The Sociology department is proud to announce that the research paper Michaela Simmons submitted in last year’s undergraduate Honors class has been accepted for publication in The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Michaela’s Honors thesis, “Voices on the Outside: Mass Incarceration and the Women Left Behind” was based on ethnographic research that was conducted with extraordinary sensitivity and sociological insight. The essay explores the financial, practical and emotional hardship that the incarceration of males since the passage of the “Three Strikes Law” has on women, particularly minority working class women. It is a wonderful piece of feminist intersectional sociology, theoretically tight and a compelling ethnographic illumination of gendered dynamics that the sociological literature has all but ignored. Michaela was advised by Prof. Ivan Evans.
The Sociology department is quite proud of its Honors Program. Michaela’s accomplishment comes one year after Josephine Pang, an Honors student that Prof. Bennetta Jules-Rossette and Prof. Ivan Evans co-advised, was awarded the Best Undergraduate Essay Award at the African Studies Association. Not bad at all.