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John Evans receives UCSD Academic Senate Distinguished Research Award

Honoring exceptional achievement in scholarship, UCSD’s Academic Senate awarded John Evans the Distinguished Research in the Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences in June 2021. For more information on Professor Evans’s work at the intersection of science and religion, see

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Daniel Driscoll wins ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Award for his research on global climate reform policy

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Professor April Sutton awarded National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation postdoctoral fellowship

Professor Sutton researches education, stratification, gender, and geographic inequalities. For more on her work, see here.

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Lauren Olsen (UCSD Sociology PhD, 2019) Wins 2020 Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal Award

Lauren OlsenLauren Olsen received her PhD from the Department of Sociology in 2019 and is now a first-year, tenure-track Assistant Professor at Temple University. In her dissertation, “Curricular Opportunities and Constraints: The Incorporation of the Humanities and Social Sciences into Contemporary U.S. Medical Education,” Olsen draws upon in-depth interviews, non-participant observation, and curricular materials to show how medical educators integrate the humanities and social sciences into the medical curriculum. Her work contributes to debates about how medical professionals conceptualize what it means to be a good doctor, how scholars engage in interdisciplinary collaboration, and how educators’ approaches to curricular integration contribute to or challenge existing structures of inequality. Congratulations to Lauren on her many achievements!

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Garrett Martin Receives 2020 First Place Undergraduate Library Research Prize

Garrett MartinHonors program alumnus Garrett Martin receives the 2020 first place Undergraduate Library Research Prize for strategically leveraging UC San Diego Library resources and services to produce groundbreaking research.

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3 UCSD-Affiliated Scholars Win 2020 ASA International Migration Section Awards

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Three UCSD-affiliated scholars win 2020 ASA International Migration Section Awards—Professor David FitzGerald for his book Refuge Beyond Reach: How Rich Democracies Repel Asylum, Angela Garcia for her book Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Local Immigration Law (UCSD PhD, 2015, now Associate Professor at the University of Chicago), and graduate student Jiaqi (Mars) Liu for an article appearing in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Congratulations to all three on this trifecta!

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Richard Madsen Named 2020 Revelle Medal Recipient

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Professor Emeritus Richard Madsen is named a 2020 Revelle Medal recipient, the highest honor given by the Chancellor to a retired or emeriti UC San Diego faculty member.

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John Skrentny and Stacey Livingstone Receive 2019-2020 Distinguished Teaching Awards

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Professor John Skrentny and graduate student Stacey Livingstone receive 2019-2020 Distinguished Teaching Awards—the highest honors for teaching at UC San Diego.

The full list of people who received the Distinguished Teaching Award can be found here. Congrats to all!

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Graduate Student Lauren Olsen Wins ASA Award

Lauren Olsen, PhD candidate at the UCSD Department of Sociology, has won the 2018 Louise Johnson Scholar Award of the ASA Medical Sociology Section. Selection for the Louise Johnson Scholar Award is based on academic merit and the quality of an accepted ASA paper related to medical sociology.

The Louise Johnson Scholar fund was established in memory of Louise Johnson, a pioneering medical sociologist whose mentorship and scholarship the American Sociological Association is pleased to honor. As the Scholar recipient, Olsen will receive travel funds up to $500 to present at the annual ASA meetings in Chicago and attend section events. Her award will be presented at the section awards ceremony at ASA.

Congratulations Lauren!

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Jennifer Nations Receives Dean’s Fellowship for Humanistic Studies

Jennifer Nations of sociology was under the impression that she was going into a meeting with her dissertation adviser Isaac Martin when she was surprised with an award and $20,000 prize. Nations, who recently received her PhD at the UC San Diego Department of Sociology, was selected as the first recipient of the Dean’s Fellowship Award for Humanistic Studies.

Nations said that it was both “gratifying and a little surreal.”

The Dean’s Fellowship Award for Humanistic Studies was created by an anonymous donor with the passion to support graduate students. It is described as a gift to benefit the recipient, which is selected selected on the basis of academic merit as well as demonstrated perseverance to overcome personal hardship. This award celebrates PhD students in Anthropology, Communication, History, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy and Sociology, recognizing these fields as ones who help to “drive creative innovation in our society” and are “intrinsic to campus enrichment and critical to our shared future.”

Jennifer Nations, who studies social inequality and public policy, explores in her dissertation how it is that states have wound up with wildly different approaches to helping their citizens afford the costs of college. Isaac Martin, in nominating her for the surprise fellowship, wrote both about Nations’ stellar scholarship and about how she’s been raising three young children in sometimes challenging financial circumstances. He also noted that she goes out of her way to help undergrads who are struggling for one reason or another.

A campus photographer snapped pictures of the shock, the smiles, the tears and more smiles.

Photos by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications.

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