Call for Applications for Campus Visit by 2021 SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Dr. Mary Romero

Call for Applications for Campus Visit by

2021 SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer

Dr. Mary Romero

Deadline to Apply: November 15, 2022


Committee Chair: Dr. Maria Cecilia Hwang (

Selection Subcommittee Chair: Dr. Shobha Hamal Gurung (

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The 2021 SWS Feminist Lecturer Awardee, Dr. Mary Romero, Professor Emerita, Justice and Social Inquiry in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University will make one campus visit during the 2023-2024 academic year. Dr. Romero served as the 110th President of the American Sociological Association. She is the 2022 recipient of the W.E.B. Du Bois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award, 2017 recipient of the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award, 2015 Latina/o Sociology Section Founders Award, 2012 Julian Samora Distinguished Career Award, the Section on Race and Ethnic Minorities 2009 Founder’s Award, and the 2004 Study of Social Problems Lee Founders Award. She is the author of Introducing Intersectionality (Polity Press, 2018), The Maid’s Daughter: Inside and Outside the American Dream (NYU, 2011), Maid in the U.S.A. (NYU, 1992), co-editor of eight books, and numerous social science journals and law review articles. 

The campus visit is intended to celebrate and enhance feminist scholarship and social activism on college campuses. A key goal of the program is to provide a feminist voice on campuses where such a perspective is unusual and/or unwelcome. Applications from all types of institutions are welcome. Priority will be given to campuses that are isolated, rural, located away from major metropolitan areas, underfunded and without the resources needed to invite guest speakers, and/or are characterized by hostility to feminist scholarship.

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 for 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 submit your application by November 15, 2022 to:

SWS Awards Committee Chair: Maria Cecilia Hwang:

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

The application should include the following information:

  1. An explanation of your interest in hosting Dr. Romero and the merits of awarding a campus visit to 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. Romero’s presentation.
  5. A description of how local costs (lodging and meals) will be met.
  6. Tentative dates for Dr. Romero’s visit.

Note: Due to public health concerns and travel challenges relating to COVID-19, we are committed to working with Dr. Romero and the campus visit host institution to identify suitable dates. SWS can extend the timeframe beyond the 2021-2022 academic year for this visit to occur if travel and programming are not possible within this timeframe.