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Released: 26-Sep-2022 11:15 AM EDT
Legacy Preference: New Study Delves into What Drives Colleges’ Continued Use of the Practice
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Authors of a new study investigate what drives colleges to give preferential treatment during the admissions process to the children of alumni, as well as how such legacy preferences may contribute to or undermine key organizational strategies and objectives.

Released: 28-Jul-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Party Animals: A New Study on Retirement Timing by Federal Judges
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Recent high-profile court decisions have renewed claims that federal judges are “politicians in robes” rather than disinterested courtroom umpires. Researchers long ago turned to the “politicized departure hypothesis” (PDH) to test political behavior by judges. The authors of this new research observe that previously unnoticed data patterns permit new statistical tests to help determine if federal judges are influenced by politics while in office.

Released: 22-Jun-2022 5:05 PM EDT
ASA Annual Meeting, Aug. 5-9, Los Angeles; Press Registration Open
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Sociologists to Explore Topics of Gun Violence, Policing, Housing Insecurity, Abortion Rights, and More at ASA Annual Meeting, Aug. 5-9, Los Angeles; Press Registration Open

Released: 15-Jun-2022 11:15 AM EDT
American Sociological Association Honors Leaders in the Discipline
American Sociological Association (ASA)

The American Sociological Association proudly announces the 2022 award recipients, the highest honors the association confers.

Released: 2-Jun-2022 12:05 PM EDT
Joya Misra Elected 115th ASA President; Jennifer A. Reich Voted Vice President
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Joya Misra, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, has been elected the 115th President of the American Sociological Association. Jennifer A. Reich, University of Colorado-Denver, has been elected ASA Vice President.

Released: 17-May-2022 1:40 PM EDT
Exploitation, Corporate Responsibility, or State Regulation? A New Study on Public Perceptions of Global Supply Chains
American Sociological Association (ASA)

The pandemic has contributed to an increased awareness of global supply chains, and people are increasingly concerned about labor exploitation and environmental degradation in the making of consumer products.

Released: 18-Mar-2022 10:55 AM EDT
What Role Does Sexuality Play in the Academic Gender Gap?
American Sociological Association (ASA)

The question of how gender shapes academic performance has been a subject of study for several decades, revealing “the rise of women” in education and defining a “new gender gap” in education that primarily refers to boys’ academic underperformance. But in documenting these patterns, scholars have largely ignored one critical axis of inequality: Sexuality.

Released: 27-Jan-2022 2:55 PM EST
Beyond Big Pharma
American Sociological Association (ASA)

The prescription opioid crisis is often discussed as a result of Big Pharma's greed, but a complete understanding of opioid overprescription requires attention to other factors, such as the conditions that encouraged the selection of opioids by multiple fields as the go-to tool for pain management—conditions that could have future implications for the prioritizing of certain technologies to solve social problems.

Released: 22-Nov-2021 2:20 PM EST
Do Protests Matter?
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Recent protests in the U.S. over police brutality have attracted much global attention, but scholars have come to mixed conclusions about if protest alone can bring about policy change. A study from the December 2021 issue of American Sociological Review seeks to answer whether protest can bring about desired outcomes.

Released: 18-Oct-2021 12:45 PM EDT
Experts Discuss the Complicated Role of Technology in Society
American Sociological Association (ASA)

In the latest issue of American Sociological Association’s online magazine, sociologists examine the various ways technology impacts our lives, bringing forth the many promises that technology presents and explaining how policymakers might address some of the existing challenges technology poses and stem those that may emerge in coming years.

Released: 22-Sep-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Study Explores the Role of Landlords in Housing Discrimination
American Sociological Association (ASA)

How does race influence the way landlord-gatekeepers screen and differentiate among prospective tenants in racially homogeneous rental markets?

Released: 26-Jul-2021 1:00 PM EDT
New Study Finds that Countries’ Wealth Inequality is Independent from Income Inequality and Linked to the Distribution of Housing Equity
American Sociological Association (ASA)

A new study in the American Sociological Review shows that comparing countries in terms of their wealth inequality instead of income inequality provides a fundamentally different picture of nations’ relative level of economic inequality.

Released: 19-Jul-2021 2:15 PM EDT
Sociologists to Explore Topics of Racism, White Supremacy, Nationalism, Critical Race Theory, and More at ASA Virtual Annual Meeting, Aug. 6-10; Press Registration Open
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Thousands of sociologists whose work provides insights on vital topics such as race and racism, white nationalism, critical race theory, impacts of the pandemic, and issues confronting Asian-Americans, will meet at the American Sociological Association’s Virtual Annual Meeting, August 6-10. Approximately 900 sessions featuring over 3,000 research papers are open to the press.

