Press Release: American Sociological Association Elects Graduate Center Professor as President

The American Sociological Association (ASA) has announced that Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, was elected the 97th President of the ASA. She will assume office in August of 2005, following a year of service as President-elect.

Election to President is the highest honor ASA members can bestow on a colleague. As President, Epstein will serve as Chair of the ASA Council, which governs the Association and its policies. Lynn Smith-Lovin of Duke University, was elected Vice President.

In 2004, Epstein was honored with the ASA Jessie Bernard award for her pioneering work exploring women’s exclusion from the professions. Among her books are Woman’s Place (1970), Women in Law (1981), and her landmark theoretical work Deceptive Distinctions (1988). Perhaps her most central insight is that since women and men are far more similar than they are different-in terms of both abilities and aspirations-the exclusion of women from equal status in the workplace is without foundation and can only be attributed to inaccurate stereotypic notions of women’s lives, hopes, and abilities.

Appointed Distinguished Professor at The Graduate Center in 1990, Professor Epstein first joined the faculty of Graduate Center’s Ph.D. Program in Sociology in 1975, at which time

she was also on the faculty of CUNY’s Queens College. Among other academic experience, she has been a visiting professor at both the Columbia and Stanford schools of law. She was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and has served on several major U.S. government/presidential commissions. She received her B.A. from Antioch College, attended the University of Chicago Law School, has an M.A from the New School for Social Research (now New School University), and received her Ph.D. from Columbia.

The Graduate Center is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York. The only consortium of its kind in the nation, The Graduate Center draws its faculty of more than 1,600 members mainly from the CUNY senior colleges and cultural and scientific institutions throughout New York City.

Established in 1961, The Graduate Center has grown to an enrollment of about 3,900 students in 30 doctoral programs and six master's degree programs in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The Graduate Center also houses 28 research centers and institutes, administers the CUNY Baccalaureate Program, and offers a wide range of continuing education and cultural programs of interest to the general public.

According to the most recent National Research Council report, more than a third of The Graduate Center's rated Ph.D. programs rank among the nation's top 20 at public and private institutions, nearly a quarter are among the top ten when compared to publicly supported institutions alone, and more than half are among the top five programs at publicly supported institutions in the northeast.

Submitted on: JUN 1, 2004

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