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  1. Great Equalizer or Great Selector? Reconsidering Education as a Moderator of Intergenerational Transmissions

    A long-standing consensus among sociologists holds that educational attainment has an equalizing effect that increases mobility by moderating other avenues of intergenerational status transmission. This study argues that the evidence supporting this consensus may be distorted by two problems: measurement error in parents’ socioeconomic standing and the educational system’s tendency to progressively select people predisposed for mobility rather than to actually affect mobility.

  2. Statement in Support of Anti-Racist Education

    Several recent Trump administration efforts, including the OMB directive on training about race, diversity, and equality, have prompted learned societies to come together in advocating for anti-racist education.

  3. Statement on the Recent “White House Conference on American History”

    ASA has endorsed a statement “deplor[ing] the use of history and history education at all grade levels and other contexts to divide the American people, rather than…to heal the divisions that are central to our heritage…To learn from our history, we must confront it, understand it in all its messy complexity, and take responsibility as much for our failures as our accomplishments.”  Read the full statement.
     

  4. JHSB Podcast on the U.S. Drug Overdose Epidemic

    In a new podcast, Ryan Thombs discusses research on "What is Driving the Drug Overdose Epidemic in the United States?" The article, written with coauthors Dennis L. Thombs, Andrew K. Jorgenson, Taylor Harris Braswell, appears in the September 2020 issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

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  5. Proposals Invited for the Editorship of Sociology of Education

    The ASA Publications Committee encourages applications for the editorship of Sociology of Education.

    The official term for the new editor (or co-editors) will begin in January 2022, with the transition starting in summer 2021. The term is for three years with the possibility of reappointment for for up to an additional two years.

    Applications are due December 1, 2020. The full call for applications can be found here.

  6. Top 10 Downloads from Each ASA Journal

    In 2019, readers downloaded sociological research that spanned a wide range of topics from “Sexual Harassment, Workplace Authority, and the Paradox of Power” (American Sociological Review) to “Rekeying Cultural Scripts for Youth Suicide” (Society and Mental Health) to “The Impact of Racial Diversity in the Classroom” (Teaching Sociology).

    Check out the 10 most downloaded articles from each of ASA's journals.

  7. Soldiers to Scientists: Military Service, Gender, and STEM Degree Earning

    The authors use 2014–2018 data from the American Community Survey to answer two questions: To what extent is military service associated with higher rates of earning a bachelor’s degree in a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field (vs. a non-STEM field)? To what extent is this relationship gendered? The findings suggest that military service is associated with higher odds of completing a STEM degree and that this association is particularly strong for female veterans.

  8. Biracial Identity Development at Historically White and Historically Black Colleges and Universities

    This study explores the relationship between biracial identity development and college context. I draw on interviews with 49 black-white biracial first- and second-year students attending historically black colleges/universities (HBCUs) or historically white colleges/universities (HWCUs) and follow-up interviews with the same students at the end of college to explore how and why their racial identities changed over time.
  9. What Is Title IX? Toward a Campus-Based Pedagogy to Study Inequality

    In this article, we propose a campus-based pedagogy to teach sociology. We offer the example of a project designed to critically assess university Title IX policy and situate it within existing sociological research on gender-based inequalities and violence. Students engage in sociological research regarding issues such as sexual harassment and assault, intimate partner violence, consent, and rape culture, among others, and develop a tool to create greater awareness among the student body of university policy in these areas.

  10. COVID-19 Resources for Sociologists

    Every day we face new challenges related to COVID-19. ASA wants to help sociologists navigate those challenges. We are offering several resources to help sociologists in their work during this period.

    For more sociological perspectives and insights, see ASA's Special Issue of Footnotes on COVID-19.