University of California-San Diego, was quoted about his research finding an increased rate of deaths due to drug combinations in a July 28 article on The study was also reported on in the July 29 issue of the San Diego Union-Tribune and in news outlets across the country.

Craig Reinarman, University of California-Santa Cruz, and Roger Roffman, University of Washington, were quoted in a June 23 Boston Globe article about the debate surrounding marijuana’s rising potency. Reinarman conducted research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse on the habits of marijuana smokers in Amsterdam.

Asia and Asian America

Wang Feng, University of California-Irvine, discussed the Beijing government’s preparation for the Olympic games in a July 26 Los Angeles Times article.

Guobin Yang, Barnard College, was featured on April 17 on Singapore’s MediaCorp TV News Focus program discussing the role of the Internet in the wake of the Tibetan riots. He was cited in The Straits Times on May 15 about Chinese government’s responses to the earthquakes in Sichuan province, in Bloomberg News on May 28 about Chinese online nationalism, and in Le Monde on June 14 about the mobilization of civil society in the disaster relief efforts following the earthquakes in Sichuan.

Children and Youth

Amy Best, George Mason University, was quoted in a June 17 front-page story in the Wall Street Journal about the invasion of American-style high school proms in England.

Steve Carlton-Ford, University of Cincinnati, was quoted in the August issue of Psychology Today about his research (with Morten Ender, U.S. Military Academy, and Ahoo Tabatabai, University of Cincinnati) on the higher level self-esteem among adolescents in Baghdad who perceive a greater threat to their country.

Douglas B. Downey, The Ohio State University, was quoted in a July 1 New York Times article about children’s health and the structure of the school year. Downey co-authored a study in the American Journal of Public Health that examined schools and childhood obesity.

Jeylan Mortimer, University of Minnesota, was quoted about youth and volunteering in a June 15 Star Tribune article about teens and summer jobs.

Kathryn Tillman, Florida State University, had her research on children in blended families cited in a Los Angeles Times article. She was also interviewed by WCTV in Tallahassee, FL.

Murray Straus, University of New Hampshire, provided his expertise on spanking research in a June 16 question and answer column on the U.S. News & World Report website.

Collective Behavior and Social Movements

H. Wesley Perkins, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, was quoted about the "culture of indifference" in a July 16 Washington Post article about incidents in which bystanders did nothing to help people in need.

Community and Urban Sociology

Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, was quoted in a June 3 Washington Post story about community festivals.

Zachary Neal, University of Illinois- Chicago, had his research on urban networks cited in a July 12 Globe and Mail article addressing changes in urban economic geography.

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, was quoted in the Chicago Tribune on July 29 in an article about the passion that residents feel for the city in which they live.

Ming Wen, University of Utah, Chris Browning, The Ohio State University, and Kate Cagney, University of Chicago, had their study on neighborhood effects and physical activity published in Urban Studies profiled in the New York Times on March 25. Cagney was also interviewed by Chicago Public Radio on March 25 about the role of neighborhoods in regular exercise.

Communication and Information Technologies

Pepper Schwartz, University of Washington, was quoted in a June 16 Cox News Service article about dating and text messaging. The article appeared in the Seattle Times on June 16.

Crime, Law and Deviance

Guang Guo, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, had his research on genetics and delinquency covered in a July 14 Reuters article that was picked up by newspapers across the United States and Canada. Guo was quoted in a July 16 newscast on WUSA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC, and the study was also detailed on the July 17 Morning Show with Mike & Juliet on FOX, and in a July 18 segment on CNN’s American Morning. Guo’s research appeared in the August American Sociological Review.

Paul Hirschfield, Rutgers University, was quoted about crime in communities and the recovery process in The New York Times on July 6 in a story about a local shooting at a YMCA in Montclair, NJ.

Jack Levin, Northeastern University, was quoted in a July 20 Boston Globe story on the Amber Alert system.

Robert Nash Parker, University of California-Riverside, was quoted in a July 15 Sacramento Bee article about the city’s anti-gang sales tax.

J. Steven Picou, University of South Alabama, was quoted in a story about the U.S Supreme Court decision to reduce the punitive damage award in the Exxon Valdez oil spill litigation. The story appeared in the Artic Sounder, the Bristol Bay Times, the Cordova Times, the Dutch Harbor Fisherman, the Seward Phoenix LOG, and the Tundra Drums on June 21.

Marc Sageman, New York Police Department, was profiled in a July 6 Associated Press story. Sageman is billed as the New York Police Department’s first-ever "scholar in residence."

