american men's studies Association

advancing the critical study of men and masculinities  

The Loren Frankel Memorial Scholarship

The Board of Directors of the American Men’s Studies Association established the Loren Frankel Student Scholarship Fund in 2005. The fund is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Loren Frankel, a young professor of psychology at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia who died tragically in an automobile accident in 2004. Dr. Frankel was known as an inspiring teacher, an accomplished scholar, and a respected colleague. He presented several papers on adolescent sexuality and male heterosexual identity at AMSA’s annual conferences.

The Scholarship Fund supports students and early career professionals engaged in the critical study of men and masculinities like Dr. Frankel.

After achieving its original goal of $10,000 to provide scholarships of up to $500 each year to a qualified student or students attending and presenting at the annual AMSA Interdisciplinary Conference on Men and Masculinities, the AMSA Board extended the goal to $20,000 and expanded the fund to include initiatives in support of early career academics and professionals.

Apply for the Frankel Scholarship

Graduate and undergraduate students accepted to present a paper or poster project at the annual AMSA conference are eligible for the award.  In the case of multiple authors, the applicant should indicate that s/he is responsible for at least 50% of the project being presented. 

Applications include:

  • brief biographical information, including current contact information and institutional affiliation (if any)

  • the title and abstract of the paper or poster accepted for presentation at the AMSA conference

  • a paragraph describing the importance of their project to their professional and intellectual development.

The committee will evaluate applications on content, quality, and the student’s potential for making a contribution to the field of men’s studies.

Questions regarding the scholarship or the application process can be directed to Dr. Frank Karioris.

2021 Application Portal coming soon

past scholarship awardees


2019 Awardee

Zhiqiu Benson Zhou is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric and Public Culture with a certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University: "The Myth of “More 0s than 1s”: Masculine Obsession and Anxiety in Chinese Gay Community."




2018 Awardees

Brandon Alston, a doctoral student in Sociology at Northwestern University: “Discreet Wisdom: The Construction of Black Women’s Sexual Health Risk as a Rationale to Sexually Surveil Black Men to Detect Down Low Men.”



Noah Barth, an M.A. student in Heritage Studies and Public History at the University of Minnesota: “Heritage of the Harness: Tracking Masculinity, Sexual Expression, and Commodification Through Fetish Adornment.”



Juan Carlos Mezo Gonz├ílez, a doctoral student in History at the University of Toronto: “Queer Machos: Masculinity, Race, and Class in the 1980s Mexican Gay Press.” 



Alyssa Newman, a doctoral candidate in Sociology with an emphasis in Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara: “Desiring the Standard Light Skin: Black Multiracial Boys, Masculinity, and Exotification.”



2017 Awardee

Steven L. Dashiell, a Language, Literacy and Culture Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland – Baltimore County: “Analysis of Masculinity Constructions and Performances in New Media.”



2016 Awardee

Shakeisha Wilson, a Commonwealth Development Scholar pursuing full-time doctoral studies at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand: “Challenging, reconciling and renegotiating masculinity in the context of ARV treatment for HIV positive men in Jamaica.”



2015 Awardees

Sayed Mahdi Mosawi, a Ph.D. candidate at Hacettepe University of Turkey: “‘Gender Neither Ours Nor From Our Culture, West Countries Brought It To Us’ Challenges of Engaging Afghan Men in Gender Equality: A Case Study in Kabul, Afghanistan.”



Krizia Nardini, PhD Candidate at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona and Utrecht University: “Men’s Mobilizations for Gender Justice: Thinking Through G/Local Strategies and Challenges Starting from the Italian and SpanishCases.”



2014 Awardees

Markus Gerke, doctoral student in Sociology at Stony Brook University: “Appropriation of Feminist Rhetoric in the Panic about Boy’s Education."



Michael J. Goebel, doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies at George Mason and Iowa State Universities: “Beached White Male: Imperiled Masculinity in the Great Recession.”



Nicholas Marino, doctoral candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at Purdue University: “Masculinity: The Writing Classroom and the Interdisciplinary Study of Men and Masculinity.”



2013 Awardee

Jeffrey T. Yamashita of the University of California, Berkeley: “Contesting Asian Settler Colonialism: Gendering the Native Hawai’ian Sovereignty Movement through Sudden Rush’s Era (2006).”


2012 Awardee

Mary Manning, a doctoral Candidate and Teaching Assistant in the Department of Art History at Rutgers University: “Monet’s Vulnerable Masculinity in Frederic Bazille’s ‘The Improvised Field Hospital.'”



2011 Awardee

Justine Johnson, a graduate student in the Gender and Women’s Studies Department at Minnesota State University at Mankato: “Hegan: The Emergence of a New Male Vegan.”



2010 Awardee

Ryan Farnkopf, a graduate student at European University: “A Performance of Authenticity: Masculinity and ‘Forgiveness’ in 21st Century Presidential Politics.”



2009 Awardee

Yiu-tung Suen, a doctoral student in Sociology at St. Antony’s College of Oxford University: “The Invisible Older Men’s Bodies: a Review and Ways Ahead.”


2008 Awardee

Chien-Chen Kung, a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York: “Masculinities and leisure: The middle age men’s car culture of American white working class.”



2007 Awardees

Paola Ehrmantraut is a graduate student in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Washington University in St. Louis: “Fuckland: Traces of Nationalism, Gender and Violence in Democratic Argentina.” 



Keith Frazee is a graduate student at the University of Missouri at Columbia: “Male College Students & How the University Can Help Turn Them into Men.”



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