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ASA Footnotes

A publication of the American Sociological AssociationASA News & Events
January-March 2017

Candidates for the 2017 ASA Election

In accordance with election policies established by the ASA Council, biographical sketches of the candidates for ASA leadership positions are published in Footnotes (see below). The candidates appear in alphabetical order by office. Biographical sketches for all candidates will be available online when ballots are sent to all current voting members in mid-April.

Candidates for President-Elect

Mary Romero

Mary Romero

Mary Romero

Present Professional Position: Professor, Justice and Social Inquiry, Arizona State University, 1997-present.

Former Professional Positions: Professor, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Arizona State University, 1995-97; Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Oregon, 1990-95; Department Chair, Associate Professor, La Raza Studies Department, San Francisco State University.

Education: PhD, University of Colorado, 1980; BA, Regis College, 1974.

Positions Held in ASA: Secretary, 2013-2016; Chair, Executive Office and Budget Committee, 2013-16; Chair, Search Committee for Executive Officer, 2015-16; Council Member-at-Large, 2006-09; Council Liaison to the Task Force on Sociology and Criminology Programs, 2006-09.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Advisory Editor, 2014-17; Pacific Sociological Association (PSA) Program Committee, 2017; Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS), Program Committee, 2017; Law & Society Association, Member Board of Trustees, Class of 2008; LatCrit, Executive Board, 1999-2006.

Publications: Romero, Mary. 2011. The Maid’s Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream. NYU Press; Romero, Mary. 2011. “Keeping Citizenship Rights White: Arizona’s Racial Profiling Practices in Immigration Law Enforcement,” Law Journal for Social Justice, 1 (1): 97-113; Romero, Mary. 2008. “Crossing the Immigration and Race Border: A Critical Race Theory Approach to Immigration Studies,” Contemporary Justice Review 11 (1) 23-37; Romero, Mary. 2006. “Racial Profiling and Immigration Law Enforcement: Rounding Up of Usual Suspects in the Latino Community,” Critical Sociology, 32 (2-3): 449-475; Romero, Mary. 2002. Maid in the U.S.A. Tenth Anniversary Edition with New Introduction and Afterword by Dorothy Smith, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Personal Statement: We cannot shield ourselves with false notions of “objectivity,” but, as previous presidents have emphasized, ASA actively embraces public engagement and scholar-activism. ASA must be prepared to effectively challenge attacks on tenure and academic freedom in higher education. To be relevant and serve our members, ASA must continue to emphasize social justice in sociological inquiry. To increase our membership, ASA must be transparent, answer to the membership, and in doing so, attract new members—especially those in interdisciplinary fields, liberal arts, community colleges, applied settings, and our emeriti. We need to make a broad appeal to young scholars and activists who are just beginning careers as undergraduates and graduate students. Sociologists in research universities are not representative of sociologists in the United States, and, if we are to thrive as an association, our future lies with inclusively embracing the diversity of our discipline

Rogelio Sáenz

Rogelio Sáenz


Rogelio Sáenz

Present Professional Position: Dean of College of Public Policy and Mark G. Yudof Endowed Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2011-present.

Former Professional Positions: Professor, Texas A&M University, 1996-2011; Department Head, Texas A&M University, 1997-2004; Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, 1991-96.

Education: PhD, Iowa State University, 1986; MS, Iowa State University, 1984; BSW, Pan American University, 1981.

Positions Held in ASA: Member, Committee on Executive Office and the Budget (EOB); Editorial Board Member, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity; Editorial Board Member, American Sociological Review; Editorial Board Member, ASA/Russell Sage Foundation Rose Monograph Series; Member, Minority Fellowship Program Committee.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: President, Southwestern Social Science Association; Chair, Executive Council of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR); Vice President, Rural Sociological Society; President, Southwestern Sociological Association; Member, Executive Council of Rural Sociological Society.

