Congratulations to the 2022 SWS Undergraduate Social Action Award Winner, Kelsie Joseph!

The Undergraduate Social Action Award is given annually to recognize students or a team of students making a substantial contribution to improving the lives of women in society through activism. SWS initiated this award in 2003. The work honored by this award is central to the SWS goal to foster activism for women. SWS recognizes that action “for women” does not mean that the work was done “with women” or even “by women.” Substantial need exists for social action working with working with men, boys, LGBTQ communities and other groups where change will benefit women and can be understood as feminist action. Therefore, SWS recognizes work done in this spirit regardless of applicant gender identity. A special thank you to the SWS 2022 Undergraduate Social Action Subcommittee: Kris De Welde (Chair), Heather Dillaway, Shaonta’ Allen, and Minwoo Jung. In 2022, we are pleased to announce that Kelsie Joseph is the 2022 Undergraduate Social Action Awardee. Thank you to Sue Ann Barratt for nominating Kelsie for this prestigious award.

Kelsie Joseph is a final year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with minors in Gender and Development Studies and Criminology at The University of the West Indies. Kelsie is a very passionate and intersectional feminist activist from the beautiful twin island of Trinidad and Tobago. Kelsie enjoys participating in volunteer-based activities and youth spaces that work towards creating a gender-just world. Kelsie is able to do this through her activism in raising awareness and doing social good to create positive social change.  Kelsie’s experience in community organizing and activism offers ongoing challenges and learning opportunities towards addressing different social issues and dismantling barriers within our patriarchal society. Outside of volunteerism and activism, Kelsie tries to balance her social and family life by laughing at funny memes, spending time with nature and listening to music. Kelsie’s favorite feminist anthem is Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” because it makes her feel empowered.  It is a reminder that she is more than her mental health condition.

Kelsie is a member of IGDS Ignite which is a student activist group of The Institute of the Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies where she learns about education and activism for gender related and rights-based issues. It is a student led, feminist, social justice mentorship program. As a member,  Kelsie participates in outreach activities to promote learning on and off campus. Kelsie is also the Co-founder and manages the Cat Calls of UWI project, a social media-based project to combat gender-based street harassment and sexual violence on campus accompanied by awareness actions including chalking around campus and environs.

As a feminist activist and by volunteering with the Cat Calls of UWI team and Chalk Back, Kelsie hopes that her activism is making a positive social change on the UWI campus and society. The team has created an online platform of public awareness about gender-based street harassment and sexual violence, story sharing and amplifying voices, a community of learning and holding each other accountable, and inclusivity for all gender identities and sexual orientations.

Kelsie plans on initiating an IGDS Ignite project which will seek to draw on the activities undertaken, and the lessons learned by these young students, and to use these as the basis for a peer-led pedagogical, online approach to Caribbean feminist activism. Three short videos are proposed which focus on key feminist skills/strategies. Each video will primarily comprise an audio script narrated by an Ignite! student combined with photo images taken from past actions. Students involved in Ignite! will collectively workshop and create the scripts over the course of the academic year, enabling them to use this time to both reflect and to produce experiential content over the period of the pandemic. This process, guided by someone with expertise in participatory documentary making, will also be a source of skill-building for the Ignites who then have an additional methodology – the making and use of short videos – to share as part of their own peer-to-peer Caribbean feminist movement-building. 

We will honor Kelsie on February 7, 2022, at the Virtual Awards Ceremony that will take place from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST. Please join us by registering with this link:




Congratulations to Sekani Robinson, the 2022 SWS Cheryl Allyn Miller Award Winner, and Evelyn Pruneda, the Honorable Mention Awardee for the SWS Cheryl Allyn Miller Award!

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) established The Cheryl Allyn Miller Award for graduate students and recent PhDs working in the area of women and paid work: employment and self-employment, informal market work, illegal work. The award honors the late Cheryl Allyn Miller, a sociologist and feminist who studied women and paid work. The Subcommittee this year included Laura Bunyan (Chair), Suki Ziao, Rianka Roy, Sarah A. Robert, Lisa Dilks, and Maria Cecilia Hwang. A special thanks to the Subcommittee for its work. The Subcommittee selected Sekani Robinson to be the 2022 Cheryl Allyn Miller Award Winner. 

