Election Results from the 2020 SWS Election of Officers


Congratulations to the newly elected SWS Officers who will officially begin their service during the 2021 Winter Meeting!

Thanks to all of the Nominations Committee Members including Tiffany Taylor (Chair and Past President), Shobha Hamal Gurung, Maria Cecilia Hwang, Ophra Leyser-Whalen, and Manashi Ray for all of their work in putting together such a wonderful group of candidates for elected office.

Roberta Villalón
Jennifer Rogers-Brown
Vice President
Mary Virnoche
Media Relations Committee Chair
Erin Baker
Sister to Sister Committee Co-Chair
Esther Hernández-Medina
Awards Committee Member 
Ghassan Moussawi
Membership Committee Members 
Julia Meszaros
Penny Harvey
Nominations Committee Members
Ranita Ray
Tristan Bridges
Publications Committee Members
Emily S. Mann
Jo Reger
Student Representative-Elect
Alexis Grant-Panting
Career Development Committee Chair
Heather Laube
Discrimination Committee Co-Chairs
Tracy E. Ore
Marisela Martinez-Cola
Social Action Committee Chair
Kris De Welde



Congratulations to Tressie McMillan Cottom Selected as 2020 MacArthur Fellow!

Tressie McMillan Cottom Selected as 2020 MacArthur Fellow


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Sociologist, Writer, and Public Scholar | Class of 2020

Shaping discourse on highly topical issues at the confluence of race, gender, education, and digital technology for broad audiences.

MacArthur Foundation Announcement

Trio of Black female authors among 21 MacArthur Foundation ‘genius grant’ winners

Article by Eric Levenson, October 6, 2020

Link to CNN Article

Tressie McMillan Cottom is the 2017 SWS Feminist Activism Awardee.  

Announcing the Call for Papers/Opening of the SWS 2021 Winter Meeting Submission & Participation System

Please click HERE to go to the 2021 Winter Meeting Website

Please click HERE to go directly to the 2021 Winter Meeting Submission & Participation System

SWS Winter Meeting 2021

President-Elect, Mignon R. Moore


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50 Years of SWS:

Embracing the Past, Analyzing the Present, Anticipating the Future

January 28 – January 31, 2021, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville


Program Committee Chair: Sara L. Crawley

Program Committee Members: Paulina García-Del Moral, Ashley Green, Rebecca Hanson, Erica Hill-Yates, Tristen Kade, Barret Katuna, Zakiya Luna, Ana Rael, Natasha Santana

Theme and Call for Papers: The 2021 Winter Meeting will commemorate 50 years of SWS!  Our programming will focus on the contributions to and impact that SWS has made on the discipline of sociology as we celebrate the progress we have made. It will also look towards the future by exploring how to build and retain connections to one another in ways that will make everyone in our community feel visible, included and heard. We will emphasize three areas: (a) gender non-binary and trans scholars, and how to make their experiences and sociological research on these areas visibly important to the organization and beyond; (b) race and ethnicity, looking intersectionally when considering the experiences of women in society; and (c) social class and the needs of scholars from under-resourced institutions or who have limited economic means. We will consider ways they can participate more fully in the life of the organization. Gender, race and class continue to be at the forefront of considerations that must be attended to for SWS to continue to grow and flourish in the 21st century. We will honor and build on the foundational work of those who established the organization, while we recognize and work on those issues that will help SWS reach its full potential.

While the 2021 Winter Meeting Program Committee welcomes all suggestions for Workshops and Sessions, we will prioritize submissions that focus on the following issues:

  • LGBTQ Communities
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Gender & COVID/Experiences in Quarantine
  • Gender & the 2020 Election
  • Young Feminist Leadership and Activism in Current Political Times
  • The Future of Feminism
  • Social Justice at the Border
  • Other particularly timely social justice topics

50 Years of SWS: Embracing the Past, Analyzing the Present, Anticipating the Future

A Note on Possibilities for the 2021 Winter Meeting:

We are aware that because of the challenges presented by COVID-19, we may not be able to meet in person in January 2021. For that reason, we have a space on our submission form where we will ask you if you are interested in presenting 1) in-person only, 2) virtually only, 3) either in-person or virtually. Your response to this question will not impact your chances of participating on the program. If the meeting takes place in-person, we will create a hybrid space to facilitate both forms of involvement (in-person and virtual).

We are accepting proposals for Roundtables, Sessions, and Book Salons. As usual, we will have opportunities for networking and mentoring built into the program with a significant emphasis placed on welcoming new SWS members via our Hand Program. This will be facilitated by the SWS Membership Committee.


Submission Deadline: November 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time

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, and (d) 3 keywords. Roundtables will have a maximum of 4 papers, one moderator, and will last for 90 minutes.

