2023-2024 Awardees

The 2023-2024 Chamberlain Awards

Each recipient was awarded six hundred dollars ($600) to help defray expenses incurred while working on a memoir or biography of a woman, in print or other media, such as film, podcast, bibliography, database, or website. Awardees also received a one-year membership in WWWL (including dues).

Leah Leone Anderson, “The World, My Home: A Life of María Rosa Oliver.” Leah Leone Anderson is an independent researcher, most currently a visiting professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. Her subject, Maria Rosa Oliver, is an Argentine intellectual and international peace activist, and Leah is using Oliver’s numerous translations as a narrative framework for her biography.

Victoria Baena, “A Sentimental Education.” Victoria Baena is a Research Fellow in English and Modern Languages at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge. Victoria is writing a biography of nineteenth-century French novelist, folklorist, and socialist feminist-activist, Amelie Bosquet.

Camila Belliard-Quiroga, “The Life Histories of Black and Trans Women from the Dominican Republic.” Camila Belliard-Quiroga is a Ph.D. candidate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Rutgers University. Camila is creating an archive of life histories of Black and Trans women from the Dominican Republic through fieldwork interviews.

Melissa Dinsman, “Violet Hunt’s Circle: The Second Life of South Lodge.” Melissa Dinsman is Assistant Professor of English at York College, CUNY. She is writing a biography of early twentieth-century English writer Violet Hunt in the context of her female writer friends, such as Rebecca West, Dorothy Richardson, and Radclyffe Hall, among others.

Jada Gannaway, “A Political Biography of Althea Jones-Lecointe.” Jada Gannaway is a Ph.D. candidate in History at Michigan State University. She is writing a political biography of Trinidadian-born Althea Jones-Lecointe, a Black Power political leader and activist in Britain in the 1970s.

Michelle Reynolds, “Reconsidering Jessie Marion King.” Michelle Reynolds is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Exeter. Michelle is working on a biography of the Scottish artist, Jessie Marion King, in the context of women’s history, specifically the emergence of the New Woman in the early twentieth century.

Destry Maria Sibley, “The Children of Morelia: Child Refugees of the Spanish Civil War.” Destry Maria Sibley is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is using oral histories to create a collective biography.

Rachel Sandwell, “Daughter of the Soil”: A Biography of Mary Louise Hooper.” Rachel Sandwell is a lecturer in History at McGill University.  Her subject, Mary Louise Hopper, was a peace activist who supported twentieth-century African liberation movements.