OSCLG Current and Past Award Winners

OSCLG presents a series of awards each year honoring members for their scholarship, teaching and mentoring, and creative activity.

Current Award Winners

OSCLG Outstanding Thesis Award 2022 - No Award Given
2023 - Sarah J. Blithe & Janell C. Bauer Badass Feminist Politics: Exploring Radical Edges of Feminist Theory, Communication and Activism OSCLG Outstanding Book Award
2023 - Mairead Sullivan Lesbian Death: Desire and Danger between Feminist and Queer OSCLG Outstanding Book Award
2023 - Nisha Shanmugaraj Negotiating the Model Minority: How Indian American Women Rearticulate Dominant Racial Discourse OSCLG Cheris Kramarae Outstanding Dissertation Award
2023 - Madison Krall U.S. Medical Controversy and Its Discursive Legacy in the Mid-Twentieth Century Thalidomide Disaster OSCLG Cheris Kramarae Outstanding Dissertation Award
2023 - Sarah De Los Santos Upton, Carlos A.Tarin & Leandra H. Hernández Construyendo Para Los Niños: Environmental Justice, Reproductive Feminicidio, and Coalitional Possibility in the Borderlands OSCLG Anita Taylor Outstanding Published Article or Chapter Awards
2023 - Roberta Chevrette Queering Colonialisms and Empire OSCLG Anita Taylor Outstanding Published Article or Chapter Awards
2023 - Meng Li 'Only Mother is the Best in the World’: Maternal Guilt, Migrant Motherhood, and Changing Ideologies of Childrearing in China OSCLG Anita Taylor Outstanding Published Article or Chapter Awards - Honorable Mention
2023 - Jill Fredenburg Bible Belt Queers OSCLG Bren Ortega Murphy Creative Expression Award
2023 - Erin D. Basinger, Margaret M. Quinlan & Margaret Rawlings Memorable Messages About Fat Bodies Before, During, and After Pregnancy OSCLG Outstanding Conference Paper Award
2023 - Leandra Hernandez OSCLG Feminist Teacher/Mentor Award
2023 - Harry Wasnak Body Talk OSCLG Outstanding Undergraduate Paper or Creative Project Award
2023 - TBA China C. Billotte Verhoff & Angela Hosek, “Enacting Rage and Navigating Tensions: U.S. Mothers’ Perceptions of the Term Mom Rage.” Women & Language, 45(2), 199-234 Patty Sotirin Women & Language Award
Color Purple Award 2023 - No Award Given

Previous Award Winners

2022: Rachel Tucker “Oh, by the way, I’m broken. So, if you’re expecting an orgasm, it probably will not happen”: An exploration of stigma perceptions, experiences,  and management of sexual health through disclosure processes.

2021: Nancy Heise, “Halsey’s A Story Like Mine: Exploring The Rhetorical Constraints For Muted Group Members And Reframing Rationality Expectations For Narratives About Muted Experiences”

2020: Madeleine Michalik, “The “Incompetent” Cervix and the “Good” Mother”

2019: Elizabeth Hintz

2018: Jessica M. Peterson, “Funny in a Man’s World: Women Comedians’ Use of Political Satire at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner”

2017: Danielle Corple, “Beyond the Gender Gap: Understanding Women’s Participation in Wikipedia”

2016: Sakeenah Y. Gallardo (thesis pen name Jacqueline LaReux), “A Girl Child Ain’t Safe in a Family of Men”: Breaking the Secrecy Between African-American Mothers and Daughters about Familial Childhood Sexual Abuse”

2014: Melissa Lucas, “The Brotherhood Will Not Protect You: Mapping (Dis)Empowering Communication in Military Sexual Trauma Narratives”

2013: Julianna Kirschner, “The Spaces in Between: Grief from an Autoethnographic Perspective.”

