Nursing Clio Prize for Best Journal Article

The Nursing Clio Prize for Best Journal Article is awarded annually for the best peer-reviewed academic journal article on the intersection of gender and medical histories in English. The award consists of a $300 cash prize and a featured interview on the blog about the article.

For the 2024 prize, submissions are open to any article published in 2023, and we encourage self-nominations. Any Nursing Clio writer or reader is eligible with the exception of NC staff. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2024. Please send a PDF copy of the original article, as well as a PDF copy of the article without any identifying information (including your name and the name of the journal) to Co-Chairs of the committee Kristin Brig-Ortiz and Anna Weerasinghe, who can also address any questions on submissions. We will announce the winner in early September.

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The 2024 Prize Committee members: Emily Contois, Hannah Hicks, and Courtney Thompson; with Kristin Brig-Ortiz and Anna Weerasinghe serving as Co-Chairs.


Winner: Courtney E. Thompson, “Child-Mothers and Invisible Fathers: The Paradox of ‘Precocious Maternity’ and the Pervasiveness of Child Sexual Abuse in Nineteenth-Century America,” Journal of Women’s History, Volume 34, Number 4, Winter 2022, pp. 125-146

Honorable Mention: Hannah Katherine Hicks, “A Conjure Woman in Court: African American Conjurers as Health Practitioners and Performative Poisoners in the Post-Emancipation South,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Volume 96, Number 4, Winter 2022, pp. 639-660


Winner: Elizabeth O’Brien, “The Many Meanings of Aborto: Pregnancy Termination and the Instability of a Medical Category over Time,” Women’s History Review 30, no. 6 (2021): 952–970.

Honorable Mention: Rachel Elder, “White Suits and Kangaroo Kills: Making Men’s Careers in American Nursing,” Gender and History 34, no. 1 (March 2022): 153-178.

Honorable Mention: Adria L. Imada, “Family History as Disability History: Native Hawaiians Surviving Medical Incarceration,” Disability Studies Quarterly 41, no. 4 (Fall 2021): 1-27.


Winner: Carla Cevasco, “‘Look’d Like Milk’: Colonialism and Infant Feeding in the English Atlantic World,” Journal of Early American History 10, no. 2–3 (2020): 147–178.

     Read an interview with Carla about this article.

Honorable Mention: Sarah Mellors, “The Trouble with Rubbers: A History of Condoms in Modern China,” NAN NÜ, 20, no. 1 (2020): 150–178.


Winner: Wangui Muigai, “‘Something Wasn’t Clean’: Black Midwifery, Birth, and Postwar Medical Education in All My Babies,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 93, no. 1 (Spring 2019): 82–113.

     Read an interview with Wangui about this article.

Honorable Mention: Travis Weisse, “‘Alone in a Sea of Rib-Tips’: Alvenia Fulton, Natural Health, and the Politics of Soul Food,” Journal of the History of Medicine and the Allied Sciences 74, no. 3 (July 2019): 292–315.

     Read an interview with Travis about this article.