November-December 2009 Issue • Volume 37 • Issue 8

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The location of the Rural Sociological Society (RSS) 2010 Annual Meeting was incorrectly listed in the September/October issue of Footnotes. The 2010 RSS meeting will be in Atlanta, GA, August 12-15.

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Call for Papers


Biodemography and Social Biology announces a call for papers for a special issue titled "Genetic Influences on Demographic Processes." The journal is devoted to furthering the discussion, advancement, and dissemination of knowledge about biological and sociocultural forces that affect the structure and composition of human populations. This special issue is meant to showcase recent social scientific research on behavioral and molecular genetics. Deadline: March 15, 2010. Send files to Karen Spence at

Community, Work, & Family invites submissions to a special issue on the topic of "Anticipated and Unanticipated Consequences of Work-Family Policy." Submissions should focus on contemporary debates concerning the extent to which work-family policies achieve their intended goals, as well as any unexpected outcomes that also result from their implementation, especially international comparative perspectives on work-family policy and practice. Submissions due to by June 10, 2010. Contact: Stephen Sweet at;

Contemporary Justice Review announces a special issue commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Attica Prison riot. Submissions should re-examine the already-existing literature and filmography on "Attica" for the purpose of offering fresh insights into the state’s use of force to quell the "dissent run-amok" that represents 20th-century American corrections at its worst. Key issues that help us better understand the event 40 years later, both practically and theoretically, will be considered for inclusion in this special issue. Deadline: January 15, 2010. Contact: Dan Okada at

Journal of Aging Studies. The journal is planning a special issue on "Age and the Cultivation of Place." The editors welcome scholarship about the intersection of living spaces and their inhabitants, with a focus on age-related dimensions of this relation. Deadline: January 4, 2010. Contact: David Ekerdt,, or Keith Diaz Moore,

Journal of Children & Poverty invites papers on issues surrounding children and families in poverty. The journal is a forum for the presentation of research and policy initiatives in the areas of education, health, public policy, and the socioeconomic causes and effects of poverty. The journal promotes intellectual debate and new ideas that will impact policy and practice in the fields of child and family welfare. For more information, visit

Research in the Sociology of Health Care. Special issue on "Racial/Ethnic, Geographic, Gender, and Other Social Factors Leading to Differences in Health and Health Care: Issues for Patients and Providers." Papers dealing with macro-level system issues and micro-level issues involving racial/ethnic, geographic, gender and other social factors leading to differences in health and health care issues for patients and providers are sought. Initial indication of interest deadline: January 5, 2010. Contact: Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld, School of Social and Family Dynamics, Box 873701, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-3701; (480) 965-8053;


Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, March 18-21, 2010, Boston, MA. Undergraduate Submissions. Undergraduates interested in participating should submit their poster themes using the Abstract Submittal System available on the ESS website, Submission deadline: December 15. Undergraduate students wishing to have their work considered for a regular paper session rather than the Undergraduate Poster Sessions must submit a completed paper to: Jonathan M. White, Burrill Office Complex, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA 02325. Contact:

Kwame Nkrumah International Conference, August 19-21, 2010, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia, Canada. Theme: "From Colonization to Globalization: The Intellectual and Political Legacies of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Africa’s Future." The Conference will commemorate the centenary of the birthday of Kwame Nkrumah, Africa’s Man of the Millennium. It will bring scholars and students from Canada and around the world to share research and ideas on Africa’s place in the global community, and to discuss the life, achievements and shortcomings of Africa’s foremost Pan-Africanist. Send abstract to Charles Quist-Adade at before March 15, 2010. Contact: Charles Quist-Adade, Department of Sociology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 12666 72nd Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, V3W 2M8, Canada; (604) 599-2254;

North American Conference on the Study of Radicalism Religious and Political Radicalisms: Mapping the Territory, June 17-20, 2010, Michigan State University. The aim of this conference is to explore the multiple forms of contemporary and historical radicalism in a transnational context. Send abstracts to by December 15, 2009. For more information, visit

Voices from the In-Between: Aporias, Reverberations, and Audiences, April 16-18, 2010, University of Massachusetts-Amherst. This conference seeks to foster a space to discuss, problematize, and rethink possible ways of approaching the elusive concept of the in-between, as it relates to various modes of cultural production and global phenomena. Proposal deadline: February 1, 2010. Contact: Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003; (413) 577-2161;

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December 10-11, 2009. National Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment Association Annual Conference, University of Texas-San Antonio. Contact: Samantha Dutill, (610) 993-0229;;

February 4, 2010. Critical Criminology & Justice Studies Mini-Conference, Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu, HI. Conference Theme: "Gender and Race/Ethnicity." Contact: Karen S. Glover, Department of Sociology, California State University-San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos, CA 92096-0001; (760) 750-4170;

