Annual Dissertation Award

The AoIR Dissertation Award was established in 2012 to recognize the work of emerging scholars in the field of Internet research. Dissertations filed in the previous calendar year are eligible. Submission instructions will be distributed in the early Spring. The submissions will be reviewed by a committee of scholars experienced in supervising dissertation work.

Submissions Details:

  • A nomination letter that explains why the dissertation is deserving of the award
  • How it contributes to internet research
  • The graduate or their supervisor must be a member of AoIR
  • A PDF copy of the dissertation should be emailed
  • Filed in 2016 (meaning fully defended, all edits complete, filed/published with a 2016 copyright)

The recipient of this award will be announced in the summer. In addition to winning a cash prize, the individual will also be invited to present their research in a session at AoIR 2017 in Tartu, Estonia, 18-21 October 2017.

Nomination information for 2017 is here.

Past Award Recipients:

  • 2017: Julia Ticona (University of Virginia) – “Left to Our Own Devices: Navigating the Risks of Work & Love with Personal Technologies”
  • 2016: Eden Litt (Northwestern University) – “The Imagined Audience: How People Think About Their Audience and Privacy on Social Network Sites.”
  • 2015: Nora Draper (University of Pennsylvania) – “Reputation, Inc.: Assessing the industrialization of self-presentation and privacy in the digital era”
  • 2014: Elisa Oreglia (University of California – Berkeley) – “From Farm to Farmville: Circulation, Adoption, and Use of ICT between Urban and Rural China”
  • 2013: Taina Bucher (University of Oslo) – “Programmed Sociality: A Software Studies Perspective on Social Networking Sites”
  • 2012: Jessica L. Beyer (University of Washington) – “Youth and the Generation of Political Consciousness Online”