Congratulations to Kavya Subramaniam, the 2023 SWS Undergraduate Social Action Award Winner!

Congratulations to Kavya Subramaniam, the 2023 SWS Undergraduate Social Action Award Winner!

The Undergraduate Social Action Award is given annually to recognize students or a team of students making a substantial contribution to improving the lives of women in society through activism. SWS initiated this award in 2003. The work honored by this award is central to the SWS goal to foster activism for women. SWS recognizes that action “for women” does not mean that the work was done “with women” or even “by women.” Substantial need exists for social action working with working with men, boys, LGBTQ communities and other groups where change will benefit women and can be understood as feminist action. Therefore, SWS recognizes work done in this spirit regardless of applicant gender identity. A special thank you to the SWS 2023 Undergraduate Social Action Subcommittee: Kris De Welde (Co-Chair), Heather Hlavka(Co-Chair), Marley Olson and Melody Huslage. In 2022, we are pleased to announce that Kavya Subramaniam is the 2022 Undergraduate Social Action Awardee. Thank you to Dr. Clare Daniel for nominating Kavya for this prestigious award. 

Kavya Subramaniam is a fourth-year student at Tulane University studying Neuroscience and Philosophy. She is currently serving as the Executive Coordinator of Big Easy EC, a local organization dedicated to providing free and confidentially delivered emergency contraception and pregnancy tests to students 24/7. Kavya has been involved in various aspects of reproductive justice work on Tulane’s campus, including serving as a peer advocate through Tulane’s Sexual Aggression and Peer Hotline Education Program (SAPHE) and as an Emergency Medical Technician through Tulane EMS. 

As noted in her nomination materials submitted by Dr. Clare Daniel: Upon being elected to her position as executive coordinator, Kavya took the initiative to create a handbook for all volunteers, which explains the procedures and considerations that ensure the safety of volunteers and facilitate access to EC, pregnancy tests, and other sexual and reproductive health resources. Kavya has also worked hard to ensure a consistent supply of EC and other sexual health materials in the midst of a national EC shortage. She manages a team of 33 volunteers and oversees outreach for the organization. In this post-Roe era, in which there is no access to legal abortion in the state of Louisiana, the work of Big Easy EC has become increasingly important, and Kavya has stepped up to the task of leading them with the utmost skill and thought.

Moreover, Kavya maintains a rigorous academic course load and various other extracurricular commitments, including as a member of the Sexual Aggression Peer Hotline and Education and an emergency medical technician for Tulane University and the City of New Orleans. Tulane’s community has benefited immensely as a result of her time here.

We hope you will join us in congratulating Kavya and that you will make plans to join us for the 2023 Winter Meeting Awards Banquet and Reception to be held on Saturday, January 14 starting at 5:15 pm. Please register here for the 2023 Winter Meeting where you will have the opportunity to attend this celebration. 

For more information on the SWS Undergraduate Social Action Award, please go to this website:


Congratulations to Jun Zhou, 2023 SWS Cheryl Allyn Miller Award Winner!

Congratulations to Jun Zhou, 2023 SWS Cheryl Allyn Miller Award Winner!

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) established The Cheryl Allyn Miller Award for graduate students and recent PhDs. working in the area of women and paid work: employment and self-employment, informal market work, illegal work. The award honors the late Cheryl Allyn Miller, a sociologist and feminist who studied women and paid work. The 2023 Cheryl Allyn Miller Award Winner is Jun Zhou.

Thank you to the Cheryl Allyn Miller Award Subcommittee that included Laura Bunyan (Chair), Suki Xiao, Rianka Roy, Sarah A. Robert, and Lisa Dilks. 

Jun Zhou is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan, a student affiliate with the Stone Center for Inequality Dynamics, and a certificate holder in the Science, Technology & Society Program. Her research interests intersect gender/sexuality, political economy, and science and technology studies.

Jun’s dissertation project is a comparative study of gender in the political economy by tracing the varying human-machine relations across China’s manufacturing and digital labor regimes. Specifically, drawing on ethnographic and historical methods, this project looks at how digital technologies such as algorithms reconfigure human-machine relations in digital workplaces compared to those in the pre-digital age. Juxtaposing the panopticon-style machinery on assembly lines that restrict women’s body in time and space and present-day technologies of tracking, surveilling, and valuing on digital platforms, the project attends to both the continuities and ruptures of (apparently) new digital machinery with antecedent forms of capital accumulation and state control.

