Alums

Alumna Mangala Subramaniam Publishes Co-Edited Collection

Check out alumna Mangala Subramaniam's (2001) forthcoming book, Dismantling Institutional Whiteness, co-edited with M. Cristina Alcalde. It will publish on October 15, 2022 with Purdue University Press.

Dismantling Institutional Whiteness gathers a range of first-person narratives from women of color and examines the challenges they face not only at a systemic level, but also at a deeply personal level. Their experiences combined with research and statistics paint a sobering portrait of higher education’s problems when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Interspersed throughout their stories are practical suggestions for how to address inequity in higher education, and to give a voice to people who have been silenced and excluded. Whether a trustee, university executive, or faculty member at any level, this is essential reading for those interested in diversifying higher education leadership to ensure decisions reflect the priorities of all.

Book cover for "Dismantling Institutional Whiteness" co-edited by alumna Mangala Subramaniam.

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.

Alumnus Launches Election Candidate Search Engine

Alumnus Geno Herring has made it his mission to ensure all Americans, regardless of skin color, race, economic status or religion, can obtain free voter education. After 25 years in public administration, he has now launched Best Candidate, the world's first voter education tool box, and candidate search engine. This mobile application is developed to promote successful Candidate search, and provide a centralized location for voters to get information and updates straight from the candidates themselves.

Thomas Volscho: Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting

Congrats to Sociology alum Thomas Volscho for winning the Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting for his work on the ABC Radio News podcast Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein. This award recognizes individuals who demonstrate the excellence of Edward R. Murrow in the broadcasting news profession.

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“I worked on investigating Jeffrey Epstein’s finances and how he accumulated his fortune,” Volscho explained. “We found that Epstein began accumulating his real estate, airplanes, island, and other things shortly after selling stock on behalf of his billionaire client Leslie Wexner. I also reported on Epstein’s time as a teacher at the Dalton School and how he was dismissed, contrary to what he told people.”

 

Alumna Diana Taurasi (2005) Heading to Tokyo Olympics

Former Huskies teammates Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm and Diana Taurasi [Sociology 2005] of the Phoenix Mercury will try to win a record fifth Olympic gold medal with USA veterans Tina Charles of the Washington Mystics (2012, 2015 Olympic gold), and Breanna Stewart of the Storm (2016 Olympic gold), along with Olympic rookie Napheesa Collier of the Minnesota Lynx. Jennifer Rizzotti, president of the Connecticut Sun and long-time USA Women’s Basketball coach, is an assistant for head coach Dawn Staley of the University of South Carolina, a three-time Olympic gold medalist.

 

Read the full article of all 16 Huskies headed to Tokyo for the Olympic Summer Games in UConn Today.

Adane Zawdu: Fellowship from the Polonsky Academy for Advanced Study

Adane Zawdu received a fellowship from the Polonsky Academy for Advanced Study in the Humanities and the Social Sciences at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem. During this four year fellowship, Adane will be studying the changing relations between ethnic culture and skin color among Ethiopian Israelis, from the early years of migration to today. He will focus on how categories of difference and group formation are linked to particular social spaces, networks, opportunities, and policing, as well as the social and political consequences of the changing classification structure.

 

Alumna Rhema Bland: New Director of the Ida B. Wells Society

Congratulations to Sociology alumna Rhema Bland,  the new director of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media. Co-founded by award-winning journalists Nikole Hannah-Jones (M.A. ’03), Ron Nixonand Topher Sanders, the society seeks to increase the ranks, retention and profile of reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting. 

Read the full article here.

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.