Meet the 2024 SWS Winter Meeting Program Committee.

Piper Sledge and S.L. Crawley

Meet the 2024 Winter Meeting Program Committee!

LaToya Council, Sister to Sister Committee Representative

LaToya Council is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at Lehigh University. Her research interests are race, gender, and class; work and family; health and wellness. When not researching and writing, LaToya enjoys baking, meditation, yoga, and hanging with her cat, Mimi.

S.L. Crawley (they/them), SWS President-Elect

S. L. Crawley is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Florida. Crawley’s areas of interest include embodiment (gender/sexualities/race/class) theories, queer and feminist theories, epistemology and qualitative methods, social psychology and sociology of sport, focusing on productions of identity and social impacts on the physical body.

Hayden J. Fulton (he/him), Student Representative

Hayden J. Fulton is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the University of South Florida. Working at the intersection of medical sociology, trans studies, feminist science studies, and the sociology of gender, his research focuses on how medicine’s cisnormative taxonomies of gender impact patients’ access to care. 

Shuvechha Ghimire (she/her), Student Representative

Shuvechha Ghimire is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida. Her dissertation explores the associational life of the Nepali diaspora in Central and South Florida. Specifically, the complex ways in which this community produces identity constructs related to caste, nationality, and gender, all while actively engaging with Nepali diasporic associations. Her research interests include Global and Transnational Sociology, Sociology of Gender, politics of belonging, and the South Asian diaspora. 

Pedrom Nasiri (they/them), Student Representative

Pedrom Nasiri is a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology, at the University of Calgary. Pedrom’s research interests are located at the intersections of sociology of families, im/migration, law, queer sociology, intersectionality, and critical phenomenology. Their doctoral research examines the increasing prevalence of multiple-partner families in Canada and USA and its articulations with ongoing race, gender, and class formation projects. Pedrom is also the research project coordinator for a community-based research project funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, which explores how newcomer youth perceptions, experiences, and interpretations of race, racism, and anti-racism transform during the re/settlement processes and how such transformations may inform re/settlement programs and services in anti-racist ways.

Carmela M. Roybal (She/her/Kwiyo)

Carmela M. Roybal (Than Povi) is a research professor and the Executive Director of the Native American Budget and Policy Institute (NABPI) at the University of New Mexico. Trained as a medical sociologist, bioethicist, and policy analyst, her community-based research projects interrogate suicide, opioid misuse, and mental health disparities across tribal communities. Through a decolonial lens her intersectional knowledge projects are guided by attention to the simultaneity of structural inequalities, such as settler colonialism, structural racism, racialized capitalism, sexism, and heteropatriarchy, all of which shape the lives of Indigenous peoples marginalized communities across the United States and globally. 

Born and raised in New Mexico, land, culture, and language, are all an integral part of her existence. She calls Ohkay Owingeh (Land of the Strong) and the Embudo Valley her home.

Fumilayo Showers (she/her), International Committee Representative

Fumilayo Showers is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at the University of Connecticut, where she is also a faculty affiliate of the Institute of Collaboration on Health Intervention and Policy (InCHIP) and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS).  Her research interests center on gender, race, and international migration; immigrant labor and entrepreneurship, African immigrants in the US, and the social organization of health and long-term care. Her book, Migrants Who Care: West Africans Working and Building Lives in US Health Care, (Rutgers, 2023), chronicles the lived experiences of West African immigrant women and some men as workers and labor market brokers/entrepreneurs in health care provision in the U.S. She is the Chair of the International Committee of SWS. 

Piper Sledge (she/her or they/them), Program Committee Chair

Piper Sledge is an Associate Professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies Department of the University of Arizona. Piper is interested in understanding the meanings and embodiment of race and gender through the confluence of Queer theories, Black feminist theories, Critical-Mixed Race Studies, and Indigenous Studies all broadly construed. Piper is also the Director of Community-based Initiatives and Research for the Indigenous Partnership Program (IPP) of Cosmic Explorer, a next generation gravitational wave detector. 

Mangala Subramaniam (she/her)

Mangala Subramaniam is the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. She provides strategic and operational leadership in overseeing the university’s faculty, thereby building and strengthening the academic mission and infrastructure for VCU. Key components of the responsibilities include faculty development, including initiatives for professional development of faculty and department chairs; faculty support for teaching & learning, awards and recognition, university-wide mentoring initiative, promotion and tenure, faculty policies and procedures, adjunct faculty. Starting February 2023, Subramaniam also oversees the Q-Collective (LGBTQIA+ community at VCU); Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry & Innovation (iCubed) focused on faculty, IExcel education, and PACME awards.

Barbara Sutton (she/her)

Barbara Sutton is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is also affiliated with the departments of Sociology and of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies. She is interested in body politics, multiple forms of violence, and intersecting inequalities, among other sociological issues. She was born and raised in Argentina, where she attended the University of Buenos Aires, earning a law degree. In the United States, she earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Oregon.

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