March 12-13, 2010. Scholarship, Teaching and Learning in the Age of the Plastic Body - Dialogues with Cosmetic Surgery: A Feminist Primer, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC, Canada. Contact: Diane Naugler at

March 18-21, 2010. Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. Theme: "Economic Crisis and New Social Realities." For more information, visit

March 31-April 3, 2010. Joint Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society and the North Central Sociological Association, Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL. Theme: "Communities in an Age of Social Transformation." Contacts: Peter J. Kivisto at; or Debra H. Swanson at

April 7-9, 2010. British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2010, Glasgow Caledonian University. Contact: [+44] (0)191 383 0839;;

April 16-18, 2010. Voices from the In-Between: Aporias, Reverberations, and Audiences, University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Contact: Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003; (413) 577-2161;

June 17-20, 2010. North American Conference on the Study of Radicalism Religious and Political Radicalisms: Mapping the Territory, Michigan State University. For more information, visit

July 5-10, 2010. British Sociological Association Food Study Group Second Conference: Food, Society and Public Health, British Library Conference Centre, London. Contact: [+44] (0)191 383 0839;;

July 19, 2010. British Sociological Association Ageing, Body and Society Study Group Third Conference. Theme: "Futures of Ageing: Science, Technology and Society." British Library Conference Centre, London. Contact: [+44] (0)191 383 0839;;

August 19-21, 2010. Kwame Nkrumah International Conference, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia, Canada. Theme: "From Colonization to Globalization: The Intellectual and Political Legacies of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Africa’s Future." Contact: Charles Quist-Adade, Department of Sociology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 12666 72nd Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia V3W 2M8, Canada; (604) 599-2254;

September 1-3, 2010 or September 2-4, 2010. British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference, University of Durham. Contact: [+44] (0)191 383 0839;;

September 6-9, 2010. British Sociological Association Work, Employment and Society Conference, University of Brighton. Contact: [+44] (0)191 383 0839;;

November 16, 2010. British Sociological Association Death, Dying and Bereavement Study Group Annual Symposium, University of Sheffield. Contact: [+44] (0)191 383 0839;;

November 18-21, 2010. 42nd National Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles, CA. Contact: Marilyn Rueschemeyer,;

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The American School of Classical Studies at Athens Study in Greece Programs and Fellowships for 2010-2011. The American School of Classical Studies at Athens was founded in 1881 to provide American graduate students and scholars a base for their studies in the history and civilization of the Greek world. School programs are generally open to students and scholars at colleges or universities in the United States or Canada. Various programs and fellowships are available. For more information, visit

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has established a new program titled "Building Sustainable Community-Linked Infrastructure to Enable Health Science Research" grants program. This NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement solicits applications from U.S. institutions/organizations proposing to support the development, expansion, or reconfiguration of infrastructures needed to facilitate collaboration between academic health centers and community-based organizations for health science research. Such collaboration should transform the way in which health science research is conducted in communities, and accelerate the pace, productivity, dissemination, and implementation of health research; applications that build upon extant collaborative infrastructures supported by other Federal agencies are strongly encouraged. Deadline: December 11, 2009. For more information, visit

Institute for Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin Law School Law & Society Post-doctoral Fellowship, 2010-11 Academic Year. Eligibility is limited to humanities or social science scholars who work in the law and society tradition. The stipend will be $25,000, plus a research allowance and a benefits package. The fellowship is designed to support a scholar at an early stage in his or her career when, under prevailing circumstances, career pressures or teaching responsibilities might divert the individual away from research. Application deadline: January 8, 2010. Contact: Law & Society Fellowship Program, Institute for Legal Studies, UW Law School, 975 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI 53706-1399;;

The Science of Generosity at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce its second and final letter of inquiry (LOI) submission period for those interested in seeking research funding to study generosity in the human and social sciences. Budgets can be no larger than $150,000 for a period of approximately 18 months. Letters of inquiry will be accepted for review and full proposal consideration through December 1, 2009. For more information, visit

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Policy Fellowships will be available for 2010-2011. SRCD Policy Fellows—in both Congressional and Executive Branch placements—work as "resident scholars" at the interface of science and policy. Both early and mid-career doctoral level professionals of all scientific disciplines related to child development are encouraged to apply. Deadline: December 15, 2009. For more information, visit

UCLA Postdoctoral Fellowship: Career Development Program in cancer prevention and control research. One to three years, salary $60,000 annually plus benefits. For more information, visit