Patrick Seffrin, Bowling Green State University, was quoted in a July 31 New York Times "Well" blog posting about research he presented at the ASA Annual Meeting on crime and college students.

Chris Uggen, University of Minnesota, and Jeff Manza, New York University, were quoted in a June 10 article in the Huffington Post about disenfranchised felons. Uggen and Manza studied the potential impact of the felon vote in a December 2002 published in the American Sociological Review article.

Al Valdez, University of California-Irvine, was quoted about youth and gang culture in the July 13 San Diego Union-Tribune. Valdez was quoted in a link to the story in USA Today’s OnDeadline Blog on July 14.

Sociology of Culture

Anthony Elliott, Flinders University, had his book Making the Cut: How Cosmetic Surgery Is Transforming Our Lives reviewed in the June 16 the Los Angeles Times.

John R. Hall, University of California-Davis, was quoted in a July 3 ABC News story on groups preparing for the apocalypse dated to the Mayan calendar’s end in 2012.

Jerome Hodos, Franklin & Marshall University, Andrea Siegel, City University of New York, and Black Hawk Hancock, DePaul University, were quoted in a July 14 article about the decline in neckties in the Lancaster New Era.

R. Kelly Raley, University of Texas-Austin, was quoted about cohabitation and marriage trends in a June 9 USA Today article that described a report by The National Marriage Project.

Karen Sternheimer, University of Southern California, discussed America’s fascination with celebrities in a July 20 Abilene Reporter-News article about celebrities and divorce.

Economic Sociology

Patricia Drentea, University of Alabama-Birmingham, was quoted in a June 9 Associated Press story about the health impact of debt. The article appeared in news outlets across the United States and Canada.

Jeanne Fleming, Money magazine and columnist, was quoted on the subject of weddings, money, and personal relationships in a number of publications, including the Washington Post (May 29) and the Chicago Sun-Times (July 28). She was also interviewed on numerous radio programs, including The Eleanor Mondale & Suzie Jones Show in Minneapolis (May 30).  Barron’s (July 14) selected her book Isn’t It Their Turn to Pick Up the Check? (written with Leonard Schwarz) as one of nine they recommended for summer reading.

Paul Lasley, Iowa State University, was quoted in a July 4 Des Moines Register article about the driving habits of Iowans. Lasley asserted that residents might need to cut costs in other areas to afford high gasoline costs because Iowans depend on their cars so much.

Diana Pearce, University of Washington, had her research cited in a June 18 Philadelphia Inquirer article about cost of living. Pearce developed the Self-Sufficiency Standard for Pennsylvania report on behalf of PathWays PA.

Tim Slack, Louisiana State University, was quoted in a June 9 New York Times article about the impact of gas prices in rural America. Slack, who studies rural poverty, asserted that higher gas prices might make working less the economically rational choice for some.

Gregory D. Squires, George Washington University, was quoted in the Washington Post’s "Department of Human Behavior" column about subprime mortgages and race. Squires’ research found that subprime loans were more likely to be concentrated in areas with higher levels of racial segregation. The column also cited the December 2007 Social Forces article by Carolyn Bond, West Chester University, and Richard Williams, University of Notre Dame, titled "Residential Segregation and the Transformation of Home Mortgage Lending."

Deborah Thorne, Ohio University, was quoted in a July 20 Columbus Dispatch article about her research that found the percentage of people 55 or older who file for bankruptcy has doubled since 1991. The research was funded by AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Ron Wimberley, North Carolina State University, was quoted in a June 17 USA Today article about the plight of southern towns with economic woes and shrinking populations.

Sociology of Education

Amy Binder and John H. Evans, both of University of California-San Diego, authored an opinion piece in the July 26 issue of the Washington Post about teaching evolution.

Sara Goldrick-Rab, University of Wisconsin-Madison, was cited in a June 23 column in Inside Higher Ed about college transfers. Goldrick-Rab found that students from lower-status socioeconomic backgrounds are more likely than their well-off peers to transfer in ways that reduce their odds of earning a degree.

Christopher Jencks, Harvard University, had his 1970s reanalysis of James S. Coleman’s 1960s data on student achievement in segregated schools cited in a July 20 New York Times article titled "The Next Kind of Integration."

Bruce Keith, U.S. Military Academy-West Point, was quoted in Inside Higher Ed on July 18 about West Point’s efforts to map student learning.

John Warren, University of Minnesota, was quoted in a June 21 Associated Press article about high school graduation testing requirements in Oregon. The article appeared on Yahoo! News,, and in news outlets across the country.

