Author: Brereton, Ajalon

Women’s & Gender Studies Special Issue

Check out Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women & Gender Studies‘ recent publication titled “Special Issue: Racialization. Spectacle. Liberation v.22.” Edited by graduate student Chriss Sneed, this special issue also includes a book review titled “Review of Melancholia Africana by Nathalie Etoke, Lanham” by graduate student Kristen Kirksey

 

Mary Bernstein: “Standing Against Despair”

Check out the recent UConn Today article titled “Standing Against Despair,” featuring Professor of Sociology Mary Bernstein and her work with other University Professors to research and gather the data needed to approach gun violence differently, and to craft real solutions to the problem.

**Excerpt from article**

“My role in the project has been to help facilitate these listening sessions with the most impacted communities within New Haven, which are predominantly poor Black and Brown communities, communities that have been impoverished, disinvested in, historically segregated, and discriminated against,” says Bernstein, who is also affiliated with the Sustainable Global Cities Initiative at UConn Hartford. “We’ve been doing these listening sessions to learn from people in the community about how they see their experiences with gun violence, what they think can be done to prevent gun violence, and the impact of the gun violence that they have experienced.”

 

Alumna Angie Beeman: “Liberal White Supremacy”

Congratulations to Sociology alumna Angie Beeman on her recent publication titled Liberal White Supremacy: How Progressives Silence Racial and Class Oppression. Beeman argues that white supremacy is maintained not only by right-wing conservatives or stereotypically uneducated working-class racial bigots but also by progressives who operate from a liberal ideology of color-blindness, racism-evasiveness, and class elitism. Check out more here.

Mary Bernstein: 2022 Provost’s Award

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Congratulations to Professor of Sociology Mary Bernstein, who has been awarded the 2022 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Community Engaged Scholarship in the Distinguished Scholar Research Award category. Bernstein has shown a commitment to engaged scholarship through her intersectional research on sexual orientation, gender, and race, her teaching, and her service to the UConn community, and, most importantly, through her current work aimed at developing evidence-based solutions to gun violence. Her research focuses on the disproportionately higher rates of gun violence in Black and Brown communities, positing that racial justice cannot be achieved until the high rates of gun violence are reduced, especially in urban areas. She has partnered with organizations and communities in Connecticut to help evaluate and develop gun violence prevention and reduction measures, including working on a blueprint for a new Office of Gun Violence Prevention in New Haven and evaluating a statewide gun buyback effort. She also frequently includes students in her work, with many of them going on to become research partners and later to secure academic positions or careers in social justice fields. Her work and mentorship have radiated outward, affecting communities locally and more broadly through her efforts, as well as through the development of students as researchers and practitioners.

Ruth Braunstein: UConn Today

Check out UConn Today's recent article highlighting the work of Associate Professor of Sociology Ruth Braunstein and her Meanings of Democracy Lab. Please also join us in congratulation Graduate Student Rianka Roy and Undergraduate Student Nicholas Xenophontos, who each received one of the five $100 prizes in the Democracy Lab's "Meanings of 'America' Project." 

*Excerpt from Article*

“The public is always thinking about it whether they know it or not,” she says. “Our assumptions about what it means to be American are embedded in so many of our conversations about public policy. Who deserves access to public institutions and resources, whether we should allow certain religious groups to display their religious symbols in public, do you need to be a taxpayer to be a good American? There are so many ways this plays out in the background of our policy debates.”

Rianka Roy: Immigrant workers’ movements in the U.S.

Congratulations to Graduate Student Rianka Roy on her upcoming publication in the Sociology Compass, “Immigrant workers’ movements in the U.S.: Where are high-skilled ‘nonimmigrants?” The Sociology Compass is an international journal publishing peer-reviewed research articles and surveys of current research from across the entire discipline, with the aim of providing topical and significant research on a monthly basis.