Sekani Robinson is a PhD candidate in the department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She completed her Master of Arts degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara and her Bachelor of Arts degree at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Her research is centrally concerned with intersections between the racial, gendered, and cultural foundations and inequalities structuring creative spaces, work and occupations, aesthetic and emotional labor, and elites. Her dissertation, “Controlling the Image of the Black Swan: Race, Gender, Culture and the Discourse around Black women’s’ Bodies in Ballet” examines how ballet’s strict elite and “traditional” regimes foster discrimination and marginalization for Black women and Black men in ballet. Drawing on interviews and surveys with Black women and Black men dancing at the upper echelons of professional ballet in the U.S., this work investigates the gendered and racialized forms of emotional and aesthetic labor that Black dancers endure. While the study includes both Black men and women professional ballet dancers, the focus of the project is on Black women’s experiences of marginalization, harassment, and discrimination with this elite creative industry and occupation. 

Throughout her time in graduate school at UCSB, Sekani also works for the non-profit organization, Brown Girls Do Ballet and regularly teaches race and ballet history for American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive program. 

Sekani’s article “Black Ballerinas: The Management of Emotional and Aesthetic Labor” (Sociological Forum) focuses on the ways that Black dancers negotiate two forms of labor that have typically been theorized separately: emotional and aesthetic labor. Theoretically, her findings build on and challenge conceptualizations of emotional and aesthetic labor as analytically discrete and separable social processes. In this article, Sekani demonstrates how the relationships between emotional and aesthetic labor are on dramatic display through Black ballet dancers’ workplace experiences.


The 2022 Cheryl Allyn Miller Award Honorable Mention Awardee is Evelyn Pruneda.

Evelyn Pruneda is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of California, Riverside. Her research and teaching interests include critical race and gender studies, social inequality, Latinx sociology, labor, environmental sociology, and global climate change. Her dissertation, “Navigating Multidimensional Borderlands: How Spatial Politics and Inequalities Shape the Working Conditions and Lived Experiences of Women Farmworkers in Rural California” examines how gender, race, class, and citizenship status interact with national and municipal level boundary-making to shape with working and living conditions of women in California’s San Joaquin Valley. She uses feminist qualitative research methods, including in-depth interviews to focus on three key domains of women farmworker’s lives, including paid labor conditions, unpaid reproductive labor in their homes, and community conditions, specifically looking at how municipal boundary-making impacts residents of low-income unincorporated communities who lack access to basic city services and political representation.

Evelyn’s article, “Mujeres Trabajadoras: California Women Farmworkers Navigating Multidimensional Borders and the Climate Crisis” is based on an analysis of 30 in-depth interviews with women farmworkers to examine how social and political borders impact Mexican and Mexican-American women farmworkers’ paid labor experiences in California’s San Joaquín Valley. Her research finds that women farmworkers experience increased labor precarity and challenges in their unpaid family work due to intersecting discrimination based on citizenship status, gender, and municipal boundary-making. Furthermore, women farmworkers face extreme vulnerability to the effects of the climate crisis in exacerbating paid labor challenges due to extreme droughts limiting the number of jobs, creating more competitive or hostile working conditions, and limiting access to clean air and water.  

Evelyn is a 2021-22 American Sociological Association Minority Fellow and SWS honored Evelyn this past summer 2021 as the SWS-sponsored ASA Minority Fellow. Her research has been funded by the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States, the University of California, and the Mellon Advancing Intercultural Studies Program. She has a Master’s in Public Administration degree from California State University, Fresno, and a B.A. in Politics from Occidental College.

We hope you will join us in congratulating Sekani and Evelyn and that you will make plans to join us for the 2022 Winter SWS Awards Reception on April 1, 2022 in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. 

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Edwards and Dr. Jane Ku, the 2022 SWS Feminist Mentoring Award Winners!

The SWS Feminist Mentoring Award was established in 1990 to honor SWS Members who are outstanding feminist mentors. While the word “mentoring” is commonly used to describe a faculty-student relationship, this award has shown the breadth of ways that feminists do mentoring. In establishing the award, SWS recognized that feminist mentoring is an important and concrete way to encourage feminist scholarship. 

This year’s Feminist Mentoring Award Subcommittee included Corinne Castro (Subcommittee Chair,) Rebecca P., Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, Heather Laube, and LaToya Council. The Subcommittee decided that Dr. Jennifer Edwards and Dr. Jane Ku will be the co-recipients of the SWS 2022 Feminist Mentoring Award.

