Michael Bronski Selected for Duberman Fellowship

An independent jury appointed by the CLAGS Board chose Michael Bronski for this year’s Martin Duberman Fellowship. Bronski, an independent scholar and the author of The Pleasure Principle: Sex, Backlash, and the Struggle for Gay Freedom (St. Martin’s Press, 1998), will receive $7,500 to support his research during the 1999-2000 academic year. The award will assist Bronski with his latest project called “Specters of Citizenship: Shifting Concepts of National Identity for Homosexuals and Jews in the 1950s.” This groundbreaking and timely work will explore the complex shifts in conceptualizing outsider status and citizenship that occurred during the 1950s as the parameters of overt (although not covert) discrimination changed for American Jews, and a more vocal and visible “minority” of homosexuals emerged into mainstream consciousness. The Martin Duberman Fellowship in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies is named for CLAGS’s founder and first Executive Director. Previous recipients of the award include Norma Mogrevejo and Martin Manalansan. These two earlier awards were given when the Graduate School and University Center at CUNY administered the Martin Duberman Fellowship. CLAGS Board Members are not eligible for awards and fellowships sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies.