The AAPSS and The Sentencing Project Host Webinar on California Prison Realignment
The AAPSS partnered with The Sentencing Project to host a webinar on the March volume of The ANNALS to discuss prison realignment in California. "Prison realignment" has shifted many of the federal prisoners, and the cost associated with keeping them imprisoned, onto the State of California. Margo Schlanger of the University of Michigan Law School, Ryken Grattet of the University of California-Davis, and Magnus Lofstrom of the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) contributed to the volume and presented their research on realignment as well as its implications.  More than 150 people participated in the virtual presentation. 

"We were very pleased to be able to partner with The ANNALS to make these findings available to our national constituency," said Marc Mauer, Executive Director of the Sentencing Project. "Given the significance of the California developments for corrections reform broadly, the webinar enabled us to produce a policy overview that was both sophisticated and accessible," he said.

Volume editors Charis Kubrin and Carroll Seron, both of the University of California-Irvine, also shared the volume's research findings in an op-ed in The Washington Post. "As other states and the federal government contemplate their own proposals for prison downsizing," they write, "they should take a close look at what these California counties are doing right." 

The AAPSS Community Mourns the Passing of Fellow Elizabeth Garrett 
The AAPSS community is saddened by the passing of AAPSS Fellow Elizabeth Garrett, who died at her home in New York City on March 6 from colon cancer.  Before becoming the first female president of Cornell University, Garrett was the first female provost of the University of Southern California. She was elected as a Fellow of the Academy in 2013 after being nominated by her friend, former colleague, and AAPSS Fellow Geoffrey Cowan...[read more].
2016 Moynihan Lecture to Take Place May 12 on Capitol Hill
Each year, the recipient of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize delivers the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Lecture on Social Science and Public Policy. This year, joint recipients Isabel Sawhill and Ron Haskins, both of the Brookings Institution, will address how to use evidence-based research to improve public policy.  Please RSVP and join us on May 12.  
Isabel Sawhill 
Ron Haskins
Academy Fellows Blau and England on Why Young Women Leave their Jobs
In Wonkblog article for The New York Times, the work of two AAPSS Fellows--Francine Blau and Paula England--is used to outline reasons why young women may leave their jobs. Not surprisingly, one reason is wage disparity. Whether this disparity is because women tend to enter lower-paying career fields (which Blau says cannot fully account for the pay gap) or because the more women in a specific field, the lower the salary becomes (as England's research has examined) the problem of wage disparity is real. Employers must confront it if they are to retain qualified young female employees.  

Francine Blau

Paula England
Executive Director's Corner

Many scholarly societies (AAPSS among them) give awards to colleagues who have developed the capacity to translate research into writing that speaks to broader public debates, and a great many government agencies and nonprofits take it as their task to see to it that social policy is informed by strong evidence and sound science. AAPSS has been expanding its efforts to connect scholarship to policy inside the Beltway for some time. 


Developing Hill briefings and policy seminars, many of them using ANNALS volumes as a point of departure for broad policy discussions, is some of the most rewarding work I do as Executive Director. In part, it's exciting because translational work is fundamental to our mission and a good use of the Academy's considerable capacity. Also, though, it's stimulating precisely because it's so difficult to do well.


Recently, we had an impressive and well-received Hill briefing on the changing structure of American families and relevant economic/mobility concerns in the working class. Next month, we'll hold the Moynihan Lecture on Social Science and Public Policy on Capitol Hill, and this June, we're sponsoring a full-day seminar on residential segregation for government and NGO thought leaders in collaboration with the American Enterprise Institute. Each of these events and collaborations is an opportunity for us both to continue to do good work and learn how we can fulfill our mission in more effective ways.


I know that many of you spend a great deal of time thinking about how social science can have more purchase in contemporary politics and policy.  I urge you to think of AAPSS as a resource to you in the months and years ahead. Be in touch with your ideas for connecting scholarship to policy and know that we're committed to continuing a 125-year tradition of doing the same

The May volume of The ANNALS sheds light on the prospects and perils of criminal justice reform for family life, and provides guidance for policy and research. The consequences of incarceration for families are quite nuanced, the volume illustrates, but it is important to remember that poor communities of color and especially the women living in them are disproportionately bearing the family burden of mass incarceration.


President Obama, who has described our criminal justice system as broken and an "aspect of American life that remains particularly skewed by race and wealth," has been joined in this view by a broad and increasingly bipartisan group of Americans interested in finding ways to reform criminal justice in America. 


The special editors of the May volume, Christopher Wildeman, Sara Wakefield, and Hedwig Lee, urge their colleagues to note that even a short jail sentence can be enormously destabilizing for inmates and their families. The time researchers and policymakers spend talking about reform might be better spent thinking about not only how we punish but why we do so.

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Call for 2018 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize Nominations
We are accepting nominations for the 2018 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize. The Moynihan Prize recognizes social scientists, public officials and other leaders in the public arena who champion the use of informed judgment to improve public policy. Candidates must be able to accept the award in person at a ceremony to be held the following spring as well as deliver a major public policy address on a topic of his/her choosing. Please click here for more information and to submit a nomination.