About the Prize
In 2001, SASA’s Executive Committee established Critoph Award for the best graduate student paper presented at SASA’s biennial conference. Named in memory of Professor Gerald “Jerry” Critoph of Stetson University, a former long-term member of SASA’s Executive Committee, this award includes a certificate and a check for $250, as well as recognition at the next SASA meeting and, of course, on the recipient’s C.V.
The deadline for the Critioph Prize is coordinated with SASA's biennial conference.
For more details, see SASA's website.
Joseph Thompson is SASA’s 2015 recipient of the Critoph Prize for his paper “Nat ‘King’ Cole’s Civil War: How the Intimate Sounds of Pop Music Ignited Alabama’s Racial Tensions in the 1950s.” Joey is a doctoral student in the University of Virginia’s Corcoran Department of History and holds a master’s in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Honorable Mention goes to Katie Schank (doctoral candidate at George Washington University, Department of American Studies) for her paper “From Infamous to Famous: (Re)Constructing Atlanta’ Public Housing Through Rap and Hip Hop.”