Jessie Bernard Contribution to Feminist Scholarship Paper Award

2019 Recipient - Autumn Bermea, Ph.D., Ohio State University
“Developing Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in Service Provision for Queer Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence”


This award is presented in memory of Jessie Bernard, a former member of the NCFR Board of Directors and a pioneer in the field of feminist family studies. Dr. Bernard declared herself a feminist in 1970 and is known for her celebrated description of “his” and “her” marriages. She was a board member of the American Sociological Association, the Groves Conference on Marriage and Family, and NCFR. This award recognizes a graduate student or new professional who has published or is about to publish a paper using feminist frameworks and methodologies in research.


The award recipient receives up to $350 in travel allowance, up to $95 toward the NCFR Annual Conference registration to accept the award, and a plaque. The award is presented at the beginning of a plenary session at the NCFR Annual Conference.


Nominees should be graduate students or new professionals (with up to five years of post-doctoral work). Their papers should contribute to feminist scholarship about families and the use of feminist frameworks and methods.

Membership in NCFR or the Feminism and Family Studies Section is not required.

Nomination/application process

The applicant should submit a:

  • Cover letter (Authors should identify themselves only in their cover letters so that all entries can be reviewed anonymously – all identifying references should be removed from the paper or proposal submissions);
  • Abstract of 150 words or less;
  • Paper not exceeding 35 manuscript pages (Applicants should be the sole author or first author of the paper. Both published and unpublished papers will be considered, although the paper should be at near-submission status).

Only one submission per category will be accepted from any applicant.


May 15: Application deadline. Submit all materials to [email protected]
July 31: The recipient is notified by this date