Call for Recommended Readings by Feminists of Color

Message from SWS Media Relations Subcommittee

Sent to SWS Members on June 3, 2020

In light of recent events, please recommend feminists of color – they do not need to be SWS members – who can speak to the following issues:

Civil unrest
Social movements
Police brutality
State violence

White supremacy

Please reply to this email (to Barret Katuna, SWS Executive Officer at with the names of these feminists of color and recommended readings by feminists of color. 
In solidarity, 
SWS Media Relations Subcommittee

Congratulations to Victoria Reyes, Named Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 2020 Mellon Emerging Faculty Leader

Congratulations to Victoria Reyes, SWS Member and Elected SWS Publications Committee Member, Named Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Mellon Emerging Faculty Leader

For the full press release, please click HERE

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PRINCETON, NJ (May 28, 2020)—The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation today announced the 10 recipients of the Mellon Emerging Faculty Leader (MEFL) Awards for 2020. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the MEFL Awards support junior faculty whose research focuses on contemporary American history, politics, culture, and society, and who are committed to the creation of an inclusive campus community for underrepresented students and scholars.

The outstanding early-career professors among this year’s class teach at a range of institutions, from large private research universities to community colleges and public liberal arts institutions. The 2020 MEFL Award recipients are Allyson Brantley (University of La Verne), Alex E. Chávez (University of Notre Dame), Dalal Katsiaficas (University of Illinois at Chicago), Sarah McNamara (Texas A&M University), Dana Olwan (Syracuse University), Victoria Reyes (University of California, Riverside), Sonia Rodriguez (LaGuardia Community College), Piper Sledge (Bryn Mawr College), Mairead Sullivan (Loyola Marymount University), and Kathryne Young (University of Massachusetts, Amherst). (See the full list of Fellows, departments, and research below.)

Each recipient of the MEFL Award receives a 12-month stipend of $17,500 while working toward tenure. The award seeks to free the time of junior faculty on their way to tenure—including those from underrepresented groups and others committed to eradicating disparities in their fields—so that they can both engage in and build support for systems, networks, and affinity groups that make their fields and campuses more inclusive.

Established in 2015 as the Malkiel Scholars Award, the program was extended and renamed in late 2019. It has now supported nearly 50 junior faculty who represent the next generation of leaders and scholars in the humanities and social sciences, poised to play a significant role in shaping American higher education.

For more information on the Mellon Emerging Faculty Leader Awards program, visit


Founded in 1945, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation identifies and develops the nation’s best minds to meet its most critical challenges. The Foundation supports its Fellows as the next generation of leaders shaping American society.

Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders, 2020

Allyson Brantley • University of La Verne, history
“Givin’ Up This Beer: The Coors Boycott and the Remaking of Consumer and Corporate Activism in Postwar America” 

Alex E. Chávez • University of Notre Dame, anthropology
Audible City: Urban Cultural History, Latina/o/x Chicago, and the Sonic Commons 

Dalal Katsiaficas • University of Illinois at Chicago, educational psychology
Hyphenated Selves of Undocumented Latinx Students under the Trump Administration: Exploring Stereotypes and Resistance through Pluralistic Narratives 

Sarah McNamara • Texas A&M University, history
From Picket Lines to Picket Fences: Latinas and the Remaking of the Jim Crow South, 1930 – 1963 

Dana Olwan • Syracuse University, women’s and gender studies
Mediated Choices: Khulu’ and the Right to Marriage and Divorce in the Arab World

Victoria Reyes • University of California, Riverside, sociology
Reputation and Empire: How Authors and Audiences Racialize and Gender Place 

Sonia Rodriguez • LaGuardia Community College, literature
Conocimiento Narratives: Challenging Oppressive Epistemologies through Healing in Latinx Children’s and Young Adult Literature 

Piper Sledge • Bryn Mawr College, sociology
Bodies Unbound: Gender-Specific Cancer and Social Intelligibility 

