Allow me to introduce myself. I am Rajeev Gundur and I am IASOC's acting executive director, taking over from Georgios Antonpoulos who resigned from the post earlier this month. I'll be serving alongside Mitchel Roth, our current president, and Klaus Von Lampe and Mark Lauchs who are both trustees. We have a lot of things planned to get IASOC back into gear. But, first thing is first and that is an apology. We are very sorry that we haven't been in touch lately. If you have paid for a membership for 2014 or have sent an email and have not received a response, please write me, director [at] iasoc [dot] net, and I will do my best to make it right in short order.
I also want to congratulate this year's prize winners. The publication award went to David Skarbek and his book The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System (Oxford University Press) and the Distinguished Scholar Award went to Dwight C. Smith, Jr.
New things at IASOC
This year we are undergoing several changes.
First, we will be using Mailchimp from now on for the mailing list. Please take a minute and sign up to the new mailing list here: IASOC mailing list. This will be the last email sent without Mailchimp, so please sign up if you're interested in staying with IASOC and wish to receive future updates. If you don't wish to receive any future updates, simply do nothing. Please feel free to share the sign-up link with your departments, colleagues, graduate students, and anyone else who might be interested. This is not a membership sign-up. It is just to keep people posted until we've got that ready this spring. So, if you want to continue to hear from IASOC, sign up today!.
Second, we have a brand new twitter account. For those of you who like to tweet, follow us at: IASOC (@theIASOC) | Twitter.
Third, we will be building a brand new website over the next few months. This new website will automate the membership process and make it easier for all of us to figure out who is doing what. I hope to build two databases. One will keep a record of members and what they specialize in. Like the old website, that information will be posted publicly to the web. The second database will keep a record of PhD students who are ABD or have a title. This will help recruit new scholars and keep up on their work. Once we have a budget approved, I will circulate an email with the plans for the website to solicit feedback and suggestions. Then, I'll send around an email once we have the website built and membership is available.
Awards Jury and Prize Nominations
Like every year we will be seeking nominations for our annual prizes: best publication; best PhD thesis/dissertation; and the distinguished scholar award. If you would like to nominate a work or a person please email nominations [at] iasoc [dot] net. Publications must have come out in the past three years and may be either books or articles.
If you are interested in serving on this year’s Awards Jury, please write me and let me know. As in recent years, we are open to having one PhD student on the jury (If you know one who is interested have them send me their CV).
So, if you haven't already, please sign up to the new mailing list using the form below and nominate books/people for the 2015 prizes.
Rajeev Gundur, MSc
Acting Executive Director, IASOC
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