Professor of Sociology Receives American Sociological Association Award

Bandana Purkayastha stands in front of a bookcase for portrait

Bandana Purkayastha, professor of sociology and Asian & Asian American Studies, is a 2019 American Sociological Association award recipient.

Professor of Sociology and Asian & Asian American Studies Bandana Purkayastha is among the American Sociological Association 2019 award recipients, the highest honor bestowed by the Association.

Each of the eleven awards honors leaders in the discipline for their work in a certain category. Purkayastha was awarded the Jessie Bernard Award, which is given in recognition of work that has broadened the scope of sociology to recognize the role of women in society and honors individuals who have exhibited “significant cumulative work throughout a professional career”. Her previous research on ethnicity, racism, gender, violence and peace has been published internationally, and Purkayastha was awarded American Sociological Association/Asian American section’s Contributions to the Field award in 2016.

Purkayastha served as head of the University of Connecticut’s Sociology department from 2011-2016 and at present serves as the American Sociological Association’s national representative to the International Sociological Association. Her current research centers around human rights/human security, migration and migrants, intersectionality, and violence.

Awardees will be honored during a ceremony on August 11 at the Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting in New York City.


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