September-October 2009 Issue • Volume 37 • Issue 7

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In the July/August 2009 Footnotes article "What’s Segregation Got to do With the Nation’s Subprime Mortgage Lending Fiasco?" the eighth paragraph read, in part, "They also discovered that black segregation has a stronger effect than Hispanic segregation, suggesting that the contextual variable of racial segregation is an important determinant of subprime lending." This could imply that racial, but not ethnic, segregation mattered. But Squires et al.’s main finding was that segregation (between blacks and whites and between Hispanics and whites) is an important driver of the rise in subprime lending. We regret possible misinterpretation of the research.

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Call for Papers


Foucault Studies special issue on the relations between the work of Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben. This issue aims to collect and present a set of essays concerning many different facets of the influence and resonance between them. Deadline: February 15, 2010. Contact: Jeffrey Bussolini at with "Agamben Issue" in the subject line.

Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership for Diversity and Equity. This AERA project will feature chapters that reframe research within the field of educational leadership, a reframing consonant with the existing social, cultural, economic, and political contexts of U.S. schools. The goal is to present theoretical and empirical scholarship that focuses on socially just educational leadership, particularly with respect to the education of diverse student populations. Proposals are due by November 1, 2009. Submit to Linda C. Tillman at or James Joseph "Jim" Scheurich at For more information, visit

The Journal of Homosexuality is devoted to scholarly research on homosexuality, including sexual practices and gender roles and their cultural, historical, interpersonal, and modern social contexts. Researchers and practitioners interested in current knowledge about human sexuality will find every issue of this journal brimming with a balanced selection of scholarly and practical articles. The frequency of the journal will also be increased from eight to ten issues beginning in 2010. The Journal of Homosexuality welcomes the submission of papers on a variety of topics and from a range of disciplines and perspectives for review and publication. For more information, visit

New Voices in Sociological Theory and Methodology. The editors of a new volume, tentatively titled New Voices in Sociological Theory and Methodology, invite chapter proposals of up to 500 words from sociologists who have received their PhDs within the last 10 years and are pursuing new directions in sociological theory and methodology. Submission deadline is November 1, 2009. The editors invite the new generation of sociologists to evaluate and critique the traditional, theoretical, and methodological approaches taken by 20th century sociologists and to offer suggestions for new paths forward. The overarching goal of the volume is to move students beyond current textbook treatments of theory and methods by offering them a look at the trends of the sociology of tomorrow. Therefore, the editors encourage prospective contributors to think creatively, critically, and philosophically about sociological theory and methods, and to propose chapters on a variety of topics that they consider important, timely, and in most dire need of a critical examination. Contact: Ieva Zake at; Michael DeCesare at


British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2010, April 7-9, 2010, Glasgow Caledonian University. The British Sociological Association invites submissions to its 2010 Annual Conference. Participants can present on topics they wish within broad streams (and open streams) that reflect the core research areas of the membership. Deadline: September 25, 2009. Contact:;

Cross Cultural Bioethics Session at the International Sociological Association World Congress, July 11-17, 2010, Gothenburg, Sweden. The broad theme of this session is the history, evolution, and social functions of bioethics work around the globe and across cultures. Academics and researchers who wish to promote the field internationally within the social science community are strongly encouraged to submit their proposals. Submission Deadline: October 1, 2009. Contact: Kristina Orfali at or Raymond DeVries at;

Sixth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, May 26-29, 2010, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. Theme: "Qualitative Inquiry for a Global Community in Crisis." It is clear that in these troubling political times qualitative researchers are called on to become human rights advocates, to honor the sanctity of life, and promote the core values of privacy, human dignity, peace, justice, and freedom from fear and violence. Submissions of papers, posters, and session proposals are invited. Submissions will be accepted online from October 1-December 1, 2009. For more information, visit

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September 24, 2009. Sixth Annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World, given by Nathan Glazer, Harvard University, Munk Centre for International Studies, Toronto, Canada, 4:00 pm. Topic: "Democracy and Diversity: Dealing with Deep Divides." Contact: Jane Riley Jacobsen at;

October 5-7, 2009. First Annual International Crime, Media and Popular Culture Studies Conference: A Cross-Disciplinary Exploration, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN. For more information, visit

October 26-28, 2009. First Triennial Conference on Latino Education and Immigrant Integration, University of Georgia’s Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education, Athens, GA. The conference will provide an important venue for research, policy, and information regarding immigrants and education, particularly in the rapidly changing Southeast. For more information, visit

November 4, 2009. Sixth Annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World, Given by Nathan Glazer, Harvard University, Canadian Embassy, Washington, DC, 6:00 pm. Topic: "Democracy and Diversity: Dealing with Deep Divides." Contact: Jane Riley Jacobsen at;

