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Celeste Watkins-Hayes Receives Distinguished Sociology Book Award

August 2021

Spelman Alumna Celeste Watkins-Hayes Receives Distinguished Sociology Book AwardCeleste Watkins-Hayes, Ph.D., C’96, recently received the Distinguished Scholarly Book Award from the American Sociological Association. The award is given to the single best sociology book published in the three preceding calendar years.

Dr. Watkins-Hayes is the Jean E. Fairfax Collegiate Professor of Public Policy and incoming associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Michigan. She is also a professor of sociology and holds a diversity and social transformation professorship at the University.

Celeste Watkins-Hayes Pens Book Remaking a Life

Dr. Watkins-Hayes received the award for her book, "Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality." The book, which has received over seven awards and recognitions from numerous organizations, maps the success of the HIV/AIDS community over the last 40 years and describes how the HIV/AIDS epidemic can guide us through today’s public health crises.

"It is the honor of a lifetime to receive this award," said Dr. Watkins-Hayes in previous interviews. "It is important to understand the work that remains—confronting disparities, shoring up the resources needed to end the epidemic and never forgetting those who we lost."

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