Jun’s article looks at how women negotiate work-family relations when the family is internal to their work and how much autonomy women can attain during this process. Drawing on ethnographic data in Chicago’s Chinatown and in-depth interviews with immigrant women entrepreneurs, the article examines how women construct the boundary between “family” and “business” even though the business-making practices in the market are undergirded by the thick gendered kinship relations grounded in the family. The article offers implications of their entangled work-family experiences on the implicit power relations and inequalities in the increasingly informal and irregular workplace against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and mass unemployment.

Jun is the recipient of the ASA Economic Sociology section 2022 Best Student Paper in Economic Sociology and Entrepreneurship Award, the ASA Family Section 2022 Linda Burton Award, the 2022 McGuigan Prize for Best Graduate Essay in Women’s and Gender Studies at University of Michigan, and the 2020 Raymond Fogelson Award for Best Master Thesis in the Ethnological and Historical Sciences at University of Chicago.

We hope you will join us in congratulating Jun Zhou, and that you will make plans to join us for the 2023 Winter Meeting Awards Banquet and Reception to be held on Saturday, January 14 starting at 5:15 pm. Please register here for the 2023 Winter Meeting where you will have the opportunity to attend this celebration. 

For more information on The Cheryl Allyn Miller Award, please visit:

SWS Thanks SWS Leaders!

SWS Thanks!

As SWS Co-Presidents-Elect, we want to acknowledge the hard work and leadership of those who are ending their terms and welcome those who are beginning their terms at our 2023 SWS Winter Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

First, we want to say a special thanks to Mignon Moore who will be ending her three-year term as President Elect, President, and Past President. Mignon has been an amazing leader for SWS. During the difficult year of 2021, she organized an engaged meeting to honor SWS’s fifty-year anniversary. We also want to thank Mary Virnoche who has been a committed Vice President and Co-Chair of the Committee on Committees. She has worked especially hard to support SWS’s commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion. Finally, we want to thank Kristy Y. Shih for her hard work as Treasurer-Elect, Treasurer, and Past-Treasurer. The finances of SWS have been in good hands with her, and Kristy goes out of her way to help and mentor others. 

We welcome President-Elect S. Crawley, Vice President Veronica Montes, Treasurer-Elect Tracy Ore, and Student Representative-Elect Pedrom Nasiri. We also want to thank Alexis Grant-Panting for her willingness to continue to serve a third year as Student Representative. We are grateful for your service and look forward to working with you in the coming year!

We will celebrate all our SWS leaders during the 2023 SWS Winter Meeting. We recognize that these positions in SWS require large time commitments and dedication to meeting SWS’ goals. We thank all of you for your continued support of SWS! 

Melanie Heath (left) and Mary J Osirim (right)

Co-President Elects, Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS)

Professional Development Opportunity for Teachers (FREE VIRTUAL Workshop)

Professional Development Opportunity for Teachers taking place Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8

Co-Facilitators: Dr. Marni A. Brown and Dr. Baker A. Rogers
Gender and Sexuality in the Classroom
Based on the text, Gender and Sexuality in the Classroom: An Educator’s Guide by Marni Brown, Baker A. Rogers, Martha Caldwell (Routledge 2022)
This is the first time we are opening this up to all teachers (K-12).

Are you a teacher who teaches ethnic studies, women’s studies, social studies, English, human rights or other related topics? Or do you know a teacher who teaches in these areas? Please share this announcement with them.

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) is hosting a FREE VIRTUAL workshop for teachers. This is the fourth virtual workshop we have hosted for teachers.

This year the workshop theme will be Gender and Sexuality in the Classroom. The free virtual workshop will take place via Zoom with the opportunity to attend 2023 SWS Winter Meeting Programming in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Sheraton New Orleans on Saturday, January 14. The workshop is limited to 20 participants. Registration is required. All participants will receive a $50 gift certificate via email.

Schools are institutions of profound socialization and teachers play a vital role in this process. Teachers must strive to be more equitable and inclusive of all students, regardless of identity. In this workshop, we will focus on gender and sexuality in the classroom, the importance of doing reflexive work and uncovering biases, and designing an inclusive classroom. Mirroring the theme of the 2023 SWS Conference, the teacher’s workshop will pay particular attention to areas of reproductive justice relevant to K-12 teachers, such as sex education policies and curriculum. Overall, this workshop will provide much needed information and skills for K-12 teachers dealing with issues of gender and sexuality to ensure that all students feel safe and free to be themselves in the classroom.

