Gender & Society Impact Factor Increase! Highest Impact Factor Ever For The Journal!

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Congratulations to Barbara Risman, Gender & Society Editor and to the Gender & Society Editorial Team and Editorial Board! Special thanks to the Reviewers, Readers, and All Supporters!

We are proud to share that Gender & Society’s Impact Factor has increased to 4.314, as compared to last year’s 3.657. We have also learned that this is the journal’s highest Impact Factor ever for the Journal!

This means that now Gender & Society is ranked 20/148 in the Sociology category and 3/44 in Women’s Studies! This moves the journal up one rank in Sociology and at the same position in Women’s Studies.


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About G&S: Gender & Society, the official journal of Sociologists for Women in Society, is a top-ranked journal in sociology and women’s studies and publishes less than 10% of all papers submitted to it. Articles analyze gender and gendered processes in interactions, organizations, societies, and global and transnational spaces. The journal publishes empirical articles, along with reviews of books.


2022 Summer Open Committee Meetings

Learn more about SWS Committees HERE

Career Development Committee
Thursday, June 16
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT

Media Relations Committee
Wednesday, June 29
11:30 am – 1:00 pm EDT

International Committee
Friday, July 22
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT–pqz0rG9NOg8Yr4TWHXQync4Mk3x9B

Sister to Sister Committee 
Wednesday, July 27
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT

Social Action Committee
Monday, August 1
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm EDT

In-Person Committee Meetings 

Academic Justice Committee
Friday, August 5
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm PDT in Los Angeles Convention Center (Room 514)

Committee on Discrimination
Monday, August 8
10:00 am – 11:30 am PDT in Los Angeles Convention Center (Room 514)

Membership Committee
Monday, August 8
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm PDT in Los Angeles Convention Center (Room 513)

To Be Determined …. 
Awards Committee
Student Caucus


Message from SWS Leadership – United States’ Supreme Court’s Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade – Forthcoming Statement and Call for Action – Join the SWS Expert Database


Dear SWSers,

The United States’ Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is undoubtedly a major regression in the history of this country as well as women’s, gender, reproductive and human rights’ movements as a whole. It is also a very concrete example of the power that the right wing has been gathering in the last decade or so. As feminists, we know that our action and commitment has become even more necessary if we want to resist the reversal of decades of activism to ensure self-determination regarding reproductive as well as other fundamental rights. Moreover, we know that for our feminist politics to be relevant, we must take on an intersectional approach to emphasize that reproductive justice is entangled with sexual, ethnoracial and class regimes as well as other systemic oppressions like ableism and religious ideologies countering science and autonomy. Similarly, we know that our feminist action must rely on a transnational perspective to contextualize national experiences, learn from similar processes elsewhere and form alliances across borders to strengthen our movement for abortion and reproductive justice.

In recognition of the complexity of this moment, SWS leadership is gathering information to put out not just a statement but a call for action and thinking about how SWS can play a role to provide support to those most impacted by this recent news.

We invite you to fill out this form if you’d like to be included in our listing of reproductive justice experts to be showcased on our website:

We also invite you to send us relevant information on this topic, especially action-oriented initiatives and services offered for people now living in states where abortion is now or soon will be illegal.  All SWS Committees are welcome to share ideas to put together our organization’s statement, call for action and resource page.

In the meantime, President Roberta Villalón, is organizing an “emergency plenary” for the SWS 2022 Summer Meeting devoted to analyzing the current situation as well as strategize collective action which will include our own feminist reproductive justice experts and built-in time to brainstorm concrete ways to contribute with the reversal of this pathetic retrograde wave. Co-Presidents-Elect, Mary Osirim and Melanie Heath are actively thinking about how the programming of the SWS 2023 Winter Meeting scheduled for January 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana–one of the states where abortion is now forbidden– can address this matter in support of reproductive justice.

We trust that with your participation, SWS will raise a strong, intersectional, and transnational voice on reproductive justice.  Please stay tuned for updates and share your thoughts!

In solidarity,

SWS Leadership

2022 Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship Award Winners Announced!

2022 Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship Award Winners Announced

Florence Emilia Castillo is the 2022 Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship Award Recipient

Cierra Sorin is the 2022 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).

SSSP and ASA join SWS in supporting the Beth B. Hess Scholar each year given Beth’s significant contributions to SSSP and ASA. Advanced graduate students in sociology at the dissertation writing stage are invited to apply. In 2022, the subcommittee (Sarah Bruch, Chair; Myra Marx Ferree, Nancy Naples, Toni Calasanti, and Mairead Moloney) faced the challenge of selecting the winner. When there is more than one exceptionally strong candidate, an Honorable Mention Awardee is also selected. The Honorable Mention Awardee receives a $3,500 scholarship.

