Special Thanks to the 2022 Summer Meeting Sponsor: MDPI!


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Special Thanks to the 2022 Summer Meeting Sponsor: The Pacific Sociological Association!

The Pacific Sociological Association is committed to serving sociologists in our region–faculty, applied professionals, and students—by providing opportunities for networking and professional development designed to advance scholarly research, promote high-quality teaching and mentorship, and encourage applied sociology for the public good.

For more information on PSA, visit: The Pacific Sociological Association


Special Thanks to the 2022 Summer Meeting Sponsor: SAGE Publishing!

SAGE is a global academic publisher of books, journals, and a growing suite of library products and services. Driven by the belief that social and behavioral science has the power to improve society, we focus on publishing impactful research, enabling robust research methodology, and producing high quality educational resources that support instructors to prepare the citizens, policymakers, educators and researchers of the future. We publish more than 1,000 journals and 600 new books globally each year, as well as library resources that include archives, data, case studies, video, and technologies for discovery, access, and engagement.

Special Thanks to the 2022 Summer Meeting Sponsor: UC Santa Barbara!

The UCSB Sociology Department supports Sociologists for Women in Society. Our highly ranked department is among the most diverse nationwide in terms of both professors and students. Our faculty includes internationally renowned scholars whose research and teaching have influenced intellectual developments that have changed the landscape of the discipline, including in the study of gender and sexualities, intersectional analysis of social phenomena, social movements as drivers of social and political change, and the “cultural turn” in Sociology. In 2022, the US News and World Report Guide to Graduate Departments ranked USCB Sociology 3rd nationwide in the subfield of Sex and Gender, and 10th in Sociology of Culture. Our other core areas of long-standing strength include Race, Ethnicity, and Nation; Global Sociology; and Conversation Analysis; and we are building specializations in Immigration and Demography; Environmental Sociology; Health and Medicine; and Justice, Law and Human Rights. Many of our faculty and graduates of our program model interdisciplinarity, social justice, and public-facing scholarship through their work. And we also have many faculty and graduate students active in SWS.

Special Thanks to the 2022 Summer Meeting Sponsor: Tulane University!

The Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Tulane offers a broad interdisciplinary investigation of gender and sexuality as social, cultural, and political phenomena. The program offers a Major and Minor in addition to a Graduate Certificate.

Thank you to Tulane for sponsoring the panel:
Migrations and Sexualities:  A Preview of the 2023 Winter Meeting in New Orleans

  • Melanie Heath, SWS Co-President-Elect, McMaster University
  • Mary Osirim, SWS Co-President-Elect, Bryn Mawr College 
  • Members from the Program Committee
    • Ophra Leyser-Whalen (Chair), The University of Texas at El Paso
    • Pallavi Banerjee, University of Calgary
    • Paulina García-Del Moral,  University of Guelph
    • Alexis Grant-Panting, Texas Woman’s University
    • Fumilayo Showers, University of Connecticut
    • Amy Stone, Trinity University
  • Members from the Local Arrangements Committee 
    • Andrea (Drea) S. Boyles (Chair), Tulane University
    • D’Lane Compton, The University of New Orleans
    • Annie McGlynn-Wright, Loyola University
    • Lisa Wade, Tulane University



Battle Creek native, author tackles diverse history of legal battles before Brown v. Board, critical race theory

Quote from Battle Creek Enquirer: “Martinez-Cola has written her first book, “The Bricks before Brown,” published by the University of Georgia Press. It focuses on Chinese American, Native American and Mexican Americans’ struggle for educational equality leading up to the seminal 1954 Supreme Court decision, Brown v. the Board of Education, that deemed segregated schools unconstitutional.”

Marisela Martinez-Cola is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Utah State University.  She is an intersectional scholar with a research focus on comparative critical race studies.  Her teaching focus is on race & ethnicity, social movements, and qualitative methods. She has been published in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Latino Studies, Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, Law & Society, and Teaching Sociology.  Her forthcoming book, The Bricks Before Brown v. Board of Education, will be published in The University of Georgia’s Race and Ethnicity Series. It is an intersectional, comparative, and interdisciplinary study of Mexican American, Native American, and Chinese American school desegregation cases that came before the famed 1954 case that dismantled the “separate but equal” doctrine. She earned her bachelors at The University of Michigan (African American Studies), her law degree at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and her doctorate at Emory University.  She has been a member of SWS since 2016 and served as co-chair for Travel Arrangements for the 2017 Winter Meeting in Atlanta, GA. Marisela Martinez-Cola is a Co- Chair of Committee on Discrimination for SWS