2) Individual Papers for Session Consideration: A Session is a space for multiple paper presentations or a dialogue on a common theme. Sessions are a great place to share research that is nearing or in its final stages for manuscript submission.

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

3) Full Session/Workshop Proposals: We are accepting submissions for a full Session or Workshop. 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.

If an SWS Committee or Committees in collaboration are submitting a joint proposal, please include this information in the title. Submissions must include full details (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.

4) New in 2020!! Book Salons: If you published a book in 2019 or 2020, you are encouraged to submit your book for consideration in a Book Salon. Each Book Salon will feature 3 books in one 90 minute Session. There will be a set of organizing questions and a moderator. The audience benefits from listening to the authors discuss their motivations, methods and content of their work. There will also be time for questions and comments from the audience. The Program Committee welcomes nominations from all SWS members, including self-nominations. The Program Committee will work on the organization of the Book Salons and we ask that you submit the following: (a) title of book, (b) publisher, (c) date of publication, (d) author or authors, and (e) book summary that can be taken directly from the publisher’s website. Preference will be given to books that are published by SWS members. All books must include some focus on gender.

5) Interest in Serving as a Moderator for a Session, Book Salon, or Roundtable: We need moderators to make this program a success! A moderator reviews pertinent materials (abstract, paper, or book) 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 Session. 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. The 2021 Membership Year starts on November 1, 2020.


All program participants (presenters, presiders, discussants, panelists, moderators, etc.) must be registered for the 2021 Winter Meeting by January 10, 2021. The Pre-Registration System will open by November 20, 2020.

Limitations on Program Appearances

Because time slots are limited, participants may serve in no more than two presentation roles (author of a paper, panel participant, workshop leader, etc.). There are no restrictions on the number of times a participant may serve as a moderator or Session presider.


Please direct questions about submissions and participation to Barret Katuna, Executive Officer, at

SWS Endorses American Historical Association (AHA) Statement on the Recent “White House Conference on American History”


AHA Issues Statement on the Recent “White House Conference on American History” (September 2020)

The AHA has issued a statement on last week’s “White House Conference on American History” deploring the tendentious use of history and history education to stoke politically motivated culture wars.

Link to the full statement that SWS has signed onto can be located HERE, or at this direct link:


Extended Deadline October 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT SWS Awards Deadline


Reminder Upcoming Awards Deadline

October 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT


Nominate or apply today!

SWS Awards October 2020

Learn more HERE, or go to:

SWS Mentoring Award

The mentoring award was established in 1990 to honor an SWS member who is an outstanding feminist mentor. In establishing the award, SWS recognized that feminist mentoring is an important and concrete way to encourage feminist scholarship.

Undergraduate Social Action Award

The Undergraduate Social Action Award is given annually to recognize a student(s) making a substantial contribution to improving the lives of women in society through activism. The work honored by this award is central to the SWS goal to foster activism for women.

Social Actions Initiative Award

The Social Actions Initiative Awards is SAC’s efforts to directly support and encourage the social activism of SWS members. Awards are given out twice per year on a competitive basis until funds are fully dispersed. The social actions represented by this initiative are central to advancing the mission of SWS.

Feminist Activism Award 

This annual award recognizes an SWS member who has made notable contributions to improving the lives of women in society, especially through activism.

Feminist Lecturer Award

Founded in 1985, this lectureship was created to recognize those whose scholarship employs a feminist perspective. The goal is to make these scholars more available to campuses where such a voice is unusual and/or unwelcome.

Cheryl Allyn Miller Award

This award recognizes a sociology graduate student, or a recent doctorate, whose research or activism constitutes an outstanding contribution to the field of women and work.

Announcing SWS-North – a regional SWS Chapter for feminist sociologists in Canada

Pallavi Banerjee, University of Calgary

Tina Fetner, McMaster University

11 September 2020

Announcing SWS-North – a regional SWS Chapter for feminist sociologists in Canada

We are delighted to announce the formation of SWS-North, a regional chapter of Sociologists for Women in Society. SWS-North seeks to build a community for scholars across Canada who are drawn to SWS’s mission of intersectional feminism in sociology: “encouraging the development of sociological feminist theory and scholarship; transforming the academy through feminist leadership, career development, and institutional diversity; promoting social justice through local, national, and international activism; and supporting the publication and dissemination of cutting-edge feminist social science.”

Sociologists for Women in Society has been a place of community and support for feminist sociologists since 1971. Its dedication to social justice is expressed through its Sister to Sister, Discrimination, Social Action, and Academic Justice committees, through which the organization lives up to its commitment to social justice for Black, Indigenous, and racialized people, LGBTQ2+-identifying people, and people with disabilities.

