SWS Celebrates Juneteenth 2021 – Responses to White Supremacy and Systemic Racism

Juneteenth 2021

SWS centers and promotes the Black movement/resistance. We have compiled a list of Black feminist thoughts, work, expertise, and voices. To see a list of Black Feminist Scholars that we have compiled, please go to this page:
If you are a Black Feminist Scholar and wish to add your name here or if you see that the name of a Black Feminist Scholar is missing, please email SWS Executive Officer, Barret Katuna at swseo.barretkatuna@outlook.com with the pertinent information.
We have a Systemic Racism Fund that offers support to expressly combat systemic racism faced by our members during political protests, interactions with institutions, and other types of experiences. Members can apply for funds here: https://sws.memberclicks.net/servicefunds50thanniversary

Announcing the 2021 Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship Award Winner, Roxanna Villalobos and 2021 Honorable Mention Awardees, Kristina Fullerton Rico and Emilia Cordero Oceguera

Congratulations to the 2021 Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship Award Winner, Roxanna Villalobos and 2021 Honorable Mention Awardees, Kristina Fullerton Rico and Emilia Cordero Oceguera

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.

Special thanks to the Co-Chairs of the Sister to Sister Committee: LaTonya J. Trotter and Esther Hernández-Medina and the Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship Award Subcommittee Members: Jennifer James and Adelle Monteblanco.

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Roxanna Villalobos (she/hers/ella) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Sociology Department pursuing a designated emphasis in Latin American and Latinx Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Feminist Studies from UC Santa Cruz in 2012 and her Master of Arts in Gender & Cultural Studies from Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts in 2015. She identifies as a Latina with roots in El Salvador and California’s Central Valley. Roxanna grew up in Parlier, California, a small rural town in the heart of California that is home to a predominantly Latinx community of immigrant farmworkers. She’s the proud daughter of a single immigrant mother who has worked as a campesina (farmworker) for over thirty years.

Drawing inspiration from her own background, Roxanna’s research explores the gender and racial subjectivities of working-class Latina girls living and working in rural, farm-working communities in California’s Central Valley. Through this research, Roxanna employs a transnational feminist approach to examine how discourses of rural girlhood reveal nation-making projects of modernity, imperialism, and settler-colonialism, seeking to understand how rural girls of color in the U.S. navigate these discourses in their place-making practices and spatial mobility trajectories. As a feminist qualitative researcher, her research is interdisciplinary at its core, drawing from various fields such as Black and Xicana/Latina intersectional feminist theory, feminist geography, critical girlhood studies, immigration/migration studies, rural sociology, and Latinx sociology.

Through her dissertation research, Roxanna aspires to uplift, understand, and learn from rural women and girls of color within the U.S. and across a transnational context. Outside of school, she loves to watch films of all genres with her partner. Roxanna also loves cuddling with her two cats, Melón y Uvas aka The Fruits, on the couch with some ice cream in hand. When she feels adventurous, she likes to explore new cuisines, visit spooky landmarks, explore national state parks, and travel to new places.

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Kristina Fullerton Rico (she/her) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her binational, ethnographic research focuses on the experiences of unauthorized immigrants and their families who are physically divided –– due to the tightening Mexico–U.S. border –– but digitally close thanks to cheaper, more accessible communication technologies. Kristina’s Master’s thesis found that mothers with children on either side of the border use technology to forge bonds of “digital siblinghood” between siblings who have never met. Her dissertation uses a feminist, intersectional perspective to study the experiences of older adults who are aging while undocumented. With a focus on gendered and racialized processes, this project examines how individuals cope with social exclusion, isolation, and uncertainty, as well as sources of social support for older immigrants in the United States and for older return migrants in Mexico.

If Kristina had to sum up the key takeaways from her research in just a few lines, she would explain that most migrants who are undocumented hope to adjust their status in order to be able to return to their communities of origin without having to leave the United States for good. In short, unauthorized immigrants are not just afraid of being deported; they also fear not being able to see the people they love — in both of their home countries — again.

Kristina’s work is inspired, in part, by her own experiences as a Mexican immigrant with strong transnational bonds. By studying unauthorized migration using a transnational perspective, she hopes to help shift discourse from “right to stay” policy recommendations to arguing for the right to migrate more freely, a privilege that U.S. citizenship largely bestows.

