Ten Fantastic Reasons To Attend ESS 2015 NEXT WEEK!!

New York, New York
February 26-March 1, 2015


  1. Attend the special plenary session “Does Race Still Matter? Race in America, Past, Present, and Future” with panelists Eric Foner, Ira Katznelson, Cristina Rodriguez, and William Julius Wilson.
  2. Hear Paul Krugman and Branko Milanovic in Conversation, moderated by Janet Gornick in a special presidential session on “Inequality around the World: From the National to the Global.”
  1. Attend Nancy Foner’s presidential address, “Is Islam in Western Europe Like Race in the United States?” and the ESS annual awards ceremony on Saturday night and catch up with friends at the party to follow!  
  1. Celebrate the work of Mary C. Waters at the Robin Williams Jr. Lecture, “Disaster and Recovery: A Longitudinal Study of Hurricane Katrina Survivors.” 
  1. Participate in the exciting Presidential Sessions on immigration, class and inequality, neighborhoods and cities, disasters, food, child well-being, and much more. Themes and panelists include the following: 
  • U.S. Immigration Fifty Years After the 1965 Hart Celler Act with Richard Alba and Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa, Douglas Massey, Audrey Singer, and Mary C. Waters
  • Beyond The Model Minority: How Culture Matters for Asian American Achievement with Amy Hsin and Yu Xie, Grace Kao, Philip Kasinitz, Van Tran and Mary Waters, and Jennifer Lee and Min Zhou
  • Undocumented in America with Joanna Dreby, Roberto Gonzales and Robert C. Smith
  • Class Boundaries: Education, Diversity, and Inequality with Thomas A. DiPrete, Shamus Khan, Vivian Louie, and Marta Tienda
  • The Future of Neighborhoods and Cities with Nancy Denton, John Iceland, John Logan and Robert J. Sampson
  • Rethinking the Sociology of Disasters with Kai Erikson, Daina Cheyenne Harvey, Eric Klinenberg, and William Kornblum
  • Child Well-Being in Context with Dalton Conley, Ludovica Gambaro, Donald Hernandez, and Mary Clare Lennon
  • You Are What You Eat: The Sociology of Food with Priscilla Ferguson, Alice P. Julier, Janet Poppendieck, Krishnendu Ray, and Sharon Zukin.
  • The Future of Mass Incarceration with Michael Jacobson, Carla Shedd, and Jeremey Travis
  • Thinking about Causality in the Social Sciences with Christopher Muller, Mario Small, Diane Vaughan, and Christopher Winship
  • Narratives of Arrival: Crossing Borders in Literature and Sociology with award-winning novelists and memoirists Andre Aciman, Teju Cole, Suki Kim, and Suketu Mehta
  • Remaking the Mainstream? The Impact of Immigration on Societal Cleavages in Western Europe and the US with Richard Alba, Maurice Crul, Jan Willem Duyvendak, and Alejandro Portes


  1. Attend thematic sessions on adulthood, elites, incarceration, racial boundaries, intellectual borders, causal inference, and much more. Themes and panelists include the following:  
  • Racial Boundaries and the Shifting Color Line with Aliya Saperstein, Edward Telles, Vilna Bashi Treitler, Andreas Wimmer and Elizabeth Roberto
  • Borders of Sociology and Biology with Ruha Benjamin, Dawne Mouzon, Dorothy Roberts, and Johnny Eric Williams
  • Crossing Interracial Borders with Kimberly McClain DaCosta, Daniel Lichter, Chinyere Osuji, and Erica Chito Childs
  • At the Border of Adulthood: New Insights into the Transition to Adulthood with Karl Alexander, Jessica Halliday Hardie, Sharon Sassler, Jennifer M. Silva, and Jeremy Staff
  • Consequences of Incarceration: Individuals, Families, and Communities with Anna Haskins, Jason Schnittker, Carla Shedd, and Christopher Wildeman
  • Transnational Cultures of the Elite with Bruno Cousin and Sebastien Chauvin, Ashley Mears and David C. Lubin, Anne Monier, and Rachel Sherman
  • How the Past Can Inform the Future of American Medicinewith Sherry Glied, Bruce Link, Constance Nathanson, and Sigrun Olafsdottir
  • Exploring Our Religious Traditions: Rethinking the Axial Age with Thomas DeGloma, Rosario Forlenza and Bjørn Thomassen, John Torpey, and Bryan Turner
  • Reimagining Boundaries between States and Communities with Katherine K. Chen, Howard Lune, James M. Mandiberg, and Jacqueline Olvera
  • Research in the Public Eye: Crossing the Border Between Sociology and Journalism with D’Vera Cohn, Dalton Conley, John Logan, Katherine S. Newman, and Audrey Singer


  1. Attend Stimulating Conversations with Richard Alba, Elijah Anderson, Herbert Gans, Kathleen Gerson, Douglas Massey, Orlando Patterson, Alejandro Portes, and Eviatar Zerubavel


  1. Spend time at one of our mini-conferences on Ethnography (organized by Iddo Tavory), Gender, Work and Family (organized by Lynn Chancer), Culture and Cognition (organized by Daina Harvey and Thomas DeGloma), Digital Media (organized by Jesse Daniels, Karen Gregory, and Tressie McMillan Cottom), Carework in the 21st Century (organized by Mignon Duffy and Jennifer Craft Morgan) and Military Sociology (organized by Morten Ender and Ryan Kelty)


  1. Learn more about New York by attending one of our local interest – spotlight on NYC sessions or by going on one of our informative and fun walking tours! These include:
  • Black Immigrant New York
  • Gentrification in the City of Extremes
  • Labor in 21st Century New York City
  • Reading About New York: New Books on NYC
  • Representing Brooklyn: Urban Change in Research and on Film
  • WALKING TOURS of Lower East Side, Greenwich Village, and New Lower Manhattan


  1. Attend exciting Author-Meets-Critics sessions that include:
  • Natalia Byfield, Savage Portrayals: Race, Media, and the Central Park Jogger Case
  • Randol Contreras, The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream
  • Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel, Unequal Time: Gender, Class, and Family in Employment Schedules
  • Amanda Czerniawski, Fashioning Fat: Inside Plus-Size Modeling
  • Thomas DeGloma, Seeing the Light: The Social Logic of Personal Discovery
  • Gail Garfield, Tightrope: A Racial Journey to the Age of Obama
  • Matthew Hughey, The White Savior Film: Content, Critics, and Consumption 
  • Madonna Harrington Meyer, Grandmothers at Work: Juggling Families and Jobs
  • Andrea Leverentz, The Ex-Prisoner`s Dilemma: How Women Negotiate Competing Narratives of Reentry and Desistance
  • R. L`Heureux Lewis-McCoy, Inequality in the Promised Land: Race, Resources, and Suburban Schooling
  • Akos Rona-Tas and Alya Guseva, Plastic Money: Constructing Markets for Credit Cards in Eight Postcommunist Countries
  • Leah Schmalzbauer, The Last Best Place: Gender, Family and Migration in the New West
  • Valerie Sperling, Sex, Politics, and Putin: Gender, Activism and Political Legitimacy in Russia
  • Roger Waldinger, The Cross-Border Connection: Immigrants, Emigrants, and their Homelands
  • Suzanna Danuta Walters, The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality


PLUS MANY MORE exciting sessions on culture, social movements, religion, immigration, race and ethnicity, collective memory, sex and gender, social psychology, art, food, politics, and much more.

These are just SOME of the great events you won’t want to miss!