Register here:

PDF of Flyer

Congratulations to Dr. Kirsten Dellinger, the 2023 SWS Feminist Activism Award Winner!

The SWS Feminist Activism Award, established in 1995, is presented annually to an SWS member who has notably and consistently used sociology to improve conditions for women in society. The award honors outstanding feminist advocacy efforts that embody the goal of service to women and that have identifiably improved women’s lives. This year’s Feminist Activism Award Subcommittee included Ghassan Moussawi (Subcommittee Chair), Brittany Battle, LaToya Council and Rocio Garcia. The Subcommittee selected Kirsten Dellinger as the SWS 2023 Feminist Activism Award Winner.

Kirsten Dellinger is a Professor of Sociology and the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Mississippi (2018 to present). She formerly served as Department chair in Sociology and Anthropology for 11 years (2007-2018).  She received her B.A. degree in psychology at Rollins College and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. She brings a feminist sociological approach to bear on efforts to identify and address racial, gender, and sexual inequalities in department and university settings. She has helped build the Pathways to Equity plan for the College of Liberal Arts to create policies and practices that support faculty, staff, and students in their work.  As part of this effort she is leading the first cluster hire initiative to bring diverse and cutting-edge research, teaching, and scholars to the College at the University of Mississippi. She is currently collaborating with campus partners to seek funding from NSF ADVANCE Catalyst and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence 3 initiatives to foster institutional transformation in STEM and beyond. 

Her research and teaching interests focus on gender and sexuality through intersectional and qualitative lenses to better understand the dynamics of workplace culture, inequality, and social change. She has mentored over 50 graduate students in their research on these and related topics.  She co-edited a book with Christine L. Williams entitled Gender and Sexuality in the Workplace (Emerald). She has published articles on workplace culture and sexual harassment, the construction of masculinities in organizations, workplace dress norms, and the dynamics of gay friendly workplaces, in journals such as the Annual Review of Sociology, Gender & Society, Social Problems, Gender Issues, Sexuality Research and Social Policy and Sociological Spectrum. She has also published work on the methodological implications of disaster research in the context of Hurricane Katrina and a variety of articles on the Global South. 

She has been actively involved in campus and national organizations that promote gender and racial equality including the University of Mississippi’s Sarah Isom Center for Women/Gender Studies, the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women, the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement’s Diversity Liaison Committee, the Slavery Research Group, the Chancellor’s Committee on Sensitivity and Respect, Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS), and the American Sociological Association’s Committee on the Status of Women. She recently served on the executive committee for the Southern Sociological Society and has been an editorial board member for academic journals including Gender & Society, Social Problems, and Social Contexts.

Kirsten’s central nominator, Christine Williams indicated, “For the past four years, Kirsten has held the position of Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Mississippi. She is the first person to occupy this position. In this role, Kirsten has engaged in strategic planning and built an infrastructure for DEI programming from the ground up. Providing direct support for the hiring, promotion, and retention of Black faculty is central to her work. To this end, she has instituted cluster hires, improved the faculty search process, and increased available resources for faculty research.  She also supports Black students from recruitment to graduation and beyond. Kirsten uses her significant background and expertise in sociology to promote feminist social change at the University of Mississippi.”

Kirsten has been a leader in promoting gender equity at the University of Mississippi. Through her service on the Pay Equity committee (part of the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women), she co-wrote a report which led to increases in pay for many women faculty on campus. That report also looked at the impact of racial inequality on pay. With other feminists, she started “Equal Pay Day”–handing out “pay day” candy bars at the Student Union. The Provost at the time, Carolyn Staton (the first and only woman Provost at the University) implemented the recommendations of the report.

As a faculty member and as Chair, Kirsten is a highly visible proponent and supporter of feminist and anti-racist student groups. As her CV attests, she has participated in numerous panels related to gender and race equality and diversity. She makes herself available to student groups working for equality on campus and participates in student-led protests to support their work. For example, the movement to combat sexual assault on her campus is growing in part thanks to the emergence of a student group on campus called RASA (Rallying Against Sexual Assault). This group was founded by one of her students in her Sociology of Gender course.

