American Sociological Association

Program Committee-sponsored Invited Sessions

Below are the Invited Sessions chosen by the Program Committee. All meeting participants are welcome to attend these sessions. Descriptions and session participants for each of these can be found via the online portal.


Presidential Panels


Title Session Organizer(s)

Cultural Processes Compared

 Michèle Lamont, Harvard University

Exclusion as an Unintended Consequence

 Michèle Lamont, Harvard University

Global Inequalities

 Michèle Lamont, Harvard University

Higher Education, Knowledge Production and Inequality

 Michèle Lamont, Harvard University

Immigration, Security, Islam in Europe

 Michèle Lamont, Harvard University

Poverty Eradication and Social Inclusion

 Michèle Lamont, Harvard University

Social Movements, Rights, and Boundaries

 Michèle Lamont, Harvard University


Thematic Sessions


Session Organizer(s)

A Portrait of Contemporary Integration among the Children of Immigrants

 Roberto G. Gonzales, Harvard University

Abolishing or Legitimizing Inequalities, What is the True Nature of Higher Education (co-sponsored with Association Canadienne  des Sociologues et Anthropologues de Langue Française)

 André Tremblay, University of Ottawa

Americanizing Islam? Social Inequality, Institutional Interaction,
and the Question of a Muslim American Field

Jeffrey Guhin, University of California, Los Angeles

Apocalypse Now: The Rise and Resonance of Dystopic Imaginaries

Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz, Northwestern University

Beyond the New Collaborative Creed in Health: Culture and
Identities in Healthcare Practice and Research

Tania M. Jenkins, University of Chicago;  Mathieu Albert, University of Toronto

Boundaries and Fields

Neil Fligstein, University of California

Changing the Cultural Narrative

Marc W. Steinberg, Smith College

Cultural Categories, Political Power and Social Closure: Frontiers of Theory and Research

Andreas Wimmer, Columbia University

Culture and Class

Mike Savage, London School of Economics;

Culture and Computational Social Science

 Christopher A. Bail, Duke University

Culture and Population Processes

 Margaret Frye, Princeton University

Culture and Poverty from an Empirical Perspective

 Mario Luis Small, Harvard University

Culture Meets Criminology: Cultural Approaches to the Study
of Crime and Punishment

 Josh Guetzkow, Hebrew University;  Matthew Clair, Harvard University

Elites' Repertoires of Inequality: Comparing Preferences Towards Redistribution in Unequal Societies

 Elisa P. Reis, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

Emotions and Inequalities

 James M. Jasper, Graduate Center of the City
University of New York

Encountering the Law

 Brian Gran, Case Western Reserve University

Evaluation, Quantification, and Inequalities in Education

 Benjamin Denecheau, Univeristé Paris Est;  Lila Belkacem, Université Paris Est, OUIEP;  Chauvel Séverine, University Paris-Est Créteil

Field-Based Approaches to the Study of Political Discourse

 Bart Bonikowski, Harvard University

Framing the Rise in Economic Segregation: Trends and Policies

 Hilary Silver, Brown University

Global Work, Culture and Inequality

 Allison Pugh, University of Virginia

Happiness and Inequality

 Anna Sun, Kenyon College

Higher Education/Shifting Process

 Yasemin Soysal, University of Essex

How Media Shape Group Boundaries

 Abigail C. Saguy, UCLA

How Technology is Changing Social Relationships

 Kevin Lewis, University of California, San Diego

International Perspectives on the Measurement of Race and Ethnicity

 Martin Bulmer, University of Surrey, UK

LGBTQ Culture, Inequalities, and Social Inclusion (cosponsored with the Canada Sociological Association)

 Tina Fetner, McMaster University

Mobilizing Culture in Divided Cities: Inclusion, Exclusion and the Politics of Urban Belonging

 Ryan Centner, London School of Economics

Moneyed Families: Wealth Holding and Transmission
among the Super Wealthy

 Jeremy Markham Schulz, University of California, Berkeley

Morality, Power, and Inequality

 Steven Lukes, New York University;  Gabriel Abend, New York University

Moving On Up: Symbolic Boundary Creation and Upward Mobility Amongst Middle and Professional Classes in the Global South

 Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen, NYU Abu Dhabi;  Jules Naudet, Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi

Multicultural, Intercultural, Transcultural: Which Models and Which Practices for the Inclusion of Differences in the Americas?