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IPUMS Research Award. The Minnesota Population Center (MPC) announces the second annual award competition for research using the MPC’s Microdata Collection. Papers or publications submitted should utilize one or more of the IPUMS datasets for studying social, economic, and/or demographic processes. Cash prizes will be awarded for best published work, and best work by a graduate student, published or unpublished. Deadline: December 31, 2009. For more information, visit:

North Central Sociological Association Student Paper Competition 2010. Graduate Student division and Undergraduate Division (open to all students at 2-year and 4-year colleges, universities, and community colleges). The maximum length of a paper is 5000 words (approximately 18-20 pages). An abstract of no more than 100 words must also be included. Papers with multiple authors will be considered provided that all authors are students in the same division category. Winners are expected to present their papers at the 2010 annual meeting to receive the monetary award. Deadline: January 4, 2010. Contact: Carolette Norwood, Department of Africana Studies, University of Cincinnati, 609 Old Chemistry Building, P.O. Box 210370 Cincinnati, OH 45221-0370;, Subject line: NCSA Student Paper Competition.

The Rural Sociological Society will offer an annual $1,000 award for the best scholarly article published in Rural Sociology. The first award for articles published in 2010 will be presented at the Rural Sociological Society’s 2011 meetings. To learn more about submitting to Rural Sociology, visit Contact:

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In the News

Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco

H. Wesley Perkins, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, was quoted in the Kansas City Star on August 3 and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on September 3 about evaluating social norms marketing campaigns designed to reduce problem drinking in college and about studies demonstrating effectiveness.

Craig Reinarman, University of California-Santa Cruz, did a 15-minute on-air interview about the drug war and the trend toward drug policy reform on Australia’s ABC Radio’s "Counterpoint" program.

Aging and the Life Course

Anne Barrett, Florida State University, was quoted about the double standard of aging in an August 23 New York Times article about More magazine.

Chris Wellin, Illinois State University, was interviewed on WJBC, in Bloomington, IL, discussing his research on work-skills and conditions of those providing direct care for the aged and disabled.

Asia and Asian America

Margaret M. Chin, Hunter College, was quoted about Asian-American political involvement in a September 16 New York Times article about city council elections.

Nadia Y. Kim, Loyola Marymount University, was quoted in a May 15 New America Media news story about Asian Americans and the environment and was a guest on the national radio program New America Now on July 10 and 12 to discuss her book Imperial Citizens: Koreans and Race from Seoul to LA. The book was featured in a full-page spread in the April 19 The Korea Times.

Children and Youth

Timothy J. Owens, Purdue University, was quoted in an August 9 Journal and Courier article on emerging conceptions of adulthood. He was also interviewed in a September 5 CanWest story featuring his research on teenage drinking, depression, and academic achievement. The article ran in several major newspapers across Canada.

Collective Behavior and Social Movements

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, and Marshall Ganz, Harvard University, authored an op-ed published in the August 30 Washington Post asserting that a revived social movement is necessary to pass health care reform.

Rachel Kutz-Flamenbaum, University of Pittsburgh, was interviewed on WQED TV about her research on protest movements, for a half-hour special on protests at the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh.

D. Michael Lindsay, Rice University, was quoted in a September 9 Washington Post article about the revival of the Christian Right due to opposition to health care reform. Lindsay said that social movements are more effective when they have something to oppose.

Communication and Information Technologies

Pepper Schwartz, University of Washington, was quoted in a September 20 Hartford Courant article about online social networks and their impact on romantic relationships.

Brian Uzzi, Northwestern University, was quoted in the August 17 issue of ScienceNOW Daily News in an article about a new study demonstrating the utility of cell phone call patterns for social network research.

Community and Urban Sociology

Patrick J. Carr, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and Maria J. Kefalas, Saint Joseph’s University, authored a piece in the September 21 Chronicle Review titled "The Rural Brain Drain."

Stephen Klineberg, Rice University, asserted that Houston is "the most interesting city in America" in a September 16 story about the city on National Public Radio’s website.

Crime, Law, and Deviance

Janja Lalich, California State University-Chico, was quoted in an August 27 Reno Gazette-Journal article about the abduction of Jaycee Dugard. She appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 on September 1 to talk about how cult victims recover from "coercive influence."

Jack Levin, Northeastern University, was quoted in an August 31 article about the social psychology behind abductors in light of the Jaycee Dugard case. He discussed women’s role in sex crimes in a September 6 Sacramento Bee article.

Charis E. Kubrin, George Washington University, appeared on BBC World News America on September 1 to discuss mounted police patrols for the story, "Riding the Road of Recession."

Sociology of Culture

Randy Blazak, Portland State University, was quoted in a September 15 KATU News article about the vandalism of SUVs at a Portland auto dealership. Blazak discussed the cultural symbolism of the Humvee.

