Phyllis Rackin Graduate Award

Created in honor of Phyllis Rackin, a pioneering feminist scholar and former faculty member in the English Department at Penn, this award provides up to $2,000 in research or travel funding to a graduate student in the School of Arts and Sciences whose research creates or promotes new scholarship on women, gender, and/or sexuality in the humanities. Priority will be given to students who have earned a Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate (or who are currently enrolled in the program), and to projects leading to the completion of a doctoral dissertation.

Application Cycle:

  • Rackin applications are due on March 15
  • notification of awards will be made by mid-April

To Apply: Please complete the online application, which includes the following information:

  • 2-page description of project clearly stating the aims and methods of your research
  • budget detailing how the award funds will be used
  • curriculum vitae
  • two letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty

Please include a list all other secured sources of funding for your project, including the amounts and allocations of these funds. Please also note additional funding sources for which you are applying and the amounts of each of these potential lines of support.

The letters of recommendation should discuss either the potential for the applicant’s work to have a beneficial impact on the lives of women and/or girls or the promise of the applicant’s work to enhance our understanding of gender inequality. The letters should be addressed to Professor Kathleen Brown, Director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program and the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality, and Women, and emailed to [].


This award is subject to 1099 reporting.

For further information, contact Anne Esacove

Recent Award Recipients

James Coleman

Using Young Adult Literature to Rewrite Gender Inequality and Queerphobia in Schools
Devorah Fischler
Comparative Literature and GSWS

A Plaguey Spirit of Unrest: Stein, Woolf, and the Sleepless Subject of History
Patricia Kim
History of Art and GSWS

Engendering Power: Dynastic Women and Visual Culture in the Hellenistic World (4th-1st c BCE)
Davy Knittle
English and GSWS

Homourbanism: Poetics Against Gentrification
Melanie Hill

Personified Preaching: the Black Feminist Sermonic Practice in Literature and Music
Claire Mullaney

American Imprints: Disability and the Material Text, 1858-1932
Eziaku Nwokocha
Africana and Religious Studies

Fashioning the Spirit: Diasporic Adornment and Spiritual Exchange in Haitian Vodou
Julia Cox

Breaking the Back of Words: Women, the Protest Song, and the Long Civil Rights Movement
Danielle Hanley

Crying: The Political Work of Tears
Natalie Shibley
Africana Studies and History

Sexual Contagion: The Politics of Sexuality and Public Health in the U.S. Military, 1941-1993