NEWS 2013

IPR Scholar Wins Early Career Award

Lindsay Chase-Lansdale
Celeste Watkins-Hayes

IPR sociologist and African American studies researcher Celeste Watkins-Hayes was named the inaugural recipient of the Jacquelyne Johnson Jackson Early Career Scholar Award from the Association of Black Sociologists at its annual conference on August 10.

Watkins-Hayes has been an IPR fellow since 2003 and studies urban poverty, social policy, government and non-profit organizations, as well as race, class, and gender. Her 2009 book, The New Welfare Bureaucrats: Entanglements of Race, Class, and Policy Reform, provides an in-depth look at the institutional and social dynamics of welfare offices in the post-welfare reform era. She previously received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Investigator Award and a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. She is also chair of the African American studies department in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

As principal investigator of the Health, Hardship, and Renewal Study, her current work focuses on economic and social survival strategies of women living with HIV/AIDS. The study examines how both socioeconomic factors and public policies impact the lives of HIV-positive women. Published findings from the study include the suggestion that “framing institutions” are responsible for shaping the way women cope after their diagnosis, as well as an analysis that reveals potential strategies to combat the structural and institutional factors that leave poor African American urban communities particularly susceptible to high HIV-infection rates.

The Jacquelyne Johnson Jackson Award is given to a rising scholar in the association, who in addition to having a notable publications record, reflects emerging leadership in social justice, diversity, multiculturalism, and the dissemination of sociological ideas.

Celeste Watkins-Hayes is associate professor of sociology and African American studies and an IPR fellow.