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Professor Earns Award for Best Research Article Published in Last Three Years

by Web on September 11, 2017

Dr. Louwanda Evans, assistant professor of sociology at Millsaps College, is the co-author of a paper recognized by the American Sociological Association for its contribution to the study of racial and ethnic minorities.

Evans and Dr. Wendy Leo Moore, associate professor of sociology at Texas A&M University, co-authored the paper, “Impossible Burdens: White Institutions, Emotional Labor, and Micro-Resistance," which received the 2017 Oliver Cromwell Cox Award presented by the association’s Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities. The award recognizes the author(s) of the best research article in the sociological study of race and ethnicity published in the last three years.

“I am honored—and surprised—to have received the Oliver Cromwell Cox Article Award, with co-author Dr. Wendy Moore,” Evans said. “To have been selected by a committee of well-respected scholars and peers who study race-ethnic relations is a testament to the importance of understanding and grappling with the experiences of people of color in work and educational settings and the necessity of critiquing those spaces.”

Evans and Moore were honored Aug. 15 at the association’s 2017 annual meeting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Evans earned her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas-Arlington and her doctorate from Texas A&M University. She joined the faculty at Millsaps in 2012.

Evan’s research focuses on issues of race/ethnic relations, emotions and emotional labor, and the intersections of race, class, and gender, primarily in the workplace. Her research grapples with how institutional cultures and systems (re)produce particular forms of inequitable emotional labor for workers of color in professional occupations.