Call for Papers: Issue of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences

Issue of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences on:

The Social and Political Impact of COVID-19 in the United States

Editors: Beth Redbird (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University), Laurel Harbridge-Yong (Associate Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University), Rachel Davis Mersey (Associate Dean for Research and Jesse H. Jones Centennial Professor, University of Texas at Austin). 

Note: This will be the first of three COVID-19 related calls. The second call, in spring 2021, will focus on socio-economic impacts and will be edited by Steven Raphael (University of California, Berkeley) and Daniel Schneider (John F. Kennedy School). The third call, in fall 2021, will focus on educational impacts and will be edited by Dominique Baker (Southern Methodist University), Michal Kurlaender (University of California, Davis), Susanna Loeb (Brown University), and Ruth N. López Turley (Rice University).

The COVID-19 pandemic is quickly leading to broad changes in society and upending ways of life across the globe. It is important to begin to understand the social and political factors that shape the response to the pandemic, as well as how the pandemic alters subsequent political and social dynamics for individuals, groups, communities, and institutions. While the COVID-19 pandemic is a clear public health challenge, it also has social, political, and economic problems of interest to social scientists. We recognize that we are at the beginning of a full and deep understanding of the relationships between COVID-19 and U.S. society, but it is evident that immediate issues are emerging. For example, public adoption of advised health behaviors relies on a successful interplay of public policy, personal and mass communication, and public attitudes toward government and fellow citizens. For a pandemic response to be effective, policy makers must devise strategies, information must be conveyed to the public, and individual attitudes and behaviors must change. The rise of diseases such as SARS, MERS, H1N1, and COVID-19 underlines the need to understand these phenomena—not just epidemiologically, but as socially and politically important events. Social and political factors impact government and individual responses to the pandemic, and the pandemic also alters the political and social fabric of the country. That means issues of power, status, resources, culture, politics, and social structures play center stage as the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, unfolded and continues.

The magnitude of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the governmental responses that follow, have sweeping political and social consequences, which we are just beginning to study. Additionally, citizens’ experiences with the pandemic may shape subsequent behaviors, such as strategies for collecting and processing of information, trust in government, voting behavior, and civic engagement. Likewise, the pandemic and related governmental responses have important consequences on existing social and political inequalities, including race, class, and region of residence.

In this issue, we invite theoretical and empirical papers which enhance our initial understanding of the social and political impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. Our aim is to highlight outstanding early research on: (1) how social and political dynamics shape responses to the pandemic; and (2) how the pandemic itself alters social and political dynamics for individuals, communities and institutions. This includes research exemplifying the interplay among politics and policy; information exchange; economics; psychology; social structures, including networks and institutions; power and status; and public behavior in the United States. We welcome research from across the social sciences, including communications, economics, education, organizational behavior, political science, psychology, and sociology. Papers may employ a variety of methods and data, including both quantitative and qualitative. We are particularly interested in studies that deepen our understanding of social institutions in times of crisis and change. In the United States, the decentralized nature of the pandemic response created cleavages between regions, urban and rural areas, demographic populations, and other groups leading to significant power and status differentials. Papers that analyze geographic, racial, socioeconomic, political, or other status and power inequalities are welcome, as are papers that leverage key events, geographic variation, or temporal differences. Papers with an international focus will be considered only if they have clear comparison with, or direct implications for, the United States.

Please click here for a full description of the topics covered in this call for articles.

Anticipated Timeline

Prospective contributors should submit a CV and an abstract (up to two pages in length, single or double spaced) of their study along with up to two pages of supporting material (e.g., tables, figures, pictures, etc.) no later than 5 PM EST on November 3, 2020, to:

(NOTE that if you wish to submit an abstract and do not yet have an account with us, it can take up to 48 hours to get credentials, so please start your application at least two days before the deadline.)

All submissions must be original work that has not been previously published in part or in full. Only abstracts submitted to will be considered. Each paper will receive a $1,000 honorarium when the issue is published. All questions regarding this issue should be directed to Suzanne Nichols, Director of Publications, at and not to the email addresses of the editors of the issue.

A conference will take place at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City on June 11, 2021 (with a dinner the night before). The selected contributors will gather for a one-day workshop to present draft papers (due a month prior to the conference on 5/11/21 ) and receive feedback from the other contributors and editors. Travel costs, food, and lodging for one author per paper will be covered by the foundation. Papers will be circulated before the conference. After the conference, the authors will submit their revised drafts by 9/30/21. The papers will then be sent out to three additional scholars for formal peer review. Having received feedback from reviewers and the RSF board, authors will revise their papers by 3/10/22. The full and final issue will be published in the fall of 2022. Papers will be published open access on the RSF website as well as in several digital repositories, including JSTOR and UPCC/Muse.

