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The September/October 2005 Footnotes story, titled “American Immigration Policy: Toward Integration” (pp. 3-4), should have stated that “major changes in immigration law took place in 1965” (rather than 1964).

Call for Papers and Conferences

2006 Hawaii Sociological Association 27th Annual Meeting, April 1, 2006, Radisson Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel. Theme: “Humanist Sociology, Public Sociologies, Public Ethnographies.” Presentations on all topics are welcome, especially with Hawaii and Asia-Pacific relevance. Contact: Michael G. Weinstein, Department of Sociology, University of Hawii-Manoa, 2424 Maile Way, #239, Honolulu, HI 96822; (808) 956-8413; email Contact the Radisson Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel at 1-888-557-4422 for special meeting rates.

33rd Annual Western Anthropology/Sociology Undergraduate Research Conference, April 8, 2006, Santa Clara University, CA. Empirical, theoretical, and review papers are invited. A completed paper or abstract of at least half page in length, with name(s) and telephone number(s) of student author(s) and faculty sponsor(s) should be submitted by February 1, 2006. Contact: Anthropology/Sociology Department, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA 95053; (408) 554-2795; fax (408) 554-4189;

African American Studies and Research Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Conference, March 30-April 1, 2006. Theme: “Race, Roots, and Resistance: Revisiting the Legacies of Black Power.” Its purpose is to explore the legacies of the Black Power movement, its impact on the 1960s and contemporary U.S. society and the world. Send abstracts to: by December 1, 2006. Include a short 150-word biographical sketch. Contact: Jennifer F. Hamer, African American Studies & Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1201 W. Nevada, Urbana, IL 61801; (217) 333-7781.

44th International Making Cities Livable Conference, May 18-22, 2006, Santa Fe, NM. Theme: “True Urbanism & Healthy Communities.” Co-organized with the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. Deadline for submission: December 20, 2005. The IMCL Program Committee invites proposals for papers that connect social problems/social well-being to aspects of the urban/suburban built environment: Social problems and the built environment; Socialization of youth in suburbia; Youth violence in city and suburb; Places for the development of civic engagement & community; The inclusive community; Social anxiety and lack of social learning settings; Contexts that promote sociability; Walkable neighborhoods & physical health; Child- & family-friendly communities; Planning for the healthy community. Send a 200- to 250-word abstract to: Email: Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard Ph.D. (Arch.), Program Committee Chair, IMCL Conferences, PO Box 7586, Carmel, CA 93921. Fax: +1- 831-624-5126. Visit

The Fourth International Charlotte Perkins Gilman Conference: “Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Then and Now,” June 15-18, 2006, Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England, Portland, ME. Topics are open. Seek to bring together those who are working on Gilman around the country and around the world for a collegial exchange of ideas. Proposals invited focusing directly on Gilman, as well as those examining texts, individuals, and social movements that illuminate her life and work. Deadline: December 5, 2005. For the complete Call for Papers and submission instructions visit Contact: Jennifer Tuttle, (207) 221-4433; email

The Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting and Conference on Gypsy Studies for 2006, June 2-3, 2006, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Papers on any aspect of Gypsy Studies are welcome, substantive papers will be given priority. Send abstracts (about 100 words) to Matt T. Salo, 5607 Greenleaf Rd., Cheverly, MD 20785. Submissions should include the author’s name, address, daytime telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address. Deadline for receipt of abstracts is April 30, 2006. Address inquiries to Matt T. Salo at the above address; (301) 341-1261; email

North Central Sociological Association, March 23-25, 2006, Crowne Plaza Hotel at Union Station, Indianapolis, IN. Theme: “Making a Difference: Sociology as Social Activism.” If you are interested in presenting a paper, send your manuscript title and a brief abstract; include your name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, email address and telephone number. Send all information before December 1, 2005. Contact: Rebecca L. Bordt, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, DePauw University, 332 Asbury Hall, Greencastle, IN 46135; (765) 658-4521; fax (765) 658-4799; email

Social Theory Forum, April 5-6, 2006, University of Massachusetts-Boston. Theme: “Human Rights, Borderlands, and the Poetics of Applied Social Theory: Engaging with Gloria Anzaldúa in Self and Global Transformations.” Send completed existing papers (preferable) or two-page paper proposals as email attachment (Word format) to the email addresses of co-organizers as listed below, by December 15, 2005. Proceedings of the conference will be peer-reviewed for possible publication in an issue of The Discourse of Sociological Practice, the journal of the University of Massachusetts-Boston, Department of Sociology. Contact: Attn.: Social Theory Forum, Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125; Mohammad H. (Behrooz) Tamdgidi,, Jorge Capetillo-Ponce,, Glenn Jacobs,


Child Poverty In America co-editors Barbara A. Arrighi and David J. Maume are accepting previously unpublished articles, 5,000-6,000 words in length, for a four-volume set to be published by Praeger. The title of the set is: Child Poverty In America, with individual volumes devoted to: Children and the State; Health and Medical Care; Families and Children; The Promise of Education. Forward an abstract or a completed article for consideration to either or The publication date of the four-volume set is tentatively scheduled for September 2006. Contact: Barbara A. Arrighi at (859) 572-5251; or David J. Maume at (513) 556-4713.

Domestic Frontiers, a Special Issue of Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, guest editors Victoria Haskins and Margaret Jacobs consider ‘the home’ as both site and archive of colonization. We are interested in the private and personal experiences of colonialization and the ways in which the broader colonial processes of subjugation, accommodation and resistance intersect and are encapsulated in the ‘peculiar intimacy’ (as Sara Suleri calls it) of domestic lives. Works must not be published or under consideration for publication elsewhere. Submissions are to be sent to the Frontiers editorial collective as email attachments at or, along with three hard copies, addressed to Editors, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Department of History, Arizona State University, PO Box 874302, Tempe, AZ 85287-4302; (480) 965-3876; fax (480) 965-0310. Email the co-editors at Victoria K. Haskins or Margaret Jacobs at Author names should not appear on the manuscript; list contact information separately. Due date for receipt of papers is December 31, 2005.

Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, An international journal, seeks papers on the following topics: Research, Innovative Practice Models, Policy Papers, Legal and Ethical Issues. Submit papers to: Terry Fulmera at, electronic submission is preferred. Or, send submissions to Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, College of Nursing, New York University, 246 Greene St, 8th floor, New York, NY 10003; (212) 992-9428. For full instructions for authors submitting manuscripts, see

The Journal of Empirical Research on Human-Research Ethics (JERHRE). Visit JERHRE’s main website at or access the main site via for a full description of JERHRE’s aim and focus, distinctive features, and manuscript submission instructions. JERHRE begins quarterly publication March 2006 and is currently accepting manuscripts for its June 2006 issue. To receive a free one-year, online subscription, email

Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, An International Journal of Interdisciplinary and Interfaith Dialogue, invites papers for JIS XVIII 2006 on the timely topic: “Prophets of Post-Communism: Toward an Open Society.” Deadline: January 1, 2006. Send three double-sided copies of: 15-25 pages, plus 150-word abstract, typed, double-spaced, in-text citation format, author identification on a separate sheet, and postage for return/SASE to: O. Gruenwald, JIS Editor, IIR, 1065 Pine Bluff Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107, USA. Early submissions recommended.

