President’s Corner

Welcome to SWS-South!

If you are a new member or thinking about joining, please feel free to contact me about this wonderful organization. We are a strong network of scholars that work diligently to mentor and support all of our members.

We are a vibrant group that meets annually at the Southern Sociological Society meetings. At the annual meetings, we sponsor research presentations, teaching sessions, and professional workshops. We host a silent auction that takes place during a coffee and dessert reception. The proceeds from the auction go to a local organization serving women in need.

This welcoming group is committed to research and activism that supports the success of all women in society, as well as one another in a wide variety of professional settings (including awards for gender scholarship). You can become a member by contacting one of our Membership Chairs Penny Harvey.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me to become more involved or ask questions.

– Marni Brown, SWS-South President 2019-2021


Sws-South Profiles


Marni Brown – President; Associate Professor of SOCI and Chair of Faculty for HDAS

Dr. Marni A. Brown’s career as a sociologist and teacher focuses on complicating the ideas we all hold about society—including gender, sexuality and race in the United States—and finding ways to communicate these new ideas effectively. As a researcher, she uses an intersectional lens for the examination of gender, gender identity and sexuality. She works closely with gender and pride alliance student groups. As a teacher, she encourages students to locate their social position and engage with a sociological imagination while investigating who gets what and why. She spends a great deal of time with students deconstructing oppressive systems of power and the impact on institutional opportunities and everyday interactions.


Penny Harvey – Membership Chair

Penny is a PhD student at Georgia State University in Sociology with a concentration in Gender and Sexuality. In addition, to completing their PhD in Sociology, They are also doing a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Their areas of interest include: Gender, Sexuality, Sex, Identity, Culture, Social Psychology, Qualitative Methods, and Pedagogy.


Mandi Barringer – Vision

My research interests include sexualities, gender, religion, and applied sociology. My current research projects focus on addressing a gap in the literature concerning sociological, quantitative studies of sexual and gender minorities’ attitudes and beliefs.

My teaching experience includes sociology of sexualities, research methods, program evaluation, media and pop culture, and gender. In all of my courses, there is a heavy emphasis on group discussion and hands-on learning.


Ashley Vancil-Leap – Newsletter

Ashley Vancil-Leap joined the Mississippi State faculty as an Instructor in 2016 after receiving her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Missouri. She is a gender scholar who focuses on the links between culture, identity, labor, food insecurity, and inequalities such as race and class. Her latest work examined the physical and emotional labor of school food service employees in a Midwest city in response to local, state, and national policy changes to school breakfast and lunch programs. Her work can be seen in Advances in Gender Research and Gender Issues.


Current Incoming

Baker Rogers – President

Baker A. Rogers is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Georgia Southern University. Their research and teaching focuses on inequality, specifically examining the intersections of gender, sexuality, and religion in the U.S. South. Their book, Conditionally Accepted: Christians’ Perspectives on Sexuality and Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights, was released with Rutgers University Press in December 2019, and their book, Trans Men in the South: Becoming Men, was released in January 2020 with Lexington Books. Their work is also published in Gender & Society; Journal of Interpersonal Violence; International Journal of Transgenderism; Qualitative Sociology; Sexualities; Review of Religious Research; and Feminist Teacher.


Bri Turgeon – Vice President

Dr. Turgeon’s teaching incorporates media, teaching activities, discussion, and writing to help students understand the social context in which they live and to critically consider social issues. She strives to demonstrate how sociology is relevant to everyone’s lives–regardless of the career they are pursuing. She currently teaches Introduction to Sociology. Dr. Turgeon’s interests include race, class and gender inequality; poverty; mothering work; discourse and identity. Her publications focus on discourse, ideology, and identity work in the welfare-to-work program and gender inequality in the workplace. Dr. Turgeon teaches Modern Family, Sociology of Education, and Social Psychology.


