GWS News


Mel Stein's new article, "The Blood of Innocent Children": Race, Respectability, and "True" Victimhood in the 1985 MOVE Police Bombing" has been published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, 22:2-4, 160-184.

Check out Aria Halliday's interview in Forbes magazine! (Read it here). Also view her comments about feminine care company, The Honey Pot, and the stakes for Black women consumers in The Cut.

New Documentary Released -- Becoming Myself: Positive Trans & Nonbinary Identities The film is available to watch for free on the YouTube channel at The ten-minute film features narratives from the lives of seven transgender and nonbinary identified young adults who discuss the positive aspects of their identities and offer support for other transgender and nonbinary people. Individuals featured in the film reflect on their experiences navigating gender identity and how their journey has impacted them.   The film is directed and produced by Michael Breeding (Michael Breeding MEDIA); Executive Producers Zakary Clements, Ellen D.B. Riggle, and Sharon S. Rostosky; with funding support from JustFundKY.

Susan Bordo, professor emerita, has newly been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. You can read more about Susan and this honorary society here.  Congratulations, Susan!

Congratulations to Ruwen Chang, who has accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Politics Program at Centre College next year.  

Congratulations to Miles Feroli, who will be Assocaite Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives at Eastern Kentucky University. 

Congrats to Aria Halliday - the recipient of the 2022-23 Harrington Faculty Fellowship through the Center for Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Texas - Austin!  Professor Halliday will be in residence in Austin for the coming academic year working on her second book project! 

Congratulations to Mel Stein, recipient of a 2022 Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Kentucky!  This is the campus-wide award for regular and STS faculty recognizing excellence in teaching in the classroom and beyond.  Mel's impact on the educational opportunities and experiences of students in GWS - and other programs, is inspiring.  

Dr. Frances Henderson has been elected President of WGS - South, The Association for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the South! Congrats Frances! 

Congratulations to our PhD Jeorg Sauer (Hornsby) and Dr. Ellen Riggle on their new article in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies! J. E. Hornsby & Ellen Riggle (2022) Temporal Migrations in Annie Ernaux’s L’Événement: Recounting (a) Lived Experience(s) in Abortion Narrative, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, 26:1, 76-82, DOI: 10.1080/17409292.2022.2026071

Dr. Aria Halliday is this year’s winner of the SHF x Cultural Studies Award for ‘Twerk Sumn!: Theorizing Black Girl Epistemology in the Body’, published in Cultural Studies 34.6, January 2020. The SHF x Cultural Studies Award is a collaboration between the Stuart Hall Foundation and the Routledge/Taylor & Francis journal Cultural Studies. The award seeks to recognise an article by an early career scholar that best captures, and/or makes the most significant contribution to Cultural Studies. Congratulations Dr. Halliday! 

Congratulations to Professor Frances Henderson on receiving a grant from The Louisville Institute to support her research project Black Rural Lives Matter: African American Churches and Anti Racist Organizing in The Rural South. Excellent news for her on-going work and book project! Learn more about the grant here.

Check out Dr. Aria Halliday's quotes in an article from Elle Canada here!

Congratulations to Lee Mandelo, whose aricle "Necessary Fictions: Haunt(ed) Archives in Caitlin R. Kiernan's The Red Tree and the The Drowning Girl," was accepted for publication in Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Theory

Snehal Sharma recently published her article "Anti-Love Jihad Law: An Analysis of Women's Religious and Marital Rights," in a special issue of Explorations, the e-journal of the Indian Sociological Society. Congrats Snehal! You can find the article here.

Congrats to Dr. Aria Halliday on her recent publications! She co-authored, with Ruth Nicole Brown, “Mid-Twerk and Mid-Laugh” in Investing in the Educational Success of Black Women and Girls (Stylus), published December 14th, 2021. She also has a book review titled “For the Girls in the Place with Style and Grace: Excess as the Catalyst for Liberation” included in the December 2021 issue of American Quarterly.

* “The Unexpected Early Hour,” an eco-carol from A Winter Breviary (Oxford UP, 2022) premiered at Los Angeles Master Charole’s Festival of Carols December 4th, 2021. Composed by Reena Esmail, written by Assistant Professor Rebecca Gayle Howell.

* Congratulations to Charlie Yi Zhang, whose artile, "Releasing Masculinity for a More Just World: Lessons on How to 'Be Water' in Hong Kong," won the best paper award of the Southeast Asian Studies Association!

* Check out Dr. Carol Mason's article, "Sentimentalizing Resentment", about Taylor Caldwell, a prolific author of paperback novels and president of the Friends of Rhodesia, for Political Research Associates.

* Carol Mason was interviewed by The Guardian about her work on a West Virginia battle over textbooks, and its importance in the conservative movement. You can read the interview here.

* Congratulations to PhD student Miles Feroli, for receiving a grant from the Cooperative for Humanities and Social Sciences, to support the program: "Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity for this Crisis and the Next Workshop." 

* Congratulations to PhD student Lee Mandelo, whose book, Summer Sons, made it onto NPR's 2021 Book We Love list! You can find Lee's book here:  

* Check out the latest GWS newsletter here.

* Dr. Linda Kraus Worley, professor of German Studies and Folklore/Myth in the University of Kentucky’s College of Arts & Sciences’ Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures and Classics and GWS affiliate, died after 13-month-long battle with a rare leukemia on Aug. 15, 2021.  Linda was an active supporter of the GWS program, and its transition to Department.  You can read MCCL's tribute here:

* You can read Srimati Basu's latest op-ed, "Why rape shouldn't be linked to promise of marriage" here

* The local oral history project that PhD student, Adriana Sisko, is project manager for was profiled in the Lexington Herald Leader.  You can read the feature here.  Congrats, Adriana!

* On May10, 2021 we gathered virtually via zoom for the annual GWS end of year awards day, where several GWS undergraduate, graduate, and graduate certificate students were presented with awards. Congratulations to all the awardees!

  • GWS Honors: Caroline Clay, Blake Johnson, Saturn Kendrick, Jiali Ma, Keaija Turner, Jacob Zimmerman
  • 2021 Joan Callahan Award for Scholastic Achievement: Jacob Zimmerman and Saturn Kendrick
  • 2021 Kate Black Award for Activism: Blake Johnson
  • 2021 Jan Oaks Feminist Creativity Award: Jiali Ma
  • Space, Place, and Southern Grace Fund for Feminist Studies:  Sarah McCurrach
  • Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion:  Michelle Kuiper
  • Lyman T. Johnson Torch of Excellence: Eunique Gaither
  • GWS graduate certificate awardees: Alessandra Boisvert Del Brocco, Brittany N. Derr, Katarina Hoskins, Karen Suzanne Kinslow, Lindsay Littrell, Marlee McCloud, Shelby Roberts, Amanda Salmon. 
  • A&S Dean's Competitve Fellowship:  Ruwen Chang
  • Sarah Bennet Holmes Graduate Student Award and UK Women's Club Fellowship: Mel Lesch
* Congratualtions to Carol Mason, who was named 2021-2022 University Research Professor. 

* Congratulations to Anastasia Todd, who was awarded the A&S Outstanding Teaching Award in the Humanities, 2020-2021. 

* Congratulations to PhD student, Lee Mandelo, whose novella Feed Them Silence, will be released in Fall 2022.  You can read the book announcement here

* Congratulations to Patricia Cooper, Professor Emerita, for being awarded one of the highest honors in the College of Arts and Sciences by being inducted to the A&S Hall of Fame on April 9, 2021.