Per NSF guidelines, all applicants are required to be a U.S. citizen or
a legal U.S. permanent resident.

The American Sociological Association invites applications for six (6)
two-year Postdoctoral Fellowships. These awards are intended for
scholars who are interested in working on understanding the origins of
the current economic crisis, the crisis’s social impacts on such areas
as race and gender relations, employment, housing, education, health,
culture, migration, and politics. In addition, research can focus on the
social impacts of government and private efforts to address and regulate
the crisis, including the sociology of finance and markets,
organizational theory, and the sociology of law.*

*Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), this
program will fund one Postdoctoral Fellow for a period of two years,
beginning in August/September 2010, in the sociology department at EACH
of the following major research universities: _Cornell University,
Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University, the
University of California-Berkeley, and the University of
Wisconsin-Madison._ *

*Each of the Fellowships will provide a supportive research environment
and an opportunity for collegial interaction with scholars in the
Fellow’s host university and with program participants in the other
participating universities. The six Fellowships will be offered pending
final budgetary approval from NSF in 2010. *

*The Fellowship program seeks to recruit new or recent PhDs who are
looking to strengthen research skills in economic sociology and better
understand comparative economic institutions and processes. Applicants
need not have done prior research on the current economic crisis.
Stipend: $45,000 annually plus benefits. Successful candidates will be
assigned to one of the six research universities in consultation with
the sociology faculty of those universities. *

*To be eligible, candidates must have received the PhD in sociology on
or after May 1, 2008, or affirm that they will complete all PhD
requirements, including the dissertation defense, by August 1, 2010.
Completion by this date is a strict requirement for beginning the
position. All Postdoctoral Fellows will be required to teach one seminar
or limited-enrollment undergraduate course related to their research
during their Fellowship period (typically in the first year of the
Fellowship) and will also be expected to participate regularly in
seminars or workshops of the department or program with which they are

*Postmark deadline for the application is February 12, 2010. Application
forms may be found at <> (click on
“Funding”). In addition to a CV, official graduate transcripts, and
three letters of recommendation, applicants will submit a personal
statement (up to 10 double-spaced pages) that includes 1) why they are
interested in the Fellowship program; 2) how their research experience
fits the goals of the program; and 3) a description of their research
agenda for the near future. Applicants will submit one writing sample
(i.e. a single-authored published article or a dissertation chapter,
preferably with a maximum of 50 pages). ASA and the six universities
welcome applications from all who are qualified from a wide range of PhD
programs and strongly encourages sociologists from under-represented
populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic
minorities and persons with disabilities, to apply for the Fellowship.*

The ASA annual meeting is being held in Atlanta, Georgia, August 14-17, 2010.

Call for Papers

Knowledge about the Economy: Creating It and Using It

The ongoing financial crisis has made clear the limits of our knowledge
about the economy.  Recently, several promising lines of sociological
research have begun to explore the creation and application of such
knowledge.  These include work on the performativity of economics, work
examining economists as professionals, and work looking at how economic
knowledge is used in politics.  While groundbreaking research has been done
in each of these areas, a conversation across these approaches has just
started to develop.  This session aims to bring together scholars studying
economic knowledge from these or other perspectives to highlight common
ground and clarify differences.  Session organizer: Elizabeth Popp Berman,
University at Albany, SUNY,