Grant for Graduate Research

This grant was established in 1986 by the Sagan family to recognize an outstanding research project in the field of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. All Brandeis graduate students in any program are eligible to apply.

Prize amount: $1,000

Recent Award Recipients

Prize Year Recipient Dissertation/Paper

Marie Comuzzo
PhD Musicology

"Fatphobia in Western Classical Music: How Body Discipline and Body Standards Shape the Career of Women and Genderqueer
2021-22 Caitlin Sackrison
PhD History
"Norwegian Women in a Borderland: The Complicated History of
Immigrant Women's Land Claims in Brown County, Minnesota in the Mid- to Late 19th century."

jessie neal
MA Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

"Hafa Adai: (the Aloha you’ve never heard) A
CHamoru coming of culture."
2020-21 Daniella Gáti
PhD English
"Tactile Trans-Media: Queer Touch in the Digital World."
2019-20 Sari Fein
PhD Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
"Conceiving Motherhood: The Reception of Biblical Mothers in the Early Jewish Imagination."
2017-18 Diana Filar
PhD English
"Naming the System: Literary Onomastics in the Post-1980 U.S. Immigrant Novel"
2016-17 Natalie Cornett
PhD History
"Empowering Women Through Love and Letters: Narcyza Zmichowska and the Enthusiasts of 19th-Century Poland"
2014-15 Cassandra Berman
PhD History/Joint MA WGS & History
"Motherhood, the Law and the Court of Public Opinion: Contesting Maternity in America, 1776-1865"
2013-14 Celene Ibrahim
PhD Near Eastern and Judaic Studies/Joint MA NEJS & History
"Gender and Islamic Medicine in America"