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
ICRW congratulates Ashley Mog and her advisor, Dr. Sherrie Tucker, the recipient team for the 2015 Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award. Ashley is a doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University. Her dissertation Discomforting Power: Bodies in Public rethinks and reframes the ways in which race, gender, and disability are intertwined and how they are determined, felt and policed.
The recipient team for the inaugural award are Diana Y. Salas Coronado and her advisor, Dr. Randy Albelda. Diana is a doctoral candidate and a Center for Social Policy research associate at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her dissertation, Gender and State-Level Immigrant Policies, focuses on gender, immigration, and state policies.
The Award was presented to Diana during "Women and Economic Security: Changing Policy and Practice," Re:Gender's joint conference with the Center for the Education of Women.