Please click here for a full description of the topics covered in this call for articles.

Member Publication: The Revolution That Wasn’t: How Digital Activism Favors Conservatives

Please check out the recent publication by OOW member Jen Schradie. 2020. The Revolution That Wasn’t: How Digital Activism Favors Conservatives. Harvard University Press.

Here is a short description of the book:

How do we make sense of this pendulum swing from digital utopianism of Facebook and Twitter revolutions to dystopianism Russian bots, political hacking, and fake news? The Revolution That Wasn’t: How Digital Activism Favors Conservatives (Harvard University Press), is sociologist Jen Schradie’s new book that contextualizes the online political landscape. WIRED Magazine chose The Revolution that Wasn’t as one of its top summer reads, noting“Schradie explains that, while Black Lives Matter and #MeToo capture headlines, it’s traditionally powerful conservative groups who have used digital tools to create tangible change. Hers may not be the internet culture take you want…but it’s likely the one you need.” Other news outlets, ranging from Newsweek and Vox to The Times Literary Supplement and Le Monde, have recommended the book to its readers. Academic critics have also sung its praises: Dave Karpf noted that the book is “both timely and important. The book offers a robust challenge to some of the bedrock assumptions that have motivated research on digital politics for the past decade or two…It is empirically rigorous, theoretically compelling, and beautifully written. I expect this is a book that will help shape the field for years to come.” Data & Society director danah boyd noted, “The Revolution That Wasn’t reveals the textured reality of contemporary activism, challenging widespread assumptions about technology’s role in social movements. Beautiful storytelling and grounded insights make this book a delightful and important read for anyone who is concerned about politics today.” According to Sidney Tarrow, “A pleasure to read, and packed with vibrant interactions with activists of both types, Schradie’s book will take the study of digital activism to a new level.” And Richard R. John noted in the Washington Monthly, “An “arresting thesis…While Schradie recognizes the quantitative dimension of online engagement, the primary strength of her book lies in her fine-grained ethnographic analysis of the ways in which left-leaning and right-leaning groups did, and did not, take advantage of digital media.” 

Call for Paper: Gender, Work & Organization: Crises and the (Re)Organizing of Gender and Work

Call for Papers: Crises and the (Re)Organizing of Gender and Work

Journal: Gender, Work & Organization

With this special issue, we seek to understand and explore how feminist organizations and activists around the world mobilize in the face of crisis events to resist the structural marginalization of gender and work issues.

We invite interested authors to send an extended abstract (750-1000 words) and a short bio for each author (150 words) before 28 September 2020. The abstract must clearly state the title, question(s) for discussion within the framework of the special issue, theoretical or/and empirical ground. Extended abstracts should be sent to corresponding co-editors Jamie Callahan ( and Kristy Kelly (

More information is available here.

Invitations for full submission will be sent mid-October.

Deadline for full submissions: 1 March 2021

New Sociology Series in the Evolution Institute’s Scholarly Magazine

See below an announcement about a new series the Evolution Institute’s scholarly magazine:

Dear ASA sections chairs and chair elects,

We are pleased to announce the new sociology series in This View of Life, the Evolution Institute’s online scholarly magazine.  Adding these articles to your summer reading list won’t take your mind off our current global crises, but we guarantee the articles will stimulate some new insights about them. We would be grateful if you could distribute this among your section members. 

Check out our introductory essay with David Sloan Wilson and the first two articles:  

New articles will be released each week according to the following schedule::

July 27:  Lengefeld, Hooks, Smith: Zoonotic Spillover and COVID

July 28:  Kalkhoff, Serpe, Pollock: Videochat and social interaction in COVID

Aug. 3:  Turner: Natural and sociocultural selection and COVID

Aug. 4:  Abrutyn: Emotions, Neuroscience, Suicide

Aug. 10:  Hitlin: Sociological social psychology and evolution

Aug. 17:  Hammond, Long-term economic growth and the pandemic

Aug. 24: Prescheduled Third Way Conversation

Aug. 31:  Evans: Institutionalization of Animal Welfare and the Evolution of Corona Virus(es)

Sept. 7:  Maryanski: COVID, evolution, and apes

Sept. 14:  Blute: Density-dependent selection

Sept. 21:  Atkinson: Religion and Evolution

Sept. 28: Prescheduled Third Way Conversation

Oct. 5:  Devine: Tyranny, evolution, and COVID

Additional articles will be published as they are completed.  We’re grateful to all who have contributed and we’ll welcome suggestions for additional essays.

