Joya Misra, professor in the School of Public Policy and the department of sociology, has been elected vice president of the American Sociological Association (ASA).
“My goal as VP is to amplify the voices of and embrace the wide variety of sociologists out there,” Misra said in an announcement from ASA. “One of the pleasures of teaching at a wonderful institution like UMass is that students enter with a wide range of career goals and take positions in a variety of places where they can make a difference. I see how much good sociologists do across society—within research jobs, four-year colleges, nonprofits, Ph.D.-granting departments, community colleges, Master of Arts-granting departments—and I think all of these voices should be heard.”
The major national organization for sociologists, ASA describes its mission as “advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good.” The 113-year-old organization publishes 14 journals and magazines and has more than 13,000 members, including college and high school faculty, researchers, students and practitioners.
Misra’s research focuses on gender, race and class inequalities, with a particular focus on how public policy can address inequalities. She has edited the top-ranked gender studies journal, Gender & Society; published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles; and won awards for her teaching, mentoring and research, including the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award, UMass Sociology Mentoring Award, and Sociologists for Women in Society Mentoring Award.
Misra will serve for a total of three years: one as vice president-elect, one as vice president, and one as past vice president.