On Friday, November 3rd, UConn Early College Experience, and the UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator for Sociology, Ingrid Semann met with certified Sociology Instructors for their annual professional development workshop. After some general introductions and a discussion of the successes and challenges instructors have in their UConn courses the group heard from a panel of UConn faculty. Fumilayo Showers, Kim Price-Glynn, and Noël A. Cazenave comprised the panel.
Dr. Showers' research focuses on the social organization of health and long-term care; health professions; care work; and immigrant workers. Her book, Migrants Who Care: West Africans Working and Building Lives in US Health Care, documents the experiences of recent West African immigrants in a range of health care occupations in the US. In another project, Post-Mortem of a Pandemic: A Temporal Frame of Work, Life, and Death in COVID-19, she is conducting interviews among frontline health care workers to trace a history of loss, vulnerability, stress and burnout, moral injury, occupational inequality, racism, coping strategies, and unanticipated opportunity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Professor Price-Glynn’s research interests center on gender, labor and carework. She is co-editor of the volume, From Crisis to Catastrophe: Care, COVID and Pathways to Change. Her current study (under contract with Rutgers University Press) explores the direct and indirect care of parenting groups that demonstrate both barriers and solutions to more equitable and transformative care practices. Professor Price-Glynn's past research addresses diverse settings including strip clubs, nursing homes, and home health care. Her book, Strip Club: Gender, Power, and Sex Work, examined the processes through which men and women wield, negotiate, and contest power in a gendered organization.
In addition to numerous journal articles, book chapters, and other publications, Professor Cazenave coauthored Welfare Racism: Playing the Race Card against America’s Poor, which won five book awards; and has since then published Impossible Democracy: The Unlikely Success of the War on Poverty Community Action Programs; The Urban Racial State: Managing Race Relations in American Cities; Conceptualizing Racism: Breaking the Chains of Racially Accommodative Language; and Killing African Americans: Police and Vigilante Violence as a Racial Control Mechanism. His most recent book is Kindness Wars: The History and Political Economy of Human Caring.
To end the meeting the group shared helpful resources with each other and mentioned possible topics for future workshops.
UConn Sociology courses offered through ECE.