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Outstanding Dissertation Award

The Immigration and Ethnic History Society makes an annual award for an outstanding dissertation in the field of immigration and ethnic history. The IEHS will confer the 2020 award at its annual meeting in the spring of 2020. To be considered, a dissertation must focus on some aspect of North American immigration and /or ethnicity, be successfully defended between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019, be in English, and be submitted electronically to all members of the the award committee by November 15, 2019. All submissions must be accompanied by a letter of support from the dissertation director. The award carries a cash gift of $1,500.

Committee members’ contact information:

Julian Lim:
Aldo Lauria Santiago:

Previous Recipients

2014: Julian Lim, “The Future Immense:’ Race and Immigration in the Multiracial U.S. – Mexico Borderlands” (Cornell University, 2013)

2015: Jared Toney, “Locating Diaspora: Afro-caribbean Migration and the Transnational Dialectics of Race and Community in North America, 1910-1929” (University of Toronto, 2014)

2015: Elizabeth Craft (honorable mention) “Becoming American Onstage: Broadway Narratives of Immigrant Experiences in the United States” (Harvard University, 2014)

2016: Megan Asaka, “The Unsettled City: Migration, Race, and the Making of Seattle’s Urban Landscape”  (Yale University, 2014)

2017: Sarah R. Coleman, Redefining American: The Shifting Politics of Immigration at the End of the Twentieth Century (Princeton University, 2016)

2018: Bernadette Jeanne Perez, Before the Sun Rises: Contesting Power and Cultivating Nations in the Colorado Beet Fields (University of Minnesota, 2017)

2019: Brendan A. Shanahan, “Making Modern American Citizenship: Citizens, Aliens, and Rights, 1865-1965”

2019 Honorable Mention: Evan Taparata,”No Asylum for Mankind: The Creation of Refugee Law and Policy in the United States, 1776-1951″

2020: Matthew Guariglia, University of Connecticut, “The American Problem: Race, Empire, and Policing in New York City, 1840–1930.”