Boston, Mass. — The 103rd Annual Meeting of the Amer­ican Soci­o­log­ical Asso­ci­a­tion (ASA) will take place this week in Boston and North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will be par­tic­i­pating in myriad capac­i­ties. From con­ducting tours to hosting sec­tions and panels, com­bined with fac­ulty awards, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will have a posi­tion of great promi­nence at this year’s ASA meeting.

The theme of this year’s ASA meeting, “Worlds of Work”, encom­passes two sub-​​themes including increasing diver­sity by which work is orga­nized and expe­ri­enced in soci­eties, and cross-​​national and his­toric diver­sity in work activ­i­ties and insti­tu­tions. Sev­eral mem­bers of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity fac­ulty will play sig­nif­i­cant roles in dis­cus­sions and activ­i­ties around the themes at the week-​​long series of events.

North­eastern University’s Depart­ment of Soci­ology and Anthro­pology will be well rep­re­sented at this year’s ASA meeting and we are hon­ored to be par­tic­i­pating in a variety of events throughout the week,” said Steven P. Vallas, Pro­fessor and Chair of the Depart­ment. “The meeting gives our pro­fes­sors an oppor­tu­nity to share their exper­tise with soci­ol­o­gists from across the country.” Vallas points out that his col­leagues will par­tic­i­pate in more than thirty dif­ferent panels and other events during the course of the meetings.

During the event, Kathrin Zippel, Asso­ciate Pro­fessor of Soci­ology and Anthro­pology at North­eastern, will be in atten­dance when her book, titled The Pol­i­tics of Sexual Harass­ment: A Com­par­a­tive Study of the United States, the Euro­pean Union and Ger­many receives hon­or­able men­tion from the com­mittee of the Sex and Gender Dis­tin­guished Book Award of the ASA. The award honors those who make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the field of Sex and Gender through a book on the cut­ting edge of soci­o­log­ical inquiry. This is the second major recog­ni­tion for Zippel’s book; she was also the co-​​winner of the Amer­ican Polit­ical Sci­ence Association’s Vic­toria Schuck Award for the best book on women and politics.

Northeastern’s par­tic­i­pa­tion at the annual meeting will include a panel titled “Reflec­tions on the Polit­ical His­tory of Boston and Mass­a­chu­setts.” Mod­er­ated by Wil­fred Holton, Asso­ciate Pro­fessor of Soci­ology and Chair of the Under­grad­uate Com­mittee, the pan­elists will include Barry Blue­stone, Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Policy, and Dean of the School of Social Sci­ence, Urban Affairs, and Public Policy, Michael Dukakis, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Polit­ical Sci­ence, and William M. Fowler, Jr., Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of History.

Mem­bers of Northeastern’s Depart­ment of Soci­ology and Anthro­pology will also host sev­eral recep­tions and busi­ness meet­ings on campus, including those of the Latino/​a Soci­ology sec­tion and Polit­ical Soci­ology sec­tions of the ASA. In addi­tion, the Labor and Labor Move­ments sec­tion, in con­junc­tion with the Asso­ci­a­tion of Black Soci­ol­o­gists, will host a two-​​day con­fer­ence on “Race, Labor, and Empire” at the John D. O’Bryant African-​​American Institute.

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity fac­ulty mem­bers will con­duct many of the Association’s tours of Boston for ASA meeting atten­dees. The tours will explore many diverse aspects of the city including:

  • Tour 1. The West End: Fifty Years after Herbert Gans’ Urban Villagers

Friday, August 1, 2:30 – 5:00pm

Leader: Thomas Koenig, Pro­fessor and Chair of the Depart­ment of Soci­ology and Anthropology

  • Tour 2. Black Boston

Friday, August 1, 2:30 – 5:00pm

Leader: Robert Hall, Asso­ciate Pro­fessor of His­tory and African-​​American Studies

  • Tour 3. Environmental Justice: A Tour of Boston’s Alternatives for Community and Environment

Sat­urday, August 2, 9:30AM – 12:00PM

Leader: Daniel Faber, Asso­ciate Pro­fessor of Soci­ology and Director of the Green Jus­tice Research Collaborative

  • Tour 4. The Filling of Boston's Back Bay: A Walking Tour

Sat­urday, August 2, 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Leader: Wil­fred Holton, Asso­ciate Pro­fessor of Soci­ology and Chair of the Under­grad­uate Committee

  • Tour 5. The Massachusetts Government

Sat­urday, August 2, 1:00 – 3:00PM

Leader: Tim­othy Howard, Vis­iting Pro­fessor at the Col­lege of Pro­fes­sional Studies

  • Tour 6. The Boston Founders Trail: A Walking Tour

Sunday, August 3, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

Leader: Wil­fred Holton, Asso­ciate Pro­fessor of Soci­ology and Chair of the Under­grad­uate Committee

  • Tour 7. “Immoral Boston”

Sunday, August 3, 2:30 – 5:00PM

Leaders: James Alan Fox, Lipman Family Pro­fessor of Crim­inal Jus­tice and Pro­fessor of Law, Policy and Society; and Jack Levin, Brud­nick Pro­fessor of Soci­ology and Anthro­pology and Director of the Brud­nick Center on Vio­lence and Conflict

  • Tour 8. Field Trip to the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative Area

Monday, August 4, 9:00AM-12:00PM

Leader: Wil­fred Holton, Asso­ciate Pro­fessor of Soci­ology and Chair of the Under­grad­uate Committee

  • Tour 9. City Year: An Innovative Non-Profit 20 Years Strong

Monday, August 4, 10:30AM-12:10PM

Leaders: Thomas Koenig, Pro­fessor and Chair of the Depart­ment of Soci­ology and Anthro­pology; Lisa Worsh, Co-​​op Fac­ulty Coor­di­nator, Depart­ment of Coop­er­a­tive Education

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Samantha Fodrowski at 617–373-5427 or at s.​fodrowski@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.