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Dr. Gwendoline M. Alphonso

Associate Professor of Politics
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  • Winner of the 2016 Ellis Hawley Award for Best Article Published in the Journal of Policy History by a junior scholar in the past two years, for the article, "From Need to Hope: The American Family and Poverty in the Partisan Discourse," Journal of Policy History 27:4 (2015) 592-635
  • Winner of the 2012 Water Dean Burnham Best Dissertation Award in Politics & History, American Political Science Association. Dissertation:“Hearth and Soul Regimes: Political Parties, Family Ideologies, and the Development of Social Policy in the 20th Century.” (Cornell University, 2011).


  •  Law and Society Association, Early Career Workshop Award, 2013
  • Jack Miller Center, Summer Institute Fellow, University of Virginia, July 2013
  • Cornell University, Beatrice Brown Award,  Women's Studies Program, 2002
  • Cornell University,  Recognition of Outstanding Work for the Advancement of Women, 2001



  • Fairfield University, Humanities Institute Seminar, Fellow, 2017-19
  • University of Virginia, Miller Center Fellowship, Miller Center of Public Affairs, 2009-2010
  • American Political Science Association, Travel Grant, 2010.
  • Cornell University, Andrew Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, Department of Government, 2008-2009
  • George Mason University, Humane Studies Fellowship,Institute for Humane Studies, 2007, 2008,2009
  • Cornell University, American Studies Graduate Research Grant, 2008, 2010
  • Cornell University, Walter LaFeber Fellowship (with Professor Richard Bensel), Department of Government, 2007
  • Social Science Historical Association/Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research, Jerome Clubb Award, to attend Quantitative Historical Analysis summer workshop, 2006
  • Cornell University Law School, Dorothea S Clarke Fellowship for Jurisprudence, 2000
  • Cornell University Law School, Gender, Sexuality and the Family Research Fellowship, research exchange fellowship with York University, School of Law, Toronto, Canada, 2002


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