*Originally published in the 2021 Winter newsletter*
William A. Corsaro received his BA degree from Indiana University in 1970 and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in sociology in 1974. He was Robert H. Shaffer Class of 1967 Endowed Chair and is now Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington where he won the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1988. He was chair of the department from 1990-1994 and interim chair in 2009. Corsaro was a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow in Bologna, Italy, in 1983-1984 and a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellow in Trondheim, Norway, in 2003. He received an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University, Sweden in 2016. He was the first recipient of the Distinguished Career Award for the Section on Children and Youth of the American Sociological Association in 2013 and recipient of the Cooley-Mead Award from the Social Psychology Section of the American Sociological Association in 2019.
*Originally published in the 2020 Summer newsletter*
University of Washington
Ross Matsueda is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington, where he has served on the faculty since 1998. Before that, he was a Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Iowa. His undergraduate and graduate degrees are from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2016-17 he was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University. His influential research at the intersection of social psychology and criminology were notably recognized by the American Society of Criminology in 2016 in its Edwin H. Sutherland Award for outstanding contributions to theory and research in the field of criminology.
*Originally published in the Winter 2020 newsletter*
Sonoma State University
Kathy Charmaz is Professor Emerita and Director of the Faculty Writing Program at Sonoma State University, where she has served on the faculty of the Sociology Department since 1973. She received her PhD from the University of California, San Francisco, where she studied under Anselm Strauss. She is well-known for her role in developing and teaching grounded theory approaches to qualitative research, as well as her work on social psychology, illness, and aging.
Her work, which includes more than a dozen books, has garnered much recognition, including the George Herbert Mead Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, the Leo G. Reeder award for distinguished contributions from the Medical Sociology Section of ASA, and the Lifetime Achievement award from the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Her book Constructing Grounded Theory (now in its second edition), received a Critics’ Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association.
Kathy has served in a variety of leadership roles, including as President of the Pacific Sociological Association and Chair of the Medical Sociology Section of ASA. She has disseminated her work and techniques widely, teaching classes and workshops on qualitative methods and publishing across the United States and abroad.
*Originally published in the 2020 Summer newsletter*
University of California, Riverside
Jan Stets is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. Her undergraduate degree in sociology is from the University of Dayton. She earned her Master’s and PhD in sociology at Indiana University. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and winner of a lifetime achievement award from the ASA Section on the Sociology of Emotions. Jan also co-edited Social Psychology Quarterly with Richard Serpe from 2015—2017 and served as Chair of the ASA Section on Social Psychology in the 2012—2013 academic year.
*Originally published in the Winter 2019 newsletter*
Jane McLeod is Provost Professor and Chair of Sociology at Indiana University, where she has served on the faculty since 1998. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in statistics, public health, and sociology from the University of Michigan. Her influential research most recently received awards in 2014 for Distinguished Contributions, including the James R. Greenley Award for from the Society for the Study of Social Problems and the Leonard I. Pearlin Award from the ASA Section on the Sociology of Mental Health.
Jane has also been a leader at both Indiana University and in the discipline. At her institution, she spent the early and mid 2000s leading research and training centers, later transitioning into higher-level administration before returning to chair the Department of Sociology in 2016. In the discipline, she has long served as associate or deputy editor of several journals including the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Forces, Social Psychology Quarterly, and Society & Mental Health.
*Originally appeared in the 2018 Summer newsletter*
Cecilia Ridgeway received her BA in sociology from the University of Michigan in 1967. She entered graduate school in sociology at Cornell University where she earned her masters and doctorate in 1969 and 1972, respectively. She is the Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences in Stanford Universty's Sociology Department, where she has been a professor since 1991 and served a term as department chair from 1993-1996. Prior to her appointmnet at Stanford, she held professorships at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1978-1985) and the University of Iowa (1985-1991).
Cecilia's record of service is extensive, and includes serving on the editorial boards of numerous journals, including Social Psychology Quarterly, Social Justice Research, and Sociological Theory, serving as Chair of the Social Psychology Section (1991-1992), and President of the American Sociological Association (2012-2013). She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009), Sociological Research Association (1995), and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology (1990).
Cecilia has also received numerous awards for her work. She was awarded the 2005 ASA Social Psychology Section Cooley-Mead Award for her contributions to social psychology. For her contributions to gender and feminist research, in 2008 she was awarded the Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Award by Sociologists for Women in Society, and in 2009 she was awarded the Jessie Bernard Award by the American Sociological Association. In 2012 she was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Recent Contribution Award from the Social Psychology Section for her 2011 book, Framed by Gender.
*Originally published in the 2017 Summer Newsletter*
Edward J. Lawler
Interviewed by Shane R. Thye
Edward J. Lawler is the Martin P. Catherwood Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. He earned bachelor's (1966) and master’s (1968) degrees in sociology from California State University, Long Beach and Los Angeles, respectively, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1972. His primary teaching and research areas are group processes, exchange, power, negotiation, sociology of emotion, and theory.
His current research analyzes the role of emotion in social exchange and negotiations, the formation of groups, the commitment of individuals to organizations, and more generally the emergence of social order. Lawler has authored or coauthored three books and over 60 articles, and edited or co-edited over 20 volumes of the annual series, Advances in Group Processes. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the 2010 James Coleman Best Book Award from the Rationality and Society Section of the ASA, the 2001 Cooley-Mead Award for career achievement from the Social Psychology Section of the ASA, and the 2002 Theory Prize from the Theory Section of the ASA.
