SWS Congratulates the 2022-2023 ASA Minority Fellowship Awardees Sponsored by SWS – Theresa Hice-Fromille and Carla Salazar Gonzalez

Theresa Hice-Fromille
Graduate Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
Sociologists for Women in Society MFP

Theresa Hice-Fromille is a PhD candidate in sociology with designated emphases in critical race and ethnic studies and feminist studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). She graduated from Lock Haven University in 2016 with a BA in political science and Spanish. At UCSC she developed a transdisciplinary scholarship and dissertation project titled Black Feminist Leadership, Black Girlhood, and Community-Based Education in the Global Black Imaginary. Within this study, Hice-Fromille examines the complex processes of teaching, learning, and imagining within the African diaspora by centering the experiences of Black women leaders and Black girl participants of two community-based educational organizations that incorporate travel abroad. She utilizes community-engaged methods, including youth participatory action research (YPAR) projects. Her work draws on literature that centers diasporic travel, community-based education, and Black girlhood to frame her investigation into the ways that Black girls’ experiences and imaginations for the future are oriented within a global context, and how Black women empower girls to take their social positions as starting points of solidarity and advance the struggle for liberation. She has published preliminary analyses of her dissertation research in Sociological Perspectives and Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. In her forthcoming open-source book chapter, “Teaching for Black Girls: What Every Graduate Student Instructor Can Learn from Black Girlhood Studies,” Hice-Fromille discusses curricular approaches that early career university instructors can use to cultivate a pro-Black pedagogical praxis that centers care for Black girls. Outside of teaching, researching, and leading Pathways to Research—a UCSC research mentorship program—Hice-Fromille enjoys traveling, gardening, baking, and finding the best Bay Area boba spots with her daughter.

 

Carla Salazar Gonzalez
Graduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
Sociologists for Women in Society MFP

Carla Salazar Gonzalez is a PhD candidate in the sociology department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She earned her MA in social sciences with a concentration on demographic and social analysis and BA in sociology from the University of California, Irvine. Gonzalez’s research interests include immigration, asylum law, race/ethnicity, inequality, family, and gender. Born in Los Angeles (unceded Tongva lands). She was raised by her Mexican immigrant grandmother, and she spent part of her childhood in Tijuana, Mexico, where she now conducts research. Broadly, her mixed-methods research agenda seeks to generate greater understandings of the implications and consequences of immigration border policies and laws on immigrant populations and their families within and outside of the U.S. Gonzalez’s dissertation, Race and Gender in U.S. Immigration Policy: Mothers Seeking Asylum at the U.S.-Mexico Border, examines how asylum-seeking women and their children from Central America, along with their attorneys and advocates, negotiate and are affected by the laws and immigration policies surrounding borders and asylum. Her research leverages insight from 14 months of participant observations at an immigrant-serving organization, Al Otro Lado (AOL), and 125 interviews with Honduran, Guatemalan, and Salvadoran mothers in Tijuana seeking asylum in the U.S. Gonzalez’s research has been supported by the Fulbright Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, UC San Diego’s Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, and various fellowships from research centers at UCLA. She looks forward to becoming a professor who will empower the next generation of race, immigration, and legal scholars. In addition to conducting research, she enjoys spending time with her partner and two spirited children and engaging in activities in her local community.

SWS Congratulates all of the 2022-2023 ASA Minority Fellows!

To learn more about the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), click HERE.

  • Luis Flores, Jr., Graduate Institution: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Edwin Grimsley, Graduate Institution: The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • Theresa Hice-Fromille, Graduate Institution: University of California-Santa Cruz
  • Carla Salazar Gonzalez, Graduate Institution: University of California-Los Angeles
  • Korey Tillman, Graduate Institution: University of New Mexico
Click here to read more about the 2022–2023 Fellows.

We will celebrate Theresa, Carla and all our 2022 Summer Awardees on the evening of Sunday, August 7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Stay tuned for more details.

Stay tuned for the link to the 2022 Summer Meeting Registration that will be coming out soon.

Thank you to our SWS liaisons to the ASA Minority Fellowship Program, Brittany Battle and Andrea Gómez Cervantes.

