Associate professor of psychology Clare Mehta is the recipient of a 2018 Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP) for her work as co-editor of the special issue of Sex Roles: A Journal of Research honoring the legacy of feminist scholar Sandra Bem. In honor of their award, Dr. Mehta and co-editor Dr. Emily Keener of Slippery Rock College have been invited to present their work at the annual AWP conference, which will be held from February 28–March 3, 2019, in Newport, RI.
Distinguished Publication Awards are given annually for published works that make significant and substantial contributions to research and theory that advance understanding of the psychology of women and/or gender, as well as promote the goals of the Association for Women in Psychology. According to Dr. Carla Golden, professor of psychology at Ithaca College and chair of the Distinguished Publication Awards Committee for AWP, "This special double issue of Sex Roles is the most recent in a body of distinguished publications to merit such an honor. The award is only the second in its history to go to a special issue of a journal and the first to go to Sex Roles."
Dr. Emily Keener (of Slippery Rock College) and Dr. Clare Mehta (of Emmanuel College) for their editorship of the double Special Issue of Sex Roles: A Journal of Research devoted to The Past, Present, and Future of Masculinity, Femininity, and Gender: Honoring Feminist Scholar Sandra Bem (1944-2014), volume 76, 9/10 (May 2017) and 11/12 (June 2017).
This special issue offers a rich collection of 21 original articles (empirical, review, and theoretical) that explore the legacy of feminist scholar Sandra Bem, showing the revolutionary and generative nature of her broad body of work on gender inequality. Specific articles look at contemporary thinking and application of Bem's ideas with regard to masculinity, femininity, and androgyny; gender development and gender schema theory; and the three powerful "lenses of gender"—androcentrism, biological essentialism, and gender polarization—that are still with us today. Dr. Keener and Dr. Mehta have done a magnificent job, and clearly a prodigious amount of work, pulling together this double issue (Volume 76) of Sex Roles. In doing so, they make a significant and substantial contribution to feminist psychology by honoring the groundbreaking legacy of Sandra Bem and showcasing the range of compelling work it inspired.