Brittany Pearl Battle, an assistant professor in the sociology department at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, won the Feminist Activism Award from the organization Sociologists for Women in Society. Established in 1995, the award is presented annually to an SWS member who has notably and consistently used sociology to improve conditions for women in society. The award honors outstanding feminist advocacy efforts that embody the goal of service to women and that have identifiably improved women’s lives.
Dr. Battle’s research interests include social and family policy, courts, social justice, carceral logics, and culture and cognition. She teaches courses on social justice in the social sciences, criminology, and courts & criminal procedure, and is currently designing a course on abolition and reimagining justice. She is currently completing work on a book manuscript entitled “They’re Stealing My Opportunity to Be a Father:” The Child Support System and State Intervention in the Family (New York University Press).
Dr. Battle is a graduate of the University of Delaware. She earned a master’s degree in African American studies at Temple University in Philadelphia and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology at Rutgers University in New Jersey.