Winter Meeting 2021

SWS Winter Meeting 2021

President-Elect: Mignon R. Moore

Photo of Mignon R. Moore, President-Elect


50 Years of SWS: Embracing the Past, Analyzing the Present, Anticipating the Future

January 27, 2021 – January 31, 2021


Pre-conference Events to take place between January 8, 2021 and January 26, 2021. View events here

Link for 2021 Winter Meeting Registered Attendees to Access Pre-Conference Programming All Links to Access Pre-Conference Sessions Can Be Found Here

Winter Meeting Registration Form

2021Winter Meeting Program PDF

2021 Winter Meeting Program Draft DOC

Guide for Discussants and all Meeting Presenters,  Prepared by Chriss Sneed (2018)

To Be Hosted On MemberClicks via Zoom Rooms 

Program Committee Chair: S.L. Crawley

Program Committee Members: Paulina García-Del Moral, Ashley Green, Rebecca Hanson, Erica Hill-Yates, Tristen Kade, Barret Katuna, Zakiya Luna, Ana Rael, Natasha Santana

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Photo of S.L. Crawley, Program Committee Chair


Theme and Call for Papers: The 2021 Winter Meeting will commemorate 50 years of SWS!  Our programming will focus on the contributions to and impact that SWS has made on the discipline of sociology as we celebrate the progress we have made. It will also look towards the future by exploring how to build and retain connections to one another in ways that will make everyone in our community feel visible, included and heard. We will emphasize three areas: (a) gender non-binary and trans scholars, and how to make their experiences and sociological research on these areas visibly important to the organization and beyond; (b) race and ethnicity, looking intersectionally when considering the experiences of women in society; and (c) social class and the needs of scholars from under-resourced institutions or who have limited economic means. We will consider ways they can participate more fully in the life of the organization. Gender, race and class continue to be at the forefront of considerations that must be attended to for SWS to continue to grow and flourish in the 21st century. We will honor and build on the foundational work of those who established the organization, while we recognize and work on those issues that will help SWS reach its full potential.

While the 2021 Winter Meeting Program Committee welcomes all suggestions for Workshops and Sessions, we will prioritize submissions that focus on the following issues:

  • LGBTQ Communities
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Gender & COVID/Experiences in Quarantine
  • Gender & the 2020 Election
  • Young Feminist Leadership and Activism in Current Political Times
  • The Future of Feminism
  • Social Justice at the Border
  • Other particularly timely social justice topics

We are accepting proposals for Roundtables, Sessions, Workshops, and Book Salons. We also are looking for volunteers to serve as moderators. As usual, we will have opportunities for networking and mentoring built into the program with a significant emphasis placed on welcoming new SWS members via our Hand Program. This will be facilitated by the SWS Membership Committee.


SWS 2021 Winter Meeting Presidential Plenaries

Plenary 1: Friday, January 29, 2021
“50 Years of SWS – Changes over Time and Contributions to the Discipline”
This plenary will focus on what SWS has helped the discipline of sociology accomplish over the past 50 years by celebrating those who were there in the beginning and by hearing from individuals who can share historical experiences about pivotal times in the organization’s development.

Celebrant/Provocateur: Adia Harvey Wingfield, 2018 SWS Past President, Professor of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis


  • Pamela Roby, 1978 and 1979 SWS Past President, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Jean Shin, Former Director of Minority and Student Affairs, American Sociological Association (ASA), Senior Behavioral Scientist/Program Manager in the Scientific Workforce Diversity Office, National Institutes of Health
  • Dana Britton, Past Gender & Society Editor, Professor and Chair, Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Rutgers University
  • Barbara Risman, 2003 SWS Past President and Current Gender & Society Editor, Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Veronica Montes, SWS Past Treasurer, Assistant Professor and Co-Director of Latin American, Iberian, and Latina/o Studies, Bryn Mawr College
  • Margaret Abraham, Past President of International Sociological Association (ISA), Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, The Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Teaching Professor for the Study of Nonviolent Social Change and Professor of Sociology, Hofstra University

Plenary 2: Saturday, January 30, 2021
“Women, Gender and Leadership”
This plenary continues our tradition of examining gender and leadership. This year we have invited the heads of universities and major organizations to talk about their experiences as leaders.