Gary Alan Fine, Northwestern University, was quoted in a September 15 Chicago Tribune article about episodes of celebrity incivility.

Calvin Morrill, University of California-Berkeley, was cited in an excerpt of the book Consequential Strangers discussed on the September 7 edition of National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation.

Alexander T. Riley, Bucknell University, was quoted in a September 6 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about visitors to the Flight 93 memorial. Riley is writing a book about creating the collective memory of Flight 93. Robert Bellah, University of California-Berkeley, was also mentioned in the article. Riley was also quoted about the duality of the American narrative in a September 15 Associated Press article comparing and contrasting the American themes created by Walt Disney and Marvel Comics.

Pepper Schwartz, University of Washington, was quoted about celebrity outbursts in a September 16 Los Angeles Times article.

Economic Sociology

Dalton Conley, New York University, wrote an op-ed arguing that more access to mortgages should be given to low-income families, which appeared in the August 4 New York Times.

Patricia Drentea, University of Alabama-Birmingham, was quoted in a July 2009 Associated Press article that was picked up by many papers and websites across the country. She discussed how people are adapting to debt problems within their own families.

Gerhard Lenski, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, wrote a letter to the editor about a Paul Krugman article on macroeconomists. The letter was published in the September 20 New York Times Magazine.

Sociology of Education

Jane C. Hood, University of New Mexico, wrote a letter to the editor published in the September 29 Albuquerque Journal about the suspension of two black students for the alleged exchange of gang hand signals. Nancy Lopez, University of New Mexico, was also mentioned in the letter.

Angela Mertig, Middle Tennessee State University, was quoted about the benefits of student-teacher communication on social network sites in an August 8 Tennessean article.

Environment and Technology

Robert J. Brulle, Drexel University, commented on the abstract nature of the public’s perception of global warming in a September 21 New York Times article about the United Nations’ discussion of climate change.

Sociology of Family

Andrew M. Greeley, National Opinion Research Center, discussed marital happiness in a September 18 Scripps Howard News Service article published in the Deseret News.

Laura Theresa Hamilton and Brian Powell, Indiana University, and Claudia Geist, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, had their research on marital name change detailed within a number of news reports, including: USA Today (August 11), (August 12), The American Prospect (August 12), Wisconsin Public Radio (August 13), and others. The study was cited in a September 18 post on Newsweekís "The Human Condition" blog, which also quoted Andrew J. Cherlin, Johns Hopkins University, and W. Brad Wilcox, University of Virginia.

Kim Korinek, University of Utah, was quoted in a September 7 Salt Lake Tribune article about "recession dads." Korinek commented on the implications of stay-at-home fathers on families, gender roles, and children.

Pamela Stone, Hunter College, and Kathleen Gerson, New York University, were quoted in the October 1, 2009, Washington Post in an article about the demographics of "stay-at-home" mothers in the United States. Stone was also a guest on the October 1 online chat about debunking the opting-out myth.

International Migration

Vivian Louie, Harvard University, was interviewed on July 30 and 31 on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered about Chinese and Dominican immigrant children in Boston and their family, school, and community contexts.

Jeffrey Timberlake, University of Cincinnati, and Rhys Williams, Loyola University Chicago, had research they presented at ASA’s 2009 annual meeting detailed in an August 12 TIME magazine article. The research examined immigration and stereotypes.

Judith Treas, University of California- Irvine, was quoted about the invisibility of elderly immigrants in an August 30 New York Times article on the topic.

Labor and Labor Movements

Sarah Burgard and James House, University of Michigan, and Jennie Brand, University of California-Los Angeles, were cited for their research on job insecurity and health in an August 31 United Press International article.

Patricia Drentea, University of Alabama-Birmingham, was quoted in a September 6 Associated Press article about the mental toll of joblessness and threat of layoffs.

Arlie Hochschild, University of California-Berkeley, and Richard Sennett, London School of Economics, had their books listed in the September 4 Wall Street Journal in a listing of the top five books on working in an article tied to Labor Day. Hochschild’s The Managed Heart and Sennett’s The Corrosion of Character were recommended.

Tom Juravich, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, was a guest on the September 3 National Public Radio affiliate WBUR’s Here and Now show in a segment about his CD Altar of the Bottom Line. Juravich wrote songs for the CD based on interviews with workers in call centers, factories, and hospitals.

Arne Kalleberg, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, authored an op-ed column in the September 7 News & Observer about the need for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act currently under consideration by Congress.

J. Timmons Roberts, Brown University, was quoted about labor-environmental coalitions in an August 28 New York Times article about the push for climate legislation.

Latino/Latina Sociology

Tomás Jimenez, Stanford University, was the author of an October 6 article on the deep ties of Mexican-Americans in the United States.

