CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS SPECIAL ISSUE OF GENDER & SOCIETY: “Gender Transformations of Higher Education Institutions” 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS SPECIAL ISSUE OF GENDER & SOCIETY: “Gender Transformations of Higher Education Institutions” 

Special Issue of Gender & Society: “Gender Transformations of Higher Education Institutions” 

Guest Editor: Julia McQuillan (University of Nebraska) 

Guest Deputy Editors: Sheryl Skaggs (University of Texas, Dallas) and Kevin Stainback (Purdue University) 

Click HERE for Complete Submission Details 

Completed manuscripts, due February 1, 2020, should be submitted online to and should specify in the cover letter that the paper is to be considered for the special issue.

Barbara J. Risman

Department of Sociology

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois 60607




Washington, DC:  A formal statement issued by the American Sociological Association (, and endorsed by 17 other scholarly associations, describes the current use of student evaluations of teaching as “problematic” and identifies ways to use student feedback appropriately as one part of holistic assessment of teaching effectiveness in institutions of higher education.

A large body of research has demonstrated that student evaluations of teaching (SETs) are weakly related to student learning and are often biased against women and people of color.  In this statement, the ASA provides a brief summary of the current research and notes that SETs systematically disadvantage faculty from marginalized groups. This has consequences for who gets hired, who gets tenure, and whose contracts are renewed.

The statement encourages colleges and universities to consider different methods of evaluating teaching and also highlights several institutions that are exploring alternatives. These include renaming SETs to indicate that student feedback is important, but not determinative of teaching quality or effectiveness, and initiating processes that include or heighten the importance of peer review and self-evaluation.

“ASA encourages institutions to use evidence-based best practices for collecting and using student feedback about teaching. Our hope and expectation is that this statement will be used as a resource by faculty and chairs to begin conversations on their own campuses,” said Nancy Kidd, Executive Director of the ASA.  “Particularly at a time when faculty are facing new challenges to their work and their job security, they deserve a fair, accurate and balanced evaluation process.”

About the American Sociological Association
The American Sociological Association, founded in 1905, is a non‐profit membership association dedicated to serving sociologists in their work, advancing sociology as a science and profession, and promoting the contributions to and use of sociology by society.

Contact: Johanna Olexy
Phone: 202-247-9873

Remembering Toni Morrison on Hear to Slay – With SWS Member, Tressie McMillan Cottom

With SWS Member, Tressie McMillan Cottom

Description: This week, we called a few of our favorite black women together to gather and celebrate Toni Morrison. Roxane and Tressie host a round-table discussion with the brilliant Stacia L. Brown and Rebecca Carroll. They talk about Morrison’s life and legacy for single mothers, communities of black women, and those breaking free of the white gaze. Later in the show (~33:12), they talk to historian Imani Perry (@imaniperry) about how Morrison remapped the history of the United States and what future generations can learn from Morrison’s work.
This episode is free and open to everyone – no Luminary subscription necessary! As always, keep the conversation going by following us on Twitter and Instagram at @HearToSlay and with the hashtag #HearToSlay.

Strategies for Teaching and Citing Scholars Who Have Transitioned

Article Featured in Spring 2019 Issue of SWS Network News

Written by: Brandy L. Simula, Andrea Miller, Xan Nowakowski, Krista Benson, Cary Gabriel Costello, and D’Lane Compton

Strategies for Teaching and Citing Scholars Who Have Transitioned


International Pronouns Day seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace.

 Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities.


SWS Council voted in 2018 to endorse International Pronouns Day. SWS is asking you to fill out this form that will allow you to indicate the pronouns that you would like for others to use in their citations of your work and in their interactions with you. Sociologists for Trans Justice (S4TJ) endorses this project and SWS is pleased to have S4TJ’s support. The goal is to honor this day and acknowledge the importance of using correct pronouns in interactions with one another to ensure everyone is included and respected within SWS.

This year, International Pronouns Day is October 16, 2019. You can see our organization’s name on the website here:

SWS Endorses National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Statement in Support of Reproductive Justice

On May 28, 2019, SWS Council voted to endorse the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Statement in Support of Reproductive Justice. Read the text below.

National Women’s Studies Association Statement in Support of Reproductive Justice 

May 22, 2019

The National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) is a professional association of feminist scholars committed to social justice and academic inquiry. We strongly condemn the current attacks on reproductive choice and add our voice to the chorus of opposition. Autonomy over our bodies, including our reproductive choices, is fundamental. NWSA members have upheld this principle in our scholarship and practice for over four decades. We reiterate it today in these urgent times.