Environment and Technology

Mel Barber, Flagler College, was interviewed for a feature article about the impact of technology on community life in the winter 2008 edition of Flagler Magazine.

Robert J. Brulle, Drexel University, was quoted in an article about conflicting findings of scientific research and the news media’s coverage of such findings from the July 29 New York Times. The article primarily focused on coverage of climate change issues.

James A. Evans, University of Chicago, was quoted in the July 18 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education. The article described Evans’ research, which found that scholars’ citations tended toward more recent and less diverse articles as more journal articles appeared online.

Sociology of Family

Paul Amato, Pennsylvania State University, was cited for his research on marriage in a July 2 Wall Street Journal article about trends among married couples. Amato’s research was also cited in a July 6 Gannett News Service article that appeared in newspapers across the country.

Sampson Lee Blair, University at Buffalo, was quoted in the June 15 cover story of the New York Times Magazine about equal parenting. Blair studies the division of labor in families.

Christine Carter, University of California-Berkeley, was quoted in an article about raising a happy child in the May issue of American Baby magazine. The article also appeared on and Carter was also quoted about the increasing demand for overnight nannies in a July 13 New York Times article.

Annette Lareau, University of Pennsylvania, had her research cited in a July 31 posting on the New York Times’ "Domestic Disturbances" blog. The post concerned the "affluenza" epidemic striking Americans.

Nancy Mezey, Monmouth University, was quoted in a June 30 article in the Asbury Park Press about the mixed findings of research related to the impact day care.

Mary Noonan, University of Iowa, was quoted in a June 26 article about the study she co-authored, which found that married couples tend to place more emphasis on the man’s career. The research also showed the impact of career migration on salaries.

Robin Simon, Florida State University, was quoted in the July 7 edition of Newsweek in an article about the happiness levels of parents and childless couples. Her research was cited on the July 13 Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me show on National Public Radio.

Pamela Smock, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, was quoted in a July 28 USA Today report on premarital cohabitation.

W. Bradford Wilcox and Steven L. Nock, both of University of Virginia, had their study, "What’s Love Got to Do with It? Equality, Equity, Commitment, and Women’s Marital Quality," cited in a July 14 article on about motherhood.

International Migration

Philip Kasinitz, CUNY Graduate Center and Hunter College, had his research on immigration’s impact in New York City profiled in a July 3 New York Daily News article. Kasinitz, along with John Mollenkopf, CUNY Graduate Center, Mary Waters, Harvard University, and Jennifer Holdaway, Social Science Research Council, authored Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age, published by the Russell Sage Foundation.

Latino/Latina Sociology

Margarita Mooney, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, co-authored an editorial in the March 28 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education. The column highlighted findings of research conducted with Deborah Rivas-Drake about Latino college students.

Nestor Rodriguez, University of Houston, was quoted about the growth of bodegas and supermercados in a July 23 Houston Chronicle article about neighborhood markets growing into local chains.

Sociology of Leisure/Sports/Recreation

Jay Coakley, University of Colorado, was quoted in a June 20 Christian Science Monitor article about the increasing interest in dragon boat racing.

Doug Hartmann, University of Minnesota, was quoted in a July 8 Los Angeles Times article about inequality and sports. Hartmann is author of Race, Culture and the Revolt of the Black Athlete: The 1968 Olympic Protests and Their Aftermath. The article also appeared in The Columbus Dispatch on July 19. Hartmann was also quoted on the same topic in the August issue of Smithsonian magazine.

Medical Sociology

Corey Keyes, Emory University, was quoted in a July 16 Atlanta Journal-Constitution article about meditation and health. Keyes offered tips for maintaining mental and physical health.

Bernice A. Pescosolido, Indiana University, was interviewed for Profiles, a program broadcast on WFIU-FM, the National Public Radio affiliate in Bloomington, IN, on May 27. Pescosolido discussed her research on the role of sociological factors in health care services, stigma associated with people who have mental illnesses, and suicide.

Organizations, Occupations & Work

Youngjoo Cha, Cornell University, was quoted about her research on work hours and gender in August 1 coverage on, (the website for the Daily Telegraph),and, among others. Cha presented this research at the 2008 ASA Annual Meeting.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, appeared on the June 13 edition of PBS’s Bill Moyers Journal to discuss the deterioration of work in the United States, the importance of unions, and growing inequality in America.

Anthony Giddens, University of Cambridge, and Richard Sennett, London School of Economics, were the subject of a June 20 posting on the Financial Times’ "Management" blog. Giddens discussed the addictive nature of work, while Sennett spoke about managers’ loss of control over the organizations they are supposed to be managing.