SWS Summer Meeting 2022 Call for Papers

“Rethinking Feminist Sociologies in the Era of Global Pandemics – Part Two”

Roberta Villalón, President
Program Committee: Veronica Montes, Erika Busse-Cardenas, Alexis Grant-Panting, MaryAnn Vega, Tracy Ore 

Submissions due: May 17th, 2022 (by 11:59 EDT) 

2022 Summer Meeting Submission System 

https://sws.memberclicks.net/2022smsubmission

 

The global pandemic unleashed by COVID-19 exacerbated pre-existing social inequalities while simultaneously generating intersecting issues across socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, geopolitical lines worldwide. As feminist sociologists, we were able to identify the inequalities that were intensified and were also ready to join forces with the many social movements devoted to dismantling systems and practices of oppression.  However, we were frustrated with the arbitrariness of local, national, regional and international policy-making, the widespread resistance to be informed by science and the persistence of disciplinary and partisan fragmentation and mutual distrust, all of which delayed or prevented the imperative need of bridging across differences to collectively address a global threat to humanity. Moreover, we were puzzled with the ontological and epistemological crisis that the coronavirus presented: assumptions about the form and nature of social reality as well as existing theories of knowledge and research methodologies were put into deep questioning. 

In our 2022 Hybrid Winter Meeting, we began to reflect on how this complex crisis challenges feminist sociologies. In panels, roundtables, workshops, pleanaries and other sessions, SWS members discussed the following questions: How should we rethink the way we do social science as feminist sociologists? How can feminist sociologists be more effective in advancing equity across geographical, political, economic, and intersecting social and cultural borders?  How can feminist sociologists work together and learn from/with social movements activists and public forces? How can we best understand and also contribute to collective solidarities? How can feminist sociologies do better to restore current and prevent future crises?  

In this new historical time – one that has been described as the real beginning of the XXI century and labeled as ‘The Era of Global Pandemics’ by thinkers like Boaventura de Sousa Santos – we must urgently dismantle the forces that shaped history: from colonialism and capitalism (with its intimate accomplices, classism, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism and more) to the anthropocene. How can we update our feminist sociologies so that, instead of reacting to the inconsistencies of a new era, we can imagine a different future by shaping it proactively and creatively in the present? How could we engage with critical interdisciplinary and humanistic traditions to further enhance our modes of thinking and theorizing? In short, how can we imagine liberatory feminist sociologies in our times?  

Join us this Summer to continue the conversations we started in the Winter so that we can ensure that the relevance of feminist thought and practice becomes key to turning the page, end the era of extreme inequalities, and build alternative futures.

We welcome submissions for:

  • Panels (new ones and sequels of the ones held during the Winter Meeting) 
  • Workshops (new ones and sequels of the ones held during the Winter Meeting) 
  • Papers addressing the ASA 2022 Annual Meeting theme, “Bureaucracies of Displacement” from a feminist perspective 
  • Papers and works in progress for Roundtables
  • 2021 & 2022 publications (books, edited volumes, chapters or articles) to be displayed in the SWS meeting rooms and have a scheduled time for authors to be present and have informal conversations about their research, writing and publication process. 
  • Themed Conversation Tables to be scheduled in the SWS Hospitality Suite to have the chance to freely talk about specific topics with SWS members (such as job applications, graduate student life, dealing with toxic environments, balancing work and personal time, etc.)  

Moreover, we accept self-nominations to become a roundtable moderator, which we will accommodate according to the total number of roundtables organized.  

Please be reminded that SWS Summer Meetings are held in tandem with the ASA Annual Meeting. As per a long-standing agreement between SWS and ASA, SWS Summer Meeting attendees must be registered for the ASA 2022 Annual Meeting

We recognize that meeting costs add up, therefore, 50 complimentary ASA Annual Meeting Registrations will be granted to SWS Summer Meeting participants. All SWS Summer Meeting participants are invited to apply for these complimentary ASA Meeting Registrations, but we will prioritize student members who do not have institutional support to participate, such as those who submitted papers to ASA, but were rejected and are unable to count on potential institutional funding. Moreover, SWS will subsidize the cost of Summer 2022 Meeting Registration by 30%, 20% or 10% by those who request funds, and will offer the opportunity for members to add 30%, 20% or 10% to their registration fees if they can pay more. 