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Emilia Cordero Oceguera (ella/she/her) is a PhD student in Sociology at North Carolina State University. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and an M.A in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Emilia’s research focuses on the connections among agriculture, food practices, and everyday acts of resistance. She uses intersectionality as a lens to look at the experience of migrant farmworker communities in the U.S. She is specially interested in the ways an intersectional perspective can help shift monolithic views within U.S. academia.

Her dissertation looks at the everyday food and agricultural labor of Mexican migrant farmworker mothers in North Carolina and how they enact resistance to intersectional oppression in their everyday life. Emilia’s research will provide nuance to the portrayal of the migrant farmworker experience in the U.S. by focusing on the everyday lives of farmworker women who are mothers, whose labor within the food industry is undervalued and invisibilized, and whose bodies are racialized within an ethnically hostile context. Emilia is interested in the ways feminist methodologies, like photovoice, can help social researchers create significant connections with their research collaborators and build durable paths towards social justice.

Emilia is from Mexico City and in her journey as a feminist sociologist she looks forward to creating bridges between Mexico and the U.S. Her focus on community-based research also encourages her to pursue connections among academia and grass-roots organizations.

As a woman who lives her life across borders, Emilia is committed to pursuing the well-being and dignity of disenfranchised migrant communities.

SWS will be honoring Roxanna Villalobos, Kristina Fullerton Rico and Emilia Cordero Oceguera, and Kristina Fullerton Rico via a Virtual Awards Presentation on July 7, 2021, from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT. Pre-registration is required via this link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkd-CqqzwjGtAMPsEFrwzl0PaS4kTcneRd

SWS will also honor Roxanna Villalobos, Kristina Fullerton Rico, Emilia Cordero Oceguera and all our 2021 Summer Award recipients via a Virtual Awards Presentation. Our Awards Reception is scheduled to take place on Friday, July 9, 2021, between 6:00 pm EDT- 8:30 pm EDT and more information will be shared via the SWS Virtual Meeting Platform.

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. You can also make a gift online, by clicking here.

Congratulations to the 2021 Summer SWS Social Actions Initiative Award (SAIA) Winners!

Congratulations to the 2021 Summer SWS Social Actions Initiative Award (SAIA) Winners!

Lauren C. Garcia

Jessennya Hernandez

Bahar Aldanmaz

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 (SAIA) 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. Current SWS members can apply for funding up to $1,000 to support broadly defined social action initiatives (e.g., advocacy, public education, organizing, movement-building) that also support the mission of SWS. Special thanks go to the Social Actions Initiative Award Subcommittee: Kris De Welde (Chair), Kristy Kelly, Rosalind Kichler, Kira Escovar, and Heather Hlvaka.

Left to Right: Photos of Lauren C. Garcia, Jessennya Hernandez and Bahar Aldanmaz

Lauren C. Garcia (she/her) is a doctoral student at the University of Virginia and a Graduate Student Affiliate at the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) at the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill. She completed her Master’s thesis at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2020 on the digital communication strategies of white supremacist groups, and the way platforms and algorithmic bias contribute to the spread of their ideas. In addition to her academic work, she is heavily involved in solidarity and mutual aid efforts in the city of Richmond, Virginia. She has worked alongside other students to create several community-centered projects, including a multi-organization annual winter drive, political education symposia, and the Race, Space, Place Initiative’s annual unConference. Her work has been published in The Chronicle of Higher Education and featured by WordPress Discover. Under the umbrella of the Race Space Place Initiative, Lauren proposed a collaborative learning community, called The WERKshop: A Collaborative Learning Community, by and for first-generation femme graduate students of color where participants can prioritize their research interests around race, queer theory, platforms, and digital communication.

Jessennya Hernandez (she/her) is a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department and teaches in the Gender and Women Studies Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a working class, first generation college graduate, and first generation born in the U.S. As an interdisciplinary scholar, her dissertation research explores how queer and feminist brown and Latinx artists and creatives in greater Los Angeles (LA) produce transnational counterspaces and alternative forms of knowledge through embodied political practices. Tending to the quotidian and everyday life, she focuses on how these networks of queer brown artists and creatives redefine their and their communities’ lives beyond survival and envision a transnational feminist future. As a scholar-activist, she, along with other brown and Black queer women and femmes, co-founded Feed The Block, a grassroots mutual aid collective based on abolitionist and transformative justice practice. The collective provides monthly food and meal distributions; collects and distributes funds to those in emergencies and facing housing insecurity; and distributes bus passes and gift cards to houseless folks. The Social Actions Initiative award will fund a political education workshop focused on training those in the community who want to work and organize as members in the mutual aid collective. The workshop centers critical texts and practices that inform the mutual aid tradition such as Black Radical Politics and Decolonization. Along with building the collective’s membership, the workshop will be established as a reoccurring series for the general community to engage, learn, and discuss these theories and practices together in a local and non-institutional setting. This financial support will help foster the community engagement and power that is necessary for building alternative, autonomous, and sustainable networks of knowing, acting, and living that counter structures of harm. If you would like to learn more about the grassroots mutual aid collective, Feed the Block, located in southern California, or donate to help support, please follow this link https://linktr.ee/feeddablockIE.

