CSWS Leaders Honored at 2017 MLK Awards

January 18, 2017—CSWS director Michelle McKinley and associate director Sangita Gopal were among those honored at this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Luncheon presented by the University of Oregon’s Division of Equity and Inclusion at the Ford Alumni Center on the UO campus. They were recognized for their exemplary work to further civil rights, equity and inclusion in the model of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Michelle McKinley / photo by Jack Liu

Dr. McKinley, in her first year as director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society, is continuing to be a powerful voice for equity and inclusion on the UO campus. She holds the post of Bernard B. Kliks Associate Professor of Law in the UO School of Law, where she specializes in immigration law and public policy, international refugee law, and slavery. She has been the recipient of the Surrency Prize and research fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Newberry Library, in addition to a fellowship-in-residence at Princeton University’s Program in Law and Public Affairs. Her book, Fractional Freedoms: Slavery, Intimacy, and Legal Mobilization in Colonial Lima, 1600-1700, was published by Cambridge University Press in fall of 2016.

Sangita Gopal / photo by Jack Liu

Sangita Gopal directs the CSWS Women of Color Project and is in her second year as associate director of CSWS. An associate professor of English and a faculty member in the Comparative Literature Program, Professor Gopal is currently working on two book projects. She is the author of Conjugations: Marriage and Form in New Bollywood Cinema (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011) and coeditor of two other volumes.

Congratulations also to Karen Ford, CSWS faculty affiliate, English professor, and UO Associate Dean for Humanities, who was also honored at the awards luncheon, and to Rachel Mallinga, a graduate student in the Nonprofit Management Program, Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management, also honored. Mallinga was a recipient of a 2016-17 CSWS Graduate Student Research Grant.

A full list of finalists and winners will be posted on Around the O.