The cost of registering for the SWS Summer Meeting is $75 for higher income members, and $40 for students and retired members as well as members with an annual income lower than $40,000. Registration includes the Awards Banquet to be held on Sunday evening at the LA Convention Center. SWS members will also be able to watch the portions of the SWS Summer Meeting program that will be livestreamed for a suggested donation of $10. 

Regarding Covid-19 protocols, all SWS attendees must comply with ASA Health Regulations

Special Thanks to the 2022 Winter Meeting Sponsors!

 

NYU PRESS sponsored the Getting a Book Published & Revising a Manuscript for Publication Workshop.

The University of New Mexico Department of Sociology Congratulates Georgiann Davis, the 2022 SWS Feminist Activism Awardee.

For more information on SAGE Publishing, please visit: https://group.sagepub.com/about

For more information on University of North Texas Women’s and Gender Studies, please visit: https://womensstudies.unt.edu/

SWS 2022 Winter Meeting Plenary I: Feminist Mobilizing for Better Futures

10:00 am – 11:30 am MDT (Plenary will be Live Streamed.)

Plenary I: Feminist Mobilizing for Better Futures: A Transnational Perspective

Chair: Esther Hernández-Medina, Pomona College

Participants:

  • Barbara Sutton, Professor, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University at Albany, “The Power of the Green Tide: Feminist Mobilizations for Abortion Rights in Argentina”
  • Lizeth Sinisterra, Professor, Department of Social Studies, Universidad Icesi, “¡Es cuestión de dignidad!: mujeres afrodescendientes sosteniendo la vida en medio de la muerte” (It’s a matter of dignity!: Afrodescendant women sustaining life among death)
  • Manisha Desai, Head of Sociology Department, Professor, Sociology and Asian and Asian American Studies, University of Connecticut, “Why Feminist Futures? What about a Just Present? Reflections on a Dalit Women’s Collective Farm in Tamil Nadu, India”
  • Hülya Gülbahar, EŞİK – Women’s Platform for Equality, Turkey – SWS Global Feminist Partner (GFP), “In search of a method for feminist organizing against masculinist restoration: The experience of the Women’s Platform for Equality (ESIK)”
  • SM Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of Gender, Rights and Human Rights, London School of Economics, Africanist, “Anti Carceral Feminisms for Decolonial Futures”
  • Katherina Tatiana Cabrera Cordero, Encargada de Juventud, Confederación Nacional de Mujeres del Campo (CONAMUCA), República Dominicana, “Debemos luchar por un mundo donde socialmente seamos iguales, humanamente diferentes y totalmente libres” (We must fight for a world where we are socially equal, humanly different and completely free)

Learn more about all the programming for the 2022 SWS Winter Meeting: https://socwomen.org/winter-meeting-2022/.

Register for the Virtual 2022 Winter Meeting to get access to this plenary as it is being live streamed: https://sws.memberclicks.net/22wmrvirtual.

Congratulations to the 2022 Winter SWS Social Actions Initiative Award Winners

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 (Chair), Rebecca P., Kira Escovar, Natascia Boeri, Rosalind Kichler and Kristy Kelly.

Center for Equity Education K-12 Title IX Basics Course proposed by Colleen Schoenfeld.

Colleen Schoenfeld (she/her) is a PhD student at the California Institute of Integral Studies where she studies sexual violence in the educational and military environments, and she is the founder and President of the Board of the Center for Equity Education. The Center for Equity Education (CFEE) is a 501c3 nonprofit, with a mission to address a need in K-12 educational environments for quality and affordable Title IX education and training for administrators, faculty, and staff as well as students. Many K-12 institutions are still actively working to come into compliance with the August 2020 Final Rule of Title IX.

The award will be used to fund a series of trainings hosted by CFEE for school staff on their Title IX requirements as mandatory reporters. During these sessions, the CFEE trainers will provide comprehensive Title IX training covering legal and policy requirements, definitions of sexual harassment under Title IX, rights of the parties, reporting requirements, confidentiality, and roles of the Title IX administrators.  The format of the training will be to provide scenario-based exercises to help engage the audience and provide opportunities to gain experience.

