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2017 Award for Feminist Scholarship and Creative Work

The Women's and Gender Studies Program is pleased to announce open submissions for the Faculty Award for Feminist Scholarship and Creative Work.

Purpose:  To recruit, encourage and support feminist scholarship and creative work in the JMU community from both emerging and established scholars and artists.

Eligible Projects:  Work must be:

  • published or, in the case of creative performances, presented in the past two years;
  • by members of the JMU faculty or research staff;
  • by applicants who have not received the award in the past five years;
  • no longer than 30 pages.

Decision Criteria
1. Originality of work or performance 
2. Impact on the feminist project of ending gender-based inequality 
3. Clarity and accessibility 
4. Attention to human diversity 

Deadline:  September 8, 2017

Submission Process 
Submit the following in the electronic form to

1. A cover letter specifying feminist contributions of project
2. A curriculum vitae
3. An abstract of the submitted project or recording highlighting its engagement with women, gender, or sexuality
4. A copy or recording of project (no more than 30 pages)

Selection Committee:  The Women’s and Gender Studies Advisory Board

Decision Date:  September 27, 2017

Award:  $500 

PLEASE NOTE: All applications will be visible on the WGS Sharepoint site. For more information on this award, contact Dr. Mary Thompson at or (540) 568-3758. Items not available in electronic form may be submitted to Kristi McDonnell at MSC 1206. Materials will be returned upon request.

List of Previous Winners


2009 - “Quarantined: Women and the Partition” by Debali Mookerjea-Leonard

2010 - “Heroes of Hell Hole Swamp” by Dolores Flamiano

2011 - "Up and Down Purity" by Brillian Besi Muhonja

2012 - “Opposing ‘Both Sides’: Rhetorics, Reproductive Rights and Control of a Campus Women’s Center” by Matthew Ezzell

2013 - "Picturing the Past: Gender in National Geographic Reconstructions of Prehistoric Life" by Julie Solometo and Joshua Moss

2014 - "Enlightened Female Homoeroticism and Social Transformation in Catherine Trotter's Agnes de Castro" by Dawn Goode

2015 - "Sparrow" by Erica Cavanagh

2016 - "Putting Lesbians in their Place: Deconstructing Ex-Gay Discourses of Female Homosexuality in a Global Context" by Christine Robinson

Graduate Students

2014 - "Balkan Women" by Daria White

Undergraduate Students

2010 - “The Romance of the Gas Oven: Academia and the Media’s Love Affair with the Suicide of Sylvia Plath” by Mitch Hobza

2011 - “The Making of a Migrant Mother: Female Okie Identity in Dust Bowl-Era SanJoaquin Valley” by Leela Pereira

2012 - "Only Through Men" by Brooke Covington

2013 - "Mammies and Memoirs" by Anders Bruce 

2014 - "Concepts of Women's Fashion and Beauty in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany" by David Motley

2015 - "Empowering Jewish Women with Water: The Mikveh" by Allison Kaye