2006 Fellowship Recipients

With a large number of quali-
fied and impressive applications to
consider, deciding on winners was,
as always, a difficult process for the
CLAGS fellowship committee. CLAGS
is delighted to recognize and support
some of the exciting new work being
done in the fi eld of queer studies repre-
sented by this year’s winners.
We send out special thanks to the
generous supporters who helped make
these awards possible, particularly
CLAGS founder Martin Duberman,
Diane Bernard, Joe Wittreich, and
all the individual contributors to our
fellowships programs.

martin duberman fellowship
Susan Stryker, the 2006 Martin Duberman Fellowship winner, is beginning re-
search for a biographical fi lm about Christine Jorgensen, the working title of which
is “Christine in the Cutting Room.” It focuses on Jorgensen’s career as a photogra-
pher and fi lm maker.
Kathryn Conrad received the Duberman Honorable Mention for Space for Change:
Sex, Knowledge, and the Politics of Public Space, a book-length project on visibility,
sexuality, and political epistemology in Northern Ireland.
joan heller-diane bernard fellowship
The senior Heller-Bernard Fellowship was awarded to Professor Ladelle Mc-
Whorter, who teaches at the University of Richmond in Philosophy and Women,
Gender and Sexuality Studies. McWhorter will use the fellowship to focus on
completing his book-in-progress, Public Pathogens and Precious Lives: The Biopolitics
of Race and Sexual Orientation. This work draws on an examination of racism and
(hetero)sexism in order to analyze the sexualization of racism. McWhorter’s book
will “show that it is impossible to understand the rise of modern white racism apart
from the rise of what Foucault calls the dispositif de sexualite and in particular the
identifi cation and persecution of sexual minorities and those suspected of allying
with them.”
Professor Christine M. Robinson, who teaches in Sociology at James Madison
University, was awarded the junior scholar Heller-Bernard Fellowship. She is com-
pleting a book manuscript titled The Web: Social Control in a
Lesbian Community that aims to have lesbian and gay community
members better understand the diverse experiences of
community life for their members. The manuscript was just
accepted for publication as a book from the University Press
of America.
The reading committee awarded an Honorable Mention
to Lynn Horridge, a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at
the The Graduate Center, CUNY for her Lesbian Adoption in New
York City project.
paul monette-roger horowitz dissertation prize
Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, a recent graduate of the Graduate
Center’s Ph.D. Program in Sociology, was awarded the
Monette-Horowitz award for his dissertation, “Sexuality” and
“Gender” in Santería: Towards a Queer of Color Critique in the
Study of Religion. His dissertation theorizes the relationship
between sex, gender, and sexuality by empirically studying
the participation and reception of Lesbian-, Gay-, Bisexual-,
and Transgender- or Transsexual- (LGBT) identifi ed practi-
tioners of Santería, an Afro-Cuban religious-cultural practice,
in New York’s metropolitan area. Using traditional ethno-
graphic and interview methods, selected media coverage,
experimental qualitative methods, and Santería literatures,
the dissertation challenges the relationship between “gender”
and “sexuality” as either interrelated categories in the social
sciences, or as ontologically distinctive.

passing-the-torch
Christopher (Kitt) Carpenter is an Assistant Professor of Economics/Public Policy at The Paul Merage School of Business at University of California – Irvine. Previously he spent two years at the University of Michigan School of Public Health as a Robert Wood Johnson Postdoctoral Scholar in Health Policy. His research considers the causes and consequences of youth alcohol use. He is also interested in the effects of workplace substance abuse policies and the role of sexual orientation in determining economic outcomes. Dr. Carpenter has published extensively in research journals, and he has a chapter titled “Do Straight Men ‘Come Out’ at Work Too? The Heterosexual Male Marriage Premium and Discrimination Against Gay Men,” forthcoming in Bias without Borders: International Evidence of Sexual Orientation Discrimination, edited by M.V. Lee Badgett and Jeff Frank (Routledge, 2006).
sylvia rivera award in
transgender studies
Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes, Inc. was awarded the 2006 Silvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies for the pamphlet “Providing Transgender-Inclusive Healthcare Services.” The publication is directed toward healthcare providers and offers information on the barriers transgender clients face in seeking healthcare, guidance on creating a more inclusive health center, a glossary of terminology related to gender and sexuality, as well as historical information and a guide to more resources. The pamphlet is an internal publication of Planned Parenthood and was distributed electronically and free of charge to Planned Parenthood centers around the country.
The CLAGS Graduate Paper Award was awarded to Ajay Gehlawat, a student in the Ph.D. Program in Theatre at the Graduate Center, for “Don’t Spill the Juice! The Emergence of the Homosexual Subtext in Bollywood.”
The CLAGS Undergraduate Paper Award was awarded to Scott Cheshire, a Queen’s College student, for “Behind Bars: The Prison Metaphor and Latent Homosexuality in Henry James’s The Bostonians.”