Michele Gregory, The City University of New York-York College, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal’s "Front Lines" blog on June 4. Gregory offered advice on how women could increase their chances of success in corporations.

Kelly Holder, U.S. Census Bureau, had her research on military veterans and pay profiled in articles published on June 19 in the Navy Times and Marine Corps Times. Holder’s research was presented at the 2008 ASA Annual Meeting.

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, University of Southern California, was quoted in a June 4 Associated Press story about domestic workers organizing for workplace rights.

Richard Douglas Lloyd, Vanderbilt University, was quoted in a June 13 Chicago Tribune article about street buskers in Chicago. Lloyd is the author of Neo-Bohemia: Art and Commerce in the Post-Industrial City.

Jennifer Lundquist, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, had her research on military job satisfaction profiled in a June 23 Newsweek article. Lundquist’s research appeared in the June issue of the American Sociological Review.

Ruth Milkman, University of California-Los Angeles, was quoted in Los Angeles Times article about sick leave in the workplace. Milkman is director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. The article was also published in the July 15 Denver Post.

Christine Percheski, Princeton University, had her research on women’s employment rates from the June issue of the American Sociological Review covered in a June 12 Reuters article. Percheski was interviewed by KCSN News radio in Northridge, CA, and her research was cited on on June 11. The research was profiled on the Wall Street Journal’s "Juggle" blog on June 20 and appeared in the June 25 Orlando Sentinel.

Jessica Holden Sherwood and Helen Mederer, both of the University of Rhode Island, co-authored a letter to the editor in the June 11 Providence Journal in response to commentary about marriage in academia.

Peace, War & Social Conflict

Morten Ender, U.S. Military Academy, was quoted in a July 2 USA Today article about welcoming home troops from the Iraq War. Ender said that there is a renewed national appreciation for those who serve. He was also quoted in a July 17 Washington Post story about the strain military deployments put on children and families.

Marc Sageman, New York Police Department, was one of the subjects of a June 8 article in the New York Times about differing viewpoints on terrorism. Sageman is the author of Leaderless Jihad. Sageman was also profiled in an article from the July 19 issue of Newsweek.

Political Sociology

Monte Bute, Metropolitan State University, authored an opinion piece for the July 14 St. Paul Pioneer Press about Barack Obama, religion, and the "Party of Irony."

Anthony P. Browne, The City University of New York-Hunter College, was quoted on the potential of an Obama presidency to alleviate racial inequality in a June 6 USA Today story.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, authored a June 4 Huffington Post article, "Hillary’s Checkers Speech."

Riley E. Dunlap, Oklahoma State University, was quoted in a June 8 story in the Oklahoman concerning the growing partisan gap in views of global warming among the American public, based on a report he posted on this topic on the website of the Gallup Organization (where he serves as Gallup Scholar for the Environment).

Neil Gross, University of British Columbia, and Solon Simmons, George Mason University, had their study of the social and political views of American professors profiled in a July 3 New York Times article. Michael Olneck, Sara Goldrick-Rab, and Erik Olin Wright, all of University of Wisconsin-Madison, were quoted in the article as well.

Darnell Hunt, University of California-Los Angeles, was quoted in a June 22 Los Angeles Times article about the depictions of race and the presidency in Hollywood.

Gregory D. Squires, George Washington University, had his commentary on race and the presidential primaries published in the Nation on June 17 and discussed in "Rooflines," a blog of the National Housing Institute, on June 18.

Sociology of Religion

Peter Berger, Boston University, and D. Michael Lindsay, Rice University, were quoted in June 23 Time magazine and Boston Globe articles about a poll of religious beliefs in the United States conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Lindsay was also quoted on the poll results within an Associated Press story and articles in the San Francisco Chronicle and USA Today from June 23.

Mark Chaves, Duke University, was quoted in a June 5 Religion Blog post from the Dallas Morning News. The post discussed Chaves’ research with Shawna Anderson, Duke University, and Jessica Hamar Martinez, Catherine Hoegeman, and Gary Adler, all of the University of Arizona. The research showed that religious congregations "go out of business" less than any other kind of organization. Chaves was also quoted in a June 23 USA Today article about the results of a Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life poll.

Sandra Enos, Bryant University, was quoted in an Associated Press article about the impact of government stimulus checks on congregational giving. The article appeared in the Austin American-Statesman on June 21.

