Camille Owens is the winner of the 2020 The Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize

November 12, 2020


Camille Owens has won the American Studies Association’s top prize for the best dissertation in the field, the Gabriel Prize!

The Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize, established in 1974, has been awarded annually since 1987 by the Association for the best dissertation in American Studies.  The committee is pleased to recognize CAMILLE OWENS, “Blackness and the Human Child: Race, Prodigy, and the Logic of American Childhood,” Yale University. The committee declares, “Owens’s work is nothing less than a radical retelling of the humanist project. With extraordinary scholarly care, Dr. Owens reads Black child prodigies against the grain of their instrumentalization and thereby restores their unexceptional yet nevertheless singular and insurgent force.”

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