Medical Sociology

Nicholas Christakis, Harvard University, and his research with James Fowler was the subject of the September 13 New York Times Magazine cover story. Duncan Watts, Yahoo! Research, was also quoted in the article.

Troy Duster, New York University, was quoted about discrimination against people with the sickle cell trait in a September 13 San Francisco Chronicle article about the NCAA plan to test players.

Steven Gortmaker, Harvard University, discussed children’s consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in a September 13 Chicago Tribune article about sports drinks.

Antonio Maturo, Università di Bologna, was interviewed by the National Swiss Radio and by the magazine Natural Lifestyles.

Abigail Saguy and Kevin Riley, both of the University of California-Los Angeles, had their 2005 article on framing the "obesity epidemic" was discussed in an August 26 article in Newsweek that analyzed the origins and manifestations of fat hatred and anti-fat bias in the contemporary United States.

Kristen Springer, Rutgers University, was cited for research she co-authored with Dawne Mouzon, Rutgers University, on men’s preventative healthcare practices and masculinity beliefs in outlets such as USA Today, The New York Times, Yahoo!News, Voice of America, and many others.

Gregory Weiss, Roanoke College, was cited for his book, Grassroots Medicine: The Story of America’s Free Health Clinics, in a September 21 Voice of America report on health care for the working poor.

Organizations, Occupations and Work

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, wrote the cover story in the August 30 Nation magazine about the conflict between two major unions—SEIU and Unite HERE. His article, "We Need More Protest to Make Reform Possible," appeared on on August 6.

Steve McDonald, North Carolina State University, was interviewed on August 17 by News 14 Carolina about his co-authored research with Nan Lin, Duke University, and Dan Ao, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, which found significant white male advantage in the receipt of information about job openings.

Heather McLaughlin, University of Minnesota, had research she presented at ASA’s 2009 annual meeting on sexual harassment detailed within an August 12 HealthDay News wire story that was picked up by a number of media outlets across the country.

Ruth Milkman, University of California-Los Angeles, was quoted in a September 3 U.S. News & World Report article about the findings of a study she co-authored surrounding workplace violations committed at the expense of low-wage workers.

Political Sociology

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, appeared on MSNBC on September 24 to discuss his study about media coverage of ACORN.  The report was also the subject of a Washington Post column by Harold Meyerson, "For ACORN, Truth Lost Amid the Din," on September 23, 2009; an NPR story on September 23; a September 24 USA Today article; and an article on on September 23. He was quoted in a September 18 McClatchy News Service article about ACORN. He wrote a series of columns for Huffington Post about health care reform. he wrote an August 15 column for the TalkingPointsMemo examining Sen. Max Baucus’ opposition to a public option for health insurance reform and a September 2 column criticizing the radio host Rush Limbaugh’s hypocrisy. His article about what local governments can do to create good-paying jobs appeared in the October American Prospect magazine.

Steve Hoffman, University of Buffalo, was quoted in articles about the health care debate in August 25 Newsweek and August 26 articles. Hoffman said that people cling to false beliefs despite evidence to the contrary. The research was also covered in an August 28 Reuters article, in which Andrew Perrin, University of North Carolina, was also quoted.

D. Michael Lindsay, Rice University, was quoted in a September 17 Reuters article about the lack of leadership in the "religious right."

Craig Calhoun, Social Science Research Council, was quoted in an October 4 Chronicle of Higher Education article about the Pentagon-NSF Minerva grants to social scientists.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Andrew A. Beveridge, Queens College-City University of New York, was quoted about increasing racial isolation for blacks in an August 11 New York Times article about a desegregation agreement in Westchester County, NY.

Hannah Brueckner, Yale University, was quoted about research she co-authored with Natalie Nitsche, Yale University, in a September 16 Philadelphia Daily News column. Brueckner and Nitsche studied marriage and family formation rates of highly educated black women.

Charles A. Gallagher, La Salle University, was interviewed by a variety of newspaper and radio outlets on the implications of race in the Henry Lewis Gates incident and the role race plays toward President Obama’s health initiatives. He was quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer on September 20 and August 19, the South Florida Sun Sentinel on August 1, and the Orlando Sentinel on July 30. Gallagher conducted broadcast interviews with National Public Radio affiliate WRKF’s the Jim Engster Show on July 25 and the Dom Giordano Show on July 23 on Philadelphia ABC affiliate WPHT-AM.

Jason E. Shelton, University of Texas-Arlington, was interviewed for an August 8 article in the Houston Chronicle. This news article was prompted by findings from his research paper appearing in the September Social Science Quarterly on Houstonians beliefs about the Katrina evacuees. He was also interviewed for a news radio program on Voice of America. Shelton also authored a column in the August 28 Houston Chronicle on racial solidarity, Hurricane Katrina, and the relativity of being an "outsider" in America.