The new spate of laws limiting the right to abortion that is sweeping the country is alarming. In the past few months Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, Ohio, and Missouri have passed restrictive legislation with other states poised to pass similar laws. In most of these cases, state legislators have made abortion illegal when a so-called “fetal heartbeat” is detected, which is usually around six weeks; in reality, what is being measured is fetal cardiac pole activity, since a six-week fetus does not have a heart.  Alabama’s law goes further and prohibits all abortion except when necessary to save the mother’s life. The aim of these laws is to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.
The new laws are just one manifestation of a very long history of controlling women’s reproduction that includes forcing enslaved Black women to reproduce for economic profit; encouraging white women to reproduce to prevent “race suicide”; enacting forced sterilization on populations (often majority people of color) deemed unfit; outlawing abortion and birth control; reducing access to health care for poor pregnant mothers or neonatal babies; drug testing pregnant women and taking their babies if they test positive; forcing incarcerated people to labor and give birth in chains; and limiting welfare and child care assistance to impoverished women.  
The women’s movement of the 1960s and 1970s saw reproductive rights as inextricably linked to liberation and the full personhood of women, fighting on multiple fronts to ensure that women have freedom to control their reproduction, including abortion rights, an end to forced sterilization, access to birth control and the expansion of social and economic support for poor mothers and children. More recently, “reproductive justice” has been elaborated by Black women and other women of color as a broad framework that names these historic struggles and offers a human rights basis for the fight, saying that every individual must have the right to decide if and when they will have a child and the conditions under which they will give birth; decide if they will not have a child and their options for preventing or ending a pregnancy; parent the children they already have with the necessary social supports in safe environments and healthy communities, and without fear of violence from individuals or the government; and, have bodily autonomy free from all forms of reproductive oppression.
Since the passage of Roe v. Wade, there has been a concerted effort to undermine the substance of the Supreme Court decision. In 1977, Congress passed the Hyde Amendment, which prohibited federal funding for abortion and made it less accessible to poor women. In addition, states have imposed prohibitive regulations on abortion providers, imposed a “global gag rule” that denies US federal funding to any overseas organization that provides or even counsels women on abortion, and instituted myriad other measures.
The current spate of laws affects all people who can get pregnant, but hits poor women, women of color, gender-variant, and trans individuals the hardest since they often have fewer options. NWSA stands firm in its support of reproductive justice and condemns any attempt to curtail or control the reproductive decisions of anyone.

SIGNED by the Executive Committee (EC) with affiliations*

Premilla Nadasen, President, Barnard College
Barbara Ransby, Past President, University of Illinois at Chicago
Diane Harriford, Vice President, Vassar College
Patti Duncan, Secretary, Oregon State University
Karma Chávez, Treasurer, The University of Texas at Austin

(*affiliations for identification purposes only)

Click HERE to go directly to the National Women’s Studies Association Statement in Support of Reproductive Justice

New research reveals Black mothers discuss police brutality with sons but not daughters

March 21, 2019

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Media Contact:

Barret Katuna, Sociologists for Women in Society, (860) 989-5651,

Research: New research reveals Black mothers discuss police brutality with their sons in order to keep them safe. But their daughters? Not so much.

New article from Gender & Society that highlights the need to recognize and combat police violence against Black women and girls

Shannon Malone Gonzalez, a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at The University of Texas, interviewed 30 Black mothers to investigate how they address their children’s vulnerability due to race and gender in “police talk.”

Her findings show that during this talk, mothers focus on “making it home,” which ignores girls’ experiences and the very real threat of police violence against Black women and girls, while focusing on Black boys as the main targets of police.

These and other observations are published in her upcoming article, “Making It Home: An Intersectional Analysis of the Police Talk.” Shannon Malone Gonzalez “investigate(s) how Black families conceive of children’s gendered racial vulnerability to police violence, paying specific attention to girls.”

Why This Research Matters to The Public:

During the past few years, police violence, specifically towards Black men and boys, has been given more attention. With the use of social media, videos and knowledge of such violence often goes viral very fast.  Although police violence is not a new issue, recent events have led families to work on teaching Black men how to reduce their risks of getting any sort of attention from police which could potentially lead to events of police violence.

However, girls are overlooked during conversations about police violence that are often focused on Black men and boys. That means women and girls receive far less attention in media and even research. Black women and girls are often subjected to sexual assault, physical assault, verbal harassment and sexual violence from police officers.

