January 28, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sheila B. Lalwani
Sociologists for Women in Society
Gender & Society Names Its Next Editor
Noted Sociologist and University of Illinois at Chicago College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor Barbara J. Risman Tapped to Lead Prestigious Journal
South Glastonbury, Conn., — A leading publication focused on feminist research, gender and society has named its next editor.
Noted sociologist and University of Illinois at Chicago College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor Barbara J. Rismanhas been selected editor of Gender & Society, the official journal of Sociologists for Women in Society. She assumes the editorship effective August 2019 and succeeds current editor, Prof. Jo Reger, Chair of Sociology at Oakland University.
“This editorship feels as though I am coming full circle,” Risman said. “My first article published in a sociology journal was the first article in the first issue of Gender & Society. I am excited to lead this journal, and I am deeply humbled as well.”
Prof. Risman began teaching at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2006 and has had a long and distinguished career researching gender. She is the former President of the Southern Sociological Society and former Vice-President of the American Sociological Association and winner of the 2011 American Sociological Association’s Award for the Public Understanding of Sociology and the 2005 Katherine Jocher Belle Boone Award from the Southern Sociological Society for lifetime contributions to the study of gender.
Through her appointment with Gender & Society, she joins a talented team of deputy editors as the journal continues to publish leading quantitative and qualitative research on gender. Through her appointment with Gender & Society, she joins a talented team of deputy editors as the journal continues to publish leading quantitative and qualitative research on gender. Her deputy editors include Yeshivan University Professor of Sociology Prof. Silke Aisenbrey, Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology at Barnard College Mignon Moore, Presidential Teaching Professor Kristen Myers, Associate Professor of Sociologyat Wellesley CollegeSmitha Radhakrishnan and University of Texas-Dallas Professor of Sociology Sheryl Skaggs.
The journal will continue to emphasize research that supports the development of feminist theory. Among her chief priorities for Gender & Society will be to further build upon the international effort to create opportunities for colleagues all over the world to publish social science research focused on gender and feminism. She is also committed to scholarship that supports the creation and implementation of effective feminist social policy and informs movement efforts.
Risman noted that engaging with the public is crucial. She plans to build on current efforts to translate articles for a public audience to include press releases, online symposia on topics of interest to the public.
“We want to have a conversation with the world,” Risman said. “I can think of no better place to discuss the facts than Gender & Society.”
Gender & Society is a peer-reviewed journal, focused on the study of gender. It is the official journal of Sociologists for Women in Society, and was founded in 1987 as an outlet for feminist social science. Gender & Society is a top-ranked journal in both sociology and gender studies and publishes articles on gender and gendered processes in interactions, organizations, societies, and global and transnational spaces. For additional commentary, you can also read the Gender & Society blog and follow the journal on Twitter: @Gend_Soc.
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