UCL Institute of the Americas


Lizzie Evens awarded 2019 HOTCUS Postgraduate Paper prize

22 August 2019

The Institute would like to congratulate Lizzie for being awarded the Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS) prize for her paper "Policewomen, Plainclothes, and Pelvic Examinations: NYPD abortion investigations, 1913-1926".

Lizzie Evens

Lizzie is a first year PhD student at the Institute of the Americas. Her doctoral project engages with questions of women’s history, the history of sexuality, and healthcare and medicine.

The committee's commendation reads as follows:

This paper offers an excellent, multi-layered analysis of the complex role played by policewomen in the shaping of sexual norms in New York City in the early 20th century. Based on a unique collection of sources, and grounded in an in-depth knowledge of the history of sexuality, the paper represents a significant advance upon existing scholarship. It highlights the multifarious tensions surrounding these police women’s own bodies, their sexuality and those of other New Yorkers, and standards of moral conduct observed during their investigations and later before the courts.'