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Nicole Wolensky, University of Iowa, and Bob Wolensky, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, were given an award by the Harrisburg Patriot for their work on Pennsylvania regional history. Nicole’s name was omitted from an announcement in the March 2004 issue of Footnotes.

Call for Papers and Conferences

American Sociological Association Caucus on Gender & Sexuality in International Contexts, August 13, 2004, University of California-Berkeley. Theme: “Transnational Feminist Sociologies: Current Challenges, Future Directions.” This one-day, mini-conference is aimed at generating a dialogue on the state of transnational feminist scholarship in Sociology. We invite submissions of short papers or thought pieces (about five double-spaced pages). Submission deadline: May 30, 2004. Conference pre-registration deadline: July 1, 2004. Send paper submissions (by MS Word or RTF attachment) via email to Jayati Lal ( and Frances Hasso ( Conference papers will be pre-circulated to registered participants to facilitate the engaged and full participation of all conference attendees. The conference is open to the public. For more information about the conference, the Caucus, and to subscribe to the Caucus listserv, contact Natalie Bennett (

Association for Humanist Sociology 2004 Annual Meeting, November 4-7, 2004, The Galt House, Louisville, KY. Theme: “Stirring Up Solidarity: Humanists Working Together.” Humanists who share our concern for peace, equality, and social justice are invited to share intellectual work and activist efforts, and engage in a stimulating dialogue aimed at “stirring up” interdisciplinary solidarity. We welcome proposals for creative and/or alternative presentation formats, as well as papers, symposia, and panels. Deadline: June 7, 2004. Send an abstract or three-sentence proposal for a presentation, paper, session, or alternative format to: Mary Chayko, 2004 AHS Program Chair, Sociology Department, College of St. Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, NJ 07960-6989; (973) 290-4120; fax (973) 290-4676; email

California Sociological Association (CSA) Meeting, October 15-16, 2004, Mission Inn, Riverside, CA. Theme: “The Relevance of Sociology.” The purpose of the CSA is (1) to promote the scientific study of society with particular emphasis on the challenges facing the State of California, (2) to promote the dissemination of public policy related to sociological research, and (3) to foster the early professional involvement of students and the continued professional involvement of practitioners and educators. Deadline to submit papers to research sessions or roundtables is July 1. For more information, contact Gary Cretser at or call (909) 869-3889.


Campus Compact announces a new History, Civics, and Service initiative to advance students’ understanding of history by connecting it to service experiences and at the same time improve understanding of the context for community service by connecting it to a deeper historical context. This work will take place primarily through an online toolkit serving as a central location for resources. If you are teaching a course designed to make connections between understanding key historical documents of American history and community service experiences that enhance the learning of American history, submit syllabi to Campus Compact for consideration for posting on the national site. Special interest in projects that enhance our understanding of women’s history. If you have questions or would like to submit your syllabus, contact: Melissa Kesler Gilbert, Center for Community Engagement, Otterbein College, Westerville, OH 43081; (614) 823-1251; email

Michigan Sociological Review (MSR) requests submissions for its fall 2004 issue. The MSR is an official, peer-refereed publication of the Michigan Sociological Association. The MSR publishes research articles, essays, research reports, and book reviews. Submissions will be accepted until June 15, 2004. Send an email attachment in a word-processed document (not .pdf) file of the paper and a brief biographical statement to: Postal mail contact: Roger Nemeth, Editor, Michigan Sociological Review, Department of Sociology, Hope College, Holland, MI 49422-9000.

Political Power and Social Theory is a an annual review published by Elsevier Press 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 (up to 80 pages). By publishing manuscripts based on original research that challenge conventional theoretical assumptions, the journal opens a space of inquiry and debate that crosses disciplinary and geographic boundaries and appeals to a broad range of social scientists as well as area specialists. Edited by Diane E. Davis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, this permanent forum for ideas not only fills the gap between quarterly publications and monographs, but also reveals the passionate engagement of scholars today with the social transformations in the world around them. Potential contributors should direct inquiries and/or manuscripts (with all references to the author removed from the manuscript itself) to

