Candidates for ASA Section Leadership

Below are the nominations for each elected office in the section. Many thanks to Caroline Lee and Richard Lachmann for their work on the nominations committee. The candidates in alphabetical order by last names are as follows:
 
Chair (elect 1)
Bart Bonikowski, Harvard
Richard Lachmann, SUNY Albany
 
Council (elect 2)
Rachel Best, University of Michigan
David Brady, University of California, Riverside
Daniel Laurison, Swarthmore
Jeremy Levine, University of Michigan
Anthony Spires, University of Melbourne
 
Treasurer (elect 1)
Stephanie Mudge, University of California, Davis
Rima Wilkes, University of British Columbia

Section Awards, Committees, and Deadlines

The Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award in Political Sociology:

The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2018.

This award is given annually to the outstanding recent book in political sociology (we will not consider edited books for this award). To be eligible, the book must have a 2017 copyright date. The selection committee encourages self-nominations or suggestions of work by others. Nominations from publishers will not be accepted. To nominate a book for this award:

(1) Send a short letter (via e-mail) nominating the book to each committee member below and

(2) Have a copy of the book sent to each committee member, at the addresses below.

 

Chair: Jennifer Hsu, jhsu@ualberta.ca

Visiting Fellow, Department of Social Policy

2nd Floor, Old Building

London School of Economics and Political Science

Houghton Street,

London WC2A 2AE UK

 

Cristian Mora, cmora@berkeley.edu

410 Barrows Hall

Sociology Department

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA 94720-1980 USA

 

Xiaohong Xu socxuxh@nus.edu.sg

Department of Sociology, AS1 #04-18

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

National University of Singapore

Singapore 117570

 

Meghan Kallman, Meghan_Kallman@umb.edu

93 Capwell Ave

Pawtucket, RI 02860. USA

 

Rima Wilkes, wilkesr@mail.ubc.ca

Department of Sociology

University of British Columbia

6303 NW Marine Drive

Vancouver, BC V6T1Z1 Canada

 

Nick Wilson, Yale University, nicholas.wilson@stonybrook.edu

Department of Sociology

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Stony Brook, NY 11794 USA

 

The winner will be notified and announced prior to the ASA meetings allowing presses to advertise the prize-winning book.

 

The Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship for an Article or Chapter Award for Political Sociology. The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2018.

This award is offered annually for the outstanding recently published article or chapter in political sociology. To be eligible, submissions must have a 2017 publication date. The selection committee encourages either self-nominations or suggestions of work by others. (Please note that each author may have only one article nominated.) Please submit the following to the selection committee at their email addresses listed below:

(1) A brief nomination letter and

(2) A copy of the article or chapter.

The Best Article or Book Chapter Award Committee:

Chair: Elizabeth Popp Berman, University at Albany, SUNY, epberman@albany.edu

Dana Fisher, University of Maryland, drfisher@umd.edu

Paul Chang, Harvard University, paulchang@fas.harvard.edu

Joseph Harris, Boston University, josephh@bu.edu

David Jacobs, Ohio State University, Jacobs.184@osu.edu

The winners will be notified and announced prior to the ASA meetings.

 

Best Graduate Student Paper Award. The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2018.

This award is offered annually for the best graduate student paper in political sociology. Persons who were graduate students at any time during calendar year 2017 are invited to submit published or unpublished papers for this award. To be eligible, papers must be either single authored or co-authored by two or more graduate students. Articles co-authored (and/or subsequently published jointly) by a faculty and a student are not eligible. Please note that each author may have only one article nominated. Please submit:

(1) A brief nomination letter,

(2) A copy of the article or chapter

All materials should be sent to each selection committee member at the e-mail addresses below.

The Graduate Paper Award Committee:

Chair: Cybelle Fox, University at California, Berkeley cfox@berkeley.edu

Hana Brown, Wake Forest University, brownhe@wfu.edu

Yan Long, Indiana University, ylong@indiana.edu

Camilo Leslie, Tulane University cleslie1@tulane.edu

The winners will be notified and announced prior to the ASA meetings.

 

(Proposed) “The Distinguished Career Award in Political Sociology.” This award will be made pending the section’s approval in a vote this spring. The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2018.

“The Distinguished Career Award recognizes and celebrates a lifetime of contributions to the area(s) of political sociology. Nominations will be judged on the depth and breadth of the scholar’s impact on political sociology over the course of their career. Nominees must be at least a quarter of a century beyond graduating with their Ph.D.  Section members may nominate a distinguished scholar by sending:

(1) A letter (PDF or MSWord) of nomination, which outlines the candidate’s scholarly contributions to the field and provides assurance of the candidate’s willingness to be nominated;

(2) A copy of the candidate’s most recent curriculum vitae, and

(3) The full contact information for the nominee (including email address), to the nominating committee below.

To receive full consideration, nominations must be submitted by March 1st, 2018.”

The Distinguished Career Award Committee:

Chair: Thomas Janoski, University at Kentucky, tjanos@uky.edu

Richard Lachman, University at Albany, State University of New York

rlachmann@albany.edu

Caroline Lee, Lafayette College, leecw@lafayette.edu

The winner will be notified and announced prior to the ASA meetings.

New book on religion and political movements in the US

Braunstein, Ruth. 2017. Prophets and Patriots: Faith in Democracy Across the Political Divide. University of California Press.

Prophets and Patriots coverProphets and Patriots takes readers inside two of the most active populist movements of the Obama era and highlights cultural convergences and contradictions at the heart of American political life. In the wake of the Great Recession and amid rising discontent with government responsiveness to ordinary citizens, the book follows participants in two very different groups—a progressive faith-based community organization and a conservative Tea Party group—as they set out to become active and informed citizens, put their faith into action, and hold government accountable. Both groups viewed themselves as the latest in a long line of prophetic voices and patriotic heroes who were carrying forward the promise of the American democratic project. Yet the ways in which each group put this common vision into practice reflected very different understandings of American democracy and citizenship.

New Book: The Poor’s Struggle for Political Incorporation

Rossi, Federico M. 2017. The Poor’s Struggle for Political Incorporation: The Piquetero Movement in Argentina. Cambridge University Press.

The Poor's Struggle coverThis book offers an innovative perspective on the ever-widening gap between the poor and the state in Latin American politics. It presents a comprehensive analysis of the main social movement that mobilized the poor and unemployed people of Argentina to end neoliberalism and to attain incorporation into a more inclusive and equal society. The piquetero (picketer) movement is the largest movement of unemployed people in the world. This movement has transformed Argentine politics to the extent of becoming part of the governing coalition for more than a decade. Rossi argues that the movement has been part of a long-term struggle by the poor for socio-political participation in the polity after having been excluded by authoritarian regimes and neoliberal reforms. He conceptualizes this process as a wave of incorporation, exploring the characteristics of this major redefinition of politics in Latin America.

Job Posting: Political Sociology at Florida State University

The Department of Sociology (http://coss.fsu.edu/sociology) invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position, effective August 2018. We are looking for a scholar with expertise in political sociology and/or social policy who will build on our department’s strengths in inequalities and social justice, health and aging, and demography. Those who study the US or international contexts are equally encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit a letter of application indicating their relevant research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references. Materials should be sent in PDF format to sociology@fsu.edu by September 30, 2017. Questions may be directed to the department chair (jrreynolds@fsu.edu).

Florida State University is a Carnegie Foundation-classified Research I institution. Among its 42,000 students are 8,500 graduate students pursuing over 200 programs of study. Tallahassee is Florida’s capital city, with a metropolitan population of over 375,000. Its principal employers are state government and three higher education institutions, including an HBCU. Florida State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and we strongly encourage racial/ethnic minority applicants to apply.

Call for a New ASA Section: Sociology of Reproduction

Are you interested in forming an ASA Section on the Sociology of Reproduction? An increasing number of sociologists are studying reproduction by conducting research on topics such as pregnancy, labor, birth, abortion, contraception, prenatal testing, assisted reproductive technologies, and infertility. Further, the sociological study of reproduction is a critical place of feminist research. Here are a few reasons why an ASA Section on the Sociology of Reproduction is a good idea:

  • According to ASA, “Sections are great for networking with your colleagues and keeping up to date with new developments in your field. Sections write newsletters, conduct panels, receptions and sessions at the Annual Meeting, and connect their members daily through listservs, websites and social media outlets.”
  • ASA sections have official recognition as legitimate areas of sociological inquiry, which helps individuals pitch new courses to teach, request new faculty positions, and legitimate their own research agenda within the area.
  • There is a proposal before the ASA Council to increase the number of sessions controlled by the sections. Such a shift, which appears to have the support of ASA staff, would make it increasingly unlikely that we would be able to continue getting 4-5 regular ASA sessions (as we did in 2017), but also more likely that small sections, such as a section on the Sociology of Reproduction, would be able to get more than the 2 ASA sessions currently promised.

To form a new section, we need to collect 200 signatures of current ASA members on a petition in which the signer agrees, if the section is formed, to pay dues to the section for two years. Dues are typically $5-$10/year.

You can sign the petition with this link: https://tamu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_abjSjMaV21ppG17.

Please encourage other interested ASA members, including graduate students, to sign, too!

