Millsaps Sociology Professor Wins Oliver Cromwell Cox Award

by Courtney Cleveland

Features Editor

Dr. Louwanda Evans received the 2017 Oliver Cromwell Cox Article Award at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting, held this year in Montreal, in August. The award recognizes the author(s) of the best research article in the sociological study of race and ethnicity published in the past three years, according to the American Sociological Association.

“Oliver Cromwell Cox was an early anti-racist scholar that greatly influenced our understandings of race, racism, oppression and inequality. So, it really is an honor to receive an award with his name,” Evans said.

Evans received the award for an article she co-wrote with Dr. Wendy Moore of Texas A&M University entitled “Impossible Burdens: White Institutions, Emotional Labor, and Micro-Resistance”

“The article examines white institutional spaces and the unequal emotional labor that can be created for workers and students of color in those environments, and also it grapples with the way in which those very people resist those racialized structures,” Evans said.

To be considered for the award, someone had to nominate Evans with a three-page describing why the article best fit the award.

“I don’t know who nominated it. I didn’t nominate it. My co-author didn’t nominate it, but one of my peers, I would imagine, did.” Evans said. “It was very unexpected…It was really nice to know that someone read it and took the time to write three pages or so about your work and send it in and have a group of people that I respect so much read it and consider it for that award.”

A copy of her article can be found at the Millsaps-Wilson Library.