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

2021 Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship Award Winners Announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you are interested in making a gift to support the Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship, please contact Barret Katuna, Executive Officer, at, or make a gift via this form

Click HERE for the PDF of this announcement.

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

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

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

The SWS Community mourns the loss of Sinikka.

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

Zoom registration link:

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Link to Article:

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

Remembering Sinikka Elliott

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


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

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

Trang Thu Đỗ

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register in advance for this meeting:–myT6R4Hx_Dk

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

La asociación internacional “Sociologists for Women in Society” (Sociólogas/os por las Mujeres en la Sociedad) manifiesta su solidaridad con las feministas dominicanas que defienden la vida, salud y dignidad de las mujeres y niñas

La asociación internacional “Sociologists for Women in Society” (Sociólogas/os por las Mujeres en la Sociedad) manifiesta su solidaridad con las feministas dominicanas que defienden la vida, salud y dignidad de las mujeres y niñas 

Abril 2021

Durante las tempranas horas del 20 de abril de 2021, agentes policiales llegaron al espacio público en frente del Congreso Nacional en Santo Domingo, República Dominicana y procedieron a desalojar de manera violenta a las jóvenes feministas activistas que se habían instalado en un campamento horas antes. Las activistas se encontraban en el lugar como parte del proceso de movilización más reciente en la lucha de más de 20 años del movimiento feminista por la despenalización del aborto en tres circunstancias excepcionales o “causales” (cuando la vida de la mujer está en peligro, cuando el embarazo es inviable o en casos de violación o incesto) ya que la República Dominicana es uno de los pocos países en el mundo que prohíbe el aborto en todas las circunstancias.   

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) (Sociólogas/os por las Mujeres en la Sociedad), una asociación profesional feminista internacional con 1,045 integrantes, manifiesta su solidaridad con el movimiento feminista dominicano y condena firmemente esta acción arbitraria y anti-democrática. SWS también apoya el Campamento de las Causales, el primer campamento establecido por nuestras compañeras feministas en frente del Palacio Nacional desde el 11 de marzo de 2021 para llamar la atención sobre la necesidad de despenalizar el aborto de manera parcial para salvar la vida de las mujeres y niñas y proteger su salud y dignidad. 

La agresión por parte de la Policía tuvo lugar solo un día después de que personas criminales desconocidas enviaran un postre envenenado al Campamento, acción que llevó a que 12 personas resultaran intoxicadas incluyendo activistas, personas que estaban de visita en el campamento y miembros de la prensa. Las amplias manifestaciones de apoyo recibidas del público en general (a través del envío de comida, frazadas, postres y fondos) fue precisamente lo que llevó a que las activistas fueran sorprendidas en su buena fe y aceptaran lo que parecía ser otro regalo bien intencionado. De manera similar, el Campamento de las Causales ha recibido amplias manifestaciones de apoyo de profesionales de la salud, abogados/as constitucionalistas, académicos/as y muchas otras organizaciones de la sociedad civil en la República Dominicana al igual que de organizaciones internacionales como pueden ver en esta entrevista con la Co-Coordinadora del Comité Sister to Sister (Hermana a Hermana) de SWS, la Dra. Esther Hernández-Medina. 

Los abortos clandestinos representan la tercera causa de mortalidad materna en el país, y dos terceras partes de las estudiantes universitarias conocen a otra mujer joven que ha pasado por la experiencia del aborto clandestino de acuerdo con un estudio reciente de PROFAMILIA, la ONG líder en temas de planificación familiar en la República Dominicana. Sin embargo, el presidente Luis Abinader ha abandonado su compromiso y el de su partido con las causales y ahora está proponiendo llevar a cabo un referéndum nacional para resolver la situación. 

Estos desafíos y las actuaciones inaceptables de parte de la Policía y de criminales desconocidos no van a desalentar a nuestras compañeras y compañeros en la República Dominicana y solo van a motivar a más gente a unirse a su justa lucha. Por favor, ayúdanos compartiendo información sobre su lucha usando los hashtags #LasCausalesVan y #rd3causales en las redes sociales, escribiendo al Presidente Abinader a través de la embajada dominicana en los Estados Unidos o donando a la campaña de GoFundMe para apoyar el Campamento (LINK:). Tu apoyo es crucial ya que la Cámara de Diputados de la República Dominicana está debatiendo la inclusión de las causales en el Código Penal esta semana y necesitamos mostrarles a ellos/as y a todas las autoridades dominicanas que la vida y salud de las mujeres y niñas no son negociables. 


Traducción de Esther Hernández Medina
Texto original en inglés:

SWS-North Launch Event

Join us on May 30, 2021, to celebrate the official launch of SWS-North, the Canadian chapter of the Sociologists for Women in Society.

