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Queen's University

Social Justice and Equity Essay Prize

Awarded by the Department of Sociology Equity Committee

Please Note:  There will not be an essay competition for the 2013-2014 academic year.


2012-2013 Essay Prize Winners:

  • Lynn Ly - Essay Title:  "Why I went to the Slut Walk", winnter for 1st - 2nd year 
  • Jeffrey Ingold - Essay title:"Israel and the Pink Dollar:  Deconstructing the Settler Homonationalist Discourse Embedded in Israeli-LGBT-Propaganda Films Represented by "The Invisible Men"", Winner for 3rd - 4th year  

2011-2012 Essay Prize Winners:

  • Julie Zulver - Essay Title:  "The Measures of Motherhood:  Examining the Feminist Geographies of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo", winner for 1st - 2nd year
  • Myra Shivanandan - Essay Title:"Skating on Thin Ice:  Hockey, Whiteness and Canadian Identity", winner for 3rd - 4th year

2010-2011 Essay Prize Winners:

  • Katharine Wolff - Essay Title:  The Correlation between Feminism and Agricultural Transition", winner for 1st - 2nd year
  • Alissa Warner - Essay Title:"Beyond Pro-Choice:  Reproductive Justice and Inequality within the Feminist Movement", winner for 3rd - 4th year

2008-2009 Essay Prize Winners

  • Fraser MacPherson - Essay Title:  "The Legacy of Residential Schools:  The Birth of a Canadian Social Movement for Indigenous Rights," written for SOCY 122
  • Lauren Howrood - Essay Title:  "Socially Constructing Normative Masculinities in the West," written for SOCY 403


We encourage students to write on topics including, but not limited to:
  • social justice, social change, community organizing and development, activism;
  • poverty, class oppression;
  • racialization, racism, anti-racism;
  • feminist movements and feminist theory;
  • colonialism, post-colonialism, anti-imperialism;
  • indigeneity;
  • sexual and gender diversity, queer theory;
  • intersectionality;
  • disapora, migration, transnationality, immigration policy


  • Best essay in a 3rd or 4th year course will be acknowledged and awarded a prize.
  • Best essay in a 1st or 2nd year course will be acknowledged and awarded a prize.

Students with winning essays may have the opportunity to distribute their work more widely as, for example, a short presentation or at a student conference. Award winners will be announced in the department and in campus publications.

To Submit

We ask instructors (all faculty, teaching fellows, and TAs) to encourage and nominate essays in the areas above. Independent entries are also acceptable. Essays should have been written for an undergraduate course with a ‘socy’ number within the current academic year. Essays will be judged by members of the Sociology Equity Committee.


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