Fellowship Winners 2004

As in past years, the number of applications for CLAGS’s major fellowship awards increased. This
year, through the generous support of Diane Bernard and Joan Heller, CLAGS expanded its
fellowship offerings with the Heller-Bernard Fellowship. This new award, supporting research into
the impact of lesbians and/or gay men on American society and culture, was given to two well-deserving
scholars. With a large number of qualified and impressive applications to consider, deciding on winners
was indeed a difficult process for the fellowship committee. However, that process is an exciting one
considering that this year’s applicant pool demonstrated both the continuing growth of queer studies in
the United States, as well as the burgeoning development of research on sexuality all across the globe.
This year we received applications from Ireland, South Africa, Cuba, Israel, Chile, the Dominican Republic
and Mexico. The research projects also spanned across several disciplines, with history, literature,
anthroplogy, psychology, medicine and art history represented among the various fields. What we are
witnessing with all these applications is the development of a vibrant and ever-expanding body of
groundbreaking work in LGTBQ studies.
We would like to extend a special thanks to the generous supporters who helped make this year’s awards
possible, particularly Diane Bernard (and in memory of her partner Joan Heller) and CLAGS founder
Martin Duberman. For further information about 2004-2005 fellowship opportunities and deadlines, see
page 20.
Gabriela Cano, a Professor of History at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa in Mexico,
is the 2003-2004 Martin Duberman Fellow. Cano’s project, entitled “Colonel Robles Intimate Joy: Gender
Battles in the Mexican Revolution,” is a cultural history of Amelio Robles; (previously known as Amelia
Robles), a transgendered officer in the revolutionary army led by Emiliano Zapata. The study offers both a
biography of Robles that highlights his self presentation – through pose, gesture, and photography – and
a study of his contested public image before and after his death. The work goes beyond Robles’ specific
life history and engages the rhetoric of gender in the public discourse of nationalism in 20th century
Mexico. Cano has published extensively and is co-editing a forthcoming collection, Gender in
Postrevolutionary Mexico, to be published in the United States, and a multivolume history of women in
Spain and Latin America, to be published in Spain.
The fellowships committee also wanted to recognize Juan Pablo Sutherland as an Honorable Mention
for the Martin Duberman Fellowship. Sutherland is a writer and independent queer activist in Chile. His
project, entitled “Latin American Queer Theory: Politics, Homophobia and Cultural Practices,” explores
the history and representations of homosexuality in Chile. Sutherland is the author of the short story
collections, Angles Negroes (1994) and Santo Roto (1999), and is editor of A Corazón Abierto: Geografía
Literaria de la Homosexualidad en Chile (2002), a groundbreaking collection of LGBT writing from Chile.
Sarah Stanton is a winner of a 2003-2004 Heller-Bernard Fellowship. Stanton is a Ph.D. Candidate in
Women’s Studies at Emory University. She is currently at work on her dissertation entitled “Discretion and
Disclosure: (Re)constructing Women’s Queer Identities in the Deep South.” Her project seeks to situate
the experiences and constructions of southern women’s queer desires and identities within broader
discussions of the history of sexuality in the U.S. At Emory University she is a Woodruff Library Graduate
Fellow in LGBT Studies and teaches Queer Identities and Women’s Studies courses.
Gayatri Reddy was also awarded a 2003-2004 Heller-Bernard Fellowship. Reddy is an Assistant
Professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and the Department of Anthropology at the
University of Illinois-Chicago. She earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Emory University in 2001 with a
dissertation entitled “With Respect to Sex: Charting Hijra Identity in Hyderabad, India,” an anthropological
study of the hijras, better known as the “third sex” of India. Her proposed project, entitled “Desi, Pardesi:
Crafting Gay South Asian Spaces in the Contemporary U.S.A,” focuses on the narratives and life histories
of diasporic South Asian gay-identified men.
Our 2003-2004 Passing-the-Torch recipient is Dwight McBride. McBride is an Associate Professor of
English and African American Studies, and Chair of African American Studies at Northwestern University.
He has published widely in the areas of literature, race theory and black cultural studies. He is the editor
of James Baldwin Now (NYU Press, 1999) and co-editor of Black Like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay, and
Bisexual African American Fiction (Cleis Press, 2002). His latest work, Why I Hate Abercrombie and Fitch:
Essays on Race and Sexuality in the U.S. is forthcoming from NYU Press in 2004.