The Robin M. Williams, Jr. Lecturer for 2014-2015 is Mary C. Waters, the M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. Dr. Waters specializes in the study of immigration, inter-group relations and the formation of racial and ethnic identity.   She is the author of numerous articles and award-winning books, including Inheriting the City: The Second Generation Comes of Age (with Holdaway, Kasinitz and Mollenkopf; 2008), Black Identities: West Indian Immigrant Dreams and American Realities (1999) and Ethnic Options: Choosing Identities in America (1990).

For information about the 2015-2016 Robin M. Williams, Jr Lecturer Peter Rose and how to bring him 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 2016- 2017 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 28th 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 2016 ESS Annual meeting to be introduced and will present his or her lecture at the 2017 ESS Annual Meeting.

In 2016, the annual meetings will be held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers, March 17-21. Please send nominations in a letter detailing the reasons for the nomination along with no more than three supporting letters by November 14th, 2015, to the Robin M. Williams, Jr., Lectureship Committee Chair:

Japonica Brown-Saracino
Associate Professor of Sociology
Boston University
96-100 Cummington Mall
Boston, MA 02215