 Jean-Francois Cote, Universite du Quebec a Montreal

New Perspectives on Culture In, Around, and
Through Social Networks

 Mark C. Pachucki, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

(New) Stigmatization and Discrimination

 Michèle Lamont, Harvard University

Panel Discussion: Culture, Social Science Research, and Policymaking

 Jal D. Mehta, Harvard University;  David J. Harding, University of California at Berkeley

Population Health and Culture: The Contributions of Sociological Theory and Methods

 Christine A. Bachrach, University of Maryland

Post-Bourdieusian Theoretical Agendas

 Pierre-Michel Menger, College de France

Preserving Cultural Heritage: Hegemony, Sustainability, and Global Commodification

 Alvaro Santana-Acuña, Whitman College

Race, Culture, and Exclusion for People on the Move

 Tiffany D. Joseph, Stony Brook University

Secularism and Religion in the Public Sphere: Unintended Cultural Consequences

 Michele Dillon, University of New Hampshire

Settler-Colonialism and Indigenous Resurgence

 Jeffrey Denis, McMaster University

Structure, Culture, and Health Inequality in International Perspective

 Jane D. McLeod, Indiana University

The Cognitive Sociology of Inclusion and Exclusion

 Eviatar Zerubavel, Rutgers University

The Cultural Terrain of Migrant Inclusion and Exclusion: Perspectives from Africa and Asia

 Susanne Yukping Choi, Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Culture of Finance

 Frank Dobbin, Harvard University

The Globalization of Contemporary Art: Markets, (De-)Coloniality and (De-) Commodification

 Adrian Favell, University of Leeds

The New Anti-Inequality Philanthropy.  Is it Working?

 David B. Grusky, Stanford University

The New Philanthropy as Social Investment: Theorizing the Philanthrocapitalist Turn

 Erica Kohl-Arenas, University of California, Berkeley;  Linsey McGoey, University of Oxford

The Social Construction of Intellectual Property

 Bruce G. Carruthers, Northwestern University

The Unevenness of Feminist Social Change

 Christine L. Williams, University of Texas at Austin

The World According to U.S. Social Science

 Cynthia Miller-Idriss, American University;  Mitchell Stevens, Stanford University

Theorizing Frameworks and Methodologies for the Study of Intersectionality: Sociological and Interdisciplinary Conversations

 Miliann Kang, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

We're All Telling Our Stories But Is Anyone Listening? Capturing Narrative Impact

 Kelly J. Nielsen, University of California-San Diego;  Francesca Polletta, University of California, Irvine

What You See is What You Get? New Thinking on Race and the Visual

 Ann J. Morning, New York University

Youth Jobs and the Future: Problems and Prospects

 Lynn Sharon Chancer, Hunter College


Special Sessions


Session Organizer(s)

Access without Integration: the Logic, Forms, and Consequences of Segregated Inclusion

Fabien Accominotti, London School of Economics and Political Science;  Shamus Rahman Khan, Columbia University

Behind the Scenes: A Discussion of Applying For and Being an Editor of an ASA Journal Douglas Hartmann, University of Minnesota

Bringing Sociology to the Masses: Success Stories from Europe

Sylvain Bourmeau, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

Culture and Embodied Cognition: Readjusting Boundaries between Mind, Brain, and Body

Karen A. Cerulo, Rutgers University

Culture(s) of Privacy and Surveillance in World of Technological and Legal Change

Denise L. Anthony, Dartmouth College

Durkheim’s Suicide, 1897-2017: The Legacy and Beyond

Steven Stack, Wayne State University

Gen(der) X : New Cultural Revolutions in the Global South And The Restructuring of Women’s Work

Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen, NYU Abu Dhabi

Learning Race and Ethnicity: Socialization in the Family

Chinyere Osuji, Rutgers University at Camden

New Directions for Climate Action (cosponsored with Canadian Sociological Association)

Howard Ramos, Dalhousie University

Remaking Academic Life Across the Globe: Institutional Ethnographies of the Corporate University

Marjorie L. DeVault, Syracuse University;  Eric Mykhalovskiy, York University

Technology, Culture and the Future of Work

Jerry A. Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania

The “Culture” of Immigration: Understanding Migration Through (Non-Essentialist) Cultural Analysis

John O'Brien, NYU Abu Dhabi

The Future of Muslim Societies: Governance, Movements, and Religion

Rachel A. Rinaldo, University of Colorado, Boulder;  Colin J. Beck, Pomona College

