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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


Rebecca Humphrey – “El pueblo unido jamás será vencido: Queer oppression in Francisco Franco’s Spain”, written for Paul Deslandes’ seminar “Queer Lives: LGBT History” fall 2016 semester.
Leon Bick – “Makeability | Breakability” written for Eve Alexandra’s “Introduction to Creative Writing” fall 2016 semester.


Emy P. Takinami - “Feminized Asians and Masculinized Blacks: The Construction of Gendered Races in the United States”, a thesis written for Paul Deslandes
Pearl C. Weggler – “Preserving Herstory or Casting a Spell? How Radical Feminists Produced a Queer Fantasy Witch; An Analysis of Gyn/Ecology, Woman Hating, and Witches, Midwives, and Nurses”, written for Jean Bessette’s “Feminist History and Memory” fall 2015.


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.

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