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).

The Robin M. Williams, Jr. Lectureship Committee invites the names of leading scholars to be considered for appointment as the 2014-2015 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 27th 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 2015 ESS Annual meeting to be introduced and will present his or her lecture at the 2016 ESS Annual Meeting.

In 2015, the annual meetings will be held at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City February 26-March 1, 2015. Please send nominations in a letter detailing the reasons for the nomination along with no more than three supporting letters by November 14th, 2014, to the Robin M. Williams, Jr., Lectureship Committee Chair:


Margaret M. Chin (陈美嫦)
Associate Professor of Sociology
Hunter College and The Graduate Center, (CUNY)
695 Park Avenue 1617a West
New York, NY 10065