Dorothy Berkson Award Archive

Congratulations to the past recipients of the Dorothy Berkson Writing Award in Gender Studies.

2020-2021 Recipients:

Phoenix Bruner ’21 (English, Gender Studies minor)
The Persistence and Impossibility of Queer Life: Representations of Queerness in Katherine
Mansfield’s ‘At the Bay’ ” essay

Mie Kumin ’21 (Sociology/Anthropology, Gender Studies and Russian Studies minor)
“Свои/Чужие [Ours/Others]: Sexual Others of the Imaginary Elsewhere” essay

2019-20 Recipients:

Amaris Bouchard ’20 (Sociology/Anthropology)
Howl Together: An Ethnography for my Grandmother essay

Maura Phillips ’20 (English)
The Edges of Imagination: Women, Art, and Desire in Keats’s Late Romances essay

2018-19 Recipients:

Madeleine Bentley (Sociology/Anthropology)
Not just ‘like a love affair.’ Tracing the personal in narratives of sexual arousal while breastfeeding.” essay 

Mira Glasser (Rhetoric and Media Studies)
Queering the Self in Illness: Katherine Mansfields to Katherine Mansfields essay

2017-18 Recipients:

Eva Gellman (English Studies) “The Slipperiness of the Sublime in Eavan Boland’s “The Woman Who Turns Herself Into A Fish.’” essay

Mikay Parsons (Psychology)“Cultural Intelligibility and the Policing of Gender: The Tension Between Butler’s Theory of Performativity and Personal Experience.” essay

2016-17 Recipients:

Erin Keoppen (Rhetoric & Media Studies)             “Wild Words: Space, Place and Gender in Tamil Feminist Poetry and Prose.” essay

Sully Pujol (English/Hispanic Studies)                    “‘Beauty is Truth, Truth Art(ifice)’: Female Creative Agency in John Keats’s Isabella, Lamia, and The Eve of St. Agnes.” senior seminar paper

2015-16 Recipients:

Angie Epifano (Art History)
“A Veiled Revolution: The Photographs of Angèle Etoudi Essamba”

Eva Goellner (Rhetoric & Media Studies) “Problematizing “Strong”: Why the Strong Female Character is No Longer Enough.”

2014-15 Recipients:

Annabel Saliba Carroll (English)
“The Roles of Illness in the Works of Virginia Woolf.”essay

Emma Post (English)
“We Begin Our Tour of the Female Muse.” poetry 

2013-14 Recipients:

 Laura Houlberg (Environmental Studies),
“Exclusive Environments: Transmisogyny in U.S. Environmentalism.” senior thesis

  Gus Wolff (Political Science),
 “A Kind of Love: A Decade of Camp and Me.” essay 

  2012-13 Recipients:

 Eline Leemans (Sociology/Anthropology)
“Crafting Reproductive Rights Through Social Practice Art.” senior thesis

 Faolán Thompson (History),
“Quiet Anxiety: Women, Domesticity, and Confinement.” essay

 2011-12 Recipients:

Kemiyondo Coutinho (Theatre/Rhetoric and Media Studies) 
“Kawuna…You’re It.” original one-woman play

Kathern Kucera (Sociology/Anthropology)
“A Case for the Radical Potential of a Cyborg Poet.” essay

2010-11 Recipients:

Rhiannon Troutman (Sociology/Anthropology)
“Transitions of Crisis: Building ‘Home’ for Transgender Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care.” senior thesis 

Arielle White (Biology)
“Redefining Cultural Citizenship to Escape Patriarchal Politics.” senior seminar paper

2009-10 Recipients:

William Haines (English)
“Fluidity: Gender, Bodily Fluids and the Grotesque Language of Alexander Pope.” senior seminar paper

 Maile Speakman  (Sociology/Anthropology)
“No Hay Manera Apagar el Ocio (They Can’t Stop the Leisure): Queer and Countercultural Space in Contemporary Havana.” senior thesis  

 2008-09 Recipients:

Kimberly Fanshier (Theatre)
“Bad Hour.” original play

Kacie Dalziel (Sociology/Anthropology)
“Long Live the King! Gender Performance and the Politics of Drag Kings.” senior thesis

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Thank you to Dorothy Berkson’s family, friends, and colleagues, whose generous contributions have made this award possible