Teaching Sociology, Special Issue: 100 Years of Teaching Sociology. This issue will mark the American Sociological Association’s centennial in 2005. The special issue seeks to examine the history and future of teaching in sociology. Some of the questions to be considered include, but are not limited to: How has the scholarship of teaching and learning in sociology evolved? What has been sociology’s contribution to the broader scholarship of teaching and learning? What is the status of teaching within the discipline, how has this changed, and why? How have classroom practices and norms changed over time? What social, cultural, economic, or political factors have shaped what and how we teach? What is the history of sociology textbooks? What changes can be observed in these? What are the persisting problems, questions, and challenges we face? What is the future of teaching in sociology? Manuscripts may be in the form of articles, notes, or conversations. Articles are generally empirical, analytical, and approximately 25 pages in length. Notes are shorter (about ten pages) and analyze one aspect of the problem. Conversations may be in the form of brief comments, arguments, conversations, interviews, and responses. These are typically fewer than ten pages. Submission deadline: October 1, 2004. Direct manuscripts or questions to: Liz Grauerholz, Editor, Teaching Sociology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 700 W. State Street, Stone Hall, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907.


June 28-29, 2004, Conference on Terrorism, National Press Club, Washington, DC.

July 30-August 1, 2004, International Christian Studies Association World Congress, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA. Theme: “Science and Religion: The Missing Link.” Contact: O. Gruenwald, JIS Editor, 1065 Pine Bluff Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107; e-mail See for more details.

August 11-13, 2004, The International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA) 2004 Annual Meeting, San Francisco Art Institute. Theme: “The Thought of the Eye: Visual Sociology, Documentary Work, and Public Imagery.” IVSA welcomes scholars who work with film, video, still photography, and multi-media imagery in examining culture and social life. Contact Brian Gran, Case Western Reserve University (Brian.Gran@Case.Edu) or Jon Wagner, University of California-Davis (Jcwagner@Ucdavis.Edu).

August 11-14, 2004, Association of Black Sociologists Annual Meeting, Westin St. Francis, San Francisco. Theme: “Black Sociologists in the New Social Order.” Contact: Benjamin Bowser, Program Chair, Department of Sociology and Social Services, California State University-Hayward, Hayward, CA 94542; (510) 885-3173; fax (510) 885-2390; email

August 13-15, 2004, The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) 54th Annual Meeting, Cathedral Hill Hotel, San Francisco, CA. Theme: “The Culture of Social Problems: Power, People, and History.” Visit or contact Michele Koontz, Administrative Officer, for additional information.

October 8-9, 2004, New York State Sociological Association 52nd Annual Meeting, State University of New York-Oswego. Theme: “Terrorism and Responses to Global Uncertainty.”

October 24-27, 2004, Society of Research Administrators International (SRA) 2004 Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT. Contact: Edward F. Gabriele, Symposium Program Director and Chair, (202) 762-3202; cell (202) 445-0858; email

November 12-14, 2004, The American Association of University Women Educa- tional Foundation Third Biennial International Symposium. Theme: “International Perspectives: Women Leading Change in Public Health and Technology.” The symposium will explore new definitions of technology and its relationship to public health. Call for proposals Further information by email: or

November 12-14, 2004, Office of Research Integrity Conference on Research Integrity, Paradise Point Resort, San Diego, CA. The purpose of the conference is for scholars from different disciplines to discuss crucial research problems, explore different research methods, and share research results, with the ultimate goal of furthering understanding about ways to foster integrity and deter misconduct in research.

April 7-10, 2005, North Central Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott City Center, Pittsburgh, PA. Theme: “The Local Community in the Global Age.” Contact: Dean Purdy, Executive Officer, NCSA, Department of Sociology, Bowling green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403; (419) 372-2217; email


The Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado, in partnership with the Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI), with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will award dissertation fellowships to support work in all aspects of natural and human-made hazards, risk, and disasters in all disciplines. The goal of the program is to foster the development of the next generation of interdisciplinary hazards scholars through wide-ranging contributions to the body of knowledge in hazards research. Up to 10 grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded in 2004 to doctoral students to support their dissertation work on natural and human-made hazards, risk, and disasters. The dissertation work may be in any relevant field of the natural and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, specialties in engineering, or interdisciplinary programs such as environmental studies. Applications are due July 1, 2004. Complete program information, including deadlines, eligibility, and application information, is available at Specific questions can be directed to Audre Hoffman, PERI, 11350 Random Hills Road, #210, Fairfax, VA 22030; (703) 352-1846; email

The Substance Abuse Policy Research Program (SAPRP), is designed to encourage experts in public health, law, political science, medicine, sociology, criminal justice, economics, psychology, and other behavioral and policy sciences to address issues related to substance abuse. This will be the ninth round of funding for the program. In this round, up to $3.5 million will be available. Projects supported are expected to increase understanding of public and private policy interventions to prevent, treat and reduce the harm caused by the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs, including the advantages, disadvantages and potential impact of these policies. This Program only accepts applications submitted online, no later than August 27, 2004. For complete information on this opportunity, eligibility requirements, and the application process, go to: For additional information, contact Tracy Enright Patterson, Deputy Director, at or call (336) 286-4418.

