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.
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.
After fourteen years, Ingrid Semaan is stepping down.
"Ingrid’s Stamford colleagues and students look forward to being able to thank her in person for her enormous contribution to the campus. Until then, we send thunderous, high bandwidth virtual applause and all good wishes for her future projects." Read the full farewell here.
From Wednesday, July 22, to Sunday, July 26, San Diego Comic-Con will be streaming content for Comic-Con@Home (https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2020/athome). 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.
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.
“‘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 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."
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.
Host, Marceen Burgher has open dialogue with her guests on Indignation, Necropolitics 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.
Killing African Americans: Police and Vigilante Violence as a Racial Control Mechanism by Noel Cazenave, UConn Sociology Professor