My Reflections on Patterson

By Dr. Julia McQuillan, Guest Blog Contributor Several exchanges that I’ve had with physical scientists in a broad range of fields, plus working on identifying internship opportunities for our undergraduate sociology majors, have made me think hard about promoting and applying sociology. Orlando Patterson’s recent Chronicle of Higher Education article titled “How Sociologists Made Themselves […]

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“Three Missouri Mikes” in NYC on October 23rd:

Come see a panel discussion co-sponsored by Contexts Magazine on “Three Missouri Mikes” moderated by Contexts board member and Guardian columnist Steven Thrasher. Buzzfeed editor Saeed Jones, Buzzfeed writer Joel Anderson, WNYC reporter Arun Venugopal, and Yale graduate student Keahnan Washington will discuss how the American media covered Michael Sam (the first openly gay NFL […]

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Social Science Matters

In late April 2014 the National Science Board (NSB), which is the governing board of the National Science Foundation, submitted a highly unusual statement to Congress in response to pending FIRST Act legislation. The NSB argued that the FIRST Act’s “specification of budget allocations to each NSF Directorate would significantly impede NSF’s flexibility to deploy […]

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Opposing Letters on Salaita

Earlier this month, ASA elected leaders sent two opposing letters to Dr. Phyllis Wise, UIUC chancellor, regarding the decision to not hire Dr. Steven G. Salaita as a faculty member at the University of Illinois. These letters and the circumstances of their submission have generated discussion among ASA members in social media and in the […]

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ASR study on “Citizenship and Punishment” on NPR

NPR’s report on Purdue University sociologist Michael T. Light’s October American Sociological Review study, “Citizenship and Punishment: The Salience of National Membership in U.S. Criminal Courts,” aired this morning around 5:30 a.m. ET. The study, whose co-authors include the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Michael Massoglia and Ohio State University’s Ryan D. King, found that non-Americans in […]

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ASA Annual Meeting Concerns

Some ASA members have signed a petition asking Council to review its policies about the timing and location of Annual Meetings and the cost of attending. A subcommittee of Council has been formed to bring recommendations to Council at its winter 2015 meeting. We encourage additional member input here; the petition is at www.change.org/p/american-sociological-association-more-inclusive-scheduling-of-annual-meetings

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