2012: Margeaux Beth Lippman, “Jesebel and the Third Wave Processes of Collective Identity and Resistance in New Media Feminist Texts”

2011: Megan Rachel Tomei, “She Just Snapped: Reality Television, Murder, and the Myth of Feminine Evil”

2022: Carly Thomsen, Visibility Interrupted: Rural Queer Life and the Politics of Unbecoming

2021: Annette D. Madlock and Cerise L Glenn, Womanist Ethical Rhetoric: A Call for Liberation and Social Justice in Turbulent Times

2020: Theresa A. Kuilbaga & Leland Spencer, Campuses of Consent: Sexual and Social Justice in Higher Education

2020: Leandra H. Hernandez and Robert Gutierrez-Perez, This Bridge Called Communication: Anzalduan Approaches to Theory, Method, and Praxis

2019: Elizabeth Son, Embodied Reckonings: ‘Comfort Women,’ Performance, and Transpacific Redress

2019: Anna Wiederhold Wolf, Sarah Blithe and Breanna Mohr, Sex and Stigma: Work and Life in Nevada’s Legal Brothels

2018: Katie Gibson, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy of Dissent: Feminist Rhetoric and the Law

2017: Robin Jensen Infertility: Tracing the History of a Transformative Term

2016: Lynn O’Brien Hallstein Bikini-Ready Moms

2016: Leland Spencer & Jamie Capuzza Transgender Communication Studies: Histories, Trends, and Trajectories

2015: Rachel E. Silverman & Jay Baglia (Editors) Communicating Pregnancy Loss: Narrative as a Method for Change

2015: Sarah Jane Blithe Gender Equality and Work–Life Balance: Glass Handcuffs and Working Men in the U.S.

2014: Kristina Horn Sheeler & Karrin Vasby Anderson Woman President: Confronting Postfeminist Political Culture

2013: Karma R. Chávez & Cindy L. Griffin (Editors) Standing in the Intersection: Feminist Voices, Feminist Practices in Communication Studies

2013: Tasha N. Dubriwny The Vulnerable Empowered Woman: Feminism, Postfeminism, and Women’s Health

2012: Tony E. Adams Narrating the Closet: An autoethnography of same-sex attraction

2012: Maurice Hamington & Celia Bardwell-Jones Contemporary Feminist Pragmatism

2011: Kristy Maddux The Faithful Citizen: Popular Christian Media and Gendered Civic Identities

2011: Sara Hayden & Lynn O’Brien Hallstein (Editors) Contemplating Modernity in an Era of Choice: Explorations into Discourses of Reproduction

2022: Zhenyu Tian, Women Entrepreneurs in China: Dialectical Discourses, Situated Activities, and the (Re)production of Gender and Entrepreneurship

2021: Rico Self, “Ties that Bind: Black Familyness and the Politics of Contingent Coalitions”

2021: Jennifer Rome, “Exploring Constructions Of ‘Good’ Motherhood On Social Media: Navigating Neoliberal Mommy Rhetorics and the Negative Affective Entanglements of Women’s Discourses On Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram”

2020: Naila Althagafi, “Muslim Women’s Authority in Sacred Spaces”

2019: Rebekah Crawford, “A Spectrum of Silence and the Single Storyteller: Stigma, Sex and Mental Illness among the Latter-day Saints”

2018: Laurena Bernabo, “Translating Identity: Norms and Industrial Constraints in Adapting Glee for Latin America”

2017: Patricia Getting “Understanding the Communicative Processes of Baby Boomer Women Adjusting to Retirement: Connecting Micro and Macro Discourses”

2016: Julia Moore “From Childless by Choice to Mother: Performative And Subversive Negotiations of Face in Relational Communication about (Never) Having Children”

2013: Korryn D. Mozisek “Throwing Like a Girl! Constituting Citizenship for Women and Girls in America’s Pastime”

2013: Alyssa Samek “Crafting Queer Identity and Envisioning Liberation At The Intersections: A Rhetorical Analysis of 1970s Lesbian-Feminist Public Discourse.”

