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From Asian American movements against police violence to the study of thermal and magnetic properties in strongly correlated materials, the insights published by this year’s ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award winners are poised to make major impacts

Editor’s note: this is a modified version of an article originally published on the Rackham Graduate School’s website.

The 2020 Distinguished Dissertation Awards program, sponsored by ProQuest, recognizes exceptional work produced by doctoral students at the University of Michigan for the high caliber of their scholarship and the significance and interest of their findings.

Each year, Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School invites faculty to nominate outstanding dissertations produced in their programs. The nomination dossiers are read and discussed by a review panel of faculty members who identify the finalists. Then, members of the Michigan Society of Fellows read the finalists’ dissertations, review their merits, and select the winners.

Here's a full list of winners of the 2020 Distinguished Dissertation Awards. Winners are pictured clockwise from the top left. Read the event program for details on the awardees’ research.

Honorable mentions include:

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Dissertations and Theses are a critical component of academic library research collections. Learn more about ProQuest’s dissertations program.

Emotion Regulation in Three Cultures: A Multi-Contextual and Multi-Level Study of Preschool-Age Children in the United States, China and Japan.
19 Apr 2021

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