American Sociological Association


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  1. Transitions

    Verna M. Keith joined the University of Alabama-Birmingham as Professor and Chair of Sociology.

    Anthony J. Spires is now Senior Lecturer at The University of Melbourne’s Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies.

    Sarah Willie-LeBreton, Swarthmore College, has been selected as the College’s next provost. Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department since 2013, Willie-LeBreton will assume the position on July 1, 2018.

  2. Summer Programs

    2018 LINKS Center Annual Summer Workshop on Social Network Analysis, June 4-8, 2018, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. The annual LINKS Center summer workshop provides training in social network analysis at both beginner’s and more advanced levels, across multiple social science disciplines. Registration deadline: May 15, 2018. For more information, visit

  3. New Resources

    International Sociological Association has undertaken the development of the “Global Map of Sociologists for Social Inclusion” (GMSSI) to create the global database of sociologists. GMSSI aims to identify, connect, and enable global collaborations in sociology and support sociologists who encounter multiple barriers, economic and political, which impede participation in global exchanges. GMSSI aims to increase the visibility of sociologists and their knowledge production as well as to be an important resource for sustained interaction with the media on a range of issues.

  4. People

    Jaber F. Gubrium, University of Missouri, presented the Spencer Cahill Lecture, “Novelty and Pattern in Life Narratives,” at the University of South Florida on February 23, 2018.

    Krista Lynn Minnotte and Daphne Pedersen, University of North Dakota, serve as co-Editors of The Social Science Journalas of January 2018.

  5. In the News

    Barry Glassier co-authored a commentary with Morton Schapiro, “Technical or Cultural Courses? Students Need Both,” for The Chronicle of Higher Educationon March 4, 2018.

    Timothy M. Gill, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, wrote a March 7, 2018 Washington Post editorial, “Americans Shouldn’t Be Shocked by Russian Interference in the Election. The U.S. Does It, Too.”

  6. Deaths

    Peter Mandel Hall died peacefully on December 8, 2017, at the age of 83, with his wife Debra Janes by his side. Diagnosed with cancer in 2011, Peter faced it until the end with grit, humor, and an inspiring positive attitude. Peter was a professor of sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia from 1972 until moving to Fort Collins, CO, in 2009, where he was an affiliate professor at Colorado State University.

  7. New Books

    Katrin B. Anacker, George Mason University, Andrew T. Carswell, Georgia State University, and Sarah D. Kirby, North Carolina State University, Eds., Introduction to Housing(University of Georgia Press, 2018).

    Brian Barrett, SUNY Cortland, John Morgan, University of Auckland, and Ursula Hoadley, University of Cape Town, Knowledge, Curriculum and Equity: Social Realist Perspectives (Routledge, 2017).

  8. Awards

    Beverly Lindsay has been selected as one of two Fellows by the Comparative and International Education Society. Her selection was baseduponher great strength and contributions to the field [comparative and international affairs and educational sociology] over the decades.  

    Martyn Pickersgill, The University of Edinburgh, is the recipient of a 2017 British Academy Rising Star Award.

  9. In the News

    William Bielby, University of Illinois-Chicago, was quoted in the Bloomberg article, "Women at Walmart Becoming Scarcer Despite C-Suite Promotions," on February 12, 2018. 

    Karen Cerulo, Rutgers University, and her American Sociological Review article, "Sense and Sensibility: Olfaction, Sense-making and Meaning Attribution," were detailed in the science section of Le Monde on May 1, 2018.