Dean Hank Dobin Prize Winners

ProCES is proud to award the Dean Hank Dobin Prize in Community-Engaged Independent Work to students whose outstanding thesis best engages a community audience, whether through extensive research, policy recommendations, or new information and analysis.  The prize is named after former Dean Dobin, who was instrumental to the creation of the Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship during his time at Princeton.  Prizes are awarded annually on Class Day in May.


First Prize

Lauren McGrath (Anthropology), Ethnographic Data Visualization as a Methodology to Visualize the Health Impacts of Structural Violence in Urban Philadelphia Communities

The Side Unseen by Lauren McGrath


Second Prize

Jonathan Wang (Molecular Biology), Examining Low-Barrier Buprenorphine Treatment during COVID-19 for Individuals Experiencing Housing Insecurity and Homelessness

Examining Low-Barrier Buprenorphine Treatment by Jonathan Wang 


Third Prize

Katherine Leggat-Barr (School for Public and International Affairs), Responding from a Fractured Foundation: An Analysis of the COVID-19 Response on the Navajo Nation, to Explain Observed Elevated COVID-19 Mortality Rates

Responding from a Fractured Foundation by Katherine Leggat-Barr



First Prize

Rachel Kasdin (Sociology), The Crisis of Stigma: Young Adults’ Negotiation of Racism and Homelessness In Trenton’s Health Care System

PDF iconThe Crisis of Stigma, by Rachel Kasdin


Second Prize

Serena Alagappan (Comparative Literature), The Space Before Us

PDF iconThe Space Before Us, by Serena Alagappan


Third Prize

Vayne Ong (History), Springwood Avenue Rising: Race, Leisure, and Decline in the 1970 Asbury Park Uprising

PDF iconSpringwood Avenue Rising, by Vayne Ong



First Prize

Madeline Gilson (Sociology), Fractured Families: A Qualitative Study of Deteriorating Kin Support Among Parents in the Child Welfare System

PDF iconFractured Families, by Madeline Gilson


Second Prize Co-Winners

Jordan Antebi (History), Citizen Participation Versus Urban Renewal, and the Struggle for Community In Trenton, New Jersey

PDF iconCitizen Participation Versus Urban Renewal, by Jordan Antebi


Everett Elson (POL), Welfare's Silent Citizenry: An Interview-Based Study on Political Quiescence in the New Jersey Welfare System

PDF iconWelfare's Silent Citizenry, by Everett Elson



First Prize

Sophia Alvarez (Anthropology), When it Rains it Floods: An Ethnography of Infrastructure and Citizenship in New Orleans

PDF iconWhen it Rains, It Floods, by Sophia Alvarez.pdf


Second Prize

Kelly McCabe (Spanish and Portuguese), Out of the Shadows: Opening Pathways to Domestic Violence Services for Latin American Immigrants in Mercer County

PDF icon Out of the Shadows, by Kelly McCabe.pdf


Third Prize

Ariana Mirzada (Near Eastern Studies), Serving the Afghan Women of Diavata Camp: Considerations and Future Implications

PDF iconServing the Afghan Women of Diavata Camp, by Ariana Mirzada.pdf


Years 2001-2017: information forthcoming