Orlando Patterson and Robert Putnam, both of Harvard University, were cited in a September 21 Forbes column about the "new racism" in America.

Sociology of Religion

Amy Adamczyk, City University of New York, was quoted about religion and teen pregnancy in a September 16 article.

Wendy Cadge, Brandeis University, and Gary Jensen, Vanderbilt University, were cited in a September 11 USA Today article about science and religion. Cadge was cited for her research on medical studies examining the healing power of prayer. Jensen discussed religion’s impact on society.

Michele Dillon, University of New Hampshire, was interviewed and quoted in the Italian daily newspaper Europa on September 10, 2009, discounting rumors about the likely conversion of President Obama to Catholicism, and the different political contexts for his apparently better relationship with Pope Benedict XVI than with the US Conference of Bishops.

Michael Emerson, Rice University, was quoted in a September 4 Associated Press article about a lawsuit against the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in which the plaintiff claims she was fired for complaining about the organization’s lack of outreach to African American churches.

Mark Regnerus, University of Texas, was the subject of an August 24 Austin American-Statesman article. Regnerus was profiled for his attention-grabbing suggestion that Christians should get married young if they aren’t waiting until marriage to have sex. Robert Hummer, University of Texas, was also quoted in the article.

Darren Sherkat, Southern Illinois University, was quoted about American hostility toward atheists in an August 31 Dallas Morning News article about a secular camp for children.

Sociological Practice

Lee Herring, American Sociological Association, was quoted in the August 24 issue of Chemical & Engineering News about the new AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition and the importance of scientific societies being engaged in human rights efforts.

Lloyd Rogler, Fordham University, was the subject of a July 30 article in The Calais Advertiser (Calais, Maine). Rogler was profiled in the article for his ASA Distinguished Book Award nominee: Barrio Professors: Tales of Naturalistic Research.

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Jerry Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania, Maggie Anderson, University of Delaware, and Peter Dreier, Occidental College, were quoted in an August 13 Inside Higher Education story about the desire of some sociologists to create a council of social science advisors that would advise the president.

Sociology of Sex and Gender

Stacie R. Furia, Northland College, wrote a letter to the editor about women in military boot camps that appeared in the August 19 New York Times.

Michael Kimmel, State University of New York-Stony Brook, was a guest on National Public Radio’s Tell Me More show to discuss the increasing number of female breadwinners as men lose jobs during a recession.

Teaching and Learning

Clare Weber, California State University-Dominguez Hills, wrote a letter to the editor about the financial squeeze at her university that was published in the September 22 Daily Breeze.

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Paul Almeida, Texas A&M University, received the 2009 ASA Labor and Labor Movements Section Distinguished Scholarly Article Award.

Elizabeth A. Armstrong, University of Michigan, and Mary Bernstein, University of Connecticut, received the 2009 Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section Outstanding Published Article Award.

Contexts, an American Sociological Association magazine, was honored as a featured website,, by Wordpress Showcase

Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, was awarded the Meister Eckhart Prize, one of the most prestigious scientific prizes Germany issues. The prize will be granted to him in a ceremony on December 9, 2009. On the preceding day, he will receive an honorary degree from the University of Cologne.

Leslie Gates, Binghamton University, won the Distinguished Article Award from the ASA Political Economy of the World Systems (PEWS) section.

Peggy C. Giordano, Ryan A. Schroeder, and Stephen A. Cernkovich, all of Bowling Green State University, won the James F. Short Jr. Award for outstanding article, from the ASA Crime, Law, and Deviance Section for their 2007 American Journal of Sociology article, "Emotions and Crime over the Life Course: A Neo-Meadian Perspective on Criminal Continuity and Change."

Adam Isaiah Green, University of Toronto, has been awarded the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Early Career Award and an operating grant.

Lou Jacobson, Humboldt State University and Redwood Coast Energy Authority, received the 2009 Robert Dentler Award for Outstanding Student Achievement for his research on compact fluorescent light (CFL) adoption from the ASA Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology.

Maren Klawiter, Georgia Institute of Technology, received the 2009 Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section Charles Tilly Award for the Best Book Published on Collective Behavior and Social Movements.

David Maimon, Ohio State University, and Danielle C. Kuhl, Bowling Green State University, earned the ASA Mental Health Section’s Best Publication Award for their 2008 American Sociological Review article, "Social Control and Youth Suicidality: Situating Durkheim’s Ideas in a Multilevel Framework."

