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George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Award

***Deadline extended***

For the 2021 award, the George E. Pozetta Dissertation Award Committee invites applications from any Ph.D. candidate who will have completed qualifying exams by 2020, and whose thesis focuses on American immigration, emigration, or ethnic history, broadly defined. The award provides two grants of $1000 each for expenses to be incurred in researching the dissertation.

Applicants must submit (1) a three-page to five-page descriptive proposal in English discussing the significance of the work, the methodology, sources, and collections to be consulted; (2) a proposed budget; (3) a brief curriculum vitae. *In addition, applicants must also arrange for their major advisor to submit a supporting letter.

Application materials and the supporting letter must be received by the committee by the extended deadline: Friday, January 15, 2021.

Inquiries and application materials should be submitted via email to

2020 Committee:
Hidetake Hirota (Chair), Deborah Cohen, Jana Lipman.

2021 Winner: Lauren Catterson (University of Toronto): “Disreputable Conduct: Misfeasance, Malfeasance, and the US Immigration Service, 1903 to 1940.”

2021 Winner: Jonathan Cortez (Brown University): “The Age of Encampment: Race, Surveillance, and the Power of Spatial Scripts, 1933-1950.” 

Previous Recipients

1996: Russell Kazal (University of Pennsylvania), “Becoming Old Stock: Religion and the Waning of German-American Identity in Philadelphia, 1900-1930″

1997: Nancy C. Carnevale (Rutgers University), “Living in Translation: Language and Italian Immigrants in the U.S., 1900-1968″

1998: Richard Sukjoo Kim (University of Michigan) “The Dialecttics of Nationalism and Ethnicity: Korean Immigration to the United States and Transnational Politics, 1882-1945″

1999: Serena Ruth Zabin (Rutgers University), “Places of Exchange: Race, Gender and New York City, 1700-1765″

2000: Daniel A. Gebler (University of Southern California), “Redefining Jewish Space in Los Angeles: Negotiating Identity in a Twentieth Century American Metropolis”

2001: Anna Pegler-Gorden (University of Michigan), “In Sight of America: Photography and U.S. Immigration Policy, 1880-1930″

2002: Jennifer Guglielmo (University of Minnesota), “Negotiating Gender, Race, and Coalition: Italian Women and Working-Class Politics in New York City, 1880-1914″

2003: Vadim Koukouchkine (Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario), “Peasants on the Move: Slavic Labour Migration from the Russian Empire to Canada”

2004: Julia Maria Schiavone Camacho (University of Texas, El Paso), “Mexicans and Chinese in the Formation of Gender, Race and Nation in the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands, 1910-1940″

2005: David J. LaVigne (University of Minnesota), “Black Mesabi: Race, Ethnicity and Nation on the Mesabi Iron Range”

2005: John W. Weber III, (College of William and Mary), “The Shadow of the Revolution: South Texas, the Mexican American Working Class”

2006: Arissa H. Oh (University of Chicago), “Into the Arms of America: Adoption from Korea, 1950-1969″

2007: Rachel Kranson (New York University), “Grappling with the Good Life: Anxieties of Jewish Affluence and Consumption in Postwar America, 1945-1967″

2008: Danielle Battisti (SUNY, Buffalo), “Manipulating Immigration Restriction in Postwar America: Italian Americans and Italian Immigration, 1945-1965″

2009: Hidetaka Hirota (Boston College), “‘To any place beyond sea where he belongs’: Nativism, Citizenship, and the Deportation of Paupers in Massachusetts, 1848-1877”

2010: Jared Toney (University of Toronto), “Locating Diaspora: Afro-Caribbean Migration and the Transnational Dialectics of Community in North America, 1910-1929″

2011: Marieke Polfliet (University of Nice Sophia Antopolis, France), “Emigration and Politicization: French Migrants in New York and New Orleans in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century (1803-1860)”

2012: Adam Goodman (University of Pennsylvania), “Mexican Migration and the Rise of the Deportation Regime, 1942-2010″

2013: Kristina Poznan (College of William and Mary), “Becoming Immigrant Nation Builders; The Advancement of Austria-Hungary’s National Projects in the United States, 1880s-1920s”

2013: Mayra Avita (University of California San Diego), “Political Comadrazgo: Chicana Networks, Gender Politics, and Ethinic Identity in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles”

2014: Cecilia Márquez, (University of Virginia), “Southern Transformations: Latino/as, African Americans and the Making of the U.S. South, 1945-1970″

2014: Barry McCarron, (Georgetown University), “The Global Irish and Chinese: Migration, Exclusion, and Foreign Relations Among Empires”

2015: Laura Gutierrez (University of California, San Diego), “Repatriation and Revolutionary Promise: Migration, US-Mexico Relations and Transnational Citizenship, 1920-1964″

2015: Suraya Kahn (Rice University), “Finding Palestine in America: The Impact of the Arab-Israeli Conflict on Arab-American Identity”

2016: Jessica Ordaz (University of California, Davis), “Making Invisible Carceral Spaces Visible: Migration, State Violence, and Activism at the El Centro Immigration Detention Center, 1947-2014”

2016: Stephanie Fairchild (University of California, San Diego), “Every Generation Has to Win it Again: Understanding SEIU’s Justice for Janitors Campaign in the Continuum of Radical Struggle for Justice and Dignity”

2017: Eladio Bobadilla (Duke University), “One People without Borders”: The Lost Roots of the Immigrants’ Rights Movement, 1954-1994” 

2017: Katherine Carper (Boston College), “The Business of Migration, 1830-1880”

2018: Philip D. Erenrich (Syracuse University), The Assumption of Identity: the Exclusion and Deportation of ‘Gypsy’ Immigrants from the US, 1891-1932”

2018: Yukako Otori (Harvard University), “Disposable Subjects: Child Migration, International Law, and U.S. Immigration Policy, 1882-1929” 

2019: Miles Culpepper (University of California, Berkeley), “Guatemalan Exiles in Cold War North America, 1954-1996”

2019: Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez (Columbia University), “Migrants in the Making: Invisible Agricultural Child Labor and the Limits of Citizenship in the Twentieth Century.”

2020: Kyle Pruitt (University of Maryland), “Possessing a Nation: Labor, Race, and the Invention of a Gatekeeping Economy, 1882-1924.”

2020: Karma Palzom (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “Political Transformations in the Tibetan Freedom Movement: Resettlement and Political Activism in the United States.”