ASA is pleased to introduce the five new scholars who comprise MFP Cohort 46. These talented PhD candidates with strong and diverse sociological research interests were chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants. The Fellows will officially begin their participation on August 1, 2019.
The MFP program provides a stipend, mentoring, and a cohort opportunity to predoctoral minority students. The new Fellows will attend the 2019 Annual Meeting in New York City, where they will participate in a full program of professional development and networking activities. We invite you to attend the MFP Benefit Reception on Sunday, August 11. Those wishing to attend can purchase tickets to this event when registering for the Annual Meeting or at the door.
Since 2010, MFP has been generously supported on an annual basis by Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS), Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the Midwest Sociological Society (MSS), the Association of Black Sociologists (ABS), and the Southwestern Sociological Association (SSA), with more recent support from the Pacific Sociological Association (PSA) and the Southern Sociological Society (SSS). Support for MFP also comes from the ASA Council, with significant gifts made by individual ASA members annually and through the 2009-2010 Leadership Campaign in which SWS and the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) participated as donor organizations. More recent support has come from ASA’s Campaign to Strengthen Inclusion (for more information, visit www.asanet.org/donate).
Undergraduate Institution: University of Florida
Graduate Institution: University of Georgia
Malissa Alinor is a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia, where she also earned a master’s degree in sociology. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. Malissa’s mixed-methods dissertation explores the affective components of racial discrimination. This project draws on interview data from persons of color as well as white individuals to map and understand the emotions that accompany experiencing, recounting, witnessing, or even enacting racial discrimination. She is also using experimental methods to examine how these racialized emotions lead to action or inaction. Her research interests also include the consequences of stereotypic perceptions and the effectiveness of strategies aimed at reducing those perceptions. For her master’s thesis, funded by the University of Georgia Research and Engagement in Diversity grant, Malissa used experimental methods to test how clothing attire influences the threatening perception of black men. In addition, she is a part of an ongoing research collaboration to understand the effects of sexual misconduct policies, of which she is co-author on a paper published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
Undergraduate Institution: Morehouse College
Graduate Institution: University of Kentucky
Myles D. Moody is a first-generation PhD candidate at the University of Kentucky. He earned his BA in sociology from Morehouse College before earning his MA in sociology from the University of Memphis. His passion for studying social inequality sprung from his experiences as a St. Louis native, where he recognized at an early age how residential segregation shaped people’s life chances. During his education, Myles has been committed to studying the social determinants of health, focusing on the strongest predictors of morbidity and mortality for Black Americans. His dissertation examines the impact of vicarious experiences of racism on the well-being of Black Americans using quantitative methods, along with the race-related stress and life course frameworks. Currently, His work appears in the Journal of African-American Studies, the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, Society and Mental Health, and Addictive Behaviors. Additionally, Myles is a research assistant at the Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) at the University of Kentucky, where he is the Research Program Coordinator for a group of undergraduates who are embarking on their own research projects to improve health outcomes for vulnerable and underserved populations in their communities.
Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University
Graduate Institutions: University of Arizona and University of Waikato-New Zealand
Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear is a dual PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Arizona and demography at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Her research interests are both sociological and interdisciplinary, including social demography, critical statistics, racial and ethnic classification, health disparities, and stratification. Desi is advancing two related research streams: one focuses on data justice for Indigenous communities; the second critically explores the enumeration and classification of Indigenous peoples in official statistics and tribal data systems. Her mixed-methods dissertation examines the intersection of racial classification, collective identity, and tribal citizenship through the lenses of statistical statecraft and critical theories of race. She specializes in quantitative methods and has partnered with Indigenous communities in the U.S. and internationally as a survey researcher for more than 10 years. Her book manuscript Surveying Indigenous Communities: Methods and Case Studies is in preparation. Beyond research, Desi is committed to training new generations of Indigenous data warriors, raising a toddler, and enjoying her family. She is the co-founder of the U.S. Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network (USIDSN) and on the Board of Directors for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Database. Desi is a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation and Chicana. She grew up on the Cheyenne homeland in rural Montana where she says, “The buffalo still roam and reservation borders crossed all of us.”
Undergraduate Institution: Eastern Washington University
Graduate Institution: University of California-Santa Cruz
Yvonne P. Sherwood is from Spokane and Coeur d’ Alene, born and raised within the Yakama Nation Reservation. A PhD candidate at the University of California-Santa Cruz, she studies the intersections of settler colonialism, anti-blackness, and heteropatriarchy in and across law and education; and, in organizing and activist spaces, actively engages across these entanglements. Her dissertation, “Water is Sacred! Women are Sacred!” Indigenous Womxn’s Embodied Knowledges Across the Fourth World,” challenges the cooptation of Indigenous Knowledge by the state and resituates it as an anticolonial project by exploring the ways Indigenous peoples, especially womxn activists, continue to fight for sovereignty and community well-being across the Fourth World. Drawing from participatory ethnography and in-depth interviews, Sherwood’s dissertation develops sociological theories of settler colonialism, critical race, and gender. A community college graduate, she received her master’s degree in sociology from University of California-Santa Cruz and her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Eastern Washington University in sociology and women’s and gender studies with minors in American Indian studies and Chicanx studies. Between work and research, she volunteers as a UCSC MINT mentor and a leading organizer within parentsforqualitycare.org. She has published in Open Rivers Journal, Fourth World Journal, American Indian Culture and Research, and co-authored an article on nuclear colonialism in Intercontinental Cry. A past recipient of the University of California-Santa Cruz’s Dean’s Diversity Fellowship and President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship, she is honored to be among the other MFPs.
Undergraduate Institution: Fayetteville State University
Graduate Institution: North Carolina State University
Chaniqua Simpson (she/her) is a first-generation college student, Black queer feminist writer, caregiver, and organizer. Born and raised in Brooklyn and then rural North Carolina, Chaniqua likes to call herself a “Sortherner” because most of these geographic locations shaped her work personal life and her work as a sociologist. She received a BA in sociology with a certificate in professional writing from Fayetteville State University, where she was a McNair Scholar and participated in the Summer Research Opportunities Program. She is currently a PhD candidate at North Carolina State University. Her interests include race, class and gender, Black resistance, critical theory, social control, sexual politics, community-engaged research, and food and environmental justice. Her dissertation focuses on Black resistance movements and how Black organizers make sense of their work within the historical and contemporary cultural and political contexts. Specifically, it draws attention to systems of power stemming from class, gender, and sexuality, and how they shape the lives, experiences, and organizing work of young Black activists. Chaniqua does engaged scholarship as a part of her commitment to Black, LGBTQ, and other minoritized people. She is a member of the first Movement for Black Lives Electoral Justice League Fellowship, where she worked with organizers to help build coalitions and support to push for affordable housing in Raleigh. She also works at the Women’s Center at NC State, where she works to bridge sociology into campus community programming, specifically around race, gender, and equity. She facilitates interactive trainings, workshops, and talks around race, racism, sexuality, and social justice. Her work can be found in the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice and in Amplified Voices, Intersecting Identities: First-Generation PhDs Navigating Institutional Power (forthcoming). In addition, Chaniqua provides care for her aging mother. She also uses her spare time to tell bad jokes, binge-watch television, walk her dog, and care for her plants.