Jennifer Edwards earned a B.A. degree in sociology from California State University, Stanislaus, a Master of Science degree in criminology from California State University, Fresno, and a Ph.D. in sociology from Oklahoma State University. Jennifer began her academic career in 2002 when she accepted a one-year appointment at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. There, Jennifer taught several sociology and criminal justice courses and advised students enrolled in the criminal justice program. In 2003, Jennifer accepted a tenure-track position at Northeastern State University (NSU) in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Currently in her nineteenth year at NSU, Jennifer serves as Professor of Sociology. Jennifer teaches various sociology and women’s and gender studies courses, such as social research methods, urban sociology, rural sociology, social psychology, social change, criminology, sociology of gender, and introduction to women’s and gender studies. Her research interests include social inequality and the relationship between ritual behavior and power. Specifically, Jennifer focuses on the Orange Order (a fraternal religious organization) in Northern Ireland and the Notting Hill Carnival in London, U.K. More recently, Jennifer is now examining the role of women in the Orange Order.

     In 2013, Jennifer was selected to serve as the inaugural Director of the Center for Women’s Studies at NSU. During her three-year tenure as the director, Jennifer had the opportunity to plan events that focused on issues faced by women in society. While no longer the director, Jennifer remains active in the center as a member of the Center for Women’s Studies Advisory Board. Additionally, Jennifer teaches two core courses within the women’s and gender studies minor program.

     In addition to university service and teaching, Jennifer is the coordinator for the B.A. in sociology and the M.S. in criminal justice programs. In these roles, Jennifer advises and mentors numerous students. She has served as a faculty mentor for many students whose research projects focus on various social problems, including domestic violence, sex trafficking, poverty and crime, sexual assault, and social inequality, among other topics. These students have presented their research at professional conferences and symposiums. Further, several students have been recognized for their research in student paper competitions where they placed in the top three.

     In addition to her academic career, Jennifer is involved in community organizations that are dedicated to education. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an organization that promotes professional and personal growth of women educators. Jennifer is also the current president of the Tahlequah chapter of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization), an organization that promotes the education of women and girls through scholarships and mentoring.

Here are some highlights from Jennifer Edwards’ nomination materials that Gemini A. Creason-Parker collected from Suzanne Farmer, Stacy Hunter, Rekiekah A. Doylti, Kasey Rhone Smith, Jennifer Howell-Wright, Olivia Agustin, Trent J Brown, Mitzi Stone, and Amy L. Proctor.

Suzanne Farmer noted: “Although Dr. Edwards was not assigned as my formal mentor, she became my guiding light for navigating the department and the institution. She was always available to answer questions and even established a regular lunch for the women in our department in an effort to help us bond and seek mutual support. She never treated us as junior faculty but always as valued colleagues, friends, and human beings. She made a point to check in on us to ensure we were engaged in self-care and were pursuing a healthy work-life balance.” 

Olivia Agustin wrote, “Dr. Edwards has been an excellent advisor and mentor. As a first-generation female student, I had many questions about what classes to take and what college had to offer. Dr. Edwards helped me make the right decisions for myself in her role as my advisor. She has always supported me, which is something that a student needs when going through college. She is a trusted confidant; I know I can come to her with questions, and she will do everything in her power to answer them. She has never steered me wrong, and as such, I value her input in making decisions about college and beyond…. She is also a big reason why I had the confidence to pursue a master’s degree. I was unsure if I would continue with my education after receiving my bachelor’s degree but talking with Dr. Edwards made me believe I had what it took to make it through the program successfully. Again, having someone who believes in you in a position that you look up to really makes all the difference.”

Trent Brown shared, “Dr. Edwards created each one of her classes to be an equal for all and a respectful discussion and had us really think about what it means to be who we are and how we fit in society. Everyone all responded with great ideas. Ideas are always the starting point of something that can be built or changed. After learning from Dr. Edwards in all the classes I was in with her, has really helped me to reshape how I think and to be able to spot these problems that exist. Dr. Edwards helped me shaped how I view biology as well. Her knowledge of how to research a topic and to find and eliminate confirmation bias along with discovering how institutional bias towards feminism comes very quickly with those types of research models. Which in my opinion is very disturbing. Dr Edwards taught us how to spot these things and now I see this type of mindset and can think back almost 40 years of it” 