For questions, please feel free to email any of the organizers:

Danielle Bessett: danielle.bessett@uc.edu
Shannon Carter: skcarter@ucf.edu
Theresa Morris: theresa.morris@tamu.edu
Louise Roth: lroth@email.arizona.edu
Carrie Lee Smith: Carrie.Smith@millersville.edu

Grant Opportunity: Negotiating Agreement in Congress

The Negotiating Agreement in Congress Research Grants are aimed at scholars who seek to understand the conditions under which political negotiation can be achieved (or not achieved) in Congress and other legislative arenas. The grants provide up to $10,000 of funding for each awardee, to be used for up to one year of research and writing. Applicants must have a PhD in hand by the application deadline and must hold an affiliation with a college or university based in the United States. For more information, please visit www.ssrc.org/nacg or contact democracy@ssrc.org.

Deadline: Sept 15

Eligibility: Applicants must have a PhD in hand by the application deadline and must hold an affiliation with a college or university based in the United States. Additional criteria can be found on our website.

Call for Papers: Non-union class struggles from below

ISA session being organized — “Non-union class struggles from below” — Session of the ISA World Congress of Sociology, July 2018, Toronto. Organized by Marcel Paret (University of Utah and University of Johannesburg)

While many observers lament the declining significance and political power of organized labor, unions were never the only protagonists of resistance from below. Historical accounts include numerous examples of struggles by working classes and other economically marginalized groups. Similar examples of non-union resistance from below are rampant in the contemporary period of widespread economic insecurity. Groups that scholars consider to be especially “precarious” or even “surplus” to global capitalism – the unemployed, part-time and temporary workers, those eking out a living through “informal” activities, etc. – are prominent within these struggles. These struggles from below often connect economic demands to issues of citizenship, nationalism, and community.

This session will focus on class struggles from below, broadly defined but excluding struggles by capitalists and elites, that are taking place outside of formal union organizations. While maintaining emphasis on class-related demands and issues such as wages, land, and basic livelihood, relevant struggles may include significant or even dominant non-class dimensions (e.g. citizenship). Informal social networks, community-based organizations, political parties, or other non-union entities are also relevant. The goal is to highlight and contrast non-union class struggles in different parts of the globe, with attention to the influence of varying local, national, and regional contexts.

Relevant themes may include, but are not limited to:

  • protests and riots by the urban poor;
  • mobilization by, for, and against migrants;
  • struggles by indigenous groups;
  • class dimensions of nationalist movements;
  • Occupy-type movements against austerity and economic inequality;
  • middle class movements;
  • peasant movements and/or struggles against land dispossession;
  • organization by self-employed workers or independent contractors;
  • political party mobilization;
  • workplace resistance by non-unionized workers;
  • worker centers and other community-based worker organizations.

To submit a paper to this session, please go to the following link: https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/wc2018/webprogrampreliminary/Session10931.html. Click the “Submit an Abstract to this Session” button to upload your submission. You will need to create an account with ISA if you do not have one already.

This session will be organized as a roundtable, and is listed in the program under “RC44 Roundtable”. Please direct any questions to Marcel Paret at marcelparet@gmail.com.

New Book: Charles Tilly Reader

Ernesto Castañeda & Cathy Lisa Schneider. 2017. Collective Violence, Contentious Politics, and Social Change: A Charles Tilly Reader. Routledge.

Tilly Reader coverCharles Tilly is among the most influential American sociologists of the last century. For the first time, his pathbreaking work on a wide array of topics is available in one comprehensive reader. This manageable and readable volume brings together many highlights of Tilly’s large and important oeuvre, covering his contribution to the following areas: revolutions and social change; war, state making, and organized crime; democratization; durable inequality; political violence; migration, race, and ethnicity; narratives and explanations.

The book connects Tilly’s work on large-scale social processes such as nation-building and war to his work on micro processes such as racial and gender discrimination. It includes selections from some of Tilly’s earliest, influential, and out of print writings, including The Vendée; Coercion, Capital and European States; the classic “War Making and State Making as Organized Crime;” and his more recent and lesser-known work, including that on durable inequality, democracy, poverty, economic development, and migration. Together, the collection reveals Tilly’s complex, compelling, and distinctive vision and helps place the contentious politics approach Tilly pioneered with Sidney Tarrow and Doug McAdam into broader context. The editors abridge key texts and, in their introductory essay, situate them within Tilly’s larger opus and contemporary intellectual debates. The chapters serve as guideposts for those who wish to study his work in greater depth or use his methodology to examine the pressing issues of our time. Read together, they provide a road map of Tilly’s work and his contribution to the fields of sociology, political science, history, and international studies. This book belongs in the classroom and in the library of social scientists, political analysts, cultural critics, and activists.