The training that CFEE provides is based on trauma informed best practices which provide for an environment that strives to create no further harm to survivors of sex or gender-based misconduct that considers current and past traumas and that honors that some students have multiple intersecting identities that they may have experienced harm through and/or may increase their response to a current incident. This work strives to dismantle forms of oppression by ensuring that prevention is the cornerstone of addressing inclusive environments that are free from sex and gender-based discrimination and harassment. Lastly, CFEE is furthering research this important area by conducting a survey of institutions to determine what their supportive measures for survivors of Title IX violations are and generating a list of best practices to disseminate to institutions.

Funds for Language Translation of Outreach Materials to Promote Maternal Environmental Health proposed by Dr. Adelle Dora Monteblanco

Adelle is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Middle Tennessee State University. She studies inequality at the critical nexus of health, gender, and environment. Based on previous successes in El Paso Texas, Adelle’s project focuses on translation of outreach materials that communicate health risks of heat exposure among pregnant people to encourage precautions and diminish risk of adverse birth outcomes.

The increased risk of adverse birth outcomes indicates a need for outreach materials that communicate these health issues and encourage precautions among pregnant people. In 2016, an interdisciplinary team of scholars (including Adelle), in collaboration with maternal health workers, designed a variety of evidence-based English and Spanish outreach materials and piloted them in El Paso, Texas. The original materials were a “be prepared” rack card, a urine chart, and a passive cooling brochure. After the pilot project, the team also developed a quick tips and FAQ handout. Briefly, most of the materials focus on pregnant people, with attention to hydration and reducing home temperatures.

While materials are currently available in English and Spanish, there is a need for translation to additional languages (e.g., Arabic), so that they can be more accessible as a counter to the structural inequalities that influence pregnant people’s risk from exposure, which may be higher in ESL populations’ paid work and housing situations and also exacerbated by less access to medical care. While broader policies and investments are needed to protect those most vulnerable to extreme heat, it is also necessary to communicate such risks to pregnant people directly. This funding will support free, accessible, and editable materials published and disseminated on Adelle’s website.

Colors of Soil, Friendships, and Resilience: A Winter School proposed by Swati Birla.

Swati is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at UMass Amherst with a Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies from Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst and a Master’s in Public Health. Her primary research interests include political sociology, ethnographies of violence, critical geography, and global histories of empire and imperialism.

As a feminist activist she works with grassroots groups in India and elsewhere to document and resist the precarity and abandonment produced by exclusionary logics of neoliberalism, and the state-social violence that facilitate it. Since 2012, Swati has been part of the Sanhati collective which was founded in 2006 to document the violent dispossession of agrarian communities and landless farmers in Bengal. The collective works actively to create a repository of human rights documentation and movement documents from across India. This work has fostered her intimacy with the political and cultural resistance in Bengal. Her kinship with the Bengal region also comes from her family who live in and belong to that region.

Swati’s project will help to fund a winter school for climate refugee youth in Baishnabghata Patuli Township in the eastern state of W. Bengal of India. The winter school aims to offer a 10-day science fair and writing camp and a workshop on Joyful Learning, Cohabitation and Climate Change led by a team of local soil scientists, climatologists, and ecofeminists. The science fair and writing camp is intended to equip children with the skill set to counter superstition and discuss scientific concepts through engaged learning. It will culminate in the publication of a children’s magazine, which will be their first publication.

The Winter camp on Joyful Learning, Cohabitation and Climate Change Awareness was designed with three components: a) classes about regional environmental histories; b) gender sensitization for understanding urban ecosystems/habitats from a feminist frame, and c) skill-training sessions wherein the children will learn upcycling, recycling, and composting. In partnership with the Rokeya Shiksha (education) Center, these efforts intervene to prevent school dropouts, offer health care, political education, dry food rations, books, saris, and sanitary products.

Voices, Visions, and Advocacy (VVA) Series at International Association of Maternal Action and Scholarship proposed by Dr. Katie Garner.

