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Meet our Rita Gallin Award winner!

Published: Wednesday, 01 Feb 2017
Author: Galena Marie Rhew Ostipow
Department: Center for Gender in Global Context

The Center for Gender in Global Context conducts this annual graduate student paper competition, named for Rita S. Gallin, Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University, in honor of her 13 years as director of the Women and International Development Program and her scholarship in the area of women, gender, international development, and globalization. 

This year's recipient is Kristin Rowe, "'Young, Upwardly Mobile Women': Global Identity and Female Subjectivity in Contemporary Nigeria"

The committee reviewed nine excellent submissions for the Rita S. Gallin Award.  The winning paper engaged a complex, thought-provoking analysis, beautifully interweaving themes of feminist theory, Afropolitanism, global identities, gendered social standards of beauty, and media.  The author considers connections between African and Western feminisms, illuminating how Nigerian and African beauty standards around skin tone, colorism, hair styles, body sizes, and body types as well as gender roles are impacted by colonialism and globalization.  Through the presentation and analysis of media images and constructions of womanhood, the author argues that Nigerian women consciously build hybridized femininity that is part of Nigeria's and Africa's larger assertions of self-determination and identity.  The committee especially appreciated that the paper was dense with ideas, extremely well written, and engaging.  We are pleased to present the Rita S. Gallin award, for the paper "Young, Upwardly Mobile Women": Global Identity and Female Subjectivity in Contemporary Nigeria to Kristin Rowe, graduate student in African American & African Studies with specialization in Women's and Gender Studies.  Congratulations, Kristin.

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