American Sociological Association

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A publication of the American Sociological AssociationASA News & Events
November/December 2019

Sociologists Receive Honors

Sociologists Receive Guggenheim Fellowships

In April 2019, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation announced the 168 winners of the 95th annual U.S. and Canadian Guggenheim Fellowship Awards. Fellowships were awarded to a diverse group of artists, scientists, and scholars based on prior achievement and exceptional promise. Sociologists Lincoln Quillian and Constance Allen Nathanson are among the 2019 Guggenheim Fellows. 

Lincoln Quillian, Professor of Sociology and a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, researches social stratification, race and ethnicity, urban sociology, and statistics. Most of his research has focused on factors contributing to racial and ethnic inequality, especially discrimination, segregation, and stereotypes. As a Guggenheim Fellow, Quillian will work on a project that analyzes field experiments of hiring discrimination against racial and ethnic minorities in countries in Europe and North America. 

Constance Allen Nathanson is a Professor in the Departments of Sociomedical Sciences and Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Her current project, “Blood, Politics, and Death,” is a cross-national comparison of the different responses to HIV contamination of the blood supply in the U.S. and France, grounded in extensive archival research and oral history interviews.

Sociologists Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced the election of a sociologist—David Williams—from among this year's 100 new members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Members of the Academy, who are considered to hold one of the highest honors in American science, help write reports on key scientific issues to inform policymakers' decisions.

David Williams is the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health, Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University. His research has enhanced our understanding of the complex ways in which socioeconomic status, race, stress, racism, health behavior and religious involvement can affect health.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elects Sociologists

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences inducted new members in October 2019. The new class of more than 200 members recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals in academia, the arts, business, government, and public affairs. The 239th class of new members includes three sociologists: 

Kathryn Edin, Princeton University, is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, working in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family life, and neighborhood contexts through direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income populations. 

Kathleen Mullan Harris, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, is the director of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) at the Carolina Population Center, a position she has held since 2004.

Sara McLanahan, Princeton University, is the founding and co-director of the Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (CRCW). She is a principal investigator of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study and Editor-in-Chief of The Future of Children.

Sociologists Elected as American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows

Four sociologists were among the more than 400 members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) who have earned the lifetime distinction of AAAS Fellow, in honor of their invaluable contributions to science and technology. The AAAS Fellows are:

Maria Charles, Professor of Sociology, Director of the Broom Center for Demography, and faculty affiliate in the Feminist Studies Department at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Charles' research explores gender inequalities around the world and the cultural and structural forces that sustain them in families, educational systems, and labor markets. 

Dalton Conley is the Henry Putnam University Professor in Sociology and a faculty affiliate at the Office of Population Research and the Center for Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University. Conley’s scholarship has primarily dealt with the intergenerational transmission of socioeconomic and health status from parents to children. 

Kathleen Mullan Harris is the James E. Haar Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on social inequality and health with particular interests in health disparities, biodemography, social science genomics, and life course processes.

William Alex Pridemore is Dean of and Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at University at Albany–State University of New York. His main research interests are the impact of social structure on homicide and suicide rates, the role of alcohol in violence and mortality, and sociology of health and illness.