Award Winners

Ramzi Fawaz is a Postdoctoral Fellow of American Studies at George Washington University and a Visiting Professorial Lecturer of American Studies at Georgetown University. His current book project, The New Mutants: Comic Book Superheroes and Popular Fantasy in Postwar America, explores how the American superhero became a cultural embodiment of the political aspirations of sexual, gendered, and racial minorities in the post-WWII period. This project recently won the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Fellowship Award and is forthcoming with NYU Press as part of their new series “Post- Millenial Pop.” Fawaz’s research interests include queer and feminist cultural politics, the culture of social movements, critical race and queer theory, and fantasy and enchantment in modern America. His work has appeared in a number of journals including American Literature, Callaloo, and Anthropological Quarterly.

Lynn Horridge was awarded the 2012 Monette-Horwitz Prize for her dissertation, Finding Kinship in the Twenty-First Century: Matching Gay New Yorkers with Children through Adoption and Fostering. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in New York City and Guatemala, Horridge’s work examines the social history of “matching” in American adoption practices and how the neoliberalization of child welfare services has affected gay adopters and children in need of care. Horridge received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the The Graduate Center, CUNY in 2011 and has a private practice in psychotherapy in the West Village.