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Graduate Student Paper Competition

Congrats to the 2019 Graduate Student Paper Competition Winner: Tobias J. Smith!

LSI offers a huge congrats to Tobias Smith from Berkeley's Jurisprudence & Social Policy Program for winning LSI's 2019 prize for best graduate student paper. "Body Count Politics: Quantification, Secrecy and Capital Punishment in China," in which Smith explores the tension between China's national imperative for the non-disclosure of death penalty data with its domestic valorization of quantification,  is forthcoming in LSI 2020!

Past Winners

Congratulations to Stephen Wulff for winning the 2018 graduate student paper prize for his paper, “Flipping the ‘New Penology’ Script: Police Misconduct Insurance, Grassroots Activism, and Risk Management-Based Reform.”  In the first empirical study on the matter, Wulff analyzes the failed 2016 ballot campaign of the Committee for Professional Policing and its penological objectives and discourses. Keep an eye out for his paper in an upcoming issue of LSI!

Our 2017 winner is B. Robert Owens.  In his paper, "What is a Social Group in the Eyes of the Law? Knowledge Work in Refugee Status Determination," Owens examines the settling and unsettling of legal concepts in relation to refugee status determination. His paper can be found in LSI 43-4

The 2016 GSPC winner is Evelyn Atkinson. Her article, "The Burden of Taking Care: Children, Attractive Nuisance, and the Safety First Movement," can be found in LSi 42-4.

K-Sue Park won the 2015 GSPC. In her paper, "Money, Mortgages, and The Conquest of America" she explores early transactions for land between settlers and indigenous people and the growth of the modern American contract economy.  Check it out in 41-4

GSPC is an annual opportunity. Please check back in January 2020 for information about the 2020 competition. 

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