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) invites applications for the 2005-2006 Senior Fellowship competition in the Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace. USIP is an independent, nonpartisan institution created by Congress to strengthen the nation’s capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict. Twelve to 15 fellowships are awarded annually. The Institute funds projects related to preventive diplomacy, ethnic and regional conflicts, peacekeeping and peace operations, peace settlements, democratization and the rule of law, cross-cultural negotiations, nonviolent social movements, U.S. foreign policy in the 21st century, and related topics. This year the Institute is especially interested in topics addressing problems of the Muslim world, post-war reconstruction and reconciliation in Iraq, and responses to terrorism and political violence. Projects demonstrating relevance to current policy debates will be highly competitive. Fellows reside at the Institute in Washington, DC, for a period of up to 10 months to conduct research on their projects, consult with staff, and contribute to the ongoing work of the Institute. Books and reports resulting from fellowships may be published by the USIP Press. The fellowship award includes a stipend of up to $80,000, travel to Washington for the fellow and dependents, health insurance, an office, and a half-time research assistant. The competition is open to citizens of all nations. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. All application materials must be received by September 15, 2004. For more information and an application form, visit the Institute’s website at, or contact: Jennings Randolph Program, U.S. Institute of Peace, 1200 17th Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036-3011; (202) 429-3886, fax (202) 429-6063; email

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) invites applications for the 2005-2006 Peace Scholar dissertation fellowship competition of the Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace. The Peace Scholar program supports doctoral dissertations that explore the sources and nature of international conflict, and strategies to prevent or end conflict and to sustain peace. Peace Scholars work at their universities or appropriate field research sites. Priority will be given to projects that contribute knowledge relevant to the formulation of policy on international peace and conflict issues. Citizens of all countries are eligible, but Peace Scholars must be enrolled in an accredited college or university in the United States. Applicants must have completed all requirements for the degree except the dissertation by the commencement of the award (September 1, 2005). The dissertation fellowship award is $17,000 for one year and may be used to support writing or field research. All application materials must be received by January 10, 2005. For more information and an application form, visit the Institute’s website at, or contact: Jennings Randolph Program, U.S. Institute of Peace, 1200 17th Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036-3011; (202) 429-3886; fax (202) 429-6063; email

In the News

Richard Alba, University at Albany, was a guest on the April 5, 2004, Kojo Nnamdi Show on National Public Radio discussing the topic of immigration. Victor Nee, Cornell University, Alba’s co-author, was also mentioned.

David Allen, Georgia Southern University, was interviewed on March 13 on DC’s WAMU (National Public Radio) show Youth Voices about the overscheduled teenager.

The American Sociological Association was mentioned in the January 16 Chronicle of Higher Education. The article was about the American Anthropological Association and electronic journal subscriptions and mentions ASA’s arrangement with Ingenta.

Matthew Archibald, Emory University, was quoted in the March 1 Atlanta Journal Constitution about the political education of the supporters of presidential candidate Howard Dean.

Andrew Cherlin, Johns Hopkins University, was quoted in an April 4 Indianapolis Star article about the changing institution of marriage and the reasons that people get married.

Dalton Conley, New York University’s Center for Advanced Social Science Research, was interviewed April 1 on the Diane Rehm show on National Public Radio’s WAMU (DC) about his book The Pecking Order: Which Siblings Succeed and Why.

Mathieu Deflem, University of South Carolina, was interviewed for a radio broadcast on South Carolina Radio News Network about international cooperation against terrorism.

George Dowdall, St. Joseph’s University, was quoted in an April 2 Philadelphia Inquirer article about the connection at colleges between sports and alcohol drinking.

Riley E. Dunlap, Åbo Akademi University (Finland), was quoted concerning levels of public concern for environmental issues in the United States in an article on contemporary environmentalism in the March 25 Christian Science Monitor.

Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, was quoted in an April 4 Dallas Morning News article about cyber vigilantes chasing down spammers and scammers.

William Helmreich, CUNY-Graduate Center, conducted a two-hour interview with Abdel Aziz Rantisi, a Hamas leader, at his home in Gaza. Part of the interview appeared in the March 28 New York Times.

