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Pamela Ann Roby, Ph.D., Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

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    SANTA CRUZ, CA, June 06, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Pamela Ann Roby, Ph.D., with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Roby celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Pamela Roby is a Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women's Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). She has served as the fifth president of Sociologists for Women in Society, forty-fifth president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and chair of the American Sociological Association's Section on Sociology of Sex and Gender. She has also served as an elected member of the Research Council of the International Sociological Association, the Executive Council of the American Sociological Association, the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Vocational Education Research and Development, vice-president of the Pacific Sociological Association, vice-chair of the National Commission on Working Women, and a member of the Commission on Women in Higher Education of the American Council on Education, and of the National Academy of Sciences/Ford Foundation Sociology Dissertation and Post-doctoral Fellowship Review Committee.

To date, Dr. Roby's primary publications include four books -The Future of Inequality (co¬authored with S. M. Miller), Child Care -Who Cares?, The Poverty Establishment, and Women in the Workplace as well as articles in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Contemporary American Sociology, Labor Studies, The Nation, Social Problems and other journals. She has served as a consulting editor of The American Journal of Sociology, an associate editor of Contemporary Sociology, an advisory editor of Gender and Society, a consulting editor of The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, an editorial board member of the Sociological Quarterly, an editorial board member of Sage Studies in International Sociology, and an advisory editor of Sociological Symposium. Her major research projects have focused on the history of the development of prostitution laws in New York State, and the effect of social policies on child care, the selection and work of trade union stewards, the selection and work of educational aides, women in higher education, and women in vocational education.

The Society for the Study of Social Problems honored Dr. Roby with its 2016 Elizabeth Briant Lee and Alfred McClung Lee Founders Award "in recognition of significant achievements over a distinguished career." Both colleagues and students have appreciated Professor Roby's teaching. The Academic Senate of the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), recognized her teaching with its 1993 Innovation in Teaching Award, and UCSC's Chancellor and Chair of Women's Studies honored her in 2000 "For Courage and Vision in Founding Women's Studies."

The publishers of Who's Who Among America's Teachers profiled Dr. Roby's teaching in the seventh through tenth editions of the volume, and the UCSC Merrill College Classes of 2012, 2011 and 2009, and the UCSC Kresge College Class of 2002 named her a "Favorite Faculty Member." In addition to being included in Who's Who in America from 2000 to the present, Dr. Roby is profiled in the twelfth edition of American Men and Women of Science, the third edition of The Writer's Directory, the eighth edition of The International Authors and Writers Who's Who, the seventh edition of the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership, and in Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975 published by the University of Illinois press in 2006.

While teaching at UCSC, Dr. Roby's favorite classes were a doctoral seminar on Feminist Research, and upper division undergraduate classes on Women and Work, Sociology of Learning, and Sociology of Emotions. She much enjoyed serving as the primary advisor for over a dozen doctoral students while they did research for and wrote their Ph.D. dissertations. In addition to teaching at the university, Professor Roby directed its Sociology Doctoral Program (1988-91, 2007), and chaired its Department of Sociology (1998-2001). She also chaired its Academic Senate's Graduate Council (1990-91), and its Academic Senate's Committee on Academic Personnel (1995-96). The UCSC Department of Sociology's Pamela Ann Roby Race, Class and Gender Endowment supports annual awards to sociology students whom faculty committees judge to have written the best senior thesis and the best Ph.D. dissertation on the intersection of race, class and gender in relation to any aspect of society or social life.

The American Sociological Association published Dr. Roby's graduate seminar plan and reading list for "Feminist Research" in The Sociology of Sex and Gender, second edition (p. 188-196). The ASA also published her syllabus and assignments for her course on "Women and Work," in The Sociology of Work, third edition (154-171); and in The Sociology of Gender, fourth edition (214-231); and those for her course on "Sociology of Emotions," in Syllabi and Instructional Materials for the Sociology of Emotions, second edition (79-85). The Center for Creative Leadership published her course plan and reading list for her upper division UCSC course, "Sociology of Leadership," in Leadership Education 1990: A Sourcebook (88-95).

Dr. Roby is currently engaged in writing and editing a book about the life and letters of one her great, great, great aunts, a nineteenth century governess who traveled at age twenty-eight from her home in Kennebec County, Maine, to work in Leon County, Florida, from 1849 to 1851. As part of this project, Dr. Roby is doing historical research in five areas of the country in which her aunt lived. She has gained further support for her research and writing by founding and leading a special interest group of UCSC's Osher Life Long Learning Institute on Writing Genealogical History, and participating in the Pittston (Maine) Literary and Historical Society (PLHS), the Kennebec Historical Society, and the Maine Historical Society. During July she has fun helping staff the PLHS's exhibit nestled between pie contests and horse stalls at the Pittston Town Fair.

In addition to her writing and other professional work, Dr. Roby is a member of Peace United Church of Christ, Santa Cruz, where she co-chairs the Vera Taylor Scholarship Fund and curated its "2018 All Ages, All Congregation Art Shows." She enjoys walking and hiking with friends, photography, swimming, nonfiction writing, and sailing. Dr. Roby is a lifetime member of the UCSC Emeriti/ae Faculty Association, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Sociologists for Women in Society, the Santa Cruz Genealogical Society, and the Kennebec Historical Society. She loves playing with her youngest grandniece and listening to her older ones as they tell her about their experiences and thinking.

Prior to joining the faculty at UCSC as an associate professor in 1973, Dr. Roby was an assistant professor of sociology at the George Washington University, and an assistant professor of sociology and advanced studies in social welfare at Brandeis University. She was influenced in her career choice by and learned much from Dr. Zelma May Oole, a Shorewood (Wisconsin) High School creative writing teacher, and Drs. S. M. Miller and Richard Quinney, professors of sociology at New York University. As an undergraduate at Denver University, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest academic honor society in the United States, and Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociology honor society. Editors Anne Goetting and Sarah Fenstennaker included Dr. Roby's sociological autobiography as one of eighteen in their anthology, Individual Voices, Collective Visions: Fifty Years of Women in Sociology published by Temple University Press in 1995 (p. 319-33).

In recognition of outstanding contributions to her profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Roby has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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