Kendal Broad continues to teach and learn about social movements and protest. This year Dr. Broad continued writing a book manuscript about gay anti-racism, presenting portions of that work at the Black Liberation: Life, Death, And Queer Resistance, Fourth Biennial Intersections Symposium, the Southern Sociological Society annual meetings, as well as at Race | Sex | Power 2018: Design For A Decade. Dr. Broad published “Social Movement Intersectionality and Re-Centering Intersectional Activism” in Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice/Études critiques sur le genre, la culture, et la justice, special issue: “What’s Intersectional about Intersexuality Now?.” This year Dr. Broad was one of two Center faculty named as a University of Florida Term Professor for 2017-2020. Dr. Broad is honored to continue working with graduate students as Graduate Coordinator for the Center and is looking forward to presenting with colleagues at the National Women’s Studies Association meetings in November and teaching LGBTQ+ Social Movements and Activisms in Fall 2018.
Manoucheka Celeste’s accomplishments this year include winning the 2017 National Communication Association Outstanding Book Award from the African American Communication & Culture Division and the Black Caucus. She was also awarded a UF Term Professorship. She continued to share her work with international audiences, including at Concordia and McGill universities in Montreal. Manoucheka was the inaugural Faculty Fellow for UF LGBTQ Affairs, which included meeting with students, delivering a lecture, and co-organizing a speaker series titled “Bodies (performing) on the Edge: Deconstructing Identities, Culture, and Law,” featuring the cutting-edge scholarship of Bernadette Calafell, Lynn Comella, and Georgianne Davis. She says, “moderating a conversation with Stonewall icon and trans activist Miss Major was this year’s highlight.” Manoucheka’s articles, “What Now?”: The Wailing Black Woman, Grief, and Difference” and “Black Media Studies” were recently published. The wailing article serves as a springboard for her next book project. She looks forward to time for research and daydreaming this summer.
Maddy Coy’s new course for the Center on Violence Against Women was awarded a grant from the Internationalizing the Curriculum program in UF’s International Center. In February, her final project as PI for London Metropolitan University — a rapid evidence assessment of discourses about child sexual abuse, commissioned by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse — was published as a peer reviewed report. Maddy also gave expert evidence by video link about her research on sexual exploitation and the sex industry for a Canadian constitutional law case in April and May. She twice gave expert evidence, based on her research, to the UK Government Women and Equalities Committee: in March about young people and pornography and in June about the media and sexual harassment. Dr. Coy was the opening speaker at UF Strive’s “Take Back the Night: A March and Rally to End Sexual Violence,” held on April 4th. She also gave a talk on April 12th at the launch of the Survivors of Violence Art Exhibit at the Harn Museum of Art, sponsored by the Alachua County Community Support Services’ Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center. Maddy has three book chapters in press on young people and sexual consent; young people and pornography; and the responsibilization of women who experience domestic violence.”
Laura Guyer was a co-investigator on one of seven $50,000 UF City of Gainesville research grants for the project, Community Resource Paramedicine. By reducing 911 calls and connecting users to social and medical services, the city will reduce costs and see improved health outcomes. Her community leadership was recognized by the Gateway Girl Scout Council Women Who Make a Difference Award and she was named as a 2017 Anderson Scholars Faculty Honoree for being particularly inspirational and influential to undergraduate students. She served as faculty mentor and principal investigator for two students in the University Scholars Program and one in the Emerging Scholars Program. An evaluation of the Health Disparities in Society minor was published in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.
Bonnie Moradi and her co-authors (including UF students) received the Outstanding Major Contribution Award from the journal, The Counseling Psychologist, for their publications on “Research on Trans People and Issues.” She served as Co-Editor of a special Section on “Intersectionality Research in Counseling Psychology” published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology. She was invited to give the University of Missouri-Columbia’s 2017 Gysbers, Jonhston, Heppner, & Heppner Distinguished Lecture Series talk on her work, titled “Intersectionality: Origins, translations, and transformations.”
Tanya Saunders, with Co-PIs Amailton Azevedo and Paulino Cardozo, implemented two, two-year Abdias do Nasciemento Fellowship Awards funded by CAPES. This is a part of Brazil’s higher education affirmative action and internationalization initiatives. She hosted two site visits to UF by Brazilian university officials to initiate institutional collaborations, faculty exchanges and research collaborations. She hosted six undergraduate interns and five doctoral research scholars from Brazil. She published her first peer reviewed article in Portuguese in a special issue on lesbians in Revista Periódicus, and has a forthcoming article in Reforming Communism: Cuba in Comparative Perspective (U Pitt Press in-press). In addition to organizing lectures with scholars and artists from Cuba, Jamaica and Brazil, she was invited to participate in Afrodescendants in Brazil: Achievements, Present Challenges, and Perspectives for the Future in the Afro-Latino Institute, Hutchins Center, Harvard University. She was awarded the Mellon Intersections Grant (PI) with Manoucheka Celeste (Co-PI).
Connie Shehan is the editor of American Life: A Documentary History of Political, Social, and Economic Changes, a 2 volume reference book published in April, which includes approximately 150 original documents written in each historical period from the colonial era to the present. Dr. Shehan continues her work as editor of the Journal of Family Issues since 1995. Dr. Shehan has also been selected to serve as one of five editors of the Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research Methods, sponsored by the National Council on Family Relations.
While enjoying her full-year research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Trysh Travis published “Self-Help in America: A Project for Moral Perfection” in the August 2017 issue of The American Historian. Another article “The Intersectional Origins of Women’s Substance Abuse Treatment: Lessons from Detroit’s WOMAN Center” appeared in the fall 2017 issue of Contemporary Drug Problems. Returning to campus in January of 2018, Prof. Travis became the Faculty Liaison to the UF Quest Curriculum Committee, a campus-wide initiative to remake UF’s General Education requirements. In March, she was an invited speaker in Virginia Tech’s “Writing in the Disciplines” series, where she presented “Square in a Sea of Hip: Doing Feminist Research on Recovering Women” and led a workshop on writing process and style for historians.
Alyssa Zucker co-authored two book chapters and two journal articles this year, including one with UF students Alexandra Weis (M.A. ’17) and Liz Redford and colleague Kate Ratliff (Center affiliate): “Feminist Identity, Attitudes Toward Feminist Prototypes, and Willingness to Intervene in Everyday Sexist Events” in Psychology of Women Quarterly. She designed a new graduate seminar—Reproductive Health and Justice—and taught the graduate Proseminar in Women’s Studies for the first time. Dr. Zucker chaired a search in the Center that yielded more than 350 applicants and is very pleased to help welcome new faculty member Dr. Jillian Hernandez as a result. In her role as Vada A. Yeomans Chair, she co- sponsored Center affiliate Dr. Laurie Mintz’s Becoming Cliterate book release among other events. As Associate Director and Undergraduate Coordinator in the Center, Dr. Zucker enjoys collaborating with other faculty, advising students, and distributing chocolate whenever possible.