Donald J. Hernandez, SUNY-Albany, was quoted in a March 25, 2004, Washington Post story on the well-being of American adolescents.

Martha K. Huggins, Tulane University, was interviewed in the Brazilian Globo Newsweekly Epoca (November 2003), about Violence Workers: Torturers and Murderers Reconstruct Brazilian Atrocities (Co-second authors, Mika Haritos-Fatouros, and Philip Zimbardo, University of California Press, 2002).

Saad E. Ibrahim, American University-Cairo, Egypt, authored an opinion piece about democracy in the Middle East in the March 28 Washington Post.

Robert J. Johnson, Kent State University, was a panelist in a forum addressing gay marriage featured on the front page of the Akron Beacon Journal on March 4.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School, was featured in the March 8 News Hour with Jim Lehrer on ethics and responsibilities of CEOs.

Jason Kaufman, Harvard University, was featured in Newsday on March 21 on the decline of Freemasonry in the United States and a shooting death at a Masonic Lodge in Patchogue, Long Island.

Stephen Kent, University of Alberta, was quoted in a March 14 Salt Lake Tribune article about Warren Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Jeff Kuenzi, Library of Congress, was quoted in the March 19, 2004, Chronicle of Higher Education about working as a sociologist PhD in a federal government position.

Charles Kurzman, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was interviewed by BBC’s Newshour radio program on February 11, the 25th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution.

Janja Lalich, California State University-Chico, was quoted as a cult expert in a March 15 San Francisco Chronicle article about the silence of the family members following nine murders in Fresno.

Kenneth C. Land, Duke University, was quoted in a front-page article in the March 25 Washington Post about the well-being of American teenagers. He was also interviewed on National Public Radio’s Marketplace show on March 24 about the same topic.

Sara Mclanahan, Princeton University, was mentioned in the March 1 Miami Herald for her research on “Healthy Families” in an article about teen pregnancy. The article appeared in a variety of papers including the Sacramento Bee and the Kansas City Star.

Phyllis Moen, University of Minnesota, was quoted on the front page of the March 23, 2004, New York Times, in an article about marital tensions created by retirement due to gender differences in career timing.

Harvey Molotoch, New York University, authored an op-ed about airport security in the March 12 New York Times.

Eileen O’Brien, College of William and Mary, was interviewed by KPFA in Berkeley, California about her book with Joe R. Feagin (University of Florida), White Men on Race, on February 17.

Devah Pager, University of Wisconsin-Madison, was featured in the March 20 New York Times about her dissertation research on racial gaps in employment between blacks and whites. Also mentioned in the article were the American Sociological Association, Robert Hauser and Erik Olin Wright, both from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Jeff Manza, Northwestern University.

H. Wesley Perkins, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, was interviewed on California News Talk Radio (San Luis Obispo) on February 9. The interview focused on his work on the social norms approach to alcohol abuse prevention among adolescents and college populations.

Christian S. Smith, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was quoted in the March 20 issue of The Washington Post in an article on religious activity among American teens. That same day he was also quoted in The Tallahassee Democrat on college-age youth, evangelicalism, and politics and the Jackson Sun where he commented on teens and religion in an article on the Thomas Nelson Bible magazine Refuel.

John Steiner, Sonoma State University, appeared on Spiegel TV in Germany regarding his research and experiences in the Holocaust, and was interviewed in East German newspapers regarding the same topic.

Kathleen Tierney, University of Colorado-Boulder, was quoted in a March 14 New York Times article about the safety aspects behind the Freedom Tower in New York City.

Christopher Uggen, University of Minnesota, and Amy Blackstone, University of Maine, were quoted in a March 21 Minneapolis Star Tribune article for their research on sexual harassment in the workplace, which appeared in the February issue of the American Sociological Review.

Rebecca Warner, Oregon State University, commented about the institution of marriage being subject to many influences in a March 18 Oregonian article.

Rose Weitz, Arizona State University, had her book, Rapunzel’s Daughters: What Women’s Hair Tells Us About Women’s Lives, reviewed in the March 23 New York Times.

Robert L. Young, University of Texas-Arlington. His judicial jury research was featured in Richard Morin’s “Unconventional Wisdom” section of the March 21 Washington Post.

Sharon Zukin, Brooklyn College and CUNY-Graduate Center, was quoted in an article on male shoppers in the Chicago Tribune, February 29, and on aspirational bargain shopping in the “Consumed” column in the New York Times Magazine, March 7.


