Endowed by former Executive Secretary Keith Welsh, professor of interdisciplinary
studies at Webster University in St. Louis,the William and Mary Burgan Prize encourages
young scholar-teachers and acknowledges the contributions of Bill and Mary Burgan to
Victorian studies and to this association. The award honors two people who are
admirable scholar/teachers in their own right, and who, during their distinguished
service at Indiana University, always evidenced sincere care and concern for graduate
students. Bill and Mary Burgan have long been mainstays of Victorian studies, and each
has done significant interdisciplinary work. But in addition to being fine scholars and
fine teachers, they are wonderful human beings.
The William and Mary Burgan Prize for the Outstanding Presentation by a Graduate
Student at the Midwest Victorian Studies Association conference recognizes a graduate
student who exemplifies the qualities of an excellent teacher as well as a capable
scholar by giving a presentation that demonstrates "teacherly" qualities. Criteria include
an unhurried, well-organized presentation that meets the time limits; good eye contact
with the audience; effective use of visual and verbal aids (though visual aids are not a
requirement); an obvious passion for the work presented; and grace in handling
questions at the end. In short, the winner of the Burgan Prize should demonstrate
promise as a teacher as well as a scholar.
Previous Burgan Prize winners:
2011: Laura Golobish (University of Georgia), "Building a Pocket Cathedral"
2010: Alisha R. Walters (University of Toronto), "Racial Diversity and British Nationality in Wilkie Collins's
Armadale" and Joseph Stubenrauch (Indiana University), "Evangelical Geographies: Religious Tourism and
Souvenirs in Early Victorian Britain"
2009: Jennifer Warfel Juszkiewicz (Notre Dame), "The Iron Library: Victorian England and the Creation of the
2008: Philip Steer (Duke University), “Guerrillas in the Midst: Settler Colonization and the British Invasion Novel”
2007: Kimberly Hereford (University of Washington), "G.F. Watts' Female Portraits and the Grosvenor Gallery: A
Union of Style and Symbolism"
2006: Teresa Huffman Traver (Notre Dame), "When Autobiography Does Theology: Development in Newman's
2005: Marty Gould (University of Iowa), "Around the World in 80 Plays: Drama and Empire in the Nineteenth
2003: Marty Gould (University of Iowa), "Rational, National Show: The Theatrical Career of the Great Exhibition"
2002: Sara L. Maurer (Indiana University) "Redefining the Bounds of Property, Re-enforcing the Borders of
Empire: Ulster Custom, 'Ancient Law', and the Land Act of 1870"
2001: Sarah Heidt (Cornell University), "Executing Autobiographies: The Case of John Addington Symonds and