Anita Anantharam was selected to participate in the National Women’s Studies Association Women of Color Leadership project. She was also inducted into the Huy D. Huynh Hall of Fame. Through this honor, UF Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs recognizes outstanding leaders who have devoted themselves to representing and advancing the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community at UF and beyond. Among her other activities, Dr. Anantharam served as a mentor in the UF Multicultural and Diversity Affairs Minority Mentoring Program and as a moderator in this year’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium.
Kendal Broad is honored to continue working with graduate students as Graduate Coordinator for the Center and looks forward to a new incoming cohort in the Fall. This year, in addition to presenting with colleagues at the National Women’s Studies Association meeting, Dr. Broad presented a paper, “The Question of Hearing Gay Anti-Racist Critique While Doing Sociology” at the American Sociological Association Pre-Conference, Race & Empire: Resistance in an Uncertain Time. As well, Dr. Broad was an invited panelist with Dr. David Johnson and Dr. Nicholas Clarkson at the 10th annual Harvey Milk Festival event, “Reflections on LGBTQ+ History and Advocacy.” Additionally, Dr. Broad taught two new graduate seminars – LGBTQ+ Movements and Activisms and Sociology of Sexualities and Gender while continuing analysis and writing with and about a group of gay men and how they articulate and remember their intersectional gay anti-racism.
Manoucheka Celeste celebrated the release of her book, Race, Gender and Citizenship in African Diaspora: Travelling Blackness, in paperback. The book won the 2018 National Communication Association Diamond Anniversary Book Award. Dr. Celeste also serves as convener for Intersections on Global Blackness and Latinx Identity, an initiative of the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This group organized a lecture series that began in spring 2019 and will continue through fall 2019. Dr. Celeste received the Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Fund to work on her new book project “The Wailing Black Woman: Interrupting Narratives of Life, Death, and Citizenship in Media and the Public Sphere.” She presented a part of this project at Gonzaga University in the fall. She looks forward to focusing on this project in the year ahead.
Maddy Coy’s new course, “Sexual Ethics,” was offered for the first time in fall 2018 and she again taught “Violence Against Women” in spring 2019. This year, Dr. Coy is Co-PI on a National Science Foundation grant for an international conference on Faculty Sexual Misconduct that will take place in July. She co-authored a conference paper on the same topic that won the “Top Paper Award” from the Association for Education in Journalism Commission on the Status of Women. In addition, Dr. Coy gave two keynote talks in Dublin, Ireland, co-authored a paper in the Archives of Sexual Behavior with colleagues in Canada and Australia, and has a forthcoming book chapter on sexual exploitation of young people as patriarchal violence. Dr. Coy was appointed to the Advisory Council of the Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center. With Dr. Zucker, she was awarded a grant from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social issues for a project analyzing rape attrition rates in Alachua County. Dr. Coy was honored to again be the opening speaker at UF Strive’s “Take Back the Night” this year.
Laura Guyer was promoted from Senior Lecturer to Master Lecturer and her dedication to the Center and College was recognized with the 2019 CLAS Faculty Achievement Award for distinguished achievement. Dr. Guyer continues to develop an extensive professional network to accommodate the enrollment of 55-60 students each semester in Practicum in Health Disparities. She was appointed to the Alachua County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Steering Committee to ensure that the interests of hard-to-reach populations were included in the 2019 CHNA and was invited to present her innovative approach to undergraduate pre-medical education at the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Annual Conference and Exposition. Dr. Guyer is currently collaborating with the City of Gainesville’s Office of the City Manager, Strategic Initiatives and UF College of Medicine on the 2019 Alachua County Community Health and Social Services Resource Guide.
Jillian Hernandez co-authored the article “Queer of Color Spacemaking in and Beyond the Academic Industrial Complex,” which appeared in the Fall 2019 issue of the Journal of Critical Ethnic Studies. In April 2019, she shared new research at the invitation of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and presented the talk “The Revolution Will Be Pink: Art, Protest, and the Power of Femme of Color Aesthetics.” Dr. Hernandez won a 2019 UF Humanities Enhancement Grant, and presented at the 2018 National Women’s Studies Association Conference. She is currently preparing her book manuscript Aesthetics of Excess: The Art and Politics of Black and Latina Embodiment, for production with Duke University Press.
Bonnie Moradi and her co-authors published several articles on women of color’s experiences of workplace discrimination and mental health and on affirmative approaches to integrating gender and sexuality as axes of power in psychotherapy. She presented with Center colleagues at the 2018 National Women’s Studies Association conference and was invited to present on diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice to the North Central Florida Chapter of Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference and to UF Advancement.
Connie Shehan was awarded a Colonel Allen R. and Margaret G. Crow Term Professorship in 2018-19. She is currently writing about reproductive rights, with a paper entitled “Reproductive Control and Women’s Status in Central and Eastern Europe, 1950 to 1985: The “Facts’ behind Dystopian Fiction.” She is also examining the role of male partners’ role in pregnancy termination decisions. Dr. Shehan continues as Editor of the Journal of Family Issues. She introduced a new graduate seminar in Women’s Studies entitled “Jobs, Gender, and (In)Justice” during the Spring 2019 semester. Dr. Shehan is proud of her mentees who graduated recently, Dr. Annie Neimand and Dr. Morgan Sanchez who completed their PhD in Sociology, and Hannah Tabor and Marcella Murillo, who completed their MA degrees in Women’s Studies.
Trysh Travis continues to serve as the Faculty Liaison to the UF Quest Curriculum and in spring 2019 she taught a new first-year Quest humanities course entitled “What is a Man?” During the summer of 2018, she participated in the University of Kentucky’s Summer Seminar for Schoolteachers on “Addiction in American History.” She continues to write on drug use/abuse and recovery, and this year published “The Cool Chick in Recovery: Understanding Brené Brown” (Raritan: A Quarterly Review, winter 2019) and “Towards a Feminist History of the Drug-Using Woman– and Her Recovery” (Feminist Studies, spring 2019). This summer she received UF’s National Humanities Center Fellowship and an SMU DeGolyer Library Travel Grant to support a new project on Confederate monuments in Dallas, Texas, her hometown.
Alyssa Zucker continued her research and teaching on the health correlates and consequences of experiencing sexism and related oppressions. This year, she published research articles in the journals Violence Against Women and Social Science & Medicine, and presented at the annual meetings of the National Women’s Studies Association and the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP). She was delighted to receive (along with Dr. Maddy Coy) a Local- and State-Level Policy grant from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social issues (SPSSI) to fund a project titled Tracking Attrition in Rape Prosecution in Alachua County, FL. Finally, Dr. Zucker was elected to Fellow status in SPSSI, and received a UF Term Professorship (2018-2021) and the AWP Florence Denmark Award for outstanding feminist mentoring.