Exemplary Phd Dissertations in Education Research

Why Exemplary?

"Had we been charged with identifying the 'most outstanding' dissertation, I think we would have had a more difficult time reaching consensus. The emphasis on 'exemplary' was deliberate; while there could easily be differences of opinion about which dissertation is the 'best,' I think there could be little disputing the judgment that all five of the award-winning selections are exemplary, and can serve as models of high-quality research within their disciplines for others to follow. By identifying exemplary dissertations, the Spencer Foundation hopes to elevate the quality of dissertation research and writing that will be pursued in the future." 

- Adam Gamoran, Spencer Fellowship committee for Exemplary Dissertations

 

Awarded Dissertations

Recipients of the American Educational Research Association award:

► Amanda Agan, Return to Community

► Andrew Belasco, Navigating College Opportunity

► Carolyn Barber, Recognizing High Achievement in Context

Recipients of the Bobby Wright Dissertation Award, Association for the Study of Higher Education

► Amalia Dache-Gerbino, The Labyrinth in the Metropole

► Tara Hudson, Impersonalizing Cultural Differences

► Stephany Brett Dunstan, Influence of Speaking a Dialect of Appalachian English on the College Experience

Lists of Award Recipients

Dissertations awarded grant support by AERA, (American Educational Research Association)

►  Funded Dissertation Grants

Dissertations awarded grant support by the NSF Grant Program ,supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the Association for Institutional Research (AIR).

►   Funded Dissertation Grants