Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships

Research Support Grants

Dissertation Grants

Oral History Grants 


Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships


Julia Belanoff ’18

“Shirley Temple: An Investigation of Her Life in Film, Politics, and Activism”

Emma City ’18
“In Their Own Words: A Comparison of Different Genres of British Women’s Suffrage Writing”

Lindiwe Makgalemele ’18

Nadya Okamoto ’20
“The Menstrual Movement: The History and Prospects of the Fight for Menstrual Equity”

Nora O’Neil ’18
“Disability and Womanhood”

Lizzy Schick ’19
“Feminism and the NAACP”

Jordan Villegas ’20
“Queering Commercial Gay Pornography: Transmasculinities and Erotics of Representation”


Karen Chee '17
“Thesis in History and Literature on Clelia Duel Mosher’s Revolutionary Sex Survey and Women’s Research, and their Effects on Scientific, Social, and Political Causes”

Tez Clark '18
“Dear Jane Crow: Understanding the Development of Race-Sex Analogy in Pauli Murray's Epistolary Writings from a Philosophical Perspective”

Dana Ferrante '17
“Regional yet National: Neapolitan Cuisine before, after, and within Artusi's La Scienza in Cucina”

Jessica Founier '17
“Dreaming Beyond the Law: Examining Feminist Community-Based Responses to Gender Violence in Historical Context”

Kirin Gupta '16
“Sisters in Service: The Rhetoric of Service and Solidarity in Sister Soldier Recipient Letters of Thanks and Personal Donations”

Kevin O’Donnell '17
“Abolitionists at War: James and Frances Beecher's Role in the Freedmen's Bureau”

Auguste Roc '17
“The Politics of Black Female Rappers in Hip Hop through the Lens of Black Feminist Theorists in a Deindustrializing New York City (19852010)”

Erin Shortell '17
“The Poor Neurotic: 1960s Liberal Feminism and Mental Illness”

Jordan Weiers '16
“The Dazzlingly Progressive Military: Military Multiculturalism and Sister Soldier”


Megan Jones ’16
“Poetry is Not a Luxury: The Centrality of Print Culture to Black Feminism, 1970–1983”
*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


Julie E. Dowsett
, York University (Canada)
“Doris Fleischman Bernays and the History of ‘Commodity Feminist’ Marketing”

Marlin Kann, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
“US History Document Reader”

Jen Manion, Amherst College
“Born in the Wrong Time: Transgender Archives and the History of Possibility”

Lina Maria Murillo, University of Texas at El Paso
“Birth Control in the Borderlands: Race, Gender, and Class in the Making of a Movement, 1937–1973”

Carol Quirke, SUNY Old Westbury
“The Eye of the Storm: Bettye Lane, Photojournalism, and the Women’s Movement, 1969–1981”

Kylie Smith, Emory University
“Separate and Unequal: Race, Gender, and Mental Health in the American South”

Zoe Thomas, University of Birmingham
“Collaborating Couples: Intimacy, Power, and Work in Britain and North America, c. 1850–1950”

Marcy Whitebook, University of California, Berkeley
“Necessary Evil or Public Good: The Origins of the Contemporary Child Care and Early Education Debate in the United States”

M. Wright, Texas State University
“ReSISTERS: Activating Archives from the Lesbian and Women’s Liberation Movements of the 1960s through the 1980s”


Rachel Cleves, Professor of History, University of Victoria, Australia
“Parmesan and Pleasure: A History of Food and Sex”

Emily Conroy-Krutz, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Michigan State University
“Elizabeth Pierce and Benevolent Womanhood: Evangelical Women in Transatlantic Reform through 1840”

Corrine Field, Assistant Professor, Women, Gender and Sexuality, University of Virginia
“The Mother of the Race and Modern Girls: Racial Prejudice and Generational Conflict in the US Women's Rights Movement, 18701920”

Laura Hartmann, PhD Candidate in English Literature, Northeastern University
“Frances Davis: The Extraordinary Life of the Only American Woman Journalist in Nationalist Spain”

April Merleaux, Department of History, Florida International University
“The Gender Politics of Risk in Women's Environmental Activism of the 1970s1980s”

Ben Miller, Independent Scholar
“My Aunt: Chemist, Black Belt, Plaintiff (book chapter); Year of Discovery: Essay as Sculpture or ENTICEMENT TO ACTION”

