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.