The scholarship carries a stipend of $18,000 from SWS with travel assistance, $500 from SWS, $300 from SSSP, and $500 from ASA to support 2022 Summer Meeting travel, as well as one-year memberships in SWS, SSSP, and ASA. SSSP will celebrate the awardees at their Annual Meeting.

The subcommittee is thrilled to announce that the 2022 Beth Hess Award winner is Florence Emilia Castillo. Emily is an activist researcher doing her dissertation on the effects of ethnic studies teaching on student learning under the direction of SWS member Nancy López at the University of New Mexico. Emily’s application notes that this award reflects her own “intersectional identity, non-traditional experiences in academia, and my commitment to pursue positions within academia that will allow me to continue mentoring students and doing work grounded in social justice” and we strongly agree. As a first-generation college student, Emily worked and helped support her family even when she was enrolled in community college in Dallas, Texas. Going on to pursue higher education while still holding down jobs in insurance and tech support, she tried international studies, then Latin American Studies, then anthropology, but did not feel like she had found an academic home until she discovered sociology. As she explains, “I continuously felt out of place amongst academics “studying” people and communities that looked like my own without any reflexivity about their privilege and power” until sociology offered her the “tools for praxis-based work” and “educational liberation.”

Once Emily landed in New Mexico, she put her dedication to intersectional mentoring and activism to work. Her transformative teaching practices center on counter-narratives from the cultural resources that her low-income Black and Brown students bring into the classroom and have brought Emily nominations for college-wide awards. Her mentoring has been supported by an El Puente Research Fellowship that allowed her over the last six years to instruct and intensively involve twenty undergraduates of similarly marginalized backgrounds in the research process, and to successfully put them on track for becoming independent researchers themselves in their own graduate careers. She has facilitated workshops on intersectionality and ethnic studies both locally at the teachers’ union and in 2020 at the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) Summer Meeting. Emily’s activism at the University of New Mexico has included participating in both a campaign for a graduate requirement on race, ethnicity, intersectionality for all graduate students and the creation, analysis and action plan based on the climate survey in the sociology department itself, as well as being on the multi-university National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded team assessing how context diversity in teaching STEM subjects fosters increased minority inclusion and degree attainment.

Her major advisor, Nancy López, credits Emily with being one of the graduate students “responsible for establishing our Ethnic Studies Education and Health Research Practice Partnership through the Institute for the Study of ‘Race’ and Social Justice” and describes her as being passionate about “creating scholarly innovations for equity based policy action.” Nancy López lauds her transformational, intersectional teaching and her ability as a public-facing sociologist to communicate with people of any level of education and all backgrounds, and rates her as in the “top 1%” of the many graduate students she has mentored. Emily herself credits her community college philosophy teacher, John Wadhams, as the one who first taught her to think critically about the ethical and material consequences of policies and defend her perspective and analysis in debate.

Emily’s activism outside the university has centered on involving young people in participatory action research, in one case challenging the policies that criminalize and incarcerate them, and in another case with a grassroots organization concerned about racism in the K-12 system. This latter project dove-tailed with a larger initiative, the Research Practice Partnership, studying how to improve pedagogy for ethnic studies teachers in the Albuquerque Public Schools and assess how inclusion of ethnic studies in the K-12 curriculum improves student learning, graduation, and health and well-being indicators. This timely issue speaks to the broad politics of suppression and exclusion from learning about race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality that are sweeping across many states.

Emily has built on this activist research project to construct her dissertation, which employs the Latin American feminist methodology of testimonio, that is, collecting the narratives and counter-narratives of those who experience an oppressive system from multiple standpoints to build a deeper understanding of the processes of exclusion and silencing in the collective knowledge thus produced. Using testimonial narratives from 30 activists in various roles in the creation of ethnic studies in the Albuquerque Public Schools, Emily is analyzing the connections between their analysis of white supremacy as systemic racism and their strategies of resistance to it. She has prior research experience using this testimonio methodology in the youth participatory action research project, showing it to be a means to empower youth, build self-esteem, and improve educational outcomes. As a public-facing sociologist, Emily’s goals include producing both academic articles and practical policy research, along with offering transformative teaching and mentoring to students like herself who are new to the academy, empowering them also to do research that changes many lives, including their own.

