Attending the 2019 NIH Regional Seminar

I will be attending the 2019 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Regional Seminar in Baltimore, Maryland, to be held May 16-17. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at St. Mary’s College of Maryland is funding it. I am looking forward to the discussions!

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Book Contract with Routledge

My book, Social Activism in Women’s Tennis: Generations of Politics and Cultural Change, based largely on my dissertation, is under contract with Routledge. Routledge expects delivery of this manuscript in April 2019, with publication afterwards. The book chronicles the lineage of social activism in women’s professional tennis from 1968, when tennis became “open,” to the present. Though the main message of women’s sporting equality has remained the same since 1968, the lineage of social activism in women’s tennis has distinguishable cohorts as women’s tennis gained strength, outside politics changed, and new players entered the space of women’s tennis and others left. Players from previous generations inculcated new players to the culture and politics of women’s tennis at the same time that these new players brought with them new frameworks for understanding the world around them. I am very much looking forward to working with Routledge on this project!

Visiting Assistant Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

I am excited to be a Visiting Assistant Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland for the 2016-2017 academic year.  In this position, I will teach Introduction to Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies for the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program while also continuing with writing and publishing my research.

Successful Dissertation Defense!

I passed my dissertation defense on Friday, April 15, 2016!  My dissertation research was an analysis of social activism in women’s professional tennis since the “open” era began in 1968.  The committee that approved this dissertation was comprised of: David Andrews (chair), Patricia Hill Collins (from sociology), Laurie Frederik (from performance studies), Nancy Spencer (from Bowling Green State University), Shannon Jette, and Jennifer Roberts.

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William and Madeline Welder Smith Research Travel Award, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas

I have received a William and Madeline Welder Smith research travel award for 2015-2016 to fund my travel to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas.  I will specifically be researching the Gladys Heldman papers which are archived there.  Gladys Heldman was the marketing genius behind the Original 9 who formed in 1970 as a social movement to fight for equal pay and an equal number of tournaments for female tennis players.

For more information about the award, visit the William and Madeline Welder Smith research travel award website.