Nicosia Shakes '16 A.M.,'17 Ph.D. Receives the National Women's Studies Association/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize

October 16, 2017

Nicosia Shakes'16 A.M., '17 Ph.D., winner of the Brown University Joukowsky Award for Outstanding Dissertation and the Pembroke Center Marie J. Langlois Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in the area of Feminist Studies, has just been awarded the National Women's Studies Association/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize.

The award includes a book contract from the University of Illinois Press for which Shakes will revise her prize-winning dissertation, "Gender, Race and Performance Space: Women’s Activism in Jamaican and South African Theatre."  

Shakes received an A.M. and Ph.D. from the Brown University Africana Studies program. She also received the Steinhaus/Zisson Pembroke Center Research Grant to complete a portion of the research for her prize-winning dissertation and new book.

Congratulations to Nicosia Shakes, who is now Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Wooster College.