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Association of Black Sociologists 33rd Annual Conference, August 13-16, 2003, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, GA. Theme: "Front-Loading Social Reality: Critical Demography and Black Superiority in Wealth, Status and Power." Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2003. Contact: Frank Harold Wilson, ABS 2003 Program Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Bolton Hall 724, Milwaukee, WI 53211; (414) 229-5820; e-mail .

Bethlehem Haven of Pittsburgh, Inc. , an agency providing services for homeless women, is sponsoring a conference, September 25-26, 2003, Pittsburgh, PA, Omni William Penn Hotel. Theme: "Solutions that Work." Proposals for presentations are invited. Contact: Conference on Homelessness: Solutions that Work, c/o Gove Group, 226 Paul Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15211; (412) 431-5087; fax (412) 431-5214; e-mail .

Head Start's 7th National Research Conference , presented by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with Xtria, LLC; Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health; and Society for Research in Child Development to be held June 28-July 1, 2004, in Washington, DC. Theme: "Promoting Positive Development in Young Children: Designing Strategies That Work." The Call is available at . Proposals are due June 27, 2003. More information: Bethany Chirico ( ; (703) 821-3090 ext. 261).

International Colloquium , September 24-26, 2003, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Theme: "International Governance after September 11: Interdependence, Security, Democracy." Proposals are invited for panels. Deadline: April 30, 2003. Contact: Alex Warleigh, Institute of Governance, Public Policy and Social Research, Queen's University-Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, Ireland; fax +44 2890 272 551; e-mail ; .

University of Alaska-Fairbanks , Turning Science to the Service of Native Communities Conference, July 13-15, 2003. The focus of the conference will be on integrating behavioral and hard/environmental science with the goals, needs, cultures, and perspectives of Native communities. Deadline: May 30, 2003. Contact: Sonya J. Le Febre, Department of Rangeland Ecosystem Science, College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1478; (970) 491-3908; fax (970) 491-2339; e-mail ; .

University of Wisconsin-Madison , along with the Environment and Society Research Committee of the International Sociological Association, will present a symposium on the "treadmill of production" from October 31 to November 1, 2003. Deadline for abstracts is May 1, 2003. Notification of acceptance of abstracts and the preliminary program will be available by May 15, 2003. Contact: Fred Buttel, Department of Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin, 1450 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706; (608) 262-7156; e-mail .


ASA Teaching Resources Guide . Submissions are currently being accepted on community-based research as a pedagogical strategy in sociology. Community-based Research (CBR) is a form of service-learning that involves students collaborating with community partners on research projects that address a community-identified need. The authors seek syllabi of CBR-centered courses, assignment guidelines, project descriptions, and any other material that might be useful to instructors who wish to incorporate CBR into their teaching in different courses and at different levels, including both undergraduate and graduate students. Send materials electronically to Kerry Strand at by April 30.

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) announces a call for papers to be included in the inaugural issue of Academic Labor , a new annual higher education journal of the AFT. The AFT represents over 125,000 higher education faculty and professional staff at colleges and universities around the country, more than any other union. Academic Labor's first issue will focus on how market-oriented academic and managerial policies affect scholarship and/or teaching being undertaken in various disciplines. Proposal deadline: May 2, 2003. For a full description of the submission criteria, go to . Contact AFT Higher Education staff at (202) 879-4426 or e-mail .

Journal of Marriage and Family will publish a special issue on "International Perspectives on Families and Social Change." Submissions are invited that address the interface of families and society. Deadline: August 1, 2003. Contact: Laura A. Sanchez, Guest Editor, Journal of Marriage and Family , Department of Sociology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403; (419) 372-7252; e-mail .

Political Power and Social Theory is an annual review published by Elsevier Science and is committed to advancing our interdisciplinary, critical understanding of the linkages between class relations, political power, and historical development. The journal welcomes both empirical and theoretical work and is willing to consider papers of substantial length. Contact: Diane E. Davis, Editor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Ave. # 9-521, Cambridge, MA 02139; e-mail . .

Sociological Studies of Children and Youth invites submissions for volume 11 to be published in 2004. This volume will examine children and youth from an international perspective and will include research on children from all regions of the world. International scholars are especially encouraged to submit their research findings. Authors should direct inquiries or submit a draft chapter by June 15, 2003, to: Loretta Bass, Guest Editor, Sociological Studies of Children and Youth , Department of Sociology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019; (405) 325-3262; fax (405) 325-7825; e-mail .

Syllabi and Curriculum for Distance Education and Cross-Campus Exercises . A new syllabi set volume is currently being prepared concentrating on distance learning and cross-campus shared research exercises at the undergraduate level. Both introductory and advanced level course materials are requested. Distance learning syllabi and curriculum may include: Site-to-site cable transmission; local access cable transmission; WebCT or other Internet course offerings. Cross-campus exercises may include any form of shared communication and cooperative learning between equivalent classes at two different universities. Please send all submissions electronically to: Meredith M. Redlin; e-mail . Syllabi and exercises should be either in Word or Word Perfect format. Submission deadline is May 15, 2003.

Women's Studies Quarterly seeks submissions for a special Winter 2004 issue on Women, Crime and the Criminal Justice System. This issue will focus on women as offenders, victims, and criminal justice professionals. Deadline for submissions is August 1, 2003. Contact: LaVerne McQuiller Williams, Rochester Institute of Technology, Department of Criminal Justice, 93 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623; e-mail .


May 15-18, 2003 , The 58th Annual Conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research , Nashville, TN. Details about the conference are posted on the AAPOR website .

May 22-25, 2003 , Global Awareness Society International 12th Annual Conference , Washington, DC. Theme: "Challenges of Globalization in a Changing World Order." Contact: James C. Pomfret, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA 17815; (570) 389-4504; fax (570) 389-3599; e-mail ; .

May 29-31, 2003 , Seventh Annual Conference on Holidays, Ritual, Festival, Celebration, and Public Display , Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH. Barbara Ehrenreich will present the keynote address. E-mail Jack Santino at .

May 30-31, 2003 , Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting , Ann Arbor, MI. Contact: William G. Lockwood, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109; (734) 764-7274; fax (734) 763-6077; e-mail . Further details are available at .

June 15-18, 2003 , U.S. Public Health Service Conference , Scottsdale, AZ. For more details visit .

June 21-26, 2003 , European Science Foundation Conference , Acquafredda di Maratea, Italy. Theme: "Building European Citizenship." Contact: J. Hendekovic, European Science Foundation, EURESCO Unit, 1 quai Lezay-Marnesia, 67080 Strasbourg Cedex, France; (33-388) 76 71 35; fax (33-388) 36 69 87; e-mail ; .

August 13-16, 2003 , Association of Black Sociologists (ABS) 33rd Annual Conference , Atlanta, GA, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Theme: "Front-Loading Social Reality: Critical Demography and Black Superiority in Wealth, Status, and Power." Contact: Frank Harold Wilson, ABS Program Chairperson, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, PO Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201; fax (414) 229-4266; e-mail .

September 13-15, 2003 , Young Scientists' Conference , Warsaw, Poland. Theme: "Open Minds: Europe in Global World-Blending Differences." Details at .

September 18-22, 2003 , ECPR 2003 General Conference , Marburg, Germany. Theme: "Organised Crime, Politics and Civil Society." Contact: Felia Allum, European Studies and Modern Languages, University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom; e-mail .

October 15-19, 2003 , Second International Conference on Urban Health , New York City, New York. Contact: Sarah Sisco, Program Manager, Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies, New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue, Room 556, New York, NY 10029; (212) 419-3590; fax (212) 876-6220; e-mail ssisco@NYAM.ORG . .

October 17-19, 2003 , Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference , Minneapolis, MN. Contact: Gary Burns at .

October 24-26, 2003 , Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Meeting , Norfolk, VA. Contact: Lori B. Beaman, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University, J.W. McConnell Building, Room LB681, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blve. West, Montreal, Quebec, H3G 1M8, Canada; e-mail .

November 6-8, 2003 , Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences Annual Conference , Boston, MA. Contact: Mary Rogers, SPHS Program Chair, Diversity Studies, University of West Florida, 11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32514-5750; (850) 474-2031; e-mail . More information at .

November 13-15, 2003 , ESPAnet Conference , Copenhagen, Denmark. Organized by the Network for European Social Policy Analysis. Theme: "Changing European Societies: What Is the Role for Social Policy?" For more information visit or contact Jon Kvist at .


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the availability of FY 2003 funds for a grant program for Dissertation Awards for Doctoral Candidates for Violence-Related Injury Prevention Research in Minority Communities. The purpose of this extramural research training grant program is to attract young scientists to the field of violence prevention. Approximately $100,000 is expected to be available in FY 2003 to fund approximately five awards for a 12-month budget and project period. The application deadline is May 8, 2003. Application kits are available online at or by contacting the CDC Procurement and Grants Office Technical Information Management Section (PGO-TIM) at (770) 488-2700. More information is available at:

Ibis Reproductive Health has received support for a postdoctoral fellowship program on abortion and reproductive health for social scientists. The objective of the fellowship is to cultivate new generations of promising social science researchers who can link the study of abortion and reproductive health to the intellectual trajectory of their own disciplines and who can bridge the divide between research and policy and programs. The fellowship is for two years, renewable for a third, and support for Fellows' research and travel is available. The deadline for individual fellowship applications is May 1, 2003. Contact: Sarah Jane Holcombe, Ibis Reproductive Health, c/o the Center for Reproductive Health Research and Policy, University of California-San Francisco, 3333 California Street, Suite 335, San Francisco, CA 94143-0744; (415) 502-4076; fax (415) 502-8479; e-mail sholcombe@ibisreproductive .

National Science Foundation. Human and Social Dynamics: Special Competition for FY 2003. This special competition inaugurates the Human and Social Dynamics (HSD) priority area. This priority area aims to develop and apply multi-scaled, multi-disciplinary approaches to better understand the causes and ramifications of change and to increase collective capabilities to anticipate its complex consequences. In this initial year of a multi-year effort, the following topical areas will be emphasized (2003 application deadlines are in parentheses): Decision Making Under Uncertainty (part of the President's Climate Change Research Initiative) (July 15 for both center grants and developmental proposals); Enhancing Human Performance (June 11); and Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (June 12). .

Northeastern University. The Women's Studies Program annually offers Research Associate positions to scholars researching topics on women or gender issues. Scholars are in residence for the academic year (or shorter) at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Scholars must have their own financial support, but are provided with shared office space, library privileges, free computer time on Northeastern's mainframe, limited support for photocopying, fax and postage expenses related to research. Scholars may apply by sending a brief statement of their project, dates of expected residency, and a current curriculum vitae by May 15, 2003, to: Susan Setta, Director, Women's Studies Program/ 524 HO, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115.

The Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) Rural Poverty Research Center is offering up to three fellowships for the 2003-2004 academic year to support PhD dissertation research addressing the causes and impacts of poverty in rural areas of the United States or the policy options that might reduce poverty or its negative impacts. The fellowship is intended to be the principal source of support for PhD candidates during the writing of the dissertation. The fellowship carries a stipend of $20,000 for a 12-month period. The application deadline is March 21, 2003. More information is available at .

Social and Demographic Studies of Race and Ethnicity. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute on Aging (NIA), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) invite qualified researchers to submit research grant applications on the demography and social science of race and ethnicity in the United States. The goal of this program is to encourage research that will improve understanding of race and ethnicity in social science and demographic research. Details at: pa-files/PA-03-057.html .

In the News

The American Sociological Association was mentioned in the Toledo Blade on February 10 for its amicus brief in the University of Michigan Supreme Court case on affirmative action.

Laurence A. Basirico , Elon University, was quoted in the November 21, 2002, New York Times , in the October 25, 2002, American Press, and in the March Reader’s Digest on his research on family reunions.

Andrew Beveridge , Queens College, William Kornblum , City University of New York Graduate Center, and David Halle , University of California-Los Angeles, were quoted in the March 5 New York Times on income disparities within New York City tracts.

William Bielby , University of California-Santa Barbara. His data on the number of women versus men employed by Wal-Mart at different levels was featured in a February 16 New York Times article on a discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart accusing it of favoring men over women in promotions and pay. He was also mentioned in the March 3 Business Week for his involvement as an expert witness in the Wal-Mart discrimination case.

Diane Bjorklund , Illinois State University, wrote a feature article in the March 7 Chronicle of Higher Education on the characterization of sociologists in novels.

Charles Bosk , University of Pennsylvania, was quoted in a February 10 Washington Post article on communications problems within NASA that might have contributed to the recent Columbia space shuttle disaster.

Lee Clarke , Rutgers University, was quoted in news outlets both in the United States and internationally on catastrophic disasters, bioterror attacks, and public response to disasters. He was quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (February 14), United Press International (February 13), Reuters (February 13), Newhouse News Service (February 13), BBC News (February 14), The Globe and Mail (February 15), The Daily Telegraph (February 15), Space Daily (February 17), (February 27), and the I(March 14). He also wrote an op-ed in the February 20 New York Daily News on the same topic.

David Croteau , Virginia Commonwealth University, was interviewed and quoted in an Associated Press article, published in the February 28 issue of Wired News , and in the Boston Globe, Seattle Times Intelligencer, USA Today, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday ,, CNN, and ABC News.

Gili S. Drori , Stanford University, was interviewed by Moira Gunn on National Public Radio’s TechNation (broadcast on February 4) about her newly published book is co-authored with John W. Meyer (Stanford University), Francisco O. Ramirez (Stanford University), and Evan Schofer (University of Minnesota).

Samantha Friedman , George Washington University, was quoted in the February 28 Washington Post in an article titled “A Turkish Voice Explains the Islamic Movement.”

Herbert J. Gans , Columbia University, was quoted in the March 7 New York Times about the fame surrounding the man arrested in a mall for wearing a “give peace a chance” T-shirt.

Barry Glassner , University of Southern California, was quoted in a February 19 Baltimore Sun article on the warnings from the Department of Homeland Security to buy duct tape and plastic sheeting and how it compares to the Cold War era.

Calvin Goldscheider , Brown University, was interviewed and quoted in a February 26 United Press International story about an article he wrote for Contexts magazine on Jewish culture.

Rosanna Hertz , Wellesley College, was quoted in a February 17 Baltimore Sun article about the Fox TV reality show Joe Millionaire and the idea of women marrying for money.

Richard J. Lundman , Ohio State University, had his research on racial profiling featured in the “Unconventional Wisdom” column in the February 16 Washington Post .

John Macionis , Kenyon College, was featured in the college’s Alumni Bulletin where it was mentioned that he won the ASA’s Distinguished Contribution to Teaching Award.

David Moberg , Marquette University (emeritus), was featured in the November/December 2002 issue of Aging Today about his latest book, Aging and Spirituality: Spiritual Dimensions of Aging Theory, Practice and Policy (The Haworth Press, 2001).

Steven M. Ortiz , Oregon State University, was interviewed and quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times , October 27, 2002, on the topics of the groupie phenomenon and marital infidelity in the world of professional sports. He was also interviewed and quoted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution , February 7, on the topic of NBA groupies. He was interviewed on Australia’s Radio National program, The Sports Factor , for the segment, “Married to the Game,” October 25, 2002. He also did a live interview on the topic of sport marriages on the Red Symons Breakfast Program in Melbourne, Australia, November 6, 2002.

Melissa Partin was quoted in the February 18 New York Times , in the Jane Brody “Health” section, on current controversies surrounding use of PSA in prostate cancer screening.

Barbara Risman , North Carolina State University, was quoted on the topic of parents staying home to take care of children for a temporary span of time in the March 10 Baltimore Sun .

Joseph A. Soares , Yale University, was quoted in a February 5 Boston Herald article on why Boston’s Government Center is a failure as public space.

Karen Sternheimer , University of Southern California, was quoted in a San Jose Mercury News article on February 26 about the tendency of the press to draw copycat connections between the media and young people when accused of a violent crime.

Christoper Uggen , University of Minnesota, was cited in a New York Times article on December 29, 2002, on the number of U.S. citizens in prison or who have done time in prison.

Diane Vaughan , Boston College, was interviewed and quoted for a February 16 Miami Herald article on the insulating foam issue in regards to the Columbia space shuttle disaster.

John B. Williamson , Boston College, was interviewed and quoted for an Associated Press story on older activists speaking out on issues concerning the elderly. The story was picked up by the Fort Worth Star Telegram (February 18), Baltimore Sun (February 18), Newsday (February 19), the Guardian-UK (February 19), Kansas City Star (February 19), and Macon Telegraph (February 19).

David Yamane , University of Notre Dame, was quoted in articles on the Catholic priesthood in the Allentown (PA) Morning Call on October 21, 2002, and on faith-based political advocacy in the Austin American Statesman on February 3.

Sharon Zukin , Brooklyn College and CUNY-Graduate Center. The book she co-edited with Michael Sorkin , After the World Trade Center: Rethinking New York City (Routledge, 2002), was named one of the best books of 2002 in architecture by the New York Times . She was quoted in the Times in December 30, 2002, on the intergenerational enclave aspects of Gerritsen Beach, a neighborhood in Brooklyn. She was also one of ten urbanists interviewed by the Times for predictions of what New York City would be like in the next 10 years (January 5).

Caught in the Web

Child Trends DataBank . The DataBank is a one-stop-shop for the latest national trends and research on over 70 key indicators of child and youth well being, with new indicators added each month. Child Trends is a non-partisan, non-profit research firm in Washington, DC.

A new issue of the online journal IT and Society (jointly produced by the University of Maryland and Stanford University) can be found at .

The Scholar & Feminist Online , published by the Barnard Center for Research on Women, is a new breed of interactive web journal which provides public access to the Barnard Center for Research on Women’s most innovative programming by posting written transcripts, audio and visual recordings, and links to relevant intellectual and social action networks. The journal builds on these programs by publishing related scholarship and other applicable resources. Increasing access to New York City-based cultural programming that spans boundaries of discipline, politics, and artistic medium, S&F Online is free to scholars, artists, students and the general public. To subscribe, visit .


Association for Anthropology and Gerontology Margaret Clark Award ($500 graduate, $250 undergraduate), honors Dr. Clark's pioneering work in gerontology and medical anthropology. Unpublished student papers in all fields are welcome. The relation to lifespan and aging issues must be discussed. Send three double-spaced copies, abstract, address, affiliation, phone, and verification of student status. Deadline: May 30. Contact: Mark Luborsky, Clark Award Chair, Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University, 87 East Ferry, 252 Knapp Bldg., Detroit, MI 48202; (313) 577-6790; e-mail . .

Association of Black Sociologists (ABS) invites submissions for the ABS Undergraduate and Graduate Paper Competition. Cash awards will be presented to the top three papers submitted to each of the graduate and undergraduate competitions. Student winners will present their papers at the ABS Annual Meeting, to be held August 13-16, 2003, in Atlanta. Papers are due April 21, 2003. Undergraduate papers must be no more than 20 pages in length. Graduate papers must not exceed 35 pages. Submit six copies of submissions (indicating graduate or undergraduate status), plus an abstract of no more than 200 words, to: John B. Diamond, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2115 North Campus Drive, Room 217, Evanston, IL 60208-2610; e-mail .

Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) Student Prize Committee solicits nominations for the 2002 Best Student Paper competition. Anyone can nominate papers authored by university undergraduate and graduate students. The papers should address any topic related to Cuba's domestic issues, its foreign relations, or Cuba in comparative perspectives. The Best Student Paper Prize carries a $500-award, an invitation to present the paper at the ASCE Annual Conference, and subsequent publication in the ASCE Proceedings with the appropriate notation. Papers received or postdated by June 7, 2003, will be considered. The winner of the competition will be announced by July 9. For further information contact: Enrique S. Pumar, Chair Student Prize Committee, e-mail .

Sociologists for Women in Society presents an annual award for graduate students and recent PhDs working in the area of women and paid work-employment and self-employment, informal market work, or illegal work. The award is supported by a bequest from the family of the late Cheryl Allyn Miller. The purpose of the award is to recognize a sociology graduate student or recent doctorate whose research or activism constitutes an outstanding contribution to the field of women and work. The award is $500, and will be presented at the banquet at the August SWS meeting. The winner may present her or his work at the meeting. Fare to the meeting will be paid by SWS. Applicants must be graduate students or have received their PhD in 2002 or 2003 and must belong to SWS. Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2003. Contact: Dana M. Britton, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, Waters Hall 204, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-4003; (785) 532-4968; fax (785) 532-6978; e-mail .

Summer Programs

National Science Foundation Short Courses for College Teachers is available at . These courses provide an excellent way to improve your courses and meet other participants from many different institutes of higher education from around the country. Idea sharing is optimal.

Second Annual Summer Institute on Sexuality, Society, and Health , San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, four-week Summer Institute (July 7-31, 2003) and Practitioner Training (July 7-11, 2003). Join the nation’s foremost scholars, researchers, community members, and health care providers who are redefining sexuality research in our time at the second annual summer institute on sexuality, society, and health in the United States. For further information call the Summer Institute Office at (415) 405-3572 or visit .

New Academic Programs

University of California-Irvine is now offering an online master’s degree program in Criminology, Law, and Society. The first online master’s program in the University of California system, this fully accredited program is designed for professionals seeking a graduate degree for career advancement in the areas of law enforcement, probation, corrections, secret service, investigation, and many other fields. More information is at Contact Lise White, Educational Consultant, University of California-Irvine, Criminology, Law and Society; (949) 824-9055; .

Georgetown University ’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology is starting a new concentration in Social Justice Analysis. This optional track focuses on the theories and analysis of structural inequalities through community-based learning. This concentration is designed to incorporate a student developmental approach to learning and provide students with academic skills necessary to effect positive social change. The gateway course to the concentration is “Social Justice Analysis: Theory and Practice” and the capstone course is “Project D.C.” More information is at .

Members' New Books

Kum-Kum Bhavnani , University of Bradford, John Foran , University of California-Santa Barbara, and Priya A. Kurian, editors, Feminist Futures: Re-imagining Women, Culture and Development (Zed Press, 2003).

Diane E. Davis , Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Anthony W. Pereira , Tulane University, editors, Irregular Armed Forces and Their Role in Politics and State Formation (Cambridge University Press, 2003).

Mario Diani , Universita di Trento (Italy), and Doug McAdam , Stanford University, editors, Social Movements and Networks (Oxford University Press, 2003).

John Foran , University of California-Santa Barbara, editor, The Future of Revolutions: Re-thinking Radical Change in the Age of Globalization (Zed Press, 2003).

Sally K. Gallagher , Oregon State University, Evangelical Identity and Gendered Family Life (Rutgers University Press, 2003).

Jim Gobert , University of Essex and Maurice Punch , London School of Economics, Rethinking Corporate Crime, (Butterworths, 2003).

Michael S. Kimmel , SUNY-Stony Brook, and Abby L. Ferber , University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Privilege: A Reader (Westview, 2003).

James R. Lincoln , University of California-Berkeley, and Arne L. Kalleberg , University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Culture, Control and Commitment: A Study of Work Organization and Work Attitudes in the United States and Japan (Percheron Press/Eliot Werner Publications, 2003).

James Mahoney and Dietrich Rueschemeyer , editors, Comparative Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences (Cambridge University Press, 2003).

Alan S. Miller , Hokkaido University, and Yoshinori Kamo , Louisiana State University, Nihon: Yoi Shigarami, Warui Shigarami (Japan: Good Bondage, Bad Bondage) (Nihon Keizai Shimbun Press, 2002).

Jeylan T. Mortimer , University of Minnesota, Working and Growing Up in America (Harvard University Press, 2003).

Lena Wright Myers , Ohio University, A Broken Silence: Voices of African American Women in the Academy (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003).

Joan Roelofs , Keene State College, Foundations and Public Policy: The Mask of Pluralism (SUNY Press, 2003).

Victor N. Shaw , California State University-Northridge, Substance Use and Abuse: Sociological Perspectives (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002).


Margaret Andersen , University of Delaware, was named chair of the National Advisory Board of the Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University.

Wendy Baldwin , University of Kentucky, has been elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Committee on Nominations.

James M. Jasper made his New York debut as a standup comedian in November. Since then, he has been performing monthly at the Gotham Comedy Club and the Boston Comedy Club in Manhattan.

Michael Macy , Cornell University, spoke on February 14 at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Denver in a symposium. He was also awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research on peer-enforced norms.

Herm Smith was conferred the rank of Professor Emeritus by the University of Missouri-St. Louis for his distinguished service since 1970.

David Sonnenfeld , Washington State University, has been selected as a Distinguished Southeast Asian Science and Policy Fellow at the College of William and Mary and Virginia Institute of Marine Science. He also has been appointed Guest Professor in the Dept. of Social Sciences, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He will be a Fellow of the Wageningen Institute of Environment and Climate Research (WIMEK).

Other Organizations

Central Archive for Empirical Social Research , Cologne, Germany, and the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn will be offering an International Seminar on September 1-12, 2003. For registration and further information contact .

International Journal of Comparative Sociology is seeking an Editor for a term of at least four years. The Editor’s responsibility is to oversee the selection of Guest Editors and topics and to establish a steering committee to help select topics, if desired. The Editor can invite scholars and disseminate a “call for special issues.” Special issues are about eight to ten articles (including an introduction). Depending on the length of the special issue, each of the remaining four regular issues contain about three to five articles that may include research communications (i.e., short articles about ongoing research, new studies, and preliminary results), and book reviews. Stipend will be offered, the amount yet to be determined. We will also supply a computer and travel grants. Editorial Board can be revised to help support your efforts. Deadline for submissions is April 31, 2003. More information about the journal can be found at . Contact: Shivu Ishwaran, Editor, de Sitter Publications, 374 Woodsworth Rd., Willowdale, Ontario M2L 2T6, Canada; e-mail .

Journal of Social and Political Thought (j_spot) Call for Associate Editors. j_spot seeks volunteers to assist for one-year terms, pro bono, with a specified range of editorial duties. j_spot is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed electronic journal focusing on a wide range of intersections between theory, politics, culture, and social justice. .


Maxine P. Atkinson is the recipient of the First Year Student Advocate Award at North Carolina State University.

Carol A. Jenkins , Glendale Community College (Arizona), has been awarded the 2002 Excellence in Instruction Award by the Rural Sociological Society.

William E. Knox , emeritus, was honored by the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation at the 34th Annual Frank Porter Graham Awards Dinner on February 8 in Durham, NC.

Lora Bex Lempert , University of Michigan-Dearborn, received two major awards for leadership on behalf of women. The Sarah Goddard Power Award from the University of Michigan Academic Women’s Caucus and the UM-Dearborn’s 25th annual Susan B. Anthony Award.

Gwen Moore , SUNY-Albany, was named a finalist for the European Union’s Descartes Prize, the premier science prize in Europe for her study of women and men in top economic and political positions in 27 industrialized nations.

Thomas F. Pettigrew , University of California-Santa Cruz, is one of ten Americans recently named a New Century Scholar by the U.S. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Sally Ward , University of New Hampshire, has been awarded the 2003 Lindberg Award for Outstanding Teacher-Scholar in the College of Liberal Arts.


Jeffrey K. Hadden , University of Virginia, died on January 26.

Stanford Morris Lyman , Florida Atlantic University, died on March 8.

Alan S. Miller , Hokkaido University, Japan, died on January 17.


Robert Alford

Robert Alford died of pancreatic cancer on February 14, 2003, just months before his 75th birthday. There was to be a celebration at his parents’ ranch in Avery, California, in the Sierras. Bob grew up near here at Angel’s Camp, the site of the Calaveras jumping frog contests fabled by Mark Twain. Bob loved to walk the forest paths that radiate out across the property, past the pond dense with water lilies and an apple orchard with forgotten species of fruit. The lupine and the Indian paintbrush would have been in bloom. Bob was a huge man who loped gracefully and could walk for miles. He thought best walking, which was how we worked out the structure of the Powers of Theory (1985), through hours and hours of movement.

Bob was the socialist child of Republican parents who had raised their children to suspect authority. There was also a leftist heritage. His maternal grandfather had been a Wobbly, as well as a member of the Salvation Army. In 1951 Bob dropped out of UC-Berkeley, opposed to the McCarthy loyalty oaths, and went to work and to organize as a member of the Labor Youth League in an International Harvester truck factory. Robert Blauner was a fellow worker and cell-member there. After Khrushchev’s “secret” 1956 speech to the 20th Party Congress leaked out, a speech detailing Stalin’s “crimes,” his incarceration and execution of spies and enemies who were, in fact, loyal Communists, Alford, like many others, including Blauner, returned to the university. The state’s promulgation of information that was, in fact, disinformation, or outright lies, would later become a theme in his work.

A graduate student of Seymour Martin Lipset, his 1961 doctoral dissertation on class voting was subsequently published as Party and Politics , distinguishing between determinants of the class distinctiveness of parties and the partisan distinctiveness of a class in Anglo-American democracies. The young quantitative political sociologist left for the University of Wisconsin, where, together with Michael Aiken, he led the Social Organization program until 1974. In this multivariate citadel, a generation of young students fired by the New Left enabled Bob to return intellectually to the home terrain of his politics, and indeed to leave behind the econometric rewriting of the social. In his turn, Alford took his students through a critical re-engagement with the classic debates with Marxism as the way forward. It was at the seminar table, through a combination of withering critique and an overwhelming sense of care, that Bob shaped generations of sociologists who learned from him that a statement of a problem, the choice of an indicator, the settling on a particular level of observation, could have fateful consequences. His objective, as he put it, was “to unpack” a student’s approach to a problem. Doctoral prospectuses, chapters, seminar papers all merited copious, typewritten comments. His seminars were always charged, overcrowded zones of engagement. We all foolishly thought that this was how academic life was lived everywhere. Teaching for him was a kind of wrestling, a loving combat. Sometimes after Bob’s “unpacking,” you just wanted to go home and get in bed for the indefinite future. But you knew he knew you could go farther. And you did. His students didn’t just admire him; we loved him. In 1997, he was given the ASA’s Distinguished Contribution to Teaching Award.

Bob left Wisconsin to return home to California in 1974, taking on the direction of the sociology program at the UC-Santa Cruz. In 1975, he published Health Care Politics: Ideological and Interest Group Barriers to Reform . In that work he showed the ways in which displays of rationality and rituals of rationalization were forms of symbolic politics, part of a political process by which interest groups, organizations and the very structure of the system blocked substantive reform. The volume won the C. Wright Mills Award.

This work on politics as aesthetics, beautiful form as substitute for interested transformation, was later followed by work on the politics of aesthetic production. Music was Bob’s first passion and the piano a life-long gift, one whose pleasure was later denied him by a congenital ear defect that steadily rendered him deaf. I think music was, in fact, the template by which he understood the practice of sociology, the imagination and construction of a beautiful structure, a disciplined passion, an enchanted reconstruction of the world. And it was from music that he learned the problematic of technique. A gifted teenage pianist, he had hitchhiked from Angels Camp to San Francisco just to hear Arthur Rubinstein play. If you asked him, 40 years later, he would still talk about Rubinstein’s piano-playing technique. Bob discovered that concert pianists, as well as other types of musician, often experienced bodily pains, sometimes quite extreme, indeed even leading to permanent injury. This pain, however, was not a necessity, but a taken-for-granted cost of an institutionalized technique. Bob wrote about it with Andras Szanto in “Orpheus Wounded: The Experience of Pain in the Professional Worlds of the Piano” (1996, Theory and Society ). He had wanted to write much more, but his own pain at not any longer being able to hear the music ended that research.

Bob used to take out his dog-eared copy of The Sociological Imagination and read passages out loud to me like a catechist. C. Wright Mills had felt that he arrived when he finally made it to Manhattan. Bob had fallen in love with New York City as a result of doing research there for his health care politics book. Like Mills, in 1988 Alford, too, finally made it to Manhattan. A boy who had grown up in a small town where the cattle ranchers were at the apex of the social structure of Angels Camp was now a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. At CUNY, he spent most of his time working with students crafting their dissertations. Sociologically speaking, Bob was a committed Trinitarian. Everything came to him in threes—home domains, theories, levels of analysis, modes of inquiry, classical theorists, and as it turned out, academic homes. His last major book, The Craft of Inquiry: Theories, Methods, Evidence (1998), an exploration of historical, quantitative and interpretative modalities, developed out of decades of doing what he did best—working through the design, the genre, the technique by which one sought to apprehend the social. Bob was the master of the master class. There are hundreds of scholars out there whose craft was learned at his table. And for this we give thanks.

