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Lori Jo Marso, the Doris Zemurray Stone Professor of Modern Literary and Historical Studies and professor of political science, won two major awards at the recent American Political Science Association Meetings in Boston.

Lori Jo Marso, the Doris Zemurray Stone Professor of Modern Literary and Historical Studies and professor of political science

Lori Jo Marso

Marso received the Pamela Jensen Book Award for “Politics with Beauvoir: Freedom in the Encounter,” her 2017 book that delves into the political mind of the French feminist, philosopher and writer.

The award citation notes the book “addresses philosophically subtle points with exceptional lucidity; it is almost casually and certainly persuasively intersectional. Throughout, Marso weaves her own voice together with Beauvoir’s, Arendt’s, Richard Wright’s, Fanon’s, and many more, moving fluidly but not over-lightly between complex thoughts in a matter-of-fact, readily accessible way. In the spirit of Beauvoir, the book shows the importance of engaging such works as serious occasions for political and feminist thought, while making a strong, original argument for Beauvoir's continuing importance.  The text’s hallmark is a lively engagingness—a vividness that refuses to sacrifice nuance, but rather carries the reader along through—that most writers admire and that few achieve.”

She was also honored with the Wilson Carey McWilliams Award for the Best Paper in Politics, Literature and Film for “Feminist Cringe Comedy: Dear Dick, The Joke Is on You,” which was published this past summer in the journal Politics and Gender.  The paper is part of a new book Marso is writing, “Addressing Patriarchy: Feminism's Anger, Cringe, Longing.”

Both awards include a monetary prize.

Marso is the author and editor of several books, including “W Stands for Women: How the George W. Bush Presidency Shaped a New Politics of Gender,” and “Feminist Thinkers and the Demands of Femininity: The Lives and Work of Intellectual Women.”

She joined Union in 1997.

Founded in 1903, the American Political Science Association is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 12,000 members in more than 80 countries.