William A. Corsaro
William A. Corsaro was the Robert H. Shaffer Class of 1967 Endowed Chair and is presently Professor Emeritus upon his retirement in December, 2012. Bill’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of sociology of childhood, children’s peer cultures and early life transitions from a cross cultural perspective, early childhood education processes and policy, and ethnographic research methods. A fourth edition of his The Sociology of Childhood was published by Sage in 2014. It serves as an important theoretical introduction to this much neglected area in sociology. He carried out a seven year longitudinal ethnography of Italian children’s transition from preschool to elementary school and to middle school with his Italian colleague Luisa Molinari. This research resulted in the publication of several journal articles and the research monograph,I Compagni: Understanding Children’s Transition from Preschool to Elementary School by Teachers College Press in 2005. He is co-editor with Jens Qvortrup and Michael-Sebastian Honig of The Palgrave Handbook of Child Studies which was published by Palgrave Press in 2009 and which was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title, 2009 by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. Bill continues work on a project in Trondheim, Norway which focuses on children’s participation in civic society. This work has led to two publications. One (“‘My Mother and Father Are African, But I’m Norwegian’: Immigrant Children’s Participation in Civic Society,” with Berit O. Johannesen and Lily Appoh) was published in Sociological Studies of Children and Youth in 2013 and another (“Collective Identity, Intergenerational Relations, and Civic Society: Transition Rituals Among Norwegian Russ,” with Berit O. Johannesen) was published in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography in 2014. Bill was inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Career Award from the ASA Section on Children and Youth in 2013.