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The American Sociological Association (ASA), founded in 1905 as the American Sociological Society (ASS), is a non-profit organization
Non-profit organization
Nonprofit organization is neither a legal nor technical definition but generally refers to an organization that uses surplus revenues to achieve its goals, rather than distributing them as profit or dividends...

 dedicated to advancing the discipline and profession of sociology
Sociology
Sociology is the study of society. It is a social science—a term with which it is sometimes synonymous—which uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop a body of knowledge about human social activity...

 by serving sociologists in their work and promoting their contributions to serve society.

The ASA holds its own annual academic conference
Academic conference
An academic conference or symposium is a conference for researchers to present and discuss their work. Together with academic or scientific journals, conferences provide an important channel for exchange of information between researchers.-Overview:Conferences are usually composed of various...

, the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. The 103rd ASA Annual Meeting in Boston in August 2008 attracted 5,415 attendees. ASA publishes several academic journals. The best known is the American Sociological Review
American Sociological Review
The American Sociological Review is a bimonthly, peer-reviewed academic journal covering all aspects of sociology, including new theoretical developments, results of research that advance the understanding of fundamental social processes, and methodological innovations. It is published by SAGE...

 and the newest one is Contexts
Contexts
Contexts, subtitled Understanding People in their Social Worlds, is an official publication of the American Sociological Association. The magazine is designed to be a more accessible source of sociological ideas and research, and it has been deeply inspired by the movement within the discipline of...

, a magazine designed to share sociology with other fields and the public
Public sociology
Public sociology is an approach to the discipline which seeks to transcend the academy and engage wider audiences. Rather than being defined by a particular method, theory, or set of political values, public sociology may be seen as a style of sociology, a way of writing and a form of intellectual...

. In 2010 ASA's membership went beyond 14,000 and consists of various sociology-related professionals: academics (professors, students, researchers) as well as other practitioners. This membership makes ASA currently the largest professional association of sociologists in the world, even larger than the International Sociological Association
International Sociological Association
International Sociological Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to scientific purposes in the field of sociology and social sciences...

.

ASA journals

  • American Sociological Review
    American Sociological Review
    The American Sociological Review is a bimonthly, peer-reviewed academic journal covering all aspects of sociology, including new theoretical developments, results of research that advance the understanding of fundamental social processes, and methodological innovations. It is published by SAGE...

  • City & Community
  • Contemporary Sociology
    Contemporary Sociology
    Contemporary Sociology is an academic journal in the field of sociology, published bimonthly by Sage Publications on behalf of the American Sociological Association since 1972. Contemporary Sociology publishes reviews and discussions of the most important recent works in sociology and in related...

  • Contexts
    Contexts
    Contexts, subtitled Understanding People in their Social Worlds, is an official publication of the American Sociological Association. The magazine is designed to be a more accessible source of sociological ideas and research, and it has been deeply inspired by the movement within the discipline of...

  • Journal of Health and Social Behavior
    Journal of Health and Social Behavior
    The Journal of Health and Social Behavior is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal published by the American Sociological Association. It publishes "empirical and theoretical articles that apply sociological concepts and methods to the understanding of health and illness and the organization...

  • Rose Series
  • Social Psychology Quarterly
    Social Psychology Quarterly
    Social Psychology Quarterly is a peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes papers in the field of social psychology. The journal's editors-in-chief are Karen A. Hegtvedt and Cathryn Johnson...

  • Sociological Methodology
  • Sociological Theory
    Sociological Theory
    Sociological Theory is a peer-reviewed journal published by Blackwell Publishing for the American Sociological Association since 1983. It covers the full range of sociological theory - from ethnomethodology to world systems analysis, from commentaries on the classics to the latest cutting-edge...

  • Sociology of Education
    Sociology of education
    The sociology of education is the study of how public institutions and individual experiences affect education and its outcomes. It is most concerned with the public schooling systems of modern industrial societies, including the expansion of higher, further, adult, and continuing...

  • Teaching Sociology
    Teaching Sociology
    Teaching Sociology is an quarterly academic journal in the field of sociology. It has been published since 1973 by American Sociological Association...


List of presidents

List of ASA presidents
# Name Term
1 Lester F. Ward 1906–1907
2 William G. Sumner 1908–1909
3 Franklin H. Giddings 1910–1911
4 Albion W. Small 1912–1913
5 Edward A. Ross
Edward A. Ross
Edward Alsworth Ross was a progressive American sociologist, eugenicist, and major figure of early criminology.-Biography:...

1914–1915
6 George E. Vincent 1916
7 George E. Howard 1917
8 Charles H. Cooley
Charles Cooley
Charles Horton Cooley was an American sociologist and the son of Thomas M. Cooley. He studied and went on to teach economics and sociology at the University of Michigan, and he was a founding member and the eighth president of the American Sociological Association...

