Bancroft Prize Awarded to Two Graduate School of Arts And Sciences Students
NEW YORK, March 29, 2012 –

Columbia University Libraries and the Graduate School of Art and Sciences are proud to acknowledge the two student winners of the Bancroft Dissertation Prize: Ansley T. Erickson and Benjamin Soskis.

Erickson, an Assistant Professor of History and Education at Teachers College, won for her dissertation "Schooling the Metropolis: Economic Growth and Educational Inequality, Nashville, TN, 1945-1985."  Her manuscript is currently under contract with the University of Chicago Press. She is also a contributor to the forthcoming Encyclopedia of African American History, Joe W. Trotter, ed.

Soskis, a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, and Policy at George Mason University and an instructor at the University of California Washington Center, won for his dissertation, "The Problem of Charity in Industrial America, 1873-1915." Soskis' work is currently undergoing revision for publication. His book, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic: A Biography of America's Song," co-written with John Stauffer, will be published by Oxford University Press next year.

"The work by Ansley Erickson and Benjamin Soskis is representative of the best of the original, innovative, and rigorous scholarship that our graduate students conduct. I am delighted that the Bancroft Prize Committee has recognized their efforts," Carlos J. Alonso, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, said.

Columbia's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences sponsors the dissertation award, which includes $7,500 for publishing and is given to a Columbia student annually for outstanding dissertations in American history (or biography), diplomacy or international affairs. Nominations are made by the Ph.D. defense committee and the publication subsidy is transferable to a press of the winner’s choice. 

Erickson and Soskis will both be recognized at the Bancroft Prize dinner next month.

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