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Outdoor web pictureDr. Andrea (Drea) S. Boyles 

The work and insights of SWS Secretary, Dr. Andrea (Drea) S. Boyles, are being widely featured in a variety of media outlets. Dr. Boyles’ research areas/interests are the intersections of race, gender, and class; police-citizen relations; neighborhood disadvantage and disorder; community resilience and collective action; and qualitative methods/ethnography.

Dr. Boyles is also author of books You Can’t Stop the Revolution:  Community Disorder and Social Ties in Post-Ferguson America and Race, Place, and Suburban Policing: Too Close for Comfort with the University of California Press.

Andrea “Drea” S. Boyles,






July 2014

Chloe Bird was quoted in The Atlantic: Social and Economic Benefits of Reliable Contraception 

May 2014

Liberty Walther Barnes was quoted and her research cited in NBCNews/Today, “Researcher explores the invisible, ignored epidemic of male infertility,” in ABCNews, “Male Infertility: Guys Deny It; Wives Carry the Burden,” and in The Guardian, “Why do women bear the brunt of infertility treatment?

Pallavi Banerjee was quoted and her research cited in The Washington Post regarding H-4 visas: “Spouses of High-Skilled Immigrants Aren’t Allowed to Work. That’s Finally Changing“, and in the Ms. Magazine blog, “Proposed Rule Change for High-Tech Migrant Workers’ Spouses Isn’t Enough.”

Laura Logan blogged for Inside Higher Ed, “Teaching IS Academic Engagement in the Public Sphere.”

April 2014

Liberty Walther Barnes was a guest on Texas Public Radio to discuss her research, “The Source: Male Infertility.”

Laura Logan was quoted in The New York Times‘, “An Artist Demands Civility on the Street With Grit and Buckets of Paste.”

Marie Berry wrote “There Is No Hope To Get a Better Life,” for Foreign Policy.

Barbara Risman was a guest on Wisconsin Public Radio to discuss findings from a recent report by the Pew Research Center: “Stay-At-Home Moms on the Rise

Jerry Jacobs was quoted in Inside Higher Ed, “The STEM Enrollment Boom,” and in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “Recession Spurred Enrollments in STEM fields, Study finds.”

March 2014

Afshan Jafar blogged for Inside Higher Ed, “On Activists and Activism.”

Chloe Bird was quoted in the Winter/Spring issue of Ms. Magazine.

Gayle Sulik wrote an article for CNN Opinion, “Time to debunk the mammography myth.”

February 2014

Jerry Jacobs was quoted in Inside Higher Ed, “A Call to Embrace Silos.” 

Chloe Bird‘s research was featured in a guest-post on The Society Pages, Girl with Pen!, “Caring for Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes, Why Gender Matters.”


August 2013

Jennifer Glass was a guest on HuffPost Live: Women Less Likely To Be Granted Flex-Time

August 2012

Orit Avishai wrote, at, “Do Powerful Women Need to Tame Their Unsightly Bulges?


Bernadette Barton wrote “‘Ex-Gay’ Group Proves That Change is Possible.”


Mary Bernstein was quoted in “Undocumented Activists Follow LGBT Tactics.”


Chloe Bird wrote “Obesity is not all your fault” and “Why the Gender Double Standard?


Amy Blackstone wrote “Childless and loving it: Not being a parent has advantages for families and kids.”


Chris Bobel wrote, at the Christian Science Monitor, “Why It’s Easier to be a Good Daddy than a Good Mommy.”


Tressie McMillan Cottom wrote, at Huffington Post, The Way Forward for Higher Education Is Not For-Profit Colleges. Also, a post at The Nation owes its “Trickle-down feminism” title to her.


Sarah Damaske wrote, at Huffington Post, “The Paycheck Fairness Act: A Step in the Right Direction” and “Smaller Government Equals Fewer Jobs for Women.”


Georgiann Davis wrote, for the Ms. Magazine blog, “Olympics’ new hormone regulations: judged by how you look.”


Leta Hong Fincher wrote, in the New York Times International Weekly, “Missing out on a real estate boom.” She was quoted in The Telegraph’s “Young, free, and shengnu: China’s Bridget Joneses.”


