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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 2019-20 submissions is Friday, June 12, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

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.

Recipients

The Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo Prize

2020
 
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 Disciplinces under the guidance of Marcia Stefanick
 
Tee Hoatson for their thesis, "Politicizing Substance Addiction in Trans and Gendernonconforming Communities," which they wrote for the Honors program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies under the guidance of Angela Garcia, Chelsea Shover, and Maxe Crandall
 

2019

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

2018

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

2017
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

2020
 
Shiriel King Abramson for her paper, "A Partner to a Founding Father: Abigail Adams' Epistolary Advocacy for Women's Education," which she wrote for the course AMSTUD 150A: Colonial and Revolutionary America under the guidance of Jack Rakove
 

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

2019

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

2018

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

2017
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.