Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships

Research Support Grants

Dissertation Grants

Oral History Grants 


Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships


Megan Jones ’16
“Poetry is Not a Luxury: The Centrality of Print Culture to Black Feminism, 19701983”
*Also received the Elizabeth A. Nicholson Undergraduate Award

Brianna Suslovic ’16
“Productive Tensions: Historicized Interactions between Abortion Activists and Medical Professionals”

Magdalene Zier ’16
“Privatizing and Protesting the Spectacle: Lynching Plays by African American Women, 1900–1930”


Diane Brinkley '15

"Pornography in the Public and Private Spheres"
*Also received the Elizabeth A. Nicholson Undergraduate Award

Grace Chen '15
"'Easy' and 'Exotic': The Familiar and the Foreign in Grace Zia Chu’s Cookbooks"

Kristin Holladay '15
"Suffrage and Sanity: The Political Pathologizing of Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party"
Also received the Elizabeth A. Nicholson Undergraduate Award

Ivel Posada '14
"Amending the Sacred Charter: An Analysis of NOW’s Rhetorical Strategies in the Campaign for the ERA, 1970–1982"
*Also received the Elizabeth A. Nicholson Undergraduate Award

Indiana Seresin '15
"Radical Doulas and Reproductive Justice Activism: An Emerging Movement"

Cynthia Shih '15
"Childhood Obesity in the Cafeteria: How School Food Environments Shaped the Bodies of America’s Youth"

Seyedehfatemeh Delaram Takyar '15
"Political Participation of Middle Eastern Immigrants in the Post 9-11 Era"

Lyla Wasz-Piper '15
"Genital Normalizing Surgeries on Intersex Infants: Current State of Affairs" 

*The Elizabeth A. Nicholson Undergraduate Award is awarded in honor of Elizabeth A. Nicholson '79 to the most deserving undergraduate proposals.

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Research Support Grants


Diana Anselmo-Sequeira, University of Pittsburgh
“Paper Voices: A History of Female Adolescence Told by Girls’ Scrapbooks, Letters, and Diaries, 1880–1920”

Sarah Bridger, California Polytechnic State University
“Organizing Principles: Women’s Activism in STEM Fields in the 1960s and 1970s”

Lynda Dodd, City College City University of New York
“Sisterhood of Struggle: Alice Paul, the National Woman’s Party, and the Radical Campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment”

Joseph Hower, University Texas at Austin, and Southwestern University
“You’ve Come a Long Way—Maybe: Pay Equity, Public Workers, and the Transformation of the American Labor Movement, 1972–1985”

John Hyland, Haverford College
"In the Groove: Sounding out Radical Black Feminism"

Joyce M. Latham, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
“ 'Harassed and Intimidated': The Sexually Explicit in the Public Sphere"

Connie Shemo, State University of New York at Plattsburgh
“ ‘An Honorable Profession for Women’: American Missionary Medical Education for Chinese Women in China, 1879–1949”

Koichiro Shigaki, Tohoku University
“Reevaluating the Philosophy of Frieda Hennock on Promoting Educational Broadcasting: Implications for Media’s Role in a Society with Diverse Cultures”

Marianne Sullivan, William Paterson University
“Harriet Hardy and the Science, Policy, and Politics of Occupational and Environmental Health”

Katherine Turk, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Toward True Equality Now: The National Organization for Women and the Fate of the American Left”

M. Genevieve West, Texas Woman’s University
“Reassessing Marita Bonner’s Legacy”


Tori Barnes-Brus, Cornell College
"'Saviour of Her Sex': Lydia E. Pinkham Patent Medicine Company and the Construction of Female Health"

Meredith Chilton, Independent Scholar
"The Emergence of Informal and Private Dining in the 17th- and 18th-Century Europe"

Ariel Dougherty, Independent Scholar
"Feminist Filming within Communities"

Diane B. Friedman, Marian University, School of Nursing
"Neuroscience in Popular Early Films: Dark Victory and World War I"

Jeffrey Gonda, Syracuse University
"'No Crystal Stair': Black Women and Civil Rights Law in Postwar America"

Che Gosett, Independent Scholar
"'My Dungeon Shook': Legacies of Black Queer Solidarity with Palestinian Struggle in a Time of Pinkwashing, Homonationalism, and Carceral Regimes"

Dorene Isenberg, University of Redlands
"The Development of Women’s Credit Worthiness: The 1970s"

Shelah Gilbert Leader, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
"Forging a Feminist Consensus"
*Also, received the Joan R. Challinor Award

Irene Lusztig, University of California, Santa Cruz
"Our Feminisms, Ourselves: Performing Ms. Magazine, 1972–1980"
*Also received the Joan R. Challinor Award

Michelle Moravec, Rosemont College
"The Politics of Women’s Culture"

G. Kurt Piehler, Florida State University
"The Religious History of American GI in World War II"

Margaret Talbot, Independent Researcher
"Jailbirds: The Final Push for Women’s Suffrage"

*The Joan R. Challinor Award is given to deserving and relevant applicants for research at the Schlesinger Library in the area of, but not limited to, women/gender and Catholicism, national government, journalism, and libraries.

