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Associate Professor of Sociology Melanie Heath

Sociologists for Women in Society elects Melanie Heath as Co-President-Elect

Associate Professor of Sociology Melanie Heath has been elected Co-President-Elect of Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) for a three-year term beginning January 2022.

Nov 22, 2021

“We are so thrilled to welcome Melanie Heath and her Co-President-Elect Mary Osirim to the team” says Barret Katuna, Executive Officer for SWS. “We are an international organization with members across different continents, and having a President serving internationally will open the doors even further for better international engagement and recruitment opportunities.” 

Sociologists for Women in Society was founded in 1971 to support women sociologists and the experiences they faced in academia at that time. Today, it seeks to encourage the development of sociological feminist theory and scholarship, while also promoting social justice and dissemination of cutting-edge feminist social science. This year, SWS is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and with a membership of just under 1400 its reach includes academic sociologists, applied sociologists, students, and retirees. 

“My vision is to focus on international scholarly connections and make roots for people who are experiencing marginalization either through race, homophobia, age or class, and find ways to support them and help then become SWS members,” says Heath. “I’m really looking forward to extending the global reach and international efforts of SWS.” 

Heath’s research at McMaster focuses on gender, sexuality, family, and politics. Her most recent work based on government regulation of polygamy in France, Canada, United States, and the Island of Mayotte is set to be published by Stanford University Press in 2022. 

“I’m continually inspired by the women sociologists that I have the pleasure of working with at McMaster,” shares Heath. “My hope is that through this Co-Presidential term, I’m able to foster new opportunities and build relationships that I can learn from.” 

Heath will officially begin her term as Co-President-Elect at the SWS Winter Meeting that will take place from January 27 - 30, 2022 in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. 

Learn more about Sociologists for Women in Society