BLACK FEMINIST SCHOLARS 

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BLACK FEMINIST SCHOLARS 

SWS centers and promotes the Black movement/resistance. The following list highlights Black feminist thoughts, work, expertise, and voices. SWS members have provided the following list of Black Scholars to center during this time of protests, attention to systemic racism, and white supremacy. 

If you would like to add to this list, please email Barret Katuna, SWS Executive Officer, at swseo.barretkatuna@outlook.com

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List Updated on July 6, 2020 

Katie Acosta, https://sociology.gsu.edu/profile/assistant-professor/

Alishia Alexander, https://sociology.illinois.edu/directory/profile/alishia2

Michelle Alexander, https://newjimcrow.com/about-the-author

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in Age of Colorblindness 

Brenda J. Allen, https://clas.ucdenver.edu/communication/brenda-j-allen-phd

Shaonta E. Allen, https://shaontathesociologist.com

Jessica Ayo Alabi, https://www.asccc.org/category/discipline/sociology

Carol Anderson, https://www.professorcarolanderson.org

  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (Bloomsbury Adult, 2017)

Alexia Angton, https://soc.iastate.edu/directory/alexia-angton/

Christobel Asiedu, https://liberalarts.latech.edu/faculty-staff-directory/single-entry/name/christobel-asiedu/

Celeste Atkins, https://atkinsc.com

Regina S. Baker, http://www.reginasmallsbaker.com

Brittany Battle, https://www.brittanypbattle.com

  • The Slavery, Race, & Memory Project: Virtual Public Conversation: The Roots of Unrest: Addressing Racialized Police Violence – June 30, 2020 from 6-7:30 pm featuring Brittany Battle, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Wake Forest University

Nishaun Battle, http://www.sola.vsu.edu/departments/sociology/people/nishaun-battle.php

  • Black Girlhood, Punishment, and Resistance: Reimagining Justice for Black Girls in Virginia (Routledge, 2019) 

Jean Beamanhttps://www.soc.ucsb.edu/faculty/jean-beaman

Joyce Bell, https://sociology.uchicago.edu/directory/joyce-bell

Josephine Beoku-Betts, https://www.fau.edu/artsandletters/wgss/dr.beoku-betts/

Dereca Blackmon, https://inclusiondesign.com/who-we-are/

Andrea “Drea” S. Boyles, https://drandreasboyles.com/

Enobong (Anna) Branch, https://diversity.rutgers.edu/about/staff/enobong-anna-branch

  • Black in America: The Paradox of the Color Line (Polity 2020)
  • Pathways, Potholes, and the Persistence of Women in Science: Reconsidering the Pipeline (Lexington Books 2016)
  • Opportunity Denied: Limiting Black Women to Devalued Work (Rutgers University Press 2011) 

Mia Brantley, https://chip.sc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Mia-Brantley-CV.pdf

Khiara Bridges, https://www.law.berkeley.edu/our-faculty/faculty-profiles/khiara-bridges/

Karida Brown, https://soc.ucla.edu/faculty/karida-l-brown

Kenly Brown, https://www.crg.berkeley.edu/grant-recipient/kenly-brown/

Shantel Buggs, https://shantelgbuggs.com

Nicole Burrowes, https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/aads/faculty/nb8544

  • Building the World We Want to See: A Herstory of Sista II Sista and the Struggle against State and Interpersonal Violence

Charlene Carruthers, https://www.charlenecarruthers.com

  • Unapologetic : A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements (Beacon Press, 2018)

Felicia Casanova, https://sociology.as.miami.edu/_assets/pdf/felicia-cassanova-cv.pdf

Jennifer Casper, https://sociology.missouri.edu/people/casper

Marcia Chatelain,  https://gufaculty360.georgetown.edu/s/contact/00336000014RhMmAAK/marcia-chatelain

  • Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America (Liveright, 2020) 
  • South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration (Duke University Press, 2015) 

Jennifer Cobbina, https://www.jennifercobbina.com/books/

  • Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Why the Protests in Baltimore and Ferguson Matter, and How They Changed America (NYU Press, 2019) 

Brittany Cooper, https://www.freshspeakers.com/speakers/brittney-cooper/

  • Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (St. Martin’s Press, 2018)
  • Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women (University of Illinois Press, 2017) 

Latoya Council, https://dornsife.usc.edu/cf/soci/soci_student_display.cfm?Person_ID=1056258

Lisa Covington, https://clas.stage.drupal.uiowa.edu/sociology/people/lisa-covington