Roger Friedland, Departments of Religious Studies and Sociology, University of California-Santa Barbara

Dafna Nundi Izraeli
Dafna Nundi Izraeli, feminist sociologist and women’s rights and peace activist, died on February 21, 2003, in Tel Aviv, after fighting a losing battle with cancer for the past year. She leaves a legacy of warmth and generosity, political activism, and engaged feminist scholarship.

Izraeli was Professor of Sociology and former Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv. At the time of her death, she was Chair of the Graduate Program in Gender Studies and Head of the Rachel and J.L. Gewurz Center for Research on Gender at Bar Ilan University, which she endowed in the name of her parents. The Bar Ilan Program, which she organized, is the only MA/PhD Gender and Women’s Studies program in Israel.

Born in France on September 9, 1937, Izraeli grew up in Montreal, Canada, where she completed her BA in political science and philosophy and her MSW in social work, both at McGill University. She continued her graduate studies in political science and Hebrew history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and then in sociology and anthropology at Manchester University in England, where she received her PhD degree in 1972. She spent a post-doctoral year at the University of California-Berkeley, and was a visiting professor at New York University, Northeastern University, Harvard University, and the University of California-Berkeley.

Izraeli published eight books (with colleagues); among them were The Double Bind: Women in Israel (Kibbutz Hameuchad, 1982, in Hebrew); Women’s Worlds: From the New Scholarship (Praeger, 1985); Dual-Earner Families: International Perspectives (Sage, 1992); Women in Israel (Transaction, 1993); Competitive Frontiers: Women Managers in a Global Economy , (Blackwell, 1994) and Sex Gender Politics: Women in Israel (Kibbutz Hameuchad, 1999, in Hebrew). She was the author of numerous articles in professional journals and encyclopedias on issues related to gender in unions, work, family, social policy, and the Israeli military.

At the time of her death, she was on the Advisory Board of Jewish and Christian Perspectives Series , and on the editorial boards of Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia, Gender & Society, Israeli Society (in Hebrew), Community Work and Family , and International Review of Women and Leadership .

Izraeli was a long-time member of the American Sociological Association, Society for the Study of Social Probems, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Academy of Management, and Sociologists for Women in Society. She was on the Executive Board of the Research Committee on Women in Society of the International Sociological Association and on the Executive Committee of the Israel Sociological Association, where she was founder and chair of the Section for Research and Training of Sex Roles. She was a founding member of the Israel Association for Feminist and Gender Studies, a member of the Israel Industrial Relations Association, and the Academic Council of Emek Yezrael College. She was Co-Chair of the First International Interdisciplinary Conference on Women, held in Haifa in 1981.

A tireless worker for peace, democracy, and women’s rights in Israel, Izraeli was a Vice-President of the New Israel Fund, a progressive U.S.-Israeli organization working for peace and democracy in Israel. Through many projects and personal contacts, Izraeli was personally and professionally involved in bringing Palestinian and Jewish women together and in efforts to bring about a just peace in Israel. She was a founding member of the Israeli Women’s Network, an activist organization that has been fighting for women’s equality in Israel since 1985. She was also an active member of U.S./Israel Women-to-Women, an organization that supports women’s projects in Israel.

In the last 27 years, Izraeli was advisor to many government committees on the status of women in Israel. In 1976-1978, she was a consultant to the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Status of Women. At the time of her death, she was consultant to the subcommittees on the Advancement of Women and Work and on the Economy in the Knesset Standing Committee on the Status of Women. She was also a founder and board member of Legal Equity Action for Women in the Workplace.

Izraeli, then Gewurz, married Dove Izraeli in 1960 and emigrated to Israel. Dove Izraeli was professor of management studies at Tel Aviv University, where he specialized in marketing and business ethics. He died of a long-term illness on January 31, 2003. Izraeli is survived by three children, Leora Sharon, Sharona Wattemberg, and Haim Izraeli; a sister, Gisela Garmaise; two brothers, Werner and Samuel, 18 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Judith Lorber, Professor Emerita, Brooklyn College and Graduate School, City University of New York

Helena Lopata
Helena Lopata, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Loyola University Chicago, died in Wisconsin at the age of 77 on February 12, 2003. She was a faculty member at Loyola University from 1969 until her retirement in May 1997. Her husband, Richard Lopata, died in 1994. Her children, Theodora Menasco and Stefan Lopata and three grandchildren survive her. Until her death she remained an active member of the department and the profession, teaching, participating in national and international conferences, and writing.

Helena was born in Poznan, Poland, on October 1, 1925, and lived there until the age of 15. Her father, Polish sociologist Florian Znaniecki, was in the United States when the Nazis occupied Poland on September 1, 1939, and, as part of their campaign to weaken the resistant Polish intelligentsia, sent the teenage Helena and her mother, Eileen Markley, to a concentration camp. In her column for “My Turn” (SWS Network News, October 2001) she wrote a compelling story of this time:

“Upon seeing the cattle cars, mother decided to act. Having been trained as an American lawyer, she marched to the camp commander demanding to be released.

She claimed American citizenship, which she did not have because she had married a foreigner before the 1924 act that allowed American women to retain their citizenship after marrying a national of another country. Speaking English, she claimed that she had come to Poland to visit her sister and family. She explained that her sister and her sister’s husband had been killed by the bombs and that I, the niece, was with her now. She said that she did not understand what was going on but that she had important friends in America who could cause trouble. This was before the United States entered the War. The Commander became frightened and let us go. The Poles standing outside the fence threw stones as we left, thinking that we had claimed to be “Volksdeutsch” or Germans, so Mother yelled in Polish (which she was not supposed to know) that we were Americans. With that, the crowd carried us on their backs to the streetcar, and we returned safely to Poznan.”

From Poznan, Helena and her mother made their way, with difficulty, through Austria and Italy to the United States, joining Znaniecki who had accepted a teaching position at the University of Illinois.

Helena finished high school in Champaign, Illinois, and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois. She received her PhD in 1954 from the University of Chicago, where she studied with Herbert Blumer, Everett Hughes, and Louis Wirth. From 1965 to 1969 she taught at Roosevelt University in Chicago. In 1969 she moved to Loyola University, where she chaired the department from 1970 to 1972 and was Director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Social Roles from 1972 until her retirement. She was also Visiting Professor of Sociology at the Universities of Southern California, Minnesota, Guelph, Victoria, and Boston College.

Helena published 20 books (often with colleagues and graduate students) and numerous articles. She edited the series, Current Research on Occupations and Professions (formerly Research on the Interweave of Social Roles) for JAI Press, which resulted in ten edited volumes. Her articles and book chapters covered a variety of topics, including social roles, the life course, time, grief, loneliness, family support networks, and women’s employment. At the time of her death she was working on a series of papers on “the cosmopolitan community of scholars,” an interest originating in her own extensive international connections and experience.

Helena was active in a vast array of professional organizations. During her career she was elected to the presidencies of several organizations, including SWS and SSSP, and chaired numerous ASA committees and sections. An internationalist and world traveler, she was a 30-year member of the International Sociological Association, and participated actively in its seminars in family and in its sociology of work and sociology of aging research committees.

Helena drew on and elaborated her father’s theoretical approach to social roles as comprising “social persons” embedded in “social circles.” In her empirical work she applied her concept of roles first to the study of housewives and later to employed women and to widows, showing how expanding and contracting social circles shaped women’s options in the context of wider societal shifts. Her portraits of women buffeted by a changing American landscape and, more recently, by global forces, also show in detail how these women navigated, improvised, and innovated strategic responses to changing worlds.

Helena was an internationalist long before studying globalization became important to American sociologists. To those of us who worked alongside her, Helena was a wonderful colleague and mentor. For many years, faculty and graduate students made pilgrimages to the Lopata’ s beautiful home on the shore of Lake Delavan in Wisconsin, where we were treated to lavish Polish meals and good conversation. Always ready for the next meeting, seminar, dinner, or party, she lived as well as studied the sociability that enlarges our lives. We will miss her.

Judith Wittner, Loyola University

Norma Juliet Wikler
Norma Juliet Wikler graduated from the Department of Sociology at the University of California-Berkeley in 1973.

Norma arrived in Berkeley in the mid-1960s with an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in nursing, which she hated. Having never taken a sociology course, she plunged into graduate school to study social movements and social change, inspired especially by Herbert Blumer. Active in the anti-war movement, Norma wrote her dissertation on “Vietnam and the Veterans’ Consciousness,” with William Kornhauser and Arlie Hochschild as committee members.

Norma taught at the University of California-Santa Cruz from 1971 to 1990. Her co-authored book, Up Against the Clock: Career Women Speak on the Choice to Have Children (1979), and her articles on reproductive technology are still timely. Combining her sociological skills and activist concerns, she became founding director from 1980-82 of the National Judicial Education Program on Gender Bias in the Courts, a project of NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, and wrote extensively on women in the courts. She continued speaking, organizing conferences, and consulting with state task forces after moving to Costa Rica in 1992 to grow organic pineapples.

Norma was an intense, vital, funny person and a brilliant organizer. She never flagged in her commitment to the “class struggle.” In 2001 she moved to New York to search for a place for herself in the cause, but it wasn’t there. Refusing to compromise, she took her own life on May 27, 2002. A bench in Central Park is dedicated to her memory. The plaque reads “Norma Juliet Wikler. Outraged and Outrageous.”

Ruth Dixon-Mueller, University of California-Berkeley

Official Reports and Proceedings

Editors’ Reports

Summary Submission and Acceptance Data for ASA Journals in 2002.

American Sociological Review

During 2002, ASR published 39 articles and 3 comment/reply exchanges. The articles reported significant new research in many of the areas of the discipline. These included: economic and political sociology, race and ethnicity, gender, criminology, social movements, theory, culture, religion, organizations, stratification, family, childhood, mental health, demography, and comparative-historical sociology. The methods used in these articles were highly varied. Slightly more than one-fourth of published articles in 2002 were based, for example, on non-quantitative methods (ethnography, textual analysis, archival research), the same fraction at which non-quantitative manuscripts were submitted.

The most recent data available (January 2003) from the Institute for Scientific Information’s Journal Citation Report indicates that ASR retained its first place position, among 93 sociology journals worldwide, in terms of “impact.” (A journal’s impact is calculated by dividing the number of current [2001] journal citations to articles published in the focal journal during the two previous years by the total number of articles published in the focal journal in those two years.) By this measure, ASR also outscored its “sister” journals in neighboring disciplines (viz., the American Political Science Review and the American Economic Review ).

