Noel Cazenave Receives Faculty Excellence in Research Award

June 26, 2020

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.

2020 Wood/Raith Gender Identity Living Trust Summer Fellowship Winners

June 16, 2020

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.

Koyel Khan: WGSS Teaching Award

May 22, 2020

Congratulations to Koyel Khan, who has been selected for the Excellence in Graduate Teaching in Women's Studies Award. This award recognizes excellence in teaching by graduate students in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program. It is awarded annually to a graduate student who exemplifies feminist pedagogy in the classroom.

Dr. Arnold Dashefsky Receives Sklare Award

April 28, 2020

The Marshall Sklare Award is given annually by the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ) to a senior scholar who has made a significant scholarly contribution to the social scientific study of Jewry, primarily through the publication of a body of research in books and articles or of published work related to public policy.

We are proud to share that Professor Emeritus Arnold Dashefsky, founder of the Center for Judaic Studies, will receive the Sklare Award this year for his career-long distinguished contributions to the field of sociology. Awardees are prolific scholars who have helped to shape the modern study of Jewish life

The Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry is a cross-disciplinary organization of individuals whose research concerns the Jewish people throughout the world. The ASSJ encourages and facilitates contact among researchers, supports the dissemination of research, and assists in the cultivation of younger scholars.

Allen Hyde: Georgia Tech SGA’s Dean George C. Griffin Faculty of the Year Award

April 23, 2020

Allen Hyde, UConn Sociology PhD Graduate in the Class of 2016, was awarded the Georgia Tech SGA’s Dean George C. Griffin Faculty of the Year Award at the Up with the White & Gold awards ceremony. He was nominated by several students for engaging with issues that local Atlanta communities face and for the passion and care that he takes in his teaching.

David Embrick: Africana Studies Institute Faculty Research Funding

April 16, 2020

Congratulations to David Embrick, who is a distinguished awardee for the competitive 2019-2020 Africana Studies Institute Faculty Research Funding for his proposal titled "Blackness, Racial Oppression, and Continued Violations of Human Rights: Comparing [illegally occupied] Palestine and [racial apartheid in] South Africa."

The Africana Studies Institute (ASI) at the University of Connecticut prioritizes faculty research and extraordinary, cross institutional events for wide public dissemination (irrespective of disciplinary moorings) that privilege African-descended perspectives (continental or diasporic).

Cara Cancelmo: Honorable Mention in NSF GRFP Competition

April 7, 2020

Congratulations to Cara Cancelmo, who received an Honorable Mention in the 2020 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) competition. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

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 ( The fellowship will support her research for her dissertation, “Medical Students, Donor Bodies, and the Scientific Sacred.”