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Sociology & Anthropology

Notables

Spring 2014

  • Sociology major Kelsey Kisor won the 2014 Shearn Writing Award in the Division of Social Sciences for her paper, “’Protect and Serve Each Other’: Collective Action and Contentious Politics in a Police Accountability Organization.”

  • Allie Klein won First Place at the Southwestern Anthropological Association student paper competition for her paper, “Navigating Cancer, Alleviating Health Disparities: Oral Histories of Breast Cancer Patient Navigators.” Lauren Saylor won Second Place in the same competition for her paper, “(Re)Making Self: Gender Identity Formation by Female to Male Transgenderists in Amsterdam.” 

  • Five anthropology students presented papers at academic conferences in April. 

    Sarah Puffer presented “” at the Latin American Studies Symposium in Birmingham, AL.

    At the Southwestern Anthropological Association meetings in Chico, CA, Lauren Saylor presented her paper “(Re)Making Self: Gender Identity Formation by Female to Male Transgenderists in Amsterdam.”  Allie Klein presented Navigating Cancer, Alleviating Health Disparities: Oral Histories of Breast Cancer Patient Navigators.”  Susi Contreras presented “Coloring the Ivory Tower: A Critical Race Analysis of Latin@ Experiences in Higher Education.”  Carly Cooper presented “Mercury: Making People Mad Since 210 BC.”  All five papers were written under the direction of Dr. Brenda Sendejo.

     

  • Six Southwestern sociology majors presented their capstone research projects (written under the direction of Dr. Maria Lowe) at the annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Society held in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 2-5. Brianna Billingsley presented a paper entitled “Waiting Tables Will Make You Lose Your Faith in Humanity: The Racialized and Classed Dimensions of Emotional Labor Among Restaurant Servers”. Heather Burns presented a paper titled “The Role of Noblesse Oblige and Class Privilege in Shaping Volunteer Experience”. Lucero Castillo presented a paper titled “Shattering Invisibility and Rethinking the American Dream: Undocumented Students as Agents of Educational and Social Change”.  Nicole Hewitt (’13) presented a paper titled “Becoming a Good Citizen: English as a Second Language Volunteers Reinforcing Social Hierarchies within Adult Education”. Kelsey Kisor presented a paper entitled “Protect and Serve Each Other”: Collective Action and Contentious Politics in a Police Accountability Organization”. And Nathan Tuttle presented a paper titled Gay on the Gridiron: Homophobia and the NFL”. Additionally, Dr. Maria Lowe, Dr. Reggie ByronNathan Tuttle, and Brianna Billingsley gave a co-authored presentation entitled “On a Normal Day, Zero to One Times”: Predicting the Frequency with which Students Think about Their Race at a Predominantly White Southern University” at the same conference (Nathan and Briana delivered the presentation).

  • Bree Billingsley has won first place in the Alpha Kappa Delta Undergraduate Paper Competition for her paper “‘Literally, My Money Comes From How Happy I Make Them’: The Positive and Negative Consequences of Emotional Labor Among Restaurant Servers.”

  • Eight Southwestern sociology majors presented their research at the annual meetings of the Pacific Sociological Association held in Portland, Oregon, March 27-30.  Lucas Grisham, Kelsey Kisor and Mitchell Petersen presented their paper entitled “Planning for Change in the Sociology Curriculum: Sociology Departments and the MCAT® 2015.” Victoria Flores and Tara Smith presented “Planning for Change in the Psychology Curriculum: Psychology Departments and the MCAT® 2015.”  Marta Selby, John Semlitsch and Forrest Stanley-Stevens’ presentation was entitled “Adjustments Following Addition: Advisors’ Actions Regarding MCAT® Revisions.”  They discussed their research as part of a workshop on “Preparing for Changes in the MCAT®–Opportunities and Challenges for Sociology Programs” organized by Edward L. Kain, Professor of Sociology and University Scholar.

Spring 2013

  • Five senior anthropology majors presented their capstone research at the Southwestern Anthropological Association’s Annual Conference in San Jose, Calif., April 18-20. Kristi Lenderman won second place in the Student Paper Competition for her paper “Chilean Intercultural Education and Contentious Identities: Constructions of Sexuality and Gender in the Mapuche Community.” Alejandra Benitez presented a paper titled “On the Border of Texas and Peru: Domination and Subjugation of Non-Privileged Identities,” Fehima Dawy presented a paper titled “Fitting into the Ideals of a ‘New India’ after Breast Cancer: Survivor Stories from Mumbai, India,” MLe McWilliams presented a paper titled “Mermaids, Mythology & Marble: A Search for Identity in a Multitude of Conflicting Selves,” and Chloe Morris presented a paper titled “Nexus of Healing: The Experiences of Female Bedu Healers in Jordan.” All five wrote the papers under the direction of Melissa Johnson, associate professor of anthropology.