Publications: Sáenz, Rogelio and Maria Cristina Morales. 2015. Latinos in the United States: Diversity and Change. Polity; Sáenz, Rogelio, David G. Embrick, and Néstor Rodríguez (eds.). 2015. The International Handbook of the Demography of Race and Ethnicity. Springer; Sáenz, Rogelio and Karen Manges Douglas. 2015. “A Call for the Racialization of Immigration Studies: On the Transition from Ethnic Immigrants to Racialized Immigrants.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 1 (1):166-180; Sáenz, Rogelio. 2014. “Fifty Years of the Deferment of the Dream for Racial Justice: From Hattie Carroll to Trayvon Martin.” 119-124 in K.J. Fasching-Varner, A. Dixon, R. Reynolds, and K. Albert (eds.), Trayvon Martin, Race, and American Justice: Writing Wrong. Sense Publishers; Douglas, Karen and Rogelio Sáenz. 2013. “The Criminalization of Immigrants and the Immigration-Industrial Complex.” Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 142 (3):199-227.

Personal Statement: I was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, located along the Texas-Mexico border and one of the nation’s poorest regions. I am a first-generation high school and college graduate. I am proud of the many students from similar backgrounds whom I have mentored and are now sociologists. My research and teaching focus on the intersections of race, inequality, and demography with a social justice perspective. I have conducted public sociology to engage the general public and policymakers on important issues such as police shootings of African Americans, reproductive rights, policies that disenfranchise people of color, immigration, racism, and demographic changes. Sociology is particularly relevant today as reactionaries such as Donald Trump threaten cherished democratic principles and spawn hatred, racism, sexism, and Islamophobia. As your ASA president, I will work passionately to enlarge the public stage where sociologists can contribute to the dialogue and understanding of important contemporary issues.

Candidates for Vice President-Elect

Grace Kao

Grace Kao

Grace Kao

Present Professional Position: Professor of Sociology, Education, and Asian American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2009-present.

Former Professional Positions  Associate Professor of Sociology, Education, and Asian American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2003-09; Assistant Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 1997-2003.

Education: PhD, University of Chicago, 1997; MA, University of Chicago, 1992; BA, Sociology and Oriental Languages (Chinese Literature), University of California-Berkeley, 1990. 

Positions Held in ASA: Nominations Committee; Chair, Section on Children and Youth; Council, Section on Sociology of Education; Council, Section on Asia and Asian America; Editorial Board, American Sociological Review, Social Psychology Quarterly.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Member, Professional Development and Training Committee, American Education Researchers Association (AERA), 2016-19; Co-Editor, Research on the Sociology of Education, 2014-present; Board Member, Population Association of America (PAA), 2008-11; Board Member (Mid-Atlantic/South Representative), Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS), 2003-05; Director, Asian American Studies Program, University of Pennsylvania, 2003-09. 

Publications: Stamper-Balistreri, Kelly, Kara Joyner, and Grace Kao. 2016. “Relationship Involvement among Young Adults: Are Asian American Men an Exceptional Case?” Population Research and Policy Review. 34:709-732; Cherng, Hua-Yu Sebastian, Kristin Turney, and Grace Kao. 2014. “Less Socially Engaged? Participation in Friendship and Extracurricular Activities among Racial/Ethnic Minority and Immigrant Adolescents.” Teachers College Record. 116; Burke, Ruth and Grace Kao. 2013. “Bearing the Burden of Whiteness: The Implications of Racial Self Identification for Multiracial Adolescents’ School Belonging and Academic Achievement.” Ethnic and Racial Studies. 36:747-773; Kao, Grace, Elizabeth Vaquera, and Kimberly Goyette. 2013. Education and Immigration. Polity Press; Kao, Grace and Marta Tienda. 1995. “Optimism and Achievement: The Educational Performance of Immigrant Youth.” Social Science Quarterly. 76: 1-19.