The Sexualities Section of the American Sociological Association invites submissions for the Sexualities Section Graduate Student Paper Award. This award is given to a paper authored by a student currently enrolled in a sociology graduate program. A paper may be co-authored by two or more students who would share the award (papers co-authored with faculty are not eligible). The predominant focus of the paper should be sexualities broadly defined. Papers should be manuscript length and no longer than 35 typed, double-spaced pages. An original and four copies of the paper should be sent by June 1, 2004 to: Wendy Chapkis, Department of Sociology, University of Southern Maine, 96 Falmouth St., PO Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104-9300.

Summer Programs

University of Colorado-Colorado Springs will offer a summer seminar/colloquium, July 19-30, 2004, titled “Race, Gender, and the Transatlantic Slave Trade: A Comparative, Cross-Cultural Study.” The course will be offered through the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences’ Extended Studies Program as a three-credit undergraduate ($400) or graduate ($500) course. Students wishing to take the course for credit should register in advance; the general public may attend with pre-registration or at the door (cost: $35). For information, contact Andrea Herrera at (719) 262-4001 or To enroll contact Brian Blach at (719) 262-4071 or Visit the website at

Members' New Books

Kenneth Bolton, Jr., Southeastern Louisiana University, and Joe Feagin, University of Florida, Black in Blue: African-American Police Officers and Racism (Routledge, 2004).

Dean John Champion, Texas A & M International University, Corrections in the United States: A Contemporary Perspective, 4th ed. (Prentice Hall, 2004).

Daniel Thomas Cook, University of Illinois, The Commodification of Childhood: The Children’s Clothing Industry and the Rise of the Child Consumer (Duke University, 2004).

Daniel L. Dotter, Grambling State University, Creating Deviance: Interactionism and Scenarios of Cultural Meaning Construction (Alta Mira Press, 2004).

Susan Eckstein, Boston University, Back from the Future: Cuba under Castro, 2nd edition (Routledge, 2003).

Susan Eckstein, Boston University, and Timothy Wickham-Crowley, Georgetown University, editors, What Justice? Whose Justice? Fighting for Fairness in Latin America (University of California Press, 2003).

Susan Eckstein, Boston University, and Timothy Wickham-Crowley, Georgetown University, editors, Struggles for Social Rights in Latin America (Routledge, 2003).

Joe R. Feagin, University of Florida, and Eileen O’Brien, College of William and Mary, White Men on Race: Power, Privilege, and the Shaping of Cultural Consciousness (Beacon Press, 2003).

Abby L. Ferber, University of Colorado, editor, Home-Grown Hate: Gender and Organized Racism (Routledge, 2003).

Leslie Irvine, University of Colorado-Boulder, If You Tame Me: Understanding Our Connection with Animals (Temple University Press, 2004).

Charles Kurzman, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, The Unthinkable Revolution in Iran (Harvard University Press, 2004).

Murray Milner, Jr., University of Virginia, Freaks, Geeks, and Cool Kids: American Teenagers, Schools, and the Culture of Consumption (Routledge, 2004).

Stephen J. Morewitz, Morewitz & Associates and California State University-Hayward, Domestic Violence and Maternal and Child Health (Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2004).

Bandana Purkayastha, University of Connecticut, and Mangala Subramaniam, Purdue University, editors, The Power of Women’s Informal Networks: Lessons in Social Change from South Asia and West Africa (Lexington, 2004).

Deirdre A. Royster, College of William and Mary, Race and the Invisible Hand: How White Networks Exclude Black Men from Blue Collar Jobs (University of California Press, 2004).

Mary Ruggie, Harvard University, Marginal to Mainstream: Alternative Medicine in America (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Clive Seale, Brunel University, Giampietro Gobo, University of Milan, Jaber F. Gubrium, University of Missouri, and David Silverman, University of London, editors, Qualitative Research Practice (Sage, 2004).

Jacob S. Siegel and David A. Swanson, editors, The Methods and Materials of Demography, 2nd edition (Elsevier/Academic Press, 2004).

Patricia H. Thornton, Duke University, Markets from Culture: Institutional Logics and Organizational Decisions in Higher Education Publishing (Stanford University, 2004).

Bob Wolensky, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and Nicole Wolensky, University of Iowa, Fighting for the Union Label: The Women’s Garment Industry and the ILGWU in Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2002).


Brian Gran, Case Western Reserve University, has been invited to visit Britain this fall as a British Academy Visiting Fellow.

