The American Sociologist

, Volume 45, Issue 2–3, pp 301–318 | Cite as

Diversity in the Academy: On the Growing Prominence of Race and Ethnicity in the Pacific Sociological Association, 1929–2014

  • Michelle M. CamachoEmail author
  • Marie Sarita Gaytán
  • Greg PrietoEmail author


This article examines issues related to the underrepresentation of faculty of color in higher education, with specific attention to the discipline of Sociology and the Pacific Sociological Association (PSA). The authors explore the role that professional organizations such as the PSA have played in promoting racial and ethnic diversity within the Sociology pipeline. Further, it provides an analytic overview of the history of conference presentations on the topic of race and ethnicity within the PSA over the last eight decades. The article proceeds in three major parts: First, is an outline of the contours of the problem of racial underrepresentation in the academy. Next, follows a content analysis of PSA programs, which indicates that race continues to be of central importance to the PSA and that the 1970s were a turning point when the PSA began to examine its role in promoting diversity in the discipline. Finally, mentorship is presented as a critical vehicle for promoting greater racial equity in the PSA and the discipline of Sociology more broadly.


Pacific Sociological Association Race Ethnicity Diversity Mentorship Professionalization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of San DiegoSan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Sociology and Gender StudiesUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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