Dr. Smalls – CLAGS’s 2016 Spring Fellowship & Award Winner!

We are pleased to announce the following winners of CLAGS’s 2016 Spring Fellowships & Awards!
CLAGS Fellowship AwardShanté Paradigm Smalls,  Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City

Shanté Paradigm Smalls is a scholar, artist, and writer. Her teaching and research focuses on Black popular culture in music, film, visual art, genre fiction, and other aesthetic forms. Dr. Smalls is currently finishing her first scholarly manuscript, Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Black ScholarGLQCriticismLateral, Women & Performance,  American Behavioral Scientist, Suspect Thoughts, and Oxford University Press.
Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender StudiesCaptive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, 2nd Ed.
Pathologized, terrorized, and confined, trans/gender non-conforming and queer folks have always struggled against the prison industrial complex. Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith bring together current and former prisoners, activists, and academics for a new understanding of how race, gender, ability, and sexuality are lived under the crushing weight of captivity. Through a politic of gender self-determination, this collection argues that trans/ queer liberation and prison abolition must be grown together. From rioting against police violence and critiquing hate crimes legislation, to prisoners demanding access to HIV medications, and far beyond, Captive Genders is a challenge for us all to join the struggle. This expanded second edition includes a new foreword from CeCe McDonald and essays by Chelsea Manning, Kalaniopua Young, and Janetta Louise Johnson and Toshio Meronek.
Paul Monette-Roger Horwitz Dissertation Prize: Chris A. Eng,Dislocating Camps: On State Power, Queer Aesthetics & Asian/Americanist Critique
Chris A. Eng is a Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the department of Asian American Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Ph.D. in English from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, under the guidance of Dr. Kandice Chuh, Professor of English and American Studies. His project Dislocating Camps explores the entanglements between state power and queer aesthetics in multiple camp formations across Asian/America. His writings have appeared and are forthcoming in the Journal of Asian American StudiesLateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association, and Women & Performance. Chris will be starting as Assistant Professor of English and the Emerson Faculty Fellow at Syracuse University in Fall 2017.
andré carrington Graduate Student Paper Award: Navid Khazanei, Reading Arendt after Sex and Obergefell: Education as the Solution for the Crisis in the Queer Revolution 
Navid Khazanei, CUNY Law J.D.c ’17, is currently serving CUNY Law Review as an Executive Articles Editor. Navid, an emigré from Iran, previously spent his Sorensen Fellowship tenure with Immigration Equality, providing direct legal services to LGBTQ/HIV+ immigrants and working for administrative and legislative changes in U.S. immigration law. His research interests include: Feminist Legal Theory; Critical Tax and Philanthropy Studies; Diaspora Studies; Critical Legal Pedagogy; and Arendtian Constitutionalism.
Undergraduate Student Paper Award: Kadeem Robinson, The Confucian Homosexual: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Homosexuality in Late Imperial China Through the Exploration of Law, Society, and Literature
Kadeem Robinson is a Senior at John Jay College of Criminal Justice majoring in Humanities and Justice Studies and minoring in Theatre Arts. A Jamaican immigrant, his interests include researching and understanding complex gender and sexuality issues in the Afro-Caribbean realm. His goal is to address the pervasive homophobia and misogyny in Anglo-Caribbean countries. His paper was inspired by his Justice in Non-Western Traditions class. Kadeem is currently the Secretary of John Jay’s Student Council and interns at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services. He intends to pursue a PhD in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Student Travel Award: Jennifer Chmielewski, Disciplined desires: LGBQ girls of colors’ experiences of surveillance and policing in New York City public schools
Jennifer Chmielewski is currently a doctoral student in the Critical Social/Personality Psychology program at the CUNY Graduate Center. She received her EdM in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her work uses critical feminist theories and methods to explore women and girls’ lived experiences of gender, desire and sexual identity through an intersectional and social justice lens. She is currently examining how queer girls of color experience their bodies and desires as policed within institutional practices of surveillance in schools and communities, with a focus on their embodied resistance. She is also a research blogger for SPARK, an inter-generational feminist activist organization that helps girls push back against the sexualization of girls and women in the media (http://www.sparksummit.com/category/research-blog/).
To learn more about the CLAGS’s fellowships and awards, please visit the CLAGS website

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