Research in the Sociology of Health Care seeks papers for its 24th volume. The major theme for this volume is access, quality, and satisfaction with care: concerns of patients, providers, and insurers. The volume will contain 10 to 14 papers, generally between 20 and 40 pages in length. Send completed manuscripts or detailed outlines for review by February 15, 2006. For an initial indication of interest in outlines or abstracts, contact by January 10, 2006. Send to: Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld, Department of Sociology, Box 874802, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-4802; (480) 965-8053; email

Sociological Focus solicits manuscripts for two upcoming special issues. Special Issue: Group Processes. Deadline: February 17, 2006. For further information contact either: Alison J. Bianchi at 323 Merrill Hall, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242-0001,; or Robert K. Shelly at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 129 Bentley Hall Annex, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701, Special Issue: Science, Technology, and Social Inequalities. Deadline: March 31, 2006. For further information contact: Cheryl B. Leggon, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, 685 Cherry Street, Atlanta, GA 30332, For either special issue, submit complete manuscripts to: Sociological Focus, Department of Sociology, Box 210378, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0378.

Theory and Society plans to publish a special issue in 2006 on Jean-Paul Sartre in honor of the 2005 centenary of his birth. The special issue will be co-edited by David Swartz and Vera Zolberg. All submissions will undergo the normal review process of papers published by Theory and Society and will be evaluated in terms of their original contribution to scholarship. Our working deadline for manuscript submissions is December 2005. Contact: David Swartz, Boston University, Department of Sociology & Core Curriculum, 96-100 Cummington Sreet, Boston, MA 02215; (617) 358-0650; email Vera L. Zolberg, Sociology Department, Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, 65 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003; (212) 229-5737 ext. 3133.


December 4-6, 2005. Second Annual International Conference on Social Science Research, Hilton Hotel Orlando/Altamonte, FL. Contact: Centre for Policy and Practice, 900 E. Seventh St., #202, Bloomington, IN 47405; email;

February 13-18, 2006. National Association of African American Studies National Association of Hispanic & Latino Studies, National Association of Native American Studies, International Association of Asian Studies Joint National Conference, Baton Rouge, LA. Contact: PO Box 325, Biddeford, ME 04005; (207) 839-8004; fax (207) 839-3776;;

February 23-26, 2006. 2006 Eastern Sociological Society Meetings, Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston, MA. Theme: “The Places of Our Lives.” Contact: email; visit

March 8, 2006. Symposium on Geography and Drug Addiction, Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, IL. Contact: Douglas Richardson, or Yonette Thomas at

March 23-25, 2006. North Central Sociological Association, Crowne Plaza Hotel at Union Station, Indianapolis, IN. Theme: “Making a Difference: Sociology as Social Activism.” Contact: Rebecca L. Bordt, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, DePauw University, 332 Asbury Hall, Greencastle, IN 46135; (765) 658-4521; fax (765) 658-4799;

March 30-31, 2006. The Art of Gender in Everyday Life III, A Multidisciplinary Conference, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID. Contact: Anderson Gender Resource Center, Idaho State University, Campus Box 8141, Pocatello, ID 83209-8141; Contact: email;

March 30-April 1, 2006. African American Studies and Research Program at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Conference, Theme: “Race, Roots, and Resistance: Revisiting the Legacies of Black Power.” Contact: Jennifer F. Hamer, African American Studies & Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1201 W. Nevada, Urbana, IL 61801; (217) 333-7781.

April 1, 2006. 2006 Hawaii Sociological Association 27th Annual Meeting, Radisson Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel. Theme: “Humanist Sociology, Public Sociologies, Public Ethnographies.” Contact: Michael G. Weinstein, Department of Sociology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2424 Maile Way, #239, Honolulu, HI 96822; 808-956-8413;

April 5-6, 2006. Social Theory Forum, University of Massachusetts-Boston. Theme: “Human Rights, Borderlands, and the Poetics of Applied Social Theory: Engaging with Gloria Anzaldúa in Self and Global Transformations.” Contact: Attn.: Social Theory Forum, Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts-Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125; Mohammad H. (Behrooz) Tamdgidi,, Jorge Capetillo-Ponce,, Glenn Jacobs,

April 8, 2006. 33rd Annual Western Anthropology/Sociology Undergraduate Research Conference, Santa Clara University, CA. Contact: Anthropology/Sociology Department, Santa Clara Unversity, Santa Clara, CA 95053; (408) 554-2795; fax (408) 554-4189;

April 21-23. British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2006, Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate, UK. Theme: “Sociology, Social Orders(s), and Disorders.” Contact Joyce Campbell at;

June 2-3, 2006. The Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting and Conference on Gypsy Studies for 2006, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Contact: Matt T. Salo, 5607 Greenleaf Rd., Cheverly, MD 20785, USA; (301) 341-1261; email

June 15-18, 2006. The Fourth International Charlotte Perkins Gilman Conference: “Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Then and Now,” Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England, Portland, ME. Contact: Jennifer Tuttle, (207) 221-4433; email;


American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Study in Greece: Programs & Fellowships 2006-2007. Regular Program Membership: Open to graduate students in classical studies and ancient Mediterranean studies and related fields (e.g., history of art, anthropology, prehistory, studies in post-classical Greece, etc.), who have completed at least one year of graduate work. Competition is on the basis of transcripts, recommendations and examinations. Fulbright Fellowships: Contact the Institute of International Education, at 809 United Nations Plaza, NY 10017, or visit for an application and stipend information. Deadline: January 15, 2006. Student Associate Membership: Open to advanced graduate students who plan to pursue independent research projects and who do not wish to commit to the full Regular Program. The M. Alison Frantz Fellowship is open to PhD candidates and recent PhDs who demonstrate a need to work in the Gennadius Library. Fields of study include late antiquity, Byzantine or Modern Greek studies. The Jacob Hirsch Fellowship is awarded to a PhD candidate from the U.S. or Israel writing a dissertation, or to a recent PhD completing a project such as revising a dissertation for publication, requiring a residence in Greece. Deadline: January 15, 2006. School Advanced Fellowships: Several fellowships with a stipend of $10,000 plus room, board and waiver of school fees are available to students who have completed the Regular Program or one year as a Student Associate Member. Deadline: February 21, 2006. Senior Associate Membership: Open to postdoctoral scholars with suitable research projects. Application should be made to the Director in Athens. No Application Deadline. Other Predoctoral Fellowships: The Harry Bikakis Fellowship: Graduate students attending a North American institution or Greek graduate students working at School libraries whose research subject is ancient Greek law; or Greek graduate students working on a school excavation. Deadline: January 15, 2006. Other Predoctoral or Postdoctoral Fellowships: The Oscar Broneer Traveling Fellowship: PhD candidate with approved dissertation proposal or recent PhD who is teaching but without tenure. Past Regular Member of the ASCSA with plan to study at the American Academy in Rome. Deadline: January 31, 2006. Caorc Multi-Country Research Fellowships: To provide support for PhD candidates and senior scholars whose research has regional significance and requires travel to several countries, at least one of which hosts an American overseas research center. Applications at CAORC’s website Deadline: January 13, 2006. Cotsen Traveling Fellowship For Research In Greece: Short-term travel-to-collection award for senior scholars and graduate students for projects and research at the Gennadius Library. At least one month of residency required. Deadline: January 15, 2006. W.D.E. Coulson and Toni Cross Aegean Exchange Program: CAORC program of short-term fellowships for Greek nationals, staff of the Ministry of Culture, doctoral candidates and faculty members of Greek institutions of higher education for research in ancient, Byzantine, post-Byzantine, and Ottoman studies as well as studies of modern Greece and Turkey, to pursue research in Turkey under the auspices of the American Research Institute in Turkey. Deadline: March 15, 2006. Paul Rehak Memorial Traveling Fellowship: Travel grant for graduate students or senior scholars for travel to, or while in, Greece to perform research. Deadline: January 15, 2006. Wiener Laboratory Fellowships: Four fellowships awarded annually to graduate students or postdoctoral scholars working on well-defined projects in skeletal, faunal, geoarchaeological, or environmental studies. Deadline: January 15, 2006. For detailed information and application, contact: The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 6-8 Charlton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540-5232; (609) 683-0800;;

IREX International Fellowships for U.S. Scholars and Professionals. IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing leadership and innovative global programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic and sustainable community development. Visit the following links to learn more about the different programs. Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program (IARO), Regional Policy Symposium: The EU and Its Borderlands, Short-term Travel Grants Program (STG), U.S. Embassy Specialist Program, Policy-Connect Collaborative Research Grants Program, Call for Consultants-Selection Committee members

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne invites a leading scholar in political economy or economic sociology to spend three to six months in residence at the Institute. As a rule, tenure starts in October. Scholars are selected on the basis of an established record of excellence, as well as a current research project in an area close to the core interests of researchers at the MPIfG. Both nominations and direct applications are possible. The scholarship is awarded by the directors of the MPIfG. Recipients are paid a stipend of up to 6,000 euros per month. In addition, the scholar can be paid for travel expenses and research expenses. Scholars are expected to present three seminar lectures on a subject of their choice, and generally to participate in the intellectual life of the Institute. Nominations and applications for the 2006-2007 scholarships are to be sent to the MPIfG’s Managing Director, Jens Beckert, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Paulstrasse 3, 50676 Koeln, Germany; email Deadline: November 30, 2005, decision in January 2006. Six doctoral fellowships in economic sociology and political economy. Fellowships will start in October 2006, and will be awarded for a maximum of three years. Students receive a stipend of 975 Euro per month. They will share an office and have full access to the research infrastructure of the institute. The program is open to students from a variety of social science disciplines, in particular, but not exclusively, sociology and political science. Successful candidates must have an excellent command of English. Doctoral fellows will participate in a graduate school program including courses and summer school sessions and generally take part in the Institute’s intellectual life. Details of the curriculum will be specified according to dissertation topics and previous training. As the MPIfG is not a degree-awarding institution, degrees will have to be received from a Fellow’s home institution or a German university. For more information on the MPIfG’s research program and on the doctoral fellowship program, refer to the school’s website. Applications may be sent in English or German by post or by email if all attachments are compiled in one document. They should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications if applicable, and a 6- to 8-page proposal for a doctoral dissertation project. Two letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the institute. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2006. Applications and further inquiries may be directed to the MPIfG’s Head of Administration, Jürgen Lautwein, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Paulstr. 3, 50676 Koeln, Germany; email

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. Program for Visiting Researchers. The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies offers fellowships to several visiting researchers from Germany and abroad. Visitors stay for two to six months. Scholars of all levels of seniority, including PhD students, may apply. Their research projects should closely relate to work done at the MPIfG. Conditions are negotiable, depending on visitors’ own resources. Applications may be sent in English or German by post or by email. Attachments should be compiled in one document. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, two reference contacts, a list of publications and a two-to-three page proposal about the work to be done at the MPIfG. They can be submitted at any time, preferably at least nine months before the proposed stay. Postdoctoral Program. The MPIfG awards up to four postdoctoral fellowships each year to researchers from Germany and abroad. The fellowships last 12 months, beginning in October. Young researchers who have completed their dissertation but have not been appointed to a tenured university position are eligible, as are researchers in Germany who have positions as “wissenschaftliche Assistenten” or “junior professors” who can take a leave of absence from their university positions. Postdoctoral fellows at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies will spend a year doing research on a topic of their choice. Applications may be sent in English or German by post or by email if all attachments are compiled in one document. They should include a curriculum vitae, two reference contacts, a list of publications, and a 5- to 8-page proposal about the work to be conducted at the MPIfG. The proposal should demonstrate how the work relates to the Institute’s research program or current MPIfG research projects. The deadline for submission is November 30, 2005, decision by mid-January 2006.

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. East and Central European Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne offers one postdoctoral fellowship for applicants from Central and Eastern Europe every year. The fellowship lasts up to twelve months, beginning in October. The institute’s research program spans a number of disciplines including economic sociology, political economy, and political science. Applicants must have good command of spoken and written German or English. Applicants should have received their MA or doctoral degree at a Central or East European university. The PhD should have been completed no longer than three years before taking up the fellowship. Awards will be made on the basis of proven scholarly excellence and a research proposal (five to eight pages) outlining the project to be pursued while at the MPIfG. Research projects should relate to the substantive concerns of the institute’s research program and should be concerned with the politics, societies and markets of Eastern Europe, preferably in comparison with other countries. Fellows will receive a stipend of 1,750 euros per month plus a small family allowance. The deadline for application is November 30, 2005. Applicants notified by January 15, 2006. The fellowship starts in the fall of 2006. Applications should include a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, two reference contacts, a list of publications and a research proposal. Applicants should also indicate how much time they would want to spend at the MPIfG and when they would like to start their tenure. They may apply in German or English either by email or post. If email is used, all documents should be combined into one attached file. Women are especially encouraged to apply. Applications and further inquiries may be directed to the MPIfG’s Head of Administration, Jürgen Lautwein, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Paulstr. 3, 50676 Koeln, Germany; email

National Institute of Justice seeks applicants for W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship. The W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship Program seeks to advance the field of knowledge regarding the confluence of crime, justice, and culture in various societal contexts. This Fellowship provides talented researchers early in their professional careers with the opportunity to elevate independently generated research and ideas to the level of national discussion and contribute to NIJ’s national criminal justice research program by studying topics of mutual interest to the Fellow and the Institute. Researchers from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. Because of the focus of the Fellowship, NIJ strongly encourages applications from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Deadline: February 1, 2006. Visit: Applications must be submitted online using the Office of Justice Programs’automated Grants Management System. Paper applications will not be accepted. To start the process, go to NIJ is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. Its mission is to advance scientific research, development, and evaluation to enhance the administration of justice and public safety. For more information on NIJ, visit

Pembroke Center Postdoctoral Fellowships 2006-2007. Mediated Bodies/Bodies of Mediation. Fellowships are open to scholars from all disciplines. Recipients may not hold a tenured position in an American college or university. The term of appointment is September 1, 2006-May 31, 2007. The stipend is $35,000, plus health insurance, unless otherwise covered. For application forms contact: Brown University, Box 1958, Providence, RI 02912; (401) 863-2643; Deadline is December 8, 2005. Selection will be announced in February.

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) Scholars in Residence Program. The Scholars in Residence program provides support for up to eight weeks of full-time research and study in manuscript and artifact collections maintained by any Commission facility, including the Pennsylvania State Archives, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, and 25 historic sites and museums around the state. Collaborative residencies fund original analytic and/or synthetic research that relates to the interpretive mission and advances the programmatic goals of a PHMC program or facility. A collaborative residency application must be filed jointly by the interested scholar and host program/facility. Residency programs are open to all who are conducting research on Pennsylvania history. Residencies may be scheduled for up to eight weeks at any time during the period May 1, 2006-April 30, 2007; stipends are $375 per week. For a full description of the residency program and application materials, as well as information about Commission research collections, visit Contact: Scholars in Residence Program, Bureau of Archives and History, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Commonwealth Keystone Building – Plaza Level, 400 North St., Harrisburg, PA 17120-0053; (717) 787-3034; email Deadline for application is January 13, 2006. Notification of awards will be made in late March. The Commission does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability. Individuals with disabilities who require assistance or accommodation to participate in this program should contact the Commission at (717) 787-3034 or the Pennsylvania TDD relay service at (800) 654-5984 to discuss their needs.