Jane Ku is an associate professor at the University of Windsor.  She coordinates the Women’s and Gender Studies program and is the Graduate Chair in Sociology and Criminology.  She teaches courses on gender, race, social movements, and qualitative methodologies.  She has conducted research on racism, immigrant experiences of belonging and integration and antiracist and feminist activism.  Her publications have appeared in Atlantis: Critical Studies of Gender and Social Justice; Journal of Women’s Ethnic and Racial Studies; International Journal of Women’s Studies; and Social Identities.  Her research has taken an autoethnographic turn recently with the publication of “Journeys to a Diasporic Self(Canadian Ethic Studies, 2019) and “Intentional Solidarity as a Decolonizing Practice” (Intermédialités:History and Theory of the Arts, Literature and Technologies 2019).  Her work has been influenced by transnational feminist and antiracism scholarship.

Jane recently organized an interdisciplinary conference on race scholarship as embodied knowledge production.  She is mentoring racialized students to develop antiracist voice through a Connection Grant supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.  She is also active in anti-Black racism organizing at the university and building solidarities and lateral alliances among differently racialized groups. Prior to becoming an academic, she worked with and advocated for immigrant communities and was involved in student antiracist activism.  She continues to be active in and engages with the community through her research and voluntary work.  

Here are some highlights from Jane Ku’s nomination material that Ayesha Mian Akram and Jane E. McArthur collected from Jessica Akintomide, Frankie Cachon, Ronjon Paul Datta, Natalie Delia Deckard, Richard Douglass-Chin, Alaa Eissa, Jayashree Mohanty, Wansoo Park, Danielle Reaume, and Erwin Selimos.

Frankie Cachon shared: “Dr. Jane Ku has been an outstanding colleague and friend, who has significantly guided and shaped my feminist scholarship and pedagogy. Whether asking for practical help about submitting a grade, debriefing about a difficult classroom discussion, or seeking substantive guidance about research or a publication, Jane is always generous with her time.

Alaa Eissa wrote: “This statement is in support of Dr. Jane Ku. Dr. Ku has been an outstanding mentor who never fails to go above and beyond to make new learning opportunities for students. When I first joined RAACES I was introduced to Dr. Ku immediately and she always did an incredible job at creating spaces for student voices to be heard and taken into consideration. I especially admire her hard work as she prioritizes obtaining funding to ensure that undergraduate students are afforded new learning opportunities that will help them excel and build valuable experience that will aid them in graduate school or further education.”

Ayesha Mian Akram highlighted when she first met Jane at the University of Windsor: “Dr. Ku was one of the first people I met when I moved to Windsor in 2014. At that time, I did not know anyone in Windsor apart from my partner. Unemployed and having just completed my Master’s degree, I decided to reach out to WGST where I found myself immersed in a supportive feminist community. Dr. Ku and others welcomed me to Windsor, providing opportunities for committee work, panel presentations, research initiatives, and networking. When I decided to apply for my doctoral degree, I knew that I had to work with Dr. Ku as my supervisor. Her feminist scholarship in the areas of transnational feminism, critical intersectionality, and community-engaged research aligned with my own research interests but it was more than that – I wanted to work with Dr. Ku because I was blessed to have found a supervisor who cared about me not as a student but as a human being. Dr. Ku not only supervises her students’ academic journeys but goes out of her way to support their personal journeys.”

We hope you will join us in congratulating Jennifer and Jane and that you will make plans to join us for the 2022 Winter SWS Awards Reception that will take place on April 1, 2022 in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. 


SWS Winter Meeting – Virtual Programming Starts on February 4! SWS Members – Please Register Today!

“Rethinking Feminist Sociologies in the Era of Global Pandemics”

SWS President-Elect, Roberta Villalón

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Only 2022 Winter Meeting Registered Attendees who register by February 3 will have access to the Virtual Meeting Platform where all Zoom Links are posted.

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Registration Form for Virtual 2022 SWS Winter Meeting taking place from February 4-5, 2022 also includes Live-Streamed Programming from March 31-April 3, 2022

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If you can also join us in person in New Mexico, here’s the In-Person Registration for the meeting taking place from March 31-April 3, 2022:

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A Special Thank You to Our Program Committee Members:

Program Committee Chair: Tracy Ore

Program Committee: Alexis Grant-Panting; Andrea (Drea) S. Boyles; Chriss

Sneed; Erika Busse-Cardenas; Erika Marquez; Esther Hernández-Medina; Ghassan Moussawi; Nancy López; Ӧzlem Altıok; stef shuster; Tristen Kade; Veronica Montes

SWS Local Arrangements Committee Members: Lisa Broidy; Georgiann Davis; Jessica Goodkind; Maricarmen Hernandez; Nancy López; Ranita Ray; Assata Zerai

SWS Call to Action Against Voter Disenfranchisement and Support for Federal Voting Rights Legislation  

Dear Colleagues:

This is a pivotal moment in our democracy. Consistent with voter suppression and election manipulation, hundreds of repressive bills propose to deliberately reassign, replace, or terminate key precinct- and state-wide easy and accessible voting practices, polling places, and election officials necessary for securing electoral justice. This brazen, cumulative attempt to subvert the will of the people persists, as the Senate refuses to back paths and actions to protect hard fought civil rights, federally. More than 34 voting restrictive laws have already been enacted across 19 states, demonstrating a coordinated effort to discourage, dilute, or delete the votes of Americans, particularly Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who have been historically and intentionally disenfranchised from their civil rights. These regressive actions predate the Jim Crow era, similarly extending from the same racialized motivations that fueled the deadly, attempted white supremacist coup on January 6, 2021 at our nation’s capitol. Not only are civil rights under attack but the very foundations of our participatory democracy are under siege. The Department of Justice must act against discriminatory anti-voting legislation.    

“With no sacredness of the ballot, there can be no sacredness of human life,” stated Black suffragist Ida B. Wells. This is because she and others, including but not limited to, Mary Church Terrell, Nannie Helen Burroughs, and Anna Julia Cooper faced intersecting oppression and outright overlapping threats. Today is no different; the work is ongoing. And like former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and founder of Fair Fight Action Stacey Abrams, we should not only be advocating for “free and fair elections” but doing so, understanding that “victory must begin to mean more than winning a single election.”

As an intersectional, feminist sociological organization, Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) must take up voter suppression and political violence as central to our activist efforts to dismantle repressive systems of power. SWS is dedicated to promoting social justice through our recognition, advocacy, and support of activist spaces and communities. The actions we must take in this moment will resist and refuse white supremacy, or will enable it through inaction. We must be audacious, bold, and confident in our collective solidarity against oppressive, anti-democracy government and laws.

We acknowledge and take a definitive stand against articulations, actions, and inactions that encourage, support, or protect voting disenfranchisement. We denounce voter suppression and subversion in any form – restrictive identification, voter purging, poll intimidation, ballot tampering, prison-based gerrymandering, and more.

In solidarity with organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and the NAACP, we echo the sentiments of the Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) specifically, urging “members of the U.S. Senate to fulfill their Constitutional and moral obligations by immediately passing the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act by whatever legal means are necessary. Nothing less than the future of democracy in the U.S. is at stake” (NAACP-LDF)

We urge you to also take action, mindful that inaction is a form of complicity.  We cannot allow this orchestrated, unraveling of civil rights.

Time is of the essence.  Here’s how you can get involved immediately:

1. You may write or call your state senators, asking them to support the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Amendment.  

For contacting your Senators particularly, and other elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels, go to: 

Note: For phone calls, you should be prepared to leave your full street address whether a live exchange or voicemail, to ensure that your call is tallied.

  • Letter sample script for writing Senators (and other elected officials):

Hi, my name is _______________________ and I am a constituent of ______________________ (city and zip code).  I am writing to express support for the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Amendment and to recommend Senator ______________ backing for this legislation. This is even if it means also acting to abolish the filibuster, in order to clear a path. Accessible voting for all Americans should be protected and nonpartisan. This means voting should also be free of widespread restrictions, intimidation, and manipulation. The future of democracy is at stake.  With numerous restrictive laws enacted countrywide and as a constituent, I urge you to do the right thing and sooner rather than later by advancing federal voting rights acts and processes for them, towards the betterment of this nation.  

  • Phone call sample script for calling Senators (and other elected officials): 

Note: For phone calls, you should be prepared to leave your full street address whether a live exchange or voicemail, to ensure that your call is tallied.

