Ends on April 12, 2017

NWSA will offer an annual $1,000 Alison Piepmeier book award for a groundbreaking monograph in women, gender, and sexuality studies that makes significant contributions to feminist disability studies scholarship thanks to a gift from Susan Shaw, Patti Duncan, Jane Nichols, Kryn Feehling-Burton, and Nancy Barbour. The donation comes from the contributor budget from a forthcoming ABC-CLIO encyclopedia of women’s lives worldwide. This prize honors Alison Piepmeier, an active member and leader of NWSA whose scholarship examined the intersection of feminist and disability studies, with a particular emphasis on reproductive decisions and disabilities and parenting and disabilities.


Basic Guidelines

  • Must be a current individual NWSA member (including co-authors)
  • Books considered must have a first date of US publication between May 1, 2016 and April 30, 2017
  • Must complete the online application
  • Must send five copies of the book to the NWSA office (address below)
  • Anthologies will not be considered
  • Scholars with disabilities, scholars of color, and LGBTQ scholars are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Suggested topics for feminist disability studies include but are not limited to:
    • Reproductive justice and disabilities
    • Racialized representations of disabilities
    • Queer experiences of disabilities
    • Mothering and disabilities
    • Disabilities activism
    • Media representations of disabilities
    • Gender, sport, and disabilities
    • Disabilities and the body
    • Disabilities, sex, and sexuality
    • Disabilities in politics and policy
    • Disabilities and technologies

To complete your application, you must send 5 copies of their book to:

National Women’s Studies Association
11 E Mount Royal Ave #100
Baltimore, MD 21202
ATTN: NWSA Piepmeier Book Prize

Books must be received by April 12. Please note: Unfortunately, we cannot return books sent to NWSA. 

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