September/October 2014 Issue • Volume 42 • Issue 7

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Paula England

Profile of the 2015 ASA President

Paula England: No Sense of (Geographic) Direction but a Profound Sense of Academic Direction

Kathryn Edin, Johns Hopkins University

To say she loves what she does would be an understatement. To claim that she’s hardworking doesn’t begin to capture the truth. One colleague, Timothy Smeeding, put it best: “Many people think I am hardworking, but I don’t hold a candle to Paula.” And as for getting it right, she’s as dedicated and as tenacious as they come. Perhaps her core quality, though, say colleagues, is her love of ideas.

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The Contexts Editors Bring Energy and Experience with Public Engagement

Douglas Hartmann, University of Minnesota

Syed Ali and Philip Cohen

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The new editors for Contexts, the ASA’s one-of-a-kind, accessible to a general audience publication, have been chosen. They are Philip N. Cohen of the University of Maryland and Syed Ali of Long Island University. Cohen and Ali will take their turn at helm beginning in January. They bring with them big ideas about sociology, tons of energy and experience with public engagement, and their own distinctive (and sometimes irreverent) sensibilities.

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2014 ASA Annual Meeting Sets Attendance Records

Daniel Fowler,
ASA Public Information Office

Sociologists flocked to San Francisco for the 2014 American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, which had the highest attendance ever for a meeting held outside of New York City and the third-highest attendance overall.

ASA President Annette Lareau

With a total attendance 5,950, the 109th Annual Meeting was just short of the record-breaking 6,184 attendance of last year’s meeting in New York City and the 6,025 who attended the 2007 conference also in the Big Apple.

“We could not have been more pleased with the turnout,” said ASA Executive Officer Sally T. Hillsman. “We believe that the great attendance was a combination of two key factors. First, 2014 ASA President Annette Lareau and the Program Committee created a fantastic program centered around the theme, ‘Hard Times: The Impact of Economic Inequality on Families and Individuals’. Second, San Francisco is a wonderful city with many cultural opportunities that our members and their families were able to enjoy.”

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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.


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