Cynthia Edmonds-Cady is an Associate Professor of Social Work, the Coordinator of the Civic Engagement & Responsibility Minor for ISU, and a core faculty member in the Women & Gender Studies Program. She has an expertise in Intersectionality and community/civic engagement, women and poverty, and social movement work.
456Child and Family Policy
419Foundation Social Work Practice III: Organizations and Communities
398PP: Service Learning Experience In Civic Engagement
Research Interests & Areas
The community engagement of young low-income mothers, the uses of maternalism in the history of poor women’s social movements, and intersectionality in poor women’s access to reproductive rights during the Jim Crow era. Research methods include qualitative methods such as: focused ethnography, participatory qualitative mapping/spatial analysis, oral history, and archival methods. Dr. Edmonds-Cady has presented and published papers on feminist standpoint theory, the history of the Welfare Rights Movement, race/class and women’s reproductive control in the 1940s-1950s American South, and the use of feminist research methods.
Edmonds-Cady, C. (2016, December). [Review of the book Shared prosperity in America’s communities, by S.M. Wachter & L. Ding] The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 43, (4), 165-168.
Journal Article, Academic Journal
Edmonds-Cady, C. and Wingfield, T. (2017). Social Workers: Agents of change or agents of oppression? Social Work Education 36 (4), 430-442.
Edmonds-Cady, C. Motherhood and agency: American welfare rights activists’ resistance to state control over sexuality and reproduction. Journal of the Motherhood Initiative (JMI) 3.2 (2013): 134-149.
Edmonds-Cady, C. A view from the bridge: Insider-outsider perspectives in an historical study of the welfare rights movement. Qualitative Social Work (QSW) 11.2 (2012): 174-190.
Edmonds-Cady, C., & Sosulski, M. Applications of situated learning to foster communities of practice. Journal of Social Work Education (JSWE) 48.1 (2012): 45-64.
Edmonds-Cady, C. Getting to the grassroots: Feminist standpoints within the welfare rights movement. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare (JSSW) 36.2 (2009): 11-38.
Edmonds-Cady, and Wingfield, T. (2016, March). From Behind the Walls of the Ivory Tower to the Streets: Knowledge Construction and Positionality in Social Justice Work. Paper presentation for the annual Race, Gender, & Class (RGC) conference at the University of New Orleans Department of Sociology, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Overcoming stereotyping and prejudice: Is it possible?. International Studies Seminar Series. (2015)
Socially Constructing Single-Mother Communities by Mapping the Intersection of Gender, Class, Race, and Space. Eleventh Annual International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI). (2015)
Defining Community at the Intersection of Motherhood, Race, and Space: Low-Income Women’s Civic Engagement. Ninth Annual International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI). (2013)
(Re) defining Civic Engagement: Understanding Community through Women’s Work and Women’s Bodies. Eighth Annual International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI). (2012)
Defining Welfare, Work, and Motherhood: Women's Participation in the Welfare Rights Movement in Detroit, 1964-1972. Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives series. Michigan State University’s School of Human Resources and Labor Relations. (2011)
Motherhood Revisited: Maternalism in the Next Generation. Berkshire Conference on the History of Women. University of Massachusetts. (2011)
Using Historical Research to Examine the Shaping of Family Planning Services through the Lens of Race, Class, and Gender. Annual conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). (2011)
Blurring the Outsider/Insider Divide: Race, Class, and Gender in the Welfare Rights Movement. Annual National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) conference. National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA). (2010)
Mobilizing Motherhood in the Welfare Rights Movement. Motherhood Symposium. The Center for the Study of Women in Society at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, and The Feminist Press. (2010)
Grants & Contracts
SoTL Civic Engagement Small Grant Program. Illinois State University Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. Illinois State University. (2011)
Illinois State University, Pre-tenure Faculty Initiative Grant (PFIG). Illinois State University. Illinois State University. (2010)
Illinois State University, New Faculty Initiative Grant (NFIG). Illinois State University. Illinois State University. (2008)
Center for Teaching, Learning, & Technology. Illinois State University, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Workshop seed money. Illinois State University. (2007)
Active Voices of Youth (AVOY) Student Advocacy Center (SAC) of Michigan. W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Private. (2001)