Bahar Aldanmaz (she/her) is a Sociology Ph.D. student at Boston University as a Fulbright scholar. Bahar is interested in gender, sexualities, menstruation, inequalities, immigration, and how these intersect. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Koç University and an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. Bahar is also the co-founder of the We Need to Talk Association (Konuşmamız Gerek Derneği), the first and only organization in Turkey that addresses period poverty and the menstruation stigma, widespread problems in Turkey. Their goal is to “challenge period poverty and period stigma structurally.”  The We Need to Talk Association’s mission is to challenge period poverty and period stigma structurally. They have three target groups: seasonal agricultural workers, refugees, and children going to school in remote rural areas. They organize field projects and provide our target groups sanitary products that would last them for either an academic semester or a harvest season. As proposed by Bahar, the SAIA helped to fund “a virtual event on May 28, 2021 -Menstrual Hygiene Day… [as a] global gathering for stakeholders and beneficiaries. The goal of this event was to officially submit a manifesto/communique to UN Women/UNFPA with inputs from stakeholders working against period poverty and menstrual care beneficiaries. They hope with this event they will be able to increase the available funding opportunities for menstruation researchers, enhance the visibility of period poverty in policymakers’ agenda, and design a holistic action plan for menstrual care for all.

SWS will be honoring Lauren C. Garcia, Jessennya Hernandez, and Bahar Aldanmaz via a Virtual Awards Celebration scheduled to take place later this summer at a time to be announced. At that time, the Social Action Committee Chair, Kris De Welde will also highlight the next funding cycle deadline of October 1, 2021, that will then be accepting applications. 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: or make a gift via this form: https://sws.memberclicks.net/donation-form



Congratulations to SWS President, Mignon R. Moore, Elected ASA Vice President-Elect in the 2021 ASA Elections!

Congratulations to SWS President, Mignon R. Moore will serve as ASA Vice President-Elect.

Mignon will serve a one-year term as Vice President-Elect, one-year term as Vice President, and one-year term as Past Vice President

Mignon R. Moore, Barnard College – Columbia University

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Congratulations to SWS Member, Prudence L. Carter, recently elected ASA President-Elect

Prudence will serve a one-year term as President-Elect, one-year term as President, and one-year term as Past President

Prudence L. Carter, University of California, Berkeley 

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The American Sociological Association has just announced the results of the 2021 ASA elections.

Congratulations to the new members of the ASA leadership team. To see all of the Election Results, please visit this page:


Help SWS to Honor the Memory of Sinikka Elliott, SWS Member and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia

The SWS Community mourns the loss of Sinikka Elliott, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia

SWS hosted a virtual memorial for Sinikka on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

Sinikka’s family has set up a fund in her name to support Backpack buddies, and organization that provides food to vulnerable children https://www.backpackbuddies.ca/sinikka

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Link to Article: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/mobile/ubc-professor-sinikka-elliott-remembered-by-students-and-colleagues-for-advocacy-and-generosity-1.5430474?fbclid=IwAR1qR6ePHu22kynFna8tE6u8Hh8eiJShQmhXmNbYL4FsdDsBlknHagfMUVw

Contexts Editors, Rashawn Ray and Fabio Rojas have published this page to honor the work of Sinikka Elliott published by Contexts:

Remembering Sinikka Elliott

SWS has created a space where you can share warm memories, moments, and experiences that will help us to remember Sinikka.


