Marian Mullin Hancock Teaching Award Recipients

2017 Recipient

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Janet Kourany, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Janet Kourany is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, Fellow of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values and Concurrent Faculty in Gender Studies. She is also on the Steering Committee of the History and Philosophy of Science Program. Kourany’s research areas include philosophy of science, science and social values, agnotology, and feminist philosophy (especially feminist epistemology and philosophy of science). Her books related to gender studies include Philosophy of Science after Feminism (Oxford University Press, 2010), The Gender of Science (Prentice-Hall, 2002), Feminist Philosophies (with James Sterba and Rosemarie Tong; Prentice-Hall, 1999, 1992), and Philosophy in a Feminist Voice (Princeton University Press, 1998).

Dr. Kourany’s students described her as a “generous and dedicated mentor” who expresses a genuine interest in her students and cares for them “both in the classroom and outside of it.”  Students wrote that her classes are “extremely unique, captivating, and well thought out,” and described her as one of the “strongest and most innovative teachers” in the Philosophy department.  Both former students and Dr. Jeff Speaks, the chair of Philosophy, noted how challenging Dr. Kourany's courses are.  In addition, Dr. Speaks noted that Dr. Kourany is committed to improving teaching in her home department.

Gender Studies courses taught by Janet Kourany:
Theories of Sexual Difference (undergraduate)
Gender and Science (undergraduate)
The Science-Gender Connection (graduate/undergraduate)
Science and Social Values (graduate/undergraduate)
Forbidden Knowledge (graduate/undergraduate)
Feminist Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (graduate)
Philosophy in a Different Voice: Feminist Perspectives on Knowledge (undergraduate)


2016 Recipient

Abigail Palko, Associate Director, Gender Studies Program

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Abigail L. Palko holds an appointment in Gender Studies; she is also a Fellow of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and an affiliate faculty member of the Department of Africana Studies. Dr. Palko’s research focuses on contemporary (modernist and postcolonial) Anglophone literature, specializing in Irish and Caribbean novels; she examines questions of gender and sexuality, especially the construction and representation of motherhood. Her book, Imagining Motherhood in Contemporary Irish and Caribbean Literature, is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan. She teaches Introduction to Gender Studies and Gender Studies electives (including Monstrous Mothers of Literature, Jane’s Heirs, Reading Joyce and Walcott, Caribbean Women Writers, and (En)Gendering Revolution). She is also the faculty supervisor of the Gender Studies Program’s Teaching Apprenticeship.

Abby’s students emphasized her ability to make difficult topics palatable.  One student wrote that she “masterfully crafted lively discussions to ensure that all voices – especially those of undergraduates – were heard in the classroom.  Few other professors have so subtly and successfully crafted a classroom safe space.”  Another commended her care for students beyond the classroom: “She always makes time for her students …to support them and encourage them in any way possible…She has gone above and beyond the requirements of her job in order to see her students flourish.”

Gender Studies courses taught by Abigail Palko:
GSC 10001/20001: Introduction to Gender Studies
GSC 20509: Miranda’s Meaning/Sycorax’s Speech: Caribbean Women Writers
GSC 30535: Dublin Streets to Caribbean Beaches: Reading Joyce and Walcott
GSC 30628: (En)Gendering Revolution: Literature of the Irish Fight for Independence
GSC 40508/60508: Jane’s Heirs
GSC 40512/60512: Monstrous Mothers of Literature
GSC 43514/63514: Body Politics 
GSC 43603/63403: Mother Nature?: An Interdisciplinary Introduction to Motherhood Studies