Cora Segal (she/her), first year MA student in UW-Madison’s Department of Gender & Women’s Studies has been awarded the 2022 Irving K. Zola Emerging Scholar Award. The Irving K. Zola Emerging Scholar Award is an annual prize administered by the Society for Disability Studies (SDS). Named after the late activist and Disability Studies Professor Irving Zola, the award recognizes upcoming scholars both inside and outside of academia, whose writing pertains to disability justice and/or Disability Studies. The award includes recognition at the upcoming SDS Conference and publishing the winner’s manuscript in the Disability Studies Quarterly journal.
Cora applied for the award as part of her undergraduate thesis titled “Against Productivity & Liberal Pity: A Case Study in Prison Abolition & Disability Justice.” Dr. Sami Schalk, Cora’s MA Advisor writes, “This is a significant achievement reflecting the importance of Cora’s work as an emerging scholar in the field of disability studies. This award has at times gone to doctoral students and new assistant professors, so for one of our masters students to win is huge. Cora is an innovative thinker deeply invested in social justice and we as a department are thrilled to congratulate her on this accomplishment.” Congratulations, Cora!