Graduate Student Award Deadlines Extended to February 28!
PCA offers three awards specifically for graduate students: The Kathy Merlock Jackson Dissertation Award, the William E. Brigman Award, and the William M. Jones Award. These awards are all self-nominated. We give these awards for excellent work in popular culture by graduate students. The deadline for these nominations is extended to February 28, 2021.


Kathy Merlock Jackson Dissertation Award
This award is given to recognize an outstanding contribution to the field of Popular Culture in the form of a doctoral dissertation accepted in the prior academic year from October 1, 2019, to October 1, 2020. The nominated work can emphasize a specific area of cultural studies, a particular methodology, or have an interdisciplinary focus. The winner of this award will receive a membership to PCA for the 2021 conference year and registration to the virtual conference in June. Full description of requirements and submission instructions.

Journal Awards: William J. Brigman Award
This award is for graduate student submissions to The Journal of Popular Culture. The winning author is invited to submit the essay to the JPC and work with the editor toward its publication; they also receive free membership and national conference registration in the year the paper is selected. Full description of requirements and submission instructions.

Journal Awards: William M. Jones Award Award
This award is given to a superior graduate student paper presented at the National Conference in a specific year. The winner receives free membership and conference registration in the year the paper is selected. The winning author should also submit the essay to the Journal of American Culture and work with the editor toward its publication. Full description of requirements and submission instructions.
PCA Award Nominations Due January 30
Featured Award: Harry Shaw and Katrina Hazzard-Donald for Outstanding Work in African American Popular Culture Studies 


This award honors the work of pioneering cultural theorists Harry Shaw and Katrina Hazzard-Donald. Appropriate submissions demonstrate research, scholarship, and discourse that makes a significant contribution to the field of African-American Popular Culture. Works published. Works published within the past three years are eligible. 
Deadline for Submissions is February 28, 2021
Remember, if you submitted a paper for the cancelled 2020 conference, you can resubmit the same paper for 2021. After you pay your membership fees and go to the submission portal, you can choose to resubmit or submit a new proposal. All proposals are due February 28.
How to confirm your registration
On the bottom of your profile page, you will find information on membership and registration. If you are registered, you will see the phrase check-in and the date your registration was confirmed.