2024 Award Winners

2024 Awardees

Mini-Grants Award Winners

  • Helin Unal, Clark University, “How Different Beliefs about Collective Victimization Relate to Support for Various Resistance Strategies”
  • Dr. Kelly Macias, Independent Scholar, “Loungin’: Black Women’s Joy as Freedom Technology”
  • Rachel Stewart, Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA), “Oak Ridge Environmental History and the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance”

For more information on the awardees’ projects, visit the Mini-Grants Award page.



Dear colleagues,

The time has arrived to submit your nominations for the best graduate and undergraduate student papers! Each year PJSA recognizes one outstanding undergraduate thesis and one outstanding graduate thesis/dissertation completed during the academic year (2023-2024) in the fields of peace and conflict or justice studies with the following awards:

  • Best Dissertation/Graduate Thesis of the Year Award
  • Best Undergraduate Thesis of the Year Award

Awardees will be honored at PJSA’s annual conference (October 24-27, 2024) and receive a $300 travel stipend to attend the conference in Niagra, New York, a waived registration fee, and a 2-year membership to PJSA!

Nomination Instructions:

  • Faculty: now that the academic year is nearing its end, do you have a student whose graduate dissertation/thesis or undergraduate thesis (or senior capstone or honors paper required for graduation) was particularly outstanding and deserves recognition?
  • Students:  self-nominations are accepted and encouraged!

To submit a nomination, please send the following to Pushpa Iyer, PJSA Student Awards Chair (pushpaiyer@centerforconflictstudies.org) by August 1, 2024, at 5 pm ET:

  1. Student name, current email, and phone number
  2. Student university affiliation, academic program, and date of completion (month and year)
  3. The title of the thesis/dissertation and an abstract
  4. A complete copy of the thesis/dissertation in Word or PDF
  5. Your name, email address, and university affiliation (as the nominator)

Only nominations with a complete application will be considered.

We look forward to receiving your nominations!

Pushpa Iyer
Student Awards Chair, PJSA Board
pushpaiyer@centerforconflictstudies.org