Positive Psychology Templeton Fellows Program. The Positive Psychology Templeton Fellows Program will gather together the best and brightest scholars by creating and funding collaborations with senior scholars. We encourage applications from early to mid-career scholars with a doctoral degree and graduate students pursuing a doctoral degree. Applicants can be from any country and there is no age limit. The deadline to apply is December 15, 2005. Selected Fellows will be expected to live in Philadelphia for 6 to 8 weeks from May 15 to July 15, 2006. Stipends and living expenses are available. Visit:

Social Science Research Council Eurasia Program. 2006 Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships Competition. The Eurasia Program of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is currently offering a number of fellowships at both the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels for the 2006-2007 academic year. These fellowships are intended to support research, writing, training and curriculum development on or related to the New States of Eurasia, the Soviet Union, and/or the Russian Empire, regardless of the applicant’s discipline within the social sciences or humanities. These fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of State under the Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII). Online applications and supporting materials are available on the SSRC website at The electronic application submission deadline is November 15, 2005, for all categories of fellowships except the Teaching Fellowship. Teaching Fellowship applications will continue to be accepted until January 24, 2006. Awards will be offered in the following five categories: Predissertation Training Fellowships: support the development of research skills and/or language training for graduate students in the early stages of their doctoral programs. Dissertation Write-up Fellowships: provide support for the 2006-2007 academic year to graduate students nearing the completion of their doctoral programs. Postdoctoral Research Fellowships: provide support for recent PhD recipients and junior faculty wishing to complete existing projects and/or undertake new research. Postdoctoral Language Training Fellowships: new, support postdoctoral scholars in acquiring requisite language competency that will allow them to broaden existing and/or advance new research projects. Teaching Fellowships: provide support for faculty members wishing to create and implement significantly revised or wholly new university courses. Additional information may be found at, address questions to the Eurasia Program Staff at Periodically check our website for additional information, including details and application materials for annual dissertation development workshop, training seminars, institutional grants, and other events. Eurasia Program Fellowships, Social Science Research Council, 810 Seventh Ave., 31st Floor, New York, NY 10019; (212) 377-2700; fax (212) 377-2727.

Society for Research in Child Development, SRCD Policy Fellowships 2006-2007. Application Deadline: December 15, 2005. The Society for Research in Child Development is seeking applications for the upcoming Policy Fellowships for 2006-2007. There are two types of Fellowships: Congressional and Executive Branch (e.g., ACF, NIH). Both provide Fellows with exciting opportunities to come to Washington, DC, and use their research skills in child development to inform and influence public policy. The goals of these fellowships are: (1) to contribute to the effective use of scientific knowledge in developing public policy, (2) to educate the scientific community about the development of public policy, and (3) to establish a more effective liaison between scientists and the federal policy-making mechanisms. Future career trajectories of SRCD Fellows are diverse. Approximately half of SRCD Fellows begin or return to academia following their fellowship. Others continue to work at the interface of research and policy in both government and the private sector. Fellowships run from September 1 through August 31. Following a two-week science policy orientation program sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), fellows work as resident scholars within their federal agency or Congressional office placements. SRCD’s Office for Policy and Communications in Washington facilitates the Fellows’ experience and is available as a resource throughout the year. Application Requirements: Applicants must have a doctoral-level degree in any relevant discipline (e.g., PhD, MD, JD), must demonstrate exceptional competence in an area of child development research, and must be a member of SRCD before starting the fellowship. Both early- and mid-career professionals are encouraged to apply. For more information visit or call (202) 336-5926.

UCLA Post Doctoral Program (PhD, MD, etc) in Population-Based Cancer Prevention and Control Research. One to three years, salary $55,000 annually plus benefits. For more information, visit

In the News

Benigno Aguirre, University of Delaware, was quoted in a September 28 Philiadlephia Inquirer story about the media’s reporting of rumors about looting and crime in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. He was also quoted in Hurricane Katrina stories in the September 4 Boston Globe, the September 2 Philadelphia Daily News, and the September 2 Denver Post. He was quoted in a September 7 Washington Post story about overbuilding in America’s coastal regions. Aguirre also was quoted in a September 12 Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel story about Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

Randolph Atkins, University of Virginia, was recently interviewed and quoted in the Los Angeles Times regarding his ongoing study on matching substance abuse treatment clients to appropriate recovery support groups. 

John A. Barnshaw, University of Delaware, James M. Kendra, University of North Texas, Russell R. Dynes, University of Delaware, Gary Kreps, College of William and Mary, Havidan Rodriguez, Disaster Research Center, Joseph Trainor, University of Deleware, and Alice Fothergill, University of Vermont, were all cited or quoted in a September 29 Chronicle of Higher Education article about disaster sociologists.

Charles L. Bosk, University of Pennsylvania, Sydney A. Halpern, Vanderbilt University, Phil Brown, Brown University, Jonathan B. Imber, Wellesley College, and Raymond DeVries, St. Olaf College, were quoted in the August 15 Inside Higher Education article about the efficiency and applicability of Institutional Review Boards regarding sociological research.

James I. Bowie, University of Arizona, published an August 9 article in BusinessWeek Online on his research on trademark and logo design by organizations.

Lee Clarke, Rutgers University, was quoted in the September 27 Congressional Quarterly regarding the response of the Federal Emergency Management Administration to Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath. He was also quoted in the September 22 Christian Science Monitor about disaster preparedness in the United States, and his research on disasters and risk were the focus of a September 14 opinion piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education, titled “New Orleans and the Probability Blues.” Clarke was also quoted in the September 4 New York Times and the September 8 Chicago Tribune on the impact and response to Hurricane Katrina. Clarke was interviewed extensively in a September 19 Chronicle of Higher Education article about the disaster wrought by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and his forthcoming book, Worst Cases: Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination. He also, appeared on a short segment on community acceptance of evacuees on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

Lee Clarke, Rutgers University, Jeanne Hurlbert, Louisiana State University, Steve Kroll-Smith, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and Kai Erikson, Yale University, were all quoted or cited in a September 4 New York Times article on the long-term emotional effects on the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Gordon F. De Jong, Pennsylvania State University, was quoted in a September 3 Washington Post article on Manhattan leading in single-living trends.

Troy Duster, New York University, wrote an op-ed in the August 2 Baltimore Sun on race-based medicine.

Troy Duster, New York University, and Craig Calhoun, Social Science Research Council, wrote an article on “The Visions and Divisions of Sociology” in the August 12 Chronicle of Higher Education. The article was part of a series of articles on the American Sociological Association’s centennial.

Russell Dynes, University of Delaware Disaster Research Center, was quoted in a September 10 Houston Chronicle story about problems with the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) after it lost Cabinet-level status and was made part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He also was quoted in a story in the September 9 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Kathyrn J. Edin, University of Pennsylvania, and Maria Kefalas, St. Joseph’s University, had their new book, Promises I Can Keep, as the focus of William Raspberry’s September 26 Washington Post op-ed column about economic and other incentives for poor women to remain single during motherhood.

Morten Ender, United States Military Academy, was quoted in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on September 27 regarding endo-recruitment in military families and legacies of military service in American families across the United States.

