Brenda Stevenson, UCLA professor of history, has been selected to receive the 2014 Gold Shield Faculty Prize, a $30,000 award sponsored by Gold Shield, Alumnae of UCLA. The prize provides an unrestricted $30,000 award in recognition of outstanding scholarship, teaching and service by an exceptional mid-career full professor in a department with an undergraduate program.

A recognized authority in African American history, Stevenson has has conducted extensive research on the dynamics of gender, family and community during slavery. Her books include the award-winning "Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the Slave South" and "The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Justice, Gender and the Origins of the L.A. Riots," for which she won the James A. Rawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians in April, 2014.