Moving Forward

Photo of Chicago by Managing Editor Mary Ann Vega, UIC

With this issue, our editorial team publishes the first articles that we have accepted during our term. The article by Casey Clevenger titled “Constructing Spiritual Motherhood in the Democratic Republic on Congo” and the article by Isabel Pike on “A Discursive Spectrum: The Narrative of Kenya’s ‘Neglected’ Boy Child” were processed by the previous Editor, Jo Reger, and her team, and we thank them. The rest of the articles in this issue, and from here forward, have been accepted by my team.

I want to thank my Deputy Editors who make this possible: Irma Mooi-Reci, Mignon Moore, Kristen Myers, Smitha Radhakrishnan, Sheryl Skaggs, and Ann Travers. We bid farewell to Mignon Moore as she becomes President of Sociologists for Women in Society, because the bylaws do not allow an elected officer to serve in an editorial capacity. We will miss her greatly but are pleased she takes the leadership of the organization that publishes us. I also welcome 22 new board members. In our attempt to become more internationally representative, I’m pleased to note that we now have two Deputy Editors (Irma Mooi-Reci and Ann Travers) from beyond the United States and eight new board members from across the globe. Whenever possible, I try to have at least one reviewer from the country on which the research is based and/or where the author resides.

I very much hope that our readers think critically about the research published in Gender & Society. Because scientific progress is often furthered by dialogue, I invite Letters to the Editor and substantive responses to the articles that we publish. All Letters to the Editor and responses will go out for review. Those that are accepted will be published in future issues.

In addition, in analyzing our annual report, it has come to my attention that quantitative analyses are underrepresented in these pages. I want to encourage those scholars who use quantitative methods and mixed methodology to submit manuscripts. Please know we encourage you to do so.

Barbara J. Risman is College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor of Sociology at University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of Where the Millennials Will Take Us: A New Generation Wrestles with the Gender Structure (Oxford University Press 2018) and co-editor of The Handbook of the Sociology of Gender (Springer 2018). She writes about gender structure theory, and her current research is on the development of nonbinary identities. You can find her on Twitter, here.

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