Six research projects received funding through the 2022 Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics.
“Once again, the Catt Center has the honor and privilege of supporting really outstanding research on gender and politics,” said Karen M. Kedrowski, director of Iowa State University’s Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, which sponsors the annual awards.
The selection committee blind-reviewed the proposals, with each of the winning prize proposals receiving $2,000.
Prize winners for 2022 are:
Morgan Barry, doctoral student in history at Northwestern University, for “(Im)Possible Threats: Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Political Repression in the Twentieth Century U.S.” The study will examine how discourses on race, gender, and sexuality affected activists’ experiences of political repression, state agents’ political repression methods, and authorities’ logics of threat. The award will be used to fund a trip to New York City to visit archival collections at the Tamiment Library and the Schomburg Center.
Michelle Irving, doctoral student in political science at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, for “Mominees of Color: The Raced-Gendered Experience of Mothers of Color Running for Office.” The study will evaluate voter perceptions of moms of color running for office and interrogate the intersectional stereotypes, barriers, and opportunities they may face. The award will be used to fund the costs of a survey experiment.
Rana McReynolds, doctoral student in political science at the University of California, Davis, for “Intersectional Stereotyping: The Impact of Sexism and Racism on Evaluations of Black Women Candidates.” The project will look at minority voters’ views of the competency and compassion of Black women candidates to better understand the content and consequences of stereotypes and analyze implications of both racism and sexism in the electorate. The award will be used to fund a survey experiment.
Helen Rabello Kras, assistant professor in history, politics and political economy at Regis University, for “Crime and Gender-Based Violence: How Location, Type of Crime, and Characteristics of the Aggressor Influence Opinions.” The study will test several hypotheses about how people think differently about general crime versus intimate partner violence and hold the government responsible for each. The award will go toward funding a survey experiment.
Elizabeth Tuttle, assistant professor of French at Michigan State University, for “Translating Feminism: French Suffragette Print Culture and Transnational Connections.” The study, part of a larger book project, will analyze the League for Feminist Action through the lens of print culture studies to uncover how and why 1920s French feminist Marthe Bray and her colleagues imported American suffragette tactics to France. The award will be used for travel costs to visit the Historical Library of the City of Paris.
Crystal Whetstone, assistant professor in international relations at Bilkent University, and Murat Yilmaz, assistant professor in international relations at Kastamonu University, for “Gendering Internal Colonialism: Uyghurs’ Reproductive Injustices and the Logics of Colonialism.” The study will examine the Uyghur case of internal colonialism to ask what reproductive justice can tell us about the logics of internal colonialism and colonialism more broadly. The award will be used toward travel costs to visit Turkey and conduct interviews.
The annual research prize has been funded since 1994 by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics through private donations. Since 1994, the Catt Center has awarded $156,100 to 139 projects.
Iowa State faculty members serving on the 2022 Catt Prize Selection Committee were Scott Feinstein, Jonathan Hassid, David Peterson, Mack Shelley, Robert Urbatsch and Yu Wang, all with the Department of Political Science; Amy Bix, Department of History; Sarah Dees, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies; Carrie Ann Johnson, Carrie Chapman Catt Center and the Office of the Provost; Alisa Stoehr, Women’s and Gender Studies Program; Kelly Winfrey, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication and interim director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program; and Kedrowski. Also serving on the committee were Lauren Bell, James L. Miller Professor of Political Science and Special Assistant to the Provost at Randolph-Macon College; Sara Chatfield, assistant professor of political science at the University of Denver; Bobbi Gentry, associate professor of political science at Bridgewater College; Megan Goldberg, assistant professor of American politics at Cornell College; Nichola Gutgold, professor of communication arts and science at Penn State Lehigh Valley; Melissa Haussman, professor of political science at Carleton University; Donna Hoffman, professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa; Candice Ortbals, associate professor of political science at Abilene Christian University; Scott Peters, department chair and professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa; Annelise Russell, assistant professor of public policy at the University of Kentucky; J. Cherie Strachan, professor of political science and director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron; and Carah Ong Whaley, academics program officer at the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. The committee was assisted by Ashley Marsh, administrative assistant for the Catt Center.