SWS 2020 Summer Meeting – To Be Held Virtually


April 28, 2020

The 2020 SWS Summer Meeting in San Francisco will not be taking place as planned this August. As you may have heard already, the 2020 ASA Annual Meeting in San Francisco has been cancelled as a result of the global health crisis that we are facing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead of an in-person meeting, SWS will have a virtual meeting that will take place from August 7-10, 2020. We invite all current SWS Members to submit an abstract for the 2020 Summer Meeting. There will be no financial cost to you to participate, beyond the cost of being an SWS Member. We will ask for your pre-registration for the Summer Meeting via our membership management system, so that we can plan for your participation.

We are extending the deadline for submissions to June 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. We realize that this virtual platform may make it possible for more members to participate and we would like to give you a little bit extra time to organize a submission. We are now also incorporating an option for a research poster presentation session. Please see the end of this message for more information on roundtables and poster sessions.

This is a great time to gift SWS Membership to a student or colleague who would benefit from this virtual opportunity. Please email Barret at swseo.barretkatuna@outlook.com if you would like to learn more about gifting SWS Membership for 2020. The cost for gifted memberships: is $25 for Gifted Student Members and $55 for Gifted Non-Student Members.

Please visit: https://sws.memberclicks.net/2020-summer-meeting-submission#/ to submit a paper. You can also request to participate in the August “Critique Me” Programming, sponsored by the Career Development Committee, for those of you who are on the job market who would like to request support, and for those of you who would like to volunteer to offer support.

Thank you all for your support of the SWS feminist mission. We hope to see many of you this August at our virtual meeting.

We wish you and your families well.

Best wishes,

Barret Katuna, SWS Executive Officer

Josephine Beoku-Betts, SWS President

Marybeth Stalp, Program Committee Chair, 2020 SWS Summer Meeting

Submission Guidance

What is a Roundtable?

A Roundtable is a small gathering of individuals who are presenting their papers on topics that share a common theme. Roundtables are a great opportunity to present your research and to collect very helpful feedback from other presenters and attendees. If you are submitting an independent paper that is not linked to a Session or Workshop, you should submit your paper for a Roundtable. Roundtables have been 75 minutes in duration in the past. The time allotted for your Paper presentation will depend on the number of Roundtable presenters. We will have discussants for all roundtables.

What is a Poster Presentation? 

A poster presentation is a focused display of a research question, literature review, research methods, and results. Although not prominently featured in the sociological discipline, research posters are used throughout academia for sharing research with colleagues at conferences.

I Still Have Questions About Research Posters…

For those unfamiliar with academic research poster sessions, participants generally prepare a display consisting of a large poster or various sheets of information that can be pin-mounted onto a standing display board. For this online conference, a poster can be saved as a pdf file and submitted so that it can be shared virtually with conference attendees.

Poster Presentation Information and Assistance:






Sociology Conferences with Poster Sessions:






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SWS Votes to Endorse ASA’s Call to Higher Education Administrators Regarding Student Educational Progress During COVID-19

SWS Council has voted to endorse the American Sociological Association’s “A Call to Higher Education Administrators Regarding Student Educational Progress During COVID-19.” The call was first posted on April 22, 2020.
Please Click HERE to visit the ASA Website for the full details.
For a PDF of the Call, please click HERE.

ASA to Host Forum for Sociology Department Chairs – May 6, 2020

ASA Forum for Sociology Department Chairs

American Sociological Association Webinar
Wednesday May 6, 2020
3:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern / 12:00pm – 1:00pm Pacific
Registration is required.

Department chairs are on the front lines of higher education’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ASA invites sociology department chairs to a virtual forum to discuss how to navigate the challenges of leading a department during this crisis. The forum is an opportunity to share resources, ideas, and support with your peers. It will be led by Jacqueline Johnson, Department Chair at Adelphi University; Jennifer Randles, Department Chair at California State University, Fresno; and Eric Wright, Department Chair at Georgia State University.
Register Now
Can’t make the live webinar? Registrants will have access to the recording on Zoom and on the ASA website.

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

Congratulations to SWS Members, Cassaundra Rodriguez and Shantel Buggs, 2020 Career Enhancement Fellows – Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Congratulations to SWS Members, Cassaundra Rodriguez and Shantel Buggs, who have been named 2020 Career Enhancement Fellows by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Fellowship, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, creates career development opportunities for selected faculty fellows with promising research projects.

More information on the 32 Fellows named and their current appointments can be found in the press release bellow or online at https://woodrow.org/news/2020-career-enhancement-fellows-announced.

