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About the Award

The Katharine Jocher Graduate Student Paper Award annually recognizes the most outstanding scholarly article-length manuscript produced by a graduate student in our department.  The award is named after Katharine Jocher, a long-time UNC faculty member, coauthor of An Introduction to Social Research (1929) and former editor at Social Forces.


2024 – Todd Lu
When Black Movements Matter: Controlling Images and Black Lives Matter Protests in Media Attention to U.S. Police Killings

2023 – Katie Furl
Denigrating Women, Venerating “Chad”: Ingroup and Outgroup Evaluations among Male Supremacists on Reddit

Austin Vo
Contexts of Contestation: How Competing Logics of the State Enable and Constrain Immigrant Political Action

2022 – Reed DeAngelis
Moving on Up? Neighborhood Status and Racism-Related Distress among Black Americans

2021 – Rebecca Bielamowicz
Assessing the Correlates of the Neighborhood-School Relationship Among Whites: The Influence of School Racial Composition and Proximate School Choice Options

Meng-Jung Lin
Women, Genes, and STEM: The Effects of Biology and Gendered Environments on High School Course-Taking

2020 – Reed DeAngelis
Striving While Black: Race and the Psychophysiology of Goal Pursuit

2019 – Didem Türkoğlu
As Tuition Rises: Opposition to the Neoliberalization of Higher Education

2018 – Janelle Viera & Josh Wassink
Bringing Back Opportunity: Paternal Return Migration, Wealth Accumulation, and Intergenerational Mobility in Mexico

2017 – Daniel Auguste
Exclusive Religious Beliefs and Social Capital: Unpacking Nuances in the Relationship between Religion and Social Capital Formation