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Dissertation Grants


Jesse Bayker, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
“Before Transsexuality: Crossing the Borders of Gender in the United States, 1850–1960”

Meaghan Beadle, University of Virginia
“This Is What a Feminist Looks Like! Photography and Feminism, 1968–1987”

Christa Anne Bentley, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Modern Day Troubadours: The Politics of the Singer-Songwriter Movement in Los Angeles, 1968–1975”

Julia Bowes, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
“The Government of the Family: The Child, the Growth of the State, and the Remaking of Patriarchal Authority, 1850–1930”

Adam Hilton, York University (Canada)
“Democratizing Pluralism: The New Politics Movement and the Reform of the Democratic Party, 1968–1978”

Mookie Kideckel, Columbia University
“When Food Became Natural: Industrial Food Culture and the Marketing of Reform”

Lauren Meyer, Yale University
“Defending Black Womanhood: African American Women Lawyers from Reconstruction to Civil Rights”

Wangui Muigai, Princeton University
“An Awful Gladness: Race and Infant Mortality from Slavery to the Great Migration”

Jessica Parr, University of New South Wales (Australia)
“Obesity and the Emergence of a Self Help–Styled Group Movement for Weight Loss in the Postwar United States of America”

Anne Röhl, University of Zurich (Switzerland)
“Text and Texture: Gendered Discourses of Textiles in Art Since 1965”


Stephanie Boland, University of Exeter
"Cooking The Books: Genre and Culture in the Modernist Cookbook"

Jenifer Dodd, Vanderbilt University
"Psychiatric and Feminist Theories of Rape, 1970–1990"

Kristen Gaylord, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
"'Infiltrate the Masses': Immaculate Heart College and Corita Kent in the 1960s"
+Also received the Joan R. Challinor Award

Deneil Hill, Binghamton University
"Shifting Feminism Visions at the UN: Self-Determination, Sexuality, and Human Rights, 1975–1995"
+Also, received the Joan R. Challinor Award

Charlotte Jeffries, University of Cambridge
"The Emergence of a National Consensus on Teenage Female Sexuality in the United States, 1981–2008"

Bryan Knapp, Brown University
"'Capitalism Begins at the Mother’s Breast': The Nestle Boycott and the Global Growth of Infants, Nations, and Economies, 1970–1988"

Assata Sankofa Kokayi, Northwestern University
"Insurgent Wave: The Ideological Development of Radical Black Feminisms in the United States, 1968–1988"
*Also received the Alice Stone Blackwell Award

Joe Ryan-Hume, The University of Glasgow
"Standing in Reagan’s Shadow: Liberal Strategies in a Conservative Age"
+Also received the Joan R. Challinor Award

Roxanne Samer, University of Southern California
"Receiving Feminisms: Toward a Media Archaeology of Lesbian Possibility "

Monica Steinberg, City University of New York
"Finish Fetish: Art, Artists, and Alter Egos in Los Angeles of the 1960s"

Jessica Waggoner, Indiana University
"Crip Modernisms: Unspectacular Disability in the US 1930s and '40s"

Ashley Rose Young, Duke University
"Nourishing Networks: Provisioning Southern Cities in the Atlantic World, 1840–1905"

*The Alice Stone Blackwell Award is for research supporting the promotion of equal rights for women, with emphasis on the empowerment of women in their societies around the world, consistent with the life and accomplishments of the woman it honors.

+The Joan R. Challinor Award is given to deserving and relevant applicants for research at the Schlesinger Library in the area of, but not limited to, women/gender and Catholicism, national government, journalism, and libraries.

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Oral History Grants


Aaron Byungjoo Bae, Arizona State University
“The Ideological Impetus and Struggle in Praxis for Multiracial Radical Alliances in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1967–1980”

Jennifer Carcamo, UCLA Center for Oral History Research
“The Eternally Undocumented: Youth and Women in the Los Angeles Immigrant Rights Movement”

Sarah Kristin Loose and Adriana Lopez, Independent Scholars
“Amamantar y Migrar: The Impacts of Migration on Infant Feeding Practices”

Christine Reiser Robbins, Texas A&M University–Kingsville, and Mark Robbins, Del Mar College
“Recording the Voices of Women in South Texas Hispanic Farm Labor Communities, 1930–2000”

Rachel F. Seidman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Speaking Up, Speaking Out, Talking Back: An Oral History of Feminism in the Digital Age”

Sara Wood and John T. Edge, the University of Mississippi
“Cut It Clean: Women Oyster Shuckers of Chesapeake Bay”


Kythe Heller, Harvard University
"A Media Archeology of Mystical Islam: Female Sufis of the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship in America"

Abbie Reese, Independent Scholar
"Young Nuns: Discerning Religious Life in the 21st Century"

Jaime Schultz, Pennsylvania State University
"Women Marathoners in the Age of Rebellion, 1959–1972"

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