September/October 2014 Issue • Volume 42 • Issue 7

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News from the International Sociological Association

Margaret Abraham Elected as ISA President for 2014–2018

At the XVIII World Congress of Sociology held July 13-19, 2014, in Yokohama, Japan, Margaret Abraham of Hofstra University was elected the new President of the International Sociological Association (ISA), the sixth U.S. sociologist to serve in that role. Abraham, Professor of Sociology and Special Advisor to the Provost for Diversity Initiatives at Hofstra, was the ISA Vice President, Research from 2010 to 2014, and served as the American Sociological Association’s (ASA) official representative to the ISA during that same time span. She succeeds Michael Burawoy, who was the fifth U.S. sociologist (and second ASA Past President) to serve in that role. The XIX World Congress of Sociology will be held in July 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Abraham’s agenda as President will look to build toward the program in Toronto.

Abraham is the author of Speaking the Unspeakable: Marital Violence Among South Asian Immigrants in the United States (2000) and the co-editor of Contours of Citizenship: Women, Diversity and the Practices of Citizenship (2010) and Making a Difference: Linking Research and Action in Practice, Pedagogy and Policy for Social Justice (2012). She is an action researcher committed to promoting social change and brings an intersectional lens to her work, using feminist theory and practice in her research and advocacy for social justice. She explores the intersections between the multiple axes of citizenship, ethnicity, language, religion, race, class, and gender at the individual, interpersonal, and institutional levels. Her work has been profiled and quoted in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, India Abroad, and India Today.

In a 2010 Footnotes article, Abraham wrote that “[T]he World Congress provides a vibrant intellectual and social space for sociologists and social scientists to convene and share their research, exchange ideas, dialogue and debate. ASA has a long history of commitment to international issues and in promoting international cooperation and collaboration.”

The November issue of Footnotes will have more on the 2014 ISA World Congress.


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