The Robin M. Williams Lecturer for 2017-2018 is Professor Kathleen Blee. Professor Blee received her BA in sociology from Indiana University in 1974. She carried out her graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, earning the MS and PhD in sociology in 1976 and 1982, respectively. Professor Blee began her faculty career in 1981 at the University of Kentucky where she eventually held the rank of Professor. While at Kentucky, she served as Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences and as Director for the Women’s Studies Program. Blee joined the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Sociology at the rank of Professor in 1996.  She has served as the Director of the Women’s Studies Program and chair of the Department of Sociology, and was appointed Distinguished Professor of Sociology in 2007. She has affiliated appointments in Departments of History and Psychology, as well as the Women’s Studies Program. She is also associated with the Cultural Studies Program and the Center for Race and Social Problems.  She currently serves as associate dean for graduate studies and research.

For information about the 2017-2018 Robin M. Williams, Jr. Lecturer, and how to bring her to your campus, please click here to see the On Your Campus information.

The Robin M. Williams, Jr. Lectureship Committee invites the names of leading scholars to be considered for appointment as the 2018-2019 Robin M. Williams, Jr., Lecturer. The Eastern Sociological Society established the Lectureship in 1992 to honor the many contributions of Robin M. Williams, Jr. (1914-2006) to the discipline and the Society, particularly as founding editor of its journal, Sociological Forum, now in its 30th year.

The original announcement states, “As part of the Society’s attempt to enhance the sharing of ideas, one of our colleagues will be invited to spend time and give lectures on two campuses within the Society’s jurisdiction during his or her year as the Williams Lecturer.” The Executive Office will provide transportation and honoraria: the host institution will take care of local arrangements, including room and board. The individual chosen for the Lectureship will receive an honorarium and will present two lectures on campuses in the ESS region during the terms of his or her appointment. (These campuses will be selected on a competitive basis.) The Lecturer will attend the 2018 ESS Annual meeting to be introduced and will present his or her lecture at the 2019 ESS Annual Meeting.

In 2018, the annual meetings will be held at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, February 22-25. Please send nominations in a letter detailing the reasons for the nomination along with no more than three supporting letters by November 14th, 2017, to the Robin M. Williams, Jr., Lectureship Committee Chair:

Erica Chito Childs
Professor of Sociology
Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center