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Candidates for ASA Offices in 2007

Candidates for President-Elect

Patricia Hill Collins
Present Professional Position:
Distinguished University Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland, 2005-Present; Charles Phelps Taft Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Cincinnati, 2005-Present

Former Professional Positions Held: Charles Phelps Taft Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of Cincinnati (1996-2005); Professor of African American Studies, University of Cincinnati, 1994-2005; Associate Professor, 1987-94; Assistant Professor, 1982-87.

Education: PhD, Brandeis University, 1984; MA, Harvard University, 1970; BA, Brandeis University, 1969.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Editorial Board, Social Problems, 2002- 06; Editorial Board, Feminist Theory, 1998-2004; Alumni Council, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, 1992-96; Board of Directors, Great Rivers Girl Scouts Council, 1991-94; Second Vice President, 1992-94; Advisory Board, Project on Equal Education Rights, NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, 1992-94.

Positions Held in ASA: Member, Annual Meeting Program Planning Committees, 2004, 2005; Member, Editorial Board, Contexts, 2004-Present; Member, Editorial Board, Contemporary Sociology, 1997-98; Member, Editorial Board, Teaching Sociology, 1989-91; Member, ASA Council, 1994-97; Member, Committee on Nominations, 1988-90; Chair, Minority Fellowship Program Committee, 1985-88.

Publications: Collins, Patricia Hill. 2007. “Pushing the Boundaries or Business as Usual? Race, Class, and Gender Studies and Sociological Inquiry,” in Sociology in America: A History, edited by Craig Calhoun. Chicago: University of Chicago Press; Collins, Patricia Hill. 2004. Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism. New York: Routledge; Collins, Patricia Hill. 2001. “Like One of the Family: Race, Ethnicity, and the Paradox of U.S. National Identity.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 24(1):3-28; Collins, Patricia Hill. 1990, 2000. Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. New York: Routledge; Collins, Patricia Hill, and Margaret Andersen, (Eds.) [1992] 2007. Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology, 6th edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing.

Professional Accomplishments: American Sociological Association, Distinguished Publication Award for Black Sexual Politics, 2007; Myron and Margaret Winegarden Visiting Professorship, University of Michigan- Flint, Department of Philosophy, Spring 2005; Bryan University Chair, Visiting Professorship, University of Kentucky, Women’s Studies and African American Studies, 2002-03; Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship, University of Bristol, United Kingdom, Department of Sociology and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, January and June 2002; Scholarly Awards for Black Feminist Thought: American Sociological Association, Jessie Bernard Award, 1993; Society for the Study of Social Problems, C. Wright Mills Award, 1991; Association for Women in Psychology, Distinguished Publication Award, 1991.

Personal Statement: I consider my academic career to be grounded in the best of classical sociology, namely, the “big arms” approach of American pragmatism that views intellectual freedom as essential for scholarly excellence and democratic communities. Rather than trying to squeeze myself into any one existing school of thought or methodology, my life’s work has centered on exploring certain core questions, wherever they took me. Investigating them required working with people whose interests and/or methodological approaches differed markedly from my own.

So what does this have to do with contemporary sociology? For one, sociology is a “big arms” discipline whose flexibility has enabled it to accommodate diverse points of view. Some see this flexibility as a problem, but I see it as sociology’s strength. For another, just as I had to learn the value of thinking with others, sociology faces the challenge of knitting together its distinctive constituencies. We must ask, what are sociology’s core questions that might guide its future? More importantly, how might we do sociology differently? How can we craft sociological practices that encourage very different kinds of people to think with one another about key social issues that affect us all?

Michael Hout
Present Professional Position:
Professor of Sociology, University of California-Berkeley, 1989-Present

Former Professional Positions Held:Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California-Berkeley, 1985-89; Assistant and Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona, 1976-84.

Education: PhD, Indiana University, Sociology, 1976; MA, Indiana University, Sociology, 1973; BA, University of Pittsburgh, History and Sociology, 1972.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: President, Research Committee on Stratification and Mobility (RC28), International Sociological Association, 1998-2002; Chair, General Social Survey, Board of Overseers, 1997-2001.

Positions Held in ASA: At-large member, Committee on Publications, 2005-07; Chair, Sociology of Education Section, 2006-07; Member, Task Force on Journal Diversity, 2000-02; At-large member, ASA Council, 1997-2001; Chair, Section on Methodology, 1997-99.

Publications and Professional Accomplishments: Fischer, Claude S., and Michael Hout. 2006. Century of Difference: How America Has Changed in the Last Hundred Years. New York: Russell Sage Foundation; Greeley, Andrew, and Michael Hout. 2006. The Truth About Conservative Christians. Chicago: University of Chicago Press; Gerber, Theordore P. and Michael Hout, 2004. “Tightening Up: Intergenerational Mobility in Russia, 1998-2002.” American Sociological Review 69:677-703; Hout, Michael, and Claude S. Fischer. 2002. “Why More Americans Have No Religious Preference: Politics and Generations.” American Sociological Review 67:165-190; Fischer, Claude S., Michael Hout, Martín Sánchez Jankowski, Samuel R. Lucas, Ann Swidler, and Kim Voss. 1996. Inequality by Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Personal Statement: Sociology exists, as Mills taught us, at the intersection of history and biography. For me history hit right as I was thinking about college. I grew up in Pittsburgh where the hulking steel mills represented both the magnitude and the permanence of inequality. For working class guys like me the mills were also our future livelihood. An alternative to the mills opened up when Pennsylvania decided to subsidize attending college. With reduced tuition for in-state students and generous grants from the state, I had the opportunity to pursue my dream of a college education. Had I come along a decade earlier or a decade later, college probably would have been out of reach. As my research and that of others has shown, I was not alone. Many people from my cohort benefited from the opportunities public investment provided. Upward mobility was never greater—before or since then. Retrenchment through the 80s, 90s, and this decade led to today’s regime of rationed opportunities. Documenting the causes and consequences of inequality and discovering ways to reduce it have been my goals in my past and current research.

