Kessler Award

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.

2018 Amber Hollibaugh

2017 Sara Ahmed
Queer Use

2016 Dean Spade
When We Win We Lose: Mainstreaming and the Redistribution of Respectability

2015 Richard Fung
Re-Orientations: Shift and continuities in Asian Canadian queer and trans identities and activism

2014 Cathy J. Cohen
#DoBlackLivesMatter: On Black Death and LGBTQ Politics

2013 Cheryl Clarke
Queer Black Trouble: In Life, Literature, and the Age of Obama

2012 Martin Duberman
Acceptance at What Price?: The Gay Movement Reconsidered

2011 Kessler Conversations
In Memory of Monique Wittig: Chitra Ganesh and Simone Leigh, Moderated by Dean Daderko

2010 Urvashi Vaid
What Can Brown Do For You?: Race, Sexuality and the Future of LGBT Politics

2009 Sarah Schulman
Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences

2008 Susan Stryker
Ghost Dances: A Trans-movement Manifesto

2007 Douglas Crimp
Action Around the Edges

2006 Adrienne Rich
Making Sex History: Obsessions of a Quarter Century

2005 Carole Vance
Travels With Sex

2004 Isaac Julien

2003 Gayle Rubin
Geologies of Queer Studies: It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

2002 Jonathan Ned Katz

2001 Judith Butler
Global Violence, Sexual Politics

2000 Cherri Moraga
A Xicanadyke Codex of Changing Consciousness

1999 John D’Emilio
A Biographer and His Subject: Wrestling with Bayard Rustin

1998 Eve Sedgwick
A Dialogue on Love

1997 Samuel R. Delany
…3,2,1, Contact

1996 Esther Newton
My Butch Career: A Memoir

1995 Monique Wittig
Reading and Comments: Virgil, non/Across the Acheron

1994 Barbara Smith
African American Lesbian and Gay History: An Exploration

1993 Edmund White
The Personal is Political: Queer Fiction and Criticism

1992 Joan Nestle
“I Lift My Eyes to the Hill”: The Life of Mabel Hampton as Told by a White Woman