SWS Congratulates SWS Member, Andréa Becker, 2021 Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow in Women’s Studies for 2021 

SWS Member, Andréa Becker, one of 8 Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellows in Women’s Studies for 2021

Andréa Becker is a doctoral candidate in sociology at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation is titled “I Just Wanted It Gone”:  Examining “Wanted” Hysterectomies through Two Gendered Case Studies. As a fellow, Andréa will receive a $5,000 award to help cover expenses incurred while completing her dissertation.

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FOR RELEASE: Tuesday, March 30, 2021
CONTACT: Frances Hannan | | (201) 587-4755
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New Fellows Named for 2021 WW Dissertation Fellowship
in Women’s Studies

Promising Scholars Join Program That Has Built Field Over Five Decades 

PRINCETON, NJ (Tuesday, March 30, 2021)—Eight promising scholars have been named WW Dissertation Fellows in Women’s Studies for the 2021 by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars.

Fellows in the 2021 class are completing their dissertations and studies at some of the nation’s top institutions. They are working in departments such as Africana studies, anthropology, gender studies, history, and social psychology. Some of the dissertation topics include an exploration of the social and political lives of religious women of African descent in the nineteenth-century United States, an examination of the ways women cope with instances of police sexual violence, and an understanding of the politics of childbirth in Turkey.

Since 1974, the WW Women’s Studies Fellowship program has supported outstanding humanities and social science Ph.D. candidates whose work address women’s and gendered issues in interdisciplinary and original ways. Each Fellow receives a $5,000 stipend to use towards research related expenses such as travel, data work or collection, supplies, and others.

These eight scholars join an international network of WW Women’s Studies Fellows who have become distinguished faculty members, artists and novelists, and leaders in business, government, and the nonprofit sector. They include a Pulitzer Prize winner, two MacArthur Fellows, numerous Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellows, and many others who have contributed greatly to their fields of study.

“The WW Women’s Studies Fellowship is an early vote of confidence for these scholars,” said Beverly Sanford, the Foundation’s Vice President. “Many of them are working in areas at the edges of their fields, or they’re studying women and groups who have been marginalized. It’s a privilege for us to be able to support this new, interdisciplinary work. Fellows from this program don’t just expand their own fields—for nearly half a century now, they’ve also helped build the field of women’s and gender studies across disciplines.”

This competitive Fellowship program remains the only national program of its kind. Over the course of its 47-year history, the WW Women’s Studies Dissertation Fellowship has named more than 600 Fellows. A number of these Fellows volunteer their time as reviewers to help select new Women’s Studies Fellows and enthusiastically support the next generation of scholars in their fields.

More information about the WW Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies can be found online at


About the Institute for Citizens & Scholars
The Institute for Citizens & Scholars ( is a 75-year-old organization that has played a significant role in shaping higher education. Now, with an expanded mission Citizens & Scholars prepares leaders and engages networks of people and organizations to meet urgent education challenges. The overarching goal is to shape an informed, productively engaged, and hopeful citizenry.

2021 WW Dissertation Fellows in Women’s Studies

Andréa Becker • Graduate Center, CUNY, sociology

“I Just Wanted It Gone”:  Examining “Wanted” Hysterectomies through Two Gendered Case Studies

Priscilla Bustamante • Graduate Center, CUNY, critical social psychology

Sexual Misconduct in Everyday Policing: Experiences of and Resistance to State-Sanctioned Sexual Violence in New York City

Emily Jeannine Clark • Johns Hopkins University, history of medicine

Laboring Bodies: Dispossessed Women and Reproduction in Colonial New England

Jaimie Crumley • University of California–Los Angeles, gender studies

Tried as by Fire: African American Women’s Abolitionist Theologies, 1789–1880

Ferhan Guloglu • George Washington University, anthropology

Cultivating Motherhood: The (Re)configuration of Natural Childbirth in Turkey

Svetlana Ter-Grigoryan • Ohio State University, history

“There is No Sex in the USSR”: Sex, Soviet Identity, and Glasnost, 1986–1991

Caroline Tracey • University of California–Berkeley, geography

Binational Politics at Intimate Scales: The Activism of Women and Trans Deportees and Return Migrants in Mexico City

Melanie White • Brown University, Africana studies

“What Dem Do To We No Have Name:” Intimate Violence, Autonomy, and Black Women’s Contemporary Art in Caribbean Nicaragua”

SWS Congratulates Dr. Shannon Malone Gonzalez and Dr. Sofia Locklear – ASA-SWS Minority Fellows – Successful Ph.D. Defenses and New Tenure-Track Jobs! 

