Graduate Prizes

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is very proud of the many contributions to the university made by our graduate community. We are pleased celebrate graduate accomplishments in feminist pedagogy, as we recognize the impact made by graduate teaching assistants and teaching fellows in the classroom and through the mentoring of our undergraduate students.


The Diane Middlebrook Graduate Teaching Prize is awarded each year to an outstanding graduate student Teaching Assistant or Teaching Fellow for their feminist pedagogy in classes on feminism, gender and sexuality studies. The winner receives a $1000 cash award and will be honored at our annual Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies banquet.

The Middlebrook Prize honors the memory of Diane Middlebrook, a professional writer, and a former Professor of English at Stanford University. She died in 2007 of cancer. Middlebrook was a part of Stanford’s English faculty for four decades, a leading feminist scholar, and one of the founders of Feminist Studies at Stanford. She is best known for her biographies, especially, Ann Sexton, a Biography, Her Husband, a biography of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, and Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton. She was a founding trustee of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, an interdisciplinary arts center in the Santa Cruz Mountains. She was a member of the Panel on Biography for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize, and chaired the Non-Fiction Panel for the National Book Award in 2004.

A call for submissions will go out in April 2016.