2012: Brianne Waychoff “Composing a Method Écriture Féminine as Performance Practice”

2012: (*Honorable mention) Sarah Blithe “Investigating the Glass Handcuff: Gendered Discourses, Occupational Identities, and the Leave Taking Practices of Men in Technical Occupations”

2011: Kristen Norwood “Here and Gone: Competing Discourses in the Communication of Families with a Transgender Member”

2022: Elizabeth K. Eger, “Co-Constructing Organizational Identity and Culture With Those We Serve: An Ethnography of a  Transgender Nonprofit Organization  Communicating Family Identity and Identification

2022: Gloria Nziba Pindi, Promoting African knowledge in communication  studies:  African feminisms as critical decolonial praxis

2021: Raquel Moreira, “De-Whitening Intersectionality through Transfeminismo”

2021: Fatima Zahrae Chrifi Alaoui, “Morocco from a Colonial to a Postcolonial Era: The Sociopolitical Environment through a Grandmother’s Autoethnography”

2020: Laurena Bernabo, “Expanding Television’s Cultural Forum in the Digital Era: Prime Time Television, Twitter, and Black Lives Matter.” Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 63, no. 1 (77-93)

2019: Jennifer Freitag, “Four Transgressive Declarations for Ending Gender Violence.”

2019: Michele Kennerly & Carly Woods “Moving Rhetorica”

2018: Melissa L. Carrion, You need to do your research”: Vaccines, Contestable Science, and Maternal Epistemology, Public Understanding of Science 27:3, 310-324 (2018)

2018: Kate Lockwood Harris,“Re-situating Organizational Knowledge: Violence, Intersectionality, and the Privilege of Partial Perspective, Human Relations, 70:3, 263-285, (2017)

2017: Tristan Booth & Leland G. Spencer, Sitting in Silence: Managing Aural Body Rhetoric in Public Restrooms, Communication Studies, 67:2, 209-226. (2016)

2016: Patrice M. Buzzanell, Ziyu Long, Lindsey B. Anderson, Klod Kokini, and Jennifer C. Batra, Mentoring in Academe: A Feminist Poststructural Lens on Stories of Women Engineering Faculty of Color, Management Communication Quarterly 29: 3

2015: Karla Scott, Communication Strategies across Cultural Borders: Dispelling Stereotypes, Performing Competence, and Redefining Black Womanhood, Women’s Studies in Communication 36:3, 312-329

2015: Elizabeth Arveda Kissling, Pills, Periods, and Postfeminism: The new politics of Marketing Birth Control, Feminist Media Studies 13:3, 490-504

2013: Ellingson, L. E., & Quinlan, M. M. (2012). Beyond the research/service dichotomy: Claiming ALL research products for hiring, evaluation, tenure, and promotion. Qualitative Communication Research, 1, 385-400.

2012: Sara McKinnon, Positioned in/by the State: Incorporation, Exclusion, and Appropriation of Women’s Gender-Based Claims to Political Asylum in the United States. Quarterly Journal of Speech 97:2, 178-200

2011: Maggie Quinlan & Lynn Harter, Meaning in Motion: The Embodied Politics of Dancing Wheels” Text and Performance Quarterly 30:4, 374-395

2022: Shauna MacDonald, Light

2021: Cypress Amber Reign Johnson and Wriply M. Bennet, Transfuturism

2021: Nikki Yeboah, “The (M)others”

2020: Pavithra Prasad, “Notes on the Terrestrial Performance of Outer Space”

2019: Jade Huell, “Caged Bird.”

2019: Andrew R. Spieldenner, “The Presence of Absences.”

2018: Bethany Johnson, Dr. Margaret M. Quinlan, and Rowan Reyes, Greetings in the gap: Participant-generated support messages and emotional support for fertility patients

2017: Heidi M. Rose, Twin (Performance)

2016: Desireé D. Rowe, Reflections on Depressive Realism

2015: Paul Muhlhauser & Daniel Schafer, Avengendering of the Lambs: Gender, Heroines, and Villains

2012: Bren Ortega Murphy, A Question of Habit: The Depiction of Women Religious in U.S. Popular Culture

2011: Angela Day

2022: Leland Spencer & Theresa Kulbaga, “Outrage Epistemology: Affective Excess as a Way  of Knowing in Feminist Scholarship”

2021: Leland Spencer, “National Geographic’s Racial Apology: A Half-Performative Conference Talk”

2020: Briana R. Taylor, “Homegrown Safety: Community Participation and Violence Prevention”

2020: Zhiqiu Benson Zhou, “Beyond Tongzhi and Sexual Identities’ Instability in China”

2019: Nancy Henaku, “Resistance, Discursive Activism and Gender Politics in Ghanaian Social Media: A Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis.”

