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Elaine Laberge (University of Victoria), was awarded Canada's prestigious Vanier graduate scholarship is based on her academic excellence, research potential, and demonstrated leadership. This scholarship reflects her leadership skills both within academia and the business world, her community involvement, mentoring marginalized students, taking a leading role in disseminating her research in diverse ways to wide-ranging academic and non-academic audiences, and connecting with social justice scholars and advocates world-wide. This three-year scholarship (2018-2021) will support Elaine's academic studies and research; it reflects the importance of her master's research (University of Alberta): a narrative inquiry into how growing up in persistent childhood poverty shapes undergraduate students' experiences and doctoral research: "Pushing privileged pillars: An investigation of a real-time grassroots social activism initiative to widen access to, and participation in, higher education for “poverty-class” students." 

In the spring of 2018, Elaine was published in the Anthology of Social Justice and Intersectional Feminisms: "Oh, White Man!," and "A return to the barnyard." Elaine was a panel member for the University of Victoria's student-led CFUV 101.9 radio station's "Taking up Space" podcast series: "Disability and mental health from an intersectional lens." On this panel, Elaine discusses her personal experiences with the intersections of poverty, gender, depression, higher education, and age.

This August, with the support of SSSP, Elaine will attend the 68th Annual Meeting and present a research-in-progress paper "#Neoliberal occupy movement: Bunkering down on homeless deterrence technology" and findings from her master's research "The echoes of childhood poverty: Composing lives in higher education."


Maria D. Duenas, won the Fred and Mitzie Ruiz Fellowship, the SSHA Dean’s Summer Research Award, the Sociology Summer Support Award, and the Sociology Graduate Department Conference Paper Award from the University of California, Merced in the 2017-2018 academic year. She also earned a Developing Teaching Strategies Certificate from the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning. She was elected to serve as a Student Representative to two ASA sections, the Race, Gender, and Class section and the Latina/o Sociology section, and is a Student Representative for the Board of Directors at SSSP. 

Caitlin MizeUniversity of Tennessee, won the 2018 Graduate Student Service Award from the University of Tennessee Department of Sociology. She also won the 2017 Extraordinary Community Service Award. This award is given to faculty, staff, student organizations, and students that exemplifies extraordinary community service to the University of Tennessee community and beyond. This individual goes out of his/her way to contribute through volunteering, community service projects, and other projects outside the realm of his/her regular duties. For more information click here.

Shirley A. Jackson, chair of Black Studies Department at Portland State University has been selected to serve on the Oregon Department of Education's Ethnic Studies Advisory Group to develop ethnic studies standards for adoption into existing social studies standards and curriculum for Oregon’s K-12 students. Shirley A. Jackson also appeared on the talk show, Afternoon Live! on Channel KATU (Portland, OR) on January 15, 2018 for a segment on Martin Luther King, Jr. and on February 9, 2018 for a segment on Black History Month that focused on Women in the Civil Rights Movement.

Marisela Martinez-Cola accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at Utah State University and recently published her article, "Sympathetic Symbols, Social Movements, and School Desegregation" in the December 2017 edition of The Journal of Law and Society.  

Barbara Katz Rothman (City University of New York, previous President SSSP) has been awarded a Fulbright-Saastamoinenen Foundation Distinguished Chair in Health Sciences, 2018-19.  There will be two one-month visits to Finland over a period of two academic years.

Charlotte Ross, recently published the following article: Ross CA, Berry NS, Smye V, Goldner EM.  (2017). A critical review of knowledge on nurses with problematic substance use: The need to move from individual blame to awareness of structural factors.  Nursing Inquiry, 2017 Aug 17. doi: 10.1111/nin.12215.

Hadi Khoshneviss (University of South Florida) and Robert Benford, recently published the chapter “Social Movements” in Sage’s Handbook of Political Sociology (828-844. Sage Publications, 2018).    

Bin Xu, Emory University, recently published a new book, The Politics of Compassion: The Sichuan Earthquake and Civic Engagement in China (Stanford University Press, 2017).

Alexandra Cox, University of Essex in England, recently published Trapped in a Vice: The Consequences of Confinement for Young People (Rutgers University Press, 2018).

John Dale (George Mason University) published two new co-authored book chapters on Myanmar: “The Risky Business of Transformation: Social Enterprise in Myanmar’s Emerging Democracy” (with David Kyle, University of California - Davis) in Melissa Crouch, ed., The Business of Reform: Law Reform, Development, and Economics in Myanmar (Cambridge, UK and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp. 81-121; and “International non-governmental organizations and advocacy,” (with Samantha Samuel-Nakka, George Mason University) in Adam Simpson, Nicolas Farrelly, and Ian Holliday, eds., Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Myanmar (New York and London: Routledge, 2018). Professor Dale is currently serving as the SSSP’s Chair of the Transnational Initiatives Committee and as the SSSP’s Human Rights Liaison to the Science and Human Rights Coalition of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.

Walter S. DeKeseredy, Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, Director of the Research Center on Violence, and Professor of Sociology at West Virginia University. Walter S. DeKeseredy's new book Abusive Endings: Separation and Divorce Violence Against Women (with Molly Dragiewicz and Martin D. Schwartz) received the 2017 Robert Jerrin Book Award from the American Society of Criminology's Division on Victimology.


David Lane, University of South Dakota, was recently featured in the Sioux City Journal for his research on the culture of tattoo artists. To read the full article please click here.

Frankham, University of Wisconsin–Madison, recently published "A Modified Framework for Identifying Stigma: News Coverage of Persons With Mental Illness Killed by Police" in Stigma and Health. 

Jean Beaman, Purdue University, recently published her first book, Citizen Outsider: Children of North African Immigrants in France, with the University of California Press in September 2017.