This lack of attention given to the police violence that Black women and girls face led way to a new campaign: “#SayHerName, a campaign that calls for an end to the silence surrounding the victimization of Black women and girls by police.”

Explaining the “Making it Home Conversation” and Why It Leaves Girls Out

When Black mothers decide that it is time to have the talk regarding “making it home,” it goes beyond the regular conversation that parents tend to have with their children about “do not talk to strangers” or “do not get into anyone’s car.” But rather the “making it home” conversation is how Black mothers teach Black youth strategies on how to behave to ensure that they stay alive should they ever encounter the police. It is important to note that such strategies are not developed the same for Black boys versus Black girls. Patricia, a mother with one daughter, reflected on the police talk she received on the margins of her brother’s talk:

Shannon: Did [your parents] have the same conversation with you as they did with your brother?

Patricia: I mean I was around for the conversation. But it was always much more [short pause] all of those conversations, were just much stronger when directed towards him than they were towards me.”

The focus of the “police talk” and the “making it home framework” is often Black boys. Mothers teach Black boys to go against the stereotypes of their race and gender. During this talk, mothers will construct Black boys as the primary targets of police violence and Black girls as the collateral targets of police officers.

Malone Gonzalez’s article will appear in the June 2019 issue of Gender & Society.

Further information

Gender & Society is a peer-reviewed journal, focused on the study of gender. It is the official journal of Sociologists for Women in Society, and was founded in 1987 as an outlet for feminist social science. Currently, it is a top-ranked journal in both sociology and gender studies. Gender & Society, a journal of SAGE Publications, publishes less than seven percent of all papers submitted to it. For additional commentary, you can also read the Gender & Societyblog and follow the journal on Twitter: @Gend_Soc.

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) was founded in 1971 to improve women’s lives through advancing and supporting feminist sociological research, activism and scholars. SWS is a nonprofit, scientific and educational organization with more than 700 members worldwide. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @socwomen and

Call for Expressions of Interest: Journal Editor of Second SWS Journal – Gender Praxis

Please see the Call for Expressions of Interest – Gender Praxis  to serve as Journal Editor for the Second SWS Journal – Gender Praxis.

Deadline is May 1, 2019.

Call for Expressions of Interest

Journal Editor

Second SWS Journal—Gender Praxis

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT a call for applications to edit this journal.

Sociologists for Women in Society has been preparing to launch a second (online only) journal for some time. The SWS Publications Committee has collected information from SWS members (e.g. survey, townhall, business meeting discussions), and SWS members have communicated they are interested in an outlet offering space for the following types of scholarship: research reports, white papers, original research articles, community action research, innovative data visualizations, feminist scholarship that supports social policy innovation, and more. In general, there is a desire for a journal that includes feminist sociological practice-based scholarship, or scholarship that informs practice. This should be a journal of interest to scholars, practitioners (broadly defined), and that has a global audience and author pool.

As such, this new journal is unique from Gender & Society, which has become the go-to outlet for conversations about and interventions to gender theory. Much vital feminist scholarship on gender and gender inequality does not make an original theoretical intervention and is not appropriate for Gender & Society. We lack a place to publish a wide range of feminist work that can enhance theoretical, empirical, and practical conversations, and contribute to policy-making and praxis. Gender Praxis (working title) hopes to fill this gap.

The SWS Publications Committee is working on a more substantial proposal in order to be well positioned to negotiate financial support with a publisher. Such a proposal will require a more detailed description of the journal and its likely content, as well as an estimate of the kinds of financial support a founding editor may need. Thus, we are searching for scholars who might be interested in serving as the first Editor of this exciting new journal and would like to think carefully about just what this journal might look like. This is NOT a call for Editor applications. Expressing interest and sharing ideas is NOT an application to serve as Editor.

If you think you (perhaps with a colleague) may want to think more carefully about this editorship, please share your vision for this new journal, your thoughts about the resources you will require and how you may develop and obtain them (please, no need for conversations at your institution at this point), and the kinds of people you might include on your team. Three to five pages should be more than sufficient at this stage.

The SWS Publications Committee will carefully consider these submissions, use them to develop a more robust proposal to a publisher, and eventually work with strong candidates to develop formal applications for Editor. If you have ideas for people who might be interested in participating in this process and would like the Publications Committee to reach out to them, we strongly encourage you to share those names.

Contact Sharon Bird ( and Bandana Purkayastha ( from the SWS Publications Committee by May 1, 2019, if you are interested and would like to play a role in building the proposal and potentially submitting a formal application at a future date to serve as the first Editor of this exciting endeavor.