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Department of Sociology 2010-11 Visiting Scholars

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The Department of Sociology has welcomed two visiting scholars this year. While they do not have official positions here, they are doing work in the department and are interested in making connections with other scholars in CLA.

Mamoru Yamada and his wife Mikiko are here through the academic year. Both Mamoru and Mikiko are accomplished professional social scientists. Mamoru is Professor of Sociology at one of Japan's two top private universities, Waseda University. He has his Ph.D. in sociology from Tokyo University and currently specializes in organizational culture and identity. His wife, Mikiko, has an M.A. in religious studies from Tokyo University and specializes in studies of Japanese religion. She is an adjunct professor at Kokugakuin University in Tokyo where she teaches about the Shinto religion. The Yamada family will be visiting us through the next academic year. Contact Mamoru at yamad012@umn.edu.

Maria Krysan (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1995) is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her recent research focuses on the factors underlying racial residential preferences, trends in racial attitudes, and the sources of racial policy attitudes. Her investigations of these substantive issues often connect to methodological questions about how to study this sensitive area of social life. She is co-author (with H. Schuman, L. Bobo and C. Steeh) of the book Racial Attitudes in America: Trends and Interpretations (Harvard University Press, Revised Edition, 1997). Her most recent work has appeared in Social Psychology Quarterly (Qualifying a Quantifying Analysis on Racial Equality, 1999, 62 (2):211-218), Annual Review of Sociology (Prejudice, Politics, and Public Opinion: Understanding the Sources of Racial Policy Attitudes, 2000, Vol. 26), Demography (Whites Who Say They'd Flee: Who are they and why would they leave?, 2002, Vol. 39), Social Problems (Community Undesirability in Black and White: Examining Racial Residential Preferences Through Community Perceptions, 2002, Vol. 49), and other journals. She is a principal investigator on an NSF-funded grant, "Collaborative Research on Race and Rust Belt Revitalization: What Determines Who Lives Where?" a project that continues her interest in racial attitudes and racial residential segregation. Maria can be reached at krysan@uic.edu.

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