*Originally Published Winter 2017*
Peter J. Burke
University of California, Riverside
Interviewed by Phoenicia Fares
Peter J. Burke received his BA in sociology from the University of Massachusetts in 1961. He entered graduate school in sociology at Yale University where he earned his masters and doctorate in 1964 and 1965, respectively. It was while at Yale, working with Theodore Mills, that he became interested in group processes, the focus of his work when he joined the faculty at Indiana University as an assistant professor. Promoted to Associate Professor in 1969 and Professor in 1975, he served as chair from 1978-1982. In 1988, he joined the faculty at Washington State University as Professor and Research Scientist. In 2002, he joined the faculty at UC Riverside, and served as Chair from 2003-2005. He retired in 2014.
Burke served as Editor of Social Psychology Quarterly from 1982-1988, as Chair of the Social Psychology Section, 2000-2001, and as Chair of the Theory Section 2008-2009. He was awarded the ASA Social Psychology Section Cooley-Mead Award for life contributions to social psychology in 2003. In 2004 he was named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and appointed to the Sociological Research Association. In 2006 he was named Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.
*Originally published in the 2015 Winter Newsletter*
State University of New York, Albany
David Wagner is Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany- SUNY. He received his graduate degree from Stanford University in 1978. He has received awards for his excellence in research, teaching, and service. His work has been featured in such venues as the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, and Social Forces. His research interests are in theory construction and group processes. This fun little interview was conducted over the phone and it was a pleasure to hear his story!
*Originally published in the Summer 2015 Section Newsletter*
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
As interviewed by Sharon C. Doerer
Murray Webster is Professor of Sociology at UNC-Charlotte. His degrees are all in sociology from Stanford University. In August, he will receive the Social Psychology Section’s Cooley-Mead Award.
Sharon C. Doerer is a Manager in Talent Management at TIAA-CREF. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in sociology and her Ph.D. in Organizational Science from UNC-Charlotte. Her dissertation research, which was supported by an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant to her and Webster, adapted Martha Foschi’s application folders design to study racial double standards in hiring.
*Originally Published in the Spring 2015 Section Newsletter*
University of Wisconsin - Madison
John D. DeLamater is the Conway-Bascom Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned a B.A (Psychology) at University of California-Santa Barbara, an M.S. (Psychology) and a Ph.D. (Social Psychology) at the University of Michigan. His areas of research and teaching include social interaction and relationships, human sexuality, and social psychology. He has published more than 50 research articles, and 30 chapters in edited volumes and encyclopedias. His current research is applies a biopsychosocial model to sexuality in later life; most recently he has studied the effects of hormones on sexual expression of men and women over 57. John is co-author of Social Psychology, 8th ed. (with Daniel Myers and Jessica Collett), and Understanding Human Sexuality, 12 th ed. (with Janet Hyde). He is the co-editor of the Handbook of Social Psychology, 2nd ed. (with Amanda Ward), and co-editor of the Handbook of the Sociology of Sexualities (with Rebecca Plante). He is a Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the 2002 recipient of the Kinsey Award for Career Contributions to Sex Research, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. He has received awards for excellence in teaching from the Department of Sociology, and the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
*Originally Published in the Fall 2014 Section Newsletter*
As interviewed by Murray Webster
Following service in the Army in World War II, an undergraduate degree at Brooklyn College, a doctorate at Harvard University, and a faculty appointment at Dartmouth College, Joseph Berger moved to Stanford University in 1959. There he and other young sociologists began to practice what some called “Stanford sociology.” The approach is marked by developing explicit explanatory theory and conducting empirical tests, often, although definitely not always, in a laboratory. Other sociologists have independently developed comparable approaches at other universities, and today this kind of work constitutes a significant source of contributions to social psychology.
Joseph Berger has received significant awards for his work, including research grants from federal agencies, the Social Psychology Section’s Cooley-Mead Award, and ASA’s W. E. B. DuBois Award for a career of distinguished scholarship. His remarkable career continues to the present as Joe participates in professional meetings and reviews for our journals; his most recent scholarly paper was published in 2014. This year Joe reached the age of 90, an occasion that seems like a good time to ask him to reflect on his career, our discipline, and his views of our shared future
*Originally published in the Summer 2014 Section Newsletter*
University of California, Santa Barbara
Thomas Pettigrew received his Masters and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has taught at several universities and is now a research professor at University of California at Santa Cruz. He has won several awards including: The Career Contribution Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, The William Foote Whyte Distinguished Career Award from the Sociological Practice and Public Sociology section of ASA. He is this year’s winner of the Cooley-Mead Award for Lifetime Contributions to Social Psychology.
*Originally published in the Spring 2014 Section Newsletter*
University of California-Riverside
Jonathan Turner received his B.A. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1965, his M.A. from Cornell University in 1966, and his PhD. from Cornell in 1968. His first university position was at the University of Hawaii in the academic year 1968-69, and then, he moved to the University of California, Riverside in the academic year 1969-70, where he has been a professor now for 45 years. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1972, Professor in 1977, Distinguished Professor in 1997, and University Professor (for the U.C. system) in 2010.