SWS Congratulates Dr. Shannon Malone Gonzalez and Dr. Sofia Locklear – ASA-SWS Minority Fellows – Successful Ph.D. Defenses and New Tenure-Track Jobs!

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

Dr. 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. Gonzalez will soon receive her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Before her graduate work 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.

Dr. Shannon Malone Gonzalez has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill! Congratulations! 

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

Dr. 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 will soon graduate with her PhD from 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.

Dr. Sofia Locklear has accepted a tenure-track position at Western University in Canada! Congratulations! 

For More Information on the American Sociological Association (ASA) Minority Fellows Program, please go to this website:

The SWS-ASA Minority Fellows Liaisons:

MFP Liaisons Brittany Battle (until 2022)

Andrea Gómez Cervantes (until 2023)           

Southern Sociological Society Plenary To Feature Past SWS President and Current SSS President, Adia Wingfield and Current SWS President, Mignon Moore


April 7, 2021 from 6:00 pm Central Time – 7:30 pm Central Time

Organizer: Adia Wingfield, Washington University in St. Louis 

Panelists: Mignon Moore, Barnard College; Malaysia Walker, Louisiana Trans Advocates

Click HERE for more details on how to participate in the 2021 Southern Sociological Society (SSS) Meeting: “Will America Work? Race, Polarization, and Economic Inequality” to be held virtually from April 7 – 10, 2021

Adia Wingfield, past SWS President, is the current President of the Southern Sociological Society.

Mignon Moore is the current President of Sociologists for Women in Society

Addressing Anti-Asian Racism in the University – By SWS Member, Hae Yeon Choo and Robert Diaz

Addressing Anti-Asian Racism in the University

Written by SWS Member, Hae Yeon Choo and Robert Diaz
Published in Inside Higher Ed on April 2, 2021

Official statements condemning it ring hollow if they don’t, in fact, stop the anti-Asian racism that already exists within many of these institutions, argue Robert Diaz and Hae Yeon Choo.

Click HERE to access the article.

Full link to article:

SWS Releases 2021 Annual Survey of Candidates for American Sociological Association (ASA) Election



Thank you to SWS Vice President, Mary Virnoche, for collecting this data.

Please Click HERE to go directly to the PDF of the Survey Data.

Microsoft Word Doc File is Located HERE

It is also located on the SWS website in the Justice in the Academy section. 

 Ballots for the 2021 ASA election will be distributed to eligible members in April 2021. For more information on the American Sociological Association’s 2021 Election, please go to this website:


Social Actions Initiative Awards – Next Deadline is April 1, 2021 

Next Deadline is April 1, 2021 


PDF of Flyer

Social Actions Initiative Awards


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).

Brought to you by the Social Action Committee of SWS. 
Two 2021 Funding Cycles.

  • April 1st
  • October 1st

Learn more about the award and pervious winners:

Apply here:

Questions? Contact Kris De Welde (Social Action Committee chair):


Join or Renew Your SWS Membership:

Request a 2021 Sponsored SWS Membership here:

SWS Signs Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta Collective Statement


SWS Council Votes to Sign the Collective Statement – A Community-Centered Response to Violence Against Asian American Communities 

March 22, 2021

As an intersectional, anti-racist, feminist professional organization dedicated to promoting social justice and dismantling intersecting systems of oppression, Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) adds its voice to the growing number of organizations that strongly condemn all forms of violence that are rooted in systemic racism. Today, Monday, March 22, 2021, SWS signed onto the statement issued by Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta

The full statement can be located HERE, at this website:

We mourn the loss of the 8 victims of the Atlanta Spa Shootings

Xiaojie Tan

Daoyou Feng

Delaina Ashley Yaun Gonzalez

Paul Andre Michels

Soon Chung Park

Hyun Grant

Suncha Kim

Yong Ae Yue 

Link to article:

We encourage you to review this statement and to consider signing it as well. The website has the statement translated into the following three languages: Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean. 

Collective Statement – A Community-Centered Response to Violence Against Asian American Communities

On March 16, eight people were killed at three different spas in North Georgia including six Asian women. We are heartbroken by these murders, which come at a time when Asian American communities are already grappling with the traumatic violence against Asian Americans nationwide, fueled by the United States’ long history of white supremacy, systemic racism, and gender-based violence.

As we collectively grieve and respond to this tragedy, we must lead with the needs of those most directly impacted at the center: the victims and their families. And during this time of broader crisis and trauma in our Asian American communities, we must be guided by a compass of community care that prioritizes assessing and addressing our communities’ immediate needs, including in-language support for mental health, legal, employment, and immigration services. 