1918
9 Frank W. Blackmar
Frank W. Blackmar
Frank Wilson Blackmar was an American sociologist, historian and educator. He served as the 9th President of the American Sociological Society .Before earning a Ph.D...

1919
19 James Q. Dealey 1920
11 Edward C. Hayes
Edward C. Hayes
Edward Cary Hayes was a pioneer in American sociology and was a founder and president of the American Sociological Association.Edward Cary Hayes was born on February 10, 1868 in Lewiston, Maine. He received a bachelor's degree from Bates College and then studied at the Cobb Divinity School...

1921
12 James P. Lichtenberg 1922
13 Ulysses G. Weatherly
Ulysses G. Weatherly
Ulysses G. Weatherly was a founder of the American Sociological Society and on its executive committee from 1907 to 1910. He was appointed as Vice President in 1920 and President in 1923.-References:* -Books:...

1923
14 Charles A. Ellwood
Charles A. Ellwood
Charles A. Ellwood was one of the leading American sociologists of the interwar period, studying intolerance, communication and revolutions and using many multidisciplinary methods. He argued that sociology should play a role in directing cultural evolution through education of society...

1924
15 Robert E. Park
Robert E. Park
Robert Ezra Park was an American urban sociologist, one of the main founders of the original Chicago School of sociology.-Life:...

1925
16 John L. Gillin 1926
17 W. I. Thomas
W. I. Thomas
William Isaac Thomas was an American sociologist. He is noted for his innovative work on the sociology of migration on which he co-operated with Florian Znaniecki, and for his formulation of what became known as the Thomas theorem, a fundamental principle of sociology: "If men define situations as...

1927
18 John M. Gillette 1928
19 William F. Ogburn 1929
20 Howard W. Odum
Howard W. Odum
Howard Washington Odum was an American sociologist.-Biography:...

1930
21 Emory S. Bogardus
Emory S. Bogardus
Emory S. Bogardus was a prominent figure in the history of American sociology...

1931
22 Luther L. Bernard 1932
23 Edward B. Reuter 1933
24 Ernest W. Burgess 1934
25 F. Stuart Chapin 1935
26 Henry P. Fairchild 1936
27 Ellsworth Faris
Ellsworth Faris
Ellsworth Faris was an influential sociologist of the Chicago school.Faris was born in 1874 in Salem, Tennessee. He studied at Texas Christian University, where he earned his Bachelor Degree in 1894 and Masters Degree in 1896. From 1897 to 1904, he spent time in Belgian Congo as a missionary...

1937
28 Frank H. Hankins
Frank H. Hankins
Frank Hamilton Hankins was an American sociologist and anthropologist who was the president of the American Sociological Society in 1938. He wrote the book The Racial Basis of Civilization which was critical of Nordic theory.- References :...

1938
29 Edwin Sutherland
Edwin Sutherland
Edwin H. Sutherland was an American sociologist. He is considered as one of the most influential criminologists of the twentieth century...

1939
30 Robert M. MacIver 1940
31 Stuart A. Queen 1941
32 Dwight Sanderson 1942
33 George A. Lundberg
George A. Lundberg
George Andrew Lundberg was an American sociologist.-Biography:...

1943
34 Rupert B. Vance 1944
35 Kimball Young
Kimball Young
Kimball Young was the president of the American Sociological Association in 1945.Young was a grandson of Brigham Young. He was born in Provo, Utah, and graduated from Brigham Young University in 1915. However, Kimball Young himself was not a believer in the Latter-day Saint faith, and spoke...

1945
36 Carl C. Taylor 1946
37 Louis Wirth
Louis Wirth
Louis Wirth was an American sociologist and member of the Chicago school of sociology.-Life:Louis Wirth was born in the small village of Gemünden in the Hunsrück, Germany. He was one of seven children born to Rosalie Lorig and Joseph Wirth. Gemünden was a pastoral community, and Joseph Wirth...

1947
38 E. Franklin Frazier
E. Franklin Frazier
Edward Franklin Frazier , was an American sociologist. His 1932 Ph.D. dissertation The Negro Family in Chicago, later released as a book The Negro Family in the United States in 1939, analyzed the cultural and historical forces that influenced the development of the African American family from the...

1948
39 Talcott Parsons
Talcott Parsons
Talcott Parsons was an American sociologist who served on the faculty of Harvard University from 1927 to 1973....

1949
40 Leonard S. Cottrell, Jr. 1950
41 Robert C. Angell 1951
42 Dorothy Swaine Thomas 1952
43 Samuel A. Stouffer
Samuel A. Stouffer
Samuel Andrew Stouffer was a prominent American sociologist and developer of survey research techniques. Stouffer spent much of his career attempting to answer the fundamental question - How does one measure an attitude?Dr...

