DPIR DPhils celebrated by PSA awards

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    Dr Katerina Tertytchnaya receives her prize. Image courtesy of the Political Studies Association and Geoff Kirby, David Baird Photography.

Two DPIR DPhil graduates have been recognised by the Political Studies Association (PSA) for the outstanding quality of their doctoral research. Dr Katerina Tertytchnaya and Dr Nina Yancy have both won an award at the PSA Academic Prizes 2019.

Dr Tertytchnaya has been awarded the Arthur McDougall Prize for best dissertation in the field of elections, electoral systems and representation. Her work, on support for authoritarian governments, analyses how regimes like Putin’s Russia can survive major disasters. The judges, when awarding the prize, said, “This is an impressive thesis, which is especially timely given spread of electoral authoritarianism around the world.”

Dr Yancy’s work won the Elizabeth Wiskemann Prize for best dissertation in the field of inequality and social justice. Her thesis explored racial politics in today’s United States of America. The judges highlighted the methodological basis of the dissertation, praising Dr Yancy for a “theoretically grounded empirical investigation that draws on quantitative and qualitative approaches, and that demonstrates a serious commitment to critical methodologies.”

Congratulations also to Maxime Lepoutre, Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow, who was awarded the Ernest Barker Prize for best dissertation in the field of political theory. Dr Lepoutre’s DPhil was undertaken in the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford, and focused on justifications of speech in democracy.

Maxime Lepoutre is Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow