The Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies awards annual prizes for outstanding papers and Honors or MA theses on topics related to gender, feminism, and sexuality. Upcoming contests for undergraduate and coterm writers are listed below. The deadline for 2020-21 submissions is Friday, May 6, 2022 at 5:00 pm.
Each prize carries a cash award of $500. The Rosaldo and Lopes prizes are given in two divisions: The Honors Thesis Division (including coterminal Master’s theses) and the Paper Division. The Monica P. Moore prize is given in one division: Honors or coterminal Master's theses. All prizes are conferred by the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at our annual community end-of-the-year banquet.
For more information about each prize and how to enter a submission, check out the links below.
The 2022 Francisco Lopes Prizes for work the Humanities
TOBI BANKOLE (Sophomore, History) for her paper “Sex Outside of Sex: Rhetorics of Penetration in Imperial Roman Public Life,” written for Professor Walter Schiedel’s History 102A: The Romans.
ZUYI ZHAO (Senior, Religious Studies) for her thesis “‘Seeing a Woman, He Looked Down on Her, for He Did Not Know of Her Virile Mind’: Bodily Disruption and the Transformation of Gender in Christian and Buddhist Hagiography,” written under Thesis Advisor Professor Paul Harrison.
The 2022 Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo Prizes for work the Social Sciences
REGINA KONG (Junior, Comp Lit/Art Practice) for her paper “A Woman’s Work: Female Fishermen and Neoliberal Constructions of Masculinity,” written in Dr. Cassie Wright's PWR2 course Hear/Say: The Art of Rhetorical Listening.
ARI PEFLEY (Senior, Sociology) for their thesis “‘Let’s Just Say Queer’: Diverse Perspectives on Gender and Sexual Identity Labels Among Transgender, Nonbinary, Gender Expansive, and Gender Nonconforming Young Adults,” written under Thesis Advisor Professor Aliya Saperstein.
The 2022 Monica P. Moore Prize for Best Creative Thesis
SYD WESTLEY (Senior, Comp Lit) for "The Nudes," written through the Honors in the Arts program under the advisement of two Stegnar fellows in Poetry, Monika Sok and Paul Tran.
The 2021 Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo Prize in the Social Sciences
Matthew Zheng for their paper, "Queer Biopolitics in Authoritarian China" (written in Adrian Daub's FEMGEN 239, Queer Theory)
The 2021 Francisco Lopes Prize in the Humanities
Ekalan Hou for her paper, "Eat Pecola Breedlove, Love Pecola Breedlove, Be Pecola Breedlove: Digestion and Desire in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye" (written in Anna Mukamal's ENG 5B course, Mental Health and Literature, Midcentury to Present)
Elizabeth Lindqwister for her thesis, "Neither Male Nor Female”: Resurrecting Spiritual Genderlessness in the Life of the Public Universal Friend, 1776 - 1819" (Advisor Jonathan Gienapp)
The 2021 Monica P. Moore Prize for Creative Thesis
Julia Adams for her thesis, "Masculinity Syndrome" (Advisor Valerie Miner)
The 2020 Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo Prize in the Social Sciences
Margot Bellon for her paper, "Queer Latin American Rights, Health, and Culture: An Overview," which she wrote for the course SOMGEN 130: Sexual Diversity and Function Across Medical Disciplines under the guidance of Marcia Stefanick
The 2020 Francisco Lopes Prize in the Humanities
Ben Maldonado for his thesis, "Perfect Marriage, Perfect Race: Eugenic Prescriptions in American Marriage Manuals, 1900-1945," which he wrote for the Honors Program in the Department of History under the guidance of Estelle Freedman and Jennifer Burns
The 2019 Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo Prize in the Social Sciences
Loralee Sepsey for her paper, “Intergenerational Community Attitudes and Perceptions of Gender-Based Violence on the Big Pine Paiute Reservation," which she wrote for EDU 197/FEMGEN 297/SOC 134: Gender and Education in Global and Comparative Perspectives" under the guidance of Christine Min Wotipka
Xavier Fields, for the? thesis, “The Influence of Anti-LGBT Discrimination Laws on School Climate and Outcomes for LGBT Youth,” which was written for the Public Policy Program under the direction of Christine Min Wotipka
The 2019 Francisco Lopes Prize in the Humanities
Shiriel King Abramson for her paper, “Untethering Capitalism: A Woolfian reading of Susan Faludi's Backlash," which was written for FEMGEN 125V: Virginia Woolf in the Age of #MeToo, under the guidance of Alice Staveley
Azucena Marquez for the thesis, “Ambivalent Empowerment: Trends in Discrimination Against Aspiring Female Attorneys in Prestigious Law Schools, 1960 – 2000s," which was written for the Department of History Honors Program under the guidance of Estelle Freedman
The 2018 Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo Prize in the Social Sciences
Jennifer Forro for her paper, “Heroic Rapists? Prosecuting Rape Trials in the International Criminal Tribunal of the Former Yugoslavia,” which she wrote for her PWR course under the guidance of Professor Clara Lewis
Oscar Lee for his thesis, “Consuming Feeling, Desiring Work: On the Politics of Imagination in Dallas,” which he wrote for the Department of Anthropology under the guidance of Professors Paula Ebron and Sylvia Yaganisako
The 2018 Francisco Lopes Prize in the Humanities
Lena Giger for her paper, “The Right to Participate and the Right to Compete: Stanford Athletics,” written under the guidance of Professor Estelle Freedman as a part of the History research seminar for majors
Nikki Tran for her thesis, “Institutionalizing Women’s Education in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale,” which she wrote for the Honors program in the Department of English under the guidance of Mark McGurl
The 2017 Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo Prize in the Social Sciences
Amanda Edelman for her paper, “The Global Gag Rule: A Historical, Legal, and Evaluative Perspective”
Emma Coleman for her thesis, “Sentencing Pregnancy: A legal and humanistic analysis of options for incarcerated women”
The 2017 Francisco Lopes Prize in the Humanities
Alex Zivkovic for his paper, “Queering the Flaneur: Erotics, Synsthesia, and Gender in Modernist Literature”
Talia Charme-Zane for her thesis, “Freaky Forests, Gay Princes, and Guilty Children: A Queer Reading of Sondheim's Into the Woods”
The 2016 Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo Prize in the Social Sciences
Sarah Sadlier for her paper, “That’s Leaving it Pretty Much up to Jane,” which she wrote for PoliSci 226, under the guidance of Professor Gary Segura.
Meredith Pelrine for her thesis, “Where Asexual and Queer Meet,” which she wrote for the Honors Program in Anthropology under the guidance of Liisa Maliki.
The 2016 Francisco Lopes Prize in the Humanities
Alexandra Gray for her paper, “Marriage as Bondage in an Era of Transition,” which she wrote for English 134, The Marriage Plot, with Professor Claire Jarvis.
Radhika Bora for her thesis, “Private Eyes? Voyeurism as a Conduit for Memory in the Novels of Nina Abouraoui and Abdellah Taia,” which she wrote for the Honors program in French under the guidance of Professor Marisa Galvez