Previous winners

David D. Anderson Award


Award Winner

Nathaniel Mills, “Aggravated into Writing: Margaret Walker, Iowa, and the Workshopping of African American Literature.” American Quarterly, vol. 73, no. 2, 2021, pp. 233-259.   


T. Austin Graham, “The Unacknowledged War:’ Dunbar’s History of White Revisionism.” American Literature, vol. 93, no. 1, 2021, pp. 59–85.   

Olga L. Herrera, “Across Neighborhood and National Boundaries: Ana Castillo, Sandra Cisneros, and Mexican Chicago.” Chicago: A Literary History. Ed. Frederik Byrn Køhlert. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2021, pp. 387-399.


Guest Judge: Dr. Theresa Delgadillo

Award Winner

Meg Gillette, Keeping Queer Company in the Short Fiction of Alice French. American Literary Realism, vol. 53, no. 2, 2021, pp. 138-158. 

Honorable Mention

Lydia R. Cooper, The Problem of Trans-Figuration: Gender, the Jesuits, and the Ojibwe in Louise Erdrichs The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse. GLQ, vol. 26, no. 4, 2020, pp. 621-647.

Allison Hammer, “Epic Stone Butch: Transmasculinity in the Work of Willa Cather.” Transgender Studies Quarterly, vol. 7, no. 1, 2020, pp. 77-98.


Guest Judge: Dr. Terrion Williamson

Award Winner

Mary Unger, “The Book Circle: Black Women Readers and Middlebrow Taste in Chicago, 1943-1953.” Reception, vol. 11, no. 1, 2019, pp. 8-20.

Honorable Mention

Evelyn Funda, "'New World' Visions and Homegrown Art: National Authenticity in the Works of Willa Cather and Antonin Dvorak." MFS Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 65, no. 2, 2019, pp. 264-284.

Vanessa Steinroetter, "Unsettling Landscapes: Prairie Madness and EcoGothic Themes in US Plains Literature." Great Plains Quarterly, vol. 39, no. 3, 2019, pp. 291-310.


Guest Judge: Dr. Liesl Olson

Award Winner

Mollie Godfrey, “Sheep, Rats, and Jungle Beasts: Black Humanisms and the Protest Fiction Debate.” Arizona Quarterly, vol. 74, no. 2, 2018, pp. 39-62.

Honorable Mention

Sigrid Anderson Cordell, “Between Refugee and ‘Normalized’ Citizen: National Narratives of Exclusion in the Novels of Bich Minh Nguyen.” Studies in the Novel, vol. 49, no. 3, 2018, pp. 383-399.

Michelle Niemann, “Towards an Ecopoetics of Food: Plants, Agricultural Politics, and Colonized Landscapes in Lorine Niedecker’s Condensery.” Modernism/modernity, vol. 25, no. 1, 2018, pp. 135-160.






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