Myra Marx Ferree, University of Wisconsin-Madison, wrote an article on “It’s Time to Mainstream Research on Gender” in the August 12 Chronicle of Higher Education, part of a series on the American Sociological Association’s centennial.

Nancy Foner, Hunter College-City University of New York, and Mary Waters, Harvard University, were quoted in an August 28 article in the New York Times about a legal suit over the lack of West Indians on a New York City jury.

Donna Gaines, was quoted in the September 25 New York Times on her work to keep CBGB (an underground music establishment) open in New York. She was also interviewed on WXXP radio about the cultural importance of saving the legendary NYC punk club. She was also interviewed by AM on August 31 and Forward on September 9, regarding the landmark status of the CBGB club, and by the New York Times on September 25 regarding the new Ramones Museum in Berlin.

Herbert Gans, Columbia University, wrote an article on “Wishes for the Discipline’s Future” in the August 12 Chronicle of Higher Education, part of a series on the American Sociological Association’s centennial.

Max Herman, Rutgers University-Newark, was quoted in an article that appeared in the Week in Review section of the New York Times on September 18. The article focused on the challenge of rebuilding New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, given the breakdown of social order in that city.

John Hipp, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was quoted in the June 24 Washington Post regarding his research in Social Forces on the relationship between seasonality and crime rates.

David Jacobs and Jason T. Carmichael, both of Ohio State University, and Stephanie Kent, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, were featured in a September 26 Washington Post article about their research on the connection between the death penalty and lynchings that appeared in the August issue of the American Sociological Review.

R. John Kinkel, was mentioned in the July 30 editions of the Arizona Tribune and affiliated papers. The article’s author draws on Kinkel’s work on the priest shortage in the Catholic Church.

Rebecca Klatch, University of California-San Diego, was interviewed by the San Diego Union Tribune on September 6 and the San Antonio Express News on September 5 about the anti-war protests in Crawford, TX.

Annette Lareau, University of Maryland, was quoted in an August 5 Baltimore Sun article about mothers connecting with other mothers as friends.

Shirley Laska, University of New Orleans, was cited in a September 3 Washington Post editorial for her research on the lack of car ownership in New Orleans.

Paul Lichterman, University of Southern California, was interviewed on Chicago Public Radio’s (WBEZ) Odyssey talk show, for a segment on self-help culture in America, on April 18.

Stanley Lieberson, Harvard University, was quoted in a September 17 New York Times article about modern baby names.

Douglas Massey, Princeton University, wrote an article on “From Social Sameness, a Fascination With Differences” in the August 12 Chronicle of Higher Education, part of a series on the American Sociological Association’s centennial.

Micki McGee, New York University, wrote an article on the self-improvement culture of Americans for the September 16 Chronicle of Higher Education. She was also quoted in an article in The Journal News about Katrina revealing holes in the safety net for workers on September 12.

Steven Messner, State University of New York-Albany, was featured in a September 26 Washington Post article about his research on the connection between homicide rates and lynchings that appeared in the August issue of the American Sociological Review.

Joanne Nigg, University of Delaware Disaster Research Center, was quoted in Hurricane Katrina stories in the September 4 Philadelphia Inquirer and Boston Herald and in a widely circulated September 3 Associated Press story about how the United States is scrambling to cope with refugees from the Gulf Coast.

Mark Oromaner had a letter published in the New York Times on September 9 in which he argued that the administration’s failure in response to Katrina and the appointment of John R. Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations (UN) reflect a lack of faith in the positive role of both the federal government and the UN as forces for good.

Joshua A. Page, University of California-Berkeley, wrote an article on Eddie Bunker, novelist, screenwriter, ex-con, and actor, and his contributions to criminology that appeared in the September 9 Chronicle of Higher Education.

Francesca Polletta, Columbia University, wrote an article on “Culture, Structure, and False Oppositions” in the August 12 Chronicle of Higher Education, part of a series on the American Sociological Association’s centennial.

Devah Pager, Princeton University, had her research (published in American Sociological Review with Lincoln Quillian of Northwestern University) on racial discrimination in employers’ hiring practices featured in the August 28 Washington Post.

Walter Gillis Peacock, Texas A&M University, was interview on September 14 and 18 by the Associated Press, regarding Hurricane Katrina, September 10 by the Houston Chronicle, September 6 by the Wall Street Journal, and September 4 by the Dallas Morning News, and Washington Post. On September 2 he was quoted in the Washington Post, The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, and the Denver Post. He was also interviewed on National Public Radio’s Market Place on September 5, and Talk of the Nation on September 7.

Trevor Pinch, Cornell University, was a guest on the August 30 Kojo Nnamdi Show on National Public Radio’s WAMU station in Washington, DC, discussing his recent book, Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer, and the Evolution of Digital Music.

Anthony Pogorelc, Catholic University of America, was quoted in the Boston Globe in a July 7 article on Voice of the Faithful, a social movement seeking organizational reform in the Catholic church. He and William D’Antonio have been studying the movement since it began in Boston in 2002.

Harriet Presser, University of Maryland-College Park, was interviewed on National Public Radio’s August 8 edition of Marketplace about the exceptional difficulties parents, who work nonstandard workshifts (e.g., night shift) have in locating day care services for their children.

Jill Quadagno, Florida State University, has appeared on more than 30 radio shows around the nation discussing her book, One Nation, Uninsured: Why the U.S. Has No National Health Insurance, which won the Eliot Friedson Award from the Section on Medical Sociology of the American Sociological Association. The paper was also published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. She participated on April 8 in a National Public Radio Science Friday on “end of life issues.” Her book on healthcare was featured by Paul Krugman in a June 13 New York Times op-ed and was the focus of an article in the June 12 Washington Post.

Enrico Quarantelli, University of Delaware Disaster Research Center, was quoted in a September 11 Boston Globe column questioning the amount of press-reported looting that took place in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Barbara Risman, North Carolina State University, wrote an article on “Science from a Feminist Standpoint” in the August 12 Chronicle of Higher Education, part of a series on the American Sociological Association’s centennial.

Havidán Rodríguez, University of Delaware Disaster Research Center, was quoted in a September 5 Financial Times story about the need for advance planning to mitigate natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina. He was also quoted in a September 8 Christian Science Monitor story about private citizens coming to the aid of the stricken Gulf Coast. Rodríguez also was quoted in a September 11 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story on evacuees and in a September 7 USA Today story about the embattled FEMA Director, Michael Brown.

Havidán Rodríguez, Russell Dynes, Tricia Wachtendorf, and Joanne Nigg, all at the University of Delaware Disaster Research Center, were quoted in a September 29 Philadelphia Inquirer feature story about the Disaster Research Center.

Gene Rosa, Washington State University, was interviewed on Earth & Sky Radio about the environmental impacts from the emergent urban majority of residents on the planet.

Florence Ruderman, Brooklyn College, wrote an op-ed for the September 1 New York Times on pharmacists refusing on ideological principle to fill certain prescriptions.

Rubén G. Rumbaut, University of California-Irvine, wrote an article on “One Hundred Years of Sociological Solitude?” in the August 12 Chronicle of Higher Education, part of a series on the American Sociological Association’s centennial.

Rick Scare, Skidmore College, wrote an opinion piece in the August 8online daily Academe Today, “A Law to Protect Scholars”.

Randal Schnoor, York University, was quoted in an August 8 article of Yedi’ot Achronot (Israel’s largest daily newspaper) about the political situation in Israel at the time of the disengagement from the Gaza Strip.