Personal Statement: I have held elected offices not only at the national and section levels of the American Sociological Association, but also in the Population Association of America and the Association of Asian American Studies, and have become more involved in the American Education Research Association. I am unusual in that I regularly work among sociologists, demographers, and Asian Americanists. I care deeply about minority and immigrant populations. In my studies of minority youth, I have made a point to examine Asian American, Hispanic, black, and white populations together when possible. I have also helped to establish studies that compare first-, second-, and third-generation immigrant youth. I think the primary goal of ASA is to support the work of sociologists, especially given the current political climate. I also hope to continue its work in making our work more accessible to policy makers and the general public. 

Bandana Purkayastha

Bandana Purkayastha

Bandana Purkayastha

Present Professional Position: Professor of Sociology & Asian American Studies, University of Connecticut, 2010-present.

Former Professional Positions: Professor of Sociology & Asian American Studies, University of Connecticut, 2010-present (Head 2011-16); Associate Professor of Sociology & Asian American Studies, University of Connecticut, 2005-10; Assistant Professor of Sociology & Asian American Studies, University of Connecticut, 1999-2005.

Education: PhD, University of Connecticut, 1999; MS, University of Massachusetts, 1987; MA, Presidency College, University of Calcutta (India), 1979.

Positions Held in ASA: National Representative to International Sociological Association (ISA), 2014-18; Member, Committee on Committees, 2014-16; Member, Jessie Bernard Award Committee, 2010-13, Chair, 2013; Asia and Asian American Section, Book Awards Committee, 2012; Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, Council, 2004-06.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Vice President, Research Committee on Armed Conflict and Conflict Resolution, International Sociological Association (ISA), 2010-14; Secretary & Treasurer, Research Committee on Women in Society, ISA, 2010-14; President, Sociologists for Women in Society, 2013; Executive Committee, Research Committee on Women in Society, 2006-10; Deputy Editor, Gender & Society, 2006-11.

Publications: Adur, Shweta and Purkayastha, Bandana. 2017. “Claiming ‘Tradition’, Naming the Cause: Examining the Language of Social Identity among Queer South Asians in U.S.” Journal of South Asian Diasporas, 9:1-16; Armaline, William, Silfen Glasberg, Davita and Purkayastha, Bandana. 2015. The Human Rights Enterprise: The State, Resistance, and Human Rights. Polity Pres; Yousaf, Farhan, and Purkayastha, Bandana. 2015. “’I am only half alive’: Organ Trafficking in Pakistan Amidst Interlocking Oppressions.” International Sociology, 30: 637-653; Purkayastha, Bandana. 2012. “Intersectionality in a transnational world. Symposium on Patricia Hill Collins.” Gender & Society, 26: 55-66; Armaline, William Silfen, Davita Glasberg, and Bandana Purkayastha, (equal co-editors) 2011. Human Rights in Our Backyard: Injustice and Resistance in the U.S. University of Pennsylvania Press. (Winner of the 2013 Hirabayashi Book Award from the ASA Human Rights Section).

Personal Statement: I am honored to be nominated for the Vice Presidency of ASA. I have a significant track record of mentoring and collaborating with scholars here and across the world. Together, we have substantively expanded the spheres of inclusion through our scholarship, academic, and everyday practices. My wide-ranging-research interests and research networks remind me that we still have a long way to go to make our discipline and organizations remain open and supportive for a variety of scholars so that their dreams are not deferred. I have served as President of SWS, in different positions within the ASA, ISA, and SSSP, as well as head of the department and as an international expert, most recently for WHO. I have significant administrative experience to fulfill the requirements of this position. I will make sure the organization moves forward effectively, respectfully, and ethically, with passion to explain and address social inequalities.

The elected members of the Committee on Nominations prepared most of the slates of candidates for the 2017 election. In order to be eligible to vote in the 2017 election, you must have renewed your membership by March 31. If you have any questions about the slate of candidates or the petition process, e-mail or call (202) 383-9005.