SWS will have programming at the 2021 Summer Meeting (July 8-9) where we will honor Sinikka. We welcome further ideas on how we can honor Sinikka’s memory. Please email SWS Executive Officer, Barret Katuna at swseo.barretkatuna@outlook.com

SWS Supports Right to Mobilize in Cali, Colombia to Oppose Unjust Laws that Deepen Social Inequalities

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) Supports the Right to Mobilization of Women, Students, Indigenous and Afro-descendant Communities and Other Sectors of Cali, Colombia Who Called a National Strike to Oppose Unjust Laws that Deepen Social Inequalities Already Exacerbated by COVID-19

Written by SWS Member, Erika Márquez Montano of Universidad Icesi

As a professional feminist organization dedicated to promoting social justice and democratic principles, we support the right to mobilization of women, students, indigenous and Afro-descendant communities, as well as other sectors of Cali and other cities in Colombia who called on a national strike on April 28, 2021 to oppose unjust laws that deepen social inequalities already exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cali ranks third highest among Columbian cities in inequality indicators. Large sections of the population face difficulties in accessing health, quality education, and job security, at the same time that young people lack opportunities thus facing a future of labor precariousness and uncertainty. With the pandemic, this situation has been exacerbated. According to official statistics, many families have gone from eating 3 to 2 meals a day — which constitutes a serious indicator of growing food insecurity. Cali women, on the other hand, are overrepresented in the informal economy and bear a disproportionate burden regarding unpaid care work as well as alarming rates of gender-based violence exacerbated by the pandemic.

The social outbreak resulting from these conditions has been confronted by the government with a wave of unparalleled state repression, leading to serious human rights violations. The non-governmental organization Temblores reports alarming figures of police violence including 31 deaths and 841 arbitrary detentions up to the morning of May 4, 2021. These acts of violence especially target young people at protest points and rely on terror tactics such as cutting power and internet communications at night in order to prevent citizens from documenting the abuses. All this is in addition to a widespread climate of intolerance against protesters backed up by the documented intervention of agent provocateurs supported by the police forces. Efforts to document these situations have been compounded by the obstacles that human rights bodies face in their work to verify police violence as it was recently denounced by a United Nations verification mission that was harassed by armed mobs. At the same time, at least 10 cases of gender and sexual-based violence by security forces against women protestors have been documented.

We urge Colombian authorities to review the conditions of inequality that affect women and the population at large, including consideration to the reforms of harming laws on taxation, health, and pensions that are now being discussed in Congress. We call for the demilitarization of protest and civil life that aggravate adverse security conditions for women and youth. A peaceful agreement should be reached urgently in a way that accounts for the protesters’ demands as well as for the unrestricted respect for the physical, sexual and psychological integrity of the protesters including especially women and young people already at risk of violence and social vulnerability. We stand in solidarity with the local women’s social movement which has fiercely defied the climate of violence, leading efforts to reach solutions for the crisis. We call upon the international community to pursue all efforts for a just and peaceful resolution of this conflict which is pushing the whole country on the verge of a serious democracy breach.

Spanish Translation

Translated by SWS Member, Erika Márquez Montano of Universidad Icesi

(Sociólogas por las Mujeres en la Sociedad)

Como organización profesional feminista dedicada a promover la justicia social y los principios democráticos, apoyamos el derecho a la movilización de mujeres, estudiantes, comunidades indígenas y afrodescendientes, así como de los demás sectores de Cali y otras ciudades en Colombia que convocaron un paro nacional el 28 de abril de 2021 para oponerse a leyes injustas que profundizan las desigualdades sociales ya exacerbadas por la pandemia del COVID-19.

Cali es la tercera ciudad colombiana en indicadores de desigualdad. Grandes capas de la población enfrentan dificultades de acceso a la salud, a la educación de calidad y a la seguridad laboral, al mismo tiempo que sus jóvenes afrontan un difícil panorama de falta de oportunidades y un contexto de precariedad e incertidumbre laboral. Con la pandemia, este contexto se ha agravado. De acuerdo con estadísticas oficiales, muchas familias han pasado de consumir 3 a 2 comidas diarias, lo que se constituye en un grave indicador de creciente inseguridad alimentaria. Las mujeres de Cali, por otra parte, están sobrerrepresentadas en la economía informal y enfrentan una carga desproporcionada del trabajo de cuidado, así como alarmantes índices de violencias basadas en género agudizadas por la pandemia.

