American Sociological Association

Section on Sociology of Population

**Current Announcements**

The list below duplicates the Section on Population listserv in the order they appear there. To have your Announcement posted here, please contact the current Listserv Moderator, Stephanie Ureña.


2019 11 – Call for applications to Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias 1-day program

Are you a social scientist interested in learning the biomedical foundations of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias? Apply to a 1-day program sponsored by the University of Southern California and funded by National Institute on Aging. Program covers travel and hotel for participants from outside the LA area. Applications due Dec 20 2019. Program held April 14, 2020.


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2019 11 – Call for papers on The Dynamics of Homelessness: Trajectories and Policies

Proposal Deadline: November 30, 2019


Co-editors Barrett Lee, Dennis Culhane, and Marybeth Shinn seek papers for a volume of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science entitled The Dynamics of Homelessness: Trajectories and Policies. The volume will examine how the trajectories that people follow into, through, and out of homelessness are shaped by individual circumstances, structural forces, and the interactions between these two sets of factors. Our trajectory-oriented perspective also directs attention to evaluations of programs designed to prevent the onset of a homeless spell, shorten that spell, or end it. We expect that the papers selected for the volume will represent a range of disciplines, methods, and research orientations (theoretical, applied, policy-oriented).


To be considered for the volume, please email a 2-3 page proposal to Barry Lee at no later than November 30, 2019. The proposal should describe your main research questions, their significance, and how you will address them. After initial evaluations by the co-editors, authors of 15 of the proposals will be asked to complete full paper drafts for presentation at a small conference in May 2020. They will then receive reviews from the co-editors and other conference participants, submitting revised versions of their papers by August 2020. Our volume of The Annals is scheduled for publication in early 2021.


Inquiries about the volume can be directed to Barry (, Dennis (, or Beth ( We look forward to receiving your contribution to what promises to be a cutting-edge, multidisciplinary look at how the micro- and macro-level dynamics of homelessness are manifested in heterogeneous trajectories and policy responses.

2019 11 – Call for Pilot Research Proposals - Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging (INRPHA)

The Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging (INRPHA), funded by the National Institute on Aging, invites researchers to submit proposals for pilot research that addresses key thematic priority areas (detailed in the RFP) related to U.S. rural population health and aging trends and disparities. Proposals are due January 31, 2020.


Investigators may request total (direct + indirect) costs of up to $10,000 for pilot projects, with a limit of 8% on indirect costs (IDC). Funds can be used for research assistance, salaries, travel, data acquisition, etc. Principal Investigators must hold a PhD. We expect to make 4-6 awards.

For further information, please see PDF linked here:


2019 11 – Call for pilot proposals: The Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21st Century America

The Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21st Century America (NLCHDD), funded by the National Institute on Aging, invites interested researchers to submit pilot proposals that have the potential to better understand how health and mortality outcomes across the adult life course are shaped by US state contexts. Proposals are due January 10, 2020.


Investigators may request total (direct + indirect) costs in the range of $10,000-$20,000 for pilot projects, with a limit of 8% on indirect costs (IDC). Funds can be used for research assistance, salaries, travel, data acquisition, etc. Principal Investigators must hold a PhD. We expect to make 3-4 awards.


For further information, visit the information page at:



2019 11 – De Jong Lecture: Sponsored by Penn State Population Research Institute

Penn State's 14th Annual De Jong Lecture in Social Demography will feature Dr. Susan Short, Professor of Sociology and Director, Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University. She will present Gender, Demography, and Global Population Health. November 21 at 9 - noon in the Nittany Lion Inn in State College, PA. Registration is free on the PRI website.



2019 10 – Just Launched: NGO Knowledge Collective Data Portal

We are happy to announce the launch of the NGO Knowledge Collective (NKC) Data Portal:  This website catalogues 3,400 journal articles on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in development published in English from 1980-2014. Users can identify individual or sets of articles by country or region of study or by searching more than 200 keywords related to sectors and development issues. Each article is tagged with the frequency of selected keywords in the text, allowing users to fine-tune their searches and analyze the prevalence of these keywords in relation to citation information. Each article entry in the data portal contains a link to the article permanent DOI location on the internet.  We continue to add articles published from 2015 forward.

The portal also includes a topic model visualizer, allowing users to identify literature using topics pre-generated through machine-learning, rather than just keywords.  For example, the topic model visualizer allows users to identify articles from the early 1980s on NGOs providing small loans before the term “microcredit” entered the literature.

The NKC works against the “silo” effect in the study of NGOs. The data portal builds on a four-year effort to collect and synthesize journal articles across social science disciplines, geographies, and methods.  We hope that the NKC Data Portal will be the “first stop” in research on NGOs, making it easy for researchers to identify the full range of articles on topics of interest, as well as to identify unanswered questions.  We invite you to use the data portal – let us know when you do, and we will add your published work to our bibliography. Help us further build the intellectual community studying NGOs in development.

