Holstein Graduate Prize

Past Holstein Graduate Prize winners:


Danielle Dempsey, “Queer, Sex, and Catholicism: Modernity and its Effects on Social Justice and Moral Theology”

Honorable mention: Kathryn Phillips, “Matrona of Perge and The Malleability of Ancient Sex and Gender”

Honorable mention: Kori Pacyniak, “Beyond ‘Male and Female He Created Them’: The Trans Tipping Point of Catholic Sexual Ethics”

Honorable mention: Tessa Harmon, “‘Straight But Not Narrow:’ Greg Johnson on Gay-Inclusion and New Rhetorical Campaigns within Academic White Nationalism in the United States”

Honorable mention: Misha Choudhry, “‘Let me LOOK at you’: Affective Negotiations of Muslim American Women”


Hannah Manshel, “Altogether Without Form”



The Department of Religious Studies invites submissions for the Holstein Graduate Prize in Religion and Social Justice. This annual prize awards a certificate of recognition and $500 to the author of the best paper or dissertation chapter written by a current graduate student at UCR within the previous year (since the prior year’s submission deadline), on a topic related to religion and social justice. Although graduate students in the Department of Religious Studies will receive primary consideration for this award, applications from outside the department will also be considered.

Papers may be published or unpublished, and should be no longer than 25,000 words (excerpts from a longer chapter or paper are acceptable, but please ensure that the resulting excerpted document is coherent). There is no minimum length. Applicants may only submit one paper or chapter each year. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee. To submit a paper, please send it as an email attachment in Word or PDF format to melissa.wilcox@ucr.edu by May 1, 2020.

The Holstein Graduate Prize is funded by the Holstein Family and Community Chair in Religious Studies at UCR, which was created through the generosity of Robert and Loretta Holstein and their family and friends.

For questions regarding the Holstein Graduate Prize or the submission process, please contact:

Melissa M. Wilcox, Professor and Holstein Family and Community Chair

Department of Religious Studies

University of California, Riverside

Riverside, CA 92506

Email: melissa.wilcox@ucr.edu