Graduate Awards 2013

Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau Award for Southwestern Culture 

Judges: Ken Dvorak and Julie Anne Taddeo

Daniel Valella, University of California, Berkeley
“An Intersectional (Queer and Native) Jimmy Alexander: Rurality, Urbanity, and Hetero- and White Normativities in Craig Womack’s Drowning in Fire

Charles Redd Center Award for Western Studies
Judge: Dennis Cutchins

Elizabeth Leahy, University of Arizona
“‘We Object to Our Being Dominated’: Arizona, New Mexico, and the Frontier Rhetoric of the Territorial Period”

Computer Culture and Game Studies Award
Judges: Joseph Chaney and Andrew Chen

John Vanderhoef, University of California, Santa Barbara
“New School Tech for Old School Gamers: NES Homebrew, History, and Nostalgia”

Diana Cox Award for Images of Women
Judge: Monica Ganas

Leah Phillips, University of Warwick
“The Impossible(ility of) Journey: Tamora Pierce’s Tortall Books”

Euro Pop Award for European Cultural Issue
Judge: Jack Hutchens

Carl R. Follmer, University of Iowa
“The Crafting of Little Monsters: Ideology and German Youth Literature (1929-1934)”

Jerry Bradley Award for Creative Writing
Judge: Nathan Brown

Christine Kitano, Texas Tech University
Two Poems: “Monologue of the Fat Girl” and “The Woman Will Decide”

Lawrence Clayton Award for Texas Culture
Judge: Kenneth Davis

Erin Scott, University of Mississippi
“Big and Bright – State Fair of Texas and Fair Food

Michael K. Schoenecke Award for American Culture
Judge: Diana Cox

Mike Clawson, Baylor University
“The Jesus Movement and Emerging Christianity: Hippies of the Religious Right and Postmodern Prophets”

Peter C. Rollins Award for Popular Culture Issue
Judges: Lynnea Chapman King and Rhonda Harris Taylor

Jamal Batts, California State University, Fullerton
“Why Won’t You Let Me Be Great?: Kanye West Confronts the Queerness of Blackness”

Phil Heldrich Award for Popular Culture Pedagogy
Judges: Erik Walker and Kurt Depner

Kait McNamee, University of Colorado, Denver
“Honey Badger Don’t Care: The Use of YouTube in the College Classroom”

Phyllis Bridges Award for Biography
Judge: Melinda McBee

Annika Eisenberg, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
“Kafka Americana: (Meta)Fictional Kafka Biographies Rewriting His Last Year of Life and How to Overcome the Fact-Fiction Dilemma in Analyzing Biographical Writing”

Post Script Graduate Student Award in Film Studies
Judges: Lynnea Chapman King and Tobias Hochscherf

Joshua Wucher, Baylor University
“Descent Into Madness: Actor Preparation for Peter Brook’s Marat/Sade and Milos Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 

Richard Tuerk “Out of This World” Paper Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy
Judge: Brian Cowlishaw and Tamy Burnett

Yonah Ringlestein, New York University
“Real or Not Real: The Hunger Games as Transmediated Religion”

Susan Rollins Award for Museum Studies and Public History
Judges: Janet Brennan Croft and Rhonda Harris Taylor

Emily Roehl, University of Texas at Austin
“Mining the Plainsman Museum”