Grace Kao is Professor of Sociology, Faculty Director of Education Studies, and Director of the Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE) at Yale University. She is also affiliated with the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Program (ER&M) and the Center on Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM) at Yale University. She is currently Vice President-Elect of the American Sociological Association (ASA). She is the 2017 Recipient of the Contribution to the Field Award from the Section on Asia and Asian America of the ASA.

Previously, she spent two decades at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was most recently Professor of Sociology, Education, and Asian American Studies. At Penn, she served as the Director of the Asian American Studies Program from 2003-2009. She was active in diversity initiatives at all levels of the university. She received the 25th Anniversary Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring from the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women and the 10th Anniversary Administrators of Color Award from the James Brister Society. She is also noted for her training of graduate students, having served on or is currently serving on more than 40 dissertation committees and has co-authored papers with more than 20 student co-authors.

She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from The University of Chicago and her B.A. in Sociology (with Highest Honors) and Oriental Languages (Chinese Literature) from University of California, Berkeley.

She has written extensively on race, ethnic, and immigrant differences in educational outcomes among children and adolescents. Her work is highly cited, and several of her papers on minority and immigrant youth are among the most ever-cited in the journals in which they appear.

For information about the 2018-2019 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