El estallido social resultante de estas condiciones ha sido confrontado por el gobierno con una ola sin precedentes de represión estatal que ha conducido a graves violaciones de derechos humanos. La organización no gubernamental Temblores reporta cifras alarmantes de violencia policial incluyendo 31 muertes y 841 detenciones arbitrarias hasta la mañana del 4 de mayo de 2021. Estos actos de violencia se dirigen especialmente a jóvenes en los puntos de protesta y se basan en tácticas de terror tales como los cortes nocturnos de energía y comunicaciones de internet para evitar que los ciudadanos documenten los abusos. Esto ocurre en conjunto con un clima de intolerancia contra quienes se manifiestan y se refleja en actos como la intervención documentada de agentes provocadores apoyados por las fuerzas policiales. Los esfuerzos por registrar estas situaciones han sido agravados por los obstáculos que enfrentan los cuerpos de derechos humanos en su trabajo de documentar la violencia policial, como fue denunciado recientemente por una misión de verificación de Naciones Unidas que fue hostigada por una turba de personas armadas. Al mismo tiempo, se han documentado al menos 10 casos de violencias de género y sexuales cometidas por la fuerza pública contra mujeres que participan en la protesta.

Exhortamos a las autoridades a revisar las condiciones de inequidad que afectan a las mujeres y a toda la población, incluida la consideración de las reformas a leyes sobre tributación, salud y pensiones que se discuten en el congreso. Llamamos a la desmilitarización de la protesta y de la vida civil que agravan las adversas condiciones de seguridad que enfrentan mujeres y jóvenes.  De manera urgente debe alcanzarse un acuerdo pacífico que dé cuenta de las demandas de quienes protestan, y que permita el respeto irrestricto a la integridad física, sexual y psicológica de los manifestantes, incluyendo especialmente a las mujeres y a los jóvenes ya en riesgo de violencias y vulnerabilidad social.  Nos solidarizamos con el movimiento social de mujeres local, el cual ha desafiado con fuerza el clima de violencia para apoyar los esfuerzos que permitan alcanzar soluciones a la crisis. Llamamos a la comunidad internacional a buscar todos los esfuerzos para alcanzar una resolución justa y pacífica de este conflicto que está empujando al país al borde de una grave ruptura democrática.






Announcing the 2021 Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship Award Winners, Jesse Kolber is the 2021 Scholarship Awardee and Jessica Yorks is the 2021 Honorable Mention Awardee

2021 Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship Award Winners Announced

Jesse Kolber of the University of California, Davis is the 2021 Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship Award Recipient

Jessica Yorks of the University of Connecticut is the 2021 Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship Honorable Mention Awardee

The Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship Award was established in 2005 to support first generation college students who began their academic careers in a community college, have faced significant obstacles, are committed to teaching, and mentoring other less privileged students, and exemplify Beth’s commitment to professional service and social justice work through activism. Beth B. Hess was a President of SWS and one of our mentoring award winners; she was also the President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) and Secretary Treasurer of the American Sociological Association (ASA).  These organizations join SWS in supporting the Beth B. Hess Scholar each year. Advanced graduate students in sociology at the dissertation writing stage are invited to apply. In 2021, the subcommittee (Sarah Bruch, Chair; Toni Calasanti, Myra Marx Ferree, Gul Marshall, Elizabeth Seton Mignacca, and Nancy Naples) faced the challenge of selecting the winner. When there is more than one exceptionally strong candidate, an Honorable Mention Awardee is also selected.

The scholarship carries a stipend of $18,000 from SWS with travel assistance, $500 from SWS and $300 from SSSP, to be used to support future academic meeting travel, as well as one-year memberships in SWS and SSSP. SSSP will celebrate the awardee at their Annual Meeting. Recognizing Beth B. Hess’s significant contributions to the ASA, ASA joins SWS and SSSP in supporting and celebrating the awardee. ASA provides an annual membership, complimentary meeting registration and a $500 travel award to off-set the cost of the next in-person ASA Annual Meeting.

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The subcommittee is thrilled to announce that the 2021 Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship Award winner is Jesse Kolber. Jesse is a doctoral student advanced to candidacy at the University of California, Davis. Jesse is a transgender researcher who studies identity, perception, categorization, and boundaries. He found purpose and a path to his desired future through three years in community college before transferring to San Francisco State University where he earned his B.A. with honors in Psychology. Jesse’s graduate education was first in sexuality studies at San Francisco State University; then for his doctorate, he chose sociology at the University of California, Davis. In his application letter, Jesse explained the disciplinary transition as follows: “My shift from psychology to sexuality studies to sociology was a necessary trajectory, as my studies in identity, prejudice, and discrimination ultimately led me to inquire about large-scale social processes and structures.” Having collected and transcribed 75 in-depth interviews, Jesse is currently at the writing stage of his dissertation. His research focuses on the “construction and policing of gender categories and statuses in everyday interaction.” Building on the doing gender literature, it explores “social boundary-making between transgender and cisgender individuals” to find out the “underlying mechanisms of what it is to ‘know’ gender.”

