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Alumna Rachel Fain (2007): 2020 40 Under Forty Honoree

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Congratulations to Sociology alumna Rachel J. Fain for being selected as one of Hartford Business Journal's 2020 40 Under Forty! Rachel graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2007 and went on to earn a law degree from Western New England College Schoool of Law. She is currently a partner at Halloran & Sage LLP. See Rachel's full profile on Hartford Business Journal's website.

Kylar Schaad: Time-Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences

Congratulations to Kylar Schaad, whose proposal has been chosen to receive funding by the Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS).

Kylar's project will assess the factors that influence support for identity document laws that allow for people to change their birth certificate gender markers, including support for changes to a non-binary status. In particular, he will examine the role of (1) gender assigned at birth (female, male), (2) gender identity (trans man, trans woman, non-binary), and (3) narrative conformity (conforming to stereotypes about transgender childhood experiences or not) in formulating perceptions of identity legitimacy (i.e., the extent to which one's identity is believed to be real) and willingness advocacy (via a petition) to have the law changed. In so doing, his study will be the first to draw on a nationally representative, probability based sample to assess public support for gender identity rights and isolate the role of perceptions of legitimacy. It will also be the first to simply collect demographic data regading participants' gender identity status that includes a non-binary option. Thus, he'll be able to parsing out what percentage of the population identifies as trans, non-binary, neither, and both.

Amy Lawton: “Sinless, Fearless, Ruthless – A Look at Science and Social Science in a YA Sci-Fi Book”

Screenshot of the participants in the 2020 panel, "Sinless, Fearless, Ruthless." Top, left to right: Sarah Tarkoff, Andrea Decker, Amy Lawton Bottom, left to right: Samantha Russman, Nicole Henniger
Top, left to right: Sarah Tarkoff, Andrea Decker, Amy Lawton. Bottom, left to right: Samantha Russman, Nicole Henniger

From Wednesday, July 22, to Sunday, July 26, San Diego Comic-Con will be streaming content for Comic-Con@Home ( Amy Lawton is part of a panel sponsored by the Fleet Science Center: "Sinless, Fearless, Ruthless - A look at science and social science in a YA sci-fi book." The book is about dystopian religion and the panel will be available to watch on Friday, July 24, at 4 pm.

Noel Cazenave Receives Faculty Excellence in Research Award

Congratulations to Noel Cazenave, recipient of the Faculty Excellence in Research and Creativity-Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Award!

The Faculty Excellence in Research and Creativity Awards are given to individual faculty who have made significant and or creative contributions to a field of knowledge or area of inquiry. These awards recognize research excellence and the highest levels of creativity that enhance the University’s academic and creative reputation. Individuals who are nominated for this award must have a distinguished record of ongoing scholarly and/or creative productivity and must have worked at UConn for at least 10 years.

Noel Cazenave: What do people mean when they call for defunding the police?

Read Noel Cazenave’s interview in The Day, “What do people mean when they call for defunding the police?”

“‘It is BECAUSE concepts like defunding and dismantling the police are so contentious and ambiguous that we are now having a much broader and deeper conversation than we did before they was introduced into the discourse,’ he wrote in a Facebook post June 9.

He compared it to how ‘Black lives matter’ was a contentious term three or four years ago, but now corporations and Republicans have joined in saying it, ‘because people pushed the term’ and educated others about it.

Cazenave added that because dismantling police could mean police unions aren’t recognized, unions now have a reason to come to the negotiating table to support other, smaller reforms.

With calls to dismantle and defund the police, Cazenave indicated that people are asking for more than what they think they can get, an important strategy because it leaves room to negotiate, and there need to be people pushing further than liberalism.

When there is conflict, liberals ‘want it to be resolved very quickly, so they tend to be conflict-aversive, so they want nice language,’ Cazenave said. ‘They want a social movement that’s nice. Social movements are not nice. Social movements by definition involve conflict.'”

Laura Mauldin: Disability as an Axis of Inequality

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Laura Mauldin was the lead author on Disability as an Axis of Inequality: A Pandemic Illustration (Disability in Society) as part of the ASA Footnotes special issue on COVID19.