November 5-8, 2009. 1989: The Fall of the Berlin Wall, Twenty Years After, Laguna Beach, CA. The Fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 signaled the termination of the Communist state and all its trappings in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and brought about the birth of something new across the region. 20 years later, we can see that change after 1989 has taken all manner of varying shapes. Contact: Nina Bandelj at, or Dorothy Solinger at;

November 13-14, 2009. The 2009 Annual Meeting of the Michigan Sociological Association, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI. Theme: "Engaging Diverse Communities in Economic Crises." Contact:;

November 18-21, 2009. The National MultiCultural Institute Fall 2009 Conference, Marriott Crystal City, Arlington, VA. Theme: "Forging New Pathways for Diversity and Inclusion: Building Skills for Collaboration and Dialogue." Contact: (202) 483-0700;

December 2-6, 2009. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. For more information, visit

December 13-14, 2010. First Critical Governance Studies Conference, University of Warwick. The objective of the conference is to bring together scholars and activists challenging orthodoxies and developing critical approaches to the study of governance. Contact: 02476 574688;;

March 11-13, 2010. 31st Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL. Theme: "Theatricality and the Performative in the Long Nineteenth Century." Contact:;

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." Contact: Peter J. Kivisto at; Debra H. Swanson at

April 7-9, 2010. British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2010, Glasgow Caledonian University. Contact:;

April 7-10, 2010. Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Hilton Washington, Washington, DC. Contact: Amy M. Stark, OAH, 112 N. Bryan Ave., P.O. Box 5457, Bloomington, IN 47407-5457; (812) 855-9853; fax (812) 855-0696;

May 26-29, 2010. Sixth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Theme: "Qualitative Inquiry for a Global Community in Crisis." For more information, visit

July 11-17, 2010. Cross-Cultural Bioethics Session at the International Sociological Association World Congress, Gothenburg, Sweden. The broad theme of this session is the history, evolution, and social functions of bioethics work around the globe and across cultures. Contact: Kristina Orfali at or Raymond DeVries at;

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AAAS Fellowship: Science to Serve Society. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) seeks applicants for its annual Science & Technology Policy Fellowships. Doctoral level, U.S. citizen sociologists are encouraged to apply for these year-long fellowships (beginning Sept. 1, 2010), which allow a unique opportunity to apply knowledge and skills to national and international issues in the federal policy realm, while learning first-hand how to craft policy in Congress and implement policy in more than 15 federal agencies. Fellows represent a spectrum of career stages--from recent PhD graduates, faculty on sabbatical, retired scientists—and come from a range of sectors—from academia, industry, non-profits, and government labs. Register for an October 2 webinar at to learn more. Among other benefits, stipend is $73K-$95K (depending on experience and previous salary); relocation allowance (up to $4K if greater than 50 miles outside Washington, DC), and reimbursement for health insurance and travel/training to conferences. Deadline is December 15, 2009. Online applications only at

American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grants. The Franklin program is designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses. Franklin grants are made for noncommercial research and are not intended to meet the expenses of attending conferences or the costs of publication. Applicants are expected to have a doctorate or to have published work of doctoral character and quality. Funding is offered up to a maximum of $6,000 for use in calendar year 2010. Grants are not retroactive. Aplication deadlines: October 1, 2009, and December 1, 2009. Contact: Linda Musumeci, (215) 440-3429;;

The Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies offers up to one year of research support at the Freie Universität Berlin. It is open to scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines. The program accepts applications from U.S. and Canadian nationals or permanent residents. Applicants for a dissertation fellowship must be full-time graduate students enrolled at a North American university who have achieved ABD status by the time the proposed research stay in Berlin begins or U.S. and Canadian PhDs who have received their doctorates within the past two calendar years. Deadline: December 1, 2009. Contact:;

Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships. American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications for the ninth annual competition for the Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships. These fellowships support advanced assistant professors and untenured associate professors in the humanities and related social sciences whose scholarly contributions have advanced their fields and who have well-designed and carefully developed plans for new research. The fellowships are intended to provide time and resources to enable these faculty members to conduct their research under optimal conditions. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects. ACLS will award up to 12 Ryskamp Fellowships in the 2009-2010 competition. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $64,000. Ryskamp Fellowships are intended to support an academic year of research (nine months), plus an additional summer’s research (two months) if justified. Applicants must hold the PhD or equivalent and be employed in tenure-track positions at degree-granting academic institutions in the United States. For more information, visit

First Book Grant for Minority Scholars. The Louisville Institute’s First Book Grant Program for Minority Scholars seeks to assist junior, non-tenured religion scholars of color to complete a major research and book project, focusing on some issue pertaining to American Christianity. This grant program seeks to enable scholars to spend an entire academic year devoted to that research project while free of other professional responsibilities. The Louisville Institute is interested in identifying and supporting scholars of color who seek through their academic work to be in conversation with church leaders and to strengthen their faith communities. Application materials should demonstrate both the applicant’s proficiency in the academy and commitment to her or his faith community. All materials must be postmarked by January 15, 2010. The grant amount requested should not exceed $40,000. For more information, visit