On September 8, 2020, Pallavi Banerjee and Tina Fetner signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SWS President, Josephine Beoku-Betts and Executive Officer, Barret Katuna to establish a new regional chapter, SWS- North, serving all of Canada. SWS-North will meet once per year in person coinciding with the Canadian Sociological Association conference. Between in-person meetings, we can hold virtual activities and develop initiatives to further the SWS mission.

If you are interested in joining us to build something great, please email us at Follow us on Twitter at @sws_north.

SWS Supports All Scholars Participating in #ScholarStrike

SWS Supports All Scholars Participating in #ScholarStrike

September 8, 2020

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) supports all scholars who are participating in #ScholarStrike, an effort to call attention to police violence and racism from September 8 – 9, 2020. The SWS response to White Supremacy/Systemic Racism centers the research and insights of Black Feminist Scholars and condemns systemic racist actions against Black men, Black women, Black trans, Black non-binary and Black intersex people. SWS encourages scholars to act on these injustices through this #ScholarStrike that incorporates teach-ins on social and racial equality and through actions underscored in the SWS Statement on White Supremacy: An SWS Call to Action. It is our duty, as feminist sociologists and scholars, to be co-conspirators in the movement for making Black Lives Matter. Let’s use this time to send out tweets and messages in other social media platforms on anti-racism and social justice issues. The SWS Executive Office will be closed on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 in support of the #ScholarStrike. Please refer to for resources to assist your participation in teach-ins on White Supremacy, Anti-Racism, and Social Justice.

Call for Applications: Next SWS Network News Editor


New Editor of Network News

The Publications Committee of Sociologists for Women in Society is pleased to announce a search for the next Editor of our newsletter, Network News. Network News is the official newsletter of Sociologists for Women in Society and is published four times a year. The newsletter is sent to all SWS members via email and is available through PDF and Microsoft Word formats on the SWS website. The Editor will serve a four-year term beginning January 1, 2021 and ending in December 2025. The Editor is responsible for the editorial content of four issues per year, including solicitation of articles for publication and copyediting them, beginning with the Spring 2021 issue, and reports to the Publications Committee at the SWS Winter and Summer meetings.

The Editor envisions, commissions, and edits engaging essays on a variety of topics including: upcoming meetings, activities of international partners, organizational direction and debate, initiatives and their rationales. The Editor works with committee chairs and others leading our activities to develop short essays, that emphasize readability and engagement, about how the organization is developing, thus keeping people “in the loop” who cannot attend in-person meetings. The Editor also can commission provocative essays or “backstage” articles (with word limits) on how the organization has changed over time, current discussions and debates, and where SWS is going.  In order to keep each issue to 24-28 pages, we expect to begin with 1-2 articles and slowly increase over the course of the editorship.

The SWS Executive Office gathers informational material, does the layout, and arranges the production and email circulation of the newsletter and its posting on the SWS website.

The Publications Committee seeks an Editor with editorial experience and deep connections to SWS.  SWS will provide the Editor with a stipend of $500 per issue and up to $500 travel costs per SWS meeting ($1,000/year), to enable attendance, as well as reporting to the Publications Committee. We will publish up to 4 issues a year. If housed in an institution, editorial applications should indicate if that department/college will offer any supplemental travel costs or support beyond what is provided by SWS. Expected 2021 deadlines for the issues remain the same as in the past: 3/15 for the Spring issue, 5/15 for Summer, 9/15 for Fall, and 11/15 for the Winter issue, and similar article length limits.

A preliminary discussion of the work, key issues, and resources provided/needed is encouraged, with the Co-Chairs of the Publications Committee, Bandana Purkayastha ( and Yasemin Besen-Cassino ( current editor, Marjukka Ollilainen ( Members of SWS are urged to apply and/or suggest colleagues who might be encouraged to apply.

Applications should contain a statement of interest, including editorial experience; a vision for the future of Network News; a description of any supportive resources from a relevant institution; and Curriculum Vitae by November 1, 2020 via email to: Bandana Purkayastha ( and Yasemin Besen-Cassino ( Co-Chairs, SWS Publications Committee. Recommendations will be made by December 1, 2020 and the new Editor will begin January 1, 2021.

SWS Global Concerns Autoethnography Project – Extended Deadline of November 30, 2020


Call for Manuscripts

Extended Deadline, November 30, 2020

SWS Global Concerns Autoethnography Project

Dear SWS Colleagues, Global Partners and Associates:

SWS and its Global Partners and Associates are requesting submissions for a co-edited autoethnography publication examining global portrayals of our lives as academics and practitioners in our particular social contexts during this traumatic period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In seeking autoethnographies, we are looking for pieces that are biographical with thick description and which incorporate both self-reflection and critical analysis of one’s experiences during this period. We welcome essays that are feminist, global, and/or intersectional in analytical approach.