Tony Pogorelc, Catholic University of America, was interviewed by the Washington, DC, FOX affiliate for a sociological perspective on Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States and the pope’s visit to the White House on April 16.

E. Burke Rochford Jr., Middlebury College, was quoted in the Columbus Dispatch in a July 18 article about Hare Krishnas and the movement’s shift to mainstream America.

Anson Shupe, Indiana University-Purdue University, was quoted in a June 6 News & Observer article about when religion leaders fail their congregants.

W. Bradford Wilcox, University of Virginia, authored commentary about fathers and religion in the June 13 issue of the Wall Street Journal. Wilcox summarized research on religious involvement and its effect on fatherhood.

Sociological Practice

Eric Klinenberg, New York University, authored an article about disaster preparedness in the July 6 New York Times Magazine. Klinenberg was quoted on the same topic in a July 18 article in the New York Times.

Race, Gender, and Class

Janice McCabe, Florida State University, was interviewed by the Tallahassee Democrat about how her research linked to Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy.

Orlando Patterson, Harvard University, was quoted in a June 8 New York Times article about Barack Obama, race, and white America. Patterson discussed a growing "ecumenical" unselfconsciously multiracial American culture.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Jorge Chapa, University of Illinois, discussed the growing recognition of mixed-race Americans in a July 21 San Francisco Chronicle article about the impact of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign as it relates to race.

Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University, authored a commentary piece appearing on July 24 about race in America and the prison system. Dyson was featured as part of a CNN special, Black in America.

Ann Morning, New York University, was quoted in a June 26 USA Today article about a report on the social views of black Americans. Morning highlighted the heterogenic nature of black America.

Timothy D. Pippert, Augsburg College, had his research on college viewbooks and their representations on diversity profiled in July 2 Inside Higher Ed and July 3 Daily Texan articles. Pippert, working with then-student Edward J. Matchett, ASA’s Academic and Professional Affairs Department, found that universities tended to over-represent blacks and Asians in their viewbooks.

David Segal, University of Maryland, was interviewed on the topic of race and the military in a segment on NBC’s Nightly News that aired in July.

Gregory D. Squires, George Washington University, appeared in the July 22 broadcast of PBS’s Nightly Business Report in a story on racial implications of the foreclosure crisis.

Sociology of Sex and Gender

Martha McCaughey, Appalachian State University, authored an article on academic freedom and "the right-wing campaign against women’s studies" in the summer issue of Ms. magazine.

Beth Montemurro, Penn State University-Abington, was quoted in a June 5 article about a website that offers a wedding registry for men. Montemurro, author of Something Old, Something Bold: Bridal Showers and Bachelorette Parties, asserted that the historical feminization of weddings has made it difficult for men to partake in wedding activities.

Kris Paap, State University of New York Institute of Technology, was quoted in a July 6 Miami Herald article about the changing culture of construction. Paap asserted that a decrease in catcalls at construction sites may be linked to the growing power of women and the increased weight of their complaints.

Barbara Risman, University of Illinois-Chicago, was interviewed in an April 22 Baltimore Sun column about a recent report indicating that men’s contribution to housework has doubled over the past 40 years.

Sociology of Sexualities

Laura Carpenter, Vanderbilt University, Peter Bearman, Columbia University, and Hannah Brueckner, Yale University, had their research studies cited in a article about loss of virginity.

Christopher Carrington, San Francisco State University, was quoted in a June 13 front-page Sacramento Bee story about gay marriage in California.

Héctor Delgado, University of La Vergne, was quoted about how the Latino community in Los Angeles will assimilate to the idea of same sex marriages in an article from the June 18 issue of La Opinión.

Chrys Ingraham, State University of New York-Purchase, was quoted in the June 27 issue of Salem News and July 2 issue of New England’s Bay Windows on the topic of gay marriage and the future of wedding market in Massachusetts and California. 

Edward Laumann, University of Chicago, had his landmark 1999 sex study mentioned in The Chicago Tribune "Triage" blog on July 24.

Kimberly Richman, University of San Francisco, was quoted in a June 18 Mercury News article about gay marriage in California.

R. Steven Warner, University of Illinois-Chicago, is quoted in an article from the June 17 issue of the Christian Century magazine that examines the efforts of Metropolitan Community Churches founder Troy Perry to legalize gay marriage.

Teaching and Learning

Jerry Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania, and Christopher Uggen, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, were quoted in a June 23 Inside Higher Ed article about ASA’s "Too Many or Too Few Ph.D’s?" report. Jacobs co-authored the report with ASA’s Roberta Spalter-Roth.

