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Congratulations to Associate Professor Jennifer McWeeny, Humanities and Arts, who is the Editor in Chief of the journal Simone de Beauvoir Studies, for winning the 2020 Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial and Design Achievement.

At the Modern Language Association’s annual convention on January 9, 2021, the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) presented the award to Prof. McWeeny and Simone de Beauvoir Studies. The Phoenix Award recognizes the most improved journal that has “launched an effort to revitalize or transform within the previous three years.” Previous winners include Signs (2018) and Nineteenth Century French Studies (2016).


The CELJ judges released the following statement about Simone de Beauvoir Studies: “In its editorial practices as well as its content, the newly relaunched Simone de Beauvoir Studies truly embodies the spirit of the Phoenix Award. Following a five-year hiatus, what had once been a mostly biennial, paper-only journal limited to a single-author scholarly society has been transformed into an open, hybrid publication reflecting the breadth and vigor of new scholarship around Simone de Beauvoir.” (;

Simone de Beauvoir Studies (SdBS) is a peer-reviewed international journal dedicated to themes relevant to Beauvoir’s legacy, such as gender and sexuality, race and culture, feminism, existentialism, philosophy, history, literature, and political theory. SdBS is multidisciplinary, multi-genre, and bilingual, and publishes articles, creative works, eye-witness testimonies, translations, review essays, and book reviews. You can read the latest issues at

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