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Barbara Laskin

Macalester Visiting Assistant Professor is Honored
by Communication Professionals

Award given for outstanding doctoral dissertation

KeremidchievaWASHINGTON, DC — November 18, 2008 — Zornitsa Keremidchieva, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Macalester College, is the 2008 recipient of the Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. Keremidchieva completed her doctoral dissertation, The Gendering of Legislative Rationality: Women, Immigrants, and the Nationalization of Citizenship 1918-1922, during the 2007 academic year.

“No scholarly work is ever done in isolation, so this award goes also to my mentors, teachers, colleagues, and the women who came before me,” said Keremidchieva. “I am very grateful for the encouragement this award represents as I continue my work on the gender politics informing U.S. congressional rhetoric.”

The dissertation examined several congressional debates from the early twentieth century that focused on women’s issues. Through it focus on the institutional dynamics of congressional rhetoric, the dissertation reveals how the discursive constitution of women’s citizenship has affected the political status of immigrants and African-Americans.

The Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes individuals for outstanding dissertations completed during the previous academic year. Students are nominated by faculty by means of a letter written by the dissertation advisor or department chair.

Keremidchieva will accept her award at the Annual Convention of the National Communication Association, the oldest and largest association dedicated to the communication discipline. This year’s convention is being held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, in San Diego, California and is bringing together over 5,500 communication scholars and professionals to help further the discipline.

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