Undergraduate Prizes

2021 Winners

Princeton Prize in Race Relations Senior Thesis Prize

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations Senior Thesis Prize, endowed by the Princeton University Class of 1966, is awarded annually to a member of the senior class, irrespective of academic concentration, whose senior thesis adds significantly to our understanding of issues of race and race relations in the United States, broadly defined. While a prize-winning thesis may rely on conventional research methodologies (in libraries and archives, using the research methodologies of the humanities and the social sciences), the Effron Center for the Study of America will look with favor on theses that also manage to draw this scholarship into practical and experiential engagement.

Jacy Duan, Department of Sociology:
“Asian American Actors and Representation in Hollywood”

Ashley Nurse, Department of African American Studies:
“The Veil: The Silent Lynching of the Black Woman”

Willard Thorp Thesis Prize

A prize awarded to the senior in the Effron Center for the Study of America who prepared the most outstanding thesis of a clearly interdisciplinary nature. The prize honors Professor of English Willard Thorp, a founder of the American studies program and for many years its director.

Glenna Jane Galarion, Department of Anthropology:
“‘Honor’: Rapping and Representing Asian America”

Asher Hinds Prize

This prize was established in memory of Asher Hinds, professor of English and one of the leaders of the Special Program in the Humanities, which later became the programs in American studies and European cultural studies. Hinds was remembered with particular affection by his students and colleagues, who established this prize. It is awarded to the student who does the most outstanding work in the humanities.

Lindsay Emi, Department of English:
“Rare Trips to America”

Grace May Tilton Prize in Fine Arts

The prize is awarded for an outstanding thesis by a senior in any of the departments collaborating in the Effron Center for the Study of America. The thesis must deal wholly or principally with some aspect of the fine arts or crafts, past or present, within the territory now embraced by the United States, or elsewhere in the Americas. The prize is a gift of Robert Schirmer of the Class of 1921 in memory of his mother.

Phoebe Warren, Department of Art and Archaeology:
“From Cholera to COVID-19: A Framework for Analyzing the Visual Media of Communicable Disease Outbreaks.”

David F. Bowers Prize

A prize awarded to the student in the Effron Center for the Study of America who does the best work in center seminars. Established in 1951 in memory of Professor of Philosophy David F. Bowers, one of the faculty group that drew up the plan for the American studies program, the prize was endowed in 1955 by Willard and Margaret Thorp.

Christian Flores, Department of Politics

2020 Winners

Princeton Prize in Race Relations Senior Thesis Prize

Vayne Ong, Department of History:
“Springwood Avenue Rising: Race, Leisure, and Decline in the 1970 Asbury Park Uprising”

Willard Thorp Thesis Prize

Tabitha Belshee, Department of Politics:
“Doing Right by Our Children: Understanding and Redressing President Trump’s ‘Zero-Tolerance Policy’”

Asher Hinds Prize

Grace Koh, Department of History:
“The Origins of a Nation: Constructing a ‘Korean Nation’ from the Three Kingdoms of Korea”

Grace May Tilton Prize in Fine Arts

Allegra E. Martshenko, School of Architecture:
“Between the One and the Other, Textual Imagination as Architectural Method”

David F. Bowers Prize

Tessa Albertson, Department of English

2019 Winners

Princeton Prize in Race Relations Senior Thesis Prize

Natalya Linglingay Rañeses Ritter, Department of Politics:
“‘Stuck in the Middle with You’: The Role of Law in the Racial and Political Classification of Filipinos in America”

Willard Thorp Thesis Prize

Sarah Spergel, Department of History:
“Spilling the Tea: an Exploration of Tea Pads in 1930s Harlem”

Asher Hinds Prize

Katherine E. Duggan, Department of English:
“Ghost Melodramas and the Staging of American History”

Grace May Tilton Prize in Fine Arts

Alicia Brooke Hammarskjold, Department of Art and Archaeology:
“Landscape Painting, Urbanization, and the California Imaginary”

David F. Bowers Prize

Alis Yoo, Department of History

2018 Winners

Princeton Prize in Race Relations Senior Thesis Prize

Anthony M. Sgro, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs:
“Litness Test: An Argument for Hip-Hop Music in Public Education”

Willard Thorp Thesis Prize

Mark Adi Goldstein, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs:
“Climate Change in American National Parks: Impacts, Management, Communication, and Public Perception”

Asher Hinds Prize

Katherine Elisabeth Shifke, Department of Art and Archaeology:
“A Phenomenal Presence that is Unequivocally Black and Beautiful: Redefining Beauty Through the Art of Kerry James Marshall”

Grace May Tilton Prize in Fine Arts

Katherine Elisabeth Shifke, Department of Art and Archaeology:
“A Phenomenal Presence that is Unequivocally Black and Beautiful: Redefining Beauty Through the Art of Kerry James Marshall”

Zoë Anne Toledo, School of Architecture:
“The Invention of Navajo Nature: Building, Heritage, and Land in the 1930s”

David F. Bowers Prize

Nicholas Alexander Fernández, Department of Politics

Isabel Jane Hetherington, Department of History