Best wishes,

Russell Schutt, 2019-2020 EBS Chair and Rengin Firat, EBS Council Member

Job Posting: TT Assistant Professor Position at Marquette University

The Department of Social and Cultural Sciences invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 2021. We seek applicants to teach primarily in the Sociology program, with expertise in the sociology of race and ethnicity. The department is open to the full range of perspectives active in the sociology of race and ethnicity today, including those that have conventionally been understudied. The candidate who is hired will be expected to teach a course on race as well as other courses relevant to their areas of expertise. The ability to contribute to curriculum being developed around our university-wide Race, Ethnic and Indigenous Studies program will be considered an asset.

Applicants should demonstrate excellence in teaching, evidence of scholarly productivity, and a clear research agenda. A Ph.D. in Sociology or a related field is required by the time of appointment.

More information about the position here.

The job ID in the ASA job bank is: 16428

Deadline for the application: September 7th

Funded Research Opportunity: The Systematizing Confidence in Open Research and Evidence Project

See below a message from OOW member Philip Cohen:

Here is a funded research opportunity for sociologists. I’m happy to discuss this with anyone who is interested in conducting replications. Or contact the organizers directly. – Philip Cohen,

The Systematizing Confidence in Open Research and Evidence project (SCORE) is looking for researchers to help conduct secondary data replications of claims published in leading social-behavioral sciences journals between 2009-2018. There are two different ways to participate in this project:

· Identify and prepare datasets that provide independent evidence about a claim found in this spreadsheet. Researchers will receive $2,000 for each dataset they prepare. The claims that are not already highlighted should be prioritized. The first step is to complete a data proposal following this template, which should be submitted to Andrew or Anna at COS.

· Analyze a dataset provided to you. Researchers will receive $1,000 for each dataset they analyze. The list of studies available for analysis is here. Any project not highlighted is still available, and this list will be continually updated as more datasets become available. Researchers should contact Andrew or Anna at COS when they’ve identified a project they’d like to serve as a data analyst for.

Philip N. Cohen
Department of Sociology
2112 Art-Sociology Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Pronoun: he

Call for Participants: AOM Professional Development Workshop on “Trust between Individuals and Organizations”

Invitation to AOM PDW on Trust

We invite you to attend the 8th AOM Professional Development Workshop (PDW) on “Trust between Individuals and Organizations.”

Scheduled: Tuesday, Aug 11 2020, 7:00PM – 9:00PM EDT.

Format: Real-Time – Open: Presenters and audience on live video.

There is no need to register for this workshop, but you will need to register for the AOM Meeting in order to be able to attend.

Organizers: Oliver Schilke, Bart De Jong
Panelists: Katinka Bijlsma-Frankema, Chris Long, Aks Zaheer

Facilitators: Stephen Jones, Rico Lam, Michel Lander, Jessica (Wildones) Wildman, Christopher Yenkey

Workshop Summary: Trust is a fundamental characteristic of organizational relationships and one of the most frequently studied concepts in management research today. This annual PDW is aimed at advancing research on trust by serving as a platform for scholars to discuss critical issues, engage in dialogue, and help further research-in-progress. The workshop consists of two segments: (1) The first segment starts off with a panel discussion, in which leading scholars share their thought-provoking ideas on this year’s focal topic of “trust and control”; (2) For the second segment, attendees break into roundtables to discuss various relevant issues in current trust research. Each table will start out with a particular topic but may move on to other issues as the discussion unfolds. Topics may include (but are not limited to): trust asymmetries, trust violation and recovery, trust in teams, trust in interorganizational relationships, trust across levels of analysis, trust in networks, trust dynamics, and trust and contracts.

Member Publication: Mobilizing for Entitlement: A Randomised Evaluation of a Homestead Land Rights Initiative in Bihar, India

Please check out the recent publication by OOW members Andre Nickow and Sanjay Kumar. “Mobilizing for Entitlement: A Randomised Evaluation of a Homestead Land Rights Initiative in Bihar, India.” Journal of Development Studies (2020): 1-25.


Across much of India, potentially transformative development programs are hampered by barriers to implementation. A case in point is Bihar, a province of over 100 million inhabitants, where state law guarantees each otherwise landless rural household the right to hold title over a plot of homestead land. Yet most eligible Scheduled Caste (SC) households remain untitled. This article studies a social accountability program that established, trained, and mobilised village-level community-based organisations to assist SC households in obtaining homestead title. The study employs a mixed methods design in which a survey-based field experiment estimates program impact while analysis of data from qualitative fieldwork documents ground-level processes. Results indicate that the program strongly increased land security and access to government entitlements, moderately increased asset ownership and homestead satisfaction, and had a weak positive effect on food security. However, the main impact estimates do not show statistically significant treatment effects on investment in dwellings or homestead -based livelihood activities. The qualitative analysis suggests that a key mechanism by which the program improved entitlement access was enabling target households to circumvent rent-seeking intermediaries. Results contribute to development studies research on social accountability, government service delivery, and land rights.