We must also stand firm in decrying misogyny, systemic violence, and white supremacy. We must invest in long-term solutions that address the root causes of violence and hate in our communities. We reject increased police presence or carceral solutions as the answers. 

For centuries, our communities have been frequently scapegoated for issues perpetuated by sexism, xenophobia, capitalism, and colonialism. Asians were brought to the United States to boost the supply of labor and keep wages low, while being silenced by discriminatory laws and policies. From the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, to the forced migration of refugees from U.S.-led military conflict in Southeast Asia, to post-9/11 surveillance targeting Muslim and South Asian communities, to ICE raids on Southeast Asian communities and Asian-owned businesses, Asian American communities have been under attack by white supremacy.

Working class communities of color are disproportionately suffering from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Trump administration’s relentless scapegoating of Asians for the pandemic has only exacerbated the impact on Asian business owners and frontline workers and inflamed existing racism. The hypersexualization of Asian American women and the broad normalization of violence against women of color, immigrant women, and poor women make Asian American women particularly vulnerable. Hate incidents against Asian Americans rose by nearly 150% in 2020, with Asian American women twice as likely to be targeted. 

We are calling on our allies to stand with us in grief and solidarity against systemic racism and gender-based violence. Violence against Asian American communities is part of a larger system of violence and racism against all communities of color, including Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities. 

In this time of crisis, let’s come together and build just communities, where we are all safe, where all workers are treated with dignity and respect, and where all our loved ones thrive.

Please see this statement in the SWS Response to White Supremacy/Systemic Racism section of our website:


SWS Publications Committee Announces Next Gender & Society Book Review Editor, Dr. Kelsy Burke

Announcing the Next Gender & Society Book Review Editor, Dr. Kelsy Burke

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The SWS Publications Committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Kelsy Burke will be the next Gender & Society Book Review Editor.

Kelsy Burke, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Nebraska Lincoln where she studies sex, religion, and culture. Her first book is the award-winning Christians Under Covers: Evangelicals and Sexual Pleasure on the Internet (2016, University of California Press) and her second book on contemporary debates over pornography is under contract with Bloomsbury Press. She is also co-PI (with Dr. Emily Kazyak) on a current National Science Foundation (NSF) grant studying the relationship between religious freedom laws and LGBTQ rights. Kelsy is a longtime member of SWS and has also served as a member of the Editorial Board of Gender & Society. Kelsy’s three-year term as Book Review Editor officially begins on June 1, 2021. In the meantime, Kelsy will serve as Deputy Book Review Editor of Gender & Society, assisting Dr. Catherine R. Solomon’s team at Quinnipiac University.

To go directly to the Gender & Society home page, please click HERE.



SWS Publications Committee Announces Next SWS Network News Editor, Dr. Melissa D. Day

Announcing the Next SWS Network News Editor

Dr. Melissa D. Day

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Melissa D. Day, Ph.D. is a first-generation feminist scholar of social stratification and inequality. Her research examines how meaning is constructed at the intersection of gender, parenthood, paid work, and caregiving across the contemporary family life course, and subsequently the impacts and implications of these intersections in institutional contexts and individuals’ lives. Her projects include a critical examination of stepmothers’ roles in the family, gender differences in unmet needs for care among seniors, the gendered mental health implications of combining spousal care and paid work in later life, and the challenges low-income mothers face when combining breastfeeding with service work occupations, for example. Another line of research focuses on refinement of social science methods and measurement, including the utility of using family diagrams as part of qualitative interviewing and advocating for the refinement of how diverse family structures could be more accurately measured in survey research. Her work is published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, Teaching Sociology, Stepmom Magazine, and by the Carsey School for Public Policy. Also, a proud teacher-scholar, Melissa’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) work strives to make classrooms and universities more equitable and inclusive environments through rigorous pedagogy, mentoring, experiential learning opportunities, developing tools that help improve students’ study skills, and increased access to open educational resources. Melissa earned her Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire in 2019 and is a time of transition to finding her permanent home in, or parallel to, academia.

Melissa has been a member of SWS since the 2019 Winter Meeting in Denver, which was a professionally life-changing experience for her because of the generosity of the SWS membership. She views SWS as a rare professional space where she feels acknowledged as a whole person, and where she finds support from fellow scholars that share her feminist values. She looks forward to the opportunity to serve the SWS membership as the next Editor of Network News.

Call for Submissions for First Issue of Network News for 2021: Deadline for Submissions is April 15, 2021

Submissions to be sent to:

Issue to be released by May 15, 2021

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While we know many of our members support other professional sociological organizations, we are unable to include lengthy advertisements for upcoming conferences for these groups.

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Feature Articles: 1500 words or less.

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