Clayman Institute honors the next generation of gender scholars

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Clayman Institute honors the next generation of gender scholars

by "Gender News" staff on Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 9:19am

The Clayman Institute celebrates the next generation of gender scholars each year by recognizing their contributions through fellowships, awards and research grants. These awards highlight new thinking in gender research, and afford students the opportunity to develop and present their research.

Please join us in congratulating this year’s awards recipients and graduates.

Clayman Institute 2015-16 Graduate Dissertation Fellows

Through Graduate Dissertation Fellowships, doctoral students participate in the intellectual life of the Institute, share their work in progress with their peers and benefit from interdisciplinary connections with Stanford faculty.

Ed King: Linguistics

In addition to completing data collection for his dissertation, King launched a web app (Talk Obama To Me) that was used by over 450 thousand people in its first week. After he defends and files his dissertation, King will look for opportunities to apply his language and gender research in the area of human-computer interaction.


Sandra Nakagawa, Giumarra-MacArthur Family Graduate Dissertation Fellow: Sociology

Nakagawa has been awarded Stanford’s Institute for Research in the Social Sciences dissertation fellowship for 2016-17. This summer, she will work with Stanford’s Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education as a graduate associate on diversity and fellowship projects, in addition to working as a research associate at the Clayman Institute.

Marilyn Yalom Research Fund 2016 Recipient 

The Marilyn Yalom Research Fund supports current Stanford PhD candidates working in the humanities on issues concerning women and gender.  

Jessi Piggott, PhD student, Theater & Performance Studies, for the originality of her feminist approach and commitment to gender reinterpretations of the theatrical canon. This past year, Piggott directed Bertolt Brecht’sThe Downfall of Egotist J. Fatze with an all female cast performing in drag as men and, as dramaturge for Oh What a Lovely War, worked with both male and female actors on notions of drag, challenging questions of masculinity and femininity. Next year Piggott will direct Brecht’s Saint Joan with an all female cast. The Marilyn Yalom Research Fund will enable her to continue research on this rarely staged play. Piggott was nominated for the award by Leslie Hill, associate professor, performance making, TAPS.

Marjorie Lozoff Graduate Prize 2016 Recipient 

The Marjorie Lozoff Graduate Prize is awarded annually to promote scholarship in areas that further women's development.

Tina Cheuk, PhD student, Graduate School of Education, for research examining the mechanisms that create gendered inequalities for women scientists and engineers within higher educational institutions. Cheuk’s research aims to generate solutions that improve the organizational norms and structures for the education, training and retention of women in traditionally male-dominated STEM fields. The Marjorie Lozoff Prize will allow Cheuk to extend her research to women graduate students, studying how this population of women navigates the academy, negotiates and makes sense of their identities as mothers, and in turn, shapes institutional norms in their communities. Cheuk was nominated by professors Kenji Hakuta, Jonathon Osborne and Debra Meyerson of the Graduate School of Education.

Myra Strober Prize 2016 Recipient

The Myra Strober Prize recognizes a Stanford student who writes a compelling “Gender News” article that focuses on women’s education, work or family.

Nicole Martin, PhD Candidate, Department of History

For: Women surgeons and the challenges of “having it all”



Special Student Recognition

Tanvi Jayaraman, Clayman’s first Susan Heck summer intern, has been awarded a Fulbright Grant. She will investigate the barriers to health care access and support for survivors of Intimate Partner Violence in Rende, Italy. Jayaraman has been an invaluable organizer and contributor to the campaign against sexual assault on campus, working both with the university and local high schools.


Madeleine Lippey, Clayman undergraduate research assistant, will be interning at the White House in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, which houses the Council on Women and Girls, a joint effort with the office of the First Lady. She will be helping with the White House United State of Women Summit this month.

 Congratulations to these and to all our students on their outstanding accomplishments!