1953
44 Florian Znaniecki
Florian Znaniecki
Florian Witold Znaniecki was a Polish sociologist. He taught and wrote in Poland and the United States. He was the 44th President of the American Sociological Association and the founder of academic sociology studies in Poland...

1954
45 Donald Young 1955
46 Herbert Blumer
Herbert Blumer
Herbert George Blumer was an American sociologist. Continuing the work of George Herbert Mead, he named and developed the topic of symbolic interactionism. According to Blumer himself, his main post-graduate scholarly interests were symbolic interactionism and methodological problems...

1956
47 Robert K. Merton
Robert K. Merton
Robert King Merton was a distinguished American sociologist. He spent most of his career teaching at Columbia University, where he attained the rank of University Professor...

1957
48 Robin M. Williams, Jr. 1958
49 Kingsley Davis
Kingsley Davis
Kingsley Davis , identified by the American Philosophical Society as one of the most outstanding social scientists of the twentieth century, was a Hoover Institution senior research fellow and internationally recognized American sociologist and demographer...

1959
50 Howard P. Becker
Howard P. Becker
Howard Paul Becker was for many years professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.-Biography:...

1960 (died in office)
51 Robert E.L. Faris 1961
52 Paul F. Lazarsfeld
Paul Lazarsfeld
Paul Felix Lazarsfeld was one of the major figures in 20th-century American sociology. The founder of Columbia University's Bureau of Applied Social Research, he exerted a tremendous influence over the techniques and the organization of social research...

1962
53 Everett C. Hughes 1963
54 George C. Homans
George C. Homans
George Casper Homans was an American sociologist, founder of behavioral sociology and the exchange theory.Homans is best known for his research in social behavior and his works including The Human Group, Social Behavior: Its Elementary Forms, his exchange theory and the many different propositions...

1964
55 Pitirim A. Sorokin 1965
56 Wilbert E. Moore
Wilbert E. Moore
Wilbert E. Moore was a American sociologist noted, with Kingsley Davis, for their explanation and justification for social stratification, based their idea of "functional necessity."...

1966
57 Charles P. Loomis 1967
58 Philip M. Hauser 1968
59 Arnold M. Rose 1969 (died in office)
60 Ralph Turner 1969
61 Reinhard Bendix
Reinhard Bendix
Reinhard Bendix was a German American sociologist.Born in Berlin, Germany, he briefly belonged to Neu beginnen and Hashomer Hatzair, groups that resisted the Nazis. In 1938 he emigrated to the United States. He received his B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and subsequently...

1970
62 William H. Sewell
William H. Sewell
William Hamilton Sewell was a United States sociologist and the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison from 1967-1968. He is known also as the father of another sociologist .-Biography:...

1971
63 William J. Goode 1972
64 Mirra Komarovsky
Mirra Komarovsky
Mirra Komarovsky , a pioneer in the sociology of gender.Coming from a privileged Jewish family in Czarist Russia, her family fled the country after the 1917 Russian Revolution. Komarovsky’s parents were Zionists and landowning Jews in Akkerman, Russia, until tsarist police drove them from their home...

1973
65 Peter M. Blau 1974
66 Lewis A. Coser
Lewis A. Coser
Lewis Coser was an American sociologist. The 66th president of the American Sociological Association in 1975....

1975
67 Alfred McClung Lee
Alfred McClung Lee
Alfred McClung Lee was an American sociologist whose research included studies of American journalism, propaganda, and race relations....

1976
68 John Milton Yinger
John Milton Yinger
John Milton Yinger was an American sociologist who was president of the American Sociological Association 1976-1977. Yinger received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1942, and was Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Oberlin College.-Biography :Yinger was born in Quincy,...

1977
69 Amos H. Hawley 1978
70 Hubert M. Blalock, Jr. 1979
71 Peter H. Rossi 1980
72 William Foote Whyte
William Foote Whyte
William Foote Whyte was a sociologist chiefly known for his ethnological study in urban sociology, Street Corner Society...

1981
73 Erving Goffman
Erving Goffman
Erving Goffman was a Canadian-born sociologist and writer.The 73rd president of American Sociological Association, Goffman's greatest contribution to social theory is his study of symbolic interaction in the form of dramaturgical perspective that began with his 1959 book The Presentation of Self...

1982
74 Alice S. Rossi
Alice S. Rossi
Alice S. Rossi was a pioneering feminist and sociologist.-Biography:Rossi's scholarship focused on the status of women at work, in the family, and their sexual life. Her writings helped to build the foundations of the feminist movement. Her early advocacy of abortion and reproductive rights...

1983
75 James F. Short, Jr. 1984
76 Kai T. Erikson
Kai T. Erikson
Kai Theodor Erikson is an American sociologist, noted as an authority on the social consequences of catastrophic events. He served as the 76th president of the American Sociological Association....

