March 2010 Issue • Volume 38 • Issue 3

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Candidates for ASA Offices in 2010

In accordance with election policies established by the ASA Council, biographical sketches of the candidates for ASA leadership positions are published in Footnotes (see below). The candidates appear in alphabetical order by office. Biographical sketches for all candidates will be available online when ballots are mailed to all current voting members in mid-April.

Candidates for President-Elect


Karen S. Cook

Karen S. Cook

Present Professional Position: Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology, Stanford University, 1998-present.

Former Professional Positions: James B. Duke Professor of Sociology, Duke University, 1995-1998; Assistant, Associate and Full Professor of Sociology, University of Washington, 1972-95.

Education: PhD Stanford University, 1973; MA, Stanford University, 1971; BA, Stanford University, 1968.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Director, Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, Stanford University, 2004-present; President, Section K (Social, Political and Economic Sciences) AAAS, 2009-10; Vice-President, International Institute of Sociology, 1992-93; President, Pacific Sociological Association, 1990-91; Co-Editor, Annual Review of Sociology, 1998-present.

Positions Held in ASA: ASA Representative to ACLS, 2002-05; ASA Council Member, 1993-96; Vice-President, ASA, 1994-95; Editor, Social Psychology Quarterly, 1988-92; Chair, Social Psychology Section, 1989-90.

Publications: Cook, Karen S., Margaret Levi, and Russell Hardin (eds.) 2009. Whom Can we Trust?: How Groups, Networks and Institutions Make Trust Possible. New York: Russell Sage Foundation; Cook, Karen S., Toshio Yamagishi, Coye Cheshire, Robin Cooper, Masafumi Matsuda, and Rie Mashima. 2005. "Trust Building via Risk Taking: A Cross-Societal Experiment." Social Psychology Quarterly, 68:121-142; Cook, Karen S. 2005. "Networks, Norms and Trust: The Social Psychology of Social Capital." Social Psychology Quarterly, 68:4-14; Cook, Karen S. Russell Hardin and Margaret Levi. 2005. Cooperation without Trust? New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Professional Accomplishments: Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, 2007; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2007; Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1998; Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1996.

Personal Statement: The ASA serves as an important public face of the discipline. Increasingly, social science evidence is being used in policy making at various levels and it is imperative that the ASA facilitate the involvement of sociologists in this enterprise. At the same time it represents the professional needs and goals of sociologists nationwide. In this role it must continue to support the concerns of its members in the universities, colleges, and agencies in which we are employed. We must work hard to protect access to higher education and to provide employment opportunities for the generations of sociologists to follow. We must also help engage with the international sociological community by developing new mechanisms for collaboration, communication of scientific advances and shared educational strategies. Our engagement as scholars, citizens, and sociologists with the social, political, and economic problems of our time is essential. The ASA can support us in this effort.


Erik Olin Wright

Erik Olin Wright

Present Professional Position: Vilas Distinguished Research Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998-present.

Former Professional Positions: Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983-98; Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1980-83; Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin 1976-80.

Education: PhD, University of California-Berkeley, 1976; BA (History), Oxford University, 1970; BA (Social Studies), Harvard University, 1968.

Positions Held in ASA: Committee on Publications, 2003-06; Editorial Board, Contemporary Sociology, 1998-2000.

Publications: Wright, Erik Olin. 2010. Envisioning Real Utopias. London and New York: Verso Press; Wright, Erik Olin and Harry Brighouse. 2009. "Strong Gender Egalitarianism," in Janet C. Gornick and Marcia K. Meyers, Gender Equality: Transforming Family Divisions of Labor. Volume VI in The Real Utopias Project (edited by Erik Olin Wright). London and New York: Verso Press; Fung, Archon and Erik Olin Wright. 2003. Deepening Democracy: Institutional Innovations in Empowered Participatory Governance. Volume IV in The Real Utopias Project. London and New York: Verso Press; Wright, Erik Olin. 2002. "The Shadow of Exploitation in Max Weber’s Class Analysis," American Sociological Review, 67:832-653; Wright, Erik Olin. 1997. Class Counts: Comparative Studies in Class Analysis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Personal Statement: At the core of my work is the problem of developing a rigorous emancipatory social science. To call it emancipatory identifies its central moral purpose, its answer to the question of knowledge for what. To call it social science, rather than simply social criticism, recognizes the fundamental importance of systematic scientific knowledge for this task. And to call it social implies that human emancipation depends upon the transformation of the social world, not just the inner life of individuals. Sociology is the natural disciplinary home for this endeavor, for sociology has always embraced scholars concerned about social justice. Emancipatory social science faces three basic tasks: Critically analyzing the social world as it exists; envisioning viable alternatives; and understanding processes of transformation. In my research on class and inequality, I have focused mainly on the first of these tasks. Increasingly, I have concentrated on the second and third through the study of what I call real utopias, exploring such topics as market socialism, unconditional basic income, participatory democracy, and gender equality. My hope is that this work will contribute not only to a sociology of the actual, but ultimately to the elaboration of a sociology of the possible.

Candidates for Vice President-Elect


Roberto M. Fernandez

Roberto M. Fernandez

Present Professional Position: William F. Pounds Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management, 2000-present.

