2019 Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Scholarship, formerly known as the Women of Color Dissertation Scholarship. The primary purposes of the scholarship are to offer support to women of color scholars who are from underrepresented groups and are studying concerns that women of color face domestically and/or internationally. Also to increase the network and participation of students and professionals of color in SWS and beyond.
Chriss Sneed is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Sociology Department at the University of Connecticut. In the dissertation tentatively named “Queer Passages and the Assemblages of Blackness,” Chriss examines how Black identity is constructed, negotiated, and utilized by Black/Afro-descendant activists in the United States and Brazil. This multi-sited, qualitative research focuses on activists who are also gender and sexual minorities– those identifying as women or LGBTQ – involved in transnational, racial justice organizing across the Western Hemisphere and the two aforementioned nations specifically.
The Jessie Bernard Award was established in 1977 by the ASA Council to honor Jessie Bernard’s enormous influence on the study of gender. The award is given in recognition of scholarly work inclusive of research, teaching, mentoring, and service, that has enlarged the horizons of sociology to encompass fully the role of women in society.
Dr. Bandana Purkayastha is a professor of Sociology and Asian & Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut, has an enviable publishing record of 14 books and over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She is a nationally and internationally respected sociologist conducting path-breaking research in gender theory, migration, Asian studies, and human rights. Purkayastha has written extensively on women’s human rights. In addition to her own research, she has strategically worked with colleagues and students to develop interdisciplinary and transnational perspectives. At UCONN, Bandana served as Chair of the Sociology Department from 2011-2016. Through her effort and vision, the outreach of our professional associations has grown.
The mentoring award was established in 1990 to honor an SWS member who is an outstanding feminist mentor. In establishing the award, SWS recognized that feminist mentoring is an important and concrete way to encourage feminist scholarship.
Manisha Desai is the Head of Sociology and Professor of Sociology and Asian and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut. Her research and teaching interests include Gender and Globalization, Transnational Feminisms, Human Rights movements, and Contemporary Indian Society.
Many of Manisha Desai’s mentees expressed how inspiring Manisha has been, her students described her as "passionate feminist mentor", In the words of Chriss Sneed, “Often, her mentorship reaches beyond office hours and yet, Dr.Desai graciously makes room for more inquisitive minds. I can only hope that I will be able to provide one fourth of the passionate mentorship that Dr. Desai offers her students.”