Jane Menken, Institute of Behavioral Science, was honored as the 2009 Laureate of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population during the recent quadrennial meeting in Marrakech, Morocco.

Thomas F. Pettigrew, University of California-Santa Cruz, received the University of California systemwide Constantine Panunzio Award for outstanding research by an emeritus professor in April 2009. In August 2010, he received the Ralph White Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence.

Jack Nusan Porter, The Spencer Institute, won the Robin M. Williams Award for Distinguished Contributions to Scholarship, Teaching, and Service from the ASA Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section for his work in the founding of the field of sociology of the Holocaust and comparative genocide.

Julie Shayne, University of Washington-Bothell, was honored by the Celebrating University of Washington Women Program. She also received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Associated Students of University of Washington-Bothell.

Margaret R. Somers, University of Michigan and Center for Advanced Behavioral Sciences, has received the 2009 Giovanni Sartori Qualitative Methods Award from the American Political Science Association for Genealogies of Citizenship: Markets, Statelessness, and the Right to have Rights.

Anna Wetterburg, University of California-Berkeley, received 2009 ASA Labor and Labor Movements Section Distinguished Graduate Student Article Award.

Matthew S. Williams, Boston College, received the ASA Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award.

Beverly Wright, Dilliard University, received a 2009 Heinz Environmental Award for her work as an environmental justice advocate with the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University.

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Travis Gosa has joined the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University as an assistant professor of social science.

Milagros Pena, University of Florida, has accepted a position as associate dean for social and behavioral sciences in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at her university.

Chelsea Starr was appointed assistant professor at Minot State University.

Marc J. Ventresca, University of Oxford, was reappointed until retirement age’ (the Oxford version of tenure) as university lecturer at the Saïd Business School. He was also appointed senior scholar at the Vinnova Center for Innovation Journalism Research, Stanford University.

Chris Wellin has joined the Illinois State University Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Illinois State University.

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Patti Adler, University of Colorado, Peter Adler, University of Denver, and Robert Crutchfield, University of Washington, were keynote speakers at the International Conference on "Deviance(s)" sponsored by CLIMAS - American history, sociology, literature and arts, University of Bordeaux, France.

Michael August Faia’s, Unuaki-o-Tonga Royal University of Technology, new novel, Liberation Ichthyology, appears in two parts in the Copperfield Review, an online literary magazine that features historical fiction and non-fiction.

Mary Frank Fox, Georgia Institute of Technology, presented research on "Analyzing Women in Academic Science" at the Science Forum of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in June.

Ellen Kennedy, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Genocide Intervention Network-Minnesota, received the Anne Frank "Outstanding Citizen" Award from the Anne Frank Foundation. The award honors individuals who embody tolerance and promote unity and peace.

D. Michael Lindsay, Rice University, compiled results from a survey recently of the White House Fellows program. He worked through NORC.

Christian Smith, University of Notre Dame, has been awarded a grant of $779,898 by Lilly Endowment Inc. to continue the National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR) into a fourth wave of data collection in 2011-2013.

Tom Scheff, University of California-Santa Barbara, had a lecture he gave at a Swedish University, Sociology of Emotions, filmed and posted on YouTube. The lecture is in the mode of edu-tainament: a lecture backed up by music and comedy.

A. Javier Treviño, Wheaton College, has been elected to serve as the 59th President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) for 2010-2011.

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New Books

Stanley R. Bailey, University of California-Irvine, Legacies of Race: Identities, Attitudes, and Politics in Brazil (Stanford University Press, 2009).

Kristin Kay Barker, Oregon State University, David Ash, Gary Tiedeman, Oregon State University, Eds., Haiku for Sociologists (Basho, 2009).

Anthony J. Blasi, Tennesse State University, Anton K. Jacobs, Kansas City Art Institute, and Mathew Kanjirathinkal, University of Notre Dame, Eds. and translators, Georg Simmel’s Sociology: Inquiries into the Construction of Social Forms (Brill, 2009).

William J. Buxton, Concordia University-Montreal, Patronizing the Public: American Philanthropy’s Transformation of Culture, Communication, and the Humanities (Lexington Books, 2009).

Katherine Carter, University of Kurdistan-Hawler, and Judy Aulette, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Cape Verdean Women and Globalization: The Politics of Gender, Culture and Resistance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Graham Cassano, Oakland University, and Richard A. Dello Buono, Manhattan College, Eds., Crisis, Politics, and Critical Sociology (Brill, 2009).

Katherine K. Chen, Graduate Center-CUNY, Enabling Creative Chaos: The Organization Behind the Burning Man Event (University of Chicago Press, 2009).

Lee Clarke, Rutgers Univerity, Rebecca Solnit, and A.C. Thompson, Emergent Communities & Elite Panic: Investigating Disasters & Destructive Beliefs.

