Wooten, Melissa E. 2015. In the Face of Inequality: How Black Colleges Adapt. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
A quarter of black Americans earn college degrees from black colleges, yet questions about the necessity of black colleges abound. In the Face of Inequality dissects the ways in which race and racism combined to shape the experiences of America?s black colleges in the mid-twentieth century. In a novel approach to this topic, Melissa E. Wooten combines historical data with a sociological approach. Drawing on extensive quantitative and qualitative historical data, Wooten argues that for much of America?s history, educational and social policy was explicitly designed to limit black colleges? organizational development. As an alternative to questioning the modern day relevance of these schools, Wooten asks readers to consider how race and racism precludes black colleges from acquiring the resources and respect worthy of them.

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If you are a student member of ASA or know of a student member who is interested in the sociology of organizations, occupations, and work, please consider joining or encouraging him/her to join at no cost ASA’s Organization, Occupations, and Work (OOW) section. Thanks to the generous support of its members, OOW is covering the section membership fees ($5) for the first 90 students whose full names are emailed to Michel Anteby, treasurer of the section, at manteby@hbs.edu

Please note that students must already be members of the ASA to be eligible for this offer. They will be signed up on a first come, first served basis. Any sponsors who sends more than 10 eligible names will be recognized in our next newsletter. Please send names at your earliest convenience and no later than June 15, 2015. Thanks!

We are pleased to introduce the members of the 2015-2016 OOW Editorial Team

bentonpicRichard A. Benton is currently a post-doctoral scholar in the Department of Sociology at Duke University. His research interests include corporate governance, social network analysis, job search networks, formal and complex organizations, and economic sociology. He is currently studying how structural cohesion in elite social networks helps maintain managerialism in the face of the shareholder activism and scrutiny. In Fall 2015 Richard will join the faculty at the University of Illinois as Assistant Professor of Labor and Employment Relations.

Profile_hyl3Hang Young Lee is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Duke University. His areas of research span income and wealth inequality, social stratification and mobility, social capital, social network analysis, and economic sociology. He is currently studying the mobility into the top one percent in either income or net worth distributions, and social capital as a source of immigrant disadvantages in the labor market. In Summer 2015 Hang Young will be a post-doctoral scholar in the Department of Sociology at Duke University.

IMG_0745Sarah Mosseri is currently a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on work, culture and inequality. She is currently studying the cultural contestation of overwork in the media and how the meanings of work and family influence working parents’ strategies for meeting the demands of both.



Taekjin Shin is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests concern corporate governance, executive compensation, wage inequality, organizational sociology, and economic sociology. He is currently studying the institutional explanation for the rise of executive compensation and the symbolic effect of shareholder-value orientation on the career outcomes of executive managers. In Fall 2015, Taekjin will join the faculty at the College of Business Administration at San Diego State University.

The University of Virginia Department of Sociology seeks to fill a non-tenure track Lecturer position during the 2015-2016 academic year. The initial one year appointment may be renewable for an additional year contingent upon funding, satisfactory performance, and departmental teaching needs. A teaching load of 2-2 is anticipated, and compensation will take the form of part-time salary with part-time benefits. This appointment is not eligible for ECE (Expectation of Continued Employment). Subject areas of particular need include, but are not limited to, Sociology of Health and Illness, Medical Sociology, Crime and Deviance, Environmental Sociology, Race and Ethnicity, Inequality. Applicants must be on track to receive a PhD in the relevant field by May 2015 and must hold a PhD at the time of appointment.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning May 13, 2015.

To apply, please complete a Candidate Profile online through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu), and electronically attach the following: a current CV, cover letter, statement of teaching, and complete contact information for three professional references.

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