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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


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.


Amanda Calendine for her paper entitled "Location Matters: Urban and Rural Manifestations of Identity Building for the Lesbian and Gay Community from the 1940s up to the Stonewall Riots". This was an original and innovative project, produced for Queer Lives: LGBT History taught by Paul Deslandes.

"In her innovative paper, Amanda Calendine uses oral histories, memoirs, and a variety of other sources to explore gay and lesbian bars in rural and urban areas of the United States prior to the Stonewall riots of 1969. By drawing on a broad range of disciplinary perspectives, Calendine examines both the geography of queerness and lesbian and gay usage of public and private spaces. In addition to recovering an important part of LGBT history, Calendine's paper illustrates how the bar culture of the 40s, 50s, and 60s influenced post-Stonewall queer life and activism. The prize committee commends Amanda for this work of great originality and perceptive analysis."


Daniel-McCarter Award for LGBT Scholarship to Max Lieb for a You Tube Channel that Max created for Reese Kelly's Trans/Gender Community and Politics Class. This project, which contains multiple episodes, provides a narrative of issues related to gender and sexual identities and transgender politics. The committee was particularly impressed with Max's "A Genderqueer Manifesto" and found the work to be creative and insightful.


Honorable Mention to Jessica Bullock for a paper (submitted for Val Rohy's "Gender and Sexuality Studies in Literature" class) titled "The Queer Child: Existing In and Out of Time."







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