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Recent American Studies Graduate Nominated by Purdue for Prestigious Academic Prize

Dr. Virginia Pleasant, who received her PhD in American Studies in May, was recently selected to represent Purdue in the national CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award competition. These awards are given annually to individuals who have completed dissertations that, in the eyes of the award committee, represent original work and make a significant contribution to the discipline. Pleasant’s dissertation, directed by the Center for the Environment’s former associate director, professor Laura Zanotti (ANTH), is titled “There’s More than Corn in Indiana: Smallholder and Alternative Farmers as a Locus of Resistance.”