Huffman Senior Thesis Prize

A prize, established in memory of Suzanne M. Huffman, Class of 1990, is awarded annually to a certificate student of our program whose senior thesis shows a deep commitment to the dilemmas raised by feminism and an extraordinary empathy for the problems and struggles of women.

Suzanne M. Huffman died in 1991 after a yearlong battle with Hodgkin’s disease. Today, we keep her memory alive through the Huffman Prize, honoring her contributions to the wide University community. At Princeton, Suzanne’s accomplishments ranged from the establishment of her own jewelry business to the art classes she taught young children.  We also honor her for her senior thesis, which she wrote for the history and women’s studies (now GSS) departments. This outstanding work focused on the political radicalization of the Christian woman’s movement. 

Thesis Prize Recipients:


  • Madison P. Werthmann, Department of Sociology: “I Love My Gay Couplings! An Analysis of Online Female Readership of Queer Boys in Young Adult Literature.” (First Place)
  • Aoife M. Bennett, Woodrow Wilson School: “Legalizing Abortion in Ireland: Success and Failure in The First Years of Reform.” (Second Place)
  • David G. San Miguel-Tasch, Department of Psychology: “Liberating Repressed Male Femininities: A Psychological Framework for Understanding Drag Queens.” (Second Place)


  • Jamie O'Leary, Department of Anthropology: “Duma Doyal Ci Maam Maryaama: Ins and Outs of Gendered Embodiment in a Senegalese Daara.” (First Place)
  • Katherine Fleming, Department of History: “Borders, Bridges, And Burdens: Latinas Navigate Our Bodies, Ourselves, 1969-Present.” (Second Place)
  • Feyisola Soetan, Department of Anthropology: “Princeton Stories: Political Activism Through Ethnographic Theater.” (Second place)


  • Liam D. Fitzgerald, Department of Sociology: “Queer Ingress: Constructing LGBTQI and HIV Asylum Claims in the United States Immigration System.” (First Place)
  • Jessica Quinter, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs: “Mature Enough to Have a Baby, But Not an Abortion: The Rhetorical Production of Stigma in Alabama Judicial Bypass Opinions.” (Second Place)
  • Miles D. Carey, Department of English: “trash mermaids a queer/ecological riff on a familiar tale.” (Third place)


  • Katherine Kulke, English - “Mad Science: Madness, Gender, and Scientific Discourse and in Rivka Galchen’s Atmospheric Disturbances and Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter.” (Co-Winner)
  • Colleen O’Gorman, Politics - “Lessons from Emily Doe: A Survivor-Centric Approach to Sexual Assault.” (Co-Winner)
  • Nadia Diamond, History - “From ‘Great City Institution’ to ‘House of Horrors’: Performance, Place, and Public Interaction with Magdalen Laundries in the Republic of Ireland, 1900- Present.” (Runner Up)
  • Emilly Kraeck, History - “’A Spirit in Salt Lake Valley which no Legislation Can Crush’:  Polygamy, Statehood, and Woman Suffrage in Late Nineteenth-Century Utah.” (Runner Up)
  • Lafayette Matthews, History- “Exhibiting Difference, Constructing Norms: Gender & The American Sideshow, 1829 – 1926.” (Runner Up)


  • Morgan E. Young, English - “The Way He Makes Me”: Authority and Negotiations of Womanhood in Contemporary Film.” (First Place)
  • Nathalie Ellis-Einhorn, English - “I.M. LOST! A Show About Clowns.” (Runner Up)
  • Erica S. Turret, Woodrow Wilson School - “The Politics of Medicaid Expansion: A Comparison of the Policy Debates in Arizona and Texas.” (Runner Up)
  • Adin S. Walker, English - “If We Be Friends”: Queering the Fairy Tradition.” (Honorable Mention)
  • Hannah N. Schoen, Woodrow Wilson School - “Solid Findings from the Rockies: An Evaluation of the Colorado Family Planning Initiative.” (Honorable Mention)
  • Jarron D. McAllister, History - “Producing the Family in Egypt: Mass Media, Family Planning, and Egypt’s Population Crisis 1977-1994.” (Honorable Mention)
  • Anna C. Mazarakis, Politics - “The Gender Politics of Journalism: Who Tells the Story and How It Matters.” (Honorable Mention)


  • Nicholas J. Williams, History - “The Food Problem is Fundamental to the Welfare of the Race” The New England Kitchen, Women, and Food Science, 1890-1894." (First Place)
  • Christina M. Chica, Sociology - "The Globalization of LGBT Rights: A Comparative Look at Brazil and China." (Second Place)
  • Rebecca E. Basaldua, Politics - "Justice Untested, Crime Unsolved: An Analysis of Reported Forcible Rape to Law Enforcement, Number of Sexual Assault Kits Collected by Law Enforcement, and the Number of Sexual Assault Kits that Remain Untested in Agencies’ Storage Rooms." (Honorable Mention)


