March 2012 Issue • Volume 40 • Issue 3

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Candidates for ASA Offices in 2012

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 sent to all current voting members in May.

Candidates for President-Elect

Annette Lareau

Annette Lareau

Annette Lareau

Present Professional Position: Stanley I. Sheerr Professor, University of Pennsylvania (2008-present)

Former Professional Positions: Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland, 2005-08; Professor, Department of Sociology, Temple University, 2004-05; Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Temple University, 1994-2004; Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Temple University, 1990-94; Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University 1986-90.

Education: PhD, University of California-Berkeley, 1984; MA, University of California-Berkeley, 1978; BA, University of California-Santa Cruz, 1974.

Positions Held in ASA: Chair, Sociology of the Family Selection, 2011-present; Committee on Committees, 2006-07; Goode Book Award Committee, Sociology of the Family Selection, 2004-06; Nominating Committee, 2003-04; Editorial Board Member, American Sociological Review, 2006-09; Editorial Board Member, Contexts, 2003-06. Deputy Editor, Sociology of Education, 1998-2002; Chair, Sociology of Education Section, 1997-99; Chair, Culture Section Committee Best Paper Award, 1997-1998.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Sociology Panel Member, National Science Foundation, 2009-10; Vice-President, Eastern Sociological Society, 2006-07.

Selected Publications: Lareau, Annette. 2011. Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life. 2nd ed., University of California Press; Lareau, Annette. Forthcoming. “Using the Terms ‘Hypothesis’ and ‘Variable’ in Qualitative Work: A Critical Reflection,” Journal of Marriage and the Family; Lareau, Annette and Vanessa Lopes Munioz, Forthcoming, “’You’re Not Going to Call the Shots’: Structural Conflict Between the Principal and the PTO in a Suburban Public Elementary School, Sociology of Education; Lareau, Annette and Amanda Cox. 2010. “Social Class and the Transition to Adulthood: Differences in Parents’ Interactions with Institutions,” in Marcia Carlsson and Paula England (Ed.), Social Class and Changing Families in an Unequal America, Stanford University Press.

Personal Statement: Since the crash of 2008, two enduring challenges for our discipline have become increasingly salient. First, sociologists do not have a sufficient voice in public debate, even though there are many pressing policy issues that would benefit from sociological insights. Perhaps the ASA can do more training of sociologists to work with journalists. If it is possible we could provide additional online resources for scholars interested in being interviewed for NPR, The New York Times, and so forth. Second, job prospects for young scholars are limited. The ASA could do more to assist in the placement of graduates in interesting, non-academic positions where graduates would use their sociological skills. If elected President, I would try to increase the assistance that the Association provides to the membership on these two issues, while maintaining the services that the ASA regularly offers.

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John Logan

John Logan

John Logan

Present Professional Position: Professor, Department of Sociology, and Director, Initiative on Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences, Brown University, 2004-present.

Former Professional Positions: Director, Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research, University at Albany, 1999-2004; Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, University at Albany, SUNY, 2000-04; Associate Professor/Professor of Sociology, University at Albany, SUNY, 1980-2000.

Education: PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1974; MA, Columbia University, 1969; BA, University of California, Berkeley, 1968.

Positions Held in ASA: Vice-President Elect and Vice President, 2008-2011; Committee on Publications, 1998-2001; Spivack Program Advisory Committee, 1997-2000; Chair, Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award Committee, 1995-97; Chair, Section on Community and Urban Sociology 1993-97.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: President, Research Committee on Urban and Regional Development,  International Sociological Association, 1994-98; Panel member, Social Sciences and Population Study Section, NIH, l988-92; Panel member, Sociology Program, NSF, 1997-99; Advisory board member, Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science, University of California-Santa Barbara, 2000-04; Founding Director, Urban China Research Network, 1999-2004.

Publications: Logan, John R. and Harvey Molotch. 1987. Urban Fortunes:  The Political Economy of Place, Los Angeles:  University of California Press; Logan, John R. and Todd Swanstrom (eds.). 1990. Beyond the City Limits:  Urban Policy and Economic Restructuring in Comparative Perspective, Temple University Press; Logan, John R. and Glenna D. Spitze. 1996. Family Ties: Enduring Relations between Parents and Their Grown Children, Temple University Press; Logan, John R. (ed.). 2007. Urban China in Transition, Blackwell Publishers; Logan, John R. 2012. “Making a Place for Space: Spatial Thinking in Social Science” Annual Reviews of Sociology, forthcoming.

Personal Statement: ASA must continue to be aggressive on behalf of sociology and sociologists. The big issues that require continued focus are making sociological knowledge more visible on questions of public importance and demonstrating sociology’s relevance to multidisciplinary problems on which future science funding hinges. ASA’s support of members in two-year and four-year colleges and in non-college jobs as well as raising the profile of teaching and applied research needs more attention. Building from our experience with the Minority Fellowship Program, we need to work more closely with departments to support doctoral students and new PhDs in a difficult economic climate. We raised the dues and now we have to be sure that members are aware of where the money goes, and that spending reflects our priorities and stays within our means. In the last year, ASA Council took steps to increase transparency and promote member participation, and we have to reinforce that effort.

Candidates for  Vice President-Elect

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Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo

Present Professional Position: Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Southern California

Former Professional Positions: Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Sociology, University of Southern California, 2006-11; Assistant to Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Southern California, 1992-2003; Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, California State University San Bernardino, 1990-1991.