"In summary, based on their social position and taken-for-granted ideologies that they are disposable and less worthy, disabled people are at increased risk for exposure to the virus and decreased likelihood of adequate healthcare. Barriers also emerge as home becomes the new hub of school, work, and family life. In response, disability justice communities have been steadfastly organizing, both before and during the pandemic. For example, groups like the Disability Justice Culture Club in the San Francisco Bay Area and Crip Fund have been providing direct assistance and money to those facing serious needs. Disability rights organizations such as the American Association of People with Disabilities and the National Council of Independent Living have mobilized nationally to advocate for the passage of legislation that ensures that the needs of people with disabilities are included in every aspect of social and political response to the pandemic. The intersectional implications of the COVID-19 pandemic make evident now, more than ever, that any truly rigorous exploration of social inequality requires sociologists to more critically engage disability in their work. We hope this piece helps ignite transformation."

2020 Wood/Raith Gender Identity Living Trust Summer Fellowship Winners

Congratulations to Asmita Aasavari, Koyel Khan, and Kylar Schaad, recipients of the 2020 Wood/Raith Gender Indentity Summer Fellowship!

The Wood/Raith Living Trust is named for Audrey Wood (UCONN class of ‘47) and Edeltraut Raith. Both Wood and Raith earned their Masters in Library Science from the University of Southern California and spent their careers as librarians with the San Francisco Public Library system. They generously gifted the University of Connecticut funds for the study of gender identity under the Wood/Raith Living Trust.

Noel Cazenave: Interview on “Dear No One” with Marceen Burgher

Host, Marceen Burgher has open dialogue with her guests on IndignationNecropolitics and The Racial State. With special guest, Dr. Noel Cazenave, author of Killing African Americans: Police and Vigilante Violence as a Racial Control Mechanism and Professor at University of Connecticut. He discusses his book and the current racial climate surrounding deaths of George Floyd and others. Also on the Podcast is guest Adam Kaplan, Licensed Clinical Psychologist briefly discussing his thoughts on how to communicate race relations with our children and when.

Listen to Dear No One, Episode 5, "Indignation," with Dr. Noel Cazenave and Adam Kaplan.

Statements and Resources in Support of Black Lives Matter

25 charts that show how systemic racism is in the US - Business Insider

382 faculty draft letter demanding USC’s commitment to concrete plans addressing racial inequality

Actions for George Floyd and Police Brutality, compiled by Gina Petonito, Miami University  

African American Studies Department Urges GU To Pursue Anti-Racist Agenda

An Antiracist Reading List - The New York Times

ASA Condemns Systemic Racism in the Criminal Justice System  

ASA COVID-19 Resources for Sociologists

ASA Footnotes: Special Issue on Race, Police Violence, and Justice

Association of Black Anthropologists' Statement Against Police Violence and Anti-Black Racism

Beyond "High Risk": Statement on Disability and Campus Re-openings

Black U. Kentucky faculty want basketball arena honoring legendary coach renamed

Bradley University Faculty Amplify Calls For Anti-Racist Efforts On Campus

Brown Sociology: Graduate BLM Statement  

Classroom Discussion on Race: Hear What 5 Black Students Say They Need

California State University faculty call for reforms to improve racial justice across system

The Day - What do people mean when they call for defunding the police?

Faculty collective pushes for university police divestment, criticizes UCLA’s plan forward

George Floyd and the Minneapolis Uprising: A Statement from the University of Minnesota Sociology Department Faculty 

Georgia State faculty demand greater diversity and inclusion

Hundreds of Black faculty, staff and students call on the College to address structural racism

International Sociology Association Statement Against Institutionalized Racism


Joint Statement from the Dodd Center and Human Rights Institute 

Killing African Americans: Police and Vigilante Violence as a Racial Control Mechanism by Noel Cazenave, UConn Sociology Professor 

     Available Online from UConn's Library

More Colleges Should Divest From the Institution of Policing  

More than Diversity—A Call to Action from University of Chicago Faculty

Moving On From Racism Studies

Open Statement on Anti-Racism and Dismantling Anti-Blackness in Research and Teaching 

Petition to Divest, Defund, and Abolish the Prison-Industrial Complex  

At Penn State and other campuses, Black studies professors and students lead the call for change

Public Statement on Anti-Black violence: Africana Studies Institute (ASI), UConn, Storrs  

A Sociological Perspective from Rodney Coates, Miami University  

Statement from Centers, Institutes, and Programs on Racial Injustice and Ending White Supremacy

A Statement from the University of Minnesota Human Rights Faculty  

Sociologists for Women in Society Black Lives Matter Research Statement

Sociologists for Women in Society List of Black Feminist Scholars

Sociologists for Women in Society Statement on Current Protests and Systemic Racism 

Sociologists for Women in Society on White Supremacy: A Call to Action

Too Many Senior White Academics Still Resist Recognizing Racism

‘UB Black faculty are disappointed with UB response to BLM movement’