Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Undergraduate student wins second prize in PSA essay competition

02 July 2015 |

International Relations student Natalie Lovell, has been awarded second prize in the Political Studies Association essay competition.

Natalie's essay, 'Critically examine the importance of ‘intersectionality’ for feminist political theory and activism', was submitted by Dr Alexa Athelstan and addresses the analytical benefits of intersectionality to feminist theory. The competition was judged by Dr Fran Amery (University of Bath), who remarked: "This essay draws on the work of Anna Carastathis to argue that intersectionality provides four principal benefits to feminist political theory: simultaneity, complexity, irreducibility and inclusivity. Each of these analytical benefits is exposited with textbook-perfect precision, and the essay demonstrates an extremely sophisticated grasp of the intersectionality literature."

Natalie has been invited to formally accept her prize at the annual conference taking place in June next year.

This is the second consecutive year that an International Relations student has been awarded this prize.

Further information can be found on the Political Studies Association website.

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