The American Men’s Studies Association at the 2018 Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota awarded Loren Frankel Memorial Scholarships to four graduate students doing research in men’s studies and presenting papers at AMSA’s 26th Annual Conference on Men and Masculinities. The awards went to:
- Brandon Alston, a doctoral student in Sociology at Northwestern University, who presented the paper: “Discreet Wisdom: The Construction of Black Women’s Sexual Health Risk as a Rationale to Sexually Surveil Black Men to Detect Down Low Men.” Alston earned a BA in Sociology and Religion from Haverford College and a MA in Management from Wake Forest University. His research examines the ways in which race, class, gender and sexuality anchor surveillance practices that promote social inequalities for marginalized men.
- Noah Barth, an M.A. student in Heritage Studies and Public History at the University of Minnesota who presented the paper: “Heritage of the Harness: Tracking Masculinity, Sexual Expression, and Commodification Through Fetish Adornment.” Barth earned his B.A. in American Studies at DePaul University. His public history work emphasizes queer male sexualities and communities through an interdisciplinary lens.
- Juan Carlos Mezo González, a doctoral student in History at the University of Toronto, who presented the paper: “Queer Machos: Masculinity, Race, and Class in the 1980s Mexican Gay Press” MezoGonález holds an M.A. in History and Sexual Diversity Studies from the same university, and a B.A. in History from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. His Ph.D. dissertation examines the visual culture of gay liberation periodicals in North America, tracing the relationship between sexual imagery, gay activism, identity-formation, and the making of gay communities.
- Alyssa Newman, a doctoral candidate in Sociology with an emphasis in Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who presented the paper: “Desiring the Standard Light Skin: Black Multiracial Boys, Masculinity, and Exotification.” Newman also received her B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from UC, Santa Parbara. In fall 2018 she will begin an appointment as the Hixon-Riggs Postdoctoral Fellow in Science and Technology Studies at Harvey Mudd College. Her research interests center around multiraciality and the production of racial meaning through collective identity formation, biology and genetics, as well as gender, family relationships, and reproduction.
For more information or to apply for future scholarships, visit the Loren Frankel Memorial Scholarship page.