Essay Competition


PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group



 The PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group is delighted to announce our 2018 undergraduate essay competition winners:

First Prize – ‘Discuss the relationship between the body and the state: Exploring the state’s use of biopower in the USA during the HIV/AIDS outbreak’, Natasha Jokic, University of Bath

Natasha is a Politics with Economics graduate and will be going on to do a masters in digital journalism at New York University. She wrote the essay after reading the play Angels In America by Tony Kushner.

Second Prize – ‘May the best (wo)man win’? Assessing the effect of political competition on the nomination of female aspirants in Germany’s first electoral tier’, Cecilia Tenge-Rietberg, University of Durham

After graduating in PPE at Durham (w. First-class honours) Cecilia is taking one or two years off from studying in order to gain some practical work and life experience in the field of politics. She is hoping to work in the political sector but throughout this academic ‘break’, will continue to do quantitative research as a co-author with professors she worked with at Durham. Following this time-off, she plans on doing a Masters or PhD in the UK/US, hopefully in the field of public policy.

Congratulations to our winners!



2016 winners:

First Prize – Sebastian Wigdell Bowcott (University of Leeds) ‘Critically assess the implications of postcolonial theory for our understanding of contemporary feminist politics’

Second Prize – Pablo Perez Ruiz (University of Edinburgh) ‘Is globalisation good for women?’

2015 winners:

First Prize – Letty Davis (SOAS) ‘Pinkwashing and Homonationalism: Gender, Sexuality, and Power in Israel’

Second Prize – Natalie Lovell (University of Leeds) ‘Critically examine the importance of ‘intersectionality’ for feminist political theory and activism’

2014 winners:

1st Prize: Ellen Friend (University of Bristol) ‘Hunting Witches: Media Representations of “Non-Compliant” Woman MPs’

2nd Prize: Rhian Williams (University of Leeds) ‘To what extent is Butler’s account of gender performativity helpful for understanding contemporary feminist politics?’

2013 winners: 

1st prize: Jessica Firth (University of Edinburgh) Does the Rise of the Global Sex Industry Represent Progress or Failure for Feminism?

2nd prize: Daniela Filipa Martins Cabral (Queen Mary, University of London) Can women ever benefit from emphasising their difference to men?

2012 winners:

1st: Rebecca Tildesley (University of Bristol) To what extent does Prime Minister’s Questions marginalise women because of its highly masculinised form?

2nd: Emily Hazell (UWE) Is feminism a comprehensive ideology

2010 winner: Alexandra Hurcikova (University of Edinburgh)

2009 winner: Peter Allen (Queen Mary, University of London)

2008 winners: Naomi Ralph (University of Edinburgh), Sara Ansari (Queen Mary, University of London), Peg Murray Evans (University of Sheffield)

2007 winner: Charlotte Coles (University of Edinburgh)

2006 winner: Catherine MacDonald (University of Edinburgh)

2005 winner: Lorna Robbins (University of Bristol)

2004 winner: Christina Eason (University of Manchester)