American Sociological Association

Political Sociology

The purpose of the Section on Political Sociology is to promote the scholarly research and professional activities of those concerned with a sociological understanding of political phenomena. The phrase "sociological understanding" is interpreted to encompass the wide variety of theoretical and associated methodological approaches with which sociologists attempt to describe and explain social phenomena. The phrase "political phenomena" is interpreted to encompass the wide variety of topics that sociologists investigate, including social and cultural bases of power and authority.

Section Officers & Council


Chair: Pamela M. Paxton, University of Texas 2019
Chair-Elect: Richard Lachmann, State University of New York-Albany 2019
Past Chair: Thomas Janoski, University of Kentucky 2019
Section Secretary/Treasurer: Stephanie L. Mudge, University of California-Davis 2021

Section Council

Jennifer YJ Hsu, University of Alberta 2019
G. Cristina Mora, University of California, Berkeley 2019
Hana Brown, Wake Forest University 2020
Cybelle Fox, UC Berkeley 2020
Rachel Kahn Best, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 2021
David Brady, University of California, Riverside 2021

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