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Lerner-Scott Prize Winners

2018 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.]

2017 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]

2016 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)

2015 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)

2014 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)

2013 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”

2012 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”

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

2010 Jessie B. Ramey, University of Pittsburgh, "A Childcare Crisis: Poor Black and White Families in Orphanages in Pittsburgh, 1878–1929"

2009 Jane Alexandra Berger, Cornell University, “When Hard Work Doesn’t Pay: Gender and the Urban Crisis in Baltimore, 1945–1985”

2008 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"

2007 Serena Mayeri, University of Pennsylvania Law School, "Reasoning from Race: The Civil Rights Paradigm and American Legal Feminism, 1960–1979"

2006 Margot Canaday, Princeton University, "The Straight State: Sexuality and American Citizenship, 1900–1969" (University of Minnesota)

2005 Vasantha Lynn Kennedy, University of Lethbridge, “Partus Sequitur Ventrem: Narratives of Childbirth and Motherhood in the Antebellum South,” (University of Western Ontario)

2004 Jennifer Guglielmo, Smith College, "Negotiating Gender, Race, and Coalition: Italian Women and Working-Class Politics in New York City, 1880–1945"

2003 Rebecca Jo Plant, University of California, San Diego, "The Repeal of Mother Love" (Johns Hopkins University)

2002 Lisa G. Materson, Yale University, "Respectable Partisans: African American Women in Electoral Politics, 1877–1936"

2001 Amy G. Richter, Clark University, "Tracking Public Culture: Women, the Railroad, and the End of the Victorian Public"

2000 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"

1999 Catherine Allgor, "Political Parties: Society and Politics in Washington City, 1800–1832"

1998 Marla R. Miller, "My Daily Bread Depends Upon My Labor: Craftswomen, Community, and the Marketplace in Rural Massachusetts, 1740–1820"

1997 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"

1996 Barbara Young Welke, University of Oregon, "Gendered Journeys: A History of Injury, Public Transport, and American Law, 1865–1920"

1995 Elizabeth R. Varon, Wellesley College, "'We Mean to be Counted': White Women and Politics in Antebellum Virginia"

1994 No award given.

1993 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"

1992 Rickie Solinger, CUNY Graduate Center, "Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race in the Pre-Roe v. Wade Era, 1945–1965"