Foundation for Child Development (FCD) Young Scholars Competition. FCD’s Young Scholars Program supports a new generation of scholars conducting research on the development of young children in immigrant families, particularly those who are low income. Researchers must have earned their doctoral degrees within the last 15 years and be tenure-track faculty members at a U.S. college or university. Three to four fellowships of up to $150,000 for use over one to three years (and in rare cases, up to five years) will be awarded. Tenure-equivalent positions are not eligible for the program. Deadline: November 4, 2009. Contact:;

Humboldt Research Fellowship enables highly qualified scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines to carry out research projects for extended periods of time in cooperation with academic hosts at research institutions in Germany. Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, the quality and fea­sibility of the proposed research and the applicant’s publications. Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers: Postdoctoral scientists and scholars who have completed a doctoral degree within four years prior to the application submission date are eligible. This fellowship allows for a stay of 6-24 months in Germany and provides a monthly stipend of €2,250. For more information, visit Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers: Scientists and scholars who have completed a doctoral degree within 12 years prior to the application submission date are eligible. This fellowship allows for a stay of 6-18 months in Germany, which may be divided into a maximum of three visits of at least three months each an provides a monthly stipend of €2,450. For more information, visit Applications may be submitted at any time.

The Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship Program is designed to support the final year PhD or ThD dissertation writing for students engaged in research pertaining to North American Christianity. Applicants must have fulfilled all pre-dissertation requirements, including approval of the dissertation proposal, by February 1 and expect to complete the dissertation by the end of the following academic year. Eligible proposals should promise a significant contribution to the study of American religion. Preference will be given to proposals that attempt to describe more fully how the Christian faith is actually lived by contemporary persons and to bring the resources of the Christian faith into closer relation to their daily lives, helps us understand more adequately the institutional reconfiguration of American religion, or explores the nature and challenge of pastoral leadership. Proposed projects may employ a variety of methodological perspectives and may be interdisciplinary in nature. All materials must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2010. Dissertation fellowships will provide a stipend of $19,000 for twelve months beginning in September. Fellowships are not renewable. All tuition, medical insurance, and required fees are the responsibility of the student. For more information, visit

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships. American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications for the fourth annual competition for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships. These fellowships are to assist graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2011. ACLS will award 65 fellowships in this competition for a one-year term. The total award of up to $33,000 includes a stipend plus additional funds for university fees and research support. Deadline: November 11, 2009. For more information, visit

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In the News

Aging and the Life Course

David R. Segal, University of Maryland, was interviewed on KCBS Radio in San Francisco on June 18 on the enlistment of people over 35 years old in the Army.

Russell Ward, University at Albany-SUNY, was quoted in USA Today on June 29 in an article about a Pew Research Center study regarding people’s perceptions of their age.

Children and Youth

H. Wesley Perkins, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, was quoted in the July 20 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about research on social norms marketing campaigns and their effectiveness in reducing problem drinking. The article reported on a recent Cochrane Library review of studies using normative feedback interventions among students.

Communication and Information Technologies

Nicholas Christakis, Harvard University, was quoted in a June 23 article about "retweeting" on Twitter. Christakis is author of the forthcoming book Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives.

Jeannette Sutton, University of Colorado, was interviewed in a column about communication during disasters in the August/September edition of Reason magazine.

Zeynep Tufekci, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and Shelia Cotten, University of Alabama-Birmingham, were quoted in the June 26 issue of Science magazine about the Chinese government’s classification of Internet addiction as a disorder.

Community and Urban Sociology

Donald Kraybill, Elizabethtown College, was quoted in the July 2009 issue of National Geographic about the population spread of the Amish.

Nicole P. Marwell, Baruch College-City University of New York, had her book, Bargaining for Brooklyn, mentioned in an August 4 New York Times article about rezoning in Brooklyn.

Patrick Sharkey, New York University, discussed his research on the role of neighborhoods in residents’ personal financial sustainability in a July 29 National Public Radio Tell Me More segment. The research was also discussed in a July 27 Washington Post article.

Sudhir Venkatesh, Columbia University, and Deirdre Oakley, Georgia State University, were quoted in a June 20 New York Times article about new public housing in Atlanta. Venkatesh discussed the social contract between cities and citizens, while Oakley commented on the racial dimensions of the city’s public housing plan.

Crime, Law, and Deviance

Larry Bench, University of Utah, was cited in a June 29 Salt Lake Tribune article for his research on criminal behavior among seniors and/or the homeless. The article discussed safety concerns related to building housing for homeless seniors.