I’ve always been proud to be part of ASA. I see it as our collective home base. Here we acknowledge the past, do the work of the present, and prepare ourselves and our students for the future. The honor to be nominated to serve in this way thrills me. I hope to make the most of this opportunity.

Candidates for Vice-President

Margaret L. Andersen
Present Professional Position:
Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Professor of Sociology, University of Delaware

Former Professional Positions: Visiting Professor, Stanford University, 1999-2000; Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Delaware, 1997- 99. Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Delaware, 1990-97; Visiting Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Women’s Studies), Fall 1984; Director, Women’s Studies, University of Delaware, 1981-85.

Education: PhD, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1976; MA, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1973; BA, Georgia State University- Atlanta, 1970.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Board of Visitors, Georgia State University College of Arts and Science, 2005-Present; Chair, National Advisory Board, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University, 2002-Present; SSSP Editorial and Publications Committee, 2001-04 (Chair, 2002-2003); President, Eastern Sociological Society, 1998-99; Editor, Gender & Society, 1990-95.

Positions Held in ASA: Committee on Distinguished Scholarly Publication, 2004-07 (Chair, 2005-07); ASA Council, 1993-96; Advisory Board and founding member, MOST, 1989-96; Annual Meeting Program Committee, 1988-90; Chair, Section on Sex and Gender, 1988-89.

Selected Publications/Awards: Andersen, Margaret L. and Patricia Hill Collins (Eds.). [1992] 2007. Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology, 6th edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth; Andersen, Margaret L. [1983] 2006. Thinking About Women: Sociological Perspectives on Sex and Gender, 7th edition. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon; Andersen, Margaret L. and Howard F. Taylor. [2001] 2005. Sociology: The Essentials, 4th edition, Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing; Andersen, Margaret L. 2005. “Thinking About Women: A Quarter Century View.” Gender & Society 19 (August): 437-455; Recipient, American Sociological Association Jessie Bernard Award, 2006.

Personal Statement: ASA is a community of scholars, teachers, practitioners, and students. As such, it is an organization that supports the different careers that sociologists pursue while also promoting the public impact of sociological research. With these missions in mind, it is important that ASA embrace diverse groups—including students, those working in different employment settings, and people of diverse social backgrounds. My experience as a teacher, scholar, community leader, and administrator suits me well for helping to achieve these goals. I have had extensive experience within ASA, my first service being as a member of the Minority Fellowship Selection Committee. Some of my most gratifying professional service has been serving as one of the founders of the first MOST program—a project that brought together a diverse and multiracial group to establish a training program for undergraduate students, thus helping to realize our vision for a more inclusive profession. Since then, as a member of the ASA Council, the Program Committee, and in other leadership venues, I have been a voice for inclusion in our profession. At the same time, as a teacher/scholar and in my service as a university administrator and leader in various professional organizations, I have worked to try to implement the promise of sociology: using our knowledge, teaching, and service to foster an understanding of how the social structures of society shape the lives of diverse women and men and to try to transform the practices that produce social injustice. I believe I have the vision, as well as the work habits, to provide strong national leadership within our profession.

Cecilia Ridgeway

Present Professional Position: Lucie Stern Professor of Sociology, Stanford University

Former Professional Positions Held:Associate to full Professor of Sociology, University of Iowa, 1985-91; Assistant to Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, 1972-85.

Education: PhD, Cornell University, 1972; MA, Cornell University, 1969; BA, University of Michigan, 1967.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: President, Research Committee 42: Social Psychology, International Sociological Association, 2006-Present; President, Pacific Sociological Association, 1998-99; National Science Foundation Sociology Program Grants Panel, 1986-88.

Positions Held in ASA: Chair of the Emotions Section, 2004-05; Editor, Social Psychology Quarterly, 2001-03; Nominations Committee Member, 1999- 2000; Chair of the Social Psychology Section, 1991-92; Committee on Committees Member, 1989-90.

Selected Publications/Awards: Ridgeway, Cecilia, and Shelley J. Correll. 2006. “Consensus and the Creation of Status Beliefs.” Social Forces 85:431-454; Ridgeway, Cecilia, and Kristan Erickson. 2000. “Creating and Spreading Status Beliefs.” American Journal of Sociology, 106:579-615; Ridgeway, Cecilia, Elizabeth Boyle, Kathy Kuipers, and Dawn Robinson. 1998. “How Do Status Beliefs Develop? The Role of Resources and Interaction.” American Sociological Review, 1998, 63:331-350; Ridgeway, Cecilia. 1997. “Interaction and the Conservation of Gender Inequality: Considering Employment.” American Sociological Review 62:218-235; Ridgeway, Cecilia. 1992. Gender, Interaction and Inequality. NY: Springer-Verlag.

Professional Accomplishments: Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 2005-06; Cooley- Mead Award winner for career contributions to social psychology, 2005.

Personal Statement: Like many of you, I have become concerned with the increasing fragmentation of our discipline both in terms of knowledge networks and in terms of communities of political interests among sociologists. This fragmentation is particularly counterproductive in the increasingly competitive resource environment that our discipline faces. My own career has spanned a diverse set of academic settings from less as well as from more privileged sectors of our profession. As vice president, I would hope to draw on this experience to encourage greater dialog among diverse communities of sociologists.