1985
77 Matilda White Riley 1986
78 Melvin L. Kohn
Melvin L. Kohn
Melvin L. Kohn is an American sociologist and past president of the American Sociological Association. He is currently a professor at Johns Hopkins University and conducts research on social structure and personality....

1987
79 Herbert J. Gans
Herbert J. Gans
Herbert J. Gans is an American sociologist who has taught at Columbia University since 1971, retiring in 2007.One of the most prolific and influential sociologists of his generation, Gans came to America in 1940 as a refugee from Nazism and has sometimes described his scholarly work as an...

1988
80 Joan Huber 1989
81 William Julius Wilson
William Julius Wilson
William Julius Wilson is an American sociologist. He worked at the University of Chicago 1972-1996 before moving to Harvard....

1990
82 Stanley Lieberson 1991
83 James S. Coleman 1992
84 Seymour Martin Lipset
Seymour Martin Lipset
Seymour Martin Lipset was an American political sociologist, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and the Hazel Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University. His major work was in the fields of political sociology, trade union organization, social stratification, public opinion, and...

1993
85 William A. Gamson
William A. Gamson
William Anthony Gamson is a professor of Sociology at Boston College, where he is also the co-director of the Media Research and Action Project ....

1994
86 Amitai Etzioni
Amitai Etzioni
Amitai Etzioni is a German-Israeli-American sociologist.-Biography:In 1933, Amitai Etzioni was only four years old when the Nazis rose to power in Germany. He was separated from his family but reunited with them by the year 1947...

1995
87 Maureen T. Hallinan 1996
88 Neil Smelser
Neil Smelser
Neil Joseph Smelser is an emeritus professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He was an active researcher from 1958 to 1994. His research has been on collective behavior....

1997
89 Jill Quadagno
Jill Quadagno
Dr. Jill B. Quadagno is Professor of Sociology at Florida State University where she holds the Mildred and Claude Pepper Eminent Scholar Chair in Social Gerontology. Her books include One Nation, Uninsured: Why the U.S. Has No National Health Insurance and the Color of Welfare: How Racism...

1998
90 Alejandro Portes
Alejandro Portes
Alejandro Portes is a prominent Cuban-American sociologist. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1970. He is currently chair of the department of sociology at Princeton University and a member of the National Academy of Science, and of the Board of Trustees...

1999
91 Joe R. Feagin 2000
92 Douglas S. Massey 2001
93 Barbara F. Reskin 2002
94 William T. Bielby
William T. Bielby
William T. Bielby is Professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is Distinguished Research Scholar at the . He was the President of the American Sociological Association in 2002-2003. He studied electrical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and...

2003
95 Michael Burawoy
Michael Burawoy
Michael Burawoy is a British, sociological Marxist, best known as author of Manufacturing Consent: Changes in the Labor Process under Monopoly Capitalisma study on work and organizations that has been translated into a number of languagesand as the leading proponent of public sociology...

2004
96 Troy Duster
Troy Duster
Troy Duster is a sociologist with research interests in the sociology of science, public policy, race and ethnicity and deviance. He is a Chancellor’s Professor of Sociology at UC Berkeley and professor of sociology and director of the Institute for the History of the Production of Knowledge at...

2005
97 Cynthia Fuchs Epstein 2006
98 Frances Fox Piven
Frances Fox Piven
Frances Fox Piven is an American professor of political science and sociology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, where she has taught since 1982.-Life and education:...

2007
99 Arne L. Kalleberg 2008
100 Patricia Hill Collins
Patricia Hill Collins
Patricia Hill Collins, is Distinguished University Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park, former head of the Department of African American Studies at the University of Cincinnati and past President of the American Sociological Association Council...

2009
101 Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Evelyn Nakano Glenn is a Professor of Gender & Women's Studies and of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to her teaching and research responsibilities she serves as Founding Director of the University's Center for Race and Gender . The CRG is a leading U.S...

2010
102 Randall Collins
Randall Collins
Randall Collins, Ph.D. is the Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the Advisory Editors Council of the Social Evolution & History Journal. He is considered to be one of the leading non-Marxist conflict theorists in the United...

2011
103 Erik Olin Wright
Erik Olin Wright
Erik Olin Wright is an American analytical Marxist sociologist, specializing in social stratification, and in egalitarian alternative futures to capitalism.-Biography:...

2012

See also


The documentary A Century of Progress:Presidential Reflections, 1905-2005(20 minutes). It is a concise overview of the core ideas of the respective presidents of the American Sociological Association. It was produced in conjunction with the centennial of the ASA by sociologist-
filmmaker Gale Largey(www.galelargey.com).
  • ASA style
    ASA style
    American Sociological Association style is a widely accepted format for writing university research papers that specifies such the arrangement and punctuation of footnotes and bibliographies...

  • International Sociological Association
    International Sociological Association
    International Sociological Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to scientific purposes in the field of sociology and social sciences...


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