Elizabeth Phillips Award Winners

This award pays tribute to Elizabeth Phillips, Professor Emerita of English, for her exceptional scholarly commitment to the advancement of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. The winning essay is chosen from essays nominated by university faculty. Essays from fall and spring semesters are eligible and calls for nominations should be made accordingly.

A monetary prize and a certificate are awarded to the best undergraduate senior capstone or honors thesis or graduate student paper (Graduate School, Divinity School, Law School) written on the subject of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies during the academic year.


Past Recipients

  • 2022

    Alexandria Purcell

    Katherine Finch

  • 2021

    No winner was selected.

  • 2020

    Meara Waxman (Undergranduate): “This Little Boat of the Language”: Language Repression as a vehicle of Cultural and Sexual Marginalization in a Hush-a-Bye Baby and The Blackwater Lightship.”

  • 2019

    Abigail S. Trombley (Undergraduate): “Empowerment, Resistance, and the Birth Control Pill: A Feminist Analysis of Contraception in the Developing World”

  • 2018

    Nicole Jodan (Undergraduate): “Nature nor Nurture: The Queer Struggle for
    Expansion” considers how the heroes of two novels—James Baldwin’s
    Giovanni’s Room and Edward Prime Stevenson’s Imre—reconcile queer
    sexual desire with both internal and external repression.

    The committee was impressed with Nicole’s impeccable reasoning and keen
    eye for detail as she argued that the accommodation of hegemonic
    structures of power allows for more stable secret spaces of pleasure.

  • 2017

    Madeline Chastain Coffey (Undergraduate): “The Loophole in the Lavender Scare: Sex Change Operations as a Cure to Subversion”

    Justice Ciera von Maur (Undergraduate): “An Oral History of Gay and Lesbian Activism at Wake Forest University 1985 to 2000

  • 2016

    Kate Llewellyn (Undergraduate): “The Comparative Development of LGBTQ Rights in Ecuador and Chile: Legal Positivism and the Rule of Recognition”

    Sara Brigagliano (Undergraduate – Second Place Prize): “You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide: How the Media Morphs Gender: Bias in the Coverage of Female Political Candidates”

  • 2015

    Dianne Gene Uwayo (Undergraduate): “Perceptions about the Causes of Intimate Partner Violence in Kisumu, Kenya”


    Shoshanna Natanya Goldin (Undergraduate): “The Land of Milk, Honey, and Motherhood: An Examination of Jewish, Muslim, and Druze Women’s Perspectives of IVF Policy in Israel”


    Felicity Ratway (Graduate): “Preserving Víctor Hugo Robles’ Queer Ideology in a Spanish-English Translation of Bandera Hueca”


    Lindsey Jayne Mullen (Graduate):
    “Being Natal: The Theological and Pastoral Significance of Labor and Birth for Christianity”

  • 2014

    Kimberly Quick

  • 2013

    Parastou Azaeh Ranjbar ’15 (Undergraduate)
    Mallory Pladus ’13 (Graduate)

  • 2012

    Natalie Elise Moreland ’12 (Undergraduate)
    Bailey Mestayer Pittenger ’13 (Undergraduate)
    Ronald Terry Parrish ’13 (Graduate)

  • 2011

    Caitlin Cheyenne Williams ’12 (Undergraduate)

  • 2010

    Lauren Anastasia Wright ’10 (Undergraduate)
    Anna Elizabeth Williams ’10 (Undergraduate)

  • 2009

    Christine Cooluris ’09 (Undergraduate)
    Ashley Elizabeth Gedraitis ’11 (Undergraduate)
    Audrey Golden ’09 (Graduate)

  • 2008

    Emily Teresa Rubino ’08 (Undergraduate)
    Lin Cohen Bunce ’08 (Graduate)

  • 2007

    Elizabeth Anne Lundeen ’07 (Undergraduate)
    Anne Lindsey Leake ’07 (Graduate)
    Emily Wonnell Mathews ’08 (Honorable Mention)

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