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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Woodrow Wilson Foundation Recognize Exceptional Faculty

with 2020 Career Enhancement Fellowships

Awards Foster Career Development Opportunity for Tenured, Adjunct Faculty in the Humanities and the Arts


PRINCETON, NJ (April 23, 2020) – The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has named 32 new Career Enhancement Fellows—10 junior faculty members who will receive 12-month Fellowships, 20 who will receive six-month Fellowships, and two who will receive six-month Adjunct Faculty Fellowships.

The Career Enhancement Fellowship, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, seeks to increase the presence of underrepresented junior and other faculty members in the arts and humanities by creating career development opportunities for selected Fellows with promising research projects. The program provides Fellows with a six-month or one-year sabbatical stipend (up to $30,000); a research, travel, or publication stipend (up to $1,500); mentoring; and participation in a professional development retreat.

Career Enhancement Adjunct Faculty Fellows are awarded a six-month stipend (up to $10,000) and matched with a mentor from a professional network of tenured former Career Enhancement Fellows.

Of the 2020 Career Enhancement Fellows, 53 percent were also Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows—scholars previously supported by Mellon Foundation grants during their college years. Each of these programs bolsters the movement of scholars through the graduate pipeline and into the professoriate.

The 2020 Career Enhancement Fellows represent top institutions from across the country. Fellows work in such disciplines as African American and diaspora studies, English, LGBTQ studies, political science, sociology, and musicology. (Full list of Fellows, institutions, and departments below.)

Administered at the Woodrow Wilson Foundation since 2001, the Career Enhancement Fellowship has

supported more than 400 junior faculty members, creating a robust network of scholars committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and humanities.



About the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Founded in 1945, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (www.woodrow.org) 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.



Career Enhancement Fellows, 2020

12-Month Fellows

Juliann Anesi • University of California, Los Angeles • gender studies

Maria Firmino-Castillo • University of California, Riverside • critical dance studies

Armando García University of California, Riverside • English

Joshua Guzmán • University of California, Los Angeles • gender studies

Aria Halliday • University of Kentucky • gender and women’s studies, African American and Africana studies

Renee Hudson • Chapman University • English

Desireé Melonas • Birmingham-Southern College • political science

Cassaundra Rodriguez • University of Nevada, Las Vegas • sociology

Jesús Smith • Lawrence University • ethnic studies

Frederick Staidum Loyola University Chicago • English


6-Month Fellows

Maya Berry • University of North Carolina • African, African-American and diaspora studies

Henryatta Ballah • Washington & Lee University • history

Shantel Buggs • Florida State University • sociology

Nicole Burrowes • Rutgers University • history

Kwami Coleman • New York University, Gallatin School • musicology

Tatiana Cruz • Lesley University • American history

Crystal Donkor • State University of New York, New Paltz • English

Elizabeth Ellis • New York University • history

Chris Eng • Washington University in St. Louis • Asian and Asian-American studies, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies

Christy Erving • Vanderbilt University • sociology

Jonathan Howard • Boston College • English

Z’étoile Imma • Tulane University • English and Africana studies

Grace Johnson • University of Pennsylvania • Africana studies

Yalidy Matos • Rutgers University, New Brunswick • political science and Latino and Caribbean studies

Amaka Okechukwu • George Mason University • sociology and anthropology

Elva Orozco Mendoza • Texas Christian University • political science

Mecca Sullivan • Bryn Mawr College • English

Ester Trujillo • DePaul University • Latin American and Latino studies

Melissa Valle • Rutgers University • sociology and anthropology, African American and African studies

Matthew Velasco • Cornell University • anthropology

Sylvia Zamora • Loyola Marymount University • sociology

Adjunct Faculty Fellows

Quin’Nita Cobbins-Modica • Gonzaga University • history

Conor Reed • City University of New York, Brooklyn College • Africana studies and American studies

Can This Time at Home Help Your Marriage? By Barbara J. Risman

Click HERE for Psychology Today Blog Post

April 21, 2020

About the Author



Preliminary Report on University Response to COVID-19: Provisions for Graduate Students, Prepared by Jeff Lockhart and Jax Gonzalez

Preliminary Report on University Response to COVID-19: Provisions for Graduate Students

Prepared by: Jeff Lockhart, University of Michigan and Jax Gonzalez, University of Colorado, Boulder

Please Click HERE to go to resources that our Student Caucus has put together to assist Sociology Students in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Here, you will find: 1) SWS Preliminary Report 2) Slide Deck for ASA Town Hall, April 16, 2020 and 3) Resource Sheet

Jax Gonzalez and Tristen Kade, Co-Chair the SWS Student Caucus and are members of SWS Council.