Celebrant/Provocateur: Mignon R. Moore, SWS President-Elect, Professor and Chair of Sociology, Barnard College, Professor of Sociology, Columbia University


  • Prudence Carter, The E.H. and Mary E. Pardee Professor and Dean, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley
  • Paula England, Past President, American Sociological Association (ASA), Professor of Sociology, Silver Professor Arts and Science, Chair, New York University
  • Jennifer Lee, Julian Clarence Levi Professor of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, Columbia University, President, Eastern Sociological Society (ESS)
  • Andy Marra,Executive Director, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF)
  • Alondra Nelson, President of Social Science Research Council (SSRC), President-elect, Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), and Harold F. Linder Professor of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study
  • Mary Romero, Past President, American Sociological Association (ASA), Professor of Justice Studies and Social Inquiry, Arizona State University
  • Teresa C. Younger, President & CEO, Ms. Foundation for Women

Plenary 3: Sunday, January 31, 2021
“Hard Questions as We Chart a Future Path”
This plenary will ask difficult questions about the work we need to do to continue to grow as a feminist institution. The session will emphasize three areas: (a) gender non-binary and trans scholars, and how to make their experiences and sociological research on these areas visibly important to the organization and beyond; (b) race and ethnicity, looking intersectionally when considering the experiences of women in SWS and in society; and (c) social class and the needs of scholars from under-resourced institutions or who have limited economic means.

Celebrant/Provocateur: Zakiya Luna, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara and Faculty Affiliate, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, Berkeley Law


  • Andrea S. Boyles, SWS Secretary, Visiting Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies, Tulane University
  • S.L. Crawley, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of South Florida
  • Daniel Laurison, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Swarthmore College and Past-Chair, Sociologists for Trans Justice
  • Vrushali Patil, Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University
  • Marisa Salinas, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology with Doctoral Emphasis in the Department of Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Elroi Windsor, Professor and Chair of Sociology, University of West Georgia

Save The Date


Thursday, January 28, 2021 6:45 pm EST – 8:30 pm EST

Programming to Celebrate Tressie McMillan Cottom’s 2020 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, “Genius Grant”

(Image on left of Tressie McMillan Cottom. Photo Credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

Tressie McMillan Cottom holds a BA (2009) from North Carolina Central University and a PhD (2015) from Emory University. In July 2020, she joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina as an associate professor in the School of Library and Information Science and senior research faculty in the Center for Information, Technology and Public Life. She was affiliated with the Department of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2015 to 2020 and has been a faculty affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University since 2015. McMillan Cottom’s additional publications include the edited volumes Digital Sociologies (2016) and For-Profit Universities: The Shifting Landscape of Marketized Higher Education (2017), and she has been a contributor to Slate, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and Inside Higher Ed.

Schedule of Programming

6:45 pm EST – 7:05 pm EST

Multi-certified mixologist, philanthropist and industry educator, Alexis Brown of Serving Life Behind Bars and the founder of Causing A Stir, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to educating and empowering underrepresented individuals in the hospitality industry will guide us as we mix up a bourbon-based cocktail (Tressie’s favorite!) in addition to a non-alcoholic mocktail to help us to properly prepare for the celebration. Stay tuned for an ingredient list.

7:05 pm EST – 8:30 pm EST

Celebration of Tressie McMillan Cottom’s 2020 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship “Genius Grant”

Shaping discourse on highly topical issues at the confluence of race, gender, education, and digital technology for broad audiences.

Tressie to speak, and then we celebrate!

Here’s a LINK to Tressie’s website: