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Nadine Suleiman Naber Awarded 2022 Carl Bode-Norman Holmes Pearson Prize

Honoring two influential scholars who were integral in the early movement to institutionalize American studies, the Carl Bode-Norman Holmes Pearson Prize recognizes the outstanding achievement of an individual who has dedicated a lifetime of work to the mission and values of American studies.

Dr. Nadine Suleiman Naber’s accomplishments are summarized in the nomination letter by Dr. Evelyn Alsultany: “Dr. Naber’s work has markedly transformed and updated the field of American Studies around some of the most urgent issues of our times. Her extraordinary contributions reverberate across many areas in our field, producing groundbreaking impacts theoretically, internationally, methodologically, publicly, and institutionally. Influenced by scholars and mentors such as Ella Shohat, Angela Davis, Vicente Diaz, and Kent Ono, Dr. Naber is one of our field’s leading scholars in the areas of transnational Arab and decolonial abolitionist feminisms. Dr. Naber has created and legitimized indispensable methodologies for conducting responsible and accountable relationships with grassroots BIPOC communities striving to live on their lands and in their communities with safety, dignity, and freedom. By mentoring faculty and students to ‘Liberate their Research’ and collectively founding and leading several academic programs and community-based organizations, Dr. Naber has institutionalized the contributions named above across campuses, national and disciplinary borders, and communities, and has therefore given permission to more and more American Studies scholars to continue growing intersectional, decolonial, transnational, social movement-led research and practice.”

Professor Naber was a Faculty Fellow at the UIC Institute for the Humanities in 2019-20. She will receive this award at the American Studies Association Conference in New Orleans on November 3.