Lloyd Rogler, Fordham University, was featured in an article in the Journal News on May 31. He discussed the process of writing and communicating social research insights to the public, as well as his new book, Barrio Professors.


Jerker Denrell, Stanford University, authored a column in the July 4 issue of Science magazine about indirect social influence.

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Bonnie Berry has been honored with the 2008 Herbert Bloch Award for distinguished service to the discipline of criminology and to the American Society of Criminology.

Bill D’Antonio and Tony Pogorelc, Catholic University of America, received the 2008 award from the Catholic Press Association for historical writing for their book Voices of the Faithful: Loyal Catholics Striving for Change.

Beverly Hair, Muskegon Community College, received the Larry T. Reynolds Award for Outstanding Teaching of Sociology from the Michigan Sociological Association.

Katrina Hoop, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, received the Teacher of the Year award for 2008.

Philip N. Howard, University of Washington, won the 2008 "Outstanding Book" award from the International Communications Association for New Media Campaigns and the Managed Citize. The book was given the 2007 "Best Book" award from the ASA’s Communication and Information Technology section.

Carol A. Jenkins, Glendale Community College, has received the Maricopa Community College District /GCC’s 2008 Diversity Award of Excellence for Introduction to Sociology transformation initiatives that systematically infuse the complexities and diversities in American rural life in curriculum, instruction, student learning, and introduction textbook inclusion.

David A. Kinney, Central Michigan University, received the Marvin Olsen Award for Distinguished Service to Sociology from the Michigan Sociological Association.

Ali Akbar Mahdi was recipient of Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2008 Herbert Welch Meritorious Teaching Award.

Patricia Yancey Martin, Florida State University, was placed on Southern Sociological Society’s Roll of Honor in recognition of her career of distinguished intellectual contributions.

Phyllis Moen, University of Minnesota, and Richard P. Shore, Department of Labor and Cornell University Institute for Labor Market Policies, received the 2008 Work Life Legacy Awards from the Families and Work Institute on June 9, 2008.

Edward Murguia, received the Founders Award from the American Sociological Association Latina/o Section.

Robert Perrucci, Purdue University, received the J. Milton Yinger Award for a Distinguished Career in Sociology from the North Central Sociological Association.

Kenneth J. Neubeck, University of Connecticut, received an award for When Welfare Disappears: The Case for Economic Human Rights. The book was cited as "Best Book in the Field of Human Rights" by the U.S. Human Rights Network’s 2008 Writers Symposium.

Thomas Pettigrew, University of California-Santa Cruz, has received an honorary doctorate from Philipps University, Marburg, Germany. In 2009, he will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Academy for Intercultural Research. His life’s work in intergroup relations and intergroup contact theory was also recently honored in Emerging Research Directions for Improving Intergroup Relations - Building on the Legacy of Thomas F. Pettigrew.

Ardal Powell has received an award from the Music & Letters Trust for travel to a Study Day of the Institute of Historical Research Seminar on British Music, School of Advanced Study, University of London, on May 12, 2008.

Susan Silbey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for 2008-09 for her study "Trust and Surveillance in the Cultures of Science."

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Barry D Adam, University of Windsor, has been cross-appointed as Senior Scientist and Director of Prevention Research at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network in Toronto.

Margaret Bader has been promoted to Assistant Professor in Sociology at Nunez Community College.

Shakora Harrue Banks has been appointed as a full-time faculty member of social sciences at Villa Maria College of Buffalo.

Cynthia Buckley has recently joined the Board of Directors of the National Council for East European and Eurasian Research.

Arnold Dashefsky, University of Connecticut, has been appointed the inaugural holder of the Doris and Simon Konover Chair of Judaic Studies.  He serves as the founding Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life as well as Director of the Berman Institute-North American Jewish Data Bank.

Robert J Graham is the new Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Waynesburg University.

Eszter Hargittai, Northwestern University, was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Communication Studies.

Jeffrey Kentor is the new Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Utah.

Aaron Kupchik, University of Delaware, has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.

Belinda Needham and Gail Wallace have joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham as Assistant Professors.

Sharon Erickson Nepstad is a Visiting Fellow this fall semester at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Center for the Study of Religion in Society. In 2009, she will be Professor of Sociology and Director of Religious Studies at the University of New Mexico.

Tanya Nieri joined the sociology faculty of the University of California-Riverside as an Assistant Professor.

James D. Orcutt was accorded Emeritus status at Florida State University.

Linda Quirke has joined the Department of Sociology as an Assistant Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.

Douglas Schrock, Florida State University, was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.