Jeanne Flavin wrote, at Huffington Post, “That Sound You Don’t Hear: Catholic Leadership’s Response to Project Prevention.”


Afshan Jafar wrote, for Inside Higher Ed, “Visiolibriphobia: Fear of Facebook.”


Carol Joffe wrote “Race, Reproductive Politics and Reproductive Health Care in the Contemporary United States.”


Emily Kane wrote “Parental fear, social judgments, and the gender trap.”


Michael Kimmel wrote, at Huffington Post, “Rape and Women’s Voice.”


Adina Nack wrote “Supreme Court Health Care Ruling – a Significant but Incomplete Victory.”


Virginia Rutter wrote “Who knew? Dudes in traditional marriages are traditional at work too.”


June 2012:

Enobong Hannah Branch was a guest on the Chicago Public Radio show: Images, Movies and Race: ‘The Help’ and Black Women’s Labor, on WBEZ 91.5.

Jeanne Flavin wrote, for the Huffington Post, “How Catholic Universities’ Contraceptive Ban Fails Our Students.”

Naomi Gerstel and Natalia Sarkisian had their research cited in The Washington Post, “Five myths about marriage.”

Afshan Jafar gave a TEDx talk: “Progress and Women’s Bodies,” at Connecticut College.

Jesse Klein was quoted in The New York Times’ “Academia Occupied by Occupy.”

Tressie McMillan Cottom wrote, at the Huffington Post, “Insider’s View of For-Profit Colleges, Race, Class and Education Justice.”

Stephanie Nawyn co-wrote, for the Detriot Free Press, “Why the House version of the Violence Against Women Act is bad for women.”

Michaela Null was quoted in “Being Obese May Make Job Search Tougher.”

Sarah Sobieraj’s research was cited in “In a Social Campaign, What Role for the Press?

Gayle Sulik was quoted in “Breast cancer causes so easily derailed.”

Adia Harvey Wingfield, Mary Gatta and Patricia Roos had their research cited in The New York Times “More Men Enter Fields Dominated by Women.”

May 2012

Janice Fanning Madden was quoted in The Huffington Post, “Female Stockbrokers Make Less Than Men Counterparts, Study Finds.”

April 2012:

Mary Bernstein wrote “The Implications of a Turning Tide.”

Monica J. Casper co-edited Issue 12 of *TRIVIA: Voices of Feminism*

Danielle Dirks and her students launched a crowdsourcing tool for ideas on ending campus rape:

Paula England, Joan Hermsen, and Barbara Risman are among the participants in the Researchers at the Council on Contemporary Families Debate: “Is the Gender Revolution Over?

Kathleen Gerson wrote, for CNN, “Why are young women more ambitious than men?

Leta Hong’s research on China’s “leftover” women has been cited in The New York Times (twice) and in Salon.

Jerry Jacobs was quoted in “And the Livin’ Is Easy?” on faculty workloads.

Afshan Jafar spoke at TEDx Connecticut College on “Rethinking Progress.”

Michael Kimmel wrote, for Ms., “Is Fellatio Finished?

Laura Logan wrote “The New Jersey Seven: It Gets Better For Whom?

Ana Prokos was interviewed about the Trayvon Martin case and racism for the Iowa State Daily.

Amy Schalet wrote, for The New York Times, “Caring, Romantic American Boys

Jessica Holden Sherwood wrote, for Ms., “The Future of Feminism: Young, Queer, and Sociologically Informed.”

Lisa Wade was interviewed for “15 Questions with Lisa Wade” at the Harvard Crimson.

Shelia Cotten, Nikki Jones, Lisa Wade, Sara Goldrick-Rab, Louise Roth, and Gwen Sharp are among the SWSers on a list of “50 Sociology Professors You Should Be Following on Twitter.”

March 2012

Catherine Riegle-Crumb was quoted in Forbes‘, “Why are High School Teachers Convinced that White Girls Can’t Do Math?

December 2011:

Chloe Bird appeared on the “Chore Wars” episode of the Dr. Phil Show.

Casey Brienza wrote “Men of wonder: gender and American superhero comics.”

