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2021

Aldon Morris

Aldon Morris

Biography
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
2020
Christine Williams

Christine Williams

Biography
Presidential Address - Video
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2019
Mary Romero

Mary Romero

Biography
Presidential Address - VideoPDF
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2018

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Biography
Presidential Address - VideoPDF
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017
Michèle Lamont

Michèle Lamont

Biography
Presidential Address - Video, PDF
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016
Ruth Milkman

Ruth Milkman

Biography
Presidential Address - Video, PDF
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015
Paula England

Paula England

Biography
Presidential Address - Video, PDF  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2014
Annette Lareau

Annette Lareau

Biography
Presidential Address - Video, PDF
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2013
Cecelia Ridgeway

Cecelia Ridgeway

Biography
Presidential Address - Video, PDF
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2012
Erik Olin Wright

Erik Olin Wright

Biography
Presidential Address - Video, PDF
 
 
 
 
 
 
2011
Randall Collins

Randall Collins

Biography
Presidential Address - Video, PDF
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2010
Evelyn Nakano Glenn

Evelyn Nakano Glenn

Biography
Presidential Address - Video, PDF
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2009
Patricia Hill Collins

Patricia Hill Collins

Biography
Presidential Address - Video, PDF

 

 


 

 

2008

Arne Kalleberg

Arne L. Kalleberg

Biography
Presidential Address - Video, PDF

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
2007
 
 
 
 
 
 
2006
Cynthia Fuchs Epstein

Cynthia Fuchs Epstein

Biography
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2004
Michael Burawoy

Michael Burawoy

Biography
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2003
William T. Bielby

William T. Bielby

Biography
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2002
Barbara Reskin

Barbara Reskin

Biography
Presidential Address 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2001
Douglas S. Massey

Douglas S. Massey

Biography
Presidential Address
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2000
Joe Feagin

Joe Feagin

Biography
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1999
Alejandro Portes

Alejandro Portes

Biography
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1998
Jill Quadagno

Jill Quadagno

Biography
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1997
Neil Smelser

Neil Smelser

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
1996
Marueen T. Hallinan

Maureen T. Hallinan

Biography
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1995
Amitai Etzioni

Amitai Etzioni

Biography
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1994
William A. Gamson

William A. Gamson

Biography
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1993
Seymour Martin Lipset

Seymour Martin Lipset

Biography
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1992
James S. Coleman

James S. Coleman

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1991
Stanley Leiberson

Stanley Lieberson

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
1990
William Julius Wilson

William Julius Wilson

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
1989
Joan Huber

Joan Huber

Biography
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
1988
Herbert J. Gans

Herbert J. Gans

Biography
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
1986
Matilda White Riley

Matilda White Riley

Biography

 
 
 
 
1985
Kai T. Erikson

Kai T. Erikson

Biography
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
1984
James Short

James Short

Biography
 
 
 
 
 
 
1983
Alice S. Rossi

Alice S. Rossi

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1982
Erving Goffman

Erving Goffman

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1981
William Foote Whyte

William Foote Whyte

Biography
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
1980
Peter H. Rossi

Peter H. Rossi

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1979
Hubert M. Blalock, Jr.

Hubert M. Blalock, Jr.

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
1978
Amos H. Hawley

Amos H. Hawley

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1977
J. Milton Yinger

J. Milton Yinger

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1976
Alfred McClung Lee

Alfred McClung Lee

Biography
Presidential Address


 
 
 
 
 
 
1975
Lewis A. Coser

Lewis A. Coser

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1974
Peter M. Blau

Peter M. Blau

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1973
Mirra Komarovsky

Mirra Komarovsky

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1972
William J. Goode

William J. Goode

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1971
William H. Sewell

William H. Sewell

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1970
Rheinhard Bendix

Reinhard Bendix

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
1969
Ralph Turner

Ralph Turner

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1969
Arnold M. Rose

Arnold M. Rose

Biography 
Presidential Address


 
 