Laurel Smith-Doerr, Boston University, was interviewed on Liz Walker Sunday, a Boston newsmagazine show, that aired on CBS on August 7. In reflecting on technology and society, she explained how the ways that we organize technology affect our work and home lives.

Gregory D. Squires, George Washington University, wrote a feature column, “Race Matters Despite Progress” for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 21.

Kathleen Tierney, University of Colorado-Boulder, was mentioned by Carnegie Mellon University psychologist Baruch Fischhoff in his August 8, New York Times editorial. She was also quoted in the August 16 Christian Science Monitor about efforts to engage citizens in public preparedness for homeland security and response to natural disasters and was interviewed on screen on the September 1 edition of The Newshour with Jim Lehr on the topic of violence in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Thomas Volscho, University of Connecticut, was quoted in an October 2 article in the Sunday Times of Ireland on a commentary he published in the Sociological Quarterly on money and sex.

Tricia Wachtendorf, University of Delaware Disaster Research Center, was quoted in a September 27 Christian Science Monitor story about lessons learned in the evacuation preceding Hurricane Rita. She was also quoted in a Hurricane Katrina story in the September 2 Journal News of New York.

Loïc Wacquant, University of California-Berkeley, wrote an article on “Nothing Beyond Its Reach” in the August 12 Chronicle of Higher Education, part of a series on the American Sociological Association’s centennial.

David Williams, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, was quoted in the August 18 Washington Post about three studies (from Harvard University and Emory University) published in a recent New England Journal of Medicine issue and reporting persistent major health care disparities across racial/ethnic groups in the United States.

Earl Wysong, Indiana University-Kokomo, was interviewed on July 14 Radio24 concerning his research with David Wright, Wichita State University, on declining intergenerational mobility in the United States and also concerning his work with Robert Perrucci, Purdue University, on the state of the “American Dream” as discussed in their book, The New Class Society: Goodbye American Dream?

Sharon Zukin, City University of New York, published an essay, “Fearing Fear Itself,” about the effects of the subway bombings in London on the New York City subways, in the Currents section of New York Newsday, on July 31. She also published “To Shop, Perchance to Dream,” in the Perspective section of the Newark Star-Ledger on April 17 and was quoted in an article on shopping in the Finnish edition of Cosmopolitan magazine in September.

Caught in the Web

William (Beau) Weston, Centre College, has begun a daily blog, The Gruntled Center: Faith and Family for Centrists. Find it at Weston welcomes your comments, off-line and online.

Summer Programs

American School of Classical Studies at Athens Study in Greece. Programs & Fellowships Summer 2006. Summer Sessions Membership: Two six-week sessions explore the sites and museums in Greece. Open to graduate and undergraduate students and to high school and college teachers. The fee of $2,950 includes tuition, travel within Greece, room, and partial board. Scholarships available. Deadline: January 15, 2006. Solow Summer Research Fellowships 2006: Summer research funding is available for senior (postdoctoral) scholars working towards publication of material from sites excavated by, or under the auspices of, the school. Deadline: January 15, 2006.

Criminal Justice Research Center. Crime and Justice Summer Research Institute: Broadening Perspectives and Participation. Criminal Justice Research Center, Ohio State University; July 10-27, 2006. Scholars pursuing tenure and career success in research intensive institutions, academics transitioning from teaching to research institutions, and faculty carrying out research in teaching contexts will be interested in this Summer Research Institute. The Institute is designed to promote successful research projects and careers among scholars from under-represented groups working in areas of crime and criminal justice. Participants will be provided with necessary resources for completing research that is already on-going and will work with senior faculty mentors in their areas of study. There will be opportunities for networking with other junior and senior scholars. Research and professional development workshops will address topics related to publishing, research methods, and professionalization. The institute will culminate in a research symposium where participants present their completed research before an audience of nationally recognized scholars. Expenses for travel to Ohio, living, and local transportation will be provided. Applications must be postmarked by February 10, 2006. For more information and to download an application, visit If you have any questions, e-mail

New Programs

University of California-Irvine’s (UCI) Department of Criminology, Law and Society (CL&S) graduated its first online class with the degree of Master in Advanced Study in Criminology, Law and Society. This is the first online program offered by the University of California system. The UCI online master’s in Criminology, Law and Society, the CL&S department is highly distinguished and ranks fourth nationally, according to US News & World Reports 2005 national rankings of graduate programs in criminology. For more information about the program, visit

Members' New Books

Yildiz Atasoy, Simon Fraser University, Islamists and Democracy: Transition and Globalization in a Muslim State ( I.B. Tauris, 2005).

Carl L. Bankston III, Tulane University, and Stephen J. Caldas, Forced to Fail: The Paradox of School Desegregation (Praeger, 2005).

Loretta E. Bass, University of Oklahoma, editor, Sociological Studies of Children and Youth: Special International Volume (Elsevier/JAI Press, 2005).

Gili S. Drori, Stanford University, Global E-litism: Digital Technology, Social Inequality, and Transnationality (Worth Publishers, 2005).

Nancy Foner, City University of New York- Hunter College, In a New Land: A Comparative View of Immigration (New York University Press, 2005).

David O. Friedrichs, University of Scranton, Law in Our Lives: An Introduction, Second edition (Roxbury, 2006).

Joseph Barry Gurdin, Border of Lilies and Maples (PublishAmerica, 2005).

Max Herman, Rutgers University-Newark, Fighting in the Streets: Ethnic Succession and Urban Unrest in 20th Century America (Peter Lang Publishers, 2005).

Margaret Hunter, Loyola Marymount University, Race, Gender, and the Politics of Skin Tone (Routledge, 2005).

Marilyn Ihinger-Tallman, Washington State University, and Teresa M. Cooney, University of Missouri-Columbia, Families in Context: An Introduction (Roxbury Publishing, 2005).

Thomas Janoski, Robert Alford, Alexander Hicks and Mildred Schwartz, editors and contributors, The Handbook of Political Sociology: States, Civil Societies and Globalization (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

R. John Kinkel, Oakland Community College, Chaos in the Catholic Church (Random House/Xlibris, 2005).

Lori Kowaleski-Jones and Nicholas H. Wolfinger, both of the University of Utah, editors, Fragile Families and the Marriage Agenda (Springer, 2005).

Laura Kramer, Montclair State University, The Sociology of Gender: A Brief Introduction, 2d ed. (Roxbury Publishing, 2005).

Fumie Kumagai, Kyorin University, Amerika no Kateinai Bouryoku to Gyakutai: Shakaigakuteki Shiten de Himotoku Ningenkankei (Violence and Abuse in the American Family: Family Relations through Sociological Perspectives) (Minerva-Shobo, 2005).

David L. Levinson, Norwalk Community College, Community Colleges: A Reference Handbook (ABC-CLIO Press, 2005).

Paul Lichterman, University of Southern California, Elusive Togetherness: Church Groups Trying to Bridge America’s Divisions (Princeton University Press, 2005).

Torin Monahan, Arizona State University, Globalization, Technological Change, and Public Education (Routledge, 2005).

James B. Pick, University of Redlands, Exploring the Urban Community: A GIS Approach (Prentice Hall, 2006, co-authored with Richard P. Greene) and editor of Geographic Information Systems in Business (Idea Group Publishing, 2005).

Anne Raffin, National University of Singapore, Youth Mobilization in Vichy Indochina and its Legacies, 1940 to 1970 (Lexington Books, 2005).

Joan Wallach Scott, Institute for Advanced Study, The Politics of the Veil (Princeton University Press, 2005).