Martha K. Huggins joined the Sociology Department at Tulane University on January 1.

Larry Isaac, Florida State University, will be joining the sociology faculty at Vanderbilt University as of July 2004.

Kathy (Deierlein) Livingston has been promoted to professor of sociology at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.

Liz Malone, Department of Homeland Security, is moving from an assignment at the Science and Technology Directorate to do communication and outreach for the National Science Foundation’s Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate.

Peter M. Nardi, Pitzer College, was elected President of the Pacific Sociological Association for 2005-2006.

Eileen O’Brien has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor Position as a race-ethnic relations sociologist with the University of Richmond’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology, to begin fall 2004.

Silvia Pedraza, University of Michigan, was a Scholar in Residence at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy, July 2003. She was also elected Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the university-wide Faculty Senate at the University of Michigan.

Other Organizations

The Mid-South Sociological Association (MSSA) is seeking applications from members of the MSSA for the position of Editor of Sociological Spectrum, the official journal of the Association. The current editorship will end on or before February 1, 2005 (turnover date is somewhat negotiable). The term of the editor(s) will be three years (2005-2007) and will be responsible for volumes 26-28. Duties of the editorship include reading and evaluating manuscripts, coordinating the external review process, and preparing six issues for publication per year. Applications should include a letter of application, vitae of Editorial applicant(s), and a statement of support from the proposed host institution. Preferred campus support would include: course reassigned time, funded managing editor, computer and printer, office space, copier, postage, phone, long distance, and travel support. Applicants with additional questions are encouraged to contact the current editor-in-chief before making application: DeAnn K. Gauthier, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Lafayette, LA 70504; (337) 482-6043; email Send applications to the MSSA President, Jackie Eller, no later than July 1, 2004. Contact: Jackie Eller, Box 126 MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN 37132-0001; email

The Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) Rural Poverty Research Center is seeking undergraduates interested in rural poverty and policy for a unique leadership program. Students selected into this program as Undergraduate Rural Poverty Fellows will be expected to complete an individual research project focused on rural poverty during the 2004-2005 school year and present a report on their project at a convening of the Fellows in 2005.

The Institute for Advanced Study’s School of Social Science is welcoming applications for post-doctoral scholars for the 2005-2006 academic year. The year’s theme is “Psychology and Economics.” A group of seven to ten psychologists, economists, and others working on issues of common interest are expected. Experimentalists, theorists, as well as those using models of bounded rationality for applied work are all encouraged to apply, even if their work does not fall within the parameters of the 2005-06 theme. The applicant may be of the junior or senior level but must have a completed doctorate by the application deadline (November 15, 2004). Information and application materials can be requested by email ( or accessed online at


Kathleen M. Blee, University of Pittsburgh, is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award for 2004.

Jeffrey Chin has been selected LeMoyne College’s 2003-04 Scholar of the Year.

Esther Ngan-ling Chow, American University, is a recipient of the Fulbright New Century Scholar Award for the academic year 2004-05.

Chiquita A. Collins, University of Texas-Austin, received a Career Enhancement Award for Junior Faculty, administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship.

Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, CUNY-Graduate Center, was the recipient of the Eastern Sociological Society’s Merit Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Discipline on February 20.

Kathy Feltey, University of Akron, and Susan Alexander, St. Mary’s College, received the North Central Sociological Association’s Distinguished Contribution to Teaching Award.

Justin Golbabai, University of Notre Dame, Megan Johnson, Hanover College, Christina Sweigert, University of Akron, and Erin McDermott, Saint Mary’s College, won the 2004 undergraduate student paper awards from the North Central Sociological Association. Jun Xu, Indiana University, Isac Heacock, Indiana University, and Andrew Fullerton and Jeffrey C. Dixon, University of Connecticut, won the graduate student paper awards.

Martha K. Huggins, Tulane University, along with her co-second authors, Mika Haritos-Fatouros (University of Thessaloniki, Greece) and Philip Zimbardo (Stanford University), received two “Distinguished Book for 2003” awards for Violence Workers: Torturers and Murderers Reconstruct Brazilian Atrocities (University of California Press, 2002). One was from the American Society of Criminology’s Division of International Criminology and the other from the New England Society of Latin American Studies (NECLAS). Violence Workers was also a runner-up for the 2003 C. Wright Mills Award.

Larry Isaac, Florida State University, received the university’s Excellence in Teaching award.

Kathleen Piker King, Mount Union College, received the North Central Sociological Association Aida Tomeh Distinguished Service Award.