Richard Gelles, University of Pennsylvania, and Jay Corzine, University of Central Florida, were quoted in a June 17 Orlando Sentinel article about familicide. They discussed the potential reasons behind this phenomenon.

Carole Joffe, University of California-San Francisco, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on June 1 and interviewed on National Public Radio’s To the Point program about the murder of Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider from Kansas.

Rory McVeigh, University of Notre Dame, was quoted in an article about white separatists and the killing of a security guard at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The article appeared in Asahi Shimbun, a Japanese national newspaper, on June 21.

Jack Nusan Porter, The Spencer Institute, was interviewed about the Clark Rockefeller case in July by the New England Cable Network and appeared on WGBH-TV’s Greater Boston show.

Rubén G. Rumbaut, University of California-Irvine, was cited in a July 6 Reason magazine article for his research on immigration and crime. The article explored how El Paso, TX, remains a relatively safe city despite poverty and high immigration rates.

John Van Maanen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was quoted about police categorization of suspects in a July 31 Baltimore Sun column by Peter Moskos, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Ron Weitzer, George Washington University, was a guest on Minnesota Public Radio’s Morning Edition program on June 11 to discuss escort prostitution. He was quoted in a June 18 Associated Press article regarding the Rhode Island legislature’s recent effort to criminalize indoor prostitution. The article was carried by several newspapers.

Sociology of Culture

Gary Alan Fine, Northwestern University, had his book, Shared Fantasy: Role-Playing Games as Social Worlds, reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle on August 3.

Victoria Pitts-Taylor, City University of New York, was quoted about the blurring line between medicine and cosmetics in a July Marie Claire article that also appeared in the July 30 San Francisco Chronicle.

George Steinmetz, University of Michigan, was quoted in a July 14 Detroit Free Press article about filmmakers flocking to Detroit to focus on urban decay. Steinmetz said sites such as Michigan Central Station are psychologically fascinating to filmmakers and viewers as a kind of modern-day ruins.

Karen Sternheimer, University of Southern California, was quoted in a June 27 Associated Press article about the controversy surrounding Michael Jackson’s doctor in the wake of the pop artists’ death. She was also quoted in a July 14 Associated Press article about figure skating and femininity.

Sociology of Education

Karl Alexander, Johns Hopkins University, was quoted in a June 9 USA Today article about the benefits of a long school year. Alexander said that poorer children need enrichment programs over summer months to compete academically with middle-class children.

Morten Ender, United States Military Academy-West Point, had an editorial published in the June 9 issue of the Times-Record Herald newspaper, titled "My View: Don’t Close West Point, Make it a Model for Other Academies," which responded to recent economic arguments for closing military academies such as West Point and other military school houses. 

Sara Goldrick-Rab, University of Wisconsin, was quoted in a July 18 Boston Globe opinion piece about the new clout of community colleges.

Alan R. Sadovnik, Rutgers University-Newark, authored two op-eds in The Record (New Jersey): January 18 about President Obama’s education agenda and April 9 about the ongoing Abbott v. Burke decisions. He was quoted in an April 8 Newark Star Ledger article on the Newark Schools Research Collaborative and in a June 1 article in the same newspaper about the national accreditation from the Teacher Education Accreditation Council of Rutgers-Newark’s Urban Teacher Education Program.

Environment and Technology

Steven Brechin, Syracuse University, Jeffrey Broadbent, University of Minnesota, Thomas Dietz, Michigan State University-East Lansing, and Sammy Zahran, Colorado State University, were quoted and cited for their research in a July 30 article in Nature about sociology and climate change as a social problem.

Al Gedicks, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, authored an op-ed titled "The Nuclear Energy Option is Neither Safe Nor Affordable" in the La Crosse Tribune on July 13.

Sociology of Family

Andrew J. Cherlin, Johns Hopkins University, discussed his book, The Marriage-Go-Round: The State of Marriage and the Family in America Today, in a June 26 Washington Post article. He was interviewed in a July 31 BBC World Service article and podcast about the decline of divorce rates during a recession.

Brian P. Hinote, Middle Tennessee State University, discussed spanking as a traditional form of discipline in the South in July 19 articles published by United Press International and The Tennessean.

Maria Kefalas, St. Joseph’s University, discussed young fathers in a July 5 Washington Post article on the topic. She was interviewed on the July 6 National Public Radio broadcast of Tell Me More about the toll of the recession on young, low-income families.

Kelly Musick, Cornell University, and Ann Meier, University of Minnesota, were cited for their research on the impact of parental fighting on teens in a June 8 United Press International article.

Linda Waite, University of Chicago, was quoted in the August 3 New York Times about her study on marriage and health published in the September Journal of Health and Social Behavior. The study was covered in a number of news outlets nationwide.

