Irene Ledesma Prize

Ledsma Prize 2019 Claire Thomson

2019 Irene Ledesma Prize recipient Claire Thomson with Ledesma Committee Chair Katherine Morrissey at the at the 2019 CWWH Breakfast in Las Vegas, NV.  Thomson is a PhD Candidate at the University of Alberta where she is working on her dissertation, “’To hell with this, I’m going back to Wood Mountain’: Lakota People and Lakota Thamakhoche (Lakota Country) in the US-Canada Borderlands.” 

The Ledesma Committee also acknowledged the work of Ivón Padilla-Rodríquez, a PhD candidate at Columbia University, with an Honorable Mention for her dissertation project, “Migrants in the Making: Invisible Agricultural Child Labor, Women’s Anti-Child Labor Advocacy, and (Im)migrant Exclusion in the Twentieth Century.”

The CWWH awards the Irene Ledesma Prize to a Ph.D. graduate student to support their research in western women’s and gender history. The Prize is named in honor of Dr. Ledesma’s important contributions to the fields of Chicana and working-class history until her untimely death in 1997. That same year Ledesma received the annual CWWH Jensen-Miller Prize for her article “Texas Newspapers and Chicana Women’s Activism: 1919-1974” in the Western Historical Quarterly (26:3).

See a list of previous award recipients here: Irene Ledesma Prize Recipients, 1990-Present.

Deadline for the 2020 Prize Submission: August 15, 2020

Call for Applications: Ledesma Prize 2020

The $1,000 Prize supports travel to collections or other research expenses related to the histories of women and gender in the North American West. Applicants must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the time of application. The Coalition will award the Prize at the CWWH Breakfast during the Western History Association annual meeting. The CWWH will also award the recipient a one-year complimentary membership.

The Committee evaluates proposals according to the following criteria:
-How well the applicant stated her/his research question and the significance of the overall project.
-How well the applicant demonstrated her/his knowledge of the primary source materials related to the proposal.
-How well the applicant framed her/his project in terms for the broader theoretical/historiographical issues significant to the topic.
-How well the proposal addressed the issues of gender and/or women’s history in the North American West.
-How well the proposed budget details the applicant’s stated research agenda.  

Application Procedure:
To apply, submit one copy of each of the following (as a single PDF file) to each member of the committee:

1. Cover sheet with your name, contact information, project tile, name of reference
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. A brief description of the research project and an explanation of how the prize funds would support the research (not exceeding three double-spaced pages, addressing the above criteria).
4. A line-item budget
5. Letter of support from the student’s dissertation advisor

Irene Ledesma Prize Committee

Margie Brown-Coronel (2020)
CSU Fullerton
mbrown-coronel@fullerton.edu

Traci Brynne Voyles (2021)
University of Oklahoma
voyles@ou.edu

Pablo Mitchell (2022)
Oberlin College
prmitche@oberlin.edu

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Mackin 2018

2018 Irene Ledesma Prize recipient Jill Falcon Mackin (Anishinaabe: Ojibwe). Macksin is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History & Philosophy at Montana State University working on Indigenous food systems and land practices. She was unable to attend the CWWH breakfast, but sent this video conveying her thanks.

 

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2017 Irene Ledesma Recipient Tiffany Jasmin Gonzalez (right) with Prize Committee Chair Matt Basso (left) at the 2017 CWWH Breakfast in San Diego, California.

Brianna Theobald, recipient of the 2013 Irene Ledesma Prize, is a Ph.D. Candidate in History at Arizona State University.
Brianna Theobald, recipient of the 2013 Irene Ledesma Prize, was a Ph.D. Candidate in History at Arizona State University; she is now the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne.
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2014 Irene Ledesma Prize recipient Jennifer McPherson with Steering Committee Chair Cathleen Cahill. McPherson is a Ph.D. Candidate in History at the University of New Mexico
2015 Irene Ledesma Prize recipient Meggan Bilotte (on right) with Prize Committee Chair Sarah Janda at the 2015 CWWH Breakfast in Portland. Bilotte is a Ph.D. Candidate in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
2015 Irene Ledesma Prize recipient Meggan Bilotte (on right) with Prize Committee Chair Sarah Janda at the 2015 CWWH Breakfast in Portland. Bilotte is a Ph.D. Candidate in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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2016 Irene Ledesma Prize recipient Margaret Neubauer (on right) with Prize Committee Chair Katrina Jagodinsky at the 2016 CWWH Breakfast in St. Paul. Neubauer, who also holds a J.D., is a Ph.D. Candidate at Southern Methodist University where she is writing a dissertation titled “American Indian Child Welfare, Activism, and Sovereignty in the Twentieth Century.”