In line with his research, Jesse is committed to teaching and social justice activism and has taught and mentored students at a community college. Jesse describes “engaging racial-, gender-, sexuality-based inequalities” through teaching and supporting community college students as one of his career goals. His trans and non-binary advocacy has made an impact at the City College of San Francisco, a community college, where he continues to teach. Jesse has received awards from Harvey Milk Democratic Club and the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco.

The subcommittee strongly believes that Jesse’s research, activism, teaching, and mentoring capture what the Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship stands for. We are pleased to give this award to Jesse and look forward to his continuing commitment to social justice and dedication to making an impact with his work within and outside of the academy.

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The selection subcommittee recognizes Jessica Yorks with the 2021 Honorable Mention. Jessica’s early life experience was shaped by growing up in Appalachia with a single mom facing significant economic hardship and in a place scholars refer to as an “educational desert” — a geographic area with no institutions of higher education within sixty miles.  A first-generation student, Jessica earned her A.A. Degree while working full time and driving an hour each way back and forth to Harrisburg Area Community College.  The experience provided a difficult, but necessary, foundation for her to transfer to Millersville University in Pennsylvania.  There, Jessica found a “refuge” in sociology that also helped her to “connect my experiences to larger forces in a meaningful way.” Her writing engages the gender dimensions of social mobility and aspirations for financial stability in a time of extreme precarity. Her connection to her family remains strong and losing her grandmother to COVID this year has meant both a loss of emotional encouragement and a need for her economic contributions to handle funeral costs.

Jessica is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Connecticut completing a dissertation that takes a life history approach to examine the transition to adulthood and the pursuit of economic stability for other residents of education deserts.  She has completed her interviews and her advisor expects her to complete her writing in the coming year. Independently, she has already taught 13 courses, consistently winning awards for her exceptional teaching. She not only mentors first-gen students directly but blogs on the issues facing those who want education but are far removed from the means of accessing it. Her significant scholarship, teaching, service, and mentorship demonstrate a commitment to social justice and represent the “pay-it-forward” spirit of the Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship Award.

SWS will honor Jesse Kolber and Jessica Yorks and all our 2021 Summer Award recipients via a Virtual Awards Presentation. Our Awards Reception is scheduled to take place on Friday, July 9, 2021 between 6:00 pm EDT- 8:30 pm EDT and more information will be shared via the SWS Virtual Meeting Platform.

We will also have a separate celebration on Thursday, June 24 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT where we will specifically celebrate with Jesse and Jessica, their advisors, friends, family, colleagues, and past Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship awardees.

The Zoom Link to register for the June 24 event follows:

SSSP will honor Jesse Kolber and Jessica Yorks at the upcoming SSSP Virtual Annual Meeting. The Virtual Awards Ceremony is scheduled for August 5 from 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm EDT. Details will be shared with those who register for the 2021 SSSP Virtual Annual Meeting.

If you are interested in making a gift to support the Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship, please contact Barret Katuna, Executive Officer, at swseo.barretkatuna@outlook.com, or make a gift via this formhttps://sws.memberclicks.net/donation-form.

Click HERE for the PDF of this announcement.

Link to Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship Section of SWS Website where you can learn more about the scholarship and see past winners.

SWS Member, Sinikka Elliott, Remembered by Students and Colleagues for Advocacy and Generosity

On Sunday, May 16, 2021, SWS President, Mignon R. Moore and SWS Executive Officer, Barret Katuna shared news with SWS membership regarding the death of SWS Member, Sinikka Elliott, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia.

The SWS Community mourns the loss of Sinikka.

Join SWS Members on Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm EDT as we remember Sinikka Elliott and support one another.