Julia Sattler, Assistant Professor, American Studies, Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany
“’Freedom Is Indivisible’: June Jordan and Global Feminisms”

Jamie Schultz, Associate Professor, Departments of Kinesiology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Pennsylvania State University
“In the Running: WEAL's Athletic Advocacy”

Barbara Welke, Professor of History and Professor of Law, University of Minnesota
“The Course of a Life”


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


Desiree Abu-Odeh
, Columbia University
“The Sexual Violence Problem and Antiviolence Work on American College Campuses, 1950– 2000”

Chris Babits, University of Texas at Austin
“To Cure a Sinful Nation: A Cultural History of Conversion Therapy and the Making of Modern America, 1930 to the Present”

Rachel Corbman, Stony Brook University
“Feminist Conference Archive: The Intellectual and Infrastructural History of Women’s Studies”

Saúl Espino Armendáriz, El Colegio de México
“Catholic Feminism in Mexico (c. 1965–1990): A Transnational Approach”

Brianna Nofil, Columbia University
“Gender, Community Policing, and Crime Control in the Late 20th Century.”

SaraEllen Strongman, University of Pennsylvania
“The Sisterhood: Black Women, Black Feminism, and the Women's Liberation Movement”

Dustin Valen, McGill University (Canada)
“Maritime by Design: Modernity and the Social Politics of Landscape Design in Newfoundland, 1898–1939”

Marama Whyte, University of Sydney (Australia)
“Women Making Headlines: Title VII Sex and Race Discrimination Cases within the US Mainstream Media, 1965–1980”


David Busch, PhD Candidate in History, Carnegie Mellon University
“From Political Activists to Soup Kitchen Volunteers: The Emergence and Transformation of Community Service Learning in American Higher Education, 19451990”

Rachel Fabian, PhD Candidate in Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Collectivity and Its Discontents: Transnational Figurations of 1970–1980s Collective Media Making and Activist Affects”

Mary Freeman, PhD Candidate in History, Colombia University
“Letter Writing and Politics in the Campaign Against Slavery in the United States, 18301870”

Justina Licata, PhD Candidate in US History, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
“The Life and Death of Norplant: How Feminists and Class Action Lawyers Brought Down the Most Promising Contraceptive Device in Decades”

Brooke Lober, PhD Candidate in Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Arizona
“Betty Friedan and Adrienne Rich: Dissertation Research Support for ‘Conflict and Alliance in the Struggle': Feminist Anti-Imperialism, Palestine Solidarity, and the US Jewish Feminist Movement of the Late 20th Century’"

Sabina Peck, PhD Candidate in American History, University of Leeds, (United Kingdom)
“Rethinking 'Success' and 'Failure': Multiracial Activism the Second Wave of Feminism in the USA”

Samantha Presnal, PhD Candidate in French Literature and French Studies, New York University
“Beyond the Foyer: How French Cuisinières Modernized Domestic Cuisine and Made Private Cooking a Public Affair, 18811914”

Sandy Placido, PhD Candidate in American Studies, Harvard University
"A Global Vision: Dr. Ana Livia Cordero and the Puerto Rican Liberation Struggle, 19311992"

Conor Tomas Reed, PhD Candidate in English Literature, City University of New York
“CUNY Will Be Free: Movement Composition, Literatures, and Pedagogies at the City College of New York 19601980”


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


Elizabeth Castle
, Denison University
“Akicita Winyan (Warrior Women) of Standing Rock”

Rachel Gelfand, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Queer Intergeneration: Mourning, Memory, and Method”

Holly Genovese, Temple University
“‘My Soul Still Cries’: Race and Prisoner Rights Organizing in New Orleans, 1911–2017”

Mary McNeil, Harvard University
“Dialoguing across Differences: Boston Black Power and Black Feminist Women, 1966–1980”


Carrie Brave Heart, Master of Arts in Oral History, Colombia University
“Agnes T. ‘Mary’ Crawler (Ta-sina-mani-win) Native American Warrior Woman”

Catherine Jacquet, Assistant Professor, Department of History and Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Louisiana State University
“From Private Matter to Public Health Crisis: Nursing and the Intervention into Domestic Violence”

Amanda Littauer, Assistant Professor of History and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
“Queer Youth: Gender and Desire in 20th-Century North America”

Susan Schmidt Horning, Associate Professor of History, St. John’s University
“Garage Girls Around the World: An Oral History of All-Girl Rock Bands of the 1960s”


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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