Huffman Senior Thesis Prize

This prize, established in memory of Suzanne M. Huffman, Class of 1990, is awarded annually to a certificate student in 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 University community. At Princeton, Suzanne’s accomplishments ranged from the establishment of her own jewelry business to the art classes she taught for 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. 

2024 Thesis Prize Recipients

  • First Place co-winner: Alice McGuinness, History (Adviser: Divya Cherian) for “CARCERAL KIN: Motherhood, Personhood, and Colonial Law in Bengal c. 1860–1900”
  • First Place co-winner: Mirabella Smith, Politics (Adviser: Melissa Lane) for “The Political Heterosexual Matrix - Gender and Political Office as Co-Constituting Sites of Performative Subjectivity”

Past Thesis Prize Recipients