Current Lecturer

2020: Ruha Benjamin of Princeton University presented the address at our 90th Annual Meeting, February 27-March 1, 2020 in Philadelphia. The title of her address was "A Sociology of the Future: Reimagining the Default Settings of Technology & Society".  Dr Benjamin is Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, where Dr. Benjamin studies the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine. Dr. Benjamin is also the founder of the JUST DATA Lab and the author of two books, People’s Science  (Stanford) and Race After Technology (Polity), and editor of Captivating Technology (Duke). Dr. Benjamin writes, teaches, and speaks widely about the relationship between knowledge and power, race and citizenship, health and justice.

2021: Zine Magubane is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Boston College.  Dr. Magubane will present the Robin M. Williams, Jr. Lecture at the 91st Annual Meeting (February 18-21, 2021) on Thursday, February 18, 2021. 

"My work has dealt with two major geographic areas of the world, the United States and Southern Africa. My choice of research topics reflects a deliberate effort to make an innovative contribution in the following four sociological sub-fields: the sociology of knowledge, the sociology of culture, social stratification, and historical sociology. My purpose in choosing topics as disparate as masculinity and music and assembling data from geographical locales outside of the United States was to make a significant theoretical contribution by pursuing areas of inquiry that, although they speak to the major concerns of the discipline, have traditionally been neglected. My primary goal has been to pursue topics that sit at the intersection of all four areas. In this way I have been able to make contributions in several different areas precisely through showing how they exist in dynamic interaction."