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  1. ASA Awards Four FAD Grants to Advance Sociology

    The American Sociological Association (ASA) is pleased to announce four awards from the December 2016 round of proposals to the Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD), a small-grants program. The FAD program is jointly funded by ASA and the Sociology Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Applications are reviewed by an advisory panel composed of ASA Council members.

  2. A Few Reasons to Attend the ASA Annual Meeting in Montreal

    The People—In addition to catching up with colleagues, peers, and mentors, see some great speakers such as Ta’Nehisi Coates, correspondent for The Atlantic; Nancy Fraser, Professor of political science and philosophy at The New School; and more.

  3. Council Establishes Task Force on First-Generation and Working-Class People in Sociology

    In response to a request from a group of ASA members, Council has voted to establish a Task Force on First-Generation and Working-Class People in Sociology. 

    The charge to this Task Force is to:

  4. Special Call for Proposals: Sociological Research on the Effects of Concealed Carry on College Campuses

    Application Deadline: July 15

    ASA Council has approved funding for a one-time Call for Proposals of $24,000 to support small, groundbreaking sociological research projects examining the effects of guns on college campuses. It is hoped that this fund can provide seed money for projects that will advance knowledge on this understudied topic.

  5. Departmental Performance Metrics and the University Audit Culture

    In recent discussions with sociological colleagues who work in universities across the United States, in both research- and teaching-oriented institutions, two related topics come up. One is the rise of “performance metrics” that are used to assess faculty performance, and the other involves questions about tenure processes and standards, and whether those are equitable. These topics have intersected in the recent past at my university, and I describe here how we responded.

  6. Sociologist Matthew Desmond Receives Pulitzer Prize

    Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City received the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in the General Nonfiction category. By Harvard sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond, Evicted was awarded for being “a deeply researched exposé that showed how mass evictions after the 2008 economic crash were less a consequence than a cause of poverty.” In his critically acclaimed book, Desmond details the circumstances in the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge.