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Erik Olin Wright
Erik Olin Wright, University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been elected to serve as the 103rd President of the American Sociological Association (ASA) for 2011-2012. Edward Telles, of Princeton University has been elected Vice President-elect. Wright and Telles will assume their respective offices in August of 2011, following a year of service as President-elect and Vice President-elect. Wright and the 2012 Program Committee are responsible for shaping the ASA Annual Meeting, which will be held August 17-20, 2012, in Denver, CO. As ASA President, Wright will serve as Chair of the ASA Council, which governs the association and its policies.
Cathryn Johnson and Karen A. Hegtvedt
Karen A. Hegtvedt and Cathryn Johnson, both Professors of Sociology at Emory University, will be the next editors of Social Psychology Quarterly. Their three-year term begins in August 2010 and follows the editorship of Gary Alan Fine.
Karen and Cathy will be the first co-editors of SPQ since our co-editorship of the journal from 1996 to 2000. At that time, no ASA journal had ever been co-edited, and many questions were raised about how we would make decisions about manuscripts and resolve differences of opinion. Now, of course, co-editorships of ASA journals have become quite common.
Sociologist Jodi O’Brien recently found herself the center of controversy when, on May 6, 2010, Marquette University rescinded an offer to O’Brien to serve as dean of its College of Arts and Science, fueling accusations that the university did so after learning she was a lesbian who wrote about sexuality. O’Brien is an openly gay feminist who studies gender, sexuality, and religion, among other subjects.
O’Brien, currently the chair of the Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work at Seattle University, a Roman Catholic university, accepted the offer made by Marquette, another Roman Catholic university run by Jesuits in Milwaukee. Then the offer was abruptly withdrawn.
The American Sociological Association and the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) are pleased to introduce the five new Fellows who comprise MFP Cohort 37. The MFP Advisory Panel met this past spring in Washington, DC, to review the highly competitive pool of applications. MFP Cohort 37 consists of PhD candidates with strong and diverse socioligical research interests. The new Fellows will officially begin their participation on August 1, 2010.
They will attend the 2010 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, where they will take part in a day-long orientation that will include a brief history of the ASA and a series of presentations by sociologists (including several former Fellows) with expertise in a variety of research areas. The new Fellows will also participate in a number of required sessions and workshops and have the opportunity to network with sociologists with similar research interests from across the country and abroad. At the Annual Meeting, they will attend MFP-sponsored events including a breakfast meeting with all currently active Fellows on Saturday, August 14 and a professional workshop co-sponsored by MFP on Sunday, August 15. They will also be introduced individually and as a group at the MFP Benefit Reception on Monday, August 16.