Note: Previous to the 2008-09 academic year, the Humanities and Social Sciences dissertations were honored with separate awards.
Laurel Richardson Daen, History
"The Constitution of Disability in the Early United States"
Meghan Holder Bryant, American Studies
"Selling Race in America: Ideologies of Labor, Color, and Social Order in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Advertising Imagery"
Elizabeth Neidenbach, American Studies
"The Life and Legacy of Marie Couvent: Social Networks"
Edward Paul Pompeian, History
“Spirited Enterprises: Venezuela, the United States, and the Independence of Spanish America, 1789-1823”
Nancy A. Hillman, History
“Drawn together, drawn apart: Black and white Baptists in Tidewater Virginia, 1800-1875”
Erin Krutko Devlin, American Studies
“’Justice is a Perpetual Struggle’: The Public Memory of the Little Rock School Desegregation Crisis”
Edward Downing Maris-Wolf, History
“Liberty, Bondage, and the Pursuit of Happiness: The Free Black Expulsion Law and Self-Enslavement in Virginia, 1806-1864”
Ella Maria Diaz, American Studies
“Flying Under the Radar with the Royal Chicano Air Force: The Ongoing Politics of Space and Ethnic Identity”
Jennifer Bridges Oast, History
“Forgotten Masters: Institutional Slavery in Virginia, 1680-1860”
Caroline Carpenter Nichols, American Studies
“Celebrity and the National Body: Encounters with the Exotic in Late-Nineteenth Century America”
Daniel Owen Sayers, Anthropology
“The Diasporic World of the Great Dismal Swamp 1630-1860”
Seth Charles Bruggeman, American Studies
“Objects, Memory, and the Creation of a National Monument”
Susan A. Kern, History
“The Jeffersons at Shadwell: The Social and Material World of a Virginia Family”
James Spady, American Studies
“’Like the Spider from the Rose’: Colonialism, Knowledge Competition, and the Cultural Politics of Education in the Lower South, ca.1700-ca.1820”
Amanda L. Howard, American Studies
“’More than Shelter’: Community, Identity, and Spatial Politics in San Francisco Public Housing, 1938-2000”