Lerner-Scott Prize Winners


Aimee Loiselle, Smith College (dissertation completed at the University of Connecticut, under the direction of Micki McElya with Christopher Clark and Peter Baldwin)  “Creating Norma Rae: The Erasure of Puerto Rican Needleworkers and Southern Labor Activists in a Neoliberal Icon”


Julia Bowes, The University of Hong Kong, “Invading the Home: Children, State Power, and the Gendered Origins of Modern Conservatism, 1865–1933” [dissertation completed at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, under the direction of Jennifer Mittelstadt and Ann Fabian]


Alexandra J. Finley, Mississippi State University, “Blood Money: Sex, Family, and Finance in the Antebellum Slave Trade” [College of William & Mary dissertation, with advisers Scott Nelson (chair), Cindy Hahamovitch, Hannah Rosen, and Henry Louis Gates Jr.]


Ava Purkiss, University of Michigan, "'Mind, Soul, Body, and Race': Black Women's Purposeful Exercise in the Age of Physical Culture, 1900–1939" [dissertation completed at the University of Texas, Austin (History) under the direction of Professors Tiffany Gill and Daina Ramey Berry]

Honorable Mention: Jenna Healey, Yale University, "Sooner or Later: Age, Pregnancy, and the Reproductive Revolution in Late Twentieth-Century America" [dissertation completed at Yale
University, directed by Professor Naomi Rogers]


Susan Hanket Brandt, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, "Gifted Women and Skilled Practitioners: Gender and Healing Authority in the Delaware Valley, 1740–1830" (Temple University)


Jessica Wilkerson, University of Mississippi, "Where Movements Meet: From the War on Poverty to Grassroots Feminism in the Appalachian South" (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Honorable Mention: Keisha N. Blain, Pennsylvania State University, '''For the Freedom of the Race': Black Women and the Practices of Nationalism, 1929–1945" (Princeton University)


Katherine M. Marino, Ohio State University. "La Vanguardia Feminista: Pan-American Feminism and the Rise of International Women's Rights, 1915-1946" (Stanford University dissertation)


Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, University of Iowa, “‘Nobody Couldn’t Sell’em but Her’: Slaveowning Women, Mastery, and the Gendered Politics of the Antebellum Slave Market”


Katherine Turk, Indiana University Maurer School of Law (Spring 2012)/University of Texas at Dallas (Fall 2012), “Equality on Trial: Women and Work in the Age of Title VII”


Sarah Haley, Princeton University (Spring 2011) / University of California, Los Angeles (Fall 2011), "Engendering Captivity: Black Women and Convict Labor in Georgia, 1865–1938"


Jessie B. Ramey, University of Pittsburgh, "A Childcare Crisis: Poor Black and White Families in Orphanages in Pittsburgh, 1878–1929"


Jane Alexandra Berger, Cornell University, “When Hard Work Doesn’t Pay: Gender and the Urban Crisis in Baltimore, 1945–1985”


Danielle L. McGuire, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/Wayne State University (fall 2008), "At the Dark End of the Street: Sexualized Violence, Community Mobilization, and the African-American Freedom Struggle"


Serena Mayeri, University of Pennsylvania Law School, "Reasoning from Race: The Civil Rights Paradigm and American Legal Feminism, 1960–1979"


Margot Canaday, Princeton University, "The Straight State: Sexuality and American Citizenship, 1900–1969" (University of Minnesota)


Vasantha Lynn Kennedy, University of Lethbridge, “Partus Sequitur Ventrem: Narratives of Childbirth and Motherhood in the Antebellum South,” (University of Western Ontario)


Jennifer Guglielmo, Smith College, "Negotiating Gender, Race, and Coalition: Italian Women and Working-Class Politics in New York City, 1880–1945"


Rebecca Jo Plant, University of California, San Diego, "The Repeal of Mother Love" (Johns Hopkins University)


Lisa G. Materson, Yale University, "Respectable Partisans: African American Women in Electoral Politics, 1877–1936"


Amy G. Richter, Clark University, "Tracking Public Culture: Women, the Railroad, and the End of the Victorian Public"


Karen J. Leong, Arizona State University, "The China Mystique: Mayling Soong Chiang, Pearl S. Buck and Anna May Wong in the American Imagination"

Carol Williams, Rutgers University, "Framing the West: Race, Gender and the Photographic Frontier' on the Northwest Coast, 1858–1912"


Catherine Allgor, "Political Parties: Society and Politics in Washington City, 1800–1832"


Marla R. Miller, "My Daily Bread Depends Upon My Labor: Craftswomen, Community, and the Marketplace in Rural Massachusetts, 1740–1820"


Karen Ward Mahar, Texas A & M University—Corpus Christi, "Women, Filmmaking, and the Gendering of the American Film Industry, 1896–1928"

Victoria W. Wolcott, University of Rochester, "Remaking Respectability: African American Women and the Politics of Identity in Inter-sar Detroit"


Barbara Young Welke, University of Oregon, "Gendered Journeys: A History of Injury, Public Transport, and American Law, 1865–1920"


Elizabeth R. Varon, Wellesley College, "'We Mean to be Counted': White Women and Politics in Antebellum Virginia"


No award given.


Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, "Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896–1920"


Rickie Solinger, CUNY Graduate Center, "Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race in the Pre-Roe v. Wade Era, 1945–1965"