Christine Whelan, University of Iowa, was quoted in a July 16 article about marriage trends and American’s sex lives. Whelan discussed the rapidly changing social environment.

Christopher Wildeman, University of Michigan, was cited for his research on the impact of parental imprisonment in an August 3 Huffington Post column by Phillip Cohen, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. William Julius Wilson, Harvard University, was also cited. Wildeman was quoted on the same topic in a July 4 New York Times article.

International Migration

Guillermina Jasso, New York University, was quoted in a May 29 New York Times article about the names that immigrants give their children. She discussed the sequence of giving names in the origin-country language to giving names that appear in both languages to giving names in the destination-country language.

Philip Kasinitz, CUNY Graduate Center, Mary Waters, Harvard University, and John Mollenkopf, CUNY Graduate Center, had their work on second-generation immigrants discussed in an op-ed in the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad on August 17.

Julie Stewart, University of Utah, authored a letter to the editor appearing in the June 30 issue of the Salt Lake Tribune to correct assumptions about Latinos and immigrants in general.

Labor & Labor Movements

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, authored an article posted on the Huffington Post on June 14 about human rights activists protesting sweatshops linked to the National Basketball Association.

Kim Scipes, Purdue University-North Central, published "Neo-liberal Economic Policies in the United States: The Impact of Globalization on a Northern Country" on on June 1 and "A Sociologist Critically Examines Paul Krugman’s Economics" on ZNet on June 11.

Richard Sennett, New York University, was quoted in a June 23 New York Times article about the demand for skilled labor during a recession.

Andrea Siegel, City University of New York, authored a letter to the editor published in the May issue of Vanity Fair regarding the Writers and Screen Actors Guilds’ negotiations over new media.

Latino/Latina Sociology

Christine Bose, University at Albany- SUNY, was cited in the June 14 Times Union (Albany, NY) in an article about Latino New Yorkers. Bose provided statistics about the education and earnings of Puerto Ricans in the state.

Medical Sociology

Robert Dingwall, University of Nottingham, was widely quoted in the United Kingdom print and broadcast media and a range of international and online publications, as a commentator on the influenza pandemic. This includes columns in The Times on August 17 and The Observer on August 2.

Kaye Middleton Fillmore, University of California-San Francisco, was quoted in a June 15 New York Times article about the accuracy of studies related to the benefits of alcohol consumption.

Sociology of Mental Health

Augustine Kposowa, University of California-Riverside, was cited for his research on trends in the timing of suicides in a July 8 USA Today article. His findings were also covered by the Associated Press.

David R. Segal, University of Maryland, was quoted in a July 11 Kansas City Star article regarding the impact of multiple deployments on alcoholism, PTSD, and suicide in the military.

Henry Steadman, Policy Research Associates, was quoted about the improvement outcomes for offenders who went through mental health courts in a July 17 Minnesota Public Radio article.

Yang Yang, University of Chicago, was cited for her research on happiness and aging in a July 19 New York Times editorial.

Organizations, Occupations and Work

Thomas Cottle, Boston University, was quoted in an August 3 Reuters article about the costs—human and economic—of a recession. Cottle is author of Hardest Times: The Trauma of Long Term Unemployment.

Cedric Herring, University of Illinois-Chicago, had his research on diversity in the workplace featured in several media outlets. "Does Diversity Pay? Race, Gender, and the Business Case for Diversity" appeared in the April 2009 American Sociological Review.

Christine Percheski, Harvard University, had her June 2008 American Sociological Review study about women in the workforce cited in a July 9 Time magazine article about Sarah Palin’s resignation.

Kate Strully, University at Albany-SUNY, and Sarah Burgard, University of Michigan, were cited in the June 29 issue of Miller-McCune’s newsletter for their research on job loss.

Political Economy of the World System

Ho-fung Hung, Indiana University-Bloomington, was interviewed and cited in Valor Econômico, a financial newspaper in Brazil, for a June 15 article on how Brazil, Russia, India, and China will collaborate to reshape the global economic and political order under the framework of regular "BRIC summit."

Political Sociology

Kazem Alamdari, California State University-Northridge, was quoted in an August 3 article about Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s second term.

Said A. Arjomand, State University of New York-Stony Brook, was quoted about the Iranian opposition leader Mir Hussein Moussavi and the Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in June 21 and June 24 New York Times articles.

Andrew A. Beveridge, Queens College, was quoted in a June 29 New York Times "City Room" blog post about population shifts and redistricting.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, authored a June 10 Jewish Journal cover story about Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in response to a Los Angeles magazine article assessing the mayor’s first term.

Elham Gheytanchi, Santa Monica College, authored an editorial in the June 29 San Francisco Chronicle about the role of women in Iranian political protest.

Ahmad Sadri, Lake Forest College, was quoted in the June 11 Boston Globe about the Iranian political system.

Paul Starr, Princeton University, was quoted about Americans’ ability to evaluate healthcare reform in an August 4 Wall Street Journal article.

Race, Gender, and Class

Elijah Anderson, Yale University, had his book, Against the Wall: Poor, Young, Black, and Male, reviewed in The Philadelphia Inquirer on June 28.

Katrina Bell McDonald, Johns Hopkins University, discussed relations among black women in a July 23 National Public Radio Tell Me More segment.

William Julius Wilson, Harvard University, was a guest on a June 15 Minnesota Public Radio broadcast about race and poverty. Wilson discussed his book More Than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Jack Levin, Northeastern University, was quoted in a July 22 Inside Higher Ed article about the arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Philip Kasinitz, CUNY Graduate Center, and Natasha Warikoo, Harvard University, were quoted in a June 18 New York Times "City Room" blog post about the reaction among Indo-Caribbean immigrants to the passing of Pandit Prakash Gosain, a prominent Indo-Caribbean religious leader.

Devah Pager, Princeton University, had her research on race, criminal convictions, and employment referenced in a June 15 New York Times editorial about "driving while black."

Orlando Patterson, Harvard University, was quoted in a July 26 Washington Post article about persisting segregation in the United States in an article about the arrest of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Jack Nusan Porter, The Spencer Institute, appeared on WCVB-TV in July to discuss the Henry Louis Gates incident near Harvard University.

Sociology of Religion

Jack Nusan Porter, The Spencer Institute, was interviewed in July by several media outlets, including the Boston Globe, on Muslim-Jewish relations regarding the building of new mosque in Boston.

Science, Knowledge, and Technology

Nicholas Christakis, Harvard University, and Damon Centola, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, were quoted about the field of network science in a July 24 article in Science magazine’s "Science Careers" column.

Sandra Hanson, Catholic University of America, said that the culture of science is often associated with white men in a July 22 Inside Higher Ed article about a congressional hearing surrounding women in science.

Willie Pearson Jr., Georgia Institute of Technology, was quoted about science education in the June 12 issue of Science magazine.

Social Psychology

Steven Ortiz, Oregon State University, was quoted in a July 17 article about the death of football player Steve McNair. Ortiz said that "spoiled athlete syndrome" leads athletes to feel that they are above any responsibility for their actions off the field.

Sociology of Sex and Gender

C. Lynn Carr, Seton Hall University, was quoted in a June 19 article about sex change operations. Carr said that the issue of gender can be misunderstood.

Shelley J. Correll, Stanford University, Stephen J. Benard, Indiana University, and In Paik, Cornell University, had their research on the motherhood penalty detailed in a June 11 article in the Examiner newspaper.

C.J. Pascoe, Colorado College, and Barbara J. Risman, University of Illinois-Chicago, were quoted in an April 16 post on the New York Times "Domestic Disturbances" blog about why some boys call other boys "gay." Risman also had her research on contemporary middle school girls detailed in April 19 USA Today and Chicago Sun-Times articles.

Sociology of Sexualities

Pepper Schwartz, University of Washington, discussed the gender issues surrounding South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford’s reported affair in a June 27 Los Angeles Times article. She was quoted about seniors and dating in a July 19 Washington Post column.

David R. Segal, University of Maryland, was quoted in the National Newspaper on May 21 regarding the impact on military recruiting if the ban on openly gay soldiers was lifted. He was quoted in the Herald-Sun (Durham, NC) on July 12 and in a July 13 Washington Post article regarding how America’s allies deal with the issue of gays in the military.

Judith Treas, University of California-Irvine, was quoted June 25 in a U.S. News & World Report article on the extramarital affairs of American politicians.

Teaching and Learning

Roberta Spalter-Roth, American Sociological Association, was quoted about the ASA brief, "What’s Happening in Your Department with Assessment," in a July 2 Inside Higher Ed story.

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Jeffrey C. Alexander, Yale University, will be awarded The Foundation Mattei Dogan Prize in Sociology by the International Sociological Association. The prize is awarded every four years in recognition of lifetime accomplishments to a scholar of very high standing in the profession and of outstanding international reputation. The $5,000 prize will be presented at the World Congress of Sociology in Gothenberg, Sweden, in July 2010.

William Avison, University of Western Ontario, has been named the 2009 recipient of the Leonard I. Pearlin Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Sociological Study of Mental Health.

Talja Blokland, Humboldt University, was awarded the Sage Best Paper in Sociology 2008 award for her paper "Facing Violence: Every Day Risks in an American Housing Project."

Brigitte H. Bechtold, Central Michigan University, received the Charles Horton Cooley Award for Scholarly Contributions to Sociology from the Michigan Sociological Association.