The Rise of Sociogenomics: Cultural Context and Consequences

Catherine Bliss, UCSF


Author Meets Critics Sessions


Session Organizer(s)

Blowin’ Up: Rap Dreams in South Central (University of Chicago Press, 2016) by Jooyoung Lee

Forrest Stuart, University of Chicago

Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline (Oxford University Press, 2015) by Jennifer Carlson

Randol Contreras, University of Toronto

Credit to Capabilities: A Sociological Study of Microcredit Groups in India (Cambridge University Press, 2016) by Paromita Sanyal

Graziella Moraes D. Silva

Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009 (Oxford University Press, 2016) by Fatma Muge Gocek

Ho-Fung Hung, Johns Hopkins University

Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools (Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities) (Oxford University Press, 2015) by Amanda E. Lewis and John B. Diamond

Karolyn Tyson, Univ. North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Engines of Anxiety: Academic Rankings, Reputation, and Accountability. (Russell Sage Foundation, 2015) by Wendy Nelson Espeland and Michael Sauder

Carol Heimer, Northwestern University

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Crown Publishing Group; 2016) by Matthew Desmond and $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America (Mariner Books, 2016) by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer

Victor M. Rios, University of California, Santa Barbara

Geisha of a Different Kind: Race and Sexuality in Gaysian America (New York University Press, 2015) by C. Winter Han

Kristen Schilt, University of Chicago

Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment ( New York University Press, 2015) by Liam Downey

Elaine Alma Draper, California State University, Los Angeles

Legalizing LGBT Families: How the Law Shapes Parenthood (New York University Press, 2015) by Amanda K. Baumle and D’Lane R. Compton

Abigail Ruth Ocobock, University of Notre Dame

Love, Money and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS (University of California Press, 2014) by Sanyu A. Mojola

Kimberly Kay Hoang, University of Chicago

National Colors: Racial Classification and the State in Latin America (Oxford University Press, 2014) Mara Loveman

Yasemin Soysal, University of Essex

Parenting to a Degree: How Family Matters for College Women's Success (University of Chicago Press, 2016) by Laura T. Hamilton

Claudia Buchmann, Ohio State University

Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs (Princeton University Press, 2016) by Lauren A. Rivera

Elizabeth A. Armstrong, University of Michigan

Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship (Chicago Series in Law and Society) (University of Chicago Press, 2014) by Charles R. Epp, Steven Maynard-Moody, and Donald P. Haider-Markel

Karen Glover, California State University San Marcos

Selling Our Souls: The Commodification of Hospital Care in the United States (Princeton University Press, 2014) by Adam Dalton Reich

Fred Block, University of California-Davis

The Moral Background: An Inquiry into the History of Business Ethics (Princeton University Press; 2016) by Gabriel Abend

Steven Lukes, New York University

The National Origins of Policy Ideas: Knowledge Regimes in the United States, France, Germany, and Denmark (Princeton University Press, 2014) by John L. Campbell and Ove K. Pedersen

Peter Hall, Harvard University

The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome (Beacon Press, 2016) by Alondra Nelson

Joan H. Fujimura, University of Wisconsin

The Tumbleweed Society: Working and Caring in an Age of Insecurity (Oxforcid University Press, 2015) by Allison J. Pugh

Kathleen Gerson, New York University


Regional Spotlight Sessions


Session Organizer(s)

Comparing Criminal Legal Systems: Canada and the United States

Amy Swiffen, Concordia University

Everett C. Hughes, Montreal and French Canada

Marcel Fournier, Universite de Montreal

Free Trade Agreements, Governance Schemes and Municipal Democracy

Dorval Brunelle, Universite du Quebec a Montreal

Latino/A North Americans: The Making of Communities, Identities and Boundaries in the United States, English Canada and Québec

Victor Armony

Policies and Health Inequalities Around the Globe

Amelie Quesnel-Vallee, McGill University

Religion and Complex Futures: Diversity, Pluralism and Equalities

Valerie Amiraux, University of Montreal;  Lori Beaman, University of Ottawa

Social Categories, Inequality and the State: A View from Canada to the United States and Beyond

Luisa Farah Schwartzman, University of Toronto

Why is Quebec's Labor Movement--and Left--Different?

