(Williamsburg, Va.) – Former W&M graduate student Jody Lynn Allen was presented the Thatcher Prize at William and Mary's commencement ceremony May 11.
Created in honor of the 21st Chancellor of the College, Margaret, The Lady Thatcher, the award recognizes an outstanding student in graduate or professional study, taking into consideration scholarship, service and character.
Allen "is a scholar with a strong desire to contribute to our understanding of how history has shaped civil rights in our society and our community," said Interim William and Mary President W. Taylor Reveley III.
Allen completed her Ph.D. in history in the summer of 2007, and is presently serving as a visiting assistant professor of history at William and Mary. Her Ph.D. work explored the largely unstudied history of African Americans coping with segregation and disfranchisement in the Williamsburg area. While completing her degree, Allen served twice as a volunteer teaching assistant, and she has also published two articles and made eight invited presentations on her research.