David Swartz, Boston University, and Vera Zolberg, New School for Social Research, After Bourdieu: Influence, Critique, Elaboration (Springer, 2005).

E. Kay Trimberger, Sonoma State University, The New Single Woman (Beacon Press, 2005).

Esther Isabelle Wilder, Lehman College and William H. Walters, Voices from the Heartland: The Needs and Rights of Individuals with Disabilities (Brookline Books, 2005).

Tamar Diana Wilson, Subsidizing Capitalism: Brickmakers on the U.S.-Mexican Border (SUNY Press, 2005).


Robert Andersen, McMaster University, has been awarded the Senator William McMaster Chair in Political Sociology.

Michael J. Armer, Florida State University, retired from the Department of Sociology after 25 years of service. He joined the department as chair in 1980. In 2003, the department honored him by naming the annual faculty teaching award in his honor.

Carl L. Bankston III, Tulane University, has been elected as president of the Mid-South Sociological Association. He will serve as president-elect in 2005-2006 and as president in 2006-2007.

Henry H. Brownstein, Abt Associates, Inc. Center on Crime, Drugs, and Justice, has been named Senior Vice President and Director of NORC’s Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Justice Studies Department.

James R. Bruce, Hendrix College, delivered on May 17, “Some Comments on the Control of Alcohol and Other Drugs in U.S. Colleges and Universities” at a conference on drug education at the Technical University of Lublin, Poland.

Marc Dixon, Florida State University, has joined the sociology department as an assistant professor starting August 2005.

Melissa Sheridan Embser-Herbert, Hamline University, has been selected as a Policy Fellow with the 2005-2006 Humphrey Institute Policy Forum at the University of Minnesota.

Stephen Fielding, University of Rochester, is joining Harris-Interactive in Rochester, NY as Senior Research Manager of the Healthcare Research Group.

John L. Hammond, Hunter College and Graduate Center-CUNY, was an exchange professor on the CUNY-Shanghai University faculty exchange in June and July. He also lectured at East China Normal University and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

Michael Hechter has just moved to Arizona State University as Foundation Professor of Global Studies.

Davita Silfen Glasberg, University of Connecticut, has been appointed Head of the Sociology Department.

Sharon Kelly has been appointed to serve on the Montgomery County Commission on Juvenile Justice.

Raymond Kirshak is the new Director at Marymount University Loudoun Academic Center. He is also the President of the District of Columbia Sociological Society.

Rita Kirshstein, American Institutes of Research, has been appointed to the Board of the University of the District of Columbia.

Robert J. Sampson, Harvard University, will be inducted as a member of the class of 2005 of the American Academy 225th Class of Scholars, Scientists, Artists, Civic, Corporate and Philanthropic Leaders.

Phylis Cancilla Martinelli and Steve Bachofer, both of St. Marys College, had their linked courses, titled “Renewable Environments: Transforming Urban Neighborhoods” chosen by SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibility) to be a model in their Model 2005 Series.

Brian Starks, Florida State University, has joined the sociology department as an assistant professor starting August 2005.

Beth H. Tracton-Bishop, College of Saint Elizabeth, will serve as the Director of the Gerontology Program as of the fall semester 2005.

Other Organizations

Sociology of Education Section, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Conference. As a follow-up to its NCLB mini-conference at the 2004 Meetings in San Francisco, the ASA Sociology of Education Section held a successful one-day conference on August 12, 2005. The conference was funded by a grant from the American Institutes for Research. Over 125 sociologists attended the day before the first day of sessions at the ASA Meetings. Organized around the themes analyzed at the mini-conference, the 2005 conference examined what we know about federal involvement and NCLB, what we need to know, and provided sociological analyses of the important questions raised by participants in the 2004 roundtable discussions. Given NCLB’s explicit goal of reducing the race and social class achievement gap and the fact that the meeting was in Philadelphia, whose school system is under state control and undergoing restructuring, one of the foci of this conference was the effect of federal involvement as one means of improving urban schools, with Philadelphia school reform featured as a case study.

University of Mississippi Department of Sociology and Anthropology, in cooperation with the Oxford, MS Red Cross Chapter, secured food, bottled water, and other supplies to bring with them for distribution to the gulf coast. Colleagues and friends donated a supply of extra gasoline. Graduate students and colleagues from around the University of Mississippi assisted them in this effort. They also had hundreds of note cards to take messages back to Oxford from people trying to contact friends or family. On their return trip they plan to bring as many people as they can carry back to Oxford to shelters that have agreed to accommodate them.


David L. Altheide, Arizona State University, and Clark McPhail, University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana, each received the 2005 George Herbert Mead Award for Career Contributions from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction at the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, August 13-14.

David P. Baker, Pennsylvania State University, has been chosen as a 2005-2006 New Century Scholar (NCS) by the Fulbright Program. This is the first time a Penn State University faculty member has been chosen for this award.

Wendell Bell, Yale University, received an award for “Lifetime Achievement and Contributions to the Field of Futures Studies,” from the World Futures Studies Federation at its conference in Budapest, Hungary, August 20-24.

József Böröcz, Rutgers University and the Institute for Political Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, received the “Knight Cross of the Merit of Honor of the Republic of Hungary,” a high state award bestowed by the President of the Republic of Hungary, in recognition of his scholarly achievements.

Elwood Carlson, Florida State University, received the Michael Armer Best Teacher Award from the Sociology Department for the 2004-2005 academic year.

Mounira Maya Charrad, University of Texas-Austin, received the 2005 Distinguished Service to the Tunisian American Community Ibn Khaldun Award, which recognizes a major contribution to “bringing a better understanding of Tunisian society, history, and culture to American universities, students, and educated public.” This inaugural award is named after the 14th century Tunisian philosopher Ibn Khaldun whose legacy is that a spirit of community and solidarity is essential to the welfare of societies.

Niki T. Dickerson, Rutgers University, was awarded a HUD Urban Scholars Fellowship to study the impact of residential segregation on the race gap in employment outcomes for blacks and Latinos in marginalized communities in US metropolitan areas by the National Academy of Science. She was also awarded a Rutgers Competitive Research Leave.

Sidney Goldstein, Brown University, received the 2005 Laureate Award of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. This is a worldwide recognition of his work in demography, focusing on migration and urbanization.

Laura Minnich, won the student paper contest for the Sociologist’s AIDS Network 2005 Martin Levine Student Essay Competition. Laura’s paper was entitled, “HIV/AIDS Stigma and Discrimination in Trinidad: Understanding the Cultural Model in a Diverse Population.”

Robert Perrucci, Purdue University, received the 2005 Lee Founders Distinguished Career Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Sue Smith-Cunnien, University of St. Thomas, received the Distinguished Sociologist Award from the Sociologists of Minnesota.

R. Jay Turner, Florida State University, received a Florida State University Program Enhancement Grant which will be used to develop the Center for Health Disparities Research focusing on Epidemiological and Cultural Dimensions.

Koji Ueno, Florida State University, was honored by the Sociology Graduate Student Union in Spring 2005 for his contributions to the graduate program during the past year.


Fred Strodtbeck passed away peacefully August 7 as the result of heart failure from Parkinson’s Disease.


Samih K. Farsoun

Samih Farsoun, professor emeritus of sociology at American University, born in Haifa, Palestine, died unexpectedly on June 9, 2005, in New Buffalo, Michigan. He was 68 years old.