View full article here: https://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/story/news/2022/07/29/marisela-martinez-cola-book-legal-battles-before-school-desegregation-critical-race-theory/10168392002/?fbclid=IwAR09pN_v1MQuedV-Gb6Ys30u8UHFSUHnb94mRCve4526K5hypXHAORAxlBQ#l6cdsq25o89ahd8s9vs

Congratulations to the 2022 Summer SWS Social Actions Initiative Award Winners: Minwoo Jung and Leslie Wood

In 2016, SWS Council approved the Social Action Committee’s (SAC) proposal to support more direct social action of SWS members. The Social Actions Initiative Awards provide a way for the SAC to directly support and encourage the social activism of SWS members.  Awards are given out twice per year on a competitive basis until funds run out. The social actions represented by this initiative are central to advancing the mission of SWS. Special thanks go to the Social Actions Initiative Award Subcommittee: Kris De Welde (Co-Chair), Heather Hlavka (Co-Chair) Rebecca P., Kira Escovar, Natascia Boeri, Rosalind Kichler and Kristy Kelly.

Queer Feminist Climate Justice in Asia proposed by Minwoo Jung.

Minwoo Jung is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies and Gender Studies at Loyola University Chicago. His research investigates the impacts of global and regional geopolitics on political, economic, and social life of marginalized groups and individuals. His work grows out of multi-sited fieldwork conducted across East and Southeast Asia. His work has been published in The British Journal of Sociology, The Sociological Review, Social Movement Studies, and positions: asia critique.

As a transnational gender and sexuality scholar, Minwoo worked on a multi-sited research project on how global politics impact the conditions of queer activism in various parts of Asia, including South Korea. During Minwoo’s fieldwork, he became involved in the work of Solidarity for LGBT Human Rights in Korea, a Korean queer activist organization. For more information on Solidarity Korea, please visit:  http://lgbtpride.or.kr/. Solidarity Korea and Minwoo proposed educational workshops on transnational climate justice and queer feminist action for Korean queer and feminist activists. The workshops will provide a space for transformative education for Korean queer and feminist activists who seek to build coalitions between climate justice activism and queer and feminist activism in South Korea and across Asia. They will work with local climate justice organizations to create educational resource and identify shared issues, challenges, and agendas related to the uneven impact of the climate crisis on vulnerable women, as well as queer and trans people. During the workshop, they will also seek to form coalitions with feminist and queer movements in other Asian countries, particularly Taiwan and Japan, to address regional-scale climate challenges. With these workshops, Minwoo plans to bring the important issue of how impacts of climate change have been and will continue to be unequal to the attention of activist communities so that we can better understand climate injustices form a queer and feminist perspective, as well as discuss possible action plans for queer and feminist sustainability that challenges heteronational and reproductive futurism.

Boots on the Ground Initiative to Increase Public Awareness of Harm Reduction and Treatment Resources for Underserved Communities proposed by Leslie Wood.

Leslie Wood (she/her) is a Ph.D. candidate at Kent State University. She studies medical sociology/mental health and deviance. Her current work focuses on the social aspects of drug use, harm reduction, and experiences and perceptions surrounding the recovery community. Over the past 5 years, she has volunteered with and built relationships with numerous grassroots organizations and individuals in Akron, Ohio where she lives. She is passionate about meeting people where they are and providing access to harm reduction and recovery resources for marginalized populations. She strongly believes in asking people what they need, because every individual is the expert in their own lives, their own drug use, and their own definitions of recovery. 

Leslie is thrilled and honored to receive an SWS social action award to help her in this work. Her proposed social action, “Boots on the Ground Initiative to Increase Public Awareness of Harm Reduction and Treatment Resources for Underserved Communities,” is a targeted campaign to provide education about and access to resources for harm reduction and recovery to specific neighborhoods where these vital tools are rarely provided. Using recent local overdose data to identify appropriate zip-codes, we will visit three underserved neighborhoods – low SES neighborhoods with high overdose rates – on three separate dates to engage with community members and pass out brochures, as well as naloxone with instructions and demonstrations of use. We also hope to offer other harm reduction tools including fentanyl test strips and wound care supplies.

