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The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of MichiganThe Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan

Two Ford School doctoral students recognized for exceptional dissertations

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Christopher Roberts (PhD '10) has been honored with Rackham's top doctoral award for his dissertation, "Exploring Fractures Within Human Rights: An Empirical Study of Resistance."

The 2010 ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards are given to those representing the best scholarly work published in Rackham dissertations last year. Eight awards were given to doctoral students—from across disciplines—for their exceptional and unusually interesting work.

In May 2011, Roberts will join the University of Minnesota Law School as an associate professor and his book, "The Contentious History of the International Bill of Human Rights," will be published later this year by the Cambridge University Press.

Kristin Seefeldt (PhD '10) received an honorable mention from Rackham for her dissertation, "Three Essays on Women, Low-wage Work, and Economic Well-being." Seefeldt is currently an assistant professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.

An awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 2 p.m. in Rackham's Assembly Hall.