PIs of the NGO Knowledge Collective are Allison Schnable and Jennifer Brass (Indiana University), Rachel Sullivan Robinson (American University), and Wesley Longhofer (Emory University). Read the findings from our systematic review of the NGO Literature from 1980-2014 in World Development, or contact us at


2019 10 – Call for submissions for Special Issue of Gender & Society: “Gender Transformations of Higher Education Institutions”

Guest Editor: Julia McQuillan (University of Nebraska)

Guest Deputy Editors: Sheryl Skaggs (University of Texas, Dallas) and Kevin Stainback (Purdue University)

In 2001, the National Science Foundation (NSF) started to fund “Institutional Transformation” grants as part of a program called “ADVANCE” in recognition that the underrepresentation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields required changes in institutions and not just individuals. Since the ADVANCE program started, numerous gender scholars have brought a sociological gender lens to programs designed for institutional change in higher education. The goal of the NSF ADVANCE program was to recruit, retain, and promote more women in STEM fields. Research and publications on gender and STEM in organizations have burgeoned in the last two decades. Feminist and gender scholars often collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to report the results of their efforts, often publishing in interdisciplinary journals that focus more on outcomes than theories. Only a handful of articles use intersectional frameworks.

It is now time to assess what we know about the success and weaknesses of the attempts to transform higher education in feminist directions. We need to have theoretical explanations that help to predict success and failure at organizational attempts to bring women and people of color into STEM disciplines. We need to develop theories that integrate and guide understanding of the transformation of higher education institutions.

The aim of this special issue is to both compile empirical knowledge about strengths and weaknesses of different change methodologies, and generate theoretical insights to explain the outcomes of attempts at organizational change. Global analyses show that countries vary in how much STEM fields incorporate women. Government supported national efforts in the United States and Europe emphasize the need for more workers in STEM fields who will represent multiple constituencies. Therefore, gender scholars have an opportunity to review successes and failures of existing efforts, identify theoretical gaps, and provide next generation frameworks to create higher education institutions that reflect the populations that they serve.

Many scholars involved in institutional transformation efforts focus on one institution and prioritize evaluation over research. The special issue will be a forum for feminist scholars who are engaged in efforts to create greater gender equity in STEM fields and emphasize broader theoretical issues in their work such as the relationships between higher education and other institutions, including K-12 education, employers, parents, and the media. What does it mean to try to increase women in STEM fields when the gender categories are multiplying? If more women enter STEM fields, does that mean more men must enter non-STEM fields? Or should non-STEM fields shrink? Can research on ADVANCE projects inform theories and research on work organizations more generally? How does gender transformation of organizations coordinate with integrating people of color, people of all abilities and social class backgrounds? What conditions are necessary for an organization to claim “transformed” status? How much can institutions “push” gender integration in organizations with considerable employee input (i.e. faculty governance) and considerable hierarchy (i.e. faculty rank system)? For this special issue, we seek articles by scholars across the globe working to create gender transformation, who have had “successes” and “failures” and who are applying existing theories, plus recognizing the urgent need for new conceptualizations.

With the focus on “Gender Transformations of Higher Education Institutions”, we encourage submissions that include, but are not limited to leadership, intersectionality, power differentials, policies, organizations, social psychology, identities, sexuality, race/ethnicity, social movements, and comparative and international studies. All submissions should include some aspect of the strengths and weaknesses of recent attempts to transform institutions of higher education, what works, what does not work, and why.

All papers must make both a theoretical and empirical contribution to the study of gender.

Completed manuscripts, due February 1, 2020, should be submitted online to and should specify in the cover letter that the paper is to be considered for the special issue.

For additional information, please contact Special Issue Editor, Julia McQuillan at


2019 10 – Needed: Demographics on military bases, civilian workers at bases, and surrounding communities.

Our PFAS Project Lab at Northeastern University's Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute would appreciate help obtaining demographic data on military bases, civilian workers at bases, and surrounding communities. We assume this has been gathered for other types of research. Our research on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) includes examination of hundreds of active, closed, and transformed (e.g. industrial parks) military sites where these chemicals were widely used in storage, training, and emergency use of firefighting foam. This contamination involves both the bases and the surrounding communities. We are especially interested in environmental justice implications. PFAS contamination is probably the major environmental contamination problem now facing the military, and much activity is ongoing, including base-level well closure and clean-ups, SERDP (Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program) funding for research on detection and remediation, the CDC's new study funded by the 2017 Defense Authorization Act, multiple provisions of the 2019 Defense Authorization Act, and numerous bills now in Congress. 


Phil Brown

University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences

Director, Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute

Northeastern University             

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