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  1. Council Establishes Task Force on First-Generation and Working-Class People in Sociology

    In response to a request from a group of ASA members, Council has voted to establish a Task Force on First-Generation and Working-Class People in Sociology. 

    The charge to this Task Force is to:

  2. Special Call for Proposals: Sociological Research on the Effects of Concealed Carry on College Campuses

    Application Deadline: July 15

    ASA Council has approved funding for a one-time Call for Proposals of $24,000 to support small, groundbreaking sociological research projects examining the effects of guns on college campuses. It is hoped that this fund can provide seed money for projects that will advance knowledge on this understudied topic.

  3. Departmental Performance Metrics and the University Audit Culture

    In recent discussions with sociological colleagues who work in universities across the United States, in both research- and teaching-oriented institutions, two related topics come up. One is the rise of “performance metrics” that are used to assess faculty performance, and the other involves questions about tenure processes and standards, and whether those are equitable. These topics have intersected in the recent past at my university, and I describe here how we responded.

  4. Sociologist Matthew Desmond Receives Pulitzer Prize

    Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City received the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in the General Nonfiction category. By Harvard sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond, Evicted was awarded for being “a deeply researched exposé that showed how mass evictions after the 2008 economic crash were less a consequence than a cause of poverty.” In his critically acclaimed book, Desmond details the circumstances in the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge.

  5. ASA Launches 2017 Member-Get-A-Member Campaign

    The American Sociological Association challenges ASA members to encourage their colleagues, students, and others interested in the discipline of sociology to join ASA for 2017. Each current member who sponsors a new member is eligible for special recognition, prizes, and discounts on member dues.

  6. Apply Now to Have Your Class Be Part of the ASA TRAILS Teaching Seminar Program

    Want to integrate TRAILS into your graduate teaching seminar? This program will help you enhance the learning process for your graduate students and advance the scholarship of teaching and learning in Sociology. Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2017. Students receive free access to TRAILS for six months.

    Requirements for any participating course:

  7. Sociologists Awarded Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

    The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) 2017 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows includes three sociologists among the 65 fellows selected from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants through a rigorous peer-review process. The fellowship offers promising graduate students a year of support to focus their attention on completing projects that form the foundations of their careers. The program, which is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W.

  8. ASA Editor Transitions

    Contexts: As of August 1, 2017, new proposals and submissions should be sent to the new editors, Rashawn Ray and Fabio Rojas, Contexts Editorial Office, Department of Sociology, 2112 Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742; editors@contexts.org.