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 2023 prize, submissions are open to any article published in 2022, and we encourage self-nominations. Any Nursing Clio writer or reader is eligible with the exception of NC staff. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2023. 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 Chair of the committee Averill Earls, Chair, who can also address any questions on submissions. We will announce the winner in early September.

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The 2023 Prize Committee members: Elizabeth O’Brien; Rachel Elder; Jacki Antonovich; and Averill Earls (Chair).


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.