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

Administrative Assistant:
David Divins

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Leah Freed Memorial Prize - Fall 2003 Recipients

Leah Freed Memorial Prize - Fall 2003 Recipients

The Fall 2003 recipients are as follows:

  1. Samantha Pownall

    Project Title: Memory and Community Spaces in the Filipino Diaspora

    Project Description: Transmitting memory from one generation to the next, and how this physically manifests itself within the Filipino American community has largely been the work of women. Examining how 'memory from the homeland' shapes Filipino communities in the United States reveals the social and economic processes involved in defining Filipino identity along gender and class lines. Filipino Americans have maintained their ties to the homeland through sharing stories with their families and children, and creating organizations that address their specific needs, such as the Filipino Nurses Association of Ohio, or the Philippine American Society of Ohio -- both founded in Parma. This study addresses the ways in which expected gender roles change or do not change during the "imigrant experience," and questions the Spanish and American colonial influences that constructed such expectations. I argue that due to these experiences, Filipino American Studies needs to be released from the umbrella of Asian American Studies and be a field of study in its own right. My goal is to raise awareness about the specific issues Filipino migrants and Filipino American communities face as a result of the respective Spanish and American notions of patriarchy that have affected the collective memories of Filipinos, thereby shaping the migrant experience in both Spain and the United States.

  2. Lauren Schiff

    Project Title: "DSM-V"? An Analysis of the Efficacy of the DSM-IV in Diagnosing Anorexia Nervosa

    Project Description: This research project examines the effectiveness of the DSM-IV in diagnosing anorexia nervosa in the United States and in the Netherlands by questioning the DSM-IV's assessment of the core psychopathology of anorexia nervosa and other associated eating disorders. Through interviews with clinicians, patient organizations members, and women who have or have had anorexia nervosa, this research attempts a feminist analysis of the medicalization of eating disorders. Based on the comparison of primary and secondary data collected from both the United States and the Netherlands, this research hypothesizes that a revision of the DSM-IV to include obsessive and delusional thinking patterns may be needed to more accurately reflect the core psychopathology of anorexia nervosa in the Western context.

  3. Melissa Threadgill

    Project Title: What Makes States Care about Caring (and How Can We Make Them Care More?:
    The Politics of the California Child Care Compensation Movement

    Project Description: In the past decade, advocates in the movement for higher quality child care have generally reached consensus on what is needed to improve the quality of child care in America: greater pay, more training, and better working conditions for caretakers. Over the past twenty years, grassroots campaigns to create state programs to deal with these problems have been mounted across the country, with varying amounts of success. By studying one such movement "the effort to put the 'CARES' child care compensation initiative into law in California" I hope to begin to explain makes a state more likely to implement such a policy and, more broadly, what makes a state more likely to make any policy change. In particular, I will be focusing on interest group action: what can interest groups do to get the problem of child care quality and caretaker compensation on the agenda of policy-makers, and how can they best influence those policy-makers to create and pass legislation to address these problems? This award will allow me to travel to California to interview the key players of this movement, including its sponsor in the State Assembly and the leaders of the primary interest groups involved.