Mairead Sullivan • Loyola Marymount University, women’s and gender studies
One in Ten: The Racial and Sexual Politics of HSV 

Kathryne Young • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, sociology
Legal Consciousness and Cultural Capital 

SWS Statement on Current Protests and Systemic Racism


Message Sent to SWS Members on June 2, 2020

Dear SWSers:

These are challenging times we are living in. In so many ways our lives have been disrupted or put on pause as we navigate the various stages of the COVID-19 Pandemic, hoping things will get back to “normal.” And now, we are in the throes of competing epidemics, this time in the form of systemic racism, as seen in Amy Cooper’s false 911 Central Park call on Christian Cooper, the murder of George Floyd by four police officers in Minneapolis, the killing of Ahmaud Arbery while jogging by two armed White men in South Georgia, and the shooting of Breonna Taylor in her own home by police officers in Kentucky. Lest we forget, Tony McDade, a Black transgender man was also killed by police in Tallahassee, Florida on May 27th, 2020.

As sociologists, we know that these are not isolated incidents and that they form part of a historical process of systemic racism against Black men, women, trans, non-binary and intersex people in this country. As an intersectional feminist professional organization, we know that the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and other oppressive structures are key components that must be recognized and acknowledged in any conversation about these injustices. Not only has COVID-19 disrupted our way of life and our comfort zones, but it has disproportionately affected people of color, particularly Black communities who are most often frontline workers or among the poorest in our society. Statistics are clear that they are disproportionately impacted by unemployment, loss of housing, positive test cases and deaths from this virus and homicides generally. Likewise, statistics are clear about disproportionate rates of police brutality, sentencing and imprisonment of Black and Brown people, rape and sexual abuse of Black and Brown women, and violence against LGBTQI communities. Institutional racism is a painful experience for all who have to live through it whether in the United States or abroad, past or present.

This country needs to do better and we need to be more self-reflective about how we position ourselves in this conversation and everyday actions, whether as individuals (e.g., how we practice social justice in our own lives, professionally and personally), and in what kind of changes we want to see in our society. SWS has to be part of this conversation and make its voice heard in our scholarship, pedagogy, and activism. We should condemn recent atrocities perpetrated by the police on Black people and stand in solidarity with the protest movements across the country and around the world. We are having conversations and preparing a formal statement for the public. But as we do this work, we wanted to make it clear that we stand in solidarity with our Black students and colleagues and with all communities of color widely.  We invite you to share your thoughts, concerns, and ideas about ways in which SWS can support Black feminist membership at this time and moving forward.

In solidarity,

SWS Council and SWS Co-Chairs of the Sister to Sister Committee


Please stay tuned for additions to this conversation. 

Sociocast Episode – Social Isolation and Physical Distancing in Time – With SWS Secretary, Andrea Boyles, Thurka Sangaramoorthy, Jessica Finlay, and Hosted by Sarah Patterson

Social Isolation and Physical Distancing in Time (Boyles, Sangaramoorthy & Finlay)

MARCH 29, 2020

Please click HERE to access the Sociocast Episode.

What effect will social isolation and physical distancing have on already marginalized communities during the COVID-19 pandemic? In this episode, we talk to three colleagues from a variety of social sciences to understand the different dimensions of social isolation during the pandemic.

With Dr. Andrea Boyles, SWS Secretary and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Social and Behavioral Sciences at Lindenwood University, Dr. Thurka Sangaramoorthy, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park, Dr. Jessica Finlay, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan and Hosted by Sarah Patterson from the University of Michigan Population Studies Center.



SWS Signs Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Ed Relief Letter

To View The Full Letter, please click HERE.

Letter Coordinated by The American Sociological Association and sent to:

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker

The Honorable Mitch McConnell, Leader

The Honorable Kevin McCarthy, Leader

The Honorable Charles Schumer, Leader

June 1, 2020

Dear Speaker Pelosi and Leaders McConnell, McCarthy and Schumer:

Thank you for your efforts to ensure the wellbeing of Americans during this critical moment in our history. We are grateful for the support that has been provided thus far in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. We are writing today to encourage the provision of substantial additional funding for higher education in future bills, with focus on those students and institutions hardest hit by the consequences of the pandemic.