Also during 2002, five recent ASR articles won Best Article Prizes from sections of the American Sociological Association. We congratulate the award winners: Judith Stacey and Timothy Biblarz for “(How) Does the Sexual Orientation of Parents Matter?” (Sex and Gender Section); Susan Eckstein for “Community as Gift-Giving: Collective Roots of Volunteerism” (Park Award, Section of Community and Urban Sociology); Vincent Roscignio and William Danaher for “Radio and the Mobilization of Textile Workers in the South” (Sociology of Culture Section); Evan Schofer and Marion Fourcade-Gourinchas for “The Structural Contexts of Civic Engagement: National Polities and Individual Association Membership” (Political Sociology Section); and Brian Uzzi for “Embeddedness in the Making of Financial Capital” (Scott Award, Section on Organizations, Occupations and Work). Peter Stamatov was also honored (with the Bendix Award from the Section on Comparative and Historical Sociology) for his paper on the political uses of Giuseppe Verdi’s operas in the 1840s, a revision of which subsequently appeared in ASR. This number of awards, we are pleased to say, is twice the number of section prizes received by any other journal.

The manuscripts submitted to ASR in 2002 were as varied as those published. In descending order, the top dozen areas of submission (making up slightly more than half of the submission pool) were: race and ethnicity, stratification, political sociology, comparative-historical sociology, family and marriage, economy and society, demography, social movements, sex and gender, and sociology of culture. This range of topics portends well for breadth of content in future issues of the journal.

In evaluating manuscripts submitted to ASR , we have been enormously helped, again this year, by our indefatigable Deputy Editors: Denise D. Bielby (Santa Barbara), Evelyn Nakano Glenn (California-Berkeley), Charles N. Halaby (Wisconsin-Madison), Judith A. Howard (Washington), Andrew G. Walder (Stanford), and David L. Weakliem (Connecticut). We also benefited from the advice of more than 750 external peer reviewers, including the hardworking members of our Editorial Board. (For a list of all reviewers, see ASR, December 2002, Volume 67, pages 925-929.)

With the close of 2002, the terms of 20 Board members came to an end, and we thank them for their three years of excellent service to the profession: Richard Biernacki (San Diego), York Bradshaw (Memphis), John S. Butler (Texas-Austin), Stephen Chiu (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Marjorie DeVault (Syracuse), Frank Dobbin (Princeton), Lauren Edelman, (Berkeley), Kathryn Edin (Northwestern), Patricia Fernandez-Kelly (Princeton), Kenneth Ferraro (Purdue), Renata Forste (Brigham Young), Jan Hoem (Max Planck Institute), Pamela Jackson (Indiana), Elizabeth Jelin (Buenos Aires), Kelly Moore (Barnard), Silvia Pedraza (Michigan), Arthur Sakamoto (Texas-Austin), Gay Seidman (Wisconsin-Madison), Marilyn Whalen (Xerox Palo Alto Research Center), and David R. Williams (Michigan). We also thank Jennifer Glass (Iowa), whose election to Council required her early departure from the Board.

At this time, we welcome onto the Editorial Board the following scholars, whose terms run from 2003 to 2005: Neuma Aguiar (Federal University of Minas Gerias, Brazil), Olga Amsterdamska (Amsterdam), Sharyn Roach Anleu (Flinders), Richard Breen (Oxford), Robert Crutchfield (Washington), Theodore Gerber (Arizona), Phillip Gorski (Wisconsin-Madison), Ching-Kwan Lee (Michigan), Orville Lee (New School), Michael Lovaglia (Iowa), Jeff Manza (Northwestern), Cecilia Menjívar (Arizona State), Leslie McCall (Rutgers), Debra Minkoff (Washington), Eliza Pavalko (Indiana), Townsand Price-Spatlen (Ohio State), Zhenchau Qian (Ohio State), Shulamit Reinharz (Brandeis), Lala Carr Steelman (South Carolina), Xiaohe Xu (Mississippi State), and Ezra Zuckerman (MIT).

As a result of these changes, ASR’s 2003 Editorial Board has 62 members: 52 percent (N = 32) are men, 48 percent (N = 30) are women, 29 percent (N = 18) are minority scholars, and 23 percent (N = 14) reside outside the United States. Together, these Board members bring expertise in a wide range of substantive areas and methodological practices; 42 percent of them (N = 26), for example, are scholars closely familiar either with ethnographic, historical, or textual-analytic methods.

In thanking all these scholars, we also want to express appreciation for the excellent day-to-day work of Karen Bloom, our Managing Editor, and Jacolyn Hudson, our new Editorial Associate.

2002 Totals
ASR considered a total of 574 manuscripts in 2002 (see Table 1 ). Of these manuscripts, 86 were already in review when the year began, so, 488 new or revised manuscripts were submitted in 2002. Of these, 387 were first submissions and 101 were resubmissions. The mean number of weeks for an editorial decision was 13.3.

As to the disposition of manuscripts, the breakdown for 2002 was as follows: We rejected 70.4 percent ([304 + 25]/467) of submitted papers; we issued “revise and resubmit” invitations to 13.4 percent (63/467) of manuscripts; we accepted 10.7 percent (50/467) of submissions. These percentages are close to those we previously reported for 2001, with a slight increase in the percentage of accepted manuscripts, and a slight fall in the “revise and resubmit” figure. Despite minor fluctuations, the figures for 2002 thus differ little from those in 2001.

Charles Camic and Franklin D. Wilson, Editors

Contemporary Sociology

Books Considered
The editorial office of Contemporary Sociology received 1,520 new books to consider for review in Volume 31. All the new books were sent directly by the publishers to the Purdue office, or indirectly through the ASA office. A total of 95 books were carried over from the previous year. The editors examined 1,615 books for consideration in 2002.

Several goals guided the editorial process for Volume 31: (1) increase the number of new book reviewers and contributors, (2) publish a continuities symposium, (3) publish a symposium on a major collection of new books, and (4) publish a symposium on transnational issues.

(1) We cannot accurately count the number of first-time contributors to Contemporary Sociology . Nonetheless, we estimate that at least one-quarter of the reviews published in Volume 31 were written by scholars who had not previously prepared materials for the journal. In addition, in the January issue we featured an essay that is co-authored by a senior sociologist and her graduate student.

(2) Most of the featured essays and symposia materials featured new books. We published a continuities symposium on The Behavior of Law in the November issue. Eight contributors participated. The symposium was organized by Allan Horwitz, an editorial board member.

(3) The September issue featured a symposium, organized by the editors, on The Multi-City Study of Urban Inequality. A cluster of six books, discussing the findings from a major research initiative that was co-sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation, was the basis for the symposium.

(4) The editors invited Myra Marx Ferree to organize a symposium on German feminist politics. Seven contributors prepared work that appeared in the January 2003 issue of Contemporary Sociology .

On July 17, 2002, The Report of the Committee on the Status of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Persons in Sociology was submitted to the ASA Council. The Report suggested that Contemporary Sociology feature an essay on the state of LGBT studies. The editors have invited the Committee to suggest contributions for near-future issues, including a symposium; and have asked for recommendations for editorial board members.

The editors selected a total of 482 reviews to publish in Volume 31. This number, smaller than the corresponding number for Volume 30, is due to a larger number of pages devoted to essays and symposium materials.

The editors attempted to commission reviews for all new books received that are authored or edited by sociologists. Revised editions were not reviewed. In addition, at least 30 books were summarized in the “Take Note” section of each issue. The “Take Note” section is intended to bring to the reader’s attention new books in fields related to sociology and the work of sociologists. The editorial assistants, Lorrell Kilpatrick and Brian Ruby, are PhD students in sociology at Purdue University. They prepared the “Take Note” summaries for Volume 31.

Editorial and Production Lags
On average, a seven-week editorial lag applies to Volume 31 materials. This represents the time between receipt of materials and a publication schedule. The journal’s managing editor, Barbara Puetz, edits and formats all the work received (including the “Take Note” summaries) in preparation for publication. The production lag, eight months, represents the time between receipt of the materials and the publication date.

Items Published
In Volume 31, 11 review essays and 13 contributions to symposia were published. A total of 465 book reviews were published.

Editorial Board Members and Reviewers
The current editorial board includes 18 men and 18 women. The editorial board members are diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, and intellectual interests. They are especially helpful in their suggestions for potential reviewers.

JoAnn Miller and Robert Perrucci, Editors


Contexts is the ASA magazine devoted to bringing sociology to the widest possible public. It appears to be doing well. Subscriptions are, I understand, ahead of projections; the magazine has been picked up by newsstand distributors as of issue 1:4; several of our articles have gotten media attention and/or have been reprinted; and informal word is that many instructors are using our articles in their classes. In this report, I will review how we work and a few matters that may be of interest to the committee.

As of issue 2:1, each issue of Contexts will have the following departments: Letters to the Editor, feature articles, photo essay, “From the Polls” (a summary report on recent surveys concerning a specific subject—the death penalty, for starters), “Field Note” (a simulated extract from field-workers’ first-hand experiences), book reviews, “Revision” (a new department—before and after images of social change), and a personal essay (a social scientist reflects on experiences in the public arena – in the Spring issue, a long essay by Saad Ibrahim).

For 2003, the magazine underwent a minor design change: Design Site, the subcontractor for the University of California Press (which publishes Contexts on ASA’s behalf), developed a style for the two new departments and modified a few others to make their looks slightly more distinct.

General Operations
Contexts ’ editorial office runs differently than do those of the other ASA journals. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts for our features section—five articles of about 3000-3500 words, plus illustrations. Instead, we accept and solicit approximately one-page proposals for feature articles. The proposals are reviewed by a few consulting editors and, if approved, sent back with substantial suggestions to direct the writing. First drafts get the same intense treatment. Second drafts are heavily edited in house. Three other text sections of the magazine—book reviews, field notes, and personal essays—are reviewed and edited only in house. Field notes and personal essays usually appear only after considerable back-and-forth with authors; that is occasionally true of book reviews, also. Two additional text sections—Discoveries and From the Polls—are written in house. Contributions to the two image sections—photo essays and Revisions—are received or solicited by the Image Editor, Jon Wagner.

Our office structure includes myself as executive editor, a half-time managing editor, Scott Savitt; a quarter-time graduate assistant editor paid by UC-Berkeley; and several Berkeley graduate student volunteer editors. The volunteers are absolutely critical in reviewing and editing. Our assistant editor, Jennifer Utrata, who has been remarkably energetic, creative, and responsible, will be leaving to do her dissertation research in March and Aliya Saperstein will take her place. (Jon Wagner’s image operation is described below.)

Acquiring Articles
First, feature articles: In 2002, the number of (plausible) unsolicited proposals were few. This surprised me. I expected a reasonable flow after the first couple issues of Contexts , but it did not develop. (On the other hand, we are asking busy sociologists to write something additional to—and different from—their usual prose and for no pay.) Consequently, much of my time is spent developing ideas, contacting plausible authors, discussing possibilities with them, moving on to others if need be, repeated communication, getting, and then reshaping proposals. The proportion of initial ideas that have become or are on their way to being realized is perhaps 65 percent; the proportion of authors contacted who end up sending us a proposal is perhaps 20 to 30 percent. It would be far better—for the workflow, but even more for the diversity of our topics—if more unsolicited proposals came in. (Early indications suggest that this might be starting in 2003.)