Professor Farsoun joined the American University faculty in 1973, and during his 30-year career, he served as chair of the Department of Sociology for a total of eleven years. He was instrumental in redesigning the Sociology curriculum to emphasize the university’s global focus. His presence in the department drew many students from the Arab world to pursue scholarship and doctoral study at American University. Diverse students remember his extraordinary intellect and the compassion with which he approached his timely lessons about the people and affairs of the Middle East. He filled his classroom with respect and warmth for his students, sharing both his keen sense of humor and a little Arabic with every lecture.

Samih Farsoun’s life and work reflected a highly significant era in the history of the Middle East. He was author or editor of numerous books, articles, and essays on the Arab world, its development, and the political economy of the Middle East. He most recently authored Culture and Customs of Palestine (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004). His book, Palestine and the Palestinians (Westview Press, 1998), quickly became a benchmark study of the emergence and current situation of Palestinian society and politics; an updated Arabic edition of the book was published in Beirut, Lebanon in 2003. Professor Farsoun’s works have been translated into multiple languages, in addition to Arabic, including Farsi, French, German, and Italian. He also published numerous columns in Arabic- and English-language periodicals and newspapers and provided frequent commentary on radio and television news reports on the Middle East.

In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Samih Farsoun was an institution-builder. He was a founding member and president of the Association of Arab-American University Graduates, a founding fellow of the Middle East Studies Association, board member of Partners for Peace, board member of the Middle East Children’s Alliance, and he was one of the first members of the Board of Directors of the Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development (est. 1977) and of the Executive Committee of the Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine, now the Palestine Center (est. 1991). He also served as founding Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the newly-established American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates from 1997-99. In 2004, Professor Farsoun was named founding Dean of Academic Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences at the newly-established American University of Kuwait, where he served until February 2005.

Students/colleagues/friends at American University remember his generosity of spirit and mind and his unwavering commitment to values that must govern just societies. The “quintessential teacher” (as noted by a dear friend), Samih engaged us in lively and never-ending discussions, and he spoke authoritatively across a range of subjects—architecture, mathematics, music, philosophy, Persian carpets, social movements, Gramsci, Fanon, Confucius, baseball, single malt Scotch, and on and on. His words presented the predicament and expressed the aspirations of the disenfranchised and the oppressed. Focusing on, but extending beyond Palestine, his message resonated with a wide audience for whom (again, as asserted by a dear friend) “the pursuit of justice and human dignity was a compelling priority.” Our comfort now is that “[you] have learned and dismantled all the words in order to draw from them a single word: Home” (Mahmoud Darwish, “I Belong There,” Unfortunately, It Was Paradise: Selected Poems, University of California Press, 2003).

Dr. Farsoun received his PhD and MA in Sociology from the University of Connecticut and an AB in Mathematics and Physics from Hamilton College in New York. Dr. Farsoun is survived by his wife, Katha Kissman, of Washington, DC, and New Buffalo, MI; a daughter, Rouwayda, of Northampton, MA; a brother, David, of Beirut, Lebanon; sisters Regina, Despina, and Samia of Vancouver, British Columbia; and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins, and his adopted family of the Kissmans.

Gay Young, American University

George Clifford Helling

George Helling, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at St. Olaf College passed away Thursday, July 28, 2005 in Northfield, MN, at the age of 81.

George Clifford Helling was born November 15, 1923 in Minneapolis, son of Clifford and Gladys Helling. He grew up in St. Paul where his father ran Cliff’s service station. His family later moved to Rosemount where George attended high school and participated in football. He then went to Hamline University for one year before enlisting in the Army Air Corp. in 1941. He served overseas in India and China beyond the end of WWII. He returned to St. Paul graduating from Hamline in 1948.

He taught math and science in Tarsus, Turkey, in a Congregational school for Turkish boys for one year where he met Barbara “Bobbi” Burns, his future wife. They were married on December 31, 1951 while George was attending the University of Minnesota Graduate School, earning his PhD in Sociology. He taught the 1952-53 school year at St. Olaf before receiving a grant from the Ford Foundation for he and Bobbi to study social change in rural Turkey. They returned to Northfield in 1956 when he began teaching again at St. Olaf.

From 1962-69 they lived in Omaha where George was Chairman of the Sociology Department at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. In 1969 they returned to Northfield where he taught at St. Olaf until his retirement in 1986. He also guest taught at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, and at the University of Georgia in Athens. He was a member of the original faculty of the St. Olaf Paracollege and taught in the Paracollege until retirement. He was founding member of the Sociologists of Minnesota, served a term as president, and was designated its Distinguished Sociologist in 2000.

They returned to Northfield in 1969 and purchased land to build their house in the country near Webster, MN. Through the years they have built two ponds and planted thousands of trees and shrubs. It was a family project, which took many years and enabled George to expand his interest in bird watching and establish his dream vineyard of wine grapes.

George Helling is survived by wife Bobbi, daughters Amy (David Sawicki) Helling of Atlanta, GA, Emilie Helling of Scottsdale, AZ, sons Matthew of St. Paul, Joel of Kenyon, brothers Cliff (Mary) of St. Bonifacius, John (Sandra) of Plymouth and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Jim.

J. Dennis Willigan

J. Dennis Willigan, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Utah, died June 29, 2005. He is survived by his wife, Laurel Wright, and his two step-daughters, Jessica and Seneca Perri.

Dennis joined the Utah department in 1977, with a doctorate from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dennis co-authored Sources and Methods of Historical Demography, with Katherine Ann Lynch in 1982.

Dennis’ statistical research on under-representation of racial, ethnic, and gender groups in jury pools resulted in changes to federal and state jury selection procedures. His testimony in a class action lawsuit helped protect Native American civil rights.

Apart from historical demography, Dennis contributed to affect control theory, collecting a 1977 dictionary of sentiment measures for 1,074 social identities and behaviors from students in Belfast, Northern Ireland. At the time of his death, he was attempting to field a similar study of Navajo identities and behaviors.

A genial colleague, Dennis welcomed and supported junior faculty in the Utah department. As undergraduate studies coordinator, Dennis fostered curriculum integrity, effective teaching, and faculty responsibility to students. On the University’s Institutional Review Board, he worked to educate medical-science board members about social science research. Dennis worked with the University’s Bennion Community Service Center, and the Utah Campus Compact recognized him in 2004 for his innovative course on policy and poverty, offered through the Center. He participated in the university’s Civically Engaged Scholar group, devoted to integrating research, teaching, and service in order to address social issues.

Outside of academia, Dennis worked in environmental organizations to block federal attempts to contaminate pristine areas with radioactive wastes. Dennis was a backpacker, mountain climber, river runner, backcountry skier, and he led numerous Wasatch Mountain Club and Sierra Club backpack and cross-country ski trips.

Dennis and his wife Laurel experimented in a remote desert area of southeastern Utah with irrigation technology developed by Israelis in the Negev Desert. A goal of the project was to demonstrate how Native American family farms in the Southwest could reestablish economic viability. In recent years Dennis traveled the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona, studying Native American methods of shamanic healing. He credited shamanic healing with his own success in fighting off cancers for more than a decade.

Dennis had a passion for story telling and dramatization. During graduate studies, Dennis returned from summer visits to Belfast with stories of whizzing bullets and huddling children. He turned his dissertation defense into theater, with key references displayed like rare books around the meeting room. On an evening in 2002 he regaled affect control theory researchers with tales of his Navajo travels, and informed them that his shamanic mentor had named them “the word people” in the Navajo language.

His flaming red hair, his contagious grin, his bedazzling charisma now are memories only—but enduring memories for his university colleagues, his students, and his far-flung friends.

David Heise, Indiana University, and Michael Timberlake, University of Utah


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