Gardner Receives ASHR Dissertation Award

Elizabeth Gardner, a 2016 Ph.D. alumna from the Department of Communication, has received the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Society for the History of Rhetoric.

Her dissertation is entitled: “The Child Labor Movement’s Night Messenger Service Campaign: Rights and Reform in the Progressive Era.”

Dr. Gardner is currently an assistant professor at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA.

Gardner is the fifth recipient of the ASHR Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Department of Communication at Maryland. The list of previous Terp winners includes Gary Selby (Ph.D., 1996), Robert Sullivan (Ph.D., 2001), Cynthia King (Ph.D., 2002), and Timothy Barney (Ph.D., 2011). More students from Maryland have received this award since its inception in 1995 than from any other Ph.D. program. And UM Assistant Professor Carly Woods received the ASHR Dissertation Award in 2011 for her dissertation completed at the University of Pittsburgh.

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