Bryn Mawr College’s Anita Kurimay Wins the Reginald Zelnik Book Prize for Her Work on Slavic Studies

Anita Kurimay, an assistant professor of history at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, has been named the winner of the prestigious Reginald Zelnik Book Prize in History. The prize is awarded by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), one of the premier organizations dedicated to the advancement of Slavic studies.

Dr. Kurimay was honored for her book Queer Budapest: 1873-1961 (University of Chicago Press, 2020). The book explores the history of non-normative sexualities as they were understood and experienced in Hungary between the birth of the capital as a unified metropolis in 1873 and the decriminalization of male homosexuality in 1961.

Dr. Kurimay’s main research interests include the history of sexuality, women’s and gender history, conservativism and the politics of the far right, the history of human rights, and the history of sport.

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Kurimay holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She earned a Ph.D. at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

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