Denisa Jashari wins Distinguished Dissertation Award

Posted on December 13, 2021

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Denisa Jashari (center) stands with the awards committee at the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) annual meeting.
Group of people
Denisa Jashari (center) stands with the awards committee at the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) annual meeting.

Dr. Denisa Jashari, an assistant professor of history at UNC Greensboro, has been awarded the prestigious Distinguished Dissertation Award from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and ProQuest.

Bestowed annually since 1982, the award recognizes two recent doctoral recipients from across the country who have already made unusually significant and original contributions to their fields. 

Jashari received the award in the Humanities and Fine Arts category during the CGS Annual Meeting in New Orleans in December 2021. Dr. Caitlin Cornell is the fellow recipient in the Biological and Life Sciences category.  

“The CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes the innovative research of young scholars and their momentous impact on their disciplines and the broader graduate education community,” said CGS President Suzanne T. Ortega. “The significant contributions Dr. Cornell and Dr. Jashari have made in their respective fields continue the tradition of excellence. Their work represents the best of graduate education and research and merits recognition.”

Jashari completed her PhD in Latin American History at Indiana University Bloomington in 2020. Her dissertation is titled, “Cartographies of Conflict: Political Culture and Urban Protest in Santiago, Chile, 1872-1994.”

Her work tracks disputes over urban spaces in Santiago, Chile, beginning with the social reform period of 1872-1970, through the Marxist government of Allende and dictatorship of Pinochet, to democratic rule from 1990-1994.  

Jashari joined the faculty of UNCG’s Department of History in 2020 specializing in Latin American History. She is currently expanding on her dissertation research through a book of the same title. 

“We are delighted to have Dr. Denisa Jashari on our faculty,” said Dr. Greg O’Brien, head of UNCG’s Department of History. “This award confirms what we recognized when we interviewed her for the job, that she is doing groundbreaking research that will change our understanding of Chilean history.”

Learn more about the CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards here.

Photo courtesy of the Council of Graduate Schools. 

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