Sarah Damaske wrote “Women on the Margins of the Labor Market.”

Leta Hong Fincher wrote, for Ms., “China’s ‘Leftover’ Women.” Her research on real estate and gender inequality in China was cited by both TIME and the New York Times.

Kathleen Gerson wrote “Taking Back Personal Time” in the New York Times‘ “Save America, Shop at Work” debate.

Sarah Goldrick-Rab wrote “Students Occupy Colleges.”

Kimberly Kelly wrote “Why I oppose Mississippi’s ‘personhood’ amendment.”

Michael Kimmel wrote “Three and a Half Things Men Have Learned from Feminist Scholarship

Meika Loe is blogging for Psychology Today.

Mignon Moore wrote “Color Us Invisible: In the Shadows of Communities Black and Gay, Black Lesbians Forge Lives, Loves, And Family.”

Barbara Risman wrote, for the Chicago Tribune, “I Do, Until I Don’t”.

Barbara Risman wrote for

Let’s make a rule on sexual harassment

Why do Cain adultery allegations stick more than harassment charges?  


Gayle Sulik, author of Pink Ribbon Blues, was quoted several times during Breast Cancer Awareness Month: in The Morning Call, Ottawa Citizen, Marie Claire, and The Sacramento Bee. Also, hear her interviewed on America’s Radio News Network (October 7 and October 13) and on NPR’s All Things Considered, October 16.

Lisa Wade wrote, for Ms., “Women Boxers Advised To Wear Skirts.”

October 2011:

Rene Almeling, author of Sex Cells, was quoted in a Newsweek cover story about sperm donors.

Research by Mariko Lin Chang on women, race, and class was cited in “Who Are the Black Women Occupying Wall Street?

Sarah Damaske is now blogging at Girl With Pen and the Huffington Post:

  –  “Focus on Money Misses the Mark on Why Women Work

  –  Celebrating Work-Family Month

  –  “For the Family?


Research by Mary Frank Fox et al. from the latest issue of Gender & Society was covered at and – on universities’ shortcomings in retaining women in science majors.

Sara Goldrick-Rab wrote “Wisconsin’s Economy Needs Affirmative Action.”

Allan Johnson’s second novel is Nothing Left To Lose.

Barbara Risman wrote “So Is He Engaged, Too? Where’s the Ring?

Jessica Holden Sherwood wrote about explaining Occupy to all ages.

Jessica Holden Sherwood wrote “Imagine There’s No Gender: It’s Not Easy, But We Can Try.”

September 2011:

Barbara Brents, Crystal Jackson, and Kathryn Hausbeck, authors of The State of Sex, were profiled in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Erin Hatton and Mary Nell Trautner are the authors of “Equal Opportunity Objectification? The Sexualization of Men and Women on the Cover of Rolling Stone,” which examines the covers of Rolling Stone magazine from 1967 to 2009 to measure changes in the sexualization of men and women in popular media over time.

Research by Elaine Howard Ecklund and Anne Lincoln, on family size among scientists, was covered by venues including the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Wall Street Journal.

Afshan Jafar writes about the academic job market for

Meika Loe writes on Social Security and Medicare for the Ms. blog.

Research by Kristen Myers and Ilana Demantas, on the recession spurring fathers to more caregiving, was covered by venues including ABC News and the Chicago Sun-Times.

July 2011:

Mary Churchill wrote “Beyond the ‘Company Man’ Model: Rethinking Academic Administration for Work–Life Balance” at On Campus With Women.

Michael Kimmel wrote “Can Michele Bachmann Save Me?” at the Huffington Post.

Laura Logan wrote “The Case of the ‘Killer Lesbians’” at The Public Intellectual.

Meika Loe wrote “How to Model Healthy Sexuality fo Our Daughters” at the Ms. Magazine blog.

Virginia Rutter wrote “This is What Heteronormativity Looks Like” at Girl w/Pen.

Amy Schalet wrote “The Sleepover Question” at the New York Times.

Lisa Wade wrote “Culture-Jamming Sexist Ads” at the Ms. Magazine blog.

