Synkroniciti is honored to feature Dr. Sheila M. Katz’s moving essay, “Transcending Grief.” Sheila is a great friend to Synkroniciti; we’ve featured a photography piece, “Friendship and ALS at the Atlantic Ocean” (1:2) and dedicated our “Home” issue (3:2) to the memory of her husband, Dr. Daniel Haworth, a distinguished scholar of Latin American and Spanish culture and history. In this essay, Sheila examines the nature of grief, which acts like a fog that pauses our normal activities, and the energy it releases within us.
You will want to read Sheila’s story and connect with her strong spirit. Please purchase the issue or subscribe here. The issue debuts November 30th online.
Sheila M. Katz, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Houston and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies affiliated faculty. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Vanderbilt and B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Georgia. She uses qualitative research to understand women’s poverty and experiences in domestic violence, accessing health and human services, activism, and education. As a scholar-activist, her work is applied, feminist, and intersectional. Her first book, Reformed American Dreams: Welfare Mothers, Higher Education, and Activism, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2019. She lives in Freedmen’s Town of Houston, Texas with seven cats, a mom, a dog, and a garden to tinker in while drinking wine.