ASA 2019 Election Special

Introducing the Major Office Candidates in this Year's ASA Leadership Election

Every year, the American Sociological Association membership elects its incoming leadership.  Our project’s fifth podcast series introduces the four candidates vying for the Association’s two most senior offices: the Presidency and Vice Presidency.   We asked all four candidates the same seven questions (see below).  We gave them three minutes to answer each question.  Their answers to these questions are released without commentary.  

We are deeply indebted to all four candidates, who were so gracious and so generous with their time.  They all have very busy schedules, but were all so accessible, so personable, and overall great about helping make this miniseries happen.  Thank you to all of the candidates.  It was a pleasure to have met all of you.

The Presidential Candidates

The Vice Presidential Candidates

The Questions

We ask the same seven questions of all candidates, and gave them up to three minutes to answer each.  These questions were:

  1. Could you tell us about yourself and your work?
  2. In your opinion, what do sociologists do? What is our role in society?  What is the purpose of our profession?
  3. In your view, what is the ASA’s job? Whom does it serve, and what does it do?  What is its role in the discipline?
  4. What is your sense of the biggest issues facing our discipline? Do you have ideas about how to engage them?
  5. If you are elected, what goals will motivate your (Vice) Presidency?  What will be distinct about the ASA under your guidance? 
  6. Do you think the claimed “divide” in sociology between dispassionate empiricism and activism is accurate or overstated? Do you think it (or talk of it, if overstated) is generative and productive or divisive? What will you do to make everyone feel represented within the big tent?
  7. Sociologists are concerned about inequality, and we know that a lot of inequality exists in our discipline.  Virtually everything we do is suffused with inequality, and some argue unfairness:  the teaching we deliver our undergrads, access to good graduate programs, opportunities to get good faculty jobs, access to research money and platform, and so on.  Which inequalities within sociology concern you, and do you have ideas about how to engage it?
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