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August 1, 2015

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Bogdan Popa is the 2015 recipient of the Kenneth Sherrill Best Dissertation Award of the Sexuality and Politics section of the American Political Science Association for his work titled "Parting Company with the opinion of the world":Shame and political agency in nieteenth century feminist activism. The award will be formally announced and presented to at the Sexuality & Politics business meeting of the 2015 APSA conference (Friday, 9/4, 6:30pm, room TBA). 

Founded in 2007 the objective of the Sexuality and Politics Section is to bring together scholars working in a variety of areas within political science to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and to foster intellectual community and expertise within the APSA.

The Kenneth Sherrill Best Dissertation Award recognizes the best dissertation on sexuality and politics completed and successfully defended in the previous two calendar years. The award is open to all scholarship that falls under the broad rubric of sexuality and politics, including studies concerning the regulation of sexuality, political responses to the regulation of sexuality, the uses of sexuality as a political construct, the intersections of sexuality with gender, race, and class, or LGBT politics and mobilizations.

From the Awards Committee - It gives me great pleasure to inform you that the 2015 Sherrill Award Committee (Phil Ayoub, Susan Burgess and Shawn Schulenberg) has unanimously decided to award this year's prize to Dr. Bogdan Popa. By advocating for a more expansive view of feminist agency, this excellent dissertation nuances what we know about concepts commonly invoked in the field of sexuality and politics, such as shame and silence. In doing so, Popa's dissertation brings together queer theory and feminist theory in an interesting way, through the concept of shame and the performance of sex radicality in Victorian England. It is ambitious, well-written and provocative and as such worthy of the Sherrill Award.

Bogdan Popa is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Oberlin College during the 2015-16 academic year.