The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is very pleased to announce that Dr. Louwanda Evans is joining the department in a tenure-track position. Dr. Evans came to Millsaps last fall as a sabbatical replacement and quickly made a positive impact in a number of ways. As a teacher and a scholar, she is a great fit for our department.
From her introductory classes to her seminar on the Sociology of African-Americans and Latinos, there is an exciting buzz about sociology on campus these days. This spring she has taught the inaugural course in Poverty Studies as part of Millsaps's membership in the Shepherd Consortium. This course has paired thirteen Millsaps students with community partners in work directly related to poverty in the Jackson area. Two of those students have been selected as the college's first two summer interns for the Shepherd Consortium and will continue their work and community engagement in Boston and Tampa this summer. Next year Dr. Evans will offer a class on gender and another on crime and prisons.
We eagerly await the publication of Dr. Evans's first book this fall. The book examines the concept of emotional labor among African-American pilots and flight attendants and will undoubtedly become an essential part of the corpus of literature on emotional labor, race, and gender as they relate to specific work environments.
With the addition of Dr. Evans as a companion to Dr. Tsui in sociology, the department is poised to renew the legacy of a strong history in the field of sociology. We will be able to offer sociology offerings that span from the international to the local and to bring the study of sociology to bear on the communities and issues that surround us. Pairing this renewed strength in sociology with continued strength in anthropology, we look forward with excitement to the coming years in SOAN at Millsaps.