Member Publication: Part-time by Gender, Not Choice: The Gender Gap in Involuntary Part-time Work

Please check out the recent publication by OOW members Corey Pech, Elizabeth Klainot-Hess, and Davon Norris. “Part-time by Gender, not Choice: The Gender Gap in Involuntary Part-Time Work,” Sociological Perspectives, Online First.


Gender inequality in the labor market is a key focus of stratification research. Increasingly, variation in hours worked separates men and women’s employment experiences. Though women often voluntarily work part-time at higher rates than men, involuntary part-time work is both analytically distinct from voluntary part-time work and leaves workers economically precarious. To date, researchers have not systematically investigated gender disparities in involuntary part-time work in the United States. Utilizing Current Population Survey data, we test for a gender gap in involuntary part-time work and evaluate two potential mechanisms: occupational segregation and penalties for care work. We find that women are much more likely than men to work in involuntary part-time positions. Occupational segregation and a care work penalty partially, but not fully, explain this gap. Findings extend existing theories of gender inequality in the workforce and show how an underresearched dimension of job quality creates gender stratification in the United States.

Call for Participants: Gender, Professions, and Organizations Writing Workshop

Register now for the 19th semi-annual Gender, Professions, and Organizations writing workshop. This summer’s workshop will be held virtually over Zoom on Friday, July 31st. To register for the workshop, email Sharla Alegria (, Ethel Mickey ( or Melissa Abad ( 

The overall schedule for the day will be:

Session 1 : 10am – 1pm ET/7am-10am PT

Session 2: 1pm-4pm ET/10am-1pm PT

(Option to join one or both sessions!)

Break: 4pm-5pm ET/ 1-2pm PT

Feminist Salo(o)n: 5-6:30pm ET/2-3:30pm PT (Moderated Conversation on Feminist Futures in Gender, Professions, and Organizations will start at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT)

 Dear Colleagues and Friends,

 The 19th semi-annual Gender, Professions, and Organizations Writing Workshop will take place virtually, using Zoom, from 10:00am (ET)/7am (PT) to 6:30pm (ET)/3:30pm (PT) on Friday, July 31, 2020. Originally a workgroup of sociologists doing research on gender and academic careers, scientific workplace organizations, and organizational transformations to promote gender equality, the workshop now includes scholars of gender, professions, and organizations. The purpose of the workshop is to learn about the range of work that attendees are doing, to connect with others over mutual research interests, and to write “on site” together.

For many of us who have been involved in the past, the writing workshop is a valuable space for networking, community building, and intellectual exchange around collaborative work–all of the things that are hardest to replicate in a virtual environment. We’ve worked to create a format for an online workshop that, we think, will allow us to continue the spirit of the writing workshop and foster community around sociological scholarship of gender, professions, and organizations (using digital tools). We encourage new and returning participants. If you’ve never come, welcome, and if you have, welcome back! 

The day will be organized as two writing sessions: each independent session will include time to learn about each other and our work, and time for writing on your own. The workshop will conclude with a joint social event–it’s a sort of structured happy hour we’re calling a “Feminist Salo(o)n.” Because we are trying to accommodate participants in different time zones, all working from home with various other work and care commitments, we encourage participants to join for one or both writing sessions and to take breaks throughout the day as demands arise. The final part of the workshop brings us back together for the “Feminist Salo(o)n” for a brief discussion of the day and a moderated conversation with scholars we are excited to hear from about the current state and future of sociological research in the area of gender, professions, and organizations. We’ll keep the conversation active with multiple modes for inclusive participation and space for broader discussion. 

All interested sociological scholars working in the area of gender, professions, and organizations are welcome to join. Send an email to Sharla Alegria (, Ethel Mickey (, of Melissa Abad ( by July 24th to register.   


Summer 2020 Gender, Professions, and Organizations Writing Workshop Co-Organizers

Ethel Mickey (Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Massachusetts Amherst, ADVANCE)

Melissa Abad (Research Associate, Stanford University, VMWare Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab)

Elizabeta Shifrin (PhD Student, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

Sharla Alegria (Assistant Professor, University of Toronto) 

Rodica Lisnic (Lecturer, University of Arkansas)

Kathrin Zippel (Professor, Northeastern University)

Laura Kramer (Professor Emerita, Montclair State University)

Former organizers: Christina Falci, Laura Hirshfield, Julia McQuillan, and Enobong Hannah (Anna) Branch, Shauna Morimoto