The subcommittee strongly believes that Emily’s research, activism, teaching, and mentoring capture what the Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship stands for. We are pleased to give this award to Emily and look forward to her continuing commitment to intersectional social justice in her teaching, feminist methodology in participatory action research in communities of color, and the kind of public-facing sociology that will make an impact in and outside of the academy.

The subcommittee is delighted to recognize Cierra Sorin as the 2022 Honorable Mention. Cierra has faced numerous hardships in her life that would have hindered many from achieving their full academic potential. Cierra, however, persevered in the face of long-term interpersonal violence, and is the first woman in her family to receive a bachelor’s degree.

Cierra began her academic career at Cerritos College, a comprehensive community college in Norwalk, California. Her own experiences with interpersonal violence, coupled with the experiences of other women in her inner circle, prompted her to embark on her first social science research endeavor. Her multi-method project utilized surveys and interviews to better understand experiences of sexual violence and introduced her to the discipline of sociology. Cierra subsequently deepened her research and disciplinary foci, earning her B.A. in sociology from the University of California, San Diego before attending graduate school at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

Cierra is currently a doctoral candidate in sociology with an expected dissertation defense in 2023. Her research builds on her prior work and examines processes of consent within the context of pre-existing social inequities. Specifically, Cierra examines consent knowledge, practices, and education efforts within United States BDSM communities. She will draw upon 75 hours of in-depth interviews with 55 BDSM practitioners to answer research questions related to consent violations in this community, and the social power dynamics that fuel and sustain them. Cierra has created a bridge between her research and activism by actively engaging with University of California policy makers to improve campus policies on sexual violence and sexual harassment. She has also given back to her community college by regularly visiting classes and explaining the transfer process, the university hidden curriculum, and her decision to attend graduate school. She also serves as a graduate student mentor, graduate instructor, and lead teaching assistant to undergraduates at UCSB.

Despite myriad academic and family breadwinning responsibilities, Cierra is a highly productive scholar, having co-authored four publications and sole-authored one. We agree with Cierra’s mentor, Tristan Bridges, that she is “poised to make important contributions to our understandings of sexual consent” with the completion of her doctoral work and future endeavors. As an intersectional scholar of gender and sexualities continuously engaged in research, mentorship, and activism, Cierra embodies the spirit of the Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship Award, and we are pleased that the Honorable Mention funds will support her final year of dissertation writing.

SWS will honor Emily Castillo and Cierra Sorin and all our 2022 Summer Award recipients during our Awards Banquet which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 7 from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm in the Los Angeles Convention Center, Room 515B.

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:

Sponsor the 2022 Summer Meeting Program!

Sponsor the 2022 Summer Meeting Program

The SWS 2022 Summer meeting will be taking place from August 5-9, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA.

The SWS Summer Meeting Program is a great place to advertise your book, program, or even a congratulatory message to an awardee, or someone who just achieved a great milestone. Meeting sponsorship is a great opportunity to gain the attention of all of our social media followers and members.

We will be posting our final program online on our website and will be sharing it via social media platforms (Twitter and Facebook) as well. SWS currently has over 17,000 followers on Facebook and nearly 17,000 followers on Twitter. Logos of sponsoring entities will also be listed on the 2022 Summer Meeting page on the SWS Main Website.

Sponsorship Packages:

$100: All listed above:
Logo will be displayed on the Meeting Website

$250: All of the above plus:
Logo will be displayed on the Meeting Website. Blog post to thank sponsor.

$500: All of the above plus:
Logo will be displayed on the Meeting Website. Blog post to thank sponsor.
Listed as a Sponsor of a Panel, Session or Workshop

$750: All of the above plus:
Listed as a Sponsor of a Panel, Session, or Workshop
Get a personalized post on Social Media where we can include images and links.
Option to have flyers at the meeting circulated

$1000: All of the above plus:
Sponsor a Presidential Plenary
We will be sure to acknowledge your sponsorship via a thank you message from the organizers before the plenary begins. We would have a special section of Network News to thank the sponsor.
Option to have flyers at the meeting circulated

Use this form to provide all information and materials needed: Please contact Natasha Santana at with any questions.

2022 ASA Election Results – Congratulations to SWS Members Elected to Serve – Joya Misra, ASA President-Elect and Jennifer Reich, ASA Vice President-Elect


Congratulations to all of the SWS Members who were recently elected to serve in leadership roles for the American Sociological Association!

Joya Misra (left), President-Elect and Jennifer Reich (right), Vice President-Elect

View all the results here.