Randall Collins, University of Pennsylvania, Violence: A Micro-sociological Theory (Princeton University Press, 2009).

Hester Eisenstein, Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center, Feminism Seduced: How Global Elites Use Women’s Labor and Ideas to Exploit the World (Paradigm Publishers, 2009).

Yuval Elmelech, Bard College, Transmitting Inequality: Wealth and the American Family (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008).

Joe Feagin, Texas A&M University, The White Racial Frame (Routledge, 2010).

Theophilus Kofi Gokah, Gemini College, Contemporary Discourses on IE&C Theory and Practice (NOVA, 2009).

Adia Harvey-Wingfield, Georgia State, and Joe Feagin, Texas A&M University, Yes We Can?: White Racial Framing and the 2008 Presidential Campaign (Routledge, 2010).

Ho-fung Hung, Indiana University - Bloomington, Ed., China and the Transformation of Global Capitalism (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).

Richard Koenigsberg, Library of Social Science, Nations Have the Right to Kill: Hitler, the Holocaust and War (Library of Social Science, 2009).

Marnia Lazreg, Hunter College, Questioning the Veil: Open Letters to Muslim Women (Princeton University Press, 2009).

Ann Mische, Rutgers University, Partisan Publics: Communication and Contention across Brazilian Youth Activist Networks (Princeton University Press, 2009).

Anthony Orum, University of Illinois-Chicago, and Zachary Neal, Michigan State University, Eds., Common Ground?: Readings and Reflections on Public Space (Routledge, 2010).

Marilyn Rueschemeyer, Brown University, and Sharon Wolchik, Eds., Women in Power in Post-Communist Parliaments (Woodrow Wilson Center Press/Indiana University Press, 2009).

Christian Smith and Patricia Snell, both of the University of Notre Dame, Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults (Oxford University Press, 2009)

Frank Trovato, University of Alberta, Canada’s Population in a Global Context: An Introduction to Social Demography (Oxford University Press, 2009).

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Other Organizations

Rural Sociology. Beginning in 2010, the Rural Sociological Society will partner with Wiley-Blackwell. Rural Sociology (RS) is the Rural Sociological Society’s professional journal. Scholarly articles are authored by rural sociologists, sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, economists, and other social scientists who study social, spatial, local, and global rural issues. All new manuscripts should be submitted using ScholarOne at Submissions, reviews, and correspondence are now performed online. ScholarOne allows for efficient submission of manuscripts, provides guidance at every step, and makes the journey from submission to publication quicker and easier. Contact:

Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Social Problems Editorial Search. The Editorial and Publications Committee of the Society for SSSP is searching for the next editor of Social Problems. The three-year term will begin mid-year 2011 with responsibility for editing Volumes 59-61 (years 2012-2014). Direct all questions, inquiries, nominations, expressions of interest, and application materials to: Claire Renzetti, Chair, SSSP Editorial and Publications Committee, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469-1442; (937) 229-24286; Application deadline: February 12, 2010.

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New Publications

Italian Journal of Sociology of Health, Salute e Società. This publication is a special issue in Italian and in English of the Italian Journal of Sociology of Health, Salute e Società. It is edited by an Italian and by an American sociologist: Antonio Maturo, Università di Bologna, and Peter Conrad, Brandeis University.

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Caught in the Web

Invitation to Join a Dialogue. As part of a project on "Media and Collective Civic Engagement (MCCE)," a dialogue among sociologists and related social scientists and community activists will be established online. Participants in the dialogue will be asked to respond to ideas about new and alternative media as well as mainstream media, including news media, entertainment, and advertising. The project will culminate with a session scheduled for the ASA meetings in Atlanta in August 2010. The website will aggregate content from the project’s various new media channels, consolidating original content and community responses from various sites in one place. Contact:;

Launch of the Health Disparities Calculator (HD*Calc). The calculator—statistical software that generates multiple summary measures for evaluating and monitoring health disparities—can be used either as an extension of SEER*Stat, which allows users to import Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) data or on its own with other population-based health data, such as from the National Health Interview Survey, California Health Interview Survey, Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey, and National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The intended audience for HD*Calc includes anyone interested in health and cancer-related disparities, as well as those interested in learning about summary measures of health disparities. This application extends the work published in the National Cancer Institute Surveillance Monograph Series, Methods for Measuring Cancer Disparities, which evaluates measures of health disparities included in HD*Calc. HD*Calc is located on the SEER website, at

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Editor with Ph.D. in sociology from Berkeley and author of three trade books provides editing of book manuscripts and articles.  Reasonable rates.  Nine years experience.  References available.  Tom Wells at†or (720) 304-7813.

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