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In 2021, the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights announced a prize for excellence in BA essay projects about race and human rights in the United States or globally.
A prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the best BA essay submitted on any topic at the intersection of race, structural racism, and human rights. Submissions may be BA essays in any field in the Social Sciences or the Humanities.


Only students in the College who complete a BA essay on a topic at the intersection of race and human rights in the year they submit it are eligible for this award.

How to Apply

  • Applications for 2024 are closed.

Learn More

For more information, please contact Deputy Director, Adam Avrushin

2023 BA Thesis Competition Winners

  • Marsha Morabu (History; Philosophy and Allied Fields)
    Thesis Title: "In Their Own Words: Anticolonial Resistance, Mau Mau, and Women’s Political Mobilization in Kenya, 1907-1960"
  • Noah Tesfaye (Political Science; Critical Race & Ethnic Studies)
    Thesis Title: "Theorizing Black Self-Determination in the “United States”: The Revolutionary Vision of the Republic of New Afrika"
  • Amina Washington (English)
    Thesis Title: "Crafting a Black Reality: Examining Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon as Contemporary Folklore"