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Dean's Prize for Student Scholarship on Women

Have you written a paper you are particularly proud of? Is there a student in your class whose work has really impressed you? Submit your work for the Dean's Prize!

In the spring semester each year, the Dean of Arts and Sciences will award two prizes of $100 each to current William and Mary students whose work (completed within the last three semesters) is evaluated by a selection committee as most successful in advancing our knowledge of women.  One prize will go to an undergraduate and the other to a graduate student. This competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate arts and science students. Past winners include Katelyn Durkin, Teresa Ingraham, Laurel Daen, Casey Metheny, Margaret Freeman and Morgan Berman.

 Faith BartonThe 2013 winners were Faith Barton '14 for her paper “Sex Work as Embodied and Emotional Labor: Female Sex Workers, Performativity, and Transgressing Gendered Sexual Binaries and Boundaries," and Lindsay Keiter, a Ph.D. student studying with Professor Karin Wulf in the History department, who submitted a chapter from her dissertation entitled: “‘I fear some interference will become necessary to resque her’: Harriet Chew Carroll and Extralegal Response to Marital Breakdown in the Early Republic.” 

Faith's paper, written for Professor Gul Ozyegin's course GSWS 430: Comparative Studies in Gender and Work, looks at sex work as performative, meaning that the speech acts and bodily comportment of exotic dancers, prostitutes and other sex workers are carefully negotiated, enabling them to carry out the physical and emotional tasks associated with their labor. Such an approach, Faith argues, is necessary if feminist researchers are to treat sex workers “as complete social beings who have agency and negotiate structural inequalities and hierarchies in the context of a workplace that contains the risks of physical danger and psychological costs.”

Lindsay KeiterLindsay explores the story of Harriet Chew Carroll, working with the Chew Family Papers at The Historical Society of Pennsylvania to examine the ways in which families addressed marital difficulties when divorce was an impossibility for one reason or another. In Carroll's case, her husband's alcoholism and emotional abusiveness finally forced her to accept familial assistance in negotiating an informal separation from him. As Lindsay argues, the silence surrounding domestic conflict in early America renders the archive around Carroll's case a remarkable and revealing one.

Materials suitable for submission include term papers or other class assignments, independent study projects, and honors or thesis research. Undergraduate students may submit projects and papers  between 8 and 12 pages in length; graduate students should submit between 15 and 35 pages. In addition, your full name, social security number, e-mail address, and the name of the instructor and class to which the work was originally submitted should appear on a separate cover sheet.  Materials for consideration should be submitted as an e-mail attachment to [[jmholly,Jenny Holly]], Academic Program Coordinator, GSWS. Subject line should read: Dean's Prize: Last Name, First Name.