Katie researches and writes on motherhood issues, including labor inequality, the wage gap, childcare, and the relationship between mothers and care providers. She is the executive director of the International Association for Maternal Action and Scholarship (IAMAS) and leads seminars at local colleges and via public workshops.

Katie’s project financially supports the participation of historically under-represented mother-scholars in the VVA series, which promotes empowered mothering, particularly for mother-scholars facing structural inequities. The VVA series is intended to help mothers become better self-advocates, connect folks outside of academia with maternal scholars and their public scholarship, amplify diverse voices, and serve as a bridge between activist organizations who often provide more direct community support and those doing scholarship.

Support from this Social Actions Initiative Award will contribute to efforts to improve participation among historically under-represented mother-scholars. In 2021-2022, the VVA series aims to offer at least two full panels that exclusively center the voices of under-represented mother-scholars and activists. One will be an interview with women who have benefitted from Magnolia Mother’s Trust (a universal basic income initiative under Springboard to Opportunities) and the other will interview leaders of reproductive justice organizations.

We celebrated the awardees at our February 7, 2022, Awards Ceremony. We will make a recording available in our Virtual Meeting Platform soon. Please stay tuned.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: New Editor of Gender & Society

February 2022

Gender & Society, published by Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) since 1987, is a top ranked journal in both gender studies and sociology. The journal receives over 650 new submissions each year with about 11,000 subscribers and about 500,00 article downloads each year. The journal has a strong tradition of supporting mentoring, professional development, disseminating gender scholarship broadly, and for developing feminist scholarship throughout the peer review and editorial process.

The SWS Publications Committee announces a search for the next Editor of Gender & Society, the official journal of SWS. The Editor will serve a four-year term beginning August 2023 with Volume 37 and ending with Volume 40 in December 2026. There will be two transition periods, May to July 31, 2023, to transition into the editorial duties and January through July 31, 2027, to transition to the next Editorial Office. The Publications Committee seeks an Editor or Editorial team with a demonstrated consistent track record of productive scholarship, commitment to the mentoring mission of the journal, and a vision and strategy for maintaining and strengthening Gender & Society as a prestigious interdisciplinary journal. While the publisher, SAGE Publications and SWS provide resources to the editorial office, the journal’s host institution is also expected to provide support for both the Editor and the office. The proposal should indicate the expected institutional support, including a letter from an institutional representative, such as Chair and/or Dean. The proposal must also formally specify the details of the proposed editorial structure, including names and qualifications of all Editors who will be actively involved in the reviewing and editing processes and the methodological and substantive range of the Editorial team.

Gender & Society operates on an electronic platform (Manuscript Central) through which the Editor manages all aspects of the publication and review process. In 2021, the journal received an average of 55 new submissions each month, resulting in about 750 decisions on manuscripts in a year. The average time to a decision on externally reviewed manuscripts is less than 70 days.

It is the Editor’s responsibility to work with the publisher to ensure timely and accurate delivery of manuscripts for bi-monthly publication. The Editorial Office also works with the Book Review Editor and the SWS Media Relations Committee with the aim of promoting the scholarship in the journal through a variety of mechanisms (e.g., blogs, Twitter, Facebook, podcasts, and press releases). The Editor is accountable to SWS (through the Publications Committee) for accomplishing the goals of the journal within the budget.

Editors have taken different approaches to the journal, as discussed in this SWS 2020 session with former editors (https://journals.sagepub.com/home/gas). We strongly encourage prospective applicants to have a preliminary discussion of the work, key issues, resources provided, and expectations with the Chair of the Search Committee and SWS Publications Committee co-chair Victoria Reyes (vreyes@ucr.edu), and the current Editor, Barbara Risman (brisman@uic.edu). Members of SWS are encouraged to apply and/or suggest colleagues who might apply. Editorial teams, preferably at the same institution, are welcome to apply.

Applicants should send a cover letter of application including a vision for the future of the journal, detailed outline of the proposed editorial structure, including capacity to manage the journal’s volume, documentation of institutional support, and curriculum vita of the proposed Editor or Editorial team and any Deputy Editors by June 1, 2022 to: Victoria Reyes at vreyes@ucr.edu.