Fellowship Winners 2001

The winner of the 2000-2001 Duberman Fellowship is James Green. He is examining the
interaction of Brazilian social and cultural norms with the lesbian and gay movement, including
the significant interchange between lesbians and gay men, and currently works in Latin
American history at California State University, Long Beach. David Caron and Sharon Marcus, who
were also among this year’s accomplished pool of award applicants, both received honorable mention
and attest to the remarkable work that is going on around LGTBQ thought. Caron is working on
issues that affect the notions of community formation and nationhood historically held by France,
specifically in Marais, the oldest surviving district in Paris where both Jewish and gay communities coexist.
Marcus is reconstructing contemporary understandings of Victorian concepts of “family,” and is
analyzing the formation of desires between middle-class women in Victorian England.

The CLAGS Fellowship saw a record number of applicants last fall. This year’s award went to David
Johnson, whose work argues that America’s political culture of the 1950s contributed to a wholesale
purge of suspected homosexuals, resulting from the perception that gays and lesbians were a threat
to American national security, tantamount to the threat posed by Communists. Margot Weiss and
Gayatri Gopinath were the recipients of honorable mention for the CLAGS Fellowship. Weiss is
working on contemporary S/M sexualities within the shifting understandings of sexuality in the
contemporary US, and Gopinath is examining understandings of the production of sexuality in the
context of postcolonial nationalisms and globalization by focusing on the South Asian diaspora.
CLAGS was pleased to see the second annual call for applications for our James D. Woods, III
Fellowship met with great enthusiasm. The 2000-2001 award went to Manolo Guzman, a PhD
candidate in Sociology at CUNY’s Graduate Center. His dissertation explores the relationship between
culture and anal eroticism, especially as it relates to HIV infection and Puerto Rican gay men, and looks
to develop a culturally affirmative model that will ultimately lead to alternative HIV prevention
strategies targeting this population and other Latino gay men. The fellowships committee awarded
Patrick McCreery, a PhD student in American Studies at NYU, the Woods honorable mention. His
dissertation examines Anita Bryant’s 1977 campaign to overturn a gay rights law in Dade County
Florida.

Finally, this year saw CLAGS present its second Passing-the-Torch award, which recognizes the
achievements of an emerging scholar. The prize is backed by the support of prominent scholars in the
field of LGTBQ Studies who are committed to seeing the next generation of intellectuals bring new
and interesting ideas to the foreground of LGTBQ life. CLAGS is proud to honor Molly McGarry with
this year’s award. She is a historian who co-curated the New York Public Library’s groundbreaking
exhibition, Becoming Visible: The Legacy of Stonewall. She also co-authored the exhibit’s follow-up
publication, Becoming Visible: An Illustrated History of Lesbian and Gay Life in Twentieth-Century America,
which joins writing with hundreds of photos, posters, flyers, and more to create a comprehensive
visual and ideological chronicle of LGTBQ life in the US.