The celebration features welcome addresses from current SWS President Mignon Moore and SWS-North co-chairs Pallavi Banerjee and Tina Fetner, as well as a panel discussion on crafting intersectional feminist futures.

Through breakout groups and facilitated conversations, attendees will be invited to share their personal vision for a national organization dedicated to developing an intersectional feminist community of scholars and peers.

Opportunities abound for those in attendance to get directly involved in charting the path of SWS-North, as we venture into the Canadian horizon.

Register here. 
PDF of Flyer

Please note the updated time:


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

SWS Summer Meeting 2021 

“Retaining and Building a Feminist Community”

Virtual Meeting

July 8 and July 9, 2021


Photo of Mignon R. Moore, SWS President

President: Mignon R. Moore

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

SWS Executive Officer: Barret Katuna

SWS Assistant to Executive Officer: Natasha Santana

SWS Intern: Shuchi Sanyal

SWS Web Support Specialist: Christelle Lachapelle  


Call for Papers: 

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

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

Meeting Highlights:

Thursday Morning

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

Thursday Evening 

Presidential Plenary

Drinks with a Famous Feminist

Friday Evening 

2021 Summer Awards Reception 

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


Direct Link to Submission Form:


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

Submission Types:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Join/Renew SWS Membership

Only current SWS members can submit via the MemberClicks submission system. To request a sponsored 2021 SWS Membership, please submit this form:

To sponsor the 2021 Membership of a student or colleague, please submit this form:


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

Limitations on Program Appearances

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


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


SWS Stands in Solidarity with Dominican Feminists Defending Women’s and Girls’ Lives, Health and Dignity

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS)

Stands in Solidarity with Dominican Feminists

Defending Women’s and Girls’ Lives, Health and Dignity

April 27, 2021

PDF and Word DOC 

During the early hours of April 20, 2021, police officers arrived at the public space in front of the National Congress in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, and proceeded to violently evict the young feminist activists who had been camping there. The activists were staying there in the most recent mobilization in the movement’s 20-year-plus fight to decriminalize abortion under three exceptional circumstances or “causales”: when a woman’s life is in danger, the pregnancy is not viable or in cases of rape or incest as the Dominican Republic is one of the very few countries in the world that penalizes abortion under all circumstances.

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS), a professional feminist organization with 1045 members, stands in solidarity with the Dominican feminist movement and firmly condemns this arbitrary and anti-democratic action. SWS also supports the Feminist Camp or Campamento de las Causales, the first camp feminists established in front of the Presidential Palace on March 11, 2021calling attention to the need to partially decriminalize abortion to save women’s and girls’ lives and protect their health and dignity.

The aggression by the police took place just a day after unknown criminals sent a poisoned dessert to the Camp, which resulted in 12 people intoxicated including activists, visitors, and members of the press. It was precisely because of the widespread manifestations of support from the public at large (in the forms of free food, blankets, desserts, and funds) that the activists were caught off guard and accepted what seemed to be another well-intentioned gift. Similarly, the Campamento de las Causales has received widespread support from healthcare professionals, academics, constitutional lawyers, and many other civil society organizations in the Dominican Republic and international organizations as you can see in this interview with SWS Sister to Sister Committee Co-Chair, Dr. Esther Hernández-Medina.

Clandestine abortions represent the third cause of maternal death in the country, and two thirds of female college-age students know someone who has gone through an abortion procedure according to a recent study by PROFAMILIA, the leading family planning NGO in the Dominican Republic . However, President Luis Abinader has backed down from his and his party’s longstanding support to las causales and is now proposing a national referendum to resolve the issue.

These challenges and the unacceptable acts on the part of the police and cowardly criminals will not deter our comrades in the Dominican Republic and will only motivate more people to join their just fight. Please help us by disseminating information about their struggle using #LasCausalesVan and #rd3causales on social media, writing to President Abinader through the Dominican embassy in the US or donating to the GoFundMe Campaign to support the Camp. Your support is crucial as the Dominican Chamber of Representatives has started debating the inclusion of the causales in the Penal Code this week and we need to show them and all Dominican authorities that women’s and girls’ lives and health are not negotiable.