  • Eight students and three faculty members are participating in the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society in Atlanta this week. Isaac Bernal is presenting a paper titled “Performing Spanish: Gatekeeping in a First-Generation Latino Peer Culture” that was done under the direction of Sandi Nenga, associate professor of sociology. Lucero Castillo and Joanna Hawkins are presenting a paper  titled “Patterns and Change in the Portrayal of the Elderly in Print Advertising” that was done as part of an independent study with Edward L. Kain, professor of sociology and University Scholar. Four students are presenting papers based upon their research in a capstone course taught by Maria Lowe, professor of sociology: Lorenza Cigarroa will present a paper titled “Leading Occupy Austin: Constructing an Alternate Conception of Leadership Through Direct Democracy and Collective Action.” Anna Fetchick will present a paper titled “Don’t Bring it Home: How Emotion Work and Individual Identity Affect Activist Participation.” Megan Robinson will present a paper titled “’I’m Feeding the World Tonight’: The Impact of Moral Identity Standards on Mobile Loaves & Fishes Homeless Outreach Ministry.” Caroline Wright will present a paper titled “Friendship, Brotherhood, Sisterhood, and Family: Collective Identity, Social Ties, and Free Space as Motivation for Volunteers at the Ride On Center for Kids.” At the same meeting, Kain is leading a professional workshop on “Preparing for a Program Review.” Lowe and Alice H. Nguyen will present their research on “‘They May Be Up to No Good’: The Heightened Surveillance of Men of Color On a Predominantly White Neighborhood Listserv.” And Nenga will present a paper titled “Constructing the ‘Typical College Student’: How College Prep Workshops Encourage and Discourage First-Generation College-Bound Latino High School Students.” 

  • Sandi Nenga, associate professor of sociology, and Jessica Taft (Davidson College), just published a co-edited volume titled Youth Engagement: The Civic-Political Lives of Children and Youth. The volume brings together studies of children and youth’s activism and volunteer work. It is volume 16 in the series Sociological Studies of Children and Youth (Bingley, UK:  Emerald). 

  • The December 2012 issue of ASA Footnotes, the newsletter of the American Sociological Association, included an article titled “Changes in the MCAT Have Implications for Sociology Department Planning” that was written by Edward L. Kain, professor of sociology and University Scholar. Kain had significant help on the article from Kerry Bruns, professor of chemistry.

Fall 2012

  • Sandi Nenga, associate professor of sociology, published an article titled “Not the community, but a community: Transforming youth into citizens through volunteer work” in the December 2012 issue of the Journal of Youth Studies, an international journal headquartered in Glasgow, UK.

  • Melissa Johnson, professor of anthropology, presented a paper titled “Hunters, Ecotourists and Hicatee: Creolizing Socionatures in Belize” for a panel she co-organized with Timo Kaartinen of the University of Helsinki on “Social Assemblages and the Pursuit of Nature in the Global Resource Economy” at the American Anthropological Association’s 2012 Annual Meeting, which was held Nov. 14-18 in San Francisco.

  • Brenda Sendejo, assistant professor of anthropology, organized a panel and presented a paper at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco Nov. 14-18. The title of the panel was “Decolonizing Borderland Ethnographies: Indigenous and Feminist Methodologies of Resistance” and her  paper was titled “Our Lady of Guadalupe-Tonantzin: An Active Symbol of Tejana Self-Making.”

  • Maria Lowe, professor of sociology, and Reggie Byron, assistant professor of sociology, have had an article titled “Food for Thought: Frequent Interracial Dining Experiences as a Predictor of Students’ Racial Climate Perceptions,” accepted for publication in The Journal of Higher Education, the leading scholarly journal on the institution of higher education. Recent graduates Griffin Ferry and Melissa Garcia contributed to the paper.

  • Sandi Nenga, associate professor of sociology, presented a paper co-authored with Kathryn Gold Hadley of Hanover College titled “To De-Emphasize or Highlight Ethnicity? How Two Positive Youth Development Programs Empower Southeast Asian Youth” at the American Sociological Association meetings in Denver in August. She also was the organizer, presider and discussant for a panel on “Children and Youth.”

  • Sandi Nenga, associate professor of sociology, presented a paper co-authored with Kathryn Gold Hadley of Hanover College titled “To De-Emphasize or Highlight Ethnicity? How Two Positive Youth Development Programs Empower Southeast Asian Youth” at the American Sociological Association meetings in Denver in August. She also was the organizer, presider and discussant for a panel on “Children and Youth.”

  • Edward Kain, professor of sociology and University Scholar, presented the keynote address for a day-long preconference on learner-centered teaching at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association in Denver Aug. 17-20.  His talk was titled “Increasing your Pedagogical Footprint by Focusing upon Student Learning.” At the same meetings, Kain also was co-leader for a professional development workshop on “Applying for a Faculty Position in a Teaching-Oriented Institution” and a presenter in a workshop titled “Retirement: Sociologists’ Experiences in Starting What’s Next.”  He also presented a co-authored paper in a panel on “The Core of Sociology: What Introductory Students Need to Know” and was a consultant in the “Department Chairs Drop-In Clinic: Providing Help and Insights from DRG Consultants with Expertise in Curriculum Review and Faculty Development.”

  • Melissa Johnson, professor of anthropology, chaired a panel on Community, Environment and Governance at the Caribbean Studies Association’s 37th Annual Conference, which was held in Guadeloupe May 28-June 1.