Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Fellows Named For 2014

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FOR RELEASE: March 20, 2014

Susan Billmaier | Program Officer, Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies | (609) 452-7007 x310
Beverly Sanford | Vice President for Communications | (609) 452-7007 x181

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Fellowship revised and strengthened in its 40th year

PRINCETON, NJ—The Woodrow Wilson Foundation has awarded the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies to ten doctoral candidates. (See list below).

Created forty years ago, in 1974, the WW Women’s Studies Fellowship supports the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways. Each of the ten Fellows will receive $5,000 to be used for expenses connected with completing their dissertations.

The 2014 Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Fellows are writing on such topics as contemporary ethical questions in Southern literature, the psychiatric treatment of rapists in the 1980s, and the history of equal employment opportunity during the construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline in the 1970s. Fellows are doing their doctoral work at Cornell University, Duke University, New York University, Northwestern University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Virginia, and Vanderbilt University.

The selection of these Fellows follows a one-year hiatus in the program, during which the Foundation strengthened the Women’s Studies Fellowship and streamlined its administration. This year’s selection process relied on volunteer committee members, including a number of scholars who are themselves Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Fellows from across the program’s four-decade history.

Funded by the Ford Foundation, the Hans Rosenhaupt Memorial Endowment, and other private donors, the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies is the only national program supporting doctoral work on issues of women and gender. The program has supported more than 500 Ph.D.s in various fields, many of them now on the faculty at major research institutions and noted liberal arts colleges. The roster includes a Pulitzer Prize winner, two MacArthur Fellows, eight Guggenheim Fellows, a number of Fulbright Fellows, and many others who have achieved significant distinctions in their fields.

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Suzanne Clemenz • English, Purdue University
Morality Play: Framing “Family Values” in Contemporary Southern U.S. Narratives

Jenifer Dodd • History, Vanderbilt University
Compulsive Rapism: Psychiatric Theories of Rape, 1970-1990

Laura Hughes • French, New York University
“For Life”: Cixous’s and Derrida’s Shared Archives

Clara Latham • Music, New York University
Rethinking the Material Ear: Sound and Voice in Psychoanalysis

Adin Lears • English Language and Literature, Cornell University
World of Echo: Gender, Noise, and Knowing in Late-Medieval England

Ghassan Moussawi • Sociology, Rutgers University
Queering “Progress,” Interrogating the “Modern:” Gender, Class and Religion in Contemporary Lebanese Sexual Subjectivities

Genevieve Painter • Jurisprudence & Social Policy, University of California, Berkeley
Indigenous Women’s Rights versus Self-Determination: A Genealogy of the Conflict

Tamika Richeson • History, University of Virginia
“Wild Colored Woman”: A Legal and Cultural Examination of Black Female Criminality during Civil War Era Washington, D.C. 1830-1867

Elizabeth Rodriguez • English, Northwestern University
Consensual Relations: Sexual and Political Subjectivity in England, 1550-1700

Georgia Welch • History, Duke University
Right of Way: Equal Employment Opportunity and the Trans Alaska Pipeline, 1968-1977


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