Judy Fisher (FGS ’20) receives multiple awards for work in American Studies

Feminist and Gender Studies would like to warmly congratulate Judy Lynne Fisher (Feminist & Gender Studies ’20, citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) for her many recent awards recognizing her outstanding contributions to the field of transnational Indigenous and American studies.  Fisher is a doctoral candidate in American Studies at Purdue University. Her dissertation utilizes a transnational feminist framework to explore “how German “Indianthusiasm” connects to historical and contemporary issues in Germany and illuminates global patterns of colonialism.” She will be carrying out ethnographic research in Germany next academic year while on a prestigious Fulbright fellowship. In addition, she has received six additional awards to support her research:

Chester E. Eisinger Research Award, American Studies: to recognize excellent scholarship among American Studies students. It is named in honor of the founder of American Studies at Purdue. 

Howard Zinn Memorial Award, American Studies: The Howard Zinn Award honors historian Howard Zinn (1922-2010) who devoted his life and work to advancing the cause of social justice in the United States. Howard Zinn’s scholarship promotes the importance of cultural diversity, economic equality, and political activism. This award supports graduate student research invested in and connected to the intellectual aims Zinn espoused. The award will support interdisciplinary American Studies research focusing on the ways in which forms of social, cultural, intellectual, and technoscientific expression circulate among, between, and beyond the geographical borders of the United States. The resulting research will highlight the interconnected roles that gender, race, sexuality, class, science, technology, medicine, music, art, and design play in the continual redefinition of the United States. 

John and Lynn Mullen Award for First Generation Student, American Studies: This annual Award will recognize an M.A. or PhD. Student in American Studies who is the first in their family to receive a graduate degree. This Award was established in honor of John and Lynn Mullen by their son, Bill Mullen, Emerita Faculty of American Studies. (Bill Mullen was one of Heidi’s professors) 

Paul and Eslanda Robeson International Studies Award: The Award recognizes original, innovative scholarship, service or teaching focusing on some area outside of the borders of the United States. The Award is in recognition of the outstanding international cultural, political and social work undertaken by Americans Paul and Eslanda Robeson, who between them visited and served many of the world’s communities. 

College of Liberal Arts Robert A. McDaniel Graduate Fund Grant: The fund was established in memory of former Purdue History Professor Robert A. McDaniel by his daughter, Hilary McDaniel-Douglas. The endowment is geared toward funding international travel for graduate students in History, Anthropology, Languages and Cultures, and/or Interdisciplinary Studies. 

Women in German Zantop Travel Award for Graduate Students: Inspired by the work of Susanne Zantop, Women in German established an award in her honor to help nurture and sustain research and publication in feminist cultural studies.  The Zantop Travel Award has supported work on more than two dozen dissertations since it was established in 2002. 


Congratulations Judy! We are so proud to know you!


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