Distinguished Dissertation Awards

Recipients in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Note: Previous to the 2008-09 academic year, the Humanities and Social Sciences dissertations were honored with separate awards.

2016-17

Laurel Richardson Daen, History
"The Constitution of Disability in the Early United States"

2015-16

Meghan Holder Bryant, American Studies
"Selling Race in America: Ideologies of Labor, Color, and Social Order in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Advertising Imagery"

2014-15

Elizabeth Neidenbach, American Studies
"The Life and Legacy of Marie Couvent: Social Networks"

2013-14

Edward Paul Pompeian, History
“Spirited Enterprises: Venezuela, the United States, and the Independence of Spanish America, 1789-1823”

2012-13

Nancy A. Hillman, History
“Drawn together, drawn apart: Black and white Baptists in Tidewater Virginia, 1800-1875”

2011-12

Erin Krutko Devlin, American Studies
“’Justice is a Perpetual Struggle’: The Public Memory of the Little Rock School Desegregation Crisis”

2010-11

Edward Downing Maris-Wolf, History
“Liberty, Bondage, and the Pursuit of Happiness: The Free Black Expulsion Law and Self-Enslavement in Virginia, 1806-1864”

2009-10

Ella Maria Diaz, American Studies
“Flying Under the Radar with the Royal Chicano Air Force: The Ongoing Politics of Space and Ethnic Identity”

2008-09

Jennifer Bridges Oast, History
“Forgotten Masters: Institutional Slavery in Virginia, 1680-1860”

2007-08

Caroline Carpenter Nichols, American Studies
“Celebrity and the National Body: Encounters with the Exotic in Late-Nineteenth Century America”

2007-08

Daniel Owen Sayers, Anthropology
“The Diasporic World of the Great Dismal Swamp 1630-1860”

2006-07

Seth Charles Bruggeman, American Studies
“Objects, Memory, and the Creation of a National Monument”

2005-06

Susan A. Kern, History
“The Jeffersons at Shadwell: The Social and Material World of a Virginia Family”

2005-06

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”

2004-05

Amanda L. Howard, American Studies
“’More than Shelter’: Community, Identity, and Spatial Politics in San Francisco Public Housing, 1938-2000”