Annette Schwabe, Florida State University, was promoted to Associate Professor in Sociology.

Jackie Smith has been appointed director of the Center for the Study of Social Movements and Social Change at the University of Notre Dame.

Miles Taylor joined Florida State University as an Assistant Professor.

Edward Telles is moving to Princeton University in fall 2008.

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Diane R. Brown, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Verna M. Keith, Florida State University, were invited guest speakers on their book In and Out of Our Right Minds: Mental Health of Black Women at the 24th annual Art Sanctuary’s Celebration of Black Writing held May 25-26 in Philadelphia.

Cynthia Buckley, University of Texas-Austin, was invited to present her research on migration, health, and development at the National Intelligence Council/US State Department seminar, "Tajikistan and Stability," this past June.

James Gramlich, University of Illinois-Chicago, has accepted a tenure track position at Harper College in Palatine, IL.

Anna Guevarra, University of Illinois-Chicago, was awarded a faculty fellowship from UIC’s Institute on Race and Public Policy.

Kevin Lamarr James, University of Illinois-Chicago, has accepted a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University-South Bend for the next academic year.

Patricia Yancey Martin, Florida State University, spent March through June of 2008 at Gothenburg University in Sweden on a Fulbright Fellowship. She also gave lectures on her research in Uppsala, Lund, and Stockholm at the Royal Technical University, Sweden, and at the University of Tampere in Finland. She will serve as Visiting Professor of Sociology in Fall 2008 at the University of Illinois-Chicago where she will teach a seminar on gender and organizations.

Cecilia Menjívar, Arizona State University, was promoted to Professor and also awarded a distinguished professorship. She is now Cowden Distinguished Professor of Social and Family Dynamics.

Susan C. Pearce, East Carolina University, was a speaker on a Women in Leadership panel at the National Archives. The panel stems out of her research with immigrant women entrepreneurs.

Thomas J. Scheff has been awarded the degree of honorary doctor in sociology (doctor scientiarum socialium honoris causa) from the University of Copenhagen.

Moshe Seymonov, University of Illinois-Chicago, gave an invited workshop at the European Parliament on May 8.

Deborah Shatin was recently appointed to serve a four-year term on the CMS Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MedCAC).

Louise Shelley has been appointed to the Global Agenda Council for illicit trade of the World Economic Forum.

Joel Stillerman, Grand Valley State University, will spend the 2008-2009 academic year in Santiago, Chile with the support of a U.S. Dept. of Education Fulbright-Hayes Faculty Research Abroad grant. He will be a visiting researcher at the Urban Studies Institute of the Catholic University of Chile.

Steven Warner, University of Illinois-Chicago, was the Greenberg Distinguished Visiting Lecturer for 2008 at Trinity College in Hartford.

Larry S Williams, University of Missouri, was appointed by Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski to serve on the state’s new Committee on Performance Excellence. The Committee will work with the legislature and state government agencies to implement best practice policies across state government.

Charles V. Willie, Harvard Graduate School of Education, addressed the Education Workshop at a recent convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Cincinnati on July 14, 2008.

James D. Wright, University of Central Florida, is marking his 30th year as the editor of Social Science Research.

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New Books

Edwin Amenta, University of California-Irvine, When Movements Matter: The Townsend Plan and the Rise of Social Security (Princeton University Press, 2008).

Bonnie Berry, Social Problems Research Group, The Power of Looks: Social Stratification of Physical Appearance (Ashgate Publishing, 2008).

David L. Brown and Nina Glasgow, both of Cornell University, Rural Retirement Migration. Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis (Springer, 2008).

Rogers Brubaker, University of California-Los Angeles, Margit Feischmidt, Jon Fox, and Liana Grancea, Nationalist Politics and Everyday Ethnicity in a Transylvanian Town (Princeton University Press, 2008).

Cynthia Buckley, University of Texas-Austin, Blair Ruble, and E. Hofmann, University of Texas-Austin, Eds., Coming Home: Population Movement and Belonging in Eurasia (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008).

Jeffrey C. Chin, Le Moyne College, and Cardell K. Jacobson, Brigham Young University, Within the Social World: Essays in Social Psychology (Allyn and Bacon, 2009).

Madeleine Cousineau, Mount Ida College, Introducing Sociology: A Whole New World (Marquette Books, 2008).

Steve Derne, SUNY-Geneseo, Globalization on the Ground: Media and The Transformation of Culture, Class and Gender in India (Sage, 2008).

