Research Excellence Award for UCLA Associate Professors

The Center for the Study of Women and Institute of American Cultures (IAC) established the joint Research Excellence Award for UCLA Associate Professors in January 2017. This Award consists of a monograph manuscript (or equivalent) workshop organized by CSW-IAC to promote continuing excellence in scholarship by UCLA professors at the associate level addressing questions important to the fields of critical race and postcolonial studies and/or gender, sexuality, and ethnic studies.

Candidates for the award must be nominated by a fellow faculty member (inside or outside of UCLA) committed to co-organizing the workshop alongside the CSW-IAC selection committee and staff.
Each workshop will feature a distinguished outside reader from the awardee’s field who will prepare detailed written reports in preparation for the workshop discussion. Also invited will be a select group of local colleagues and intellectual interlocutors who will also have had an opportunity to read the manuscript or portions thereof. These workshops will offer awardees an extended and detailed discussion of his or her manuscript and a pragmatic plan of action for revisions.
Thursday, March 31, 2022

The application requires the following materials:

1)     Two-page (single-spaced) abstract of the book manuscript, including a progress report on state of completion by the time of the workshop
2)     Curriculum vitae, with past service to or collaboration with IAC and/or CSW highlighted
3)     Letter of Nomination, noting three potential outside readers of the manuscript

Materials may be submitted by either the nominee or the nominator online no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Thursday, March 31, 2022.


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Past Recipients


  • Jennifer Jihye Chun, Asian American Studies, Against Abandonment
  • Uri McMillan, English, Airbrush, Instamatics, and Funk: Pop, Art, and New York City’s Long 1970s
  • Stella Nair, Art History, The Gendered Landscapes of Inca Architecture



  • Erin Debenport, Anthropology, Voicing Secrets: The Language of Exposure in the Contemporary U.S.


  • Leisy Abrego, Chicano/a Studies, Making Family, Making Home: Mixed Status Latino Families in the Era of DACA
  • Victor Bascara, Asian American Studies, The Opposite of Empire, c. 1934: Exit Strategies and U.S. Empire
  • Robin Lauren Derby, History, Werewolves and other Bêtes Noires
  • Lieba Faier, Geography, The Banality of Good: Rights, Bureaucracy, and Human Trafficking to Japan
  • Gaye Theresa Johnson, Chicano/a Studies and African American Studies, These Walls Will Fall: Abolition, Coalition Politics and Critical Praxis
  • Jemima Pierre, African American Studies, Race and Africa: Historical and Cultural Legacies


  • Jessica Cattelino, Anthropology, Unsettling Nature: An Everglades Ethnography
  • Mishuana Goeman, Gender Studies, The New World (2005): The Spectable of Originary Moments
  • Namhee Lee, Asian Languages and Cultures, Afterlives of the 1980’s: The Culture Wars and the Triumphal Discourse in South Korea
  • Beth Marchant, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature, Consuming Blackness in Brazil: Memories of Slavery and the Emergence of Neoliberal Repression
  • Thu-huong Nguyen-vo, Asian Languages and Cultures, States of Disturbance: Responses to the Economics and Politics of Death
  • Shana Redmond, Musicology, Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson
  • Shannon Speed, Gender Studies and Anthropology; States of Violence: Indigenous Women Migrants in the Era of Neoliberal Multicriminalism


  • Maylei Blackwell, Chicano/a Studies, Scales of Resistance: The Practice of Indigenous Autonomy in the Age of Neoliberalism (Pilot Workshop)