Christian J. Churchill, St. Thomas Aquinas College, was awarded the 2009 Plumsock Prize from the New York Freudian Society for his paper "Treating the Subject: Toward Common Ground in Psychoanalysis and Ethnography."

Georgiann Davis, University of Illinois-Chicago, was awarded the 2009 Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was jointly awarded by Sociologists for Women in Society, Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the American Sociological Association.

Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, was awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award in Qualitative Inquiry from the International Association of Qualitative Inquiry.

David O. Moberg, Marquette University, was awarded the Berton H. Kaplan Award for distinguished service from the Society for Spirituality, Theology, and Health.

Anthony Orum, University of Illinois-Chicago, has been named the winner of the Robert and Helen Lynd Award for Lifetime Achievement and Service from the ASA Community and Urban Sociology Section.

Harland Prechel, Texas A&M University, was a recipient of the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching at Texas A&M University.

Larry T. Reynolds, Central Michigan University, received the Marvin Olsen Award for Distinguished Service to Sociology in Michigan from the Michigan Sociological Association.

Jennifer Stewart, Grand Valley State University, received the Larry T. Reynolds Award for Outstanding Teaching of Sociology from the Michigan Sociological Association.

Andrea Willson and Kim Shuey, both of University of Western Ontario, and Glen Elder, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, were awarded the Outstanding Research Award by the ASA Section on Aging and the Life Course for their paper published in the American Journal of Sociology, "Cumulative Advantage Processes as Mechanisms of Inequality in Life Course Health."

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Talja Blokland was appointed the Chair in Urban and Regional Sociology at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.

Richard (Ricardo) A. Dello Buono is the incoming Chair of the Sociology Department at Manhattan College in New York.

April Cubbage has accepted a tenure-track position in sociology at Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo.

Stefanie DeLuca, Johns Hopkins University, was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the department of sociology on July 1, 2009.

Christine Himes has been named the next director of Syracuse University’s Center for Policy Research within the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Kevin Lamarr James, University of Illinois-Chicago, accepted a position at Indiana University-South Bend for the 2009-2010 academic year as the first Director of the Civil Rights Heritage Center at the Engman Natatorium.

Robert L. (Bob) Kaufman has been named Professor and Chair of the department of sociology at Temple University.

Carla A. Pfeffer will be joining the Purdue University-North Central Social Sciences Department as an Assistant Professor of Sociology in fall 2009.

Victor Roudometof, University of Cyprus, was promoted to Associate Professor in the department of social and political sciences.

Bill Winders, Georgia Institute of Technology, was promoted to Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of History, Technology, & Society.

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Gabriel Acevedo, University of Texas-San Antonio, is one of 10 tenure-track faculty members in Texas to receive research grants totaling $150,000 from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. The one-year grants are capped at $15,000 each.

Nosheen Ali, Cornell University, has been awarded a 2009 American Council of Learned Societies fellowship.

Jeffrey R. Breese recently joined Rockhurst University as Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Dan A Chekki, University of Winnipeg, is celebrating his 40th year as a member of the ASA.

Enrique Codas, University of Maryland-Baltimore, has retired after 38 years at UMD-Baltimore and after 45 of teaching and research in social science. He published a farewell essay, "Trajectory: Social Science, Social Work and Human Condition," and was the Marshal at Graduation Commencement in June 2009.

Donald Light, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, has been appointed by Stanford University as the Lorry Lokey Visiting Professor in human biology and international health policy for 2009-2010. He was the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor in England at the University of Liverpool in 2008.

Stephen J. Morewitz, Stephen J. Morewitz, PhD, & Associates, had his book, Stalking and Violence: New Patterns of Trauma and Obsession, placed on the Barnes & Bestsellers in Social Sciences, Criminology, and Criminal Psychology. He is also is a character in Victoria Redel’s novel, The Border of Truth, which is about a daughter’s quest to uncover her father’s secret past as a refugee from Nazi Europe.

Alejandro Portes, Princeton University, was elected to the American Philosophical Society membership at its April meeting. He was the only sociologist among the 35 new members.

Jennifer Rothchild, University of Minnesota-Morris, has been awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor. She was also appointed the coordinator of the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Program.

Alan R. Sadovnik, Rutgers University-Newark, has been named co-director of the new Newark Schools Research Collaborative, a joint venture of Rutgers-Newark and the Newark Public Schools.

John M. Steiner, Sonoma State University, was featured in a documentary produced by Hamburg Der Spiegel Television, titled "The Faces of Evil: Hitler’s Hangmen." He assumed a leading role in the film as survivor and researcher of former members of the SS. The theme of the documentary is largely based on the experience of two survivors of the Holocaust (Steiner being one) and a historical portrayal and socio-psychological analysis of SS perpetrators.

