American Sociological Association

SAN Profiles

mosaic of 10 people's faces, including men and women, older and younger, African American, Latino, Asian and White

Many sociologists are engaged with organizations in the communities where they work and live. As we were working toward launching SAN, we put out a call to ASA members asking them to share their experiences of “sociology in action.”  Below is a sample of some of the important public contributions sociologists are making, organized by topical area.  This is a compelling demonstration of the ways sociologists and not-for-profit organizations can work together for the improvement of our communities.  Through SAN, the American Sociological Association hopes to facilitate more collaborations of this kind. 

SAN: Expertise in Collaboration with Community.




  • Serving as an expert witness with the Civil Rights Corp - Stephen Demuth
  • Assessment and identification of best practices with the Fairfax Country DDVPPCC - Angie Hattery
  • Gathering data to support reform efforts with the Public Justice Center of Maryland - Daniel Pasciuti
  • Providing data to inform policy change at the department of corrections - Earl Smith and Angela Hattery
  • Generating recommendations to reduce racial disparities in Wisconsin - Pamela Oliver
  • Advocating for incarcerated veterans with the Veterans Legal Foundation - Tyson Smith
  • Teaching in the Prison University Project at San Quentin - Jane H. Yamashiro


  • Social justic pedagogy at the Juvenile Hall Correctional Facility in Orange, CA - Victoria Carty
  • Program evaluation and grant writing with CASA Southeast Georgia - April M. Schueths
  • Using a child rights framework with the New Hampshire Juvenile Parole Board - Yvonne Vissing


  • Developing research and programming priorities with The Marks Project - Anne Cafer
  • Demonstrating the power of community organizing at COFI - Jennifer E. Cossyleon
  • Continuing education coursework for the National Association of Social Workers - Silvia Dominguez
  • Grant writing in support of culturally competent services for Asian American communites - Furjen Deng
  • Tools and training to end extreme inequality with Class Action in Boston, MA - Betsy Leondar-Wright
  • Collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data at the Research Center for Korean Community - Pyong Gap Min
  • Making policy and demographic data accurate and accessible at AAPI - Jerry Park
  • Bringing in-depth knowledge to a city-wide cultural celebration in Topeka, KA - Sangyoub Park
  • Evaluating a therapeutic intervention with the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center - Leslie Wang
  • Program planning, research and development with the Somali Community Access Network - Anita M. Waters
  • Conducting collaborative community-based research with ONE Northside - Sean Young


  • Connecting students and citizens with intellectual disabilities in Ashland, VA - Jack Trammell


  • Collaborating to disrupt the schools-to-jail track in Hawaii - Katherine Irwin
  • Community-based participatory research with the Albuquerque Public Schools - Nancy Lopez
  • Developing a Community Solutions Action Plan with the United Way of Erie County, PA - Joyce A. Miller
  • Lighting the path to college through Partners in Education - Lata Murti
  • Bringing student voices to a state-level educational reform effort with Hearing Youth Voices - Ranita Ray
  • Advancing educational equity in the Mississippi Delta with Freedom Summer Collegiate - James M. Thomas (JT)


  • Using organizational change theory to overcome obstacles at Groundwork San Diego -  Hugh Mehan
  • Community partnerships to study the human impact of unconventional oil and gas activity - Stephanie Malin


  • Multi-faceted collaboration with the Council on Contemporary Families - Kristi Williams
  • Developing a documentary with El Jardin Birth and Family Resource Center - Ophra Leyser-Whalen


  • Multi-project collaboration with Women, Food and Agriculture Network in Story City, IA - Angie Carter
  • Sustainable Food Production and Global Citizenship in Equador - Jill Harrison
  • Evaluating a mobile farmers market with Groundwork Somerville in Somerville, MA - Sara Shostak


  • Assessing the organizational structure of the American Lung Association - Harry Perlstadt
  • Developing educational materials on adolescent reproductive health with ARSHEP - Amy Schalet
  • Assessing health care needs in Rwanda with Health Development Initiative, Inc. - M. Therese Seibert
  • Making visible the unintended consequences of the breast cancer paradigm with BCC - Gayle Sulik
  • Partnering with Black faith communities to develop HIV programming - Magdalena Szaflarski


  • Creating a micro-village to address homelessness with Serve NWA in Arkansas - Kevin Fitzpatrick
  • Conducting the New Hampshire Homeless Needs/Assessment Survey - Tauna Sisco
  • Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act with NFHA - Gregory D. Squires
  • Consulting for a recuperative care facility for discharged homeless patients with HOPE - Jason Wasserman


  • Creating the Southern Latino and Migrant Voices Project - Juan Jose Bustamante
  • Applying knowledge of the Western Highlands of Guatemala - Michael L. Dougherty
  • Assisting undocumented students with the Northern Arizona Dream Fund - Richard R. Fernández
  • Deploying historical and sociocultural knowledge in the asylum case of gay man from Malawi - Tara McKay
  • Mapping power structures in support of immigrant workers' rights in St. Cloud, MN - Stephen Philion
  • Developing an assessment of acculturation and stress with Latinos Al Éxito - Darcie Vandegrift 


  • Applying critical race and gender scholarship in support of the California Faculty Association - Sharon Elise


  • Adapting a sexual violence prevention program to the elementary school level in Augusta, GA - Allison Foley
  • Pre- and post-test surveys to evaluate a sexual assault prevention program in Radford, VA - Joanna Hunter


  • Evaluating social service standards with the Council on Accreditation in New York City - Stanley Capela


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