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UI comparative literature graduate receives 1996 Spriestersbach dissertation
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Claire Fox, who earned a doctorate in comparative literature
in 1995 from the University of Iowa, has been awarded the 1996 D.C. Spriestersbach
Dissertation Prize for excellence in research.
As the 16th recipient of the UI Graduate Council's highly coveted prize, Fox
received $2,500 and a certificate for her accomplishment. Winners of the Spriestersbach
Prize also become the UI nominee for the Council of Graduate Schools Dissertation
Prize, a national award. Two doctoral recipients, David Lasocki of music and
Matthew P. Anderson of physiology and biophysics, have won that national competition
in recent years.
Fox's winning dissertation, is "The New Border Establishing Shots: Aesthetics
and Politics in the Era of North American Free Trade."
Fox is currently assistant professor of Latin American Literature and Culture
in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at Stanford University. While
a doctoral student at the UI, Fox was a research assistant and a teaching
assistant in the program in comparative literature and a teaching assistant
in Spanish and Portuguese. She was also a visiting research fellow at the
Center for InterAmerican and Border Studies at the University of Texas at
Fox has authored a number of articles published in scholarly journals and
received the Luce/ACLS Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in American Art in
1992, the Mellon Fellowship in Humanities in 1986, and an Iowa Fellowship
at The University of Iowa in 1986.
Funds for the D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize are provided by the UI
Foundation. The prize is awarded annually in one of four broad disciplinary
areas: humanities and fine arts, mathematical and physical studies, social
sciences, and biological sciences. Competition in each area occurs every four
The award is named for D.C. Spriestersbach, UI vice president emeritus for
educational development and research and former dean of the graduate college.
The competitive award requires "highly original work that is an unusually
significant contribution to the nominee's field."