June 2011:

Virginia Rutter wrote “In the modern sex scandal, boys will be idiots” at

Michael Kimmel wrote “Ah-nuld, DSK, Weiner–And Us” at the Ms. Magazine blog.

Sarah Cowan wrote “What if a President Served 42 Years?” at

Gaye Tuchman wrote about Regulating For-Profit Colleges at the New York Times.

Abby Ferber wrote “Schwarzenegger, DSK and Heterosexual Privilege” at the Huffington Post.

Michael Kimmel wrote “Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the Myth of Consent” at the Ms. Magazine blog.

May 2011:

Nikki Jones co-founded The Public Intellectual, an online magazine. Her article “Something Smells Like A Pig, You Say?” analyzes criminal justice reform in the Obama era.

Michael Kimmel was interviewed by, in the wake of provocative statements by “Dilbert” cartoonist Scot Adams, about the Men’s Rights movement.

Janice McCabe‘s research on gender in a century of children’s books, newly published in Gender & Society, was reported in Jezebel and in the New York Times‘ ArtsBeat blog.

Kathleen Denny‘s research on Boy Scouts’ and Girls Scouts’ manuals, newly published in Gender & Society, was reported in the online sites Babble and PsychCentral.

Jeanne Flavin was quoted in the Daily Beast article “Jailed For A Suicide Attempt,” on state treatment of pregnant women.

Mindy Fried blogged about protesting the federal Secure Communities program, which facilitates the deportation of arrested immigrants.

Cameron MacDonald‘s article “On Wisconsin – A Letter From Labor’s Front Lines” appeared in the Eugene Weekly.

August 2012

Shannon Davis won the OSCAR Mentor Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring, and was recognized as a Teacher of Distinction, at George Mason University.

Nikki Jones became Chair of the Race, Gender & Class Section of the ASA.

Julie Bettie is Chair Elect, and newly elected Councilmembers are Lorena Garcia and Natalia Sarkisian.

Gwen Sharp and Lisa Wade won the CITASA Award for Public Sociology, for the Sociological Images website.


June 2012:

Shannon Davis has been recognized as a Teacher of Distinction at George Mason University. She is also one of the inaugural winners of the OSCAR Mentor Award, given to faculty members in recognition of their dedication to mentoring undergraduates in performing research.

Kris DeWelde won the Individual Service Excellence Award at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Kimberly Kay Hoang won the 2012 Dissertation Award from the ASA.

Carla Pfeffer won the 2011-2012 Purdue University North Central Outstanding Teaching Award for Excellence in Education.

Kristen Schilt won the 2011-2012 University of Chicago Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring.


April 2012:

Krista Brumley won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching at Wayne State University.

Julie Kmec won the William F. Mullen Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award at Washington State University.

Virginia Rutter won the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award at Framingham State University.

Julie Winterich won the Board of Visitors’ Award for Excellence in Academic Advising at Guilford College.


November 2011:

Davita Silfen Glasberg has been named President of Sociologists Without Borders.


Carla Pfeffer received the 2011 Jessie Bernard Contribution to Feminist Scholarship Paper Award from the National Council on Family Relations.


Barbara Sutton‘s book, Bodies in Crisis: Culture, Violence, and Women’s Resistance in Neoliberal Argentina, won the 2011 Gloria E. Anzaldua book prize by the National Women’s Studies Association.

Barbara Sutton‘s photo essay, “Situating Memory in Argentina,” was a nominee for the Claude S. Fischer Award for Excellence in Contexts magazine.

Kathleen Gerson is a Sage Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

August 2011:

The ASA (American Sociological Association) presented the following awards at its annual meeting:

June 2011:

Amy Blackstone received the University of Maine College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 2011 Award for Outstanding Faculty in the Area of Teaching & Advising.

Yvonne A. Braun received the Ersted Distinguished Teaching Award given by the University of Oregon for creative excellence in teaching by a junior faculty. She also received the Inaugural Enloe Award from the International Feminist Journal of Politics for her article, “Left High and Dry: An Intersectional Analysis of Gender, Dams, and Development in Lesotho,” International Feminist Journal of Politics 13(2): 141-162, 2011.