 
 
 
 
1968
Philip M. Hauser

Philip M. Hauser

Biography
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1967
Charles P. Loomis

Charles P. Loomis

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1966
Wilbert E. Moore

Wilbert E. Moore

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1965
Pitirim A. Sorokin

Pitirim A. Sorokin

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1964
George C. Homans

George C. Homans

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1963
Everett C. Hughes

Everett C. Hughes

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1962
Paul F. Lazarsfeld

Paul F. Lazarsfeld

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1961
Robert E.L. Faris

Robert E.L. Faris

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1960
Howard Becker

Howard Becker

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
1959
Kingsley Davis

Kingsley Davis

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1958
Robin M. Williams

Robin M. Williams

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1957
Robert K. Merton

Robert K. Merton

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1956
Herbert Blumer

Herbert Blumer

Biography
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
1955
Donald Young

Donald Young

Biography
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
1953
Samuel A. Stouffer

Samuel A. Stouffer

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1952
Dorothy Swaine Thomas

Dorothy Swaine
Thomas

Biography
Presidential Address

 
 
 
 
 
 
1951
Robert C. Angell

Robert C. Angell

Biography

 
 
 
1950
Leonard S. Cottrell

Leonard S. Cottrell

Biography
Presidential Address
 
 
 
 
 
1949
Talcott Parsons

Talcott Parsons

Biography
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
1948
E. Franklin Frazier

E. Franklin Frazier

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
1945
Kimball Young

Kimball Young

Biography
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1944
Rupert B. Vance

Rupert B. Vance

Biography

 
 
 
 
1943
George A. Lundberg

George A. Lundberg

Biography
 
 
 
 
1942
Dwight Sanderson

Dwight Sanderson

Biography
Presidential Address

 
 
 
 
 
 
1941
Stuart A. Queen

Stuart A. Queen

Biography
 
 
 
 
 
 
1940
Robert M. MacIver

Robert M. MacIver

Biography
 
 
 
 
 
1939
Edwin H. Sutherland

Edwin H. Sutherland

Biography
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1938
Frank H. Hankins

Frank H. Hankins

Biography
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
1935
F. Stuart Chapin

F. Stuart Chapin

Biography
Presidential Address

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
1933
Edward B. Reuter

Edward B. Reuter

Biography
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1932
Luther L. Bernard

Luther L. Bernard

Biography

 
 
 
 
1931
Emory S. Bogardus

Emory S. Bogardus

Biography
Presidential Address

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1928
John M. Gillette

John M. Gillette

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1927
William I. Thomas

William I. Thomas

Biography
Presidential Address

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1924
Charles A. Ellwood

Charles A. Ellwood

Biography
Presidential Address

 
 
 
 
 
 
1923
Ulysses G. Weatherly

Ulysses G. Weatherly

Biography
Presidential Address
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1922
James P. Lichtenberg

James P. Lichtenberg

Biography
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1921
Edward C. Hayes

Edward C. Hayes

Biography

 
 
 
 
 
 
1920
James Q. Dealey

James Q. Dealey

Biography
Presidential Address
 
 
 
 
 
 
1919
Frank W. Blackmar

Frank W. Blackmar

Biography
 
 
 
 
 
 
1918
Charles H. Cooley

Charles H. Cooley

Biography
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1917
George E. Howard

George E. Howard

Biography
Presidential Address
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1916
George E. Vincent

George E. Vincent

Biography
Presidential Address
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1912-1913
Albion W. Small

Albion W. Small

Biography
1913 Presidential Address
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1906-1907
Lester F. Ward

Lester F. Ward

Biography
1907 Presidential Address

 

 

 

 

 

*Sociologists Look at the Future is a recording from the American Sociological Society Annual Meeting in Berkeley, California on August 30, 1953 where past presidents were asked “What are the best words of counsel you can give to a young PhD just launching his or her sociological career?” Series introduction, individual introductions, and concluding remarks by Samuel A. Stouffer. 

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