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A podcast created by Sociologists for Women in Society to highlight the work of feminist scholars and activists. Twitter: @soc women
Jul 17, 2023
Tanya Cook: The One Where We Talk About Fandoms, Disability, and Activism
Who is your favorite superhero and why? We answer this question before exploring the impact of fandoms on social activism, gender, and how society can be reimagined to better support people with invisible disabilities. Dr. Cook discusses how her new book acts as a how-to guide to doing chaotic good within any fandom. *Tanya Cook* is a sociology professor at the Community College of Aurora near Denver, Colorado. She holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2019, Cook was one of 26 community college faculty awarded a research grant from Mellon/ACLS to support sociological research on fandom. Her current project, Always Keep Nerd Fighting: Fandoms as Social Movements, investigates how and why fans are becoming more charitable and politically engaged. Cook’s forthcoming book, co-authored with Kaela Joseph, on how to engage in fan activism, is scheduled for publication in early 2023. Her research and writing interests include social movements, sociological theory, and popular culture. She was recently awarded the Barbara R. Walters Award from the Easter Sociological Society for her paper “‘It’s a Gift and A Curse:’ How Covid Reframed Our Understanding of Disability as Intersectional Identity.” When she’s not trying to find new ways to use popular culture and fandom to democratize the classroom, you can probably find her at Comic Con.
1 hr 11 min
Apr 6, 2023
Minha Khan: Exploring the Influence of Households on Low-income Female Pakistani College Students
Households matter. They influence the educational attainment and occupational aspiration development of students. Scholars have found an overwhelmingly positive relationship between household involvement and student educational and aspirational outcomes. However, most investigations of this relationship have occurred within a Western context. Minha Khan explores the influence of households on low-income female Pakistani college students’ educational and occupational journeys. Her research advocates for the need to re-assess existing theories of education from an intersectional and feminist lens before claiming generalizability, while highlighting the harm that can be done when policy decisions are made on the basis of non-inclusive literature, especially for marginalized communities. *Minha Khan* is a Sociologist of Education with a particular interest in educational access and opportunity. Her research has previously explored how schooling in a child’s non-native language can make learning inaccessible, how household and gender norms complicate accessing higher education for female students and the role of education in breaking the inheritance of despair in low-income families. Since graduating from Stanford University in 2021, Minha has been working as a Research and Design Consultant at Noora Health, USA, and The Citizens Foundation, Pakistan. She is also an incoming postgraduate student in Oxford University's Social Policy and Intervention Department. In her free time, Minha enjoys drinking tea, having conversations, and trying to figure out how the world works. *Erin Baker, Ph.D.* (she/her) is an associate professor of sociology at Minot State University. Dr. Baker's research explores motherhood, mental health, education, and homeschooling. For more information, visit https://erinebaker.com/ *Whitney Hunt, Ph.D.* (she/her) is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Colgate University. Whitney’s research broadly explores social and cultural constructions of gender and race, with a particular lens on how individuals and groups engage with institutions of media, science, and technology. For more information, visit her website.
Feb 8, 2022
Salam Aboulhassan: Gendered and Racialized Muslim Experiences at Work
Erin Baker and Whitney Hunt meet with Salam Aboulhassan to discuss her research on the experiences of Muslims at work. *Resources* American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee NAACP Care.org Sociologists for Women in Society Sociologists for Women in Society - Facebook Sociologists for Women in Society - Twitter *Salam Aboulhassan* is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Wayne State University. Her past research explored intimate partner violence and the social construction of reputation among Arab American women, publishing her first set of findings in the Journal of Family Issues. Her current research focuses on the racialization of Muslims within US workplaces. In early 2019, she was awarded the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement grant. She is also a community activist who focuses on issues of sexual abuse and sexual assault within immigrant Arab communities *Whitney Hunt, Ph.D.* (she/her) is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Colgate University. Whitney’s research broadly explores social and cultural constructions of gender and race, with a particular lens on how individuals and groups engage with institutions of media, science and technology. For more information, visit her website. *Erin Baker, Ph.D.* (she/her) is an associate professor of sociology at Minot State University. Dr. Baker's research explores motherhood, mental health, education, and homeschooling. For more information, visit https://erinebaker.com/