William A. Gamson's Curriculum Vitae

Sociology Department
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Present Position: Professor of Sociology, Boston College, 1982-Present
Office Phone: (617) 552-4149   Home Phone & Fax: (508) 645-3169
E-Mail: gamson@bc.edu

Educational Background:

  • B.A. (government) Antioch College, 1955
  • M.A. (sociology) University of Michigan, 1956
  • Ph.D. (social psychology) University of Michigan, 1959

Past Positions:

  • 1962-1982 Assistant Professor to Professor, University of Michigan.
  • 1959-62 Research Associate in Social Psychology, Harvard University.

Visiting Positions:

  • Haven Center Visiting Scholar, University of Wisconsin, Madison (November, 2006)
  • Sims Lecturer, Penn State University (March, 2002)
  • Walker-Ames Professor, University of Washington, Seattle (Feb., 2002)
  • Chancellor's Distinguished Fellow, University of California at Irvine (Jan., 2001)
  • MIT (Political Science), Fall, l984; Spring, l986.
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behaviorial Sciences, l978-79.
  • Hebrew University, Jerusalem, l972-73 and Spring, l969.
  • Harvard University (Social Relations), l968-69.
  • Western Behavioral Sciences Institute, La Jolla, Fall, l964.


  • Merit Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Discipline, Eastern Sociological Society, 2005.
  • Distinguished Book Award, 2004, ASA Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements for Shaping Abortion Discourse.
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, elected 2002.
  • Doris Graber Outstanding Book Award, American Political Science Association, 2000, for Talking Politics.
  • Distinguished Career Award, ASA Section on Peace and War, 1997.
  • Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award, American Sociological Association, l987.
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, l978-79.
  • Sorokin Award, American Sociological Association, l969 for Power and Discontent.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Annual Socio-Psychological Prize, l962 (for two essays on coalition formation).
  • Honorable mention, C. Wright Mills Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems (for Strategy of Social Protest).

Other Professional Activities and Positions:

  • President, American Sociological Association, 1993-94.
  • President, Eastern Sociological Society, 1989.
  • Member, National Research Council, Committee on International Conflict and Cooperation, 1988-93.
  • Council, American Sociological Association,1978-81; 1985-87.
  • Chair, ASA section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements, 1990-91.
  • Chair, ASA section on Political Sociology,1986-88.
  • Chair, ASA section on World Conflicts, 1981-82.
  • Chair, ASA section on Social Psychology, 1971-72.
  • President, Peace Science Society, 1981-82.
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Conflict Resolution (1969-79); Sociometry (1964-67; 1976-79); Simulation and Games(1969-73); Qualitative Sociology (1982-88), Sociological Forum(1987-).