Clif Flynn, University of South Carolina Upstate, Social Creatures: A Human and Animal Studies Reader (Lantern Books, 2008).

Jack C. Fong, Caolifornia State Polytechic University, Revolution as Development: The Karen Self-Determination Struggle Against Ethnocracy (1949 – 2004) (Universal Publishers, 2008).

Jaber F. Gubrium, University of Missouri, and James A. Holstein, Marquette University, Analyzing Narrative Reality (Sage Publications, 2009).

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, University Southern California, God’s Heart Has No Borders: How Religious Activists Are Working for Immigrant Rights (University of California Press, 2008).

Lane Kenworthy, University of Arizona, Jobs with Equality (Oxford University Press, 2008).

Nadia Y. Kim, Loyola Marymount University, Imperial Citizens: Koreans and Race from Seoul to LA (Stanford University Press, 2008).

Neal Krause, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Aging and the Church: How Social Relationships Affect Health (Templeton Foundation Press, 2008).

Patricia Leavy, Stonehill College, Method Meets Art: Arts-Based Research Practice (Guilford Press, 2009).

Mitchell B Mackinem, Claflin University, and Paul Higgins, University of South Carolina, Drug Courts: Constructing the Moral Identity of Drug Offenders (CC Thomas, 2008).

Carolina Bank Muñoz, Brooklyn College-CUNY, Transnational Tortillas: Race, Gender and Shop Floor Politics in Mexico and the United States (Cornell University Press, 2008).

Catherine Kohler Riessman, Boston College, Narrative Methods for the Human Sciences (Sage Publications, 2008).

Clinton R. Sanders, University of Connecticut, and D. Angus Vail, Willamette University, Customizing the Body: The Art and Culture of Tattooing (Temple University Press, 2008).

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton University Press, 2008).

Susan S. Silbey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Law and Science (I): Epistemological, Evidentiary and Relational Engagements and Law and Science (II): Regulation of Property, Practices, and Products (Ashgate Publishers, 2008).

Mark J. Smith, The Open University, and Piya Pangsapa, University at Buffalo, Environment and Citizenship: Integrating Justice, Responsibility and Civic Engagement (Zed Books, 2008).

Vicki Smith, University of California-Davis, and Esther B. Neuwirth, University of California-Berkeley, The Good Temp (Cornell University/ILR Press, 2008).

Edward E. Telles, Princeton University, and Vilma Ortiz, University of California-Los Angeles, Generations of Exclusion: Mexican Americans, Assimilation and Race (Russell Sage, 2008).

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New Publications

Agenda for Social Justice: Solutions 2008. Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) is pleased to offer you the Agenda for Social Justice: Solutions 2008, which represents an effort by our professional association to nourish a more “public sociology” that will be easily accessible and useful to policymakers. It is also a way to give something back to the people and institutions that support our scholarly endeavors. It contains 11 pieces by SSSP members, covering a variety of social problems in three sections: global issues, Americans at risk, and health and welfare. This is an effort on the part of scholars at the SSSP to disseminate the findings in social problems research as freely and as widely as possible. Find the project at

Population and Environment. HIV/AIDS and the Environment is the topic of a recently published special issue of the journal Population and Environment. The journal is now available online at A collection of research articles and reviews are presented examining HIV/AIDS as related to land tenure, food security, natural resource use, and conservation strategies in less developed settings.

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Caught in the Web

Grassroots Anthropology (GA) website has just added grant and fellowship opportunities and new jobs and internships. GA would like to highlight the work of nonprofits that help adults and children with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you know of an organization that works with people with challenges, let GA know so they may post them on their website. The goal is to gain physical and financial support for these organizations. For more information, visit provides advice on college majors that a high school student or college freshman might find of interest. Visitors can take the quiz and receive five majors matching their interests and academic experience. gives information about these majors, the types of courses needed to get a degree, what jobs are available, and information about institutions offering these majors.

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New Programs

Rice University. A $6.4-million grant from Houston Endowment to Rice University will fund the establishment of the first PhD program in sociology in Houston. The graduate studies will feature an innovative focus on Houston and urban issues. The Sociology Department’s Center on Race, Religion and Urban Life (CORRUL) will serve as the catalyst for the graduate studies in sociology. As part of the new program, graduate students will study migration and ethnicity, religion, health, culture and a variety of other issues that have implications for Houston and other modern cities. The graduate research will complement other Houston and Texas studies already underway by Rice’s sociology faculty. The new PhD program must be approved by the Rice Graduate Council and Faculty Senate. The plan calls for admitting the first class of graduate students in 2011.

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