Hi, my name is _______________________ and I am a constituent of ______________________ (city and zip code).  I am calling to express support for the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Amendment.  I am also calling to urge Senator ______________ to back this legislation. This is even if it means also acting to abolish the filibuster, in order to clear a path. Accessible voting for all Americans, free of intimidation and manipulation, should be a protected, nonpartisan matter. 

2. Join efforts in your community, teaming up with organizations like:

Note: There are countless organizations tirelessly engaging in this effort daily.  The previous are just a few for reference.

3. Take to social media, raising awareness and action through the use of hashtags such as:

  • #Giveustheballot
  • #votingrights
  • #FreedomToVoteAct
  • #VotingRightsAct
  • #DeliverForVotingRights
  • #JohnLewisAct

Stay tuned!  Other ways for getting involved may include but are not limited to:

  1. Joining or facilitating campus or workplace activities  
  2. Attending City Council and Town Hall meetings 
  3. Helping register people to vote (via in-person or phone banks)
  4. Postcarding
  5. Donating
  6. Volunteering at polling places
  7. Encouraging others to: know their voter registration statuses and registration deadlines; learn upcoming local/state/national election dates; order ballots early if voting via mail; and stay in line (take a folding chair, if necessary)

In solidarity,

SWS Council and Social Action Committee

SWS Thanks New York University Press for Sponsoring the 2022 SWS Winter Meeting! Getting a Book Published & Revising a Manuscript for Publication Workshop to take place on February 4. Register Today!

Thanks to New York University Press for Sponsoring the 2022 SWS Winter Meeting!

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Friday, February 4, 2022 from 12:45 – 2:15 pm EST

Moderated by Ilene Kalish, Executive Editor at New York University Press


Pallavi Banerjee, University of Calgary

Georgiann Davis, University of New Mexico

stef shuster, Michigan State University

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Congratulations to Dr. Marlese Durr, the 2022 SWS Feminist Lecturer Award Winner!

The 2022 SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Award Winner is Dr. Marlese Durr. Thank you to the SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Subcommittee that was comprised of Kimberly Kelly (Chair), Jill Bystydzienski, Christobel Asiedu, Margarita Levine, Marcella Gemelli, and Sara Tyberg. The SWS Distinguished Lectureship was founded in 1985 as a way of recognizing members whose scholarship employs a feminist perspective, and of making this feminist scholar available to campuses that are isolated, rural, located away from major metropolitan areas, underfunded and without the resources needed to invite guest speakers, and/or characterized by hostility to feminist scholarship. A key goal of the program is to provide a feminist voice on campuses where such a perspective is unusual and/or unwelcome. Please note that the Lectureship originally carried the name of Cheryl Allyn Miller, but now there is a separate Cheryl Allyn Miller Award.

Marlese Durr is a Professor of Sociology at Wright State University, a Senior Fellow of the Yale University Urban Ethnography Project, and a Research Associate at the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities at the University at Albany. Her research focuses on African American women in managerial positions in public institutions, alongside specialized interests in labor markets, social networks, entrepreneurship, inner-city neighborhoods, and stressful life events for African American women. She has served as the President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) (2014-2015), Sociologists for Women in Society (2004-2005), and as a Chair of the Publications Committee for Sociologists for Women in Society. She currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for Social Problems. Marlese is also a member of the American Sociological Association’s Publications Committee and serves on the American Sociological Associations W.E.B. Du Bois Career Distinguished Scholarship Committee. She is also a Founding Editorial Board Member of The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.

Marlese has also served as a Franklin Fellow for The United States Department of State, Bureau of International Organizations, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural, Organization (UNESCO)- Social Science Advisor at the United States Department of State, Bureau of International Organizations (UNESCO), Postdoctoral Fellow on Stressful Life Events and Addiction Recovery in the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Program at the National Development Research Institutes (NDRI) in New York City, and Ohio Public Health Leadership (OPHLI) Institute Scholar, Columbus, Ohio. She was also a 2018 Summer at Census Scholar. In addition, she discussed her research with Deborah K. King entitled “Braiding, Slicing, and Dicing: The African American Woman‘s Home as a Site of Work, hosted by the Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division of the U.S. Census Bureau.

She has served on the Editorial Boards of the American Sociological Review, Gender & Society, Social Forces, and Social Problems. In addition, she has served as a member of the Lewis Coser Theory Award Committee, The Max Weber Award Committee, the American Sociological Association Status on the Women Committee, and the Founding Editorial Board of the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.

