American Sociological Association

SAN Advisory Board Biographies

Angela Aidala is a Research Scientist in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University.  Her primary interest is class room and community teaching and research to inform program, policy, and advocacy to address social determinants of individual and community health.  She has directed over 20 collaborative community-based research projects, most recently focused on addressing homelessness/unstable/ inadequate housing, food insecurity, social and political exclusion of individuals with criminal justice histories.   She has received the William Foote Whyte Award for contributions to sociological practice inside and outside academia, and the use of sociology to inform public policy, presented by the ASA Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology.

Brian Gran is a sociologist and lawyer whose work concentrates on human rights and institutions that support and hinder their enforcement, with a particular interest in how rights can foster science and improve lives of individuals with disabilities. As a lawyer, he represented individuals who pursued disability claims with the U.S. Social Security Administration. As an academic, Gran seeks to contribute to scholarship on research and methodological innovations useful to answering questions about rights, science, and disability. He has published in a variety of domains, including podcasts, and is pursuing innovations in disseminating research and knowledge about human rights and science. Gran co-directs the International Survey of Human Rights. He has enjoyed support from the NSF, the British Academy, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Iceland. Gran recently concluded his term as one of fourteen members of the U.S. National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists.

Douglas Hartmann 
is Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Midnight Basketball: Race, Sports, and Neoliberal Social Policy (University of Chicago Press, 2016), Migration, Incorporation, and Change in an Interconnected World (Routledge / Taylor-Francis, 2015), and Ethnicity and Race: Making Identities in a Changing World. (Pine Forge, 2007). His work has also appeared in the American Sociological Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, the Journal of Sport and Social Issues, and Social Problems, and his comments on sport, race, popular culture, and multiculturalism have been featured in a variety of media outlets nationwide. Hartmann edits the “Critical Issues in Sport and Society” series at Rutgers University Press, is past president of the Midwest Sociological Society, and serves as one of the principle investigators of the "American Mosaic Project" at the University of Minnesota. Hartmann is also co-editor and publisher of the award-winning sociological website For more information on Hartmann and to access copies of his articles and book chapters, go to his website on The Society

Akos Rona-Tas, Professor of Sociology at UC San Diego, worked in Hungary with anti-poverty organizations, and on issues of consumer finance, consumer credit, and data privacy, advising political groups in Europe.

Gregory D. Squires is a Professor of Sociology and Public Policy & Public Administration at George Washington University. He has worked on a variety of housing and community development issues as a staff or board member, consultant, or volunteer with many government and non-profit organizations (e.g. U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, HUD, National Fair Housing Alliance, Federal Reserve Board). He has also served on the ASA’s Community Action Research Initiative board and several other ASA committees.

Adia Harvey Wingfield is Professor of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research examines how and why racial and gender inequality persists in professional occupations. Dr. Wingfield has lectured internationally on her research in this area, and her work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including Social Problems, Gender & Society, and American Behavioral Scientist. She recently completed a term as President of Sociologists for Women in Society, and is a regular contributor to Slate, The Atlantic, and Harvard Business Review. Professor Wingfield is the author of several books, most recently Flatlining: Race, Work, and Health Care in the New Economy, and is the recipient of the 2018 Public Understanding of Sociology award from the American Sociological Association. 

Margaret Weigers Vitullo is Deputy Director of ASA, and previously served the association as Director of Academic and Professional Affairs for 11 years.  Before joining the staff of ASA, she was a faculty member and chair of the sociology department at Gallaudet University. She also worked as a research scientist in the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research in the Department of Health and Human Services and was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in both sociology and managerial studies from Rice University.