Zoom registration link:


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Link to Article:


Contexts Editors, Rashawn Ray and Fabio Rojas have published this page to honor the work of Sinikka Elliott published by Contexts:

Remembering Sinikka Elliott

We welcome your ideas on how we can honor Sinikka’s memory. Please email SWS Executive Officer, Barret Katuna at swseo.barretkatuna@outlook.com


Announcing the 2021 Barbara Rosenblum Scholarship for the Study of Women and Cancer Winner: Trang Thu Đỗ

Congratulations to the 2021 SWS Barbara Rosenblum Scholarship for the Study of Women and Cancer Winner

Trang Thu Đỗ

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Sociologists for Women in Society is proud to announce the recipient of the 2021 Barbara Rosenblum Scholarship for the Study of Women and Cancer, Trang Thu Đỗ. Special thanks go to the 2021 Barbara Rosenblum Scholarship for the Study of Women and Cancer Subcommittee: Rebecca Hanson (Chair), Jean Elson, Gloria Gadsden, Tashelle Wright and Ana Porroche-Escudero. This scholarship was established with a bequest from Barbara Rosenblum, an active and longstanding SWS member, who died February 14, 1988 after a long battle with breast cancer. Colleagues, friends, and family made contributions to the fund in Barbara’s memory, and fundraising efforts continue to ensure that a $2500 scholarship can be offered every year. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage doctoral research in sociology, anthropology, psychology, and related fields on women’s experience of breast cancer and other reproductive cancers and the prevention of these cancers. Another goal of the scholarship is to encourage scholars to make this type of research accessible to the public through speaking and publishing for lay audiences.

Trang Thu Đỗ is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the Faculty of Arts, Monash University in Australia, pursuing her doctoral research on understanding the experiences of women living with breast cancer in Vietnam. She has experience as both a social researcher and practitioner for over ten years in Vietnam, her home country, where her work has focused on issues related to women’s health, gender, poverty, and social inequality. Her scholarly works have been published in internationally peer-reviewed and high impact journals, such as Social Science & Medicine, Health Sociology Review, and Sex Roles. Prior to coming to Australia, via her position at the Institute for Social Development Studies, Đỗ closely engaged with local civil society, government agencies, and development partners in shaping and delivering development policies and projects aimed to empower and improve the well-being of vulnerable groups, including ethnic minorities, rural low-income women, and sexual minorities.

In her present study, Đỗ explores the lived realities of breast cancer in Vietnam where the disease has become the most common cancer for women, claiming over 9,300 deaths in 2020. Her research illuminates how social and structural factors figure into how women patients and their families make sense of, approach, and manage this life-threatening disease. Đỗ followed cancer patients in the central region of Vietnam throughout their treatment journey and everyday life at different hospital, community, and peer support group settings. In her year-long ethnography, she also interviewed healthcare providers, family members of cancer patients, and laypeople to unfold the various aspects surrounding women’s construction of breast cancer understandings and care-seeking behaviors.

With insights from social science perspectives into the social burden of living with a pathological condition, her research addresses the current theoretical and empirical gap in relation to scholarship on cancer’s lived experiences in a developing country context. Her findings emphasize the need to attend to how the experiences of living with a chronic health problem for people in resource-constrained settings are shaped by and contribute to social and economic inequalities. Đỗ believes in the power of research to initiate and achieve positive social changes. By amplifying voices from underserved populations, she expects that her research could inform the design of socially and culturally appropriate care and more effective programs to improve the lives of women living with breast cancer in different parts of Vietnam, as well as in other under-resourced contexts.

SWS will honor Trang Thu Đỗ and all of our 2021 Summer Award recipients via a Virtual Awards Presentation. Our Awards Reception is scheduled to take place on Friday, July 9, 2021 between 6:00 pm EDT- 8:30 pm EDT. If you are interested in making a gift to support the Barbara Rosenblum Scholarship for the Study of Women and Cancer, please contact Barret Katuna, Executive Officer, at swseo.barretkatuna@outlook.com, or make a gift via this form: https://sws.memberclicks.net/donation-form.

Join us on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 7:00 pm EDT to honor Trang Thu Đỗ at an Awards Reception for the Barbara Rosenblum Scholarship for the Study of Women and Cancer.

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Call for Papers Deadline of May 20, 2021 for SWS Summer Meeting 2021 (July 8 and 9)- Retaining and Building a Feminist Community

SWS Summer Meeting 2021 

“Retaining and Building a Feminist Community”

Virtual Meeting

July 8 and July 9, 2021


Photo of Mignon R. Moore, SWS President

President: Mignon R. Moore

Program Committee Members: Andrea Román Alfaro, hara bastas, Alexis Grant-Panting, Rebecca Hanson, Ghassan Moussawi, LaTonya J. Trotter 

SWS Executive Officer: Barret Katuna

SWS Assistant to Executive Officer: Natasha Santana

SWS Intern: Shuchi Sanyal

SWS Web Support Specialist: Christelle Lachapelle  


Call for Papers: 

Our programming builds on the experiences and planning during the Winter 2021 meeting by focusing on ways to retain a sense of community in SWS during a time of virtual learning that will help build a sense of connectedness across gender, racial and other identity statuses; subfields in our discipline; and methodological approaches to the study of gender in all of its forms.