Kimberly Kelly – Membership

Kimberly Kelly is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Gender Studies at Mississippi State University. She studies the intersections of religion and reproductive politics, specifically abortion activism in the United States. Her previous work addressed the crisis pregnancy center movement, ‘post abortion syndrome,’ and the diffusion of religious ideology into public policy. More recently, she is working on a book project about abortion activism in Mississippi, tentatively titled Bible Belt Abortion: Race and Religion in Mississippi. Her work can be found in academic journals such as Gender & Society, Signs, and Social Science & Medicine. Dr. Kelly teaches courses on gender, religion, stratification, and theory.


Amelia Davies Robinson – Newsletter

My research interests are Sex Work, Sex Trafficking, Deviance, Women’s Studies, Gender, Crime, Inequality, Kinship Networks, & History.


Andrea Hunt – Awards

Andrea N. Hunt is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of North Alabama and the Founding Director of the Mitchell-West Center for Social Inclusion. Her research, teaching, and service focuses on caregiving, work and family, disability, gender, race and ethnicity, social class, child and adolescent outcomes, hip-hop culture, program assessment, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.



Nik Lampe – Student Delegate
Nik M. Lampe holds a master’s degree in applied sociology from the University of Central Florida and is pursuing a doctoral degree in sociology at the University of South Carolina. As a medical sociologist, their professional scholarship is committed to uncovering broader processes of social and health disparities faced by LGBTQIA populations. Using mixed methods and interdisciplinary studies, Nik’s work focuses on the fundamental social causes and minority stress processes that influence the health outcomes and experiences of LGBTQIA people. Nik has been published in Gender & Society, Symbolic Interaction, The Qualitative Report, and The Journal of Pediatrics.

Lyla Byers – Secretary

Cheri Chambers – Treasurer


Girsea Martínez Rosas – Vision

Girsea Martínez Rosas is a social scientist who partners with immigrants of color to create social justice-driven research. As the daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants, Girsea believes that stories are transformative tools with which to address social problems at the community level.

Girsea is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow at the University of South Florida Department of Sociology. She holds an MA in Sociology from Texas Tech University and a BA in Political Science with a double minor in Philosophy and Sociology from Texas A&M University. Her work appears in the Journal of Loss and Trauma and Information Communication & Society, amongst others.


Naomi Simmons – Southern Hand

Resources & Announcements

SWS South Meeting Photos

The photos from the SSS 2019 meetings are now available. They are all posted Tracy E. Ore’s website in a private gallery available through the link here.

To download high resolution photos, first click on the image. The image will then open and you will see an icon menu on the bottom of the page. Click on the down arrow and the photo will download. The downloads are free.

Special thanks to Tracy for taking these pictures and sharing them with SWS.


You can make a donation here. The largest contributor will get two years of SWS-South membership FREE. If we raise $200.00, I will personally match that donation.
Marni Brown, SWS-South President 2019-2021

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About Us

SOCIOLOGISTS FOR WOMEN IN SOCIETY (SWS) is an international organization of social scientists. Members include undergraduate and graduate students, university and college faculty, researchers in business and government, freelance writers, and journalists. SWS members share expertise and dedication to attaining social equality for women and minorities.

SWS-SOUTH is a regional organization serving the same purposes as, and in liaison with, the international SWS organization. Our membership is comprised of scholars from universities and institutions in the South that are actively engaged in studying and teaching about the issues that affect women. Members network within the organization as a means of increasing their success in this pursuit.

We hold meetings annually in conjunction with the Southern Sociological Society (SSS). Between annual SWS-South meetings, our bi-annual newsletter and our listserv are the primary means of communication and of keeping our network alive and vigorous. If you are not a member, please join today!

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SWS-S Spring 2020 Newsletter


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SWS-South gives out awards!

As an organization, SWS-South grants one award each year for gender scholarship, rotating between two different awards during odd and even years. Please read below for details regarding these awards and the nomination process.

