Dr. Kennedy Y.H. Wong Distinguished Visiting Professorship Scheme – Visit by Prof. Myra Marx Ferree

2018-02-06

Prof. Myra Marx Ferree was invited as a Visiting Professor which was supported by the Dr. Kennedy Y.H. Wong Distinguished Visiting Professorship Scheme. She visited the Department of Social Work from 3 to 18 January 2018, and delivered an in-house seminar and a public seminar. In addition, she also provided consultation to faculty members and research students. Research collaboration was established as well as students’ exchange opportunities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison were worked out. She visited three local organisations which work with women. The exchange was inspiring with Prof. Ferree sharing her knowledge of the women's movement in the U.S. and the recent controversies around “Me Too”.

Prof. Ferree is the Alice H. Cook Professor of Sociology and also a member of the Gender and Women’s Studies Department. She is the author of Varieties of Feminism: German Gender Politics in Global Perspective (Stanford University Press, March 2012) and co-author with Lisa Wade of Gender: Ideas, interactions, Institutions (W.W. Norton, 2014). In 2005, she was a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. She has written numerous articles about feminist organisations and politics in the U.S., Germany and internationally, as well as about gender inequality in families, the inclusion of gender in sociological theory and practice, and the intersections of gender with race and class. She has been the recipient of the Jessie Bernard Award (sociology’s highest honor for work in gender), and the 2013 Victoria Schuck Award for the best book from the American Political Science Association. She has served as Vice-president of the American Sociological Association and Deputy Editor of its leading journal, The American Sociological Review, President of Sociologists for Women in Society and recipient of SWS Mentoring and Feminist Scholarship Awards.