Education: PhD, University of California Berkeley, 1990; MA, University of California-Berkeley, 1984; BA, University of California San Diego, 1979.

Positions Held in ASA: Member of Council, 2008-2011; Committee Member, Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline, 2009-11; Council Member, Section on International Migration, 2004-2007; Council Member, Section on Sex and Gender, 2001-03; Council Member, Section on Latina/o Sociology, 1997-2000.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Board of Directors, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2004-2007; Committee on Committees, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2000-03; C. Wright Mills Book Award Committee, 1996, 2003; Board Member, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in L.A., 1999-2001; Chair, Social Conscience Award Committee, Pacific Sociological Association, 2003.

Publications: Hondagneu-Sotelo, Pierrette. 2008. God’s Heart Has No Borders: How Religious Activists are Working for Immigrant Rights, University of California Press. Hondagneu-Sotelo, Pierrette. 2001, 2007, Domestica: Immigrant Workers Cleaning and Caring in the Shadows of Affluence. University of California Press; Hondagneu-Sotelo, Pierrette. 1994. Gendered Transitions: Mexican Experiences of Immigration, University of California Press; Ramirez, Hernan and Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, 2009, “Mexican Immigrant Gardeners in Los Angeles: Entrepreneurs or Exploited Workers?Social Problems, 56:70-88; Hondagneu-Sotelo, Pierrette and Ernestine Avila, 1997, “’I’m Here, But I’m There’: The Meanings of Latina Transnational Motherhood,” Gender & Society,” 11:548-571.

Personal Statement: Twenty years ago I attended my first ASA meeting, awe-struck by the luminaries but terrified too. Since then, ASA has opened up to new topics and sections, and I’ve experienced it as a more welcoming space. Presenting papers, attending sessions, and serving on ASA committees in this era of greater inclusion and diversity has helped me grow as a sociologist and mentor, allowing me to learn from others and to meet a wide variety of people with shared interests. If I’m elected Vice President, I’ll work with the President, Council Members, and staff on all policy matters, and I’ll strive to do whatever possible to broaden ASA outreach and connection to all members, so that ASA becomes a space of open dialogue, inclusion, and transparency.

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Brian Powell

Brian Powell

Brian Powell

Present Professional Position: James H. Rudy Professor, Department of Sociology, Indiana University, 2008-present

Former Professional Positions: Affiliate Faculty, Department of Gender Studies, Indiana University,1986-present; Allen D. and Polly S. Grimshaw Professor, Department  of Sociology, Indiana University, 2002-07; Assistant to Full Professor, Department of Sociology, Indiana University, 1986-2002.

Education: PhD,  Emory University, 1984; MA, Emory University, 1980; BA, Hobart and William Smith College, 1976.

Positions Held in ASA: Chair, ASA Social Psychology Section, 2011-present; Member, ASA Honors Program Advisory Board, 2009-11; Chair, ASA Sociology of Education Section, 2009-10; Deputy Editor, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 2009-10, American Sociological Review, 2006, and Sociology of Education 1995-98; Member, ASA Publications Committee, 2002-05.

Offices Held in Other Organizations: Board of Directors Member, Council on Contemporary Families, 2011-present; National Science Foundation Sociology Advisory Panel, 2009-10; President, Phi Beta Kappa, Gamma Chapter, Indiana University, 2006-08; National Science Foundation Dissertation Advisory Panel, 2002-04, 2006-08; Founding member, Teaching and Learning Introductory Sociology (TLIS) Network, 2010-present.

Publications: Powell, Brian, Catherine Bolzendahl, Claudia Geist, and Lala Carr Steelman. 2010. Counted Out: Same-Sex Relations and Americans’ Definitions of Family. American Sociological Association Rose Series. Russell Sage Foundation; Hamilton, Laura, Claudia Geist, and Brian Powell. 2011. “Marital Name Change as a Window into Gender Attitudes,” Gender and Society 25:145-175; Cheng, Simon and Brian Powell. 2007. “Under and Beyond Constraints: Resource Allocation to Young Children from Biracial Families,” American Journal of Sociology 112:1044-1094; Hamilton, Laura, Simon Cheng, and Brian Powell. 2007. “Adoptive Parents, Adaptive Parents: Evaluating the Importance of Biological Ties for Parental Investment,” American Sociological Review 72:95-116; Powell, Brian, Lala Carr Steelman, and Robert M. Carini. 2006. “Advancing Age, Advantaged Youth: Parental Age and the Transmission of Resources to Children,” Social Forces 84:1359-1390.

Personal Statement: When I think of the ASA, I think of diversity and hope for inclusiveness. The ASA represents a wide range of sociologists who privilege and excel in different aspects of our profession and who, in turn, give me great optimism about the future of the discipline. I believe that the ASA must serve its various members--whether they are located in small liberal arts colleges, research universities, applied settings, or elsewhere; whether they are beginning their academic career or have reached retirement; whether they are motivated more by teaching or research concerns; whether their interests emphasize concerns of the discipline or of broader social policy. As someone who has been invested in both teaching and research excellence and who has worked with small liberal arts colleges, research universities, and applied settings, I am fully committed to representing these different constituencies and strengthening communication and forging ties among these groups.

Candidates for Secretary-Elect

The candidates for secretary will be announced at a later date.


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