The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women Announces Book Award

The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women is honoring the editors of the book Feliciana Enrîquez de Guzmán, Ana Caro Mallén, and Sor Marcela de San Félix: Women Playwrights of Early Modern Spain (ACMRS Publications, 2016) as the best scholarly work published in 2016 in the field of early modern women and gender. The award will be presented at the Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference in Milwaukee on October 28.

The book’s editors are Nieves Romero-Diaz, professor of Spanish and chair of the department of Romance languages and culture at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and Lisa Vollendorf, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Sonoma State University in California. They will share the award with Harley Erdman, a professor of theater at the University of Massachusetts, who translated the 10 plays featured in the book.

Nieves Romero-Diaz joined the faculty at Mount Holyoke College in 1999. She is conducting research on the intersections between gender and politics during the reign of Philip IV of Spain. Professor Romero-Diaz is a graduate of the Universidad de Cordoba in Spain. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.

Lisa Vollendorf became provost at Sonoma State University earlier this year. Since 2012, she was dean of the College of Humanities and Arts at San Jose State University. Earlier in her career, she taught at California State University, Long Beach, Wayne State University in Detroit, and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. A native of Colorado, Dr. Vollendorf earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish at Colorado State University. She earned a Ph.D. in Romance languages from the University of Pennsylvania.

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