Professor Erin Durban-Albrecht, who holds a joint appointment in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, is the recipient of the National Women’s Studies Association-University of Illinois Press’ 2015 First Book Prize for her manuscript, Postcolonial Homophobia: United States Imperialism in Haiti and the Transnational Circulation of Antigay Sexual Politics. The prize is awarded for cutting edge intersectional feminist scholarship that is interdisciplinary and offers new perspectives on issues central to women’s and gender studies. Recipients receive a book contract with the University of Illinois Press.
“We are delighted that one of our newest faculty members is the recipient of this prestigious award, and the College congratulates Erin on her most recent achievement,” said Dean Simpson. Dr. Allison Kimmich, Executive Director of the National Women’s Studies Association, observed that the review committee wrote, “Postcolonial Homophobia is a beautifully written, powerful analysis of the effects of multi-faceted U.S. interventions in postcolonial Haiti. The manuscript makes a significant contribution to a variety of fields, particularly queer studies, sexuality, and religion.” Durban-Albrecht will be recognized at the National Women’s Studies Association conference in Milwaukee on November 13.