  • Caroline A. Kitchener, History - "Provocative Behavior: Administrative Response to Campus Sexual Assault at Princeton University and the University of New Hampshire from 1986-1990.”
  • Benjamin J. Wainwright, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology  - "Modeling High Priority Interventions to Reduce Aggregate Maternal and Infant Mortality in India." (Honorable Mention)
  • Abby Williams, English - "As its babies, so is the nation: Eugenics, Film, and the Shifting Landscape of Individualism in the Twentieth Century United States." (Honorable Mention)
  • Estela B. Diaz, Sociology - "Do You Feel Like A Princess? Gender and Childhood Identity Formation in Preschools." (Honorable Mention)
  • Brandon A. Zamudio, Politics - "Seen on Screen: Shifting Frames in Entertainment Television and Public Opinion on Gay and Lesbian Rights, 2006-2013." (Honorable Mention)
  • Julia D. Festa, Sociology - "The Persistence of Poverty: A Bourdieusian Analysis of Medical Managed Care and Reproductive Health Disparities." (Honorable Mention)
  • Anne S. Coventry, Classics - "Hos Gunaiki Gamete: Ptolemaic Marriage Contracts and Women's Historiography." (Honorable Mention)
  • Rebecca L. Newmark, Anthropology - "The Fruit of Their Labor: Placentophagia and Embodied Meaning-Making Among American Women." (Honorable Mention)


  • Catherine K. Ettman, Woodrow Wilson School - "What Women Want: Women's Policy Preferences for Balancing Work and Family."
  • Sajda Ouachtouki, Woodrow Wilson School - "Hymens and Headscarves: The Arab Awakening and the Struggle for Sexual Dignity in Morocco and Tunisia." (Honorable Mention)
  • Ashley E. Halkett, Psychology - "Gender Stereotyping in Early Childhood: Knowledge, Endorsement, and Perception of Parental Attitudes." (Honorable Mention)


  • Lauren M. Brachman, Sociology - “FYI, I’m IVF.” Making Meaning in the In Vitro Fertilization Clinic.”
  • Lydia C.C. Dallett, Politics - “Combat is Best, Sister' The Integration of Women Into Israeli Combat Units.” (Honorable Mention)


  • Kelley Sternhagen, Psychology - “Knowledge is Power: Alleviating the Negative Effects of Benevolent Sexism Through Education.”
  • Kaitlyn Janelle Hamilton, Anthropology - “Reclaiming Birth After Cesarean: An Ethnographic Study of the Beliefs and Practices of Midwives in the 21st Century.”


  • Elizabeth Rosen, Anthropology - "Public Girls, Separate Prep: Single‐sex Public Education in New York City."
  • Suleika Jaouad, Near Eastern Studies - “From the Patriarchal Family to the Patriarchal State: The ‘Woman’s Question’ in Contemporary Tunisian History.”


  • Joelle Milov, Art and Archeology - "Titian's Nude: A Study in Blank Form."


  • Larisa Baste, Politics - "Vote Like an Egyptian: Islamism, Feminism, and Women of the Muslim Brotherhood."


  • Lauren Hedinger, Operations Research and Financial Engineering - "The Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Vaccine: A Cost-benefit Analysis of Cervical Cancer Prevention Strategies."


  • Shelly Kellner, English - "Absence Breeding Autonomy: Incompetent Fathers and their Unconventional Daughters in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion."


  • Kathleen Coggshall, English - "A Creature of Conformity: The Housewife in the Post-War American Literature of Shirley Jackson, Sylvia Plath, and Anne Sexton."


  • Jessica Ashlee Brondo, Woodrow Wilson School - "Family-Friendly America?: Confronting the Contradictions in the United States Leave Policies."


  • Lauren Ayres Teichner, Religion - "Biblical, Controversial, and Contestable: A Constructive Evangelical Feminist Critique of the Promise Keepers' Pro-Family Values."


  • Sarah Aejin Seo, History - "Betweeen Angry Women and Bad Governments: The Contested Historical Memory of the Korean Comfort Women."


  • Courtney Lauren Weiner, History - "Her Side of Paradise: The Seven Sisters Schools and Youth Culture in the 1920s."


  • Kathryn L. Stewart, Politics - "Heightened Judicial Scrutiny for Gays, Lesbians, and Bisexuals within Equal Protection Jurisprudence."


  • Noushin Heidary, History - "The Children's Bureau: The Role of the Women's Movement in Public Health Reform, 1910-1930."


  • Melissa B. Crane, English - "Muse Over! Contemporary American Women Poets Re-Make Literary Tradition."


  • Carrie M. Lane, Anthropology - "Getting Screwed: An Analysis of Discourses on Adolescent Sexuality and Gender Differences in and About Kids."


  • Amy Kapczynski, Politics - "Sisterhood is Mythical: Political Socialization and Identity as Obstacles to the German Women's Movement After 1989."


  • Nsenga L. Lee, History - "Crossing the Color Line: Racial Passing in Early Twentieth-century America."


  • Meighan Woods Elder, History - "Frightful Torments': 19th Century Constructions of Breast Cancer and the Genesis of the Halsted Radical Mastectomy."


  • Miriam I. Ticktin, Anthropology - Sisters in Contention: Voices from Women of Muslim Algerian Origin in France."
  • Angela D. Bell, Classics - "Women, History, and Speech in the Odyssey."


  • Kristina M. Sessa, Religion - "Eunuchs for the Sake of the Kingdom of Heaven: Sanctity, Sexuality, and Gender Ambiguity in the Motif of the Female Transvestite Saint."