J. Samuel Valenzuela, University of Notre Dame, was recognized on the website of Centro de Estudios Públicos for his role in co-organizing a 1983 conference which the site described as a milestone in Chilean democracy.

Doris Wilkinson, University of Kentucky, was honored as one of the state’s most outstanding women by the Kentucky Commission on Women. Her portrait joins those of women who were recognized for their lifetime achievements in the Kentucky Women Remembered exhibit at the state capitol.

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New Books

Edgar F. Borgatta, University of Washington, Freedom in Sociology, edited by Alberto Gasparini and Bruno Tellia (ISIG, 2008).

Valencia Campbell, Decision Research, Advice from the Top: What Minority Women Say about Their Career Success (Praeger, 2009).

Allison C. Carey, Shippensburg University, On the Margins of Citizenship: Intellectual Disability and Civil Rights in Twentieth Century America (Temple University Press, 2009).

Camille Z. Charles, University of Pennsylvania, Mary J. Fischer, University of Connecticut, Margarita A. Mooney, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Douglas S. Massey, Princeton University, Taming the River: Negotiating the Academic, Financial, and Social Currents in Selective Colleges and Universities (Princeton University Press, 2009).

Jessie Daniels, Hunter College, Cyber Racism: White Supremacy Online and the New Attack on Civil Rights (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009).

Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, Qualitative Inquiry Under Fire: Toward a New Paradigm Dialogue (Left Coast, 2009).

Frank Dobbin, Harvard University, Inventing Equal Opportunity (Princeton University Press, 2009).

Mary Grigsby, University of Missouri, College Life Through the Eyes of Students (SUNY, 2009).

Chester Hartman, and Gregory D. Squires, George Washington University, Eds., The Integration Debate: Competing Futures for American Cities (Routlegde, 2010).

Leslie Irvine, University of Colorado, Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters (Temple University Press, 2009).

Cheryl Y. Judice, Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate and Northwestern University, Interracial Marriages between Black Women and White Men (Cambria, 2008).

Robert Perrucci and Carolyn C. Perrucci, Purdue University, America at Risk: The Crisis of Hope, Trust, and Caring (Rowman and Littlefield, 2009).

David Stark, Columbia University, The Sense of Dissonance: Accounts of Worth in Economic Life (Princeton University Press, 2009).

Nico Stehr, Zeppelin Universität, and Hans von Storch, GKSS Research Centre and Universität Hamburg, Climate and Society: Climate as Resource, Climate as Risk (World Scientific, 2009).

Richard Swedberg, Cornell University, Tocqueville’s Political Economy (Princeton University Press, 2009).

Bill Winders, Georgia Institute of Technology, The Politics of Food Supply: U.S. Agricultural Policy in the World Economy (Yale University Press, 2009).

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Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library is pleased to announce that the papers of Robert K. Merton (1910–2003) will be available for research in August 2009. Robert K. Merton, known for creating concepts such as the self-fulfilling prophecy and role model, was one of the most notable sociologists of the twentieth century. Merton’s papers chronicle his longstanding tenure with Columbia University’s Sociology Department as well as general professional affiliations, studies and projects, writings, and research endeavors. The collection contains primary source material documenting Merton’s significant contributions to 20th century sociological theory through correspondence with key sociologists. For more information, visit

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Caught in the Web

The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is an open-source database including information on terrorist events around the world from 1970 through 2007 (with annual updates planned for the future). The GTD includes systematic data on domestic as well as transnational and international terrorist incidents that have occurred during this time period and now includes more than 80,000 cases. The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism is making the GTD available online in an effort to increase understanding of terrorist violence so that it can be more readily studied and defeated. For more information, visit

The National Center for Education Statistics recently released Achievement Gaps: How Black and White Students in Public Schools Perform in Mathematics and Reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which provides detailed information on the size of the achievement gaps between black and white students at both the national and state level and how those achievement gaps have changed over time. Most of the data in this report is derived from the results of the 2007 main NAEP assessments and is supplemented with data from the long-term trend assessments. For more information, visit

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New Programs

Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies, California State University-San Bernardino. The Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSUSB) will be the primary site for a series of innovative and productive programs for the study of American Indians and for partnerships with local, national, and international Indigenous Peoples. The Center will conduct research, facilitate instructional programs with service learning, coordinate academic activities and interact on at least four levels of indigenous peoples, contributing to the development of knowledge and advancement of social justice issues. CSUSB will provide leadership and support for these studies in California and nationally, with emphasis on developing these studies with a broad globalization perspective. The Center is still in a developmental stage. Contacts: Program activities: James Fenelon, (909) 537-7291; or Thomas Long, (909) 537-3791; Funding and support: Enrique Gonzalez-Salgado, (909) 537-7363;

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