University of Vermont

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Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Daniel-McCarter Award

The Daniel-McCarter Award

UVM's first prize for outstanding undergraduate coursework in LGBT studies was created in spring 2004 and first awarded in 2005. Named for Owen Daniel-McCarter '04 in recognition of his dedication to LGBT concerns at UVM, this award honors outstanding scholarly and creative coursework on LGBT/queer topics by undergraduates. Its goal is to acknowledge the importance of sexuality and gender identity issues in students' academic and intellectual lives. This award is generously cosponsored by the UVM Bookstore.

Daniel-McCarter Awardees


The Daniel-McCarter Award is given this year to Mariel Brown-Fallon for her paper “The Development of Bisexuality: Meaning, Practice, and Identity”. This essay was written in Paul Deslandes' seminar “Queer Lives: LGBT History” during the Fall 2014 semester. In this insightful and sophisticated essay, Mariel traces the changing meanings of bisexuality over the course of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Relying on the works of Charles Darwin, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Sigmund Freud, and Alfred Kinsey, she illustrates the complex history of a concept. In so doing, she reminds us that categories of sexual identity indeed have a long and complicated history. She is to be commended for such excellent work. Congratulations!

The Committee received a number of fine submissions this year and had the difficult task of choosing just one winner. As a reflection of the quality of the submissions the committee decided to also award two honorable mentions.

The first of these goes to Rocko Gieselman for their paper “Getting Off: The Rise of Lesbian-Produced Pornography and the Politics Behind It in the Mid- to Late-1980s” written for Paul Deslandes’s seminar “Queer Lives: LGBT History.”
The second honorable mention goes to Jess Fuller for her paper “A Queer Interpretation of the Gilmore Girls” also written for Paul Deslandes’s seminar.


Joshua MacGregor's paper, “Toward A (Queer) Urban Geography,” is the end product of research they did during their participation in the Comparative Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe education abroad program. The paper explores the way that sexualities are shaped in and through space and place and offers a comparative survey and analysis of LGBT spaces and queer sites of resistance in three cities throughout Europe: Berlin, Prague, and Krakow. Joshua’s work challenges us to think about how spaces can function in oppressive as well as liberatory ways and how spaces can be rethought, rewritten, and revised to create sites of resistance and liberation.


Katherine Monterosso's research, which she conducted for her honor’s thesis in Women’s and Gender Studies, examines the policy regarding transgender students at Hollins University, a women’s college in Virginia. Her paper provides an in-depth analysis of the history and future of women’s colleges and offers a cogent critique of the policy, drawing out its roots in essentialist and binary conceptions of the sex/gender system and its role in policing student bodies. In doing so, she presents a theoretically sophisticated analysis with important policy and social justice implications.

Zakary Jukett's original script, Hammer Me!, which was featured at this year’s Race, Gender, and Sexuality Conference, uses the medium of theater to explore and engage the audience around issues of sexuality, gender, and performance. As Porsche, Zakary weaves together theory and practice, the personal and the political, inviting audiences to think about gender and sexuality in new ways and demonstrating the transformative potential of drag for both self and society.




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