S4 Graduate Student Paper Prize

This prize is given for a graduate student paper that employs spatial analysis/thinking or GIS. The next submission deadline will be in late March 2021. Only complete papers will be judged, but it's fine for manuscripts to be in draft format (or even recently published). The winner will receive a prize of $500 and will be invited to present their paper as part of the S4 speaker series in the Spring 2021 semester. We'll also have a festive reception in honor of the winner after their talk. Many of you are writing papers - why not submit them? To be considered for the prize, simply email Kevin Mwenda a pdf of your paper by the deadline. Papers co-authored with others students are fine, but not with faculty.

Current Winners:


Winner: Miriam Rothenberg, Archeology and the Ancient World, "Monstrous Giants of Infamous Repute: Wind-powered Sugar Mills as Constructions of Control in Colonial Montserrat"

Second Place: Shunsuke Tsuda, Economics, "Economics of Subsistence in Africa: Land Endowments, Population Density, and Agglomeration Forces for Market Transactions"

Third Place: Aaron Weisbrod, Economics, "Housing Booms and Urban Frictions: The Impact of the 1917 Halifax Explosion on Local Property Values"


Previous Winners:


Winner: Thomas Marlow, Sociology, "Environmental Justice in the Post-Industrial Landscape"

Second Place: Jamie Hansen-Lewis, Economics, "Does Air Pollution Lower Productivity? Evidence from Manufacturing in India"


Winner: Jorge Pérez Pérez, Economics, "City Minimum Wages"




Winner: Benjamin Bellman, Sociology, "Slicing the Pie: Occupational and Residential Stratification in Nineteenth Century Philadelphia"

Second Place: Heitor Pellegrina, Economics, "Agricultural Productivity and the Spatial Economy: Theory and Evidence from Brazil"


Winner: Michelle Marcus, Economics, "On the Road to Recovery: Gasoline Content Regulations and Child Health"

Second Place: David Glick, Economics, "Groundwater Quality and Crop Growth: Evidence from North-Central India"

Third Place: Marcia Pescador Jimenez, Public Health, "Proximity to Green Areas Improves Self-Rated Health Among Older Puerto Rican Adults in Massachusetts"


Winner: David Glancy, Economics, "Measuring Spatial Banking Competition"

Second Place: Alexei Abrahams, Economics, "Mobility and Inequality: Evidence from the Second Intifada"

Third Place: Martin Fiszbein, Economics, "Agricultural Diversication and Economic Development: Evidence from U.S. History"

Honorable Mention: Patrick Mayne, Sociology, "Neighborhood Change, Social Capital, and Health: The Case of Public Housing Demolitions in Chicago"

Honorable Mention: Ida Sahlu, Public Health, "Distance to Snail Site as a Potential Predictor of the Spatial Heterogeneity of Schistosomiasis Infection"


Winner: Elena Esposito, Brown University and the University of Bologna, "The Geography of Disease Immunities and the African Slave Trade"

Honorable Mention: Sean Dinces, American Studies, "A Bad Case of ‘Peanut Envy’: Concessions Markets and Monopoly Power at Chicago’s United Center"