Jeff Goodwin, New York University


Courses and Workshops


Session Organizer(s)

Course. Advanced Regression Modeling: A Discrete Approach

 Roger A. Wojtkiewicz, Ball State University

Course. Finding Your Voice: Experiential Course on Blog-writing as a Form of Public Sociology

 Mindy L. Fried, Arbor Consulting Partners

Course. Incorporating American Community Survey and US Census Data into Undergraduate Courses

 John Paul DeWitt, University of Michigan

Departmental Management and Leadership Workshop. Establishing a Successful Undergraduate Research Program -- Strategies for funding, process, and evaluation

 Mary Scheuer Senter, Central Michigan University

Departmental Management and Leadership Workshop. Liberal Learning and the Sociology Major: Connecting the Major to Employment Outcomes

 Jeffrey Chin, Le Moyne College

Departmental Management and Leadership Workshop. Liberal Learning and the Sociology Major: Effective Online Courses

 Margaret Weigers Vitullo, American Sociological Association

Departmental Management and Leadership Workshop. Liberal Learning and the Sociology Major: Identifying Essential Learning Outcomes

 Susan J. Ferguson, Grinnell College

Departmental Management and Leadership Workshop. Student Parents on Campus: How Sociology Departments & Faculty Can Support Their Students Who Are Balancing College with Raising Children

 Sheila M. Katz, University of Houston

Policy and Research Workshop. Contingent Employment in Academic Sociology (Sponsored by the Task Force on Contingent Faculty)

 John W. Curtis, American Sociological Association

Policy and Research Workshop. How to Write a Successful Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD) Proposal

 John W. Curtis, American Sociological Association

Policy and Research Workshop. New Tools for Measuring Culture

 John W. Mohr, Univ of California, Santa Barbara

Policy and Research Workshop. Rethinking Data Collection with Public Records Requests: Perspectives from the U.S. and Canada

 Pierce Greenberg, Washington State University

Policy and Research Workshop. Seeking Research Funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

 John W. Curtis, American Sociological Association

Policy and Research Workshop. The Panel Study of Income Dynamics

 Paula W. Fomby, University of Michigan

Policy and Research Workshop. Women's Rights and Policy: International Human Rights Treaties and Constitutional Reforms

 Mark Frezzo, University of Mississippi;  Susan C. Pearce, East Carolina University

Professional Development Workshop. Beyond the Ivory Tower: Combining Social Theory with Politics and Service

 Jaime Hartless, University of Virginia

Professional Development Workshop. Creating and Using
Accountability Groups

 Craig Upright, Winona State University

Professional Development Workshop. From Dissertation to Book

 Dawn R. Norris, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Professional Development Workshop. Preparing for Applied Work Outside of Sociology: Lessons in Translation

 Kathleen C. Oberlin, Grinnell College

Professional Development Workshop. Transitioning from Graduate Studies at a Research-Intensive Institution to Teaching-Intensive Institution

 John Paul DeWitt, University of Michigan

Professional Development Workshop. What Future for Social Sciences Graduates? The Tribulations of a New Generation

 André Tremblay, University of Ottawa

Teaching Workshop. Bringing Social Justice into the Classroom through Applied Sociology

 Jessica MacNamara, Keuka College

Teaching Workshop. Connecting the Undergraduate Sociology Major Curriculum to Greater Career Readiness at Graduation

 Nancy A. Greenwood, Indiana University Kokomo

Teaching Workshop. Facilitating Student Learning through Class Discussion

 Jay R. Howard, Butler University

Teaching Workshop. Group Work that Works

 Bryan K. Robinson, University of Mount Union

Teaching Workshop. Selecting Readings for Introductory Sociology: Content and Format

 Nancy A. Greenwood, Indiana University Kokomo

Teaching Workshop. Protecting Public Scholars from Backlash (co-Sponsored with Sociologists for Women in Society)

 Eric Anthony Grollman, University of Richmond;  Jessie Daniels, Hunter College and The Graduate Center-CUNY

Teaching Workshop. The Benefits of Integrating Community Service
as a Vehicle for Enhancing Courses to Promote Social Justice
and Humanistic Values

 Michelle Marie Proctor, Madonna University

Teaching Workshop. The Politics of Collaboration: Issues of Power and Pedagogy in Faculty-Student Research Partnerships

 Gary Alan Fine, Northwestern University



Pearson 2017
University of McGill Department of Sociology 2017
Quebec Research Fund-Society and Culture
Federation for the Humanities
Concordia 2017
UMontreal 2017