We wanted to take a moment to celebrate some of the very many accomplishments made by WGSS faculty and affiliated faculty this past year. Congratulations and thank you to all who shared their accolades!

photo of LauraLaura Mauldin, Ph.D, NIC

Assistant Professor
Human Development and Family Sciences
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

This year, Professor Laura Mauldin’s major accomplishments include receiving tenure and publishing the following articles:

“They Told Me My Name: Developing a Deaf Identity” appearing in Symbolic Interaction, Authors: Laura Mauldin and Tara Fannon (2020)

“It’s Not That Way You Know, She Has a Good Future”: Women’s Experiences of Disability and Community-based Rehabilitation in Sri Lanka, book chapter in Research in Social Science and Disability, Volume 11 (2019) Authors: Carmen Britton and Laura Mauldin


photo of NancyNancy Naples, Ph.D 

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Professor Nancy Naples’ edited collections, Companion to Women’s and Gender Studies and Companion to Sexuality Studies, were released this year.


photo of EvelynEvelyn Simien, Ph.D

Political Science

This year, Professor Evelyn Simien published the following articles:

Simien, Evelyn M., and Sarah Cote Hampson. “Black Votes Count, But Do They Matter? Symbolic Empowerment and the Jackson-Obama Mobilizing Effect on Gender and Age Cohorts,” American Politics Research, forthcoming.

Simien, Evelyn M., Nneka Arinze, and Jennifer McGarry. 2019. “A Portrait of Marginality in Sport and Education: Toward a Theory of Intersectionality and Race-Gendered Experiences for Black Female College Athletes,” Journal of Women, Politics, and Public Policy, 40(3): 409-427.

Handau, Megan and Evelyn M. Simien.  2019. “The Cult of First Ladyhood: Controlling Images of White Womanhood in the Role of First Lady,” Politics & Gender, 15(3) 484-513.

photo of RyanRyan J. Watson, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Human Development and Family Sciences

This year, Professor Ryan Watson’s major accomplishments include being awarded one new, and one renewed NIH grant and publishing 17 papers (in print). Together, his NIH grants total over a million dollars. He was also awarded two early career awards: one from the Society of Research on Adolescence and one from UConn AAUP.


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