Leslie proposed outreach campaign is targeted towards specific neighborhoods in Akron, Ohio where there is limited access to or awareness of local resources for harm reduction and treatment for people who use drugs. The goals for this campaign are as follows: 1) increase public awareness of what services and resources are freely available and local, 2) provide education on harm reduction and safer drug use 3) serve specific, underserved populations within their own communities. This campaign will be implemented by a team of local advocates primarily composed of people with who have lived experience with drug use, harm reduction and/or recovery. Ultimately, the team hopes to increase the services available directly within these underserved neighborhoods where funding does not seem to reach and decreasing the fear of asking for help and reducing the stigma of talking about drug use. 

SWS will honor Minwoo Jung and Leslie Wood and all our 2022 Summer Award recipients during our Awards Banquet which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 7 from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm in the Los Angeles Convention Center, Room 515B. 

If you are interested in making a gift to support the Social Actions Initiative Award, please contact Barret Katuna, Executive Officer, at swseo.barretkatuna@outlook.com, or make a gift via this form: https://sws.memberclicks.net/donation-form.


2022 Chow Green Dissertation Scholarship Award Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the 2022 Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship Award Winner: Katherine Maldonado Fabela, and Honorable Mention Recipients: Karina Santellano and Carieta Thomas!

Sociologists for Women in Society first established the Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship at its annual meeting in February 2007. The primary purposes of the scholarship are: (1) To offer support to women and non-binary scholars of color who are from underrepresented groups and are studying concerns that women of color face domestically and/or internationally and (2) To increase the network and participation of students and professionals of color in SWS and beyond. The award is named after Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green to acknowledge the contributions of these two SWS members who played an integral role in making SWS more inclusive of women of color. The awardee receives an $18,000 scholarship and a $500 travel stipend for the SWS 2022 Summer Meeting and SWS 2023 Winter Meeting. The Honorable Mention Awardees will each receive a $1,750 scholarship. 

Special thanks to the Co-Chairs of the Sister to Sister Committee: Esther Hernández-Medina and Pallavi Banerjee and the Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship Award Subcommittee Members: Alexia Angton, Elizabeth Hughes, Kristy Kelly, and Marisa Salinas. 

Katherine Maldonado Fabela 

Katherine Maldonado Fabela is a mother of three from South Central Los Angeles, and a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests include medical sociology, inequalities, critical criminology, and visual methodology. She earned her B.A. in Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. While at UCLA, Katherine conducted research as a McNair research fellow on gang-affiliated mothers’ resistance through education. She received her Master’s degree in Sociology at UC Riverside where she examined the ways gang affiliated women experience institutional violence and developed a conceptual model on life course criminalization. She continues this line of work in her dissertation by examining the experiences of Chicana mothers with intersectional stigmatized statuses in the carceral system, specifically the Child Welfare system. The investigation centers the multi-institutional violence that mothers navigate via child welfare, how it affects their mental health, and the ways they resist and heal from multiple forms of criminalization through system- impacted motherwork.Throughout her dissertation the experiences of families after child welfare involvement underscore the complex interactions of social, psychological, and biological dimensions of health and healing. 

Katherine is a Pre-Doctoral Ford Foundation Fellow, American Sociology Association Minority Fellow and American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education fellow. Her research has been funded and recognized by grants including Abolitionist Teaching Network grant, Women’s Health, Gender and empowerment grant, among others. Katherine’s research has been published in the Journal of Critical Criminology, Aztlan Journal of Chicana/o Studies as well as multiple book chapters. She has been invited to speak to international audiences at the European University Institute, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and the United Nations about gang-affiliated women’s experiences and hopes to develop collective care models through policy. In other collaborative projects, as a research assistant, Katherine explored and testified on behalf of asylum seekers, and continues to explore the impacts of the immigration regime on Latinx families’ health.  

In addition to her research, Katherine is also involved with activist organizations where she supports formerly incarcerated and system impacted students and mothers. She provides workshops to community members, mothers, and incarcerated youth where she aims to build a prison to education pipeline and organizes with system-impacted families involved in CPS. Katherine’s scholar activism is grounded in trauma-informed, healing-centered practices that push for collective health. Katherine hopes that her research, teaching, advocacy, and passion for social justice can push for abolition and also support mothers in crisis in ways that center healing for themselves, their children, and communities. The short-term goal of publishing her dissertation into a book forms part of her larger commitment to the decriminalization of mental health for mothers living within criminalized poor communities, while also complicating understandings of gendered criminalization, intergenerational health disparities, and resistance in system-impacted families. 

Karina Santellano

Karina Santellano is a first-generation college student and Chicana PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a certificate in Latino/a studies from Duke University. Karina is an American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) Graduate Fellow, a Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Fellowship recipient, and most recently an American Association of University Women (AAUW) Dissertation Fellowship recipient.