As of November 25, 2002, we had: 9 feature articles in press for the February and May 2003, issues; 13-18 proposals for feature articles under development; 7 proposals under editorial review; 9 first drafts awaited; 1 second draft awaited; 1 translation awaited. Book reviews are, of course, solicited, as have been all the personal essays. The latter have also required a good deal of suasion. We have gotten about half of our field notes unsolicited (but most also take considerable revision).

Editorial Work
This hybrid format—presenting academic work in a popular magazine format—is a challenge. Few sociologists write with the structure, or the style, or the vocabulary needed to reach a general audience and, therefore, substantial editing and rewriting are required. (Optimally, we would have a professional social science journalist available to revise articles rather than relying on a sociologist and sociology graduate students.) Also, few sociologists are attuned to the scheduling demands of magazine work and so much time is spent nudging.

The Discoveries section—short items on recent research—is, we hear, quite popular. We also think that Discoveries has served to publicize our sociology journals. Only some sociology articles have findings that would be appreciated and understood by lay readers; finding those and then “translating” the material is a major task of the student editors and myself.

All this notwithstanding, our operations have gotten smoother as we have learnt what works and what does not. A better arrangement would probably be to have a separate editor handle book reviews and yet a third to handle the non-feature articles. Ultimately, however, there can be only so much efficiency in an operation that depends as greatly as we do on volunteer contributors and in-house editors.

Production: From Editorial Office to End Product
The innovations and the learning required both on our side and on that of the University of California Press and its subcontractor, Design Site, led to several stumbles in the first year. We’ve had problems with late changes, scheduling, copy-editing, photograph arrangements, consistency in style, printers’ procedures, web site, publicity, and so on. It looks like we’ve gotten through the growth pangs and now have a system that works pretty well. Our managing editor, Scott Savitt, has been in the middle of this operation, making sure that in the end it succeeded and that we have gotten better organized.

The images in Contexts are critical to its success and are essentially a separate—and largely a volunteer—operation, subject only to the executive editor’s approval and editing. Jon Wagner, of UC-Davis, aided by a work-study graduate student paid for by UC-Davis and a few undergraduates, finds or creates the images to accompany Discoveries and the feature articles, as well as to produce the Photo Essay and the new image feature, Revision. Finding images to match text involves searching databases and putting out the call to amateur, professional and sociologist photographers. Getting permissions to use photographs is another hurdle, especially given that we must ask their owners to donate them gratis. (Recently, the ASA has allowed us $500 per issue to pay for processing and shipping images; that has made the work notably easier.) As in other aspects of the magazine, we—the designer, UC Press, the printer, and us—had to learn by some trial and error how to get the workflow set up and the quality raised. Early issues had problems in matters such as captions, cropping, and inking, but it appears that, with issue 1:4, we have successfully settled those.

Wagner points out that a few uncertainties remain. He’d like to get more of the images onto our ASA web site, perhaps on a distinct page, and also mount a set of guidelines for photo submission. The question of redistribution of the images for teaching use of our articles remains open. And Wagner has uncovered a set of general copyright/fair use concerns that apply not just to Contexts but to any scholarship that employs images.

My term as editor ends on the last day of 2004. A new editor will be selected in early 2004.

Claude S. Fischer, Editor

Journal of Health and Social Behavior

Overall Operations and Manuscript Flow
The Journal of Health and Social Behavior (JHSB) published 28 articles and 2 comments in 2002. The number of new and revised submissions was nearly 27 percent higher in 2002 than in 2001. This increase is slightly higher than the increase we experienced in 2001. Overall, we are processing significantly more manuscripts than was typical for JHSB in years past. At the same time, the Journal did not function as smoothly as it did in the previous year. This was due primarily to the fact that we had a complete turnover of office personnel in the spring of 2002. The combined problems of increased manuscript load and the restructuring of office operations resulted in an increase in the length of time papers have been in review and in delays in publication of the September and December 2002 issues.

The audience for JHSB is primarily medical sociologists, health psychologists, public health researchers, health policy researchers, gerontologists, family researchers, social psychologists, and psychiatric epidemiologists. Because JHSB publishes research on topics that have to do with aspects of human well-being that are of general interest, we have increased our efforts to get more publicity for JHSB articles. Policy makers and the educated public are audiences outside the social research community that we are working to reach. Two procedures that we have in place to deal with this are (1) to send advance copies of abstracts of articles to be published to the Center for the Advancement of Health, an organization that sends out press releases on articles of general interest, and (2) to send material on upcoming articles of general interest to ASA for inclusion on the ASA website.

Special Projects
(1) The June 2002 issue of JHSB was a special issue on measurement in mental health research edited by Allan V. Horwitz on “Selecting Outcomes for the Sociology of Mental Health: Issues of Measurement and Dimensionality.” This special issue dealt with the question of what constitutes the appropriate outcome dimensions for sociologists who do research in mental health. Papers included in the issue focused on positive mental health, alternative measures of mental health, and the question of categorical vs. continuous measures of negative mental health.

(2) The September 2003 issue of JHSB will be a special issue on Race and Mental Health edited by David Williams and David Takeuchi. A call for papers for this issue was publicized in 2001. This will be both a special issue and an expanded issue that will be approximately double the size of a usual issue. The extra pages are being paid for by two small grants from the National Institutes of Health.

(3) In 2004, JHSB will publish an extra issue on “Health and Health Care in the U.S.: Origins and Dynamics,” and funded by a grant of $25,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the ASA. This extra issue will examine current theoretical and empirical knowledge on the social organization of health care in the United States. The primary goal of this issue is to provide theoretical and conceptual focus and direction to research on the social organization of health care. The articles are being selected for their potential to guide future research and policy efforts by building on, and furthering, the contributions that medical sociology has made both to the discipline of sociology and to the larger network of academic, clinical, and governmental institutions that serve the public’s health.

While there has been much empirical and policy research in these areas, a broader contemporary theoretical understanding of social and structural processes in health care is lacking. This extra issue will be an opportunity for sociologists to creatively synthesize ongoing developments in health status and health care, using both their own and others’ empirical research, as well as analytic and interpretive approaches to these problems.

Planning for this extra issue has been ongoing for the past two years. Discussions have occurred with the ASA executive office and among members of ASA Publications Committee, the JHSB Editorial Board, and at ASA Annual Meetings among Council members and other members of the ASA Medical Sociology Section. After much discussion, Donald W. Light of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey agreed to organize the extra issue and to serve as its editor. Light recruited a co-editor, Ivy Lynn Bourgeault from the University of Western Ontario. With the JHSB editor, Light developed a set of specific topics and a list of leading researchers and theorists in medical sociology to be invited to submit papers. In addition, Light and Bourgeault, with the help of the JHSB editorial office, developed a list of appropriate reviewers. Review procedures follow standard practice for ASA journals. The extra issue editors will make decisions on acceptance or rejection of papers and will forward those decisions in the form of recommendations to the JHSB editor, who will have final decision-making responsibility.

Editorial Board
Eight members of the JHSB Editorial Board rotated off the board in 2002: Christine Himes (Syracuse), Donald W. Light (UMDNJ), Richard Rogers (Colorado), Sarah Rosenfield (Rutgers), David Takeuchi (Washington), Peggy Thoits (Vanderbilt), Heather A. Turner (New Hampshire), and Mark VanLandingham (Texas – Medical Branch). These retiring Editorial Board members deserve our gratitude for their extraordinary service and commitment to the Journal. Eight new board members were added. These new members, whose terms began as of January 1, 2003, are David M. Almeida (Arizona), Chloe Bird (Rand Corporation), Phil Brown (Brown), Kenneth F. Ferraro (Purdue), Jo C. Phelan (Columbia), Elaine Wethington (Cornell), Helen Raskin White (Rutgers), and Kristi Williams (Ohio State).

The diversity issue at JHSB has three dimensions: (1) the Editorial Board, (2) ad hoc reviewers, and (3) content.

Editorial Board. The ethnic/racial composition of the 2003 JHSB Editorial Board is: 25 whites, 5 African Americans, and 1 Asian American and 1 Hispanic/Latino American. In addition, 17 of the board members are female, and 15 are male.

Ad Hoc Reviewers. The review of manuscripts submitted to JHSB usually requires the use of ad hoc reviewers. The editorial staff faces a continuing problem of recruiting qualified and willing reviewers. To ensure that the editor has input from reviewers who are fully representative of those who have the expertise and experience necessary to review papers that are submitted to JHSB , the editorial staff makes a strong effort to take advantage of the full range of racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in medical sociology and the profession generally.

Content. JHSB has a continuing interest in publishing articles that deal with (1) causes and consequences of gender, racial, ethnic, and class inequality in health, medical treatment, and the medical professions and (2) global inequality in health and health care. We are particularly interested in encouraging submissions of papers that deal with the causes, consequences, and theoretical significance of the transformations in the social organization of health care in the United States and globally, and how these transformations are influencing inequalities in health and health care.

Current Problems and Issues
As was the case in 2001, a continuing problem in 2002 was finding competent and willing reviewers. Usually we can fairly readily identify competent reviewers with the relevant expertise and experience. More difficult is finding such persons who are willing to review. Reviewer fatigue seems to be a serious problem. To reduce the probability of sending manuscripts to people who will decline or fail to do a review, we send email requests to potential reviewers before assigning reviews. This procedure has increased the rate of return of reviews by reviewers. However, the procedure has not eliminated the problem of reviewers committing to do a review and failing to send one in.

There are two other problems in the operation of the Journal . First, there have been delays in publication of the September and December 2002 issues. Second, our editorial lag is longer than it should be. Though we did begin focusing attention on addressing this latter problem in the final months of 2001 (as noted in our 2001 report), the figure for 2002 does not indicate improvement. In fact, the editorial lag worsened somewhat. As noted in the opening paragraph above, the main reasons for these two problems are (1) the increased load of manuscripts, and (2) the complete turnover of staff during 2002. We are continuing to work on restructuring editorial operations and on developing procedures to solve these problems.

Michael D. Hughes, Editor

Rose Series in Sociology

Since the beginning of 2002, we have received and reviewed 25 manuscripts and proposals, and reviewed six other manuscripts and proposals carried over from 2001. Of these, we have given three advance contracts (Frank Furstenberg, Julie Kmec, and Mary Fischer’s Setting Out: Establishing Success in Early Adulthood Among Urban Youth ; Arne Kalleberg’s Good Jobs, Bad Jobs, No Jobs: Changing Work and Workers in America ; Madonna Harrington-Meyer and Pamela Herd’s Retrenching Welfare, Entrenching Inequality: Gender, Race and Old Age in the U.S. ). In addition, we have requested five revise-and-resubmits, we have rejected 16, and we are currently reviewing one more. We currently anticipate another 20 submissions (based on our discussions with potential authors), and are actively in discussion with more than 25 other potential authors.

This year, Anthony S. Bryk, Barbara Schneider, and Julie Reed Kochanek’s Relational Trust in the Chicago School System was published (in time for the ASA 2002 meetings), and Frank D. Bean and Gillian Stevens’ The New American Immigrants is now in process at the Russell Sage Foundation. In addition to the books listed above, the current editors have signed contracts for Suzanne Bianchi, John Robinson, and Melissa Milkie’s Changing Rhythms of American Family Life , Rebecca Emigh, Dylan Riley, and Patricia Ahmed’s The Production of Demographic Knowledge, and Scott Feld and Katherine Brown Rosier’s Regulating Morality by Choice . This year, we had the first of our meetings with authors who are partway through their manuscripts. We brought Feld and Rosier and Emigh, Riley, and Ahmed to Amherst to meet with us. We also have meetings scheduled during the spring with Bianchi, Robinson, and Milkie and with Melissa Hardy and Lawrence Hazelrigg, whose manuscript Pension Puzzles: Questions of Principle and Principal was accepted by the previous editor. We feel that our meetings with authors have been quite successful in moving manuscripts along in effective ways.

We have undertaken a variety of efforts to generate high quality manuscripts and proposals. To identify authors and topics that might be suitable for the Rose Series, we have reviewed all the major journals in sociology, consulted lists of major grants awarded, and worked with our editorial board. While these efforts have yielded a number of potentially promising submissions, maintaining a steady flow of quality proposals and manuscripts remains a challenge. We are working to publicize the ASA Rose Series through such means as notices in Footnotes , and a poster and mailing to approximately 500 departments around the country. We will, of course, continue to utilize the many connections of our fine editorial board.

We also have reorganized our editorial board, with a goal of having 30 members all serving three-year terms, with 10 outgoing and 10 incoming members each year. This has meant adding a number of new members this year. Overall, our editorial board has a highly representative gender, racial and ethnic composition, and we will continue to ensure that it remains so.

Randall Stokes and Joya Misra (rotating Executive Editors with Doug Anderton, Dan Clawson, Naomi Gerstel, Robert Zussman, Editors); Jeffrey Beemer, Rose Fellow

Social Psychology Quarterly

The past year was a very busy one for SPQ . We had two special issues in preparation, one on Race, Racism, and Discrimination and one on Sociological and Social Psychological Approaches to Social Identity Theory . Both special issues drew an excellent response from scholars and we are excited about the way their contents are shaping up.

The special issue on Race, Racism, and Discrimination is being edited by Lawrence Bobo, with a goal of giving us a profile of the vital new social psychological scholarship on race. As a sign of the pent up demand for more focused attention to work in this area, especially under the direction of an expert like Larry Bobo, the special issue drew a massive response to its June 2002 deadline, receiving a total of 40 manuscripts. The exceptionally large number of submissions created some coordination problems, both for the SPQ office and for the special issue editor, and created more delays in processing the manuscripts than we like. We all worked hard to resolve these problems, however, and the issue is now in the final stages of the editorial process. It will appear in December 2003, and promises to be an exceptionally interesting issue.

The goal of the special issue on Social Identity Theory is to bring sociological social psychology into a mutually fruitful dialog with the increasingly influential European tradition of social identity theory. Social identity theory has had an impact on a number of sociological fields such as social movements and organizational behavior. Michael Hogg and I are co-editing the issue to combine sociological and social identity perspectives. Hogg is a prominent, British trained social identity theorist who is now at the University of Queensland in Australia. A total of 23 manuscripts were submitted for the issue in March 2002. The issue is now complete and in production. It will appear in June 2003.

As both a side effect of the special issues and a sign of the journal’s vitality, SPQ handled a substantially increased volume of manuscripts in 2002. We considered 223 papers in 2002, compared to 161 in 2001 and 181 in 2000. Of these, 175 were submitted in 2002 rather than carried over from a previous year and 77% of the 2002 submissions were new papers rather than revisions. This is considerably above SPQ’s more typical rate of about 125 submissions in a year, about 65-70% of which are typically first submissions (in 2001 and 2000 there were 125 and 127 submissions respectively).

Special issues always attract a certain number of papers that would come to the journal anyway but are simply directed to a special issue once it is announced. One of the goals of special issues, however, is to reach beyond the normal pool of submissions to attract papers from authors who might not normally think to submit to SPQ . Considering the increase in manuscripts attracted to the journal in 2002, the special issues seemed to have served their purposes in this regard. Broadening the pool of social psychological scholarship that SPQ considers can only strengthen its quality and value for its readership.

The official acceptance rate for SPQ , which is acceptances as a percentage of all decisions, was 13% in 2002. This is a little lower than is typical and may partly reflect the wider range of papers that were considered in 2002 due to the special issues. In recent years SPQ ’s acceptance rate has generally been in the 16-20% range and is likely to return to that level in 2003. When calculated as a percentage of all final decisions on papers (i.e., accepts /accepts+rejects), the acceptance rate in 2002 was 19%. The comparable figure for 2001 was 33%, in 2000, 34% and in 1999 it was 28%.

The downside of SPQ ’s increased manuscript flow for 2002 is that it put an unusually heavy demand on the editorial process and the SPQ office. The large number of papers submitted for the special issues substantially increased coordination tasks with editors and the time it took to secure reviews from a broader than usual pool of reviewers. As a result, the median time lag between first submission of a paper and an editorial decision was an unacceptable 17.4 weeks in 2002. This compares with 9.5 weeks in 2001 and 10.6 weeks in 2000. I apologize to authors who were inconvenienced by delayed decisions. With the special issues now largely complete, the editorial backlog has been eliminated and SPQ’s review process has returned to a more typical time length of about 10 weeks. Despite an unusual year in other respects, however, the time from acceptance of a paper to publication in 2002 remained at a typical duration of 8 months, which compares with 9 months in 2001 and 6 months in 2000.

Finally, I would like to thank a number of people who made the production of SPQ possible in 2002. The efforts of Kathy Kuipers, our Managing Editor, have been invaluable in such a busy year. I am grateful as well to SPQ’s former Graduate Editorial Assistant, Cynthia Brandt, who worked so ably on the journal from 2001 until mid-2002. SPQ was very fortunate to have Justine Tinkler join us as Graduate Editorial Assistant after Brandt’s departure. I would also like to thank the outgoing members of SPQ’s Editorial board for their generous advice and service. These include Diane Felmlee, John Heritage, Ross Matsueda, Elizabeth Menaghan, Phyllis Moen, Gary Oates, Robert Roberts, and Dawn Robinson. In addition, I would like to welcome to the Editorial Board Rebecca Erickson, Richard Felson, Pamela Braboy Jackson, Melissa Milkie, Timothy Owens, Sarah Rosenfield, Michael Schwalbe, Shane Thye, and David Williams.

Cecilia L. Ridgeway, Editor

Sociological Methodology

This report addresses three questions: In what direction am I taking Sociological Methodology ? How do I decide which papers to accept and which to reject? And, What challenges does Sociological Methodology now face? In addition, this report makes public my apology to the deputy editors of Sociological Methodology for the production error that caused their names to be omitted from the 2002 volume of the journal. These editors are Robert Emerson, Larry Griffin, and Martina Morris. I am grateful to all of them for their contribution, and I am deeply embarrassed by this error.

Insofar as the editor of an official journal of the ASA should give that journal any direction at all, I think that the direction should be to demand quality and to encourage diversity and creativity. Paying and pleading are the traditional means of getting researchers to do things. Poor Sociological Methodology’s penurious position precludes the possibility of paying, so pleading persists as the primary procedure for prompting people to produce publishable papers. I beg every sociologist who listens to me, and many who do not, to write papers about ways to improve the methods used to do the kind of research that they do. If the research that they do is published in sociological journals, then the methods that they use to do it are sociological methods, as far as I am concerned. Articles about those methods belong in Sociological Methodology . The 2002 issue of Sociological Methodology included articles on topics including legal issues in the protection of human subjects, the measurement of segregation, logical methods for theory construction, network analysis, and methods for combining qualitative and quantitative research methods. I am pleased by the breadth of topics examined in the 2002 issue, and I want to increase that breadth. I want to keep publishing first-rate papers on all of these topics, and more.

I am very much aware of and supportive of the idea that Sociological Methodology belongs to the discipline, rather than to the editor. I seek advice and I take the advice that I get, so long as that advice is soundly argued on the basis of evidence and logic. And my own opinion is just one opinion too, and subject to the same standards as any other opinion, as far as I am concerned. Further, I am very much aware that editors come and go pretty fast; they seem to last as long as a nice shirt, but not as long as a nice necktie. If the journal is to have an existence that transcends its editor of the moment, then each editor must consider what previous editors would have done. As a result, I take some papers that I don’t like, I don’t take some papers that I do like, and I take the blame for everything that anybody else dislikes.

Among the many challenges that every journal faces, I think that Sociological Methodology now faces three that are worthy of note. First, the journal still lacks a publication backlog. The absence of a backlog is very nice for authors, because it puts their papers into print just a few months after they are accepted for publication. But backlog is the buffer that keeps editors and publishers calm as publication deadlines draw near. It is a more anxious editorial life without a backlog. The editor of Sociological Methodology want a less anxious editorial life. Second, tardy reviews are the scourge of all refereed journals, including Sociological Methodology . The problem is not reviewers who take extra time to do their reviews, nor is it those who promptly decline our requests to review submitted papers. Rather, the problem is the reviewer who neither declines the request to review, nor writes the review. Third, I am sorry to report an incident in which a person whose work was criticized in a forthcoming paper in Sociological Methodology attempted by unusual means to delay or abort the publication of that paper. Scholarship and science advance by debate and criticism. My own personal view is that our claims to scholarship and science cannot stand if we tolerate efforts to silence critics by tampering with the normal editorial processes of academic and scientific journals.

In closing, I want to stress that Sociological Methodology is the journal of all the methodologies of sociology. Your editor seeks to publish excellent contributions on each and every one of those diverse research techniques.

Ross M. Stolzenberg, Editor

Sociological Theory

This year has been highlighted by the move to a quarterly format that will allow for the more rapid flow of manuscripts into press. This format will also enable me to occasionally produce special issues on a topic. Two such issues are in the works. At present, I have a reasonable queue of articles, but I am anxious to increase the rate of submissions. With more submissions, I can make the case to the Publications Committee for more pages. Without a substantial increase in submissions, the journal will receive the same number of total pages that it did when only three issues were published each year.

