For Undergraduate Students
Ruth Simmons Prize in Gender and Women's Studies
The Pembroke Center is pleased and honored to offer the Ruth Simmons Prize in Gender and Women’s Studies. The prize is awarded annually for an outstanding honors thesis on questions having to do with women or gender. In the spring, the Pembroke Center invites faculty in all fields to nominate honors theses for the prize. A committee of faculty who teach and write in the area of gender studies will make the selection.
If you wish to make a nomination, please email the following to [email protected] by 1:00 pm on the current nomination deadline date:
- thesis adviser’s evaluation
- a copy of the thesis
The Ruth Simmons Prize carries with it an award of $1,000.
Congratulations to the 2019 Ruth Simmons Prize recipient
“Fighting Homophobia During the War on Crime: The Rise of Pro-Gay, Pro-Police Liberalism in Los Angeles, 1967-80”
“Fighting Homophobia During the War on Crime: The Rise of Pro-Gay, Pro-Police Liberalism in Los Angeles, 1967-80” explores how pro-gay demands for law and order gained popularity among primarily white gay and liberal political leaders in Los Angeles during the 1960’s and 70’s. Besides showing how liberal politicians and gay elites differentiated a “respectable” class of gay Angelenos from their criminalized and racialized peers, Alex's thesis demonstrates that many LGBT Angelenos powerfully challenged the idea that expanded policing could bring gay safety—an ideology he calls “pro-gay, pro-police liberalism.”
Joan Wallach Scott Prize
The Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women annually awards the Joan Wallach Scott Prize for an outstanding honors thesis in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Joan Wallach Scott is the Harold F. Linder Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study. Among her many books are Gender and the Politics of History (1988), Only Paradoxes to Offer: French Feminists and the Rights of Man (1996), Parité: Sexual Equality and the Crisis of French Universalism (2005), and The Politics of the Veil: Banning Islamic Headscarves in French Public Schools (2007). Professor Scott taught at Brown from 1980-1985, where she was Nancy Duke Lewis Professor and Professor of History. She was the founding director of the Pembroke Center.
Each year the Pembroke Center awards this prize for an outstanding thesis by a Gender and Sexuality Studies Concentrator. The Joan Wallach Scott Prize carries with it an award of $500.
Congratulations to the 2019 Joan Wallach Scott Prize recipient
Hang My Tran
Gender and Sexuality Studies
"everyone walks around with their head tilted down to the flowers"
This project reorganizes fragments within queer narratives and foregrounds language fragmentation as a tool for meaning making in the wake of ongoing loss. Here, fragments call to the marginal—the queer, animal, madness and nonsense: the part-human sub-human non-human subjects—whose voices are historically made to dissolve, decay, and disappear. Here, endless ruptures create polyphony where it seems silence has taken over—at the dissolving edges of breaking, broken fragments.
Marie J. Langlois Dissertation Prize
The Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women annually awards the Marie J. Langlois Dissertation Prize for an outstanding dissertation in the area of feminist studies. Marie J. Langlois became a trustee emerita of the Corporation in 2007 having previously served as trustee and vice chancellor of the University since 1998. She served as a member of the Board of Fellows from 1992 to 1998, as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1980 to 1985, and as a trustee and treasurer of the University from 1988 to 1992. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Brown in 1964 and a master of business administration degree from Harvard University in 1967. Ms. Langlois recently retired as managing director of Washington Trust Investors, a division of Washington Trust Company. She currently serves on the boards of directors of the Rhode Island Foundation, Lifespan, Salve Regina University, Rhode Island Philharmonic and Music School, and Rhode Island Public Radio.
Each year the Pembroke Center awards this prize for a dissertation in areas related to gender studies or feminist analysis. If you wish to nominate a dissertation, please email the following to [email protected] by 1:00 pm on the current nomination date:
- A nominating letter including a brief description of the dissertation
- A letter of support from a second member of the dissertation committee
- A copy of the dissertation
The Marie J. Langlois Prize carries with it an award of $1,000.
“Rastafari Women’s Intellectual History and Activism in the Pan-African World”
"Rastafari Women’s Intellectual History and Activism in the Pan-African World" is a visual ethnography that analyzes the ways Rastafari women use their livity to build transnational communities through spiritual solidarities and activism around gendered anti-Black racism and religious discrimination. Despite their leadership, women have been largely erased from movement histories. Drawing upon documentary film and theories in Rastafari studies, I foreground the oral narratives and experiences of Rastafari women in Ghana, Jamaica, and Ethiopia.
Helen Terry MacLeod Prize
From 1995-2007 the Pembroke Center awarded this prize for an outstanding undergraduate honors thesis that addressed questions of gender or women, or that brought a feminist analysis to bear on a topic of study.
In 2007, this award was changed from a prize for a completed honors thesis to a research grant available to support undergraduate honors research. See the grants page for more information.