Series for Graduate Student Mothers – Part 1: Making the Invisible Visible: Knowing the Problem and Raising Awareness, July 20 from 12:00 pm CDT – 1:30 pm CDT

Series for Graduate Student Mothers

Part 1: July 20 from 12:00 pm CDT – 1:30 pm CDT

Co-Sponsored by: The International Association of Maternal Action and Scholarship IAMAS and SWS


Part 1: Making the Invisible Visible: Knowing the Problem and Raising Awareness

Panelists include: Oksana Moroz, Dr. Annie McGlynn-Wright, and Dr. Adina Nack


You can’t fix a problem you don’t know exists. In this first interactive talk, we’ll highlight formal and informal barriers/problems graduate student mothers face on their campuses and discuss how to handle unexpected issues with pregnancy and childcare. Administrative-level faculty are encouraged to join. We welcome audience participation via testimonials and questions.

Panel bios:

Annie McGlynn-Wright, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Law & Society at the Newcomb Institute of Tulane University. In 2019, she received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Washington, where she was a Comparative Law and Societies Studies Graduate Fellow. Her research is motivated by an interest in factors that influence policy development and the implications for race, gender, and class equity. She examines these issues across three sites: social welfare programs, criminal justice, and education systems. Within social welfare programs, Annie focuses on how ideas about race, pregnancy, and poverty shape surveillance and control. She has six years of teaching experience as a Graduate Instructor at the University of Washington and a Visiting Professor at The Evergreen State College and has taught a range of courses. Annie lives with her partner and two children in New Orleans and is also a birth doula.

Adina Nack, Ph.D. is a tenured Professor of Sociology who currently serves as Chair of the Sociology Department and Director of the new Public Health Program at California Lutheran University. In the past, she has served as Director of the University Honors Program, Director of CLU’s Center for Equality & Justice, and as the Director of CLU’s Gender & Women’s Studies Program. Nack is a medical sociologist whose research has focused on sexual health, social psychology, social inequality, gender, and sexuality. An award-winning teacher, she has also won local community service awards, national research awards, published articles on sexual and reproductive health, and authored a book on the stigma of sexually transmitted infections (Temple University Press). In recent years, she co-authored an article on experiences of abortion stigma and just completed an in-depth interview study and report on the physiological, psychological and social aspects of patients’ experiences of severe maternal morbidities (with collaborators from Stanford Medical School and NYC’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene).

Oksana Moroz is a Mama PhD Candidate at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania; she is a Ukrainian international student in the Composition and Applied Linguistics PhD program. Her research interests include gender and teacher identity, digital identities of students, issues of accents and language ideologies, and teaching with Wikipedia.