We hope you will join us in congratulating Kirsten and that you will make plans to join us for the 2023 Winter Meeting Awards Banquet and Reception to be held on Saturday, January 14 starting at 5:15 pm. Please register here for the 2023 Winter Meeting where you will have the opportunity to attend this celebration. 

The SWS Social Action Committee and Student Caucus drafted this statement and SWS Council voted to endorse this statement on November 16, 2022.

Student protests at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI have recently made media headlines including Inside Higher Ed, but the institutional racism and deleterious campus climate for students of color is far from recent. On August 25, 2022, Marquette students gathered at the New Student Convocation to protest the lack of institutional resources and support for students of color on campus. Following the protest, 10 Marquette students of color were charged with student conduct code violations, including violating university policies. Soon thereafter, they were sanctioned, fined, and removed from campus leadership roles including elected positions of student government president and vice president, and leaders of campus groups including the Latin American Student Association and the Black Student Union, recently honored with the 2021 Student Activist Award from the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. 

Marquette’s new demonstration policy requires most protests to be cleared by university administrators before they take place. This policy was adamantly opposed by faculty and students when it was first introduced in 2019 (see open letter in The Chronicle of Higher Education). Faculty criticized the policy, arguing that it restricted student and faculty demonstrations so severely that almost any form of protest could be categorized as “disruptive” and thus the policy further silenced the voices of the most marginalized on campus. Soon thereafter, the Marquette University chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) was formed in 2020, standing up for academic freedom, free speech, and shared governance. AAUP members convened the chapter in response to threats of hundreds of faculty layoffs and permanent changes to university structures, policies, lack of transparency and, notably, lack of support for students, faculty, and staff of color.

Our solidarity

SWS members are invited to be in solidarity with Marquette students of color and their right to freedom of speech as a foundational value of a democratic society. As educators, we value students’ voices and their right to act together in dissent – and to speak out against institutional racism. These events and concerns at Marquette are not isolated but are part of a long history of systemic racism against students of color across college and university campuses, especially predominately white institutions. Our institutions continue to recruit and yet tokenize students of color without resourcing services and staff needed or adequately addressing discriminatory and hostile campus climates. And in this case, campus leaders retaliated and disciplined students of color for speaking out against unjust treatment and lack of support. 

The concerns and experiences of Marquette students of color Matter, and they ought not be silenced or punished. SWS members value raising voices of dissent because through them we clearly see the systems of inequality embedded in our institutions and supported by campus leaders across the country. Educational systems must seek truth and knowledge free of suppression, free of threats, and free of fear of retribution. To address social challenges and injustices facing our communities, universities must stand up as places for critical analysis, discovery, reflection, growth, humanity, and active citizenship. A community of scholars and learners listen and engage each other toward generative conflict; not disproportionate punishments that further silence and marginalize a community of students and a campus of support

Our action. 

As a community of scholar-activists, we call each other in, to be in solidarity with Marquette students of color and encourage all students and scholars across our institutions to actively support each other to make Black Lives Matter on our campuses. This call to action includes promoting social justice and change through education, activism, and demonstration aimed at eradicating the injustices on our campuses. We call on universities across the country to prioritize freedom of expression, social justice, care and support, and thereby social transformation. 

  • You can add your voice and your signature to the student-initiated Instagram account that has been started in support of the protestors and the petition demanding that Marquette University officials repeal all the penalties attached to the student conduct violations. 
  • When Marquette University leadership removed students from their leadership positions, student stipends were forfeited, and threats to housing choices, study abroad opportunities, suspension and expulsion were enacted. In response, a Gofundme page remains active and ongoing to help address the fines, financial losses, and looming threats of further retaliation toward the students. 

Love without Bounds: An IntersectionAllies Book about Families, New Children’s book Co-Authored by LaToya Council

(Photo provided by LaToya Council) 

Love without Bounds:
An IntersectionAllies Book about Families

New Children’s book Co-Authored by
LaToya Council, SWS Member

Book Title: Love without Bounds: An IntersectionAllies Book about Families
Authors: Drs. Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi
Book Blurb: From CLC Collective, the sisterhood behind the critically acclaimed IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All, comes a heartwarming celebration of family in all its unique shapes, sizes, and situations, as well as what makes each one so special: LOVE.
Book Page:

LaTonya J. Trotter awarded Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize

The winner of the 2022 Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness (FSHI) Book Prize is LaTonya J. Trotter for her book More Than Medicine: Nurse Practitioners and the Problems They Solve for Patients, Health Care Organizations, and the State.

LaTonya J. Trotter is a sociologist whose work explores the relationship between changes in the organization of medical work and the reproduction of racial, economic, and gender inequality. Her first book, More Than Medicine: Nurse Practitioners and the Problems They Solve for Patients, Health Care Organizations, and the State (Cornell University Press 2020), questions the common view of the NP as physician stand-in, illustrating how NPs are creating new possibilities for what the medical encounter could be, while showing the depth of the crisis of care that we face. LaTonya J. Trotter is a current SWS Member, and Co-chair of the Academic Justice Committee.

For more information on the award, visit:

For more information on the book, visit:

Sustaining Activism Gatherings, Presented by SWS Social Action Committee

Join the Social Action Committee for Generative Conversation about Activism & Supporting each other.

Zoom Link: https://BIT.LY?3AHZSN6
Meeting ID: 944 2424 7178
Passcode: 560413

Questions? Contact SAC Co-Chairs: Kris De Welde: and Heather Hlavka:

For more information on the Social Action Committee, visit:

Call for Applications for Campus Visit by 2021 SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Dr. Mary Romero

Call for Applications for Campus Visit by

2021 SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer

Dr. Mary Romero

Deadline to Apply: November 15, 2022


Committee Chair: Dr. Maria Cecilia Hwang (

Selection Subcommittee Chair: Dr. Shobha Hamal Gurung (

Photo of Mary Romero

The 2021 SWS Feminist Lecturer Awardee, Dr. Mary Romero, Professor Emerita, Justice and Social Inquiry in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University will make one campus visit during the 2023-2024 academic year. Dr. Romero served as the 110th President of the American Sociological Association. She is the 2022 recipient of the W.E.B. Du Bois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award, 2017 recipient of the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award, 2015 Latina/o Sociology Section Founders Award, 2012 Julian Samora Distinguished Career Award, the Section on Race and Ethnic Minorities 2009 Founder’s Award, and the 2004 Study of Social Problems Lee Founders Award. She is the author of Introducing Intersectionality (Polity Press, 2018), The Maid’s Daughter: Inside and Outside the American Dream (NYU, 2011), Maid in the U.S.A. (NYU, 1992), co-editor of eight books, and numerous social science journals and law review articles. 

The campus visit is intended to celebrate and enhance feminist scholarship and social activism on college campuses. A key goal of the program is to provide a feminist voice on campuses where such a perspective is unusual and/or unwelcome. Applications from all types of institutions are welcome. Priority will be given to campuses that are isolated, rural, located away from major metropolitan areas, underfunded and without the resources needed to invite guest speakers, and/or are characterized by hostility to feminist scholarship.

The selection subcommittee will look especially favorably on campuses that are committed to gaining the widest possible audience for these visits. This may be demonstrated by evidence of

  • collaboration with other departments and programs on campus
  • multiple-campus cooperation
  • community partnerships

SWS will fund a portion of the expenses for the campus visit, thus institutions should not let resource scarcity prevent them from applying. SWS will fund up to $750 toward domestic travel and a maximum of $1500 for international travel. The host campus is responsible for the costs associated with meals and lodging for the duration of the campus visit.

If you are interested in hosting a campus visit submit your application by November 15, 2022 to:

SWS Awards Committee Chair: Maria Cecilia Hwang:

Please put “SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Campus Visit” in the email subject line.

The application should include the following information:

  1. An explanation of your interest in hosting Dr. Romero and the merits of awarding a campus visit to your institution.
  2. A description of the type of presentation you are interested in hosting.
  3. The number of days you will ask the awardee to stay.
  4. The target audience or audiences for Dr. Romero’s presentation.
  5. A description of how local costs (lodging and meals) will be met.
  6. Tentative dates for Dr. Romero’s visit.

Note: Due to public health concerns and travel challenges relating to COVID-19, we are committed to working with Dr. Romero and the campus visit host institution to identify suitable dates. SWS can extend the timeframe beyond the 2021-2022 academic year for this visit to occur if travel and programming are not possible within this timeframe.