While at Eastern Sociological Society Annual conference, meet UC Press authors at their sessions, see the latest titles from our scholar-activists, and meet Executive Naomi Schneider.

Author Meets Critic Sessions

Jean Beaman, author of CitizenOutsider: Children of North African Immigrants in France

Friday, March 15, 8:30am, Author Meets Critic Session (Arlington)

Saturday, March 16, 8:30am: Mission Formidable: Landing Your First Job in Academia (Franklin)

“Whites in France lie to themselves and the world by proclaiming that they do not have institutional racism in their nation. Bravo to Jean Beaman for clearly documenting how ‘racism without racists’ operates in the French context!” —Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, past president of American Sociological Association and author of Racism without Racists and ASA President


Jerry Flores, author of Caught Up: Girls, Surveillance, and Wraparound Incarceration

Friday, March 15, 1:45pm, Author Meets Critic Session (Arlington)

“This worthy work deserves a caring examination as it helps us to understand the consequences of the frightening accelerated fusion between education and the criminal justice system for Latina girls. It was written with passion and academic accuracy.”Border Criminologies


Featured Session

Annette Lareau, author of Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life, With an Update a Decade Later

Saturday, March 16, 10:15am: Thematic Conversation: Writing and Finishing that Dissertation, Book, Article, or Op-Ed (Georgian)

“Lareau has been able to capture the texture of inequality in America. She’s described how radically child-rearing techniques in upper-middle-class homes differ from those in working-class and poor homes, and what this means for the prospects of the kids inside.”New York Times


Other Sessions Featuring Our Authors

Robert Gonzales, author of Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America

Thursday, March 14, 3:30pm: Plenary: Immigration Futures (Georgian)

“Brings into sharp focus the plight of undocumented children transitioning to adulthood in America. A must read for anyone wishing to understand the realities of contemporary immigration.”—Alejandro Portes, coauthor of Immigrant America 

Max Greenberg, author of Twelve Weeks to Change a Life: At-Risk Youth in a Fractured State

Friday, March 15, 8:30am,Thematic Conversation: Sexual Assault On Campus (Georgian)

“Greenberg presents an alternative way of thinking about the ways policy shapes the lives of vulnerable young people. Brilliant and deeply human, this book should be read by everyone working to change the lives of young people.” —Victor Rios, author of Human Targets


Randol Contreras, author of The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream

Friday, March 15, Paper Session: Incarceration and Reentry Narratives in Context (Tremont)

“At once a sensational, detailed, stomach-churning account of extreme violence and a sober, solid piece of social science research that makes a number of important contributions to our understanding of how violence is situated in structural, cultural, historical, and, especially, situational context. . . . finely wrought, first class social science . . . profound.”—Mercer L. Sullivan Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books

Michaela Soyer, author of Lost Childhoods: Poverty, Trauma, and Violent Crime in the Post-Welfare Era

Friday, March 15, Paper Session: Incarceration and Reentry Narratives in Context (Tremont)

“Soyer shows how the current lack of a welfare safety net and the crack epidemic shape extreme poverty. This book should be read by sociologists, policy makers, and legislators.” —Ruth Horowitz, author of In the Public Interest


Sanyu A. Mojola, author of Love, Money, and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS

Friday, March 15, 1:45pm: Mini-conference on Global Health and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

“This enlightening book is a necessary read for academics, policymakers, and anyone interested in uncovering the complexities of HIV/AIDS in Africa.”—Nancy Luke, Associate Professor of Sociology and Demography, Pennsylvania State University


Fred Block, author of Capitalism: The Future of an Illusion

Friday, March 15, 3:30pm, Plenary: Capitalism: The Future of an Illusion (Georgian)

“A valuable contribution at a time when modern capitalism is failing the majority and benefiting the few.” Robert B. Reich, political commentator and Chancellor’s Professor and Carmel P. Friesen Chair in Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley




Dawn Marie Dow, author of Mothering While Black: Boundaries and Burdens of Middle-Class Parenthood

Saturday, March 16:

  • 8:30am, Mini-conference on Intersectional Controversies on College Campuses (Tremont)
  • 10:15am: Mini-conference on Intersectional Controversies on The Color of In/Justice (Tremont)
  •  12:00pm: Mini-conference on Intersectional Controversies on Race and Ethnicity in Trump Era
  • 1:45pm: on Afro-Pessimism, Anti-Blackness, and Intersectionality (Tremont)

“Beautifully written, insightful, powerful.”—Annette Lareau, author of Unequal Childhoods

“Hugely important, insightful, and wise.”—Arlie Russell Hochschild, author of The Second Shift and Strangers in Their Own Land?

Sharon Sassler, coauthor of Cohabitation Nation: Gender, Class, and the Remaking of Relationships with Amanda Jayne Miller

Saturday, March 16, 10:15am: Presidential Panel: Facts and Fiction on Contemporary Families

“This detailed look at cohabiting couples’ lives has great promise for theory building and for lively classroom discussions.”Gender and Society


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