Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics

The Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics is designed to encourage and reward scholars embarking on significant research in the area of women and politics.

Prize winners for 2013 are:


Annette Joseph Gabriel, Ph.D. candidate in the French and Italian department at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., for “Women Subverting Empire: Gender and Anticolonial Politics in the Francophone World (1940-1975).” The study will examine the strategies employed by four women who were instrumental in challenging French colonial power from 1940-1975 by analyzing their written works and activism. The award will be used for travel expenses to Senegal to visit the Archives du Senegal in Dakar and the Musée da la femme at Gorée.      

Michael Callaghan Pisapia

Michael Callaghan Pisapia, assistant professor of politics and international affairs at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C., for “Governing Education: Gender, Federalism and the Rise of Women's Political Authority.” The study will examine the extent that the expansion of the state’s role in education provided pathways for women to exercise increasing political authority. The award will be used for travel expenses to visit the archives at the Library of Congress and at Gelman Library at George Washington University.      

 Beth Reingold, left, and Adrienne Smith

Beth Reingold (left), associate professor of political science at Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., and Adrienne Smith (right), assistant professor of political science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., for “Legislative Incorporation and Intersections of Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the American States.” The study will analyze the forces that influence the institutional mobility of women and racial/ethnic minorities in American state legislatures. The award will be used to hire a research assistant to help collect and code the data.    

Honorable mention awards for 2013 are:

 Wendy E. Chmielewski

Wendy E. Chmielewski, curator at the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, Swarthmore, Pa., for “Her Hat Was in the Ring: U.S. Women Who Ran for Political Office Before 1920.” Chmielewski is creating a free, web-accessible database on women who were nominated, campaigned and/or elected to federal, state and local political office before 1920. The award will be used to hire a research intern to help collect and enter data on the 2,000 – 2,500 women who are not yet part of the database.      

Melanie Hughes

Melanie Hughes, associate professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa., for “Indigenous Women in Politics Worldwide.” The project will produce a database on the legislative success of indigenous women in national legislatures around the world and comparative data on indigenous men, allowing further study on the causes and consequences of indigenous women’s legislative successes and failures. The award will be used to hire research assistants with foreign language skills to assist in data collection.