End of September announcements

Hello Fellow CBSM Section Members!

Here are some announcements for the end of the month.  It is my great pleasure to say that the new-and-improved CBSM Web site is now up and running. (https://cbsm-asa.org/)  It is your one-stop shopping for CBSM news, with helpful links, archives of Critical Mass, and chair announcements.  Please check it out.  I want thank Webmaster Alex Hanna for his excellent work!  Thanks, too, to the Publication Committee (Neal Caren, Marc Dixon, and Grace Yukich) and the Editors of Critical Mass (Michelle Smirnova and Melissa Wooten)!

As for Critical Mass, please send your news about recent publications, awards, conferences, fellowship opportunities, calls for papers, and other announcements that you would like to be included in the next issue. Also welcome are suggestions for themes to be discussed in future issues as well as submissions of short essays on topics relevant to the section.  Here are some suggestions for essays on current issues, from the Editors: political events in Syria, potential protests of Russian Olympics, reactions to the threat of a U.S. government shutdown, or the unionization of adjunct faculty (seehttp://chronicle.com/article/Tufts-U-Adjuncts-Vote-to/141937/).  Other ideas for essays, are of course also welcome.   If you are interested in submitting an essay, please email Michelle Smirnova and Melissa Wooten at cbsmnews@gmail.com.   The deadline for submissions for the next issue is November 1.

Also, please note that the submission deadline for abstracts for the ISA meeting is September 30 (tomorrow).  There are many CBSM-related sessions, so please get to it.

Speaking of tight deadlines, please send me your updates and announcements in way that will maximize the benefits to our membership.  These updates go out twice a month, somewhere around the beginning or end of the month and in the middle of the month.

1.  Job at Barnard College—Debra Minkoff.

2. Session on Environmental Social Movements in the 21st Century at the ISA World Congress–Dana Fisher.

3.  Job at the University of Georgia—Dawn T. Robinson.

4.  CFP for Use of Internet, Activism, and Social Movements Datasets—Jennifer Earl.


All the best,


1. Job at Barnard College—Debra Minkoff.

The Department of Sociology at Barnard College, Columbia University, invites applications for a position at the advanced assistant or associate professor level beginning Fall 2014. Area of specialization is open.  We are especially interested in candidates who will expand the department’s research and teaching profile and contribute to the diversity of faculty across the College.  Candidates must have an established record of scholarship, teaching, and service. Applications should include a CV, separate statements of research and teaching interests, no more than 2 samples of published work, and 3 letters of recommendation. Submit materials online tohttp://careers.barnard.edu/postings/550. Once the online application is completed, recommenders will be notified by e-mail with instructions for uploading reference letters.  Specific questions about the position can be addressed to Debra Minkoff, Search Committee Chair, by e-mail at dminkoff@barnard.edu. Review of applications will begin on October 7, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Barnard College, an independent liberal arts college for women affiliated with Columbia University, is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and from individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.


2.  Session on Environmental Social Movements in the 21st Century at the ISA World Congress—Dana Fisher.


This session is sponsored by RC-24 (on environment and society),  but I am obviously very interested in papers that engage with the literature on social movements.  The deadline for submissions is September 30th.  To submit to this session, go to this link and click the online
abstract submission button:


3.  Job at the University of Georgia—Dawn T. Robinson.

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA. The Department of Sociology invites applications for a position beginning August 2014 at the Associate or early Full Professor (tenured) level.  We are looking for an outstanding scholar, who must hold a Ph.D. in Sociology, to contribute to our research and graduate training mission in social psychology. Candidates will also be expected to teach undergraduate classes. We seek candidates with an outstanding record of high quality research, a demonstrated ability to mentor graduate student research, and a successful and consistent track record of external research funding. All faculty members are expected to support the college’s goals of creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive learning environment.

We invite interested candidates to visit our web site to learn more about the Sociology Department (http://sociology.uga.edu/).  The Sociology Department has strong ties to the Owens Institute of Behavioral Research (http://www.ibr.uga.edu/).  Please submit applications online at https://www.franklin.uga.edu/jobs.  Direct inquiries to the chair of the recruitment committee, Dawn T. Robinson, (sodawn@uga.edu).


The Department of Sociology, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and its many units, and the University of Georgia are committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students, and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Georgia is well known for its quality of life in regard to both outdoor and urban activities (www.georgia.gov). UGA is a land- and sea-grant institution located in Athens, 90 miles northeast of Atlanta, the state capital (www.visitathensga.comwww.uga.edu).  Review of applications will begin October 15, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled.  The University of Georgia is an EEO/AA institution.


4. CFP for Use of Internet, Activism, and Social Movements Datasets—Jennifer Earl.

From 2006-2012, I had a NSF CAREER Award to collect data on online protest across 20 different issue areas. That effort produced two time-series datasets: a panel dataset tracking about 1,200 websites across 5 years, and a cross-sectional dataset tracking new samples of websites each year for five years. Each of these datasets is really two nested sets: one on the overall websites and one on all protest actions that were hosted or linked to from study websites.

After discussions with potential users at the CBSM pre-conference in Las Vegas, several data collection team members and I designed a data release process based directly on potential user input that is engineered to develop a strong and informed user base and reviewing community for the dataset. The first step in that data release process is a limited use period in which potential users can apply to use the data while it is still embargoed. In exchange for early access, these early users will agree to support the development of a user community around the dataset in a variety of ways. (For folks that don’t want to support a user community and just want their hands on the data, they will get that chance when the data is publicly released at the end of 2015.)

I invite you to read about the data release program at: http://jearl.faculty.arizona.edu/node/11

That page contains a call for proposals, with the first deadline on October 1st (with other deadlines following on a quarterly basis). Other pages linked from that page will take you to pages on how the data is being used already, potential collaborators from the data collection team, and detailed information on the dataset and documentation. It also contains an email address where you can send questions about the data and data release program (please don’t send to my UA email account).

I hope many of you will consider contributing to this effort by submitting proposals and agreeing to join the user community. It’s a complicated dataset that over 60 people have put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into building. We are eager to help develop a community that appreciates the complexity of these data and is prepared to use these data in scientifically appropriate ways. By doing so, we hope to not just introduce new data, but introduce the needed skills to use the data wisely.


Jennifer Earl