Sociology professor awarded career enhancement fellowship

Assistant Professor of Sociology Ana Campos-Holland
Assistant Professor of Sociology Ana Campos-Holland

Ana Campos-Holland, assistant professor of sociology at Connecticut College, has been awarded a six-month 2015 Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty.

Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the fellowship aims to increase the presence of minority junior faculty and other junior faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities, breaking down stereotypes and promoting cross-racial understanding, in core fields in the arts and sciences. It will provide a stipend to support a sabbatical leave, as well as travel and publication funds and mentoring.

Campos-Holland, who specializes in the sociology of punishment and the sociology of childhood/adolescence, will take a sabbatical during the 2015-16 academic year to focus on research and writing. She will be working on her research project, “Playground Negotiations,” aimed at creating a platform for minority youths’ voices to be heard.

“Playground Negotiations” involves the narratives of more than 100 youth from the northeast and northwest regions of the United States, exploring youth perspectives and experiences with friends, family, education, politics and media across social contexts. “Youths’ voices help us move away from adults’ conceptualization of children as ‘becomings’ and press us to focus on them as ‘beings,’ whose everyday lives are shaped by the social constructs of childhood and adolescence,” said Campos-Holland.

“This award is a wonderful thing for both Professor Campos-Holland, who will get the opportunity to work intensively with a mentor in her field, and the college, as it acknowledges our success in hiring and supporting outstanding faculty,” said Abigail Van Slyck, dean of the faculty and Dayton Professor of Art History at Connecticut College.

May 11, 2015