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Faculty Excellence

  • 2013. Outstanding Author Contribution Award, given by Emerald Group Publishing Limited (publisher of Research in the Sociology of Health Care) for “Racial Residential Segregation and Access to Health Care Coverage: A Multilevel Analysis” (co-authored with Andrew S. Fullerton).
  • 2016. Honorable Mention for Outstanding Publication Award, Southwestern Sociological Association, for Legalizing LGBT Families: How the Law Shapes Parenthood.
  • 2010. “Distinguished Paper Award” from the Southwestern Sociological Association for “Legislating the Family,” coauthored with D’Lane R. Compton.
  • 2007. Public Policy Fellowship, The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law.
  • Provost's Teaching Excellence Award for Instructional or Clinical Faculty, 2019 
  • Brown Foundation Fellow at the Dora Maar House, Menerbes France, May 2014
  • Joseph S. Werlin Sociology Faculty Award to Promote Latin American-US Cultural Understanding for AY 2012-2013 and AY 2013-2014
  • Ross Lence Teaching Excellence Award, Social Sciences, University of Houston 2007
  • Finalist, UH Teaching Excellence Award in Tenure/Tenure Track, 2006
  • Finalist, UH Teaching Excellence Award in Innovative Teaching, 2006
  • Research Fellowship, Friends of Women Studies, University of Houston, 2004
  • 2017. Outstanding Women Honoree, Education, Houston YWCA (May 4, 2017)
  • 2013. University Commission on Women, Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award (Pre-Tenure Category)
  • 2012. University of Houston Provost’s Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2012. College of Liberal Arts and Social Science’s Ross M. Lence Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2011. Best Publication Award, American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on the Body and Embodiment
  • 2014. Fellow, Center for Ideas and Society, UC Riverside
  • 2012. ASA Section for Mathematical Sociology Best Graduate Student Paper Award for “Predicting Social Influence: A Model at the Intersection of Sociology and Psychology” (with David Melamed)