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

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