Palm Research Grant Recipients

In addition to our major research threads and published studies, the Palm Center supports independent scholarship through research and travel grants of up to $500 for individuals who study gender, sexuality and the military. Contact us for more information about how to apply.


Jacob Eleazer, PhD candidate at University of Louisville, Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology on Transgender Service in the MIlitary, in particular the voices of actively serving trans* U.S. military personnel and the impact of exclusionary policies on their identity process, experiences of discrimination, career decision-making, and access to care

Yorick Smaal, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow at Griffith University in Australia, with Dr. Graham Willett at the University of Melbourne, on homosexuality and the Australian armed forces in World War II. The study can be found here:  'A Homosexual Institution':Same-sex Desire in the Army During WW II

Sarah Watkins, PhD candidate at the University of California Santa Barbara, Department of History, on the role of polygynous marriages and intimate male relationships in the expansion of the nineteenth century Rwandan state with particular attention to the Rwandan military.

Ari Waldman, J.D. faculty at California Western School of Law, an article entitled "Military Justice is Alive and Well, a Response to Dr. Gregor."

Diane Terp, student in the Smith College School of Social Work, research and design materials for non-military mental health care providers to deliver post-deployment reintegration and follow-on support to returning GLBT servicemembers and their families.

Chad Bates, PhD candidate at The University of Liverpool School of Law, Department of Social Sciences and Policy, on best practices for integrating Lesian and Gay personnel into military service in the United States.

Trevor Ditzler, MA candidate at King's College London, War Studies Department, for his media analysis of the Clinton and Obama presidencies respectively, and exploring the national narratives that were used to either defend or critique DADT.

Dena Samuels, PhD candidate at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, for her survey on faculty preparedness for building cultural inclusiveness.

Dr. Terri Moore Brown, with Fayetteville State University, for her survey on military ministries to LGBT families.

Jo Ann Santangelo, documentary photographer, for her multimedia project "I am an American Soldier:LGBT Veterans."

Jill Weinberg, PhD candidate at Northwestern University for her project titled: Negotiating Sexuality: The Organizational Adaptation of Gay and Lesbian Couples and Families in Light of "Don't Ask Don't Tell."

The Bud Robbins Memorial Fellowship to Liz Montegary of the University of California, Davis for a chapter of her dissertation investigating how militarized ways of traveling have historically shaped the formation of lesbian and gay politics in the U.S.

Dr. Alison Keleher Crutchfield of California Polytechnic State University and Dr. Eric R. A. N. Smith of the University of California, Santa Barbara for their presentation at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, titled, "Explaining the Growing Support for Gay and Lesbian equality since 1990."

Jessi Gan, PhD Candidate at the University of Michigan for review of archives at the University of Michigan's Bentley Library, from Elaine Donnelly, Director of the Center for Military Readiness.

Dr. Karl Bryant of the State University of New York at New Paltz, and Dr. Kristen Schilt of the University of Chicago for a white paper on findings from the first major survey of transgender veterans and servicemembers.

Kevin Wegener, graduate student at Harvard School of Business, for research on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [LGBT] servicemembers serving in the military since 9/11, for a book-length project.

Oren Pizmony Levy of Indiana University for analyzing data based on a survey conducted with the Israeli Gay Youth Organization of current Israeli service members about their subjective experiences in the military.

Charlie Law of Rice University for polling current United States service members about gays in the military and the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Jennifer Caldwell, Ph.D. candidate in Theatre at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for research at the National Archives and Records Administration to study G.I. minstrel and variety show performer, Peaches del Monte.

Emerald M. Archer, PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara for research on women who become suicide bombers.

Dr. Joan K. F. Heggie of the School of Social Science and Law at the University of Teesside for research on lesbians in the British Armed Forces since January 2000.

Dr. Ann Marie Nicolosi of the College of New Jersey for developing a syllabus which includes materials on gays in the military.Ann Marie Nicolosi of the College of New Jersey for developing a syllabus which includes materials on gays in the military.

John O'Donnell Rosales for research on Loretta Janeta Velasquez, a Cuban born woman who fought in the Confederate Army.

Monica Ayhens of East Carolina University for Master's thesis research on the history of sodomy in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic War.

Dr. Chris Madsen of the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, for a book project titled "The Canadian Soldier and the Law."

Jill Allyson Rough, Graduate Research Assistant at George Mason University, for research on critical language skills and the impact of "don't ask, don't tell" on the Department of Defense.

Steve Gratwick of the International Documentary Association and a graduate student at the University of Southern California for work on a documentary on the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Dr. Terence Kissack of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society, for producing "Out Ranks: Gay and Lesbian Military Service from World War II to Iraq," the first exhibit to focus exclusively on GLBT veterans.

Dr. Stephen Owen, Radford University, for developing a unit on sexuality in the military, with an emphasis on "don't ask, don't tell" policy, in his course, "Law and Sexuality".