Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies
Department Chair:
Greggor Mattson

Administrative Assistant:
David Divins

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8923
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Leah Freed Memorial Prize - Fall 2000 Recipients

Leah Freed Memorial Prize - Fall 2000 Recipients

The Fall 2000 recipients are as follows:

  1. Rebecca Adelman

    Project Title: Girls will be Boys: the practice and politics of the erotic by female-born gender outlaws"

    Project Description: A study of erotic narratives written by female-born gender-variants (butches, FTMS, transgendered people, etc.) and their lovers. I am collecting the narratives and analyzing them with respect to theoretical questions relevant to broader discussions in feminism and queer theory. Some of the central themes include: what it means to assume a (gender) queer identity, the performance of queerness, sex and power, the relationship of technology and gender, whether or not it is possible for sex to be 'radical', and the politics of writing the erotic. For a more detailed description, see my home page.
  2. Margery Ansara

    Project Title: Women, Race, and Activism: A Personal Narrative Project Comparing American Women Active in the Civil Rights Movement and South African Women Active in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle.

    Project Description: I am doing this project as a senior honors thesis for my individual major which is in Sub-Saharan African studies. Both South Africa and the United States are known for being riddled with by racial oppression and yet both places have been positively affected by multi-racial movements working to end racism. Over the course of multiple interviews exploring the personal experiences of four women activists, two American and two South Africa, I seek to see if any similarities arise between their time in the two different movements. I'm seeking to place each woman's experience in a historical context however with an eye to better understanding each woman's call the activism, what influenced her to take action and join the movement, as well as different perceptions of race particularly as experienced by being part of a multiracial movement fighting racial oppression. Consequently, in each pair of women, one participant is white and one participant is black. My project will culminate with a written work in May which presents each woman's experience accompanied by an analysis of any themes that might arise our of their stories.
  3. Sara Field

    Project Title: Saying Yes: How College-Age Women Learn to Construct Their Sexual Subjectivities and Express Desire

    Project Description: For my project, I am exploring the question of how girls and young women learn to mediate their sexual subjectivities through their own narratives of sexual experience. I posit that most of the ways in which young women learn about sex and sexuality stresses the idea of "saying no." I am interested in the ways in which young women "say yes": how they learn to make sexual decisions and what strategies have been successful in learning to become sexual agents.
  4. Erin Livensparger

    Project Title:
    Estrogens and Cardiovascular/Respiratory Fitness Study

    Project Description: Estrogens affect multiple organ systems in diverse and at times antagonistic ways. This study will test whether the fluctuation in estrogens during the menstrual cycle alter the efficiency of oxygen transfer from lungs to organs in a woman.

  5. Christina Normore

    Project Title:
    Honors on Vita Sanctae Coletae

    Project Description: This honors project in the department of art history centers on a little studied fifteenth century Flemish manuscript, the Vita Sanctae Coletae, given by Margaret of York, Duchess of Burgundy to the Bethlehem Convent of the Poor Clares in Gent, Belgium. This manuscript is notable as the first full pictorial cycle of the life of Ste. Colette of Corbie (a fourteenth century reformer of the Poor Clares), as a case of female patronage, and as an example of the interaction between the court and the convent. The Leah Freed Prize will be used to help defray research expenses in Belgium and London.