Southwestern Sociological Association Distinguished Paper of the Year Award to Embrick and Henricks

David G. Embrick and Kasey Henricks’s article “Discursive Colorlines at Work: How Epithets and Stereotypes are Racially Unequal” published in Symbolic Interaction (Volume 36, Issue 2) has won the “The Distinguished Paper of the Year” award of the Southwestern Sociological Association.


(pictured from left to right are: David G. Embrick, Charles Tolbert, and Kasey Henricks)

The paper explores how epithets and stereotypes are racially unequal, i.e. that they have differential impact on ethnic groups. Based on a case study the authors argue that epithets and stereotypes in social situations impose, confer, deny, and approve other capital rewards. They show that racial minorities, blacks and Latinas/os in particular, are excluded from opportunities and resources while white supremacy is preserved. “In a racialized social system, racial slurs and stereotypes applied to whites by nonwhites do not carry the same meanings or outcomes as they do when these roles are swapped.”



Dr. David G. Embrick is an Associate professor in the Sociology Department at Loyola University-Chicago and a current Visiting Associate Professor of Sociology at Virginia Tech. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2006. He is a former American Sociological Association Minority Fellow and current President of the Southwestern Sociological Association. In addition, Dr. Embrick serves as the current Editor-in-Chief for Humanity & Society (the official journal of the Association for Humanist Society) and Founding Co-Editor of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, the newest ASA sponsored journal of the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities.

Kasey Henricks is a Law and Social Science Fellow at the American Bar Foundation and PhD Candidate in Sociology at Loyola University Chicago. On multiple occasions, he has been privileged to have his research recognized for excellence by organizations like the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Association of Black Sociologists, Association for Humanist Sociology, Southwestern Sociological Association, and Eastern Sociological Society. It has been funded by agencies such as the National Science Foundation and Law and Society Association, and also featured in over 10 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. His first book, entitled “State Looteries: Fiscal Policy that Taxes Racial Inequality” (Routledge), has a publish date of later this year.


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