Former Professional Positions: Professor, Organizational Behavior, Graduate School of Business, and Department of Sociology (by courtesy), Stanford University, 1994-2000; Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Faculty Fellow, Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research, Northwestern University, 1989-94; Instructor to Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Arizona, 1984-89.

Education: PhD, University of Chicago, 1985; MA, University of Chicago, 1980; BA, Harvard College, 1978.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Member of the Visiting Committee to Department of Sociology, Harvard University, 2009; Area Head, Behavioral and Policy Sciences, MIT Sloan School of Management, 2007-present; Co-Director, Economic Sociology Ph.D Program, MIT Sloan School of Management, 2006-present; Member of the Panel on the Definition and Measurement of Discrimination, National Research Council of the National Academy of Science (Final Report: Measuring Racial Discrimination. Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Science Press, 2004), 2001-2004; Member of the National Advisory Board for the Morehouse Research Institute, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia (1991-1993).

Positions Held in ASA: Member of the Editorial Board, American Sociological Review, 2004-2007; Member of the council of the Economic Sociology section of the American Sociological Association, 2004-2007; Member of the council of the Organizations, Occupations and Work section of the American Sociological Association, 2003-2006; Founding Member of the Steering Committee of the Association of Latina/o Sociology (precursor to ASA Section on Latina/o Sociology), 1988.

Selected Publications: Fernandez, Roberto M. and M. Louise Mors. 2008. "Competing for Jobs: Labor Queues and Gender Sorting in the Hiring Process" Social Science Research 37:1061-80; Fernandez, Roberto M. and Isabel Fernandez-Mateo. 2006. "Networks, Race and Hiring." American Sociological Review 71:42-71; Roberto M. Fernandez and M. Lourdes Sosa. 2005. "Gendering the Job: Networks and Recruitment at a Call Center." American Journal of Sociology 111:859-904; Fernandez, Roberto M. 2001. "Skill-Biased Technological Change and Wage Inequality: Evidence From a Plant Retooling." American Journal of Sociology 107:273-320; Fernandez, Roberto M., Emilio Castilla, and Paul Moore. 2000. "Social Capital at Work: Networks and Employment at a Phone Center." American Journal of Sociology 105:1288-1356.

Personal Statement: From the very beginning of my academic career, I have had the good fortune to have fallen in with a group of dedicated sociologists highly motivated to develop themselves, their discipline, and their students. As a fortunate recipient of this "pay-it-forward" system, I feel an obligation do what I can to preserve, cultivate, and extend this system for future generations of scholars. For these reasons, if called, I will serve as Vice President of the ASA.


Edward E. Telles

Edward E. Telles

Present Professional Position: Professor of Sociology, Princeton University, 2008-present; Professor of Sociology, University of California-Los Angeles, 1999-present; on leave.

Former Professional Positions: Program Officer in Human Rights, Ford Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, 1997-2000; Assistant to Associate Professor, University of California-Los Angeles, 1988-99.

Education: PhD, University of Texas-Austin, 1988; MA (Urban Planning), UCLA, 1984; BA (Anthropology), Stanford University, 1978.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Board of Directors, 1990-2001, and Vice President, 1995-2001, Primavera Foundation; Board of Directors, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 1997-2000; President, Pacific Sociological Association, 1997-98; Vice President, Pacific Sociological Association, 1993-94; President, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, 1992-93.

Positions Held in ASA: Otis Dudley Duncan Award Committee, Population Section 2009-11; Chair, Latino Section, 2008-09; Program Committee, 2006 ASA Meetings, 2004-06; Task Force for the ASA Statement on Race, 2000-02; Editorial Board, Sociology of Education, 2007-present.

Publications: Telles, Edward E. and Vilma Ortiz. 2008. Generations of Exclusion: Mexican Americans, Assimilation and Race. New York: Russell Sage Foundation (2009 winner of Best Book Award from the Pacific Sociological Association, 2009 Otis Dudley Duncan Award for Best Book by the Population Section, 2009 Best Book Award by the Latino Section); Telles, Edward E. 2004. Race in Another America: The Significance of Skin Color in Brazil, Princeton University Press (2006 ASA Distinguished Publication Award, 2006 Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Best Book from the Racial and Ethnic Minorities Section, 2005 Otis Dudley Duncan Award for Best Book from the Population Section); Sue, Christina and Edward E. Telles. 2007. "Assimilation and Gender in Naming." American Journal of Sociology 112:1383-1415.

Personal Statement: I am honored to be nominated for the Vice Presidency of the ASA. If elected, I would expand the ASA’s efforts at generating greater national and international inclusiveness with the goal of creating a fuller sociology of human interaction that is open to diverse points of view. Concretely, this would include continuing to expand the promotion of underrepresented perspectives in the ASA as well as seeking out collaborations with professional sociological associations in other countries. I have long been concerned about local and global inclusion through my own research, teaching and service. I also would seek to make sociology more relevant to public knowledge and social policy at all levels. This requires greater efforts by the ASA at synthesizing, translating, and disseminating knowledge gained from sociological research through more effective communications. Finally, I would like to work with the ASA membership to prioritize issues that the Association should address.

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