Kessler Award

The Kessler award is given to a scholar who has, over a number of years, produced a substantive body of work that has had a significant influence on the field of LGBTQ Studies. The awardee, who is chosen by the CLAGS Board of Directors, receives a monetary award and gives CLAGS’ annual Kessler Lecture. No applications or nominations are accepted for the Kessler award.

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2016 Dean Spade

When We Win We Lose: Mainstreaming and the Redistribution of Respectability

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2015 Richard Fung

Re-Orientations: Shift and continuities in Asian Canadian queer and trans identities and activism

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2014 Cathy J. Cohen

#DoBlackLivesMatter: On Black Death and LGBTQ Politics

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2013 Cheryl Clarke

Queer Black Trouble: In Life, Literature, and the Age of Obama

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2012 Martin Duberman

Acceptance at What Price?: The Gay Movement Reconsidered

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2011 Kessler Conversations

In Memory of Monique Wittig: Chitra Ganesh and Simone Leigh, Moderated by Dean Daderko

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2010 Urvashi Vaid

What Can Brown Do For You?: Race, Sexuality and the Future of LGBT Politics

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2009 Sarah Schulman

Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences

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2008 Susan Stryker

Ghost Dances: A Trans-movement Manifesto

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2007 Douglas Crimp

Action Around the Edges

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2006 Adrienne Rich

Making Sex History: Obsessions of a Quarter Century

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2005 Carole Vance

Travels With Sex

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2004 Isaac Julien

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2003 Gayle Rubin

Geologies of Queer Studies: It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

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2002 Jonathan Ned Katz

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2001 Judith Butler

Global Violence, Sexual Politics

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2000 Cherri Moraga

A Xicanadyke Codex of Changing Consciousness

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1999 John D'Emilio

A Biographer and His Subject: Wrestling with Bayard Rustin

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1998 Eve Sedgwick

A Dialogue on Love

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1997 Samuel R. Delany

...3,2,1, Contact

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1996 Esther Newton

My Butch Career: A Memoir

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1992 Joan Nestle

“I Lift My Eyes to the Hill”: The Life of Mabel Hampton as Told by a White Woman

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1995 Monique Wittig

Reading and Comments: Virgil, non/Across the Acheron

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1994 Barbara Smith

African American Lesbian and Gay History: An Exploration

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1993 Edmund White

The Personal is Political: Queer Fiction and Criticism

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