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Hofferth honored by American Sociological Association

Section on Sociology of the Family to present the 2012 Distinguished Career Award at ASA Annual Meeting

MPRC Director Sandra Hofferth will be honored this August at the American Sociological Association (ASA) annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, when she receives the 2012 Distinguished Career Award from the association's Family section.

Writing in the Section's Summer newsletter, Lisa Pearce, University of North Carolina, notes that : "For over thirty years, Sandra Hofferth has been producing exceptional scholarship on family issues relevant to public policy. She has authored or edited five books, published more than 100 articles and book chapters, and she was the founding director of the Child Development Supplement to the Panel Study of Income Dynamics — an invaluable resource to our field. Hers is most certainly a distinguished career."

Dr. Hofferth's accomplishments noted by the committee included her direction of the National Child Survey at the Urban Institute in 1990; her co-direction of the Panel Study on Income Dynamics at ISR, where she directed the Child Development Supplement; and the Journal of Marriage and Family's recent virtual issue which included three of her articles as among the  20 most-cited during the last decade.

"A hallmark of Professor Hofferth’s scholarship is its clear significance for child and family policy, providing evidence regarding healthy activities for children and dispelling myths regarding the effect of welfare reform policies on nonmarital childbearing [and] the effects of food programs on overweight among poor children," Dr. Pearce noted.