American Sociological Association

Nancy A. Naples - 2015 Jessie Bernard Award

Nancy A. Naples

The Jessie Bernard Award is given annually in recognition of a body of scholarly work that has enlarged the horizons of sociology to encompass fully the role of women in society. Nancy A. Naples is this year’s recipient with a career that exemplifies this award.
Nancy A. Naples is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Connecticut. She is Past President of the Eastern Sociological Society, Past President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), and a Past President of Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS). She is also Past Chair of the ASA Sex and Gender Section. Naples has been recognized repeatedly by a variety of professional societies for her scholarship, her teaching and mentoring, and for a commitment to social justice. She has won numerous awards for her research including the 2008 Faculty Excellence Award in Research (Humanities/Social Sciences) from the Alumni Association and the 2011 Excellence in Research Award for Social Sciences from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut. In 2010, she won the prestigious SWS Distinguished Feminist Lecturer award and is one of very few SWS Feminist Scholar awardees to have also been singled out, in 2011, for their prestigious Feminist Mentor Award. She further won the 2012 Scholar Activist Award from the  SSSP Division of Sociology and Social Welfare and the 2014 Lee Founders Award from SSSP.
Nancy A. Naples uses a variety of methods including ethnography, discourse analysis, archival research, and comparative research to analyze the intersection of gender, sexuality, race, political activism, social policies, and citizenship. Naples has produced seminal works in the areas of feminist theory, methodology, and activism and has advanced our understanding of poor women’s community-based and transnational activism. She has authored two monographs, Grassroots Warriors: Activist Mothering, Community Work, and the War on Poverty (1998) and Feminism and Method: Ethnography, Discourse Analysis, and Activist Research (2003) and edited or co-edited many others. Several of these works have won awards or honorable mentions from the ASA and SSSP. She has also published more than 50 articles and chapters in sociology and other disciplinary and interdisciplinary venues including Gender & Society, Social Problems, Signs, and Feminist Economics. 
Naples is known for exceptional engagement in mentoring graduate students and for a commitment to social justice and service. One of Professor Naples colleagues summarizes it best: “It is rare to have the opportunity to commend a scholar who already is a ‘trifecta’ winner of national awards for scholarship, for mentoring and teaching excellence, and for commitment and contributions to social justice and university service. Yet Nancy has repeatedly been singled out as exceptional on all three scores…” Altogether, Nancy A. Naples demonstrates how to blend scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and activism into a distinguished career. The Jessie Bernard Award committee extends their warmest congratulations to Naples.