Karina’s desire to study Latinx life through an intersectionality framework is shaped by her own life as a low-income Chicana raised by immigrant parents in San Diego, California. In her dissertation, Karina is examining upwardly mobile Latinx populations and cultural life through the site of Latinx owned and inspired coffee shops in the Southern California region. She examines how race/ethnicity, gender, motherhood status, and class shape coffee shop owners’ entrepreneurial pathways and experiences particularly during the pandemic. 

In addition to writing peer-reviewed articles about later-generation Latinx entrepreneurship and Latinx consumerism, Karina plans to write stories based on her research on Latina coffee shop owners for local journalistic outlets. She would love to write on the roles of imperialism, colonialism, anti-indigeneity, and capitalism in the history of coffee to show readers how everyday products have landed on our kitchen tables. Similarly, she would love to write journalistic stories on the lives of U.S. born Latinas in the specialty coffee industry and the importance of transnational and ancestral ties to their businesses. In doing so, Karina could incorporate some of the photography she shares on her research Instagram (@Latinxcafecitos) and amplify the powerful stories of Latina entrepreneurs as they weather the racialized and gendered impacts of the pandemic. You can learn more about Latinx-inspired coffee shops through her research Instagram: @Latinxcafecitos.

Carieta Thomas

Carieta Thomas (she/her) is a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department at the University of Calgary. She received a JD from New England Law|Boston with a specialization in immigration law, an MA in Pan African Studies from Syracuse University, and a BA in International Relations and Africana Studies from Agnes Scott College. Carieta has been an immigrant since the age of two, when her family moved from Guyana to the British Virgin Islands and then again to the U.S., where they fell out of status. Having attended a high school with students from 50 different countries, Carieta began to grapple with the particular struggles that Black immigrants face. She then became involved in refugee resettlement, post-conflict resolution, and later interned with legal aid organizations in immigration law. As such, Carieta’s research is a culmination of her educational background and lived experiences. 

Her research examines the role pre-employment screening is playing in the management of undocumented Caribbean care workers within the labour force in the U.S. and Canada. Specifically, it explores the location of undocumented women from the Caribbean within the context of increased surveillance in the labour market. The study investigates these issues on three levels: the responses of undocumented women from the Caribbean to these approaches in employment screening (micro); the role of individual employers and employment agencies in deploying technologies that screen workers based on immigrant status (meso); and Canadian and U.S. immigration policies/regulations (macro). The Caribbean women at the center of the study are at the intersections of being low-wage, racialized women with precarious immigrant status. It is especially important to tell their stories because not doing so will result in incomplete policy advocacy and further marginalizes the people doing the much needed and important labour of caregiving. 

Carieta’s research and career goals are geared toward illuminating the stories of Black immigrants. In the short term she hopes to expand her current study to include undocumented care workers from countries in Western Africa who, like women from the Caribbean, have come to fill spaces in the global care work regime. She would also like to explore care work training programs in the Caribbean geared toward migrating to the U.S. and Canada, including possible policy changes that could expand visa options for care workers. Longer-term, her research plans include exploring the three-step and multi-step migration paths of Caribbean immigrants, the high rates of deportation among Black immigrants, and return migration.

SWS will honor Katherine Maldonado Fabela, Karina Santellano, Carieta Thomas and all our 2022 Summer Award recipients during our Awards Banquet which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 7 from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm in the Los Angeles Convention Center, Room 515B. 

If you are interested in making a gift to support the Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship, please contact Barret Katuna, Executive Officer, at swseo.barretkatuna@outlook.com, or make a gift via this form:


Gender & Society Impact Factor Increase! Highest Impact Factor Ever For The Journal!

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Congratulations to Barbara Risman, Gender & Society Editor and to the Gender & Society Editorial Team and Editorial Board! Special thanks to the Reviewers, Readers, and All Supporters!

We are proud to share that Gender & Society’s Impact Factor has increased to 4.314, as compared to last year’s 3.657. We have also learned that this is the journal’s highest Impact Factor ever for the Journal!

This means that now Gender & Society is ranked 20/148 in the Sociology category and 3/44 in Women’s Studies! This moves the journal up one rank in Sociology and at the same position in Women’s Studies.


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About G&S: Gender & Society, the official journal of Sociologists for Women in Society, is a top-ranked journal in sociology and women’s studies and publishes less than 10% of all papers submitted to it. Articles analyze gender and gendered processes in interactions, organizations, societies, and global and transnational spaces. The journal publishes empirical articles, along with reviews of books.