Katherine Maich is the 2017 Cheryl Allyn Miller Award recipient from Sociologists for Women in Society. The purpose of the award is to recognize a sociology graduate student or a recent doctorate whose research or activism constitutes an outstanding contribution to the field of women and work.
At Berkeley, Kate was a Berkeley Connect Fellow and a Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Society. A member of the Research Network for Domestic Worker Rights, she has worked for the International Domestic Workers’ Federation and collaborated with UCLA's research team, Experiences Organizing Informal Workers. Kate holds a Master of Science in Labor Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where her thesis won the Glennie L. Jones Memorial Award for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship. She has long been interested in labor informality, the reproduction of gender and racial inequality, and the home as a site of labor. Her dissertation, “Domesticating Democracy: Labor Rights at Home in Lima and New York City,” shows how progressive labor laws for domestic workers are stifled by historically-entrenched patterns of colonial and racialized relations in those two cities.
The award will be presented at the SWS Summer Meeting Banquet at the Hyatt Regency Montréal on Monday, August 14th, held in conjunction with the ASA meetings.