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ASU professor elected VP of American Sociological Association

Cecilia Menjivar
July 30, 2013

Cecilia Menjivar, Cowden Distinguished Professor at Arizona State University’s T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, has been voted vice president of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

As vice president, Menjivar will assist the newly elected president of the organization, Paula England of New York University, and oversee the committee charged with nominating the association’s officers and council members.

“It’s a great honor to have been elected and I look forward to serving the membership, and to working with President-Elect England, the ASA Executive Office and the Council,” said Menjivar, whose areas of specialization include immigration, gender and violence, and Latin America.

During her career, Menjivar has held a variety of leadership positions, including being a member-at-large on the ASA Council, chair of the ASA Section on Latino/Latina Sociology, a member of the ASA Nominations Committee and an ASA International Migration Section council member. She also brings educational and institutional experience to the association.

“During my time as an ASA member, I have served on council, as well as on various committees and sections,” Menjivar said. “These experiences hopefully will serve me well in my role as vice president.”

Throughout her career, Menjivar has won many awards, such as the ASU Alumni Association Faculty Achievement Award in Research, the Eastern Sociological Society’s and the Pacific Sociological Association’s Distinguished Scholarship Award for her book, “Enduring Violence: Ladina Women's Lives in Guatemala,” and the ASA Section on Latino/Latina Sociology’s Julian Samora Distinguished Career Award.

The American Sociological Association is a non-profit membership association dedicated to serving sociologists in their work, advancing sociology as a science and profession, and promoting the contributions to, and use of, sociology by society.