2020 Graduate Student Fellowship

February 20, 2020

Congratulations to Amy Lawton, who has been awarded a graduate student fellowship through "The Sociology of Science and Religion: Identity and Belief Formation” funding initiative, led by Elaine Howard Ecklund (Rice University) and John H. Evans (University of California, San Diego), and funded through the Templeton Religion Trust (https://religion-science-sociology.com). The fellowship will support her research for her dissertation, “Medical Students, Donor Bodies, and the Scientific Sacred.”

2019 SWS Mentoring Award

Manisha Desai

The mentoring award was established in 1990 to honor an SWS member who is an outstanding feminist mentor. In establishing the award, SWS recognized that feminist mentoring is an important and concrete way to encourage feminist scholarship.

Manisha Desai is the Head of Sociology and Professor of Sociology and Asian and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut. Her research and teaching interests include Gender and Globalization, Transnational Feminisms, Human Rights movements, and Contemporary Indian Society.

Many of Manisha Desai’s mentees expressed how inspiring Manisha has been, her students described her as "passionate feminist mentor", In the words of Chriss Sneed, “Often, her mentorship reaches beyond office hours and yet, Dr.Desai graciously makes room for more inquisitive minds. I can only hope that I will be able to provide one fourth of the passionate mentorship that Dr. Desai offers her students.”

2019 Jessie Bernard Award

Bandana Purkayastha

The Jessie Bernard Award was established in 1977 by the ASA Council to honor Jessie Bernard’s enormous influence on the study of gender. The award is given in recognition of scholarly work inclusive of research, teaching, mentoring, and service, that has enlarged the horizons of sociology to encompass fully the role of women in society.

Dr. Bandana Purkayastha is a professor of Sociology and Asian & Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut, has an enviable publishing record of 14 books and over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She is a nationally and internationally respected sociologist conducting path-breaking research in gender theory, migration, Asian studies, and human rights. Purkayastha has written extensively on women’s human rights. In addition to her own research, she has strategically worked with colleagues and students to develop interdisciplinary and transnational perspectives. At UCONN, Bandana served as Chair of the Sociology Department from 2011-2016. Through her effort and vision, the outreach of our professional associations has grown.

2020 SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Award Winner!

December 19, 2019

Congratulations to Katie L. Acosta, the 2020 SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Award Winner

The 2020 SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Award Winner is Katie L. Acosta. Thank you to the SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Subcommittee that was comprised of Marybeth C. Stalp (Chair), Kimberly Kelly, Angela Hattery, and Koyel Khan. The SWS Distinguished Lectureship was founded in 1985 as a way of recognizing members whose scholarship employs a feminist perspective, and of making this feminist scholar available to campuses that are isolated, rural, located away from major metropolitan areas, bereft of the resources needed to invite guest speakers, and/or characterized by hostility to feminist scholarship. A key goal of the program is to provide a feminist voice on campuses where such a perspective is unusual and/or unwelcome. Please note that the Lectureship originally carried the name of Cheryl Allyn Miller, but now there is a separate Cheryl Allyn Miller Award.

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2019 Provost’s Award

December 5, 2019

Carol Ann Jackson 20'

Department of Sociology 

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Carol Ann Jackson is currently a graduate student at the Department of Sociology. Her primary research interests are race, gender and urban education. More specifically, examining processes of racialization, gendering, and social mobility in relation to the social marginalization and criminalization of youth in urban educational settings.

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2019 Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Scholarship

October 1, 2019

Shoulder-up photo of Sneed, dressed in a blue suite jacket

2019 Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Scholarship, formerly known as the Women of Color Dissertation Scholarship. The primary purposes of the scholarship are to offer support to women of color scholars who are from underrepresented groups and are studying concerns that women of color face domestically and/or internationally. Also to increase the network and participation of students and professionals of color in SWS and beyond.

Chriss Sneed is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Sociology Department at the University of Connecticut. In the dissertation tentatively named “Queer Passages and the Assemblages of Blackness,” Chriss examines how Black identity is constructed, negotiated, and utilized by Black/Afro-descendant activists in the United States and Brazil. This multi-sited, qualitative research focuses on activists who are also gender and sexual minorities– those identifying as women or LGBTQ – involved in transnational, racial justice organizing across the Western Hemisphere and the two aforementioned nations specifically.