Her publications include several publications on these topics (“The Donut Hole Experience: Using a Discerning Eye while Walking in Cities in For the Walking in the City: Quotidian Mobility and Ethnographic Method, Temple University Press, and “Small Town Life: A Study in Race Relations.” Ethnography, Vol. 11(1): 127–143. and “Sex, Drugs, and HIV: Sisters of the Laundromat,” “African American Women: Gender Relations, Work, and The Political Economy in The Twenty-First Century. Gender & Society, Vol. 16. N0. 4. with Shirley A. Hill. Additionally, she has published two edited books, The New Politics of Race: From Du Bois to the 21st Century (Praeger Press, 2002) and Work and Family, African Americans in the Lives of African Americans with Shirley A. Hill (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006). Dr. Durr is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

As noted in her nomination material collected by Manisha Desai, Bandana Purkayastha, and Margaret Abraham: “Apart from these testaments to her research excellence, it would be remiss of us not to mention Dr. Durr’s pioneering work in creating spaces of inclusion in the discipline. Since she was often among the first scholars of color to hold a variety of positions, she made sure that marginalized scholars could access these spaces and grow in stature in the discipline. Such transformation takes time and effort, and she has unstintingly provided that time to make Sociology a better, more inclusive discipline.

As her growing body of research shows, for hitherto marginalized groups, pioneering scholars have often had to both conduct the research and create the conditions of acceptance in the field. She has done so through both her scholarship and willingness to work with others.”

We hope you will join us in congratulating Marlese and that you will make plans to join us for the 2022 Winter SWS Awards Celebration. We will be honoring Marlese in person at the 2022 Winter Meeting at the Awards Banquet and Silent Auction on April 1, 2022.



Congratulations to Dr. Georgiann Davis, the 2022 SWS Feminist Activism Award Winner!

Congratulations to Dr. Georgiann Davis, the 2022 SWS Feminist Activism Award Winner!

Photo of Dr. Georgiann Davis

The SWS Feminist Activism Award, established in 1995, is presented annually to an SWS member who has notably and consistently used sociology to improve conditions for women in society. The award honors outstanding feminist advocacy efforts that embody the goal of service to women and that have identifiably improved women’s lives. This year’s Feminist Activism Award Subcommittee included Ghassan Moussawi (Subcommittee Chair), Brittany Battle, Rocío Garcia, Latoya Council, and Cierra Sorin. The Subcommittee decided that Dr. Georgiann Davis will be the SWS 2022 Feminist Activism Award Winner.

Georgiann is a feminist medical sociologist and an intersex activist who is dedicated to three goals: 1) raising intersex awareness, 2) educating future medical doctors, and 3) ending the genital mutilation doctors often subject intersex people in order to surgically squeeze the intersex body into the arbitrary sex binary. Georgiann Davis is a scholar-activist whose research, teaching, and activism are at the intersection of medical violence and feminist theories. She is currently working on a feminist autoethnography tentatively entitled Five Star White Trash where she discusses the complexities of intergenerational mobility, whiteness, gender dogma, and the ways in which anti-fatness is rooted in anti-Blackness. She is a former board president of interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth (2017-2020) and a past-president of InterConnect Support Group (2014-2015). You can read more about her research, teaching, and activism at

Her nomination materials collected by Barbara Risman share that: “… Georgiann’s feminist scholar activism doesn’t stop with what and where she writes and appears on TV and on the Radio, it extends to service to the community with the goal of changing intersex lives, empowering future intersex leaders, and educating future doctors. Georgiann led one of the largest intersex support groups in the world (AIS-DSD Support Group). … Georgiann has worked with the Association of American Medical Colleges on their Difference of Sex Development Subcommittee with the goal of developing intersex inclusive curriculum for professors of medicine to use throughout their medical school classrooms.”

We hope you will join us in congratulating Georgiann and that you will make plans to join us for the 2022 Winter SWS Awards Celebration. We will be honoring Georgiann in person at the 2022 Winter Meeting at the Awards Banquet and Silent Auction on April 1, 2022. All current SWS Members can register for the meeting here:

Sharing Revised Program Draft  Hybrid SWS 2022 Winter Meeting Virtual Meeting: February 4-5, 2022  Rescheduled In-Person Meeting:  March 31-April 3, 2022 in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico

Sharing Revised Program Draft

Hybrid SWS 2022 Winter Meeting

Virtual Meeting: February 4-5, 2022

Rescheduled In-Person Meeting:

March 31-April 3, 2022 in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico

Thank you for your patience as we have worked out modality change requests and the rescheduled hybrid meeting programming. Once again, we appreciate all the kind and supportive emails we’ve received from so many of you as we navigate these difficult times.