We welcome Roundtable submissions that advance our understanding of gender from an intersectional perspective. We also welcome proposals for Sessions and Workshops on themes that will be of interest to our members. We also are seeking Moderators for our Roundtables.   

Meeting Highlights:

Thursday Morning

Welcome from SWS President, Mignon R. Moore and SWS Feminist Activism Awardee Talk by Amy Blackstone (2019) 

Thursday Evening 

Presidential Plenary

Drinks with a Famous Feminist

Friday Evening 

2021 Summer Awards Reception 

SWS Feminist Activism Awardee Talk by Ophra Leyser-Whalen (2020)


Direct Link to Submission Form: https://sws.memberclicks.net/2021summersubmission


Submission Deadline: May 20, 2021 at 11:59 pm EDT

Submission Types:

1) Individual Abstracts for Roundtable Consideration: A Roundtable is a small gathering of individuals who are presenting on-going research on topics that share a common theme. Roundtables are a great opportunity to receive feedback from other presenters and attendees. Your abstract may reflect a work in progress, a finished paper, or ideas you would like more feedback on as you continue to collect data or refine your argument/contribution. You may submit extended abstracts of individual papers for inclusion in a Roundtable that will have a maximum of 4 individual presenters in a timeframe of 90 minutes. Abstracts will be organized into Roundtables by Program Committee Members on the basis of common themes. Each Roundtable Session will have a moderator who will review the abstracts ahead of time, serve as the timekeeper, and help to facilitate the question and answer portion of the Roundtable Session. 

All submissions should include: (a) title of the paper, (b) names, affiliations, and contact information for each author, (c) an extended abstract of approximately 300-400 words, (d) 3 keywords, and (e) an optional paper draft. Roundtables will have a maximum of 4 papers, one moderator, and will last for 90 minutes.

2) Full Session/Workshop Proposals: We are accepting submissions for full Sessions or Workshops. Proposals will include a title, abstract, and the names of 4-6 participants who will present papers or participate in a discussion led by a moderator. All complete Session/Workshop proposals must include the names of all proposed presenters/panelists. Abstracts (max. 450 words) should detail the theme of the proposed Session or Workshop. As background information, a Workshop is a space for people to participate in an interactive dialogue on a particular theme or topic, while a Session is a space for multiple paper presentations or a dialogue on a common theme. 

Please also include submission title, submission type, abstract, exactly three keywords, first name, last name, institution, and email address for all participants. Participants include the presider and organizer, in addition to the presenters or panelists, and discussant, if included. Sessions and workshops will last for 90 minutes. The recommendation is that no more than 4 presentations will be included in each workshop or session to allow for adequate time.  

3) Moderator for a Roundtable Session: A moderator reviews pertinent materials (abstract or paper) in advance of the meeting, ensures that all presenters have an equal amount of time to present, and facilitates conversation during the question and answer portion of the Roundtable. All SWS members are encouraged to volunteer for this service if they feel that they have expertise in a particular area and they would like to help facilitate conversation. Those interested in serving as a moderator will be asked to include (a) name, (b) affiliation, (c) contact information and (d) 3 keywords describing their areas of expertise. 

*PLEASE NOTE that information provided here–through the submission portal–will appear exactly as it is entered. Therefore, in submission titles, your name, and institution, please make sure that the way you enter this information is exactly how you would like for it to appear in the program.


Join/Renew SWS Membership

Only current SWS members can submit via the MemberClicks submission system. To request a sponsored 2021 SWS Membership, please submit this form: https://sws.memberclicks.net/request-a-sws-membership-sponsorship

To sponsor the 2021 Membership of a student or colleague, please submit this form: https://sws.memberclicks.net/giftmemberships


All program participants must be registered for the 2021 Summer Meeting by July 1, 2021. Registration will be open to all current SWS members with an optional voluntary registration fee. The Registration System will open in May 2021. 

Limitations on Program Appearances

Because time slots are limited, participants may only submit one Roundtable submission and one Session or Workshop submission. There are no restrictions on the number of times a participant may serve as a Moderator. 


Please direct questions about submissions and participation to Barret Katuna, Executive Officer, at swseo.barretkatuna@outlook.com.