We are committed.

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies is dedicated to the promotion of research and teaching in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian women's, gender, and sexuality studies, and to the support of scholars who identify as women or LGBTQIA.


Become a Member.

We welcome those of any gender identity who study women, gender, and sexuality in Slavic and Eurasian studies, as well as women working in any field pertaining to the region.

Membership rates are as follows:

Lifetime Membership // $400 (one time)
Graduate Student / Low Income // $15 Annually
Salary is LESS than 30K/year // $30 Annually
Salary is MORE than 30K/year // $40 Annually
Contributor // $55 Annually
Friend of AWSS // $100 Annually
Institutional Membership // $100 Annually

AWSS is Community.


Please join AWSS at the ASEEES Convention in Philadelphia! AWSS will be hosting its annual Reception and Awards Ceremony on Friday Dec 1, 7-9 pm at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Salon E) and we would be delighted to see you there.

We are also sponsoring a roundtable this year on issues that disproportionately affect women in higher education:

Navigating Academia: Equity Issues in University Employment. Sat, December 2, 12-1:45 pm. Speakers: Ronald P. Bobroff (Chair, Bryant Univ.), Betsy Jones Hemenway (Loyola Univ. Chicago), Emily Schuckman Matthews (San Diego State), Laurie S. Stoff (Arizona State).

Among other events, let me note the AWSS Mentoring Happy Hour. Thu, November 30, 5-7pm (with reduced-price drinks and appetizers from 5-6pm, so come early) at Bru Craft and Wurst, 1318 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. If possible, RSVP  to Karen Petrone,, by Mon, November 27, but if you forget, come anyway!

Also consider attending the ASEEES Committee on Gender Equity Town Hall meeting (Fri, December 1, 6.15-7pm, immediately before the AWSS Reception). This will be an open discussion of gender equity in the profession and a report on the committee’s tasks and findings.

As always, there are many other panels and roundtables of interest relating to AWSS and to its mission. I will list here just a handful of the many that feature new research in the study of women, gender, and sexuality and also directly involve AWSS officers and board members. We hope to see you at some of these!

We foster community through regular gatherings at annual and biennial conferences, collaboration with other affiliate organizations, frequent communication through our listserv as well as informal networking opportunities. We also connect with our members via social media. Please find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Read the current issue of Women East-West 

Herlihy Prize Fundraising

In 2020 AWSS launched a fundraising effort to support a graduate research prize in honor of Patricia Herlihy and her incredible contributions to both the study of Ukraine as well as her support for multiple generations of scholars across disciplines engaged in study on Ukraine and its neighbors. Please consider making a donation to support the future of the field and honor the memory of a scholar who did so much to shape the field and her discipline. Select the Herlihy Prize For Graduate Research option on the drop-down menu through the Paypal link below.

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awss prizes and awards


AWSS awards prizes to scholars at all stages of their careers. We support the work of individuals who embody our organization's values and mission each year through the following awards.

  • The Graduate Research and Graduate Essay Prizes are awarded to scholars at the beginning of their careers.
  • The Mary Zirin Prize recognizes independent scholars.
  • The Outstanding Achievement Award is given to senior scholars for their mentoring and scholarship.
  • The Heldt Prizes recognize outstanding books and articles in several categories.