Mary B. Bialas Prize Winners
About Rachael Wachera Wanjagua (2023) Heading link
Rachael Wachera Wanjagua is a PhD candidate in Disability Studies who was trained as a physiotherapist in Kenya and South Africa. Since 2006, Rachael has worked in rural communities of Kenya, providing the only available and much needed physiotherapy services to children, conducting trainings for mothers to understand disability, and developing holistic community care networks to support families of children with disabilities. This award will support Rachael’s ongoing transformative work, specifically research in Kenya, where Rachael is “training two people with intellectual disabilities to conduct research on their support needs and those of their caregivers.”
About Lynn Darwich (2022) Heading link
Lynn is a cultural anthropologist in the making whose research and activism are grounded in queer grassroots organizing and feminist cross-movement building. She dedicated the past decade to realizations of social, economic, racial, ecological, and gender justice. Her research interests are in exploring non-oppressive forms of solidarity and coalition building within and across social movements for justice.
About Jayre Vazquez (2022) Heading link
For me, this achievement is a way to support my abolitionist activism. And a reminder that we continue to dismantle oppressive structures by creating community and supporting one another. Thank you.
About Nirupama Jayaraman (2021) Heading link
Nirupama is a socio-cultural anthropologist whose research interests span the interdisciplinary fields of sociocultural anthropology, cultural geography, science and technology studies, gender studies and urban studies. She studies urban transportation networks in South Asia, centering narratives of feminist/queer/trans knowledge production that usually exist in the liminal spaces of South Asian scholarship, especially in infrastructure studies.
About Priscila Pereira (2021) Heading link
I am honored to be a recipient of the 2021 Mary B. Bialas Award. Working to improve the lives of Black girls and women is already a life rewarding endeavor, but being recognized for that work makes it even more especial. Thank you to the Bialas Family and the GWS community!
Earlier Awardees Heading link
|2020||Nirali Shah, Lakshita Malik, Ranae Mijares Encinas|
|2019||Sangeetha Ravichandran, Dyese Moody, Stella Udoetuk|
|2017||Lulu Martinez, Sara Rezvi|