Robert D. Manning, Rochester Institute of Technology, was co-winner of the 2003 George Polk Award for Southern Exposure magazine’s special “Banking on Misery” issue on predatory lending. This national award, which recognizes the year’s best investigative journalism articles, was received for the “National Magazine” category.

Greg Weiss, Roanoke College, is one of ten recipients of the 2004 TIAA-CREF Outstanding Virginia Faculty Award.


Fred Bates

Frederick LeRoy Bates, 79, widower of Hettie Dowtin Bates, died April 24, 2004, at Self Regional Medical Center.

He was born December 2, 1924, in Tennleytown within the District of Columbia in what is now known as Northwest Washington, DC. He was a son of the late Robert Alvaro and Ruth Cornelia King Bates. During World War II he joined the US Army Air Corps and served as a Ball Turret Gunner on a B24 plane. He did 50 missions with the 15th U.S. Air Army Air Corps in Italy.

Fred entered George Washington University on the basis of his war record and scores on achievement tests he took when leaving the service. During his time at George Washington he married Hettie Dowtin of Troy, SC, who was then working in the office of the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Fred completed both a bachelors and a masters degree in less than three years.

After receiving his PhD in 1954 from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, he worked as a faculty member at North Carolina State College, Cornell University, and Louisiana State University and in 1963 he became Head of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at the University of Georgia, where he continued to work in various capacities until 1995. He did research, assisted by Hettie, in Guatemala, Italy, Yugoslavia, Turkey, Mexico, Peru, Thailand, and Indonesia.

During the course of his career Fred published six books, hundreds of journal articles, and dozens of research reports. Surviving are two sons, James F. Bates of Greenwood and Robert Mark Bates of Atlanta, GA, and two granddaughters, Sarah and Rachel. Three sisters, Elizabeth Bandu of Seabrook, TX, Margaret Amundson of Frederick, MD, and Audrey Schwartz of Silver Spring, MD, and a brother, Robert P. Bates of Silver Spring, MD.

The family request that memorials be made to the Troy Cemetery Association, PO Box 23, Troy, SC 29848.

Michael Hughes, Virginia Tech

Fred B. Silberstein

Fred B. Silberstein, University of Oklahoma professor emeritus and member of the American Sociological Association, died March 9. Silberstein, a resident of Norman, Oklahoma, since 1965, was 84.

Born May 27, 1919, in Columbus, Ohio, Silberstein served in the European theater during World War II and then returned to attend Ohio State College on the G.I. Bill. He received his doctorate in sociology in 1955 under the tutelage of Professor Melvin Seeman.

Silberstein was a respected instructor and scholar at the University of Oklahoma, where he taught sociology for more than 20 years. He taught a range of courses from the freshman to the doctoral level, especially in the areas of social stratification, race/ethnicity, and sociological theory. He had a particular teaching and research interest in the history and sociology of anti-Semitism.

As an educator, Silberstein had a tremendous influence on hundreds of students. Harold Kerbo, professor of sociology at California Polytechnic University, credits Silberstein with being one of those responsible for his entry into the field of sociology.

“He was a fantastic teacher,” Kerbo said. “He could really inspire students and make them understand things about societies and humans that few other people could. I have always had a lot of respect for him and have been thankful for what he gave me.”

Silberstein’s research and writings focused mainly on the effects of social stratification, mobility across social classes and the effects of prejudice. He had diverse publications in journals ranging from the American Journal of Sociology to the Journal of the American Medical Association. After his retirement from Oklahoma University in 1988, Silberstein remained active at the college and as an independent scholar. An indefatigable reader, the hundreds of books on his shelf were marked in numerous hues from cover to cover with underlining, questions in the margin, and notes to himself for future use.

Family members said he would be best remembered for his wicked sense of humor, love of books, and political activism. He is survived by his wife, Jean, of Norman; son, Michael, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; grandson, Christopher, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; a brother; and a sister and several nieces and nephews. Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association.

Keely West, University of Oklahoma

Frank Robert Westie
Frank Westie died on March 5, 2004, in Naples, Florida. He decided to become a sociologist after his experiences as a B-17 “Flying Fortress” bomber pilot flying in and out of England over Germany during WWII.

Frank volunteered to oppose the Nazi crimes against humanity but learned that he himself had unwittingly participated in one of the most barbarous acts of vengeance in American military history: the 48-hour, non-stop fire-bombing of Dresden, Germany, a non-military target in which civilian losses were comparable to Hiroshima. This event remains a military lie, much sanitized and rationalized by the military’s “historians.”