Working Remotely with Ph.D. Students, Tips from Janet Hankin, Wayne State University

SWS Responds to COVID-19

Working Remotely with Ph.D. Students

Janet Hankin, Professor

Department  of Sociology, Wayne State University

Contact information: janet.hankin@wayne.edu

I have been working remotely with an Arab student who was denied a visa to re-enter the United States.  Over the past several years, I was able to advise him about writing a proposal, creating a Qualtrics questionnaire, negotiating the Institutional Review Board application, collecting data on attitudes about organ donation, running SPSS data analysis, writing, and defending the dissertation.  The student finished all requirements on 5/3/5/20 and was awarded a Ph.D.  Here are my suggestions:

  1. Communicate frequently with your student by email, Skype, or phone. This reduces anxiety, provides social support, and encourages them to complete tasks in a timely manner. When giving instructions, put them in writing and make sure they received it.  Documents have a way of disappearing into cyberspace these days.  Instructions about how to proceed need to be short and very clear.
  2. Keep careful track of drafts received from the student and revisions you send back. I used a system of dates and initials to keep things straight.
  3. In addition to using email correspondence, we met over Skype. It was a challenge given the seven-hour difference in time zones. After each meeting, I summarized the Skype conversation in an email to make sure my instructions were clear.
  4. If the research needs IRB approval, identify a staff person at your IRB to help you expedite the submission. My student had to receive export control approval, sign offs on English and Arabic versions of the questionnaire, permission to administer Qualtrics online questionnaire, and approvals from his Arabic university and mine. The research was about willingness to donate organs. It was determined to be exempt, as no identifiers were used and it was an attitude questionnaire.
  5. In terms of the statistical analysis, I wrote out how to do factor analysis, OLS regression and logistic regression. The dependent, independent variables, and control variables were clearly defined. I asked the student to check recoded variables against the original variables using cross-tabs. I had a copy of the data file so I could check his work.
  6. I created a template for his power point presentation for the dissertation defense. He practiced his talk over Skype with me and I gave him suggestions.
  7. The defense was conducted over Skype. The Associate Dean of the Graduate School permitted us to conduct the oral in this manner. We had some broadband issues, but we could hear everyone.  To reduce stress, I gave him a list of questions I would ask and questions from my colleagues.

Hope these ideas help.  Please contact me with any questions.  Stay safe and well.  Janet

ASA’s Student Forum Advisory Board and SWS to Co-Host Sociology Student Town Hall: Navigating COVID-19 on April 16, 2020 at 3:00 pm EASTERN, Register Ahead of Time

The American Sociological Association’s Student Forum Advisory Board and SWS are hosting an online town hall meeting for students next week. This is open to all students, regardless of your membership status with ASA or SWS. Please spread the word.

Sociology Student Town Hall: Navigating COVID-19.

April 16, 2020. 3:00pm Eastern

Student Forum SWS

The ASA Student Forum Advisory Board and SWS invite sociology graduate and undergraduate students to a town hall to discuss how to navigate the challenges of being a student during this difficult time. Whether you are taking courses or are in the final stages of writing your dissertation, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted students in unique ways. We invite students at all stages to join us for a conversation to share resources, discuss coping strategies, and commiserate. Click here to register.

An American in Jakarta – Fieldwork During a Time of Conflict

An American in Jakarta
SWS Member, Rachel Rinaldo writes about her dissertation fieldwork that she later turned into her first book Mobilizing Piety: Islam and Feminism in Indonesia. Beginning in fall 2002 in Jakarta, Indonesia, just as she was getting into the flow, the Bali bombing happened and nearly 200 people were killed. It was very disruptive to her fieldwork as the US embassy was telling Americans to leave Indonesia for safety reasons. Rachel chose to stay, but spent about 6 weeks “lying low” until things felt calm enough to return to the research sites. Mainly, that meant spending a lot of time in her apartment and the vicinity. She was able to finish out the year there, though there was another bombing in Jakarta not long before she left. It definitely affected her research in all sorts of ways — she made efforts to keep a fairly low profile as an American, and she was careful about how she traveled around the city and the country. In the end, she did finish the dissertation and turned it into a book and she continues to do fieldwork in Indonesia.
Rachel wrote about those experiences for the Gender & Society blog a few years ago:
Rachel Rinaldo

Associate Professor and Chair of the Graduate Program, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado Boulder