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Feb. 1 | CFP 2015 Annual Meeting
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Mar. 1 | 2015 Franklin Prize
Nominations for 2015 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize for the best-published book in American Studies due

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Nominations for 2015 Lora Romero Publication Prize for the best-published first book in American Studies due.

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Prizes and Grants

The Gloria E. Anzaldua Award for Independent Scholars, Contingent or Community College Faculty 2014

The Women’s Committee calls for submissions to the fifth 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 Breakfast during the annual meeting of the association to be held November 6-9, 2014, Los Angeles, CA.


To apply, applicants should submit an unpublished paper that does not exceed 25 pages, including endnotes and bibliography, and a two-page vita.  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 September 1, 2014, 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

  • 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