2018: Leland Spencer, “Bathroom Bills, Memes, and a Biopolitics of Trans Disposability”

2017: Bethany Johnson & Margaret M. Quinlan “This is your job, to me it means the world: Female patients’ perceptions of nurses’ communication during Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (REI) treatment.”

2016: Jamie Capuzza and Leland Spencer “Regressing, Progressing, or Transgressing on the Small Screen? Transgender Characters on U.S. Scripted Television Series”

2016: Jenny Korn “Expecting Penises in Chatroulette: Representations of Gendered and Racialized Selves in Anonymous Online Spaces”

2015: Sarah Blithe & Jenna Hanchey, “Fleshing Out Bodyism: Body Composition Discrimination and the Discursive Construction of Gender Verification Testing”

2012: Danielle M. Stern “It Takes a Classless, Heteronormative Utopian Village: A Feminist Exploration of Family on Gilmore Girls.”

2011: Mary Tucker-McLaughlin & Kenneth Campbell “Making News: A Grounded Theory Analysis of TV News Broadcasts of Hillary Clinton from 1993-2008”

2022: Tina Harris, Louisiana State University

2021: Allison Page, Old Dominion University

2020: Sharde Davis, University of Connecticut

2019: Lisa Hanasono, Bowling Green University

2019: Dr. Jessica Kratzer, Northern Kentucky University

2019: Danielle Stern, Christopher Newport University

2018: Bren Ortega Murphy, Loyola University Chicago

2018: Jane Jorgenson, University of South Florida

2017: Bethany Olson, University of North Caroline Charlotte

2017: Siobhan Smith, University of Louisville

2016: Valerie R. Renegar, Southwestern University

2016: Cerise L. Glenn, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2014: Adrianne Kunkel, University of Kansas

2013: Cheris Kramarae, University of Oregon

2013: Kathy Denker, Ball State University

2012: Brenda Allen, University of Colorado, Denver

2012: Deborah Ballard-Reisch, Wichita State University

2011: Lynn Harter, Ohio University

2022: Robyn Curtis, Underrepresentation of Indigenous Women in STEM: An Indigenous feminist critique of labor structure, kinship, and social network.

2021: Rebecca Monroe, “Denying Access to Comprehensive Reproductive Health Care: An Analysis of SLO Crisis Pregnancy Center Websites.”

2020: Mac Clark, “Hello! I’m Fat: Finding Myself in a Hulu Original”

2019: Pak Youngkang Vincent, “’I am Gay’: Identities and performance pragmatics in the coming-out narratives of Singaporean Gay men.”

2018: Aston Patrick, “Ur so Hawt”: The Presentation of Gender in Online Game Streaming.”

2017: Kelsey McDougall, “Killing Kilgrave: Recontextualizing Rhetorical Constructions of Hegemonic Masculinity in Jessica Jones”

2017: Mariann Fant, “A Rhetorical Criticism of the Stanford Rape Letter: A Case for Compulsory Heroism.”

2015: Berkley Connor, “Smiling”

2013: Austin Williams “Political Housewives: Ann Romney, Feminine Style, and Candidate Spouse Rhetoric.”

2012: Kelly Clemente “Autoethnography of a ‘Typical’ Birthmother and Adoptive Sister: Analyzing the Intersections of Identity, Postmodernism, Popular Culture, and Adoption.”

2022: Shilyh Warren of the University of Texas at Dallas and Beatrice Balanta, Independent Scholar, for their article, “Revolution is Another Climax.” Women & Language44(2), 205-242.

2021: Celeste Wells, Stained: Courtesy stigma and families of the incarcerated. Women & Language, 43(1), 38–63

2020: Kristin Denise Rowe, “Beyond “Good Hair”: Negotiating Hair Politics through African American Language”

2022: Victorine Mbongshu

2022: Anh Nguyen

2021: Kerry Wilson

2021: Anh Tuan Nguyen

2021: Alexis Brown

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