Save the Dates – SWS 2021 Winter Meeting Presidential Plenaries

Announcing the SWS 2021 Winter Meeting Presidential Plenaries

January 27-31, 2021

Organized by Mignon R. Moore, SWS President-Elect

Image of Mignon R. Moore, SWS President-Elect

Plenary 1

Friday, January 29, 2021

“50 Years of SWS – Changes over Time and Contributions to the Discipline”  

This plenary will focus on what SWS has helped the discipline of sociology accomplish over the past 50 years by celebrating those who were there in the beginning and by hearing from individuals who can share historical experiences about pivotal times in the organization’s development. 


Adia Harvey Wingfield, 2018 SWS Past President, Professor of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis


Pamela Roby, 1978 and 1979 SWS Past President, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Jean Shin, Former Director of Minority and Student Affairs, American Sociological Association (ASA), Senior Behavioral Scientist/Program Manager in the Scientific Workforce Diversity Office, National Institutes of Health

Dana Britton, Past Gender & Society Editor, Professor and Chair, Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Rutgers University

Barbara Risman, 2003 SWS Past President and Current Gender & Society Editor, Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Veronica Montes, SWS Past Treasurer, Assistant Professor and Co-Director of Latin American, Iberian, and Latina/o Studies, Bryn Mawr College

Margaret Abraham, Past President of International Sociological Association (ISA), Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, The Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Teaching Professor for the Study of Nonviolent Social Change and Professor of Sociology, Hofstra University



Plenary 2

Saturday, January 30, 2021

“Women, Gender and Leadership”

This plenary continues our tradition of examining gender and leadership. This year we have invited the heads of universities and major organizations to talk about their experiences as leaders.  


Mignon R. Moore, SWS President-Elect, Professor and Chair of Sociology, Barnard College, Professor of Sociology, Columbia University


Prudence Carter, The E.H. and Mary E. Pardee Professor and Dean, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley

Paula England, Past President, American Sociological Association (ASA), Professor of Sociology, Silver Professor Arts and Science, Chair, New York University

Jennifer Lee, Julian Clarence Levi Professor of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, Columbia University, President, Eastern Sociological Society (ESS)

Andy Marra, Executive Director, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF)

Alondra Nelson, President of Social Science Research Council (SSRC), President-elect, Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), and Harold F. Linder Professor of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study

Mary Romero, Past President, American Sociological Association (ASA), Professor of Justice Studies and Social Inquiry, Arizona State University

Teresa C. Younger, President & CEO, Ms. Foundation for Women


Plenary 3

Sunday, January 31, 2021

“Hard Questions as We Chart a Future Path”

This plenary will ask difficult questions about the work we need to do to continue to grow as a feminist institution. The session will emphasize three areas: (a) gender non-binary and trans scholars, and how to make their experiences and sociological research on these areas visibly important to the organization and beyond; (b) race and ethnicity, looking intersectionally when considering the experiences of women in SWS and in society; and (c) social class and the needs of scholars from under-resourced institutions or who have limited economic means.  


Zakiya Luna, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara and Faculty Affiliate, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, Berkeley Law


Andrea S. Boyles, SWS Secretary, Visiting Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies, Tulane University

S.L. Crawley, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of South Florida

Daniel Laurison, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Swarthmore College and Past-Chair, Sociologists for Trans Justice

Vrushali Patil, Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University

Marisa Salinas, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology with Doctoral Emphasis in the Department of Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Elroi Windsor, Professor and Chair of Sociology, University of West Georgia

Plenaries are tentatively scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm EST, but we will make more information available for the timing of these plenaries as we finalize the schedule.
Submit a Proposal for the 2021 SWS Winter Meeting! The deadline to submit is November 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST: