SWS Response to Coronavirus – COVID-19

Resources Compiled by SWS Members to provide support amidst the Coronavirus – COVID-19 Crisis

** Please note: These resources are not officially endorsed by SWS, but have been suggested by SWS members. SWS is posting them here to help our wide community of members and followers during this crisis. We hope that you will find them to be useful. **


Borders of an Epidemic: Indian Migrant Workers and COVID-19 – A CRG Publication

Interview: ‘At the Stroke of Midnight, Migrant Workers Became Aliens in a Double Sense’


We Cannot Have a Lockdown Exit Strategy Which Ignores Women

Written by: Jashodhara Dasgupta and Sona Mitra of Feminist Policy Collective
Published in: The Wire 


Resource from the American Sociological Association (ASA): Transitioning to Online Teaching in the Face of COVID-19.
Diego de los Rios, Assistant Director of Research, Professional Development, and Academic Affairs, of the ASA organized the webinar and has let me know that we can share this widely.
The webinar is now available for viewing here: https://www.asanet.org/teaching-learning/faculty/teaching-online


Article From Inside Higher Ed:


The Online Learning Collective

Developed by Anna S. CohenMiller

Facebook Support Group for Online Teaching


How to Jump into Online Teaching!

By Anna S. CohenMiller
4 Practical Steps and Questions to Ask Yourself

View at Medium.com

COVID-19 Pandemic Teaching Resources

View document. 

Teaching in the New Normal: A professor addresses higher education during COVID-19.

March 21, 2020

Psychology Today

Written by: Deborah Cohen

View article here. 


COVID-19 and Gender

Feminist Response to COVID-19


COVID-19: the gendered impacts of the outbreak

Written by: Clare Wenham, Julia Smith, Rosemary Morgan on behalf of the Gender and COVID-19 Working Group
Published: March 06, 2020
Published in: The Lancet



Written by: Titan M. Alon, Matthias Doepke, Jane Olmstead-Rumsey, Michèle Tertilt

Working Paper 26947

Cambridge, MA 02138
April 2020



What Do Women and Working Families Need to Face COVID-19?

Intersectionality and COVID-19

Intersectional Failurs

Abortion Access and COVID-19

Coronavirus crisis magnifies existing challenges to abortion access

By Carole Joffe

Published in Women’s Media Center

May 7, 2020

Click HERE to access the article

Research and COVID-19

Working Remotely with Ph.D. Students

Janet Hankin, Professor

Department  of Sociology, Wayne State University

Contact information: janet.hankin@wayne.edu

I have been working remotely with an Arab student who was denied a visa to re-enter the United States.  Over the past several years, I was able to advise him about writing a proposal, creating a Qualtrics questionnaire, negotiating the Institutional Review Board application, collecting data on attitudes about organ donation, running SPSS data analysis, writing, and defending the dissertation.  The student finished all requirements on 5/3/5/20 and was awarded a Ph.D.  Here are my suggestions:

  1. Communicate frequently with your student by email, Skype, or phone. This reduces anxiety, provides social support, and encourages them to complete tasks in a timely manner. When giving instructions, put them in writing and make sure they received it.  Documents have a way of disappearing into cyberspace these days.  Instructions about how to proceed need to be short and very clear.
  2. Keep careful track of drafts received from the student and revisions you send back. I used a system of dates and initials to keep things straight.
  3. In addition to using email correspondence, we met over Skype. It was a challenge given the seven-hour difference in time zones. After each meeting, I summarized the Skype conversation in an email to make sure my instructions were clear.
  4. If the research needs IRB approval, identify a staff person at your IRB to help you expedite the submission. My student had to receive export control approval, sign offs on English and Arabic versions of the questionnaire, permission to administer Qualtrics online questionnaire, and approvals from his Arabic university and mine. The research was about willingness to donate organs. It was determined to be exempt, as no identifiers were used and it was an attitude questionnaire.
  5. In terms of the statistical analysis, I wrote out how to do factor analysis, OLS regression and logistic regression. The dependent, independent variables, and control variables were clearly defined. I asked the student to check recoded variables against the original variables using cross-tabs. I had a copy of the data file so I could check his work.
  6. I created a template for his power point presentation for the dissertation defense. He practiced his talk over Skype with me and I gave him suggestions.
  7. The defense was conducted over Skype. The Associate Dean of the Graduate School permitted us to conduct the oral in this manner. We had some broadband issues, but we could hear everyone.  To reduce stress, I gave him a list of questions I would ask and questions from my colleagues.

