Section Officers and Council


2018 – 2019

Chair: Brian Gran, Western Reserve University

Chair Elect: Elizabeth Boyle, University of Minnesota

Previous Chair: Kiyoteru Tsutsui, University of Minnesota

Secretary/Treasurer: Annie Isabel Fukushima, University of Utah

Council (2018 – 2019)

Joachim Savelsberg, University of Minnesota 2019

Claudia Maria Lopez, University of California, Santa Cruz 2020

James Mahoney, Northwestern University 2020

Tianna Paschel, University of California, Berkeley, 2021

Robin Stryker, University of Arizona 2019

Student Representatives

Brooke Chambers, Jeffrey Swindle


2017 – 2018

Chair (2017 – 2018): Kiyoteru Tsutsui, University of Michigan

Kiyoteru Tsutsui: Bio forthcoming

Chair Elect: Brian Gran, Case Western Reserve University

Previous Chair: Joachim Savelsberg, University of Minnesota

Secretary/Treasurer (2016 – 2019): Annie Isabel Fukushima, University of Utah

Annie Isabel Fukushima is Assistant Professor in a joint position between the Ethnic Studies Division in the School for Cultural & Social Transformation and the College of Social Work at the University of Utah. Prior to joining the faculty at University of Utah, she received her Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley in Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers University (2013 – 2015). Dr. Fukushima’s scholarly and public works on immigration, citizenship, victimhood, criminality, and violence has appeared in multiple edited anthologies, encyclopedias and handbooks for ABC-Clio, Greenwood Press, and MacMillan, scholarly peer reviewed articles in journals such as Feminist Formations, Frontiers: Journal of Womens Studies and Praxis: Gender & Cultural Critiques, and non-scholarly publications in the Nation, Foreign Policy in Focus, Alternet, and Asia Times Online. She has served as an expert witness and consultant regarding human trafficking. She has worked at all levels of organizations.

Council (2017 – 2018)

Liz Boyle, David Embrick, Claudia Lopez, Nina Eliasoph, Lindsey Peterson, & Robin Stryker

Elizabeth Heger Boyle is Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Minnesota, and an affiliate faculty at UMN’s College of Law. Her work focuses on women and children’s rights globally, especially rights to health and education. Recent publications include analyses of abortion liberalization policies (American Journal of Sociology, co-authors Minzee Kim and Wesley Longhofer), the impact of cause lawyers on the implementation of trafficking policies (Law & Social Inquiry, co-author Eunhye Yoo), and the most effective framing of anti-child marriage laws (Law & Society Review, co-authors Minzee Kim, Wesley Longhofer, and Holly Nyseth Brehm). Professor Boyle is the Principal Investigator for an ongoing NICHD-funded project that makes the Demographic and Health Surveys easily accessible to researchers and policymakers (

Nina Eliasoph, Bio forthcoming

Dr. David G. Embrick is an Associate professor in the Sociology Department and African Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut. Formally, he spent a decade at Loyola University Chicago in the Sociology Department. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2006.  He is a former American Sociological Association Minority Fellow, Past-President of the Southwestern Sociological Association, and current Vice President-Elect of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and President-Elect of the Association for Humanist Sociology.  In addition, Dr. Embrick serves as Founding Co-Editor of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, the newest ASA sponsored journal of the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, and Associate Editor of Social Problems.

Claudia Lopez, Bio forthcoming

Lindsey Petterson, Bio Forthcoming

Robin Stryker is Professor of Sociology, Affiliated Professor, Rogers College of Law and Affiliated Professor, School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona.  Her work focuses on legal rights, inequality and social change.  With LaDawn Haglund, she co-edited Closing the Rights Gap: From Human Rights to Social Transformation, University of California press, 2016.  She has been a Visiting Professor at Sciences-Po, LIEPP and at EHESS in Paris.   She has won scholarly article awards from the Sociology of Law, Political Sociology and Comparative & Historical Sociology sections of the American Sociological Association and is a previous recipient of a Jean Monnet Fellowship(2001)  and a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship (2008).  In 2016-2017, she is a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford, conducting research on US voting, housing and employment rights.

Student Representatives

Brooke Chambers, Vivian Shaw


2016 – 2017 

Chair (2016 – 2017): Joachim Savelsberg, University of Minnesota 

Joachim Savelsberg is a professor of sociology and law and the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair, University of Minnesota. His work is on human rights and collective memories and representations. His most recent book is Representing Mass Violence: Conflicting Responses to Human Rights Violations in Darfur (University of California Press, 2015;

Chair-elect: Kiyo Tsutsui, University of Michigan,

Previous Chair: Manisha Desai, University of Connecticut

Council (2016 – 2017):

Liz Boyle, Wade Cole, David Embrick, Lindsey Peterson, Robin Stryker, Kiyo Tsutsui


Secretary/Treasurer (2016 – 2019): 

Annie Isabel Fukushima, University of Utah

Student Representatives (2016 -2017)

Jennifer Cheek, Vivian Shaw


2015 – 2016

Chair (2015 – 2016): Manisha Desai, University of Connecticut 

Manisha Desai is associate professor of Sociology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at University of Connecticut.  She is the Sociologist for Women in Society’s 2015 Distinguished Feminist Lecturer.  Her forthcoming book is titled: Subaltern Movements in India: Gendered Geographies of Struggle (Routledge).

Chair-Elect (2016-2017) Joachim Savelsberg, University of Minnesota 

Secretary/Treasurer (2013 – 2016): Rusty Shekar, Denison University

Russell Shekha (Rusty) is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. In addition to acting as the Section’s Secretary-Treasurer, Rusty is the Newsletter Editor. His research and teaching focuses on welfare states, human rights, transnational movements, Latin America, and quantitative methods. Rusty is also active in the Fair Food Alliance, and is the faculty adviser for the Denison Student/Farmworker Alliance. 



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