Ania Craig, http://humsci.auburn.edu/hdfs/grad/bios/a_craig.php

Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, https://www.law.columbia.edu/faculty/kimberle-w-crenshaw

  • Police brutality and police overreach/over-policing generally and the #SayHerName movement

Angela Davis, https://www.speakoutnow.org/speaker/davis-angela

Shardé M. Davis, https://comm.uconn.edu/person/sharde-m-davis/

Faith Deckard, https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/sociology/graduate/gradstudents/profile.php?id=fmd344

Zaire Dinzey Flores, https://latcar.rutgers.edu/people/core-faculty/47-zaire-dinzey-flores

Dre Domingue, https://www.davidson.edu/people/dre-domingue

  • Stephanie Y. Evans, Andrea Dominigue, and Tania D. Mitchell (eds.), Black Women and Social Justice Education: Legacies and Lessons, SUNY Press, 2019.

Dawn Dow, https://socy.umd.edu/facultyprofile/dow/dawn

  • Mothering While Black: The Boundaries and Burdens of Middle-Class Parenthood (2019, University of California Press).

Sasha Drummond-Lewis, https://www.umflint.edu/sac/faculty-and-staff

Marlese Durr, https://liberal-arts.wright.edu/about/profile/marlese-durr

Stephanie Y. Evans, https://cas.gsu.edu/profile/stephanie-y-evans/

  • Stephanie Y. Evans, Andrea Dominigue, and Tania D. Mitchell (eds.), Black Women and Social Justice Education: Legacies and Lessons, SUNY Press, 2019.

Crystal Fleming,

https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/sociology/people/faculty/fleming.php

  • How to be Less Stupid About Race

Brittany Friedman, https://sociology.rutgers.edu/people/faculty/core-department-faculty/826-friedman-brittany-2

www.brittanyfriedman.com

Gloria Gadsden, https://www.socialmomentsjournal.com

Kelly Giles, https://www.umass.edu/sociology/users/kgiles

Carla Goar, https://www.kent.edu/node/carla-goar

Jamella Gow, https://migrationinitiative.ucsb.edu/people/jamella-gow

Debbie Griffith, http://frontdoor.valenciacollege.edu/faculty.cfm;jsessionid=A3D706245D045342D2C9D3EDA2D67476.cfusion?uid=DGriffith1&CFID=20531148&CFTOKEN=6345d8915d428e79-73020F0F-BE0F-FA96-441374889F8C8A94

Shaquilla Harrigan, https://www.soc.upenn.edu/people/shaquilla-harrigan

Cherise Harris, https://www.conncoll.edu/directories/faculty-profiles/cherise-harris/

  • The Cosby Cohort: Blessings and Burdens of Growing up Black Middle Class (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013) 

Adia Harvey Wingfield, https://sociology.wustl.edu/people/adia-harvey-wingfield

  • Flatlining: Race, Work, and Health Care in the New Economy (UC Press, 2019)

Brittany Hearne, https://fulbright.uark.edu/departments/sociology/people/index/uid/bnhearne/name/Brittany+Nicole+Hearne/

Loren Henderson, https://lorenhenderson77.wixsite.com/mycv

Marcia Hernandez, https://www.pacific.edu/academics/schools-and-colleges/college-of-the-pacific/academics/departments-and-programs/sociology/faculty-directory/marcia-hernandez.html

Jasmine D. Hill, https://www.jasmine-hill.com

Shirley Hill, https://sociology.ku.edu/shirley-hill-0

Eundria Hill-Joseph, https://www.biola.edu/directory/people/5654ddfcb38859138200004b

Patricia Hill Collins, https://socy.umd.edu/facultyprofile/collins/patricia-hill

  • Black Feminist Thought (Routledge, 2008)

Erica Hill-Yates, https://twitter.com/ericahillyates?lang=en

bell hooks, http://www.bellhooksinstitute.com

Yasimyn Irizarry, https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/aads/faculty/yi579

Christina Jackson, https://www.christinarjackson.com

  • Black in America: The Paradox of the Color Line (Polity 2020)

Adilia James, https://www.endicott.edu/academics/schools/arts-sciences/faculty/a/adilia-james

Leslie Kay Jones, https://sociology.rutgers.edu/people/faculty/core-department-faculty/968-jones-leslie-kay

Nikki Jones, https://vcresearch.berkeley.edu/faculty/nikki-jones

  • Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner-City Violence
  • The Chosen Ones:  Black Men and the Politics of Redemption (UC Press)

Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, https://history.berkeley.edu/stephanie-e-jones-rogers

  • They Were Her Property

Joyce Ladner, 

Charisse Levchak, https://www2.ccsu.edu/faculty/cclevchak

Krystale Littlejohn, https://www.krystalelittlejohn.com/

Nancy López, https://sociology.unm.edu/people/faculty%20profile/Nancy%20Lopez.html

Audre Lorde, https://alp.org/about/audre

Zakiya Luna, http://www.zakiyaluna.com

Sadiyah Malcolm, https://lsa.umich.edu/soc/people/current-graduate-students/sadiyah-malcolm.html

Shannon Malone Gonzalez, 

https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/sociology/graduate/gradstudents/profile.php?id=sm59889

  • Making It Home: An Intersectional Analysis of the Police Talk

Memory Manda, https://soc.unl.edu/memory-manda

Kris Marsh, https://socy.umd.edu/facultyprofile/marsh/kris

Alexis S. McCurn, https://www.csudh.edu/sociology/faculty/alexismccurn

Maretta McDonald, https://www.lsu.edu/hss/sociology/people/Graduate_Students/Graduate_Student_CVs/mcdonald_cv.pdf

Tressie McMillan Cottom, https://tressiemc.com

  • Thick: And Other Essays 

Peace Medie, http://www.bristol.ac.uk/spais/people/person/peace-medie/

Tania Mitchell, https://www.cehd.umn.edu/olpd/people/tmitchel/

  • Stephanie Y. Evans, Andrea Dominigue, and Tania D.  Mitchell (eds.), Black Women and Social Justice Education: Legacies and Lessons, SUNY Press, 2019.

Allison Monterrosa, 

https://sociology.ucr.edu/graduate-students/allison-monterrosa/

Mignon Moore, https://www.mignonmoore.com

Monique Morris, https://www.moniquewmorris.me/

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools  (The New Press, 2016) 

Amaka Okechukwu, http://www.amakaokechukwu.com/main

Ijeoma Oluo, http://www.ijeomaoluo.com

Mary J. Osirim, https://www.brynmawr.edu/people/mary-j-osirim

Mary Patillo, https://www.sociology.northwestern.edu/people/faculty/core/mary-pattillo.html

Amanda Patrick, https://www.apsu.edu/sociology/sociology-faculty.php

Ruth Peterson, https://sociology.osu.edu/people/peterson.5

Whitney Pirtle, https://www.ucmerced.edu/content/whitney-laster-pirtle

Hillary Potterhttp://www.hillarypotter.com/

  • Intersectionality and Criminology: Disrupting and Revolutionizing Studies of Crime (Routledge, 2015) 

Kimala Price, https://womensstudies.sdsu.edu/people/bios/price.htm

Andrea Ritchie, http://invisiblenomorebook.com/about-andrea/

  • Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color (Beacon Press, 2017)

Candice C. Robinson, https://www.candicecrobinson.com

Zandria F. Robinson, https://gufaculty360.georgetown.edu/s/contact/0031Q000025AIXeQAO/zandria-robinson

Belinda Robnett, https://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=4668

Beth Richie, https://clj.uic.edu/profiles/beth-e-richie/

  • Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation

Dorothy Roberts, https://www.law.upenn.edu/cf/faculty/roberts1/

  • Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction and the Meaning of Liberty  (Random House/Pantheon, 1997, 1999, 2017). 

Shantee Rosado, https://www.blxstudies.org/shantee-rosado

Loretta Ross, https://www.lorettaross.com/Biography.html

Zakia Salime,  https://sociology.rutgers.edu/people/faculty/core-department-faculty/224-salime-zakia

  • Between Feminism and Islam: Human Rights and Sharia Law in Morocco (Minnesota, 2011). 

