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Congratulations to Charlie Yi Zhang, recipient of the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies 2023 Outstanding Book Prize for his book Dreadful Desires: The Uses of Love in Neoliberal China!

Congratulations to Anastasia Todd, whose upcoming book Crippling Girlhood has been chosen for the 2022 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities. You can read the announcement here.

Kudos to Lukas Bullock and the Kentucky Tenants for their activism work on behalf of Lexington renters.  The group is presenting a Tenants Bill of Rights to the Lexington Council in order to provide more protections for renters. You can read the Herald Leader article here

Lee Mandelo's article, "More of Us Beyond This Room": Feminist (Hi)stories and Solidarity in The Future of Another Timeline" has been published in SIGNS. Congrats, Lee!

Congratulations to Rusty Barrett, Professor in the Department of Linguistics and GWS faculty affiliate, who has been named the LSA 2023 Arnold Zwicky Award recipient. You can read the announcement here:  

Please check out the newest issue of the GWS newsletter.  You can download a PDF copy here

Congratulations to Snehal Sharma, who was named as Honorable Mention for the 2022 NWSA Graduate Scholarship for her work, Honor, Holiness and Hate: A Recipe for the Hindu Nation. 

Aria Halliday was featured in Crooked Media’s Hysteria podcast on reproductive justice for Black girls and women:… and the New Books Popular Culture story about her book:

Congratulations to Jingxue Zhang and Dr. Charlie Zhang on the acceptance of their article, "Enter with Green Code Only'- Biometric Citizenship and Fragmented Living in China" by the Journal of Asian Studies. 

Lee Mandelo's article "Necessary Fictions: Haunt(ed) Archives in Caitlín R. Kiernan’s The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl,"  is in the latest issue of Capacious..  Check it out here.

The Amsterdam News ran a profile on the work of Aria Halliday.  You can read the article here

Aria Halliday was recently interviewed for Music Journalism Insider, a publication about music scholarship.  You can read the interview here.

On April 28, 2022 we gathered virtually via zoom for the annual GWS end of year awards day, where several GWS undergraduate, graduate, and graduate certificate students were presented with awards. Congratulations to all the awardees!

  • GWS Honors: Tate Craft, Abigail Harkness, Tejaswini Sudhakar, Heyna Suit
  • 2022 Joan Callahan Award for Scholastic Achievement: Tate Craft & Abigail Harkness
  • 2022 Kate Black Award for Activism: Heidi Garcia
  • 2022 Jan Oaks Feminist Creativity Award: Tejaswini Sudhakar
  • Space, Place, and Southern Grace Fund for Feminist Studies:  Bailey Meyer
  • Tomasky Leaders:  Olivia Byam, Heidi Garcia, Hallie Lintner, Eva Moralez-Norris
  • GWS graduate certificate awardees: Kelly Ferguson

Congratulations to our newest PhD graduates:  Dr. Ruwen Chang and Dr. Miles Feroli

Mel Stein's new article, "The Blood of Innocent Children": Race, Respectability, and "True" Victimhood in the 1985 MOVE Police Bombing" has been published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, 22:2-4, 160-184.

New Documentary Released -- Becoming Myself: Positive Trans & Nonbinary Identities The film is available to watch for free on the YouTube channel at The ten-minute film features narratives from the lives of seven transgender and nonbinary identified young adults who discuss the positive aspects of their identities and offer support for other transgender and nonbinary people. Individuals featured in the film reflect on their experiences navigating gender identity and how their journey has impacted them.   The film is directed and produced by Michael Breeding (Michael Breeding MEDIA); Executive Producers Zakary Clements, Ellen D.B. Riggle, and Sharon S. Rostosky; with funding support from JustFundKY.

Susan Bordo, professor emerita, has newly been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. You can read more about Susan and this honorary society here.  Congratulations, Susan!

Congrats to Aria Halliday - the recipient of the 2022-23 Harrington Faculty Fellowship through the Center for Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Texas - Austin!  Professor Halliday will be in residence in Austin for the coming academic year working on her second book project! 

Congratulations to Mel Stein, recipient of a 2022 Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Kentucky!  This is the campus-wide award for regular and STS faculty recognizing excellence in teaching in the classroom and beyond.  Mel's impact on the educational opportunities and experiences of students in GWS - and other programs, is inspiring.  

Dr. Frances Henderson has been elected President of WGS - South, The Association for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the South! Congrats Frances! 

Congratulations to our PhD Jeorg Sauer (Hornsby) and Dr. Ellen Riggle on their new article in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies! J. E. Hornsby & Ellen Riggle (2022) Temporal Migrations in Annie Ernaux’s L’Événement: Recounting (a) Lived Experience(s) in Abortion Narrative, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, 26:1, 76-82, DOI: 10.1080/17409292.2022.2026071

Dr. Aria Halliday is this year’s winner of the SHF x Cultural Studies Award for ‘Twerk Sumn!: Theorizing Black Girl Epistemology in the Body’, published in Cultural Studies 34.6, January 2020. The SHF x Cultural Studies Award is a collaboration between the Stuart Hall Foundation and the Routledge/Taylor & Francis journal Cultural Studies. The award seeks to recognise an article by an early career scholar that best captures, and/or makes the most significant contribution to Cultural Studies. Congratulations Dr. Halliday! 

Congratulations to Professor Frances Henderson on receiving a grant from The Louisville Institute to support her research project Black Rural Lives Matter: African American Churches and Anti Racist Organizing in The Rural South. Excellent news for her on-going work and book project! Learn more about the grant here.

Snehal Sharma recently published her article "Anti-Love Jihad Law: An Analysis of Women's Religious and Marital Rights," in a special issue of Explorations, the e-journal of the Indian Sociological Society. Congrats Snehal! You can find the article here.

Congratulations to Charlie Yi Zhang, whose artile, "Releasing Masculinity for a More Just World: Lessons on How to 'Be Water' in Hong Kong," won the best paper award of the Southeast Asian Studies Association!

Check out the latest GWS newsletter here.

Congratualtions to Carol Mason, who was named 2021-2022 University Research Professor. 

Congratulations to Patricia Cooper, Professor Emerita, for being awarded one of the highest honors in the College of Arts and Sciences by being inducted to the A&S Hall of Fame on April 9, 2021.