Emerging Gender Researcher Award

We are delighted to announce the two winners of the Emerging Gender Researcher Award:
ArCasia James-Gallaway and Ea Høg Utoft.


ArCasia D. James-Gallaway, Ph.D., is an interdisciplinary historian of education, whose work seeks to bridge past and present perspectives on African American struggles for educational justice. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor, ACES Fellow, and ADVANCE Scholar in the Teaching, Learning, and Culture Department at Texas A&M University. She earned her PhD in History of Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, her master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. James-Gallaway is a proud first-generation college graduate and Waco public schools alumnae, whose family born and bred her in Waco, Texas.

Dr. James-Gallaway's research agenda follows three overlapping strands of inquiry: the history of African American education, Black history education, and Black women's and girls' education experiences. These strands engage critical theories and methodologies such as critical race theory, Black feminist theory, and oral history methodology; they coalesce around the ways white supremacy, antiBlackness, misogynoir, and other interlocking systems of oppression have shaped African American education. Her scholarship has been published in academic journals including Race Ethnicity and Education, Educational Studies, Multicultural Perspectives, and American Educational History Journal.

Some of Dr. James-Gallaway’s notable professional awards include a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and an Illinois Distinguished Fellowship. Additionally, she was designated as a member of the University of Michigan's Diversity Scholars Network, a University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA) Barbara L. Jackson Scholar, and a Dean's Centennial Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education.

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Ea Høg Utoft holds a BA in English and Spanish business communication from 2012 and a MA specialized in human resource management from 2015, both from the University of Southern Denmark. She did her PhD at the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy, Aarhus University, with a 5-month stint as Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Northeastern University in Boston, USA. Utoft defended her dissertation in May 2020, entitled ”Motivation, organisational gender equality work and the postfeminist gender regime: A feminist approach”. Ea Høg Utoft’s research centers around issues of gender equality, diversity and change interventions in knowledge-intensive organizations, including universities, as well as gender and power dynamics in knowledge production. The concept ‘postfeminism’ is a recurrent theoretical anchor of her work. Methodologically, Utoft is driven by participative approaches, including ethnographic observations, but she has also published several autoethnographies. Some of Utoft’s other research activities include projects on the implications of gender and networks on junior researchers’ career advancement in academia, and developing tools for evaluating the effects of gender equality interventions in research and innovation organizations. Ea Høg Utoft was recently certified as a ‘Gender Equality in Higher Education trainer’ and her first training activities will concern translating intersectionality into practical change interventions, and addressing sexual harassment at universities. At Aarhus University, Ea Høg Utoft co-coordinates the Gendering in Research Network which organizes monthly gender research presentations. Finally, Utoft is a board member of the Danish Association for Gender Research which, among other things, supports the organization of the biannual Danish gender research conference.

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