Denisa Jashari, who earned her Ph.D. in Latin American History from Indiana University Bloomington in 2020, will be honored with a national dissertation award Dec. 2, 2021, at the Council of Graduate Schools’ 61st Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
Her dissertation, “Cartographies of Conflict: Political Culture and Urban Protest in Santiago, Chile, 1872-1994,” also won IU’s 2021 University Graduate School competition for Distinguished Ph.D. Dissertation Award (Humanities & Fine Arts).
The University Graduate School presents two Distinguished Dissertation awards each year in two of four fields: Biology & Life Sciences and Humanities & Fine Arts in odd years, and Social Sciences and Mathematical, Physical Sciences & Engineering in even years. Tamanash Bhattacharya’s (Department of Biology at IU Bloomington) dissertation, “Identifying the pathogen blocking mechanism of the symbiont Wolbachia pipientis in arthropods” won in the Biology & Life Sciences category this year. Bhattacharya was mentored by Professor of Biology Richard Hardy.
Each year, IU’s two winning dissertations are submitted to the Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award competition. Jashari won in the Humanities and Fine Arts category. The last IU Bloomington awardee in this category was history scholar Timo Schaefer in 2015.
Jashari’s dissertation advisor was Daniel James, Mendel Chair in the IU Department of History of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Jashari is a historian and Latin Americanist whose research interests include modern Latin America, urban history, political culture, social movements, the Cold War, and oral history and memory. She is currently an assistant professor of Latin American History at UNC Greensboro and a visiting fellow with the Kellog Institute for International Studies of the University of Notre Dame.