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The Gloria E. Anzaldua Award for Independent Scholars, Contingent or Community College Faculty 2015

The Women’s Committee calls for submissions to the seventh annual Gloria E. Anzaldua Award for Independent Scholars, Contingent or Community College Faculty.  Hosted by the American Studies Association, this award honors Anzaldua’s outstanding career as an independent scholar and her labor as contingent faculty, along with her groundbreaking contributions to scholarship on women of color and to queer theory.  The award includes a lifetime membership in the ASA, a lifetime electronic subscription to American Quarterly, and $500. Applicants must work in American studies or a related field and work as independent scholars and/or as faculty at community colleges or in a contingent capacity (i.e., as part-time or full-time non-ladder-rank or non-tenure-track instructors, adjuncts, or lecturers).  Graduate students are ineligible.  The winner will be announced at the Women’s Brunch during the annual meeting of the association to be held October 8-11, 2015, Toronto, Canada.


Please note that the application procedures have changed for 2015.To apply, applicants should submit a two-page vita; and an essay/paper which does not exceed 25 pages, including end notes and bibliography, and which fulfills one of the following criteria: unpublished, accepted for publication, or published in 2014 or 2015. Relevant submissions will demonstrate an affinity with Anzaldua’s oeuvre, vision, or political commitments and should address connections among some or all of the following categories: race, ethnicity, citizenship, class, gender, sexuality, and dis/ability. Eligible participants in the ASA annual meeting are encouraged to apply. Papers and CVs must be submitted electronically by MAY 1, 2015, to the committee chair, Birgit M. Bauridl (birgit.bauridl@ur.de). Late submissions will not be accepted.


The Gloria E. Anzaldua Award for Independent Scholars, Contingent or Community College Faculty is funded through a program of voluntary contributions. The ASA is committed to a very active solicitation of members’ contributions to underscore the importance of subsidizing and encouraging the participation of independent scholars and contingent or community college faculty in the annual meeting,  Members can do this now (click here).  Specify “I wish to contribute to the Anzaldua Prize Fund on “Order Comments” during check out.

You may also contribute on your dues remittance form to indicate you have added to your dues payments a tax-deductible contribution to the fund. The American Studies Association is a 501 (3c) not-for-profit organization chartered in the District of Columbia eligible to receive tax deductible donations and contributions.

Gloria E. Anzaldua Award Recipients

  • 2014: Che Gossett; honorable mention: Walidah Imarisha, Portland State University
  • 2013: Ana Castillo; honorable mention: Elizabeth Schewe, Northern Illinois University
  • 2012: Abigail Manzella, Stern College For Women, Yeshiva University
  • 2011: Jennifer A. Reimer, University of California, Berkeley, Disordering the Border: Harryette Mullen’s Transaborder Poetics in Muse & Drudge
  • 2010: Lori Harrison-Kahan, Boston College, honorable mention: Sarah Eden Schiff, Agnes Scott College
  • 2009: Smadar Lavie, Staying Put: Crossing the Israel-Palestine Border with Gloria Anzaldua,  now available in Anthropology and Humanism, Volume 36, Issue 1, pages 101-121, June 2011