University of Notre Dame
Universidad Carlos III
It is hard to believe that our term as Perspectives editors is drawing to a close. Over the past three years, we have strived to uphold the historically high caliber of the newsletter, to provide content that is interesting to senior scholars yet written in accessible and engaging language, while showcasing the theoretical diversity of the discipline. It has been a privilege and pleasure to work with the fantastic contributors who have shared their ideas in these pages over the past three years.
We recognize that the academic world has be-come increasingly crowded with venues for publication, including new journals and online opportunities like blogging. All of these compete for the short-form contributions that newsletters like this one have traditionally carried.
The vibrancy and relevancy of the theory newsletter only persist insofar as section members are willing to share their time to contribute their ideas. We know how easy it can be to fall prey to the bystander effect and wait for someone else to contribute. But whether you are an established senior scholar or a new up-and-coming theorist, Perspectives needs you to keep our great tradition of theoretical dialogue going.
Indeed, the future appears bright for our section, as a new generation of sociological theorists refines and extends theory from all corners of the theoretical spectrum. We draw your attention to the Dissertation Spotlight section (p. 27), which features sixteen exciting new works of theory by up-and-coming graduate students sure to draw the attention among theorists, and the broader discipline, in the years to come. Still other work by young theorists will be presented again at this year’s Junior Theorist Symposium, whose program can also be found below (p. 35). As it is our hope that these and other new insights can find their way into the pages of the discipline’s flagship journals, this issue also includes reflections by American Sociological Review editor Omar Lizardo (p. 5) on how theory submissions are judged at ASR, offering a unique peek into the backstage of the editorial process.
We close by thanking all of you who have participated in Perspectives under our editorship. Starting in the fall, Perspectives will be edited by Luis Flores, Dylan Nelson, and Pinar Ustel, a terrific team of graduate students from the University of Michigan with some exciting ideas for the newsletter. It has been enormously gratifying that so many of you have responded to our calls for content over the past three years, and we hope and trust that your generosity will continue as we pass the torch to this new editorial team.
Erin Metz McDonnell