The American pilots themselves were lied to on the morning of the atrocity, which began on Ash Wednesday of 1945. They were told they were bombing a railroad-marshaling yard. These events are chronicled in Frank’s highly acclaimed anti-war novel, Ash Wednesday ’45, now in its third printing. Dresden was packed with tens of thousands of civilian refugees fleeing the Russian armies. Thousands of American and Royal Air Force heavy bombers dropped countless tons of incendiary bombs on Dresden for 24 hours non-stop, continuing long after Dresden had been reduced to ashes. Frank swore to his dying day that had he known what Churchill and Air Marshall Sir Arthur Harris had planned for Dresden, he would have refused to take off in his B-17 that morning and faced a firing squad, the standard punishment for refusal to obey a direct command “to face the enemy.”

Frank became a sociologist because he believed that one could make a greater contribution to world peace through sociological research and teaching than through any other occupation.

Frank studied musical composition at Wayne University and the Detroit Conservatory prior to his enlistment in the Air Force. After witnessing horrors of war, he asked himself, “After this, what music?” Yet his life’s work ended with his completion of a cantata titled “Pacem in Terra.”

The theme of virtually all of Frank’s research projects is “Why and How Do People Come to Hate Racial, Religious, and Ethnic Outgroups?” He was a pioneer in the scientific study of anti-Black prejudice and discrimination and was vilified for going door-to-door in Indianapolis and “stirring up trouble” by asking questions about race relations. He refused all military honors after Dresden; he was highly honored to be included on Senator Joseph McCarthy’s list of “subversives.”

I believe that if we are scientists, we should be remembered for the generalizations we established through empirical research. Frank summarized what he regarded his most useful research-based generalizations. As Frank’s wife, fellow sociologist, and frequent collaborator, I paraphrase these below, without the qualifications that typically obfuscate research findings, from Frank’s autobiography:

  • Nobel Prize winner Gunnar Myrdal, author of An American Dilemma, was wrong. Frank found that virtually no dilemma existed, but that the culture of bigotry provides rationalizations ahead of time for any “dilemma” (or cognitive dissonance) that individuals might experience due to contradictions between their prejudices and discriminatory practices, on one hand, and their ostensible “Democratic-Christian” ideals.
  • Frank established (with Margaret Westie and David Howard) an empirically based, highly systematic “Social Distance Pyramid,” which demonstrates the degree of prejudice of Whites toward Blacks and Blacks toward Whites as a function of Socioeconomic Status (SES) among randomly selected subjects in Indianapolis populations.
  • He set out (with James Martin) to empirically disprove the psychoanalytic hypotheses of the authors of The Authoritarian Personality (Adorno, et al.) and discovered that they were mostly right. For example, the most distinctive personality trait of Authoritarian Personalities (read “Fascist Personalities”) was love/hate ambivalence toward their parents.
  • He demonstrated (with Melvin DeFleur) that the relationship between and among what ostensibly “unprejudiced” subjects say about themselves and what they feel and what they do don’t match.
  • Frank demonstrated that sociologists live by illusion. In a survey of sociologists at universities with graduate programs, Frank found that two-thirds of the population studied rated themselves as among the “Top-ten Individuals” in their specialty. Two-thirds of the same population expected to be remembered for their contributions for a considerable time after their demise. Most of them, however, had never heard of most of the sociologists listed for their identification, a list made of all the past presidents of the American Sociological Association. The study was presented as Frank’s Presidential Address to the North Central Sociological Association in London, Ontario, in the late 1970s, which was met with a lengthy standing ovation of applause and tears of laughter. The discovery that we, in our delusions, are no different from the rest of us may be the ultimate catharsis.

Long-bitten with the “Halls of Ivy bug,” he spent his entire academic career on the enchanting Indiana University campus in Bloomington where he enjoyed the leisure of the Theory class to the fullest. As his research and writing demonstrate, he was much influenced by sociologist Kurt Wolff and psychologist Donald T. Campbell at Ohio State University where he earned his PhD. He was an officer of national professional associations and chairman of national grant-giving foundation committees in New York and Washington. Two novels by Frank and a book of short stories and a book of poetry will appear as I finish editing them.

He is survived by his daughters, Katharine Westie Tasker and Anne Westie Wiesen, his son, Kurt Westie, and yours truly,

Margaret L. Westie

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