Last year, we had 94 articles submitted, with an acceptance rate of 23%. Both of these figures are about the same as in 2001. Thus, the number of submissions is not increasing, a fact which signals that there are opportunities to publish in Sociological Theory . I continue to get a wide variety of articles, but most could be grouped under the label of meta-theory—that is, commentary on existing theories. It would be nice if more explanatory articles—broadly conceived—were submitted, but it may be the case that the vast majority of those who identify with theory are engaged in meta-theorizing.

Both the managing editor and the first group of members on the editorial board have moved on. I want to thank David Boyns who was the managing editor from the moment that I took over the journal; he did a wonderful job and is now in a tenure tract faculty position. The new managing editor, Christopher Schmidt, comes with considerable experience, having been the managing editor of Symbolic Interaction . My first editorial board has been very responsive; and I want to thank Robert Antonio Albert Bergesen, Janet Chafez, Gary Alan Fine, Douglas Heckathorn, Karin Knorr-Cetina, Michele Lamont, Charles Lemert, Alexandra Maryanski, Cecilia Rigeway, George Ritzer, Bryan Turner, Walter Wallace, and Morris Zelditch. In particular Robert Antonio and Charles Lemert should be commended for staying on for a full second term. Michele Dillon continues on the board, and the new members of the board are Jeffrey Alexander, Paul Colomy, Neil Gross, Christine Williams, Jennifer Earl, and Guillermina Jasso.

All in all, the journal is doing well. If another 30 or so submissions come in, I hope to increase the number of pages, which in turn will allow for more special issues, debate and commentary, and symposia.

Jonathan Turner, Editor

Sociology of Education

2002 was a year of transition for Sociology of Education . The outgoing editorial team of Aaron Pallas and Annette Lareau continued to accept new submissions through July 1 and invited resubmissions through mid-September. Submissions after those dates were directed to incoming editor Karl Alexander and his two Deputy Editors, Linda Grant and Suet-ling Pong. The editorial office at Teachers College remained active throughout the year processing resubmissions, but most journal activities followed the manuscript flow south to Johns Hopkins. The transition, from our perspective, has gone smoothly; we hope others have not been inconvenienced by it.

Manuscript Flow
This report covers the combined activity of the two offices. That is to say, it covers the entire year.

The total number of manuscripts submitted during the 2002 calendar year is 150. This total represents a 22% increase over 2001, and exceeds the annual totals going back to 1997. Just under 80% of the 2002 submissions (N=119) were processed under the outgoing editor. Sixty-four of the 119 were invited resubmissions. That is an unusually large number (e.g., the total for 2001 was 42), but it is likely the impending editorial transition played a role. As mentioned, the outgoing editor agreed to complete the processing of invited resubmissions received by September 15, thereby achieving a consistent editorial perspective. A special mailing was sent out to that effect and the numbers suggest that many authors availed themselves of the opportunity. Most accepted manuscripts are drawn from resubmissions, and this is reflected in the 2002 acceptance figures: 36 resubmitted manuscripts either accepted outright or accepted pending minor revisions. This compares with a 2001 total of 31. (Keep in mind that most conditional accepts show up again as accepts when the minor revisions are complete. We will not be publishing 31 or 36 manuscripts in a year)] That, combined with the Special issue set aside, means there is an exceptionally large backlog of accepted manuscripts. These will carry over into 2003, and possibly 2004. Realizing this, the outgoing and ingoing editors together requested from the Publications Committee a one-time increase in the journal’s page allocation. We are pleased to report that ASA Council, upon the Publication Committee’s recommendation, has added 30 pages to SOE’s 2003 allocation.

The 2002 editorial board consisted of 22 members, of whom 9 were women, and 6 members of racial/ethnic minority groups. The composition of the Board was more diverse this year than last, and the five new Editorial Board appointments made by the incoming editorial team for 2003 will continue this pattern. They are Ann Ferguson, Bradley Levinson, Meredith Phillips, Tony Tam, and Min Zhou—we welcome their involvement with the journal. The new Board members enhance diversity not just in demographic terms (Ferguson being Afro-Caribbean, Tam Asian, and Zhou Asian American), but also in terms of research methodologies (Ferguson and Levinson do mainly qualitative research) and in terms of the journal’s geographic reach (Tam being based in Taiwan). Sociology of Education needs to be welcoming of all styles of scholarship and open to diverse theoretical perspectives. Whether that has always been the case is impossible to say, but clearly the journal was not always perceived in that light. The outgoing editorial team was committed to diversity in the journal’s operations and publications; so too is the new editorial leadership. It is reflected in who they are, in their own research styles, in their new Board appointments, and they intend for it to be apparent in all aspects of the journal’s functioning.

Special issue
A special issue is in preparation on the sociology of school and classroom language, an initiative undertaken by outgoing Editor Pallas. His hope is that a special issue on the sociology of school and classroom language will demonstrate the value of close study of how children and educators talk to one another in and out of the formal institutional setting of the school. Donna Eder of Indiana University is the guest editor for the special issue. Manuscripts for the special issue were solicited at the 2001 Annual Meeting, in Footnotes, and in the journal. This issue is scheduled to appear as the July 2003 issue of the journal.

Perspectives on Critical Issues
Most of what is published in Sociology of Education is culled from unsolicited submissions. That is as it should be; that is as it always will be. But the journal also should be forward-looking and proactive in agenda setting. Often that happens though special issues, such as the one on classroom discourse scheduled to appear this year. Occasionally it happens through commentaries and think pieces. As examples, some of you will recall the exchanges on educational tracking and school choice that have appeared in the past in SOE. Starting in 2003, and with the Publications Committee’s blessing, Alexander, Grant and Pong will be introducing a regular feature of commentaries. Entitled “Perspectives on Critical Issues,” these will be brief (on the order of 6 journal pages) solicited think pieces on topics deemed timely and relevant (though invited, they will be subject to review). Usually there will be two commentaries, preferably articulating different points of view. They will be written in parallel, not as point–counterpoint statements and not in reaction to a published article. Grant and Pong, together with volunteers from the Editorial Board, are heading up this initiative. The first Perspectives topic will deal with gender in the schools; the second likely some aspect of immigration. The plan is to publish Perspectives feature pieces in every other issue, but for this first year of the experiment they are targeted for the July and October issues. We welcome your ideas for Perspectives topics and authors.

As outgoing editor, Pallas is indebted to his Deputy Editor Annette Lareau and editorial assistant Esther Hong. Alexander’s list is a bit longer, and at the very top are his immediate predecessors Aaron Pallas and Annette Lareau. Well before July 1, he was bombarding them with questions and seemingly endless calls for help. They are passing along a journal in good health and they have gone well beyond the call of duty in helping make the transition both seamless and painless. Both of us thank Karen Edwards, the ASA publications director, and Wendy Almeleh, Pallas’ managing editor, who will be continuing her good work with the journal. They’ve been absolutely terrific!

Next, looking inward, Linda Grant and Suet-ling Pong responded enthusiastically to Alexander’s invitation to join him as the journal’s Deputy Editors. The three of them are scattered about, with Grant at Georgia and Pong up the road from Hopkins at Penn State, but e-mail, conference calls and the like make it all quite manageable. They’ve helped time and again when Alexander has been stymied for reviewers, given him counsel on particularly tough decisions, helped on outreach, and have taken the lead on the “Perspectives” initiative. The three of them are working hard and well together, and even managing to have a bit of fun in the process.

Alexander’s most immediate support circle of course is located at his home base. Anna Stoll is doing the day-to-day work of the journal as his Editorial Assistant. Stoll and Alexander have been working together 16 years on Alexander’s research project, the Beginning School Study. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Stoll welcomed the invitation to work on the journal. She manages the data base that tracks the flow of manuscripts, maintains the journal’s physical files, oversees its budget and expenses, does most of the correspondence and, perhaps most importantly, rides herd on Alexander to do what he’s supposed to do—he would be lost without her.

Thanks also are due Alexander’s Department Chair, Andy Cherlin, for granting him course relief, making it possible for Alexander to entertain the editorship. There also are two graduate student helpers to be acknowledged. Angela Estacion and YingYi Ma are volunteering their time to help with two self-study type projects: one is to compile a database as an aid in identifying external reviewers; the other will scrutinize the Journal’s winnowing or gatekeeping process by monitoring the flow of manuscripts—how do published articles compare with what comes in? They plan to examine, for example, manuscript content (e.g., topical focus, research approach, subject population, geographic coverage) and author characteristics (demographics, institutional affiliation, professional rank). These projects are just germinating at the moment, but if all goes well next year they will be in full bloom and there will be more to report.

Aaron M. Pallas, Editor, and Karl Alexander, Editor-Elect

Teaching Sociology

The journal continues to gradually increase the number and quality of manuscripts submitted each year. Dr. Laurie Scheuble has sustained a high level of book, film and video reviews that have benefitted our readership as well. This fall the Publications Committee initiated the process for recruiting and recommending a new editor, who should be on board by July 2003 and whose first issue will appear in January 2004. We do not yet know the new editor’s identity, but we were pleased with the quality of applications that would be forwarded to Council. The momentum behind the scholarship of teaching and learning in the ASA ensures a bright future for the journal.

In the summer, we received a concern from an author regarding plagiarism from the literature review of an article published earlier in Teaching Sociology . The author did not want to file a formal grievance with the ASA Committee on Professional Ethics, but sought guidance in responding to the current author(s). After discussions with the Journal Board in August, we notified the current author(s) of those specific manuscript elements and the ASA Professional Ethics code and asked for a statement acknowledging (1) the authorship process, which resulted in the plagiarized materials, and (2) the steps that would be taken in classroom and professional development activities within the department to ensure against future incidents in the professional writing process. The current author(s) responded and identified current and revised future practices for ensuring that all sociologists and in-training sociologist would have appropriate guidance and materials. The editorial comments in the upcoming issue of Teaching Sociology will emphasize the teaching and learning dimensions of these ethical issues.

We are supporting “guest editorships” of two issues (not budgeted as additional issues of the journal) or sections of journal issues. The first of these is “Teaching Sociology with a Purpose: Issues in Curriculum Design and Outcomes Assessment,” edited by Bruce Keith, Assistant Dean for Academic Assessment at the United States Military Academy, West Point. This issue appeared in October 2002. The second of these is “Case Studies and Pedagogies at Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” edited by John Stanfield II, Professor of Sociology at the University of Indiana and the recent recipient of the career distinction award from the Association of Black Sociologists. This issue is projected to be published in October 2003.

The series of working papers from the July, 2000 national conference at James Madison University on Sociology and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning continue to be published in this journal, three of these appearing in the current volume year. I anticipate a total of five papers from this series.

Ms. Katherine Acosta completed the first year of her two-year assignment as Managing Editor and attended the ASA meetings this past August to meet the Board and participate in discussion of the direction of the journal. Kathy is an ABD sociology graduate student whose dissertation work focuses on minority women’s health care alternatives in the wake of reduced insurance coverage due to changing family and work situations. Kathy was also a participant in the ASA Preparing Future Faculty initiative.

Helen Moore, Editor