Joya Misra, President-ElectJennifer Reich, Vice President-ElectBarret Katuna, Committee on Committees Tey Meadow, Committee on Committees Smitha Radhakrishnan, Committee on Committees Georgiann Davis, Council Member-at-Large Lorena Garcia, Council Member-at-Large Zakiya Luna, Council Members-at-Large Victoria Reyes, Council Members-at-Large Elizabeth A. Armstrong, Publications Committee


SWS Congratulates the 2022-2023 ASA Minority Fellowship Awardees Sponsored by SWS – Theresa Hice-Fromille and Carla Salazar Gonzalez

Theresa Hice-Fromille
Graduate Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
Sociologists for Women in Society MFP

Theresa Hice-Fromille is a PhD candidate in sociology with designated emphases in critical race and ethnic studies and feminist studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). She graduated from Lock Haven University in 2016 with a BA in political science and Spanish. At UCSC she developed a transdisciplinary scholarship and dissertation project titled Black Feminist Leadership, Black Girlhood, and Community-Based Education in the Global Black Imaginary. Within this study, Hice-Fromille examines the complex processes of teaching, learning, and imagining within the African diaspora by centering the experiences of Black women leaders and Black girl participants of two community-based educational organizations that incorporate travel abroad. She utilizes community-engaged methods, including youth participatory action research (YPAR) projects. Her work draws on literature that centers diasporic travel, community-based education, and Black girlhood to frame her investigation into the ways that Black girls’ experiences and imaginations for the future are oriented within a global context, and how Black women empower girls to take their social positions as starting points of solidarity and advance the struggle for liberation. She has published preliminary analyses of her dissertation research in Sociological Perspectives and Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. In her forthcoming open-source book chapter, “Teaching for Black Girls: What Every Graduate Student Instructor Can Learn from Black Girlhood Studies,” Hice-Fromille discusses curricular approaches that early career university instructors can use to cultivate a pro-Black pedagogical praxis that centers care for Black girls. Outside of teaching, researching, and leading Pathways to Research—a UCSC research mentorship program—Hice-Fromille enjoys traveling, gardening, baking, and finding the best Bay Area boba spots with her daughter.


Carla Salazar Gonzalez
Graduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
Sociologists for Women in Society MFP

Carla Salazar Gonzalez is a PhD candidate in the sociology department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She earned her MA in social sciences with a concentration on demographic and social analysis and BA in sociology from the University of California, Irvine. Gonzalez’s research interests include immigration, asylum law, race/ethnicity, inequality, family, and gender. Born in Los Angeles (unceded Tongva lands). She was raised by her Mexican immigrant grandmother, and she spent part of her childhood in Tijuana, Mexico, where she now conducts research. Broadly, her mixed-methods research agenda seeks to generate greater understandings of the implications and consequences of immigration border policies and laws on immigrant populations and their families within and outside of the U.S. Gonzalez’s dissertation, Race and Gender in U.S. Immigration Policy: Mothers Seeking Asylum at the U.S.-Mexico Border, examines how asylum-seeking women and their children from Central America, along with their attorneys and advocates, negotiate and are affected by the laws and immigration policies surrounding borders and asylum. Her research leverages insight from 14 months of participant observations at an immigrant-serving organization, Al Otro Lado (AOL), and 125 interviews with Honduran, Guatemalan, and Salvadoran mothers in Tijuana seeking asylum in the U.S. Gonzalez’s research has been supported by the Fulbright Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, UC San Diego’s Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, and various fellowships from research centers at UCLA. She looks forward to becoming a professor who will empower the next generation of race, immigration, and legal scholars. In addition to conducting research, she enjoys spending time with her partner and two spirited children and engaging in activities in her local community.

SWS Congratulates all of the 2022-2023 ASA Minority Fellows!

To learn more about the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), click HERE.

  • Luis Flores, Jr., Graduate Institution: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Edwin Grimsley, Graduate Institution: The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • Theresa Hice-Fromille, Graduate Institution: University of California-Santa Cruz
  • Carla Salazar Gonzalez, Graduate Institution: University of California-Los Angeles
  • Korey Tillman, Graduate Institution: University of New Mexico
Click here to read more about the 2022–2023 Fellows.

We will celebrate Theresa, Carla and all our 2022 Summer Awardees on the evening of Sunday, August 7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Stay tuned for more details.

Stay tuned for the link to the 2022 Summer Meeting Registration that will be coming out soon.

Thank you to our SWS liaisons to the ASA Minority Fellowship Program, Brittany Battle and Andrea Gómez Cervantes.