Emerging Scholars Events

Please note that until further notice the Emerging Scholars Symposium Spring 2020 event will be postponed. 


Spring 2020:




Department of Sociology, Boston University

April 17, 2020


The Department of Sociology at Boston University invites research presentations on the topic of race and ethnicity in global perspectives. Presentations will be part of a day-long junior scholar symposium showcasing the work of doctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows, or assistant professors from historically underrepresented groups.


Global perspectives in sociological study encompass a wide range of topics including migration, health and well-being, crime, and the geopolitical and economic consequences of colonialism. Much of this research focuses explicitly or implicitly on racial or ethnic hierarchies, identities, and/or politics. This panel will bring together emerging scholars and senior scholar discussants to explore the complex ways that race and ethnicity is experienced, understood, and theorized cross-nationally, including how race and ethnicity shapes life chances worldwide.


Invited junior scholars will be guests of the Department of Sociology from Thursday April 16th through the morning of Saturday, April 18th. All travel expenses will be covered by Boston University. On Friday, April 17th junior scholars will present their research on thematically-organized panels, each with an eminent scholar discussant. Invited scholars will also participate in thematic research roundtables, featuring the work of Boston University sociology graduate students.


The events begin with the department’s Annual Morris Lecture on Thursday afternoon, followed by dinner. The 2020 Morris Lecture features a keynote address by Dr. Alondra Nelson, president of the Social Science Research Council and Harold F. Linder Chair in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study.


What to Submit:

  • A 300-word abstract describing your proposed research presentation, including argument, significance and contribution to the topic of race and ethnicity in global perspectives.
  • A cover letter that summarizes one’s professional interests and goals, including a description of how the abstract is connected to one’s broader research agenda; indicates progress toward completion of the dissertation; and discusses one’s contribution to making the academy a more inclusive environment.
  • Current CV


Where and When to Submit:

Materials should be uploaded in PDF format to tinyurl.com/BUSocSymposium by January 15, 2020. Participants will be notified of acceptance in mid-February, 2020.


Questions may be addressed to Professor Heather Schoenfeld (hschoenf@bu.edu).



FALL 2019 :


BU Sociology Holds Inaugural Emerging Scholars Symposium


The BU Sociology department held its inaugural Emerging Scholars symposium on October 21, 2019, bringing together junior and senior scholars to discuss and debate “30 Years of Intersectionality Theory: Milestones and Future Directions.” The first panel focused on Reproductive and Social Justice, and featured Rocio Garcia, (Arizona State University) speaking on “Latinx Feminist Politicmaking: On the Messiness of Collective Action,” and Brooklynn Hitchens (Rutgers University), discussing her work “’I Never Thought I’d Get That Call’: Black Women and the Reverberations of Violence and Crime in a Small City.” Lorena Garcia (University of Illinois-Chicago) served as discussant.


A second panel focused on Intersectionality, Bodies, and Sexualities, and featured the research of Tristen Kade (Portland State University) and Anthony Urena (Columbia University), with remarks by discussant Salvador Vidal-Oritz (American University). Tristen presented the paper “Transforming Masculinity: The Embodiment of Racialized, Gendered Sexuality among Trans Masculine People,” and Anthony discussed “HIV Risk Ecology: The Role of Race, Class, and Sexuality in Perceptions of Disease”


BU Sociology graduate students workshopped their research projects at a Research Roundtable session. The tables focused on four topics: Education and Early Careers (Kelsey Harris, Kristen Tzoc),  Gendered Work (Elliott Chudyk, Carmen Rowe), Health & Medicine (Benjamin Kampler, Sara Snitselaar), and Social Interactions and Institutions (Heather Mooney, Kimberly M. Rhoten). The symposium commenced with an open discussion regarding intersectionality theory, moderated by Catherine Connell (BU Sociology and WGS), Lorena Garcia, and Salvador Vidal-Ortiz.


The Symposium participants were special guests of the BU Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and attended a lecture by and reception for esteemed scholar Kimberle Crenshaw, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School and University of California at Los Angeles, who discussed “Intersectional Identities.”


Brooklynn Hitchens

Anthony Urena

Rocio Garcia

Tristen Kade