Current Winners

Allan Sharlin Memorial Award

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Term:
AY 17-18
Department:
History
Violence Tamed: The Death Penalty in the Soviet Union, 1945-1991 charts the history of the Soviet death penalty after World War II. It argues that in post-Stalinist Russia, state killing did not disappear but transformed. It did so by embedding itself within the country’s criminal justice system in the form of the death penalty. In order to retain state killing as a weapon of rule, the Soviet state forfeited its monopoly on violence and ceded the authority to take human life to a set of actors far removed from the seat of political power: legal, medical, and technical experts. But this...Read more
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Term:
AY 17-18
Department:
History
From the 1970s, the concept of ‘working parenthood’ emerged in Anglo-America to describe a set of perceived socio-cultural transformations resulting in the new middle-class norm of the dual-income household. Over the subsequent decades, ‘working parents’ became an object of social-scientific research, charity, government, and corporate policy. At the same time, ‘working parenthood’ became a category of self-actualization and improvement. My project explores the politics that shaped the invention of ‘working parents’ in Britain by the the activists, charitable and governmental organizations,...Read more