Call for Applications for Campus Visit by 2021 Distinguished Feminist Activism Award Winner: Dr. Brittany Pearl Battle

Call for Applications for Campus Visit by
2021 Distinguished Feminist Activism Award Winner
Dr. Brittany Pearl Battle

Deadline to Apply: November 15, 2022

Committee Chair: Dr. Maria Cecilia Hwang (maria.hwang@mcgill.ca)
Selection Subcommittee Chair: Dr. Ghassan Moussawi (moussawi@illinois.edu)

Photo of Dr. Brittany Pearl Battle

The 2021 SWS Feminist Activism Award Winner, Dr. Brittany Pearl Battle, Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department and the African American Studies Program at Wake Forest University and Co-Founder of Triad Abolition Project, will make one campus visit during the 2023 academic year. Brittany’s research agenda includes social and family policy, courts, social justice, and carceral logics. At Wake Forest University, she teaches courses on social justice, courts & criminal procedure, and abolition and (re)imagining justice. Her community work regularly includes political education, direct action, healing and transformative justice work, and civic engagement. She is currently working on a book manuscript (under contract with NYU Press),“They’re Stealing My Opportunity to Be a Father:” The Child Support System and State Intervention in the Family, which examines the carceral logics of the state’s intervention in the family in this system. She is also working on a project examining the perspectives of abolitionist activists and organizers who were involved in the 2020 uprising, a project examining evictions in Forsyth County, North Carolina during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a project exploring the experiences of criminal legal system defendants and asylum seekers under various forms of state surveillance and community confinement. 

Read more about Dr. Battle’s research and activism here on her website: https://www.brittanypbattle.com/ and about Triad Abolition Project: https://www.triadabolitionproject.org.

Dr. Battle’s praxis of scholarship and activism has also been recognized with the 2022 Eastern Sociological Society’s Public Sociology Award and the 2020 Praxis Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Critical Criminology and Social Justice. She is also a Fellow with the Institute for Research on Poverty’s Emerging Poverty Scholars Program and a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow.

Applications from all types of institutions are welcome. Priority will be given to campuses with departments with a focus on feminist activism, social movements, sociological practice, and/or activist research, or those who are working towards building and centering these subfields. The selection subcommittee will look especially favorably on campuses that are committed to gaining the widest possible audience for these visits. This may be demonstrated by evidence of:

  •     Collaboration with other departments and programs on campus
  •     Multiple-campus cooperation
  •     Community partnerships 

SWS will fund a portion of the expenses for the campus visit, thus institutions should not let resource scarcity prevent them from applying. SWS will fund up to $750 toward domestic travel and a maximum of $1500 toward international travel. The host campus is responsible for the costs associated with meals and lodging for the duration of the campus visit.

If you are interested in hosting a campus visit, please send your application by November 15, 2022 to: SWS Awards Committee Chair: Dr. Maria Cecilia Hwang maria.hwang@mcgill.ca

Please put “SWS Feminist Activist Campus Visit” in the email subject line.

The application should include the following information:

  1. An explanation of your interest in hosting Dr. Battle and the merits of awarding a campus visit at your institution.
  2. A description of the type of presentation you are interested in hosting
  3. The number of days you will ask the awardee to stay.
  4. The target audience or audiences for Dr. Battle’s presentation.
  5. A description of how local costs (lodging and meals) will be met.
  6. Tentative dates for Dr. Battle’s visit. Dr. Battle has a preference for April 2023.

Note: Due to public health concerns and travel challenges relating to COVID-19, we are committed to working with Dr. Battle and the campus visit host institution to identify suitable dates. SWS can extend the timeframe beyond the 2023 academic year for this visit to occur if travel and programming are not possible within this timeframe.