Graduate Prize Winners
About Sangeetha “Ilā” Ravichandran (2023) Heading link
Sangeetha “Ilā” Ravichandran is a PhD candidate in Sociology, with a concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies, whose scholarship is “rooted in radical and interdisciplinary traditions of intersectional feminisms and an abolitionist feminist political praxis.” Based on four years of ethnographic field work, in-depth interviews, archival work, and mixed method analysis, Ilā’s dissertation “draws out the landscape of genomically based carcerality in which human DNA becomes a permanent and racialized tool to expand the state’s reach into Black and brown communities of color, in perpetuity, through a Black feminist and queer of color lens.” In line with feminist notions of data justice, Ilā is developing multiple outlets to share her research with multiple audiences. In addition to creating a digital archive of her data that will be available to left-leaning journalists and social movements, Ilā is working on the Free Them All Seed Quilt, a community engaged public art piece that is a response to her research findings and will be installed outside the women’s prison in Illinois.
About Sravanthi Dasari (2022) Heading link
I am delighted to be chosen to receive this award from the GWS department. I have found GWS to be a space which has nurtured me intellectually and otherwise. It has also been my absolute privilege to be a TA in the department and have the space to interact with the brilliant undergraduate students here.
About Shilpa Menon (2021) Heading link
As a concentrator, my thinking and praxis have been shaped by the generous and careful mentorship of GWS faculty, and by the extraordinary peers I meet in my courses. I am grateful for this recognition, and look forward to using the prize towards field work that remains accountable to the transformative visions of social justice I have been exposed to at GWS.
About Krysten Stein (2021) Heading link
I am extremely honored to be receiving such an important award — the 2021 Graduate Prize in Gender & Women’s Studies! Receiving this award would not have been possible without my community of support, including mentors, colleagues, comrades, friends, and family. To all these folx for whom I have the deepest respect, and from whom I derive the strength to challenge myself and push forward, thank you! In the words of bell hooks, “To build community requires vigilant awareness of the work we must continually do to undermine all the socialization that leads us to behave in ways that perpetuate domination”(Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope).
Earlier Awardees Heading link
|2019||Meloddye Carpio Rios|
|2007||Michael Gill, Aarati Kasturirangan|