2018 and even years

Early Career Gender Scholar Award

Junior scholars who are making a noteworthy contribution to our understanding of the sociology of gender will have an opportunity to apply for the Early Career Gender Scholar Award! Nominees should have authored groundbreaking work (that can include articles and/or a book) that advances the scholarship of gender. As a “career” award, the awards committee will make decisions based on the nominee’s career thus far. While the award is for a gender scholar, consistent with trends in gender scholarship, intersectional work is welcomed.

Eligibility: Assistant professors, postdoctoral scholars, contingent faculty, research associates, or other early career scholars who earned their Ph.D. within the last six years are eligible for this award. Nominees may come from the applicant or from a third party nominator and are due January 15, [even years]. Nominees must be affiliated with SWS-South (if not a current member join here).

Nominations: Nominations are submitted electronically and packets should include the following:

  • One nomination letter detailing the merits of the nominee’s work,
  • A copy of any articles or books* to be considered for the award,
  • A current CV of the nominee.

*Books, but not articles will be returned to the nominator. Please provide electronic versions of books if at all possible.

The award winner will receive a plaque and a one-year membership to SWS-South. In addition, the winner will be featured in the following year’s SWS-South newsletter and will be invited to present their work in a special SWS-South session at the following annual meeting.

2019 and odd years

Graduate Student Paper Award on the Study of Gender

This paper award will be given in odd-numbered years to the best current paper written by a graduate student in the field of the sociology of gender. The purpose of this award is to encourage graduate student scholarship focused on gender and to facilitate the publication process for the student. SWS-South will appoint a mentor who will be available to assist the winning student in preparing the paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Eligibility: The paper may be co-authored, but only by another graduate student. Faculty-graduate student papers are not eligible. Papers that have previously appeared in publication are not eligible. Nomination packets are to be sent to the SWS-South Awards Committee Chair by January 15, [odd years]. Nominees must be affiliated with SWS-South (if not a current member join here).

Nominations: Nominations are submitted electronically and packets should include the following:

  • One nomination letter detailing the merits of the nominee’s work,
  • A copy of the paper to be considered for the award,
  • A current CV of the nominee.

The award winner will be recognized at the SWS-South business meeting with a check for $300.00, a plaque, and a one-year membership to SWS-South. An article about the winner’s work will appear in the association’s newsletter, and the recipient will be invited to present their work in a special SWS-South session at the following annual meeting.

Join SWS-South

Thank you for your interest in joining SWS-South!

Please Note: Membership to SWS-South does not include membership in the National organization.

If you are a member of SWS National, please join or renew membership here.

If you are not a member of SWS National, please join or renew membership here.


The Membership renewal begins each year on November 1. For 2021 membership, it will start on November 1, 2020 and then those memberships will expire on December 31, 2021.


Membership Fees

Student Membership $5
New Membership* $15
Renewal Membership $20


If you would like to purchase a gift membership, please contact Natasha Santana: nsantana@socwomen.org

*New/Contingent/Student memberships

Please contact Penny Harvey, our Membership Chair, with any inquiries regarding your membership status. In addition, we encourage you to email Sandra Godwin to be added to the listserv. New newsletters and a few other events are announced on the list; otherwise, it is not a high volume list.

Welcome to SWS South!


Contact Us

Marni Brown; Georgia Gwinnett College

Brianna Turgeon; Jacksonville State University

Lyla Byers; Virginia Tech

Cheri Chambers; Saint Leo University

Membership Chair
Penny Harvey; Georgia State University

Awards Chair
Andrea Hunt; University of North Alabama

Vision Committee Chair
Mandi Barringer; University of North Florida

Southern Hand Coordinator
Naomi Simmons; Newberry College

Newsletter Editor
Ashley Vancil-Leap; Mississippi State University

SWS National Liaison
Roni Wiener

Electronic List Keeper
Sandra Godwin; Georgia College & State University

Kara Whaley