Awards

Law, Culture, and the Humanities awards annual prizes to outstanding dissertations and conference presentations, and recognizes significant scholarly achievement in the field.

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Julien Mezey Dissertation Award

The Julien Mezey Dissertation Award is an annual prize awarded to the dissertation that most promises to enrich and advance interdisciplinary scholarship at the intersection of law, culture and the humanities.

  • Featured Winner(s)

    2020

    ELIZABETH RULE (co-winner)

    “Reproducing Resistance: Gendered Violence and Indigenous Nationhood​”

    Ph.D, American Studies, Brown University

    This work brings together Native American studies by indigenous people in combination with critical legal theory in a subtle and nuanced fashion. This project takes the insights of film theory very seriously, yielding a compelling account of the gendered violence at the border.

    EMILY PRIFOGLE (co-winner)

    “Cows, Cars, and Criminals: The Legal Landscape of the Rural Midwest, 1920- 1975​”

    Ph.D, History, Princeton University

    This project employs a creative use of history, space and law in its unique methodological approach. Prifogle also combines personal narrative in combination with this structural analysis in a highly inventive fashion. The projects knits together individual, collective, and legal strands into its analysis in a sophisticated manner.

Austin Sarat Award

The Austin Sarat Award is a prize offered to a graduate student for an outstanding paper presented at the LCH annual conference.

  • Featured Winner(s)

    2019

    Elizabeth Rule

James Boyd White Award

With this award we recognize and honor the originality and excellence of individual contributions to the field, and acknowledge our indebtedness to these individuals for their commitment to the interdisciplinary study of law, culture and the humanities.

  • Featured Winner(s)

    2020

    Patricia Williams

    University Distinguished Professor of Law and Humanities, and Director of Law, Technology and Ethics, Northeastern University