Maretta McDonald and Evelyn Pruneda Named SWS ASA Minority Fellowship Program Fellows in the 2021-2022 ASA MFP Cohort, 48

SWS is proud to sponsor two Minority Fellows in the 2021-2022 ASA MFP Cohort, 48

Maretta McDonald and Evelyn Pruneda

SWS Congratulates all of the 2021 – 2022 American Sociological Association (ASA) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Fellows

Please click HERE to see all the 2021-2022 ASA MFPs

Maretta McDonald (Sociologists for Women in Society MFP)

Graduate Institution: Louisiana State University 

Maretta McDonald is a first-generation PhD candidate from Oakland, California, by way of Chicago. She earned her BA in criminal justice with a minor in sociology and her MS in applied sociology from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. She currently attends Louisiana State University pursuing her PhD in sociology with graduate minors in African and African American studies and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. As a graduate instructor there, McDonald teaches classes in both sociology and African and African American studies. Her research interest areas include racial inequality, gender, family, criminology, and public policy. Prior to returning to college as a freshman, McDonald worked in Louisiana state government in the Department of Children and Family Services. Her dissertation, “Enforcing Child Support in the Deep South: An Intersectional Approach” uses mixed methods to examine how race, gender, class, and place matter in the outcomes of nonresident parents who are participants in the child support enforcement system. Her project takes particular interest in understanding whether child support enforcement professionals’ practices reproduce inequality across groups and the urban/rural divide. Her dissertation research is also funded by the ASA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. McDonald’s work is published in edited volumes, news media, research blogs, and Sociological Perspectives. She also has a co-authored book forthcoming, The Sociology of Cardi B. McDonald uses her sociology training in the community and has collaborated on campus climate reports; provided an overview of the demographic change of disadvantaged neighborhoods in Baton Rouge from 1900 to 2017 for an urban renewal project; assembled an accessible history of the Black community of Baton Rouge from 1699 to 2020 for use by local educators and community organizations; and co-taught a college-level course in a women’s state correctional facility. In her spare time, she listens to music, dances, and spends time with her family and friends.


Evelyn Pruneda (Sociologists for Women in Society MFP)

Graduate Institution: University of California-Riverside

Evelyn Pruneda is a first-generation PhD candidate at the University of California-Riverside. Originally from California’s San Joaquin Valley, she earned her BA from Occidental College and her MA in public administration from California State University-Fresno. Her research interests include critical race and gender studies, labor studies, and environmental sociology. Pruneda’s dissertation uses feminist qualitative methods to examine the working conditions and lived experiences of women farmworkers in California’s rural San Joaquin Valley. Her research explores the political and social borders that shape and exacerbate multiple marginalized identities that impact women’s labor, family, and community lives. In this work, Pruneda provides a critical analysis of the experiences of women farmworkers in the valley as they navigate a history of labor exploitation, residential segregation, and increasingly, the effects of climate change, which directly impact the health and livelihood of farmworker communities. Prior to graduate school, Pruneda worked in the nonprofit sector doing college access work with high school students and their families in South Los Angeles and the Central Valley. Her work has been published in Research in Political Sociology and has been supported by the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS) as well as various fellowships from the University of California-Riverside. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, photography, and spending time with her family.

To learn more about the ASA Minority Fellowship Program, please click HERE.

Thanks to Brittany Battle and Andrea Gómez Cervantes of Cohort 44, 2017-2018, who are the SWS-ASA MFP Liaisons. We will celebrate with Evelyn and Maretta at our 2021 Summer Meeting Awards Reception scheduled for Friday, July 9 between 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm EDT.

SAVE THE DATE – July 8 – 9, 2021 SWS Virtual Summer Meeting




SWS 2021 Virtual Summer Meeting

“Retaining and Building a Feminist Community”

SWS President, Mignon R. Moore

July 8 and July 9, 2021

11:00 am EDT – 8:30 pm EDT

Please stay tuned for a Call For Papers Later This Spring
There will be opportunities to:
Submit an abstract to present your research at a Roundtable
Submit interest to Moderate a Roundtable
Submit a Full Proposal for a Workshop or Session

Mark your calendars now so you do not miss out on the following program highlights:
Presidential Plenary
2021 Summer Awards Reception
SWS Feminist Activism Awardee Talks by Amy Blackstone (2019) and Ophra Leyser-Whalen (2020)
Drinks with a Famous Feminist … Stay tuned to find out who!
SWS 2021 Virtual Summer Meeting Program Committee
President: Mignon R. Moore
Program Committee Members: Andrea Román Alfaro, hara bastas, Alexis Grant-Panting, Rebecca Hanson, Ghassan Moussawi, LaTonya Trotter
SWS Executive Officer: Barret Katuna
SWS Assistant to Executive Officer: Natasha Santana
SWS Intern: Shuchi Sanyal
SWS Web Support Specialist: Christelle Lachapelle
Please direct any questions to Barret Katuna, SWS Executive Officer at:

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.

Photo of Andréa Becker

The press release is available online at

FOR RELEASE: Tuesday, March 30, 2021
CONTACT: Frances Hannan | | (201) 587-4755
Jeré Hogans | Program Officer |

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


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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”