(Co-) Editing in Sociology!

A new academic role for me – co-editing the Culture Section of Contexts magazine and the Political Sociology section of Sociology Compass. So far the experience is really fun and rewarding. I am learning a lot about new research areas and working with some inspiring follow academics!

At Contexts, I’m happy to be working under EIC’s Fabio Rojas and Rashawn Ray, and my Culture Co-Editor Kristen Barber.

At Sociology Compass, our general editors are Rebecca Kissane and Julie Kmec, and my Co-Editor is Joshua Dubrow.

Looking forward to your submissions folks!



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Partnering with Cox for a Commitment to Diversity

I had the unique opportunity this month to be involved in the summit held by Cox titled “Celebrating Progress & Driving Toward Equality” held at UCI’s Student Center. I learned a great deal about the efforts being made by this huge company to move forward in improving diversity and equity in the company and support their employees. I led three break-out sessions on understanding and un-doing unconscious bias. It was a great learning experience for me and I truly enjoyed meeting all the fantastic Cox employees and the other community members in attendance. They have a LinkedIn group to further discussion.


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UCI Provost’s Leadership Academy

Wrapping up my first official quarter as Equity Advisor for the School of Social Sciences and reflecting on the many important lessons I learned last year in the UCI Provost’s Leadership Academy…. I highly recommend Andy Policano’s book From Ivory Tower to Glass House

It’s great to be a part of a community that builds leaders from the ground up and lives its commitment to equality and diversity. As I head into a quarter of sabbatical this spring, looking forward to coming back refreshed in the fall and ready to keep working with such great peers here at UCI! Zot! Zot!

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Scholars Strategy Network

I’m so pleased to be officially a part of the Scholars Strategy Network. My inaugural policy brief, “Why U.S. Legislatures Need Social Policy Committees” gives me a wonderful platform to reach out to a broader audience. To quote from their mission statement:

“The Scholars Strategy Network seeks to improve public policy and strengthen democracy by connecting scholars and their research to policymakers, citizens associations, and the media.

SSN members spell out the implications of their research in ways that are broadly accessible. They engage in consultations with policymakers in Washington DC and state capitals. They make regular contributions to the media and share findings and ideas with journalists and bloggers. Many SSN scholars also work with advocates and civic organizations to address pressing public challenges at the national, state, and local levels.”

There are many great briefs that would be wonderful for classes as well. Check it out!

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Newcomb College Institute Visit and Book Promotion

On March 9th, Amy Alexander, Farida Jalalzai and I were thrilled to present our book, Measuring Women’s Political Empowerment across the Globe, to a fantastic group of faculty and students at the Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University. This institute, directed by Sally J. Kenney (one of our contributors!) is doing really important work in developing future generations of women leaders, and we had a great time meeting all these brilliant and dynamic scholars. We are very grateful to Sally for the invitation, and also especially appreciated the logistical support of Anna Mahoney who is doing great work on the creation of women’s caucuses in U.S. State Legislatures.

Myself, Farida, and Amy at the Newcomb Institute House

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Homonegativity in Eastern Europe

UCI graduate student Ksenia Gracheva and I just contributed to a special issue on gender and sexuality for Europe Now – the official journal of the Council for European Studies (CES)

Here it is!

Homonegativity in Eastern Europe

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UCI Women’s Empowerment Initiative

On July 19, I had the wonderful opportunity to present on my work with Amy Alexander and Farida Jalazai on the importance of women’s political empowerment at the “Expanding Perspectives on Gender Equality” event here at UCI. . This was a conference sponsored by the Empowering Sustainability Initiative and the UCI Women’s Empowerment Initiative.

Big shout out to some of the fantastic stuff being done:
* Initiative to End Family Violence (http://endfamilyviolence.uci.edu/)
* Global GLOW (https://globalgirlsglow.org/)
* UCI CARE Center (http://www.care.uci.edu/)

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Blogging on the Interwebs…

Here are some links to my posts on social media:

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