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Rosaldo and Lopes Prizes

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies awards annual prizes for outstanding papers, Honors or MA theses, and graduate teaching on topics related to gender, feminism, and sexuality. Upcoming contests for undergraduate and coterm writers are listed below. The deadline for 2017-18 submissions is May 11th.

Lopes Prize

The Francisco C. Lopes Prize is awarded annually by the Program in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies for the best papers and MA or Honors thesis in the Humanities on feminism, gender or sexuality, written by any undergraduate, or co-terminal B.A./M.A. student currently enrolled at Stanford. Each prize carries a cash award. The prizes are given in two divisions: The Honors Thesis Division (including coterminal Master’s theses) and the Paper Division. Prizes are conferred by the Program in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at our annual community end-of-the-year banquet.

The Francisco C. Lopes Prize honors the memory of Professor Francisco Caetano Lopes Jr. Professor Lopes, a native of Brazil, joined the Stanford faculty in the fall of 1990. At Stanford, Lopes developed and taught courses in the Program in Feminist Studies. His course on Brazilian cinema was very popular, and it was the final course he taught at Stanford before he died in 1994 died of cancer He was 39 years old. Besides taking part in the interdisciplinary Feminist Studies Program, Lopes also was active at the Bechtel International Center.

Rosaldo Prize

The Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo Prizes are awarded annually by the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies for the best papers and MA or Honors theses in the social sciences on feminism, gender or sexuality, written by any undergraduate or co-terminal B.A./M.A. student currently enrolled at Stanford. Each prize carries a cash award. The prizes are given in two divisions: The Honors Thesis Division (including coterminal Master’s theses) and the Paper Division. The Rosaldo Prizes are conferred by the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at our annual community end-of-the-year banquet.

The Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo Prize honors the memory of Professor Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo (1944, New York – 1981, Philippines), known to her friends and colleagues as Shelly, was a social, linguistic, and psychological anthropologist famous for her studies of the Ilongot tribe in the Philippines and for her pioneering role in women’s studies and the anthropology of gender. Michelle Rosaldo wrote or edited several important works in the anthropology of women and gender relations and co-founded the Program in Feminist Studies here at Stanford University. In 1979 she received Stanford’s Dinkelspiel Award for outstanding service to undergraduate education. Michelle Rosaldo died from an accidental fall while conducting fieldwork in the Philippines in 1981, cutting short one of the brightest anthropology careers of her generation. She was survived by her husband Renato Rosaldo and their two sons. The Michelle Z. Rosaldo Summer Field Research Grant was also established in her memory at the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University to provide funding for undergraduate students to conduct fieldwork.

2017 Recipients

The Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo Prize


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 Francisco Lopes Prize


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

2016 Recipients

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.

No. We accept submissions from all majors. 

No, only published works will be considered. 

No, papers must have a single author.