Hope these ideas help.  Please contact me with any questions.  Stay safe and well.  Janet



A note from Alex Leavitt: Are you doing (or planning) social science research to aid COVID-19 prevention, resilience, or recovery? Nate Matias (Cornell University, Communication) and I (Alex Leavitt @ Facebook Research, Health Integrity) are crowdsourcing a list of international social science research about coronavirus. This is an unofficial, community-driven, open initiative for any social science or related projects.

Please add your finished, ongoing, or planned projects & any findings here: https://github.com/natematias/covid-19-social-science-research



Alex Leavitt, Ph.D.

Quantitative UX Researcher, Facebook Research


Work/Family Balance

6 Tips for Parents Who Home School 

From SWS Member, Erin Baker


Supporting Those Within Academia


Social Activism In Relation to COVID-19

AAUW Free Equity Network Webinar – March 26, 2020

Join the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) free Equity Network webinar, Effective Advocacy During COVID-19, to explore how we can all fight for communities impacted by this health crisis. Register here to tune in March 26, 7:00–8:30 p.m. ET.

Collecting Qualitative Data During Times of War, Pandemic, Major Crisis 

An American in Jakarta
Rachel Rinaldo
University of Colorado Boulder
Author of Mobilizing Piety: Islam and Feminism in Indonesia


On Monday, April 13, 2020 at 2:00 pm EASTERN TIME, SWS hosted a conversation that was facilitated by SWS Member, Rachel Rinaldo, who authored the Gender & Society blog post “An American in Jakarta,” that describes challenges she experienced when collecting her dissertation data. Learn more here: https://socwomen.org/an-american-in-jakarta-fieldwork-during-a-time-of-conflict/

Click HERE to access Rachel’s Presentation Slides.

Click HERE to access the Call Recording.


Please Click HERE to access the document – “Doing Fieldwork in a Pandemic.”

Lupton, D. (editor) (2020) Doing fieldwork in a pandemic (crowd-sourced document). Available at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1clGjGABB2h2qbduTgfqribHmog9B6P0NvMgVuiHZCl8/edit?ts=5e88ae0a#


Self Care

If you are looking for a good tension-releaser for yourself or a great activity for older kids and teens stuck at home, go to ColorOurCollections.org to view and download pages from rare and specialized manuscript collections. (Marcia Texler Segal)  

Mutual Aid project:

Here’s a link for how to create a Mutual Aid project at the community level. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ca-sz4DRNvUg8ezcrfd6awH-ahxBDJwnbdzxm4_qDVs/edit?fbclid=IwAR1lzSwA5XnvkVDXBNBkqsJkEB_fKPLMgQMVIUhKJ8GkRG7ZOfhi3gqY5HY

You’ll see there’s a form for people who want to offer support (e.g., child care, shopping, companionship), and another for those who need help.



Here’s a video of musicians on a street in the Boston area, who were inspired by the Italian opera singer with Covid-19, who was stuck in his house and began a community sing: https://www.facebook.com/mindy.fried.1/videos/10219309282260273/

Accessing Resources (such as Internet, laptops)

U.S Providers Offering FREE Wi-Fi or Accommodations for 60 Days – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kjVFeWefjnEfUrCR2yXxOvsp6_rDOfaMivUEiaBreiA/edit [docs.google.com


The National Academies Committee on Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women of Color in Tech is hosting its second of four national workshops virtually on April 7 and 8. Registration is open and free. Originally, the workshop was supposed to be an onsite event located in Atlanta, Georgia. Now that it is moved online, this may be an opportunity for greater participation.

April 7: 12 – 3 PM EDT (first set of workshop panels)
Day 1: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/addressing-the-underrepresentation-of-women-of-color-in-tech-day-1-tickets-97787698639

April 8: 11 AM – 2 PM EDT (second set of workshop panels)
Day 2: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/addressing-the-underrepresentation-of-women-of-color-in-tech-day-2-tickets-100566254374


Frontline Healthcare Workers’ Mental Health Warrants Attention.

The article is about the cost of caring and mental health among Wuhan’s frontline healthcare workers in the midst of Covid-19.


Supporting Those in Non-Academic Settings

Resources for Retired Members of Our Community

Physical Challenges Related to Displacement – Students Needing Storage

Individuals Inside USA

Individuals Outside of USA


Applying for Tenure and Promotion During Time of Coronavirus Outbreak

Job Market During Time of Coronavirus Outbreak

Graduate Student Issues During Time of Coronavirus

Undergraduate Student Issues During Time of Coronavirus

New reports on women academics and COVID