Released: 16-Jun-2021 9:00 AM EDT
American Sociological Association Honors Leaders in the Discipline
American Sociological Association (ASA)

The American Sociological Association (ASA) proudly announces the 2021 award recipients, the highest honors the association confers. Awardees, selected by committees directly appointed by the ASA Council, will be honored on August 8 as part of the ASA Virtual Annual Meeting. A formal address by ASA President Aldon Morris will follow the ceremony.

Released: 4-Jun-2021 10:45 AM EDT
Prudence Carter Elected 113th ASA President; Mignon Moore Voted Vice President
American Sociological Association (ASA)

WASHINGTON, DC—Prudence L. Carter, E.H. and Mary E. Pardee Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of Education, University of California-Berkeley, has been elected the 113th President of the American Sociological Association (ASA). Mignon R. Moore, Professor of Sociology, Barnard College and Columbia University, has been elected ASA Vice President. Carter and Moore will serve as President- and Vice President-elect for one year before succeeding Cecilia Menjívar, University of California-Los Angeles, and Nina Bandelj, University of California-Irvine, respectively, in August 2022.

Released: 25-May-2021 11:15 AM EDT
The Political Context and Infant Health in the United States
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Researchers examine how infant health, which has far-reaching implications for future population health, has been impacted by political context, specifically the political party of the president or governor.

Released: 23-Mar-2021 11:20 AM EDT
Study Explores How Sexism Within Religious Congregations Shapes Women’s Health
American Sociological Association (ASA)

A new study has found that sexism in religious institutions can limit the health benefits of religious participation for women.

Released: 29-Jan-2021 8:05 AM EST
Study Explores How Racism and Threat Perception Play Out in Criminal Law
American Sociological Association (ASA)

In a new study, Scott Duxbury, Assistant Professor of Sociology at UNC, considers whether racial threat drove states to adopt punitive sentencing laws. His findings reveal that punitive sentencing laws, which have been implicated in racial disparity in punishment during mass incarceration, were adopted in response to large, rather than growing, black populations.

Released: 3-Dec-2020 9:00 AM EST
Sociologists Available to Discuss Vaccines and COVID-19
American Sociological Association (ASA)

As coronavirus cases rage throughout the United States—killing more than a quarter million in the U.S.—news of the effectiveness of vaccine candidates provides hope.

Released: 4-Sep-2020 5:30 AM EDT
Sociologists Available to Comment on Police Brutality and Racial Inequality
American Sociological Association (ASA)

The murders of George Floyd and Jacob Blake are part of a continuum of police brutality toward Black individuals, which too often ends with murder. Sociologists study how this issue of police violence is related to class, race, and inequality.

Released: 16-Jul-2020 1:20 PM EDT
Sociologists Available to Discuss Schools Reopening During a Pandemic
American Sociological Association (ASA)

As school districts grapple with how to plan for the start of the 2020 school year, parents, teachers, and administrators are divided on the best approach. Sociologists study education, families, inequality, access, and a number of other issues related to schools reopening.

Released: 18-Jul-2019 11:05 AM EDT
CONTAGIOUS ADDICTION: Opioid Prescriptions Increase Likelihood of Family Members’ Use
American Sociological Association (ASA)

A new study in the American Sociological Review carefully traces the contagion of opioid use among families. The study’s conclusions should impact how and when opioids are prescribed, particularly when driven by patient demand.

Released: 12-Jul-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Sociology and Social Justice
American Sociological Association (ASA)

On August 10-13, thousands of sociologists from around the nation and the world will meet in New York at the association’s 114th Annual Meeting. At a time when issues ranging from the U.S. census to the racial wealth gap dominate public discourse, more than 600 sessions involving 4,600 presenters and 3,000 research papers will deepen understanding of the interrelationship of societal structures and policy issues, as well as their impact on ordinary people and communities.

Released: 11-Jun-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Northwestern Univerity’s Aldon Morris Elected President of the American Sociological Association
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Aldon Morris, Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University, was elected the 112th President of the American Sociological Association (ASA), and Rhacel Parreñas, University of Southern California, has been elected Vice President.

Released: 14-Mar-2019 4:05 PM EDT
“Broken Windows,” Lower Grades
American Sociological Association (ASA)

While criminologists continue to debate the impact of the practice, new research from two sociologists demonstrates that this sort of aggressive policing has a negative impact on the scholastic performance of African-American young teenagers in the affected neighborhoods

Released: 14-Jan-2019 8:05 AM EST
American Sociological Association Honors Leaders in the Discipline
American Sociological Association (ASA)

The American Sociological Association (ASA) proudly announces the the 2019 award recipients, the highest honors the Association confers

Released: 4-Nov-2018 8:05 AM EST
National Scientific Organizations File Amicus Brief Objecting to Inclusion of Citizenship Question in the 2020 Census
American Sociological Association (ASA)

The American Sociological Association, the American Statistical Association, and the Population Association of America this week filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York supporting a challenge to the late addition of a citizenship question in the 2020 Census

Released: 29-Oct-2018 12:45 PM EDT
American Sociological Association Expresses Strong Objection to Newly Proposed Legal Definition of Sex, Due to Risk of Transgender Discrimination
American Sociological Association (ASA)

The proposed definition would allow only a binary classification that is immutable and based on genitalia at birth. Such a policy stands to have detrimental impacts on the physical and mental health of transgender and intersex individuals.

