Publications

Phoebe Godfrey: Reflections on COPD 2022

This November, Professor in Residence Phoebe Godfrey attended the second week of the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP), of the UNFCCC (United Nations Frame-work Convention on Climate Change). COP27 took place in Sharm el-Sheikh from November 6th to November 18th. Professor Godfrey was joined by fourteen current UConn students as well as a number of other faculty.

As I maneuvered my way around the COP, a circus of frantic human activity, I celebrated the unique opportunity to hear from those whose voices and stories have historically been silenced through violence and genocide. At the same time, I recognized that for most of the people there from our culture, even as they are no doubt highly concerned about the climate crisis, their solutions still reside in the existing system. These "solutions" that the Indigenous chief and many others refer to as "false solutions" are ones that focus on innovative technologies, such as so-called "green energy" or "carbon  markets," both of which continue to "put a price on nature," as opposed to confronting capitalism's mandate to grow and increase profit exponentially regardless of the social and environmental consequences.

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.

Mary Bernstein: “Are the Courts the Way to Queer Rights?”

Check out Professor Mary Bernstein's recent article in the Boston Review, "Are the Courts the Way to Queer Rights?".

***Excerpt from Article***

Today, as LGBTQ and other legal protections hang in the balance, we ought to move beyond the narrow question of the generic benefit or harm of legal strategies. We need a broader focus, in particular, on the interplay among law, social movements, and institutions. Rather than view the law in isolation from the rest of society, we must recognize that law has a complex relationship with other social and cultural institutions and that legal strategies do not represent the totality of social movement activism.

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.