2017 Phyllis Rackin Graduate Student Award Recipients

The Phyllis Rackin Fellowship for Feminist Scholarship in the Humanities was created in 2008 in honor of Phyllis Rackin, a pioneering feminist scholar and former faculty member in the English Department here at Penn. The fellowship provides up to $3,000 in summer research or travel funding to doctoral student(s) in theSchool of Arts and Sciences whose research creates or promotes new scholarship on women, gender, and/or sexuality in the humanities.

Congratulations to the 2017 Award Recipients

- Clare Mullaney, English. 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

- Melanie Hill, English. Personified Preaching: the Black Feminist Sermonic Practice in Literature and Music


Past Recipients:


  • Natalie Shibley, Africana Studies and History. Sexual Contagion: The Politics of Sexuality and Public Health in the U.S. Military, 1941-1993
  • Danielle Hanley, Political Science. Crying: The Political Work of Tears
  • Julia Cox, English. Breaking the Back of Words: Women, the Protest Song, and the Long Civil Rights Movement


  • Thomas Brinkerhoff, History. Messengers of Care: Children, Consumption, and Gendered Citizenship in Peronist Argentina
  • Joan Lubin, English. Sex, Narrative, Number: Kinsey’s Stories
  • Mary Zaborskis, English. Erotics of Education: Queering Children in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Boarding Schools


  • Venise Battle, Africana Studies. Vodun, A lived Religion: Theorizing Gender, Sexuality, and Agency in Southern Benin 


  • Caroline Weist, German. In the Flesh: Sexuality and the Prosthesis in the Homeland
  • Sara Mourad, Communications. Screening Deviance: Between Reticence and Spectacle


  • Zain Lakhani, History.
  • Claudia Consolati. Italian.


  • Melanie Adley, Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • Claire Taylor Jones, Comparative Literature
  • Melanie Micir, English

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