Questions for consideration may include but not be limited to:

  • How has COVID-19 affected your life and work as a feminist scholar/activist/practitioner? What challenges have you faced (e.g., the “new normal” of working remotely and participation in virtual meetings) and how have you navigated these experiences?
  • In what ways are you contributing as a feminist activist/scholar/practitioner to public discussions and debates about responses to COVID-19 in your particular context?
  • In what ways have current trends in digital activism impacted your engagement in feminist and social justice issues in your social environment?
  • What are the political and economic trends of this pandemic and how have they impacted the institution in which you work and its expectations of you?
  • What challenges have your students had to face (graduate) and (undergraduate) and how has your institution and you as a faculty member provided support?
  • Given the infrastructure and resources of your place of work and social environment, what new demands have been put on you and what sort of support has been provided to meet these demands? To what extent were you able to challenge these demands and what was the response?
  • What best practices can you share about teaching online courses or courses converted from face-to-face to online during COVID-19?
  • If you work in an administrative capacity, what challenges have you faced in budgetary decisions that may affect faculty lines, promotion and tenure schedules, hiring, student recruitment, and program development over the next few years?
  • What impact has the pandemic had on your work/life balance?

This publication project will target an academic and professional audience and all manuscripts should include scholarly references and follow the APA format. Manuscripts should be between 10-15 double-spaced pages and 12 font size.  Please send along with your manuscript (1) a short bio of 100 words, including your current institution and e-mail address, (2) an abstract of 150 words.

Submissions should be in the English language and sent to Bandana Purkayastha ( no later than November 30, 2020. Please title your submission as Autoethnography.

Co-Editors of this project representing SWS and its Global Partners and Associates are: Josephine Beoku-Betts (Florida Atlantic University), Akosua Darkwah (University of Ghana), Melanie Heath (McMaster University), Bandana Purkayastha (University of Connecticut).

We welcome your submissions and invite you to send this call for manuscripts to your professional websites and networks.







Congratulations to the 2020 SWS-ASA Minority Fellows, Shannon Malone Gonzalez and Sofia Locklear!

Congratulations to the American Sociological Association (ASA) Minority Fellows Sponsored by SWS

Shannon Gonzalez

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Shannon Malone Gonzalez (Sociologists for Women in Society MFP)
Graduate Institution: University of Texas at Austin

Shannon Malone Gonzalez is from Jackson, MS, where she graduated from Tougaloo College with her bachelor’s degree in English. She subsequently received her master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Nonprofit and NGO Leadership. Prior to becoming a PhD candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, Gonzalez spent several years working on issues around health, reproductive justice, and violence against women and girls of color in Mississippi. She has also worked in philanthropy to support local community organizations and promote foster youth involvement in state policies. Her interests are black feminist criminology and social policy. Her research incorporates an intersectional analysis into the study of police surveillance, criminalization, and violence. Gonzalez’s dissertation, “In Her Place: Black Women Redefining and Resisting Police Violence,” uses mixed-methods to interrogate the social conditions that shape and marginalize black women and girls’ lived experiences with police across cultural and institutional contexts. She is especially interested in understanding how police officers leverage institutional power to inflict gender-based and sexual violence against black women across social class. Gonzalez’s research is published in Gender & Society and forthcoming in Social Problems. Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, and she is a W.K. Kellogg Community Leadership Fellow. Gonzalez enjoys long talks with her elders and long hikes in the rural South with family and friends.

Sofia Locklear

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Sofia Locklear (Sociologists for Women in Society MFP)
Graduate Institution: University of New Mexico

Sofia Locklear is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and a part of the vibrant urban Native community in Seattle, WA. She earned her BA in sociology from Seattle University, her MA in sociology from the University of New Mexico, and is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of New Mexico. Her dissertation explores the social construction of white identity among individuals in the Pacific Northwest who work with American Indian and Alaska Native issues and peoples through semi-structured, in-depth interviews. This project links white individual understandings of racial formation to the larger institutional systems that uphold and perpetuate oppressive ideologies for American Indian and Alaska Native people. Locklear’s broader research areas include the sociology of Indigenous Peoples; sociology of race and ethnicity; and the sociology of health, focusing on the intersections of colonialism and Native health outcomes. Locklear is an instructor at Seattle University and also works for a tribal epidemiology center assisting urban Indigenous communities across the country to showcase their knowledge and resilience. In her down time, Locklear provides care to her plants, tries to read for fun (but, somehow, it always ends up being something sociological), travels, and spends time with friends and relatives.

SWS congratulates all of the ASA-MFPs in 2020! Please view click HERE to see all the MFPs for 2020.