Byran Jackson Dissertation Research Award

Diane Wong presents the Byran Jackson Dissertation Research Award to Hajer Al-Faham at the 2019 APSA conference.
Diane Wong presents the Byran Jackson Dissertation Research Award to Hajer Al-Faham at the 2019 APSA conference.

The Byran Jackson Dissertation Research Award recognizes the outstanding
scholarship by a graduate student studying racial and ethnic politics in an urban setting. The award is for a dissertation that is in progress, rather than a completed dissertation. The award comes with a $500 prize.

Nomination Instructions: Electronic copies of approved dissertation proposals should be sent to each committee member. Please include a nomination letter in the application. Applicants may self-nominate.

Deadline for nominations: March 15, 2022

Award Committee (2022):

  • Patricia Posey (University of Chicago) – Chair,
  • Davia Downey (University of Memphis),
  • Paru Shah (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee),


 2021  No award given
2020 Kiela Crabtree, University of Michigan
“Racially Targeted Violence and Implications for Politics in the United States”

Honorable Mention:
Gabrielle L. Gray, Howard University
“Political Responsiveness to Police Shootings: Explaining the Role of Sympathy, Black Organizational Investment and White Allies”

2019 Hajer Al-Faham, University of Pennsylvania
“Contingent Citizenship: Muslims in America.”
2018 No award given.
2017  Patricia Posey, University of Pennsylvania
“Refinancing the American Dream: the Consequences of Targeted Financial Policy for Political and Radical Inequality in the United States.”
2016 Diane Wong, Cornell University
“Disappearing Chinatowns:  The Struggle Against Gentrification in San Francisco, New York City, and Boston.”
2015 Brad Fulton, Duke University
“Bridging and Bonding: How Social Diversity Influences Collective Political Action.” Duke University
2014 Zinga Fraser, Northwestern University
“Catalysts for Change: A Comparative Study of Barbara Jordan and Shirley Chisholm.”
2013 Marquita Bowers-Brown, University of Missouri, Saint Louis
“The St. Louis Desegregation Transfer Program: Does Participation Lessen the Educational Disparity between the City of St. Louis County Students?”
2011 Emily Farris, Brown University
“Pathways to Power: An Examination of Latino Local Elected Officials”
2010 Jamila Michener, University of Chicago
The Politics of Help Seeking in Marginalized Populations
2009 Carlos Cuellar, Rice University
“The Latino Empowerment Process: An Examination of the Causes and Consequences of Latino Representation in Local Politics”
2006 Angela Hagan PhD, University of Louisville
Race, Consolidation, and Regionalism
2005 Paru Shah, Rice University
2004 Kristin Good, University of Toronto
“Multiculturalism in the City: A Comparative Analysis of Municipal Responsiveness to Immigration in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and the Greater Vancouver Regional District”
2003 Michelle Camou, University of Colorado
“Managing Conflict without Contracts: Achieving Economic Justice in the Informal Economy”
2000 Joshua Behr, University of New Orleans
“An Explanation for the Presence of Minority-Opportunity Districts and the Election of Hispanics and Blacks to the City Council within Single Member District Election Systems”
2000 Mara Sidney, University of Colorado
“Social Constructions of Race and Class in Fair Housing Policy”