ASU and the Birth of a New Sociological Paradigm at the 50th A-MSA Conference

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By Robert O White II, Seela Aladuwaka, Ram Alagan, and Brenda Gill

Alabama State University was well represented at the 50th annual Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association (A-MSA) Conference, held on February 21-22, 2019 at Mississippi State University. The theme of the conference was “Looking Back and Looking Forward: A-MSA at 50.”  

It is at a time of accelerated genius that ASU faculty rise to the occasion to lead one of the nation’s foremost academic Alabama AMSA Teamorganizations. Dr. Ram Alagan (University College) has humbly ascended to the position of President of the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association (A-MSA). Alagan’s first act as President was to successfully nominate ASU’s Dr. Robert O White (CLASS) as member at large for the State of Alabama, an honor that is shared with Dr. Kyle Knight of University of Alabama Huntsville. 

ram speech This is an epic time in the organization’s existence because both Dr. Alagan   and Dr. White are not   sociologists but have waived their departmental   tribalism and have personified an inter disciplinary approach   to doing social   sciences which had been brewing within the ranks of the organization for some   time. Their   research on Civil Rights GIS and Highway 80’s civil rights corridor   along with their history of academic and   community citizenship bring a new   zeal to the already prolific organization. 

 During this year’s conference, ASU faculty were highly visible and elevated the   standards; First by delivering   panel presentation on organized and moderated by Dr. Alagan on   “Understanding the Causes,   Consequences and Challenges of Regional and Global Migration.” This has   highlighted the burning   sociological, cultural, political, geographical, economic, and humanistic problems   for both receiving and origin   countries by the ASU research team Ram Alagan, Seela Aladuwaka, Brenda Gill and Robert White.  

 Secondly, Dr. Alagan’s appointment keeps ASU’s legacy of A-MSA leaders. Some of the past ASU A-MSA   Presidents include Dr. J. Garrick Hardy (1972); Dr. Anthony Troy Adams (2015); and Dr. Brenda I. Gill (2018). Thirdly, ASU faculty members also served as the judges for the poster session this year.