About the Award

The Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize was created by the late Professor Joseph B. Gittler to recognize outstanding and lasting scholarly contributions to racial, ethnic and/or religious relations.

The Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Endowed Fund at Brandeis University supports this annual award.

The award includes a cash prize of $25,000 and a medal. The prize and medal are presented at a ceremony that includes a reception and a public lecture by the recipient on the Brandeis campus.

2013–14 Award Presentation and Lecture


Patricia Hill Collins:
"With My Mind Set on Freedom: Black Feminism, Intersectionality and Social Justice"

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013
2 to 4 p.m.
Rapaporte Treasure Hall
Goldfarb Library

Patricia Hill Collins, '69, PhD '84, is an eminent scholar and Brandeis alumna who has dedicated her career to understanding the intersections of race, gender and class.

Collins is the author of seven books including the seminal “Black Feminist Thought” and is currently a Distinguished University Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She served as the 100th president of the American Sociological Association and was the first African American woman to hold that office.

The Gittler Prize is hosted by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life on behalf of the Office of the President.