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George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Award

The Immigration and Ethnic History Society Announces competition for the 2018 George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Research Award. It invites applications from any Ph.D. candidate who will have completed qualifying exams by December 15, 2017, and whose thesis focuses on American immigration, emigration, or ethnic history. The award provides two grants of $1000 each for expenses to be incurred in researching the dissertation. Applicants must submit a three-page to five-page descriptive proposal in English discussing the significance of the work, the methodology, sources, and collections to be consulted. Also included must be a proposed budget, a brief curriculum vitae, and a supporting letter from the major advisor. To be considered for the award, all applicants must submit their materials via email to all committee members by December 15, 2017.

Committee Members for the George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Research Award:

Michael Bustamante (Chair)
Assistant Professor of History
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
Deuxieme Maison, Room DM 397
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

Leigh Ann Wilson
Assistant Professor History
Brandman University
16355 Laguna Canyon Road
Irvine, CA 92618

Julia Rose Kraut  
After September 1:
Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellow
New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

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”

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: “’To any place beyond sea where he belongs’: Nativism, Citizenship, and the Deportation of Paupers in Massachusetts, 1848-1877”

2010: Jared Toney (Univ. 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-Hungry’s National Projects in the United States, 1880s-1920s”

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

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

Barry McCarron, (Georgetown U.) “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”

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”

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