Released: 22-Jul-2018 5:05 PM EDT
Study: Today’s College Graduates Facing Greater Competition for Good Jobs
American Sociological Association (ASA)

College graduates are more likely to take less-skilled jobs in recent years than ever before, and a new study from the University of North Carolina says the expansion of higher education has made each bachelor’s degree seem less exceptional to employers.

Released: 12-Jul-2018 3:00 PM EDT
“Feeling Race” and Other Crucial Issues:Join Thousands of Sociologists Aug. 11-14 in Philadelphia
American Sociological Association (ASA)

As controversies over overt racism, White Nationalism, #MeToo, income inequality, immigration and social polarization dominate the American conversation, more than 5,500 sociologists whose work provides insights on these and other vital topics will meet in Philadelphia August 11-14 for the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.

Released: 14-Jun-2018 5:05 PM EDT
More than Half of Survey Respondents Support a Refusal of Service
American Sociological Association (ASA)

A study by sociologists examines public views regarding the denial of services to same-sex and interracial couples. In a fictional scenario, respondents were asked whether they believed that a business owner should be allowed to deny service. Slightly more than half of the respondents (53%) said they supported the refusal of services to a gay couple.

Released: 8-Jun-2018 3:05 PM EDT
UT-Austin’s Christine Williams Elected President of the American Sociological Association
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Christine Williams, Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas-Austin, has been elected the 111th President of the American Sociological Association (ASA), and Joya Misra, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, has been elected ASA Vice President.

Released: 22-May-2018 12:05 AM EDT
Income Inequality Is Changing the Nature of How Parents Invest in Their Kids, Widening Class Divides in the U.S.
American Sociological Association (ASA)

A new study shows that rising income inequality in the U.S. has led affluent parents to increase spending on their children, widening the gap in child investment along class lines. The results suggest that income inequality erodes the equality of opportunity by increasing gaps between children from a young age.

Released: 3-May-2018 3:05 PM EDT
The Algorithmic Rise of the “Alt-Right”
American Sociological Association (ASA)

On a late summer evening in 2017, members of the far-right descended on Charlottesville, Virginia with tiki-torches held up in defense of confederate general Robert E. Lee’s statue in what was dubbed a “Unite the Right” rally, which had been organized mostly online. The next day, August 13

Released: 21-Mar-2018 6:05 PM EDT
Gendered Stereotypes Can Penalize Women for Having Good Grades
American Sociological Association (ASA)

A first-of-its-kind study of recent college graduates’ academic performance and their transition to the workforce finds that GPA matters little for men, and a high GPA can hurt women job applicants' chances of getting a call back from an employer.

22-Feb-2018 4:45 PM EST
Does Medical Expansion Improve Population Health?
American Sociological Association (ASA)

The escalating influence of modern biomedical conceptions of health and illness now dominate healthcare delivery. A new study finds that this expanding “medical industrial complex” is not straightforwardly responsible for improved life expectancy and mortality in first-world nations.

Released: 1-Feb-2018 3:05 PM EST
How Did Our Politics Get Us Here? Sociological Research Provides a Good Answer
American Sociological Association (ASA)

At the heart of the matter is a legitimate question that deserves to be considered not only for its importance to Trump’s victory, but also as it relates to many other governments worldwide and throughout history. The pressing question is: How can voters find a candidate “authentically appealing” even though to many that candidate appears to be a “lying demagogue”?

Released: 29-Jan-2018 8:05 AM EST
Alumni From Britain’s Top Private Schools Are 94 Times More Likely to Reach Elite Positions
American Sociological Association (ASA)

The alumni of nine leading private schools are 94 times more likely to reach the most powerful elite positions in British society than those who attended any other school, according to a unique historical analysis of Who’s Who led by researchers at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Released: 6-Dec-2017 8:05 AM EST
Big Data May Amplify Existing Police Surveillance Practices
American Sociological Association (ASA)

With access to more personal data than ever before, police have the power to solve crimes more quickly, but in practice, the influx of information tends to amplify existing practices, according to sociological research at the University of Texas at Austin.

Released: 5-Dec-2017 5:05 PM EST
Youth Who Experience Violent Victimization Seek Intimate Relationships at an Earlier Age
American Sociological Association (ASA)

A new American Sociological Review study has found that experiencing violence as an adolescent leads to early romantic relationships and cohabitating. On average, they found that victimized youth entered romantic relationships nine months earlier than non-victimized youth.

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