NWSA/ University of Illinois Press 2019 First Book Prize Winner

NWSA and the University of Illinois Press are pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 First Book Prize! 

Shamara Wyllie Alhassan, Brown University

Re-Membering the Maternal Goddess: Rastafari Women’s Intellectual History and Activism in the Pan-African World

NWSA will celebrate all award winners at the 2019 Conference Awards Toast November 16, 2019 at 6:15 to 6:45pm at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Tower 2, Grand Ballroom Level, Grand Ballroom Salon A.


Thank you to the prize committee: 

Christen Smith, author of Afro-Paradise: Blackness, Violence and Performance in Brazil (UIP, 2016)

Amy Brandzel, author of Against Citizenship: The Violence of the Normative (UIP, 2016)

Elizabeth Currans, author of Marching Dykes, Liberated Sluts, and Concerned Mothers: Women Transforming Public Space (UIP, 2017)


Past winners of the prize include:

2018 Award: Wen Liu,Assembling Asian America: Psychological Technologies and Queer Subjectivities

Nishant Upadhyay, Indians on Indian Lands: Intersections of Race, Caste, and Indigeneity

2017 Award: Nicosia M. Shakes, Gender, Race and Performance Space: Women’s Activism in Jamaican and South African Theatre

Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Verklan, “Objects of Desire: Feminist Inquiry, Transnational Feminism, and Global Fashion”

2016 Award: Michele Eggers, Embodying Inequality: The Criminalization of Women for Abortion in Chile

2015 Award: Erin. L Durban-Albrecht, Postcolonial Homophobia: United States Imperialism in Haiti and the Transnational Circulation of Antigay Sexual Politics

2014 Award: Ethel Tungohan, Migrant Care Worker Activism in Canada: From the Politics of Everyday Resistance to the Politics from Below

2013 Award: Christina Holmes, Chicana Environmentalisms: Decolonizing the Body, Nature, and Spirit

2012 Award: Sophie Richter-Devroe, How Women do Politics: Peacebuilding, Resistance and Survival in Palestine

2011 Award: Erica Williams, Ambiguous Entanglements: Sex, Race, and Tourism in Bahia


Please direct all questions and submissions to:

Dawn Durante, Senior Acquisitions Editor

University of Illinois Press

1325 South Oak St.

Champaign, IL 61820-6903


For more information please see the NWSA website.

About Heather Gernenz

University of Illinois Press Publicity Manager