Like many sectors of the economy, higher education is facing debilitating consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Colleges and universities have refunded student fees and room and board payments from the spring term, significantly reducing their operating revenue for the current fiscal year. The uncertainty of the pandemic means that many students will delay or forego their education, leading to large declines in enrollment for many institutions. In addition, public institutions anticipate lost revenue as states, facing their own revenue losses, make deep cuts in higher education funding.

The $14 billion allocated to higher education in the CARES Act was a useful first step in helping higher education weather the crisis. However, it is not enough. Without additional federal support for students and institutions, the seriousness of the crisis will necessitate additional layoffs of staff and faculty; elimination of programs and services for students; and significant tuition increases for students and families.

Thus, we urge you to allocate additional relief funds to higher education and to ensure that these resources are distributed to the students and institutions who need them most. Although the pandemic has affected all of us, its consequences are not uniform. The most marginalized institutions and individuals are hit hardest. This means that HBCUs, community colleges, underfunded public institutions, and tuition-dependent non-profit private colleges face the most economic precarity. In addition, the pandemic has made it even harder for students from working class and low-income backgrounds, who are often the first in their families to attend college, to access higher education.

We understand that you face difficult choices in allocating funds to all sectors of society that have been decimated by this pandemic. Providing additional relief funds to higher education would be an investment in the public good. Higher education employs over 4 million people and is the primary employer in communities across the country; it opens opportunities for students from all walks of life, and it ensures that America is positioned to continue to lead the world in scientific, economic, and creative endeavors.


African Studies Association

American Anthropological Association

American Educational Research Association

American Folklore Society

American Historical Association

American Musicological Society

American Philosophical Association

American Political Science Association

American Psychological Association

American Society for Environmental History

American Sociological Association

Archaeological Institute of America

Association for Asian Studies

Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Association of College and Research Libraries

College Art Association

Economic History Association

Executive Board of the Association for Jewish Studies

Executive Committee of The National Women’s Studies Association

International Center of Medieval Art

Medieval Academy of America

Midwest Political Science Association

Modern Language Association

National Communication Association

National Council of Teachers of English

National Council on Public History

Organization of American Historians

Phi Beta Kappa Society

Sixteenth Century Society and Conference

Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Society for Ethnomusicology

Society for Research in Child Development

Society for the Study of Social Problems

Society of Architectural Historians

Society of Biblical Literature

Sociologists for Women in Society

World History Association


Voting Ends on May 29, 2020. 

Thank you to SWS Vice President, Nancy López for collecting this data.

Please Click HERE to go directly to this 2020 Annual Survey.

It is also located on the SWS website in the Justice in the Academy section.

“Ballots for the 2020 ASA election will be distributed to eligible members in April 2020. Voting will close on May 29, 2020.”
For more information on the American Sociological Association’s 2020 Election, please go to this website:

ASA Department Affiliates Webinar for Graduate Program Directors on May 27

ASA Virtual Forum for Directors of Graduate Studies in Sociology

Wednesday May 27, 2020
3:00pm Eastern / 12:00pm Pacific
Registration is required.

ASA invites sociology graduate program directors to a virtual forum to discuss how to navigate disruptions in graduate education due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The forum is an opportunity to share support, resources, and ideas with your peers. The conversation will be led by three experienced graduate directors at doctoral and master’s degree-granting departments across the country: ASA President Christine Williams, University of Texas at Austin; Kirk A. Johnson, University of Mississippi; and Mary Nell Trautner, SUNY Buffalo.
Register Now
Can’t make the live event? Registrants will have access to the recording on Zoom, and a link to the recording will be available on the ASA COVID-19 Resources for Sociologists website.

For more information, contact Teresa Ciabattari, PhD, Director of Research, Professional Development, and Academic Affairs, at 202-247-9840 or