Dr. Mariam K. Chamberlain was the founding president of the National Council for Research on Women, which merged with ICRW in September 2016. Dr. Chamberlain was a true visionary whose contributions to the feminist and social justice movements can be seen across the world by generations of women. Mariam was a key force in shaping and launching the women’s studies and academic research movements in the United States and worldwide through her work as a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation in the 1960s and 1970s. She provided the strategic vision, funding and support to launch university and college-based centers and freestanding policy institutes focused on women’s issues. Mariam helped build a network of dedicated and accomplished leaders committed to advancing women, especially in academia, and helped cultivate lasting institutional support for their work.
Under Mariam’s leadership, the organization increased and promoted research on women, built alliances for collaborative work and advanced research into policy applications. Her vision has evolved into a dynamic network of thought leaders and change agents working to ensure more fully informed debates, policies and practices, thereby contributing to a more inclusive and equitable world for women and girls, their families and their communities.
Through a generous $100,000 matching grant from the Ford Foundation, the organization established the Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award to honor and extend Mariam’s vision. The Award enabled Re:Gender and now ICRW to continue Mariam’s work promoting mentorship as well as high-level scholarship. The Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award creates an opportunity for a first-generation college graduate, including immigrant students, to continue working on a dissertation under the close supervision of a senior dissertation advisor over an academic year.
ICRW is pleased to announce the winning team for the Third Annual Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award: Desiree Barron-Callaci, a doctoral student in Anthropology at New York Universiry, and her advisor Fred Myers, NYU Silver Professor of Anthropology, for her research into how rugby culture shapes gendered perceptions of Māori men and women in New Zealand.Read more