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George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Award

The Immigration and Ethnic History Society Announces competition for the 2018 George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Award. It invites applications from any Ph.D. candidate who will have completed qualifying exams by 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 2017.

Committee Members for the George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Award:

(updated information TBA)


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-Hungrys 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