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My name is Vicki Mahaffey and I took over as
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Monday, November 4, 2013

More honors!

October was a busy month for me, with lots of campus deadlines and a conference to organize, so I have fallen a little behind on this blog.

But now that I have a quick minute I just wanted to pass on some more good news: I am very pleased to report that Lisa Cacho, an Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, Latina/Latino Studies, English, and Gender and Women's Studies, has won the 2013 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize of the American Studies Association for her book Social Death: Racialized Rightlessness and the Criminalization of the Unprotected. Named after one of the most distinguished American historians of the twentieth century, the John Hope Franklin Publication Prize is given annually to the best published book in American Studies. This is a huge honor for Lisa and for our campus.

NYU Press, Lisa's publisher, has a page announcing her prize here and you can read more about the book here.

On a personal note: Lisa and I were part of the same fellows' seminar at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities when she was in the early stages of working on this project, so it's a particular thrill for me to see how the book has fulfilled the promise that was already evident then. Congratulations, Lisa!

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