Hae Yeon Choo and Myra Marx Ferree were awarded the  2011 ASA Race, Gender, and Class Section Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Article Award, for “Practicing Intersectionality in Sociological Research: A Critical Analysis of Inclusions, Interactions, and Institutions in the Study of Inequalities,” in Sociological Theory 2010.

Naomi Gerstel was named Distinguished Professor by the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees.

Miliann Kang received the 2011 ASA Race, Gender, and Class Section Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award, for The Managed Hand. While a doctoral candidate, Kang had been awarded the SWS Cheryl Allyn Miller Award.

Kristy Kelly was awarded the 2010 Gail P. Kelly Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Comparative Education. It was awarded by the Comparative and International Education Society for her dissertation titled “Learning to Mainstream Gender in Vietnam: Where Equity Meets Equality in Development Policy.”

Zakiya Luna accepted the 2011-2012 Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also received the 2011 Graduate Student Mentor award, and was one of six students selected to be a summer 2011 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Diversity Fellow.

Nancy Naples was awarded the 2011 Excellence in Research Award for Social Sciences from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut.

Julie Shayne, University of Washington-Bothell, received the Pacific Sociological Association’s 2011 Distinguished Scholarship Award for her book They Used to Call Us Witches: Chilean Exiles, Culture, and Feminism (2009, Lexington Books).

May 2011:

Myra Marx Ferree was named the Alice H. Cook Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin.

February 2011:

Maxine Atkinson is recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award from the American Sociological Association.

Sheri Kunovich was named the Golden Mustang of 2010, a teaching award at Southern Methodist University.

Barbara Risman is recipient of the 2011 Award for the Public Understanding of Sociology from the American Sociological Association.

Verta Taylor is recipient of the 2011 Jessie Bernard Award from the American Sociological Association.

Miranda Waggoner received the 2011 Rose Laub Coser Dissertation Proposal Award, which recognizes “an outstanding doctoral dissertation proposal in the area of the family or gender and society.” Her proposal title was “Anticipating Motherhood and Medicalization: The Emergence of Preconception Care, 1980-2010.”

August 2012

Shannon Davis was promoted to associate professor with tenure at George Mason University.

Sheri Kunovich was promoted to associate professor with tenure at Southern Methodist University.

Anne Lincoln was promoted to associate professor with tenure at Southern Methodist University.


Christin Munsch is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow  at Stanford University’s Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research.


Kristen Myers is now Director of Women’s Studies at Northern Illinois University.


June 2012:

Wendy Christensen is Assistant Professor at William Paterson University, starting Fall 2012.

Shannon Davis has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at George Mason University.

Jessica Holden Sherwood is Assistant Professor at Johnson & Wales University, starting Fall 2012.


April 2012:

Sarah Fenstermaker is the new Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan.

Lisa Wade earned tenure at Occidental College.


September 2011:

Esther Chow is now Professor Emerita at American University.

Davita Silfen Glasberg is now associate dean for the social sciences in the University of Connecticut’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Kimberly Kay Hoang is now a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University.

June 2011:

Bonnie Thornton Dill is the new Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland.

Hae Yeon Choo will be an Assistant Professor of sociology at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Brianne Davila will be an Assistant Professor of sociology at Willamette University.

Georgiann Davis (PhD expected 2011) from the University of Illinois at Chicago will join Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies.

Amy Blackstone will become Chair of the sociology department at the University of Maine.

Denise Copelton was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Sociology at The College at Brockport, State University of New York.

Jodie Lawston was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Sociology at California State University, San Marcos.

Jean Elson will retire from teaching in the sociology department at the University of New Hampshire. She has been awarded emeritus status and will continue to work on research projects.

May 2011:

Kristen Barber will be an Assistant Professor of sociology at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

February 2011:

Sonya Conner will be an Assistant Professor of sociology at Worcester State University.

Julie Shayne, Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell, has joined the Latin American and Caribbean Studies department at UW Seattle as an Affiliate Associate Professor. She was also promoted to Affiliate Associate Professor in the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (formerly Women Studies) department at UW Seattle.

Linda Treiber received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of Sociology at Kennesaw State University. She is also Assistant Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice.