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2020 Application Form
Students can become members of the ASA by joining online or emailing a paper application request to
All current members of the American Sociological Association (ASA) are eligible to join one or more Sections of the ASA by paying the appropriate section dues. Participating in sections is a good way to become involved in ASA. In addition to staying current in special interest areas, sections provide excellent networking opportunities. Sections publish newsletters (print and/or online) which are disseminated to current section members. Section newsletters detail current research in the particular subfield, grant opportunities, book announcements, and other pertinent information.
The American Sociological Association signed on to a letter to the U.S. Department of Education from the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), along with 16 other scholarly associations, expressing "considerable concern and surprise" regarding an inquiry into the Middle East studies program jointly operated by Duke and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Read the full letter.
Annual Invited Lecture: "A Life in Sociology"
As part of its Annual Meeting program events, the ASA Retirement Network holds an annual "A Life in Sociology" lecture by an eminent retired or late-career sociologist.
What do you think would help make ASA a more vibrant, effective association? This question was at the heart of the survey of current and former members of the association fielded by the ASA Task Force on Membership, which received more than 2,500 responses. As part of their work, the Task Force also conducted an external benchmarking study, a study of 11 years of administrative membership data, 5 focus groups, a wiki survey, and 12 follow up interviews.
Animals and Society Section Bylaws
Revised version effective 1 September 2019
The purpose of the Section on Animals and Society is to encourage and support the development of theory, research and teaching about the complex relationships that exist between humans and other animals. In the process, it is anticipated that the light we shed on these issues will increase the well-being of both humans and other animals.
Officers of the Section
Footnotes - September-October 2019
On September 2, the University of Chicago Press announced the passing of longtime acquisitions editor Doug Mitchell, who recently retired after a 41-year career with the press.
John Mohr, University of California-Santa Barbara, passed away on Saturday, August 24, 2019, surrounded by family and loved ones. In late 2017, John was diagnosed with a fastmoving form of ALS. He remained an active and beloved colleague, researcher and mentor until shortly before his passing on Saturday.
Carol S. Aneshensel
1947 – 2019
Carol S. Aneshensel, Research Professor and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, passed away on June 14, 2019, in Santa Monica.