Lacee Satcher, https://cdn.vanderbilt.edu/vu-wp0/wp-content/uploads/sites/233/2019/12/17151848/LaceeSatcherCV19.pdf

Alyasah A. Sewell, http://sociology.emory.edu/home/people/faculty/sewell-alyasah.html

Fumilayo Showers, https://sociology.uconn.edu/person/fumilayo-showers-2/

Chaniqua D. Simpson, https://cdn.chass.ncsu.edu/sites/socant.chass.ncsu.edu/documents/SimpsonCV_05.17.pdf

Jennifer Patrice Sims, https://sites.google.com/uah.edu/jenniferpatricesimsphd/home 

Barbara Smith, https://barbarasmithaintgonna.com/about-barbaras-work/

  • Police brutality and police overreach/over-policing generally and the #SayHerName movement

Christen Smith, https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/anthropology/faculty/cs23775

  • Facing the Dragon: Black Mothering, Sequelae, and Gendered Necropolitics in the Americas

Dwayne Smith, http://sociology.usf.edu/faculty/dsmith/

Chriss Sneed, https://sociology.uconn.edu/person/chriss-sneed/

Starr Solomon, https://www.kent.edu/sociology/starr-solomon

Kamesha Spates, https://www.kent.edu/node/kamesha-spates

Kimberly Springer, https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=S61BeAMAAAAJ&hl=en

Ashley Y. Stone, https://peerstoallies.uic.edu/ashley-y-stone/

Sabrina Strings, https://www.sociology.uci.edu/people/faculty.php 

 

 

Taura Taylor, https://sociology.gsu.edu/profile/taura-taylor/

Carieta Thomas, https://soci.ucalgary.ca/profiles/carieta-thomas

Korey Tillman, https://koreytillman.com

LaTonya J. Trotter, https://www.latonyatrotter.com

Brandy Wallace, https://sahap.umbc.edu/ftfaculty/person/zw20099/

Kelly Ward, https://www.kellymarieward.com/

Chandra Waring, https://www.uww.edu/cls/race-and-ethnic-studies/meet-our-faculty

Apryl Williams, https://aprylwilliams.com

Doris Y. Wilkinson, https://nkaa.uky.edu/nkaa/items/show/1243

France Winddance Twine, https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=oqgnCUwAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

https://www.soc.ucsb.edu/faculty/france-winddance-twine

Evonnia Woods, https://sociology.missouri.edu/people/woods

Kristine Wright, https://www.lasc.edu/life-lasc/clubs/hip-hop-congress

Patrice Wright, https://sociology.as.virginia.edu/people/profile/pw5mv

Tashelle Wright, https://publichealth.ucmerced.edu/content/tashelle-wright

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, http://www.keeangataylor.com

  • From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Haymarket Books, 2016)
  • How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective (Haymarket Books, 2018)  

Assata Zerai, https://sociology.illinois.edu/directory/profile/azerai

SWS Summer Meeting Pilot for San Francisco Teachers: Invitation to Ethnic Studies High School Teachers Workshop

 

2020 Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) Summer Meeting Pilot 

Pre-Meeting workshop for High School Teachers: Invitation to Ethnic Studies High School Teachers Workshop 

Topic: Teaching Intersectionality in San Francisco Unified School District (SFUD) High School Classrooms 

“Teaching Intersectionality in the H.S. Classroom: Critical Race Feminist Strategies for Student and Teacher Critical Inquiry, Praxis & Empowerment” 

Workshop Date: Thurs. 8/6/20 from 9am-1:30pm PDT/ 12pm-4:30 pm EDT

Participation is limited to 20 H.S. Teachers. Registration is free.

Please RSVP by Tues. June 30, 2020 by emailing SWS Vice President, Professor Nancy López at nlopez@unm.edu 

$50 gift card per teacher participant-up to 20 participants. $100 gift card for serving as teacher co-facilitator (up to two H.S. teacher facilitators). In your email please indicate if you are requesting registration as a participant or if you would like to serve as co-facilitator.

Please visit the SWS Website for more information on the Summer Meeting: https://socwomen.org/summer-meeting-2020/

Please click HERE for the flyer.

SWS Statement on White Supremacy: A Call to Action

 

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June 10, 2020

SWS Statement on White Supremacy

An SWS Call to Action

The recent racist threat toward Christian Cooper and the murders of Black people –Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd and other victims of violence–are not isolated events. These are historical and pervasive incidents from the result of a system built on white supremacy. COVID-19 laid bare how racism is a public health crisis, with an overrepresentation of Black people being hospitalized for the virus, leading Roxane Gay to state “[t]he disparities that normally fracture our culture are becoming even more pronounced as we decide, collectively, what we choose to save — what deserves to be saved.”

 

The policing and weaponizing of white fear by law enforcement and non-Black people are also not the result of a few bad actors. Black individuals continue to endure racist discrimination related to profiling, criminalization, and state violence. These same Black people have led the effort to dismantle racist oppression.

 

As feminist sociologists and scholars it is our duty to be co-conspirators in the movement for making Black lives matter.