Link to Program Draft:

Please review the revised program and if you notice any errors or omissions in our processing of your previously submitted change requests, email Barret Katuna, SWS Executive Officer at with the correction by Wednesday, January 26th at 5:00 pm EST.   We will not be able to process any further changes after that date. The final program will be released on January 28th.

Registration Deadlines: 

To participate and attend the February 4-5 virtual program you must register by February 3 to ensure you can access all the Zoom links for the sessions.

Register here:

*All Current SWS Members will have access to the open Business Meeting on February 4, 2022 from 7:45 pm – 9:15 pm EST. We will soon share more details via MemberClicks to all current SWS Members. If you have questions regarding the status of your membership, please email Barret Katuna at

If you plan to attend the in-person meeting in March 31-April 3, 2022, register here:

If you register by February 3, you will also have access to the Virtual Programming of February 4-5, 2022.

The final deadline to pre-register for the in-person meeting is March 8th, 2022, which is also the last day you will be able to book your hotel rooms at the SWS discounted rate.

If you would like to attend the live streamed sessions, and you had not registered for the virtual portion of the meeting by February 3, you will still be able to register to get the zoom links up until March 28. Register here:

Regarding your hotel reservations: The hotel room reservations that you made for the January meeting are no longer in the hotel system and you should have received a cancellation email from Hyatt. We will soon share a new hotel reservation link so you can make new reservations at the SWS discounted rate of $169 per night.

Thank you for your attention, and we look forward to seeing you both virtually and in-person!

Best wishes,

Roberta Villalón, SWS President-Elect

Tracy Ore, Program Committee Chair

Barret Katuna, SWS Executive Officer

SWS 2022 Winter Meeting Rescheduled to March 31-April 3 in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico

SWS 2022 Winter Meeting Rescheduled to March 31-April 3 in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico

Thank you for your patience while we worked out how to handle the challenge posed by the Omicron wave. We appreciate all the kind and supportive emails we’ve received from so many of you as we navigate these difficult times. 

After careful consideration of our options, we have decided to keep the virtual portion of the SWS 2022 Winter Meeting hybrid program as originally scheduled (February 4-5) and reschedule the in-person portion of the meeting to March 31-April 3.  


We understand that this modification may not work for everybody who was going to present in person. You can find a draft of the updated program HERE at:

Please email Barret Katuna at by Thursday, January 20 at 5:00 pm EST if you would like to either change the modality of your presentation to virtual or be removed from the program because you will not be able to travel to New Mexico on the new dates.

If we do not hear from you by then, we will assume you are available to present during the new scheduled in-person meeting. If you are no longer able to participate in person, we will refund your registration. Then, if you will present or attend only virtually, you will have to register yourself again and pay the virtual fees.  

Regarding your hotel reservations: The hotel room reservations that you made for the January meeting are no longer in the hotel system and you should have received a cancellation email from Hyatt. We will soon share a new hotel reservation link so you can book at the SWS discounted rate of $169 per night.  

All Open Committee meetings will be held virtually as originally scheduled this January. The Committee on Discrimination, Membership Committee, and Committee on Academic Justice already held their meetings earlier this week. Here is a quick snapshot of the Open Committee Meetings that will still be taking place later this week and next. 

Awards Committee

Social Action Committee

Student Caucus

Sister to Sister Committee

International Committee

Media Relations Committee

Career Development Committee

A final revised program will be released by January 28, 2022. Here are the updated forms for you to register: 

Virtual Registration for February 4-5, 2022 and for Live Streamed Programming from March 31-April 3, 2022:

In-Person Registration for March 31-April 3, 2022:

If you register for the In-Person Meeting, you will also have access to Virtual Programming from February 4-5, 2022. 

Once again, we apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused and appreciate your understanding. 

We very much look forward to this meeting.

Best wishes,

Roberta Villalón, SWS President-Elect

Tracy Ore, Program Committee Chair

Barret Katuna, SWS Executive Officer