 

To Black feminist members: We offer our sincerest and heartfelt condolences not only to the families and friends of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and George Floyd, but also to those in the Black community who are mourning. We acknowledge the grief, anguish, and outrage that is being felt throughout the Black community, which many of us are a part of. These persistent tragedies of racist violence and harassment leaves us deeply saddened.  As a community of scholars, we remain committed to our mission of “promoting social justice through local, national, and international activism.” This commitment calls for us to be critically active in eradicating injustices related to racism, sexism, and other forms of oppressive systems and structures.

 

We see you, we hear you, and stand in solidarity against the racism and injustices that our Black community faces daily.

 

To white and non-Black feminist members: It is time to think deeply about our positionality. Our work is not feminist if it does not embrace and embody anti-racism and reject anti-blackness. It is clear how Amy Coopers’ racism is unacceptable – and – the power that we can inflict through our positionality as white and non-black feminists can be a form of violence. It is imperative that we look within ourselves to see the parts of us that are reflected in her actions. Racial justice work is not only understanding the intricate systems of inequality built into our social institutions, but a practice of deep reflexivity to understand how we are implicated in racist oppression.

 

Black colleagues across the country have long expressed how hard it is to be the only voice of dissonance for their students before this moment, and there is no time like the present to become an accomplice. Here are some links to get you started:

 

Sociologists for Women in Society was founded as a response to institutionalized gender discrimination at ASA – and we have work to do in house to grapple with ways our institution has been complacent in racism in academia. Our current Council includes just two white voting members – a signifier of our path forward as an institution. We are currently working with the SWS Executive Office and other SWS leaders to develop a proposal to fund the research for a Department Report Card on the Status of Race Equity & Scholarship, to go alongside our Feminist Friendly Department & Lavender report cards. This tool is designed to support faculty and graduate students in 1) holding their departments accountable in the movement for Black lives and 2) to help graduate students understand the landscape of racism within departments before applying. If you are interested in working on this proposal, please reach out to Barret Katuna, Executive Officer at swseo.barretkatuna@outlook.com.

We urge white and non-Black feminist members to uplift Black voices, and demand solidarity from our institutions. If you are wondering how to get involved, remember that we are all educators. It is our duty as educators to serve those among us who are most marginalized – including working to dismantle racist oppression.

 

  • Encourage your department to hire more Black faculty
  • Write an email to your department urging solidarity
  • Write an email to your students
  • Read Black Women & #CiteBlackWomen
  • Center Black scholarship in your syllabi, and decolonize your classroom
  • Know your history of institutionalized racism in the US
  • Join Academics for Black Survival and Wellness Week – Friday, June 19 – Thursday, June 25, 2020
  • If you are Department Chair, take steps to foster inclusion
  • Follow the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Anthropologists and other professional and scholarly societies in supporting #ShutDownAcademia / #ShutDownSTEM, a grassroots movement with a goal to “transition to a lifelong commitment of actions to eradicate anti-Black racism in academia and STEM.” This is being held Today, Wednesday, June 10, 2020.
  • Listen to & uplift Black students and colleagues
  • Practice deep reflexivity
  • Do not rely on your Black colleagues to educate you on racism and anti-blackness
  • Develop a required reflexivity training in research methods courses – for undergrad and graduate students
  • Develop a required reflexivity training among faculty
  • Be a voice in meetings and committees speaking in support of Black students and faculty and out against racist ideas, microaggressions, and aggressions
  • Push college leadership (administration, senate, etc.) to support Black student and faculty recruitment, promotions, social justice work and abolitionist pedagogy
  • Consider forming a faculty and student-led Social Justice Project to run regular workshops, advocate for black students and provide ongoing information to faculty
  • Organize workshops and discussions for faculty to discuss white supremacy and racism in teaching and pedagogy

 

 

In Solidarity,

 

SWS Council

 

Please Click HERE to see the listing of the current SWS Council Members.

SWS Statement on White Supremacy06_10_2020 Word Document

SWS Statement on White Supremacy 06_10_2020 PDF

 

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 swseo.barretkatuna@outlook.com) 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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WOODROW WILSON ANNOUNCES 2020 RECIPIENTS OF MELLON EMERGING FACULTY LEADER AWARDS

SUPPORT FOR EXCELLENT, EARLY-CAREER PROFESSORS COMMITTED TO CAMPUS SERVICE, INCLUSIVITY

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 https://woodrow.org/fellowships/facultyleaders/.

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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

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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.

Sincerely,

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