James S. Brown Graduate Student Award for Research on Appalachia

History of the Award

The James S. Brown Graduate Student Award for Research on Appalachia is given to honor the memory of Professor James S. Brown, a sociologist on the faculty of the University of Kentucky from 1946 to 1982, whose pioneering studies of society, demography, and migration in Appalachia (including his ethnography of “Beech Creek”) helped to establish the field of Appalachian Studies at UK and beyond.

2019 Award Information

The Award supports graduate student research on the Appalachian region. To be eligible, students are actively enrolled in a master's or doctoral degree program at UK. The Award must be used to meet the costs of doing research relevant to social life in Appalachia including travel, lodging, copying, interviewing, ethnography, data collection, archival research, transcribing, and other legitimate research expenses. The Brown Award does NOT cover registration or travel costs for presentations or attendance at conferences. Several awards were given this funding cycle. Up to $1,000 was awarded to each recipient. 

Applications for the 2019 James S. Brown Graduate Student Award for Research on Appalachia that were NOT funded were automatically be entered into the competition for the 2019 UK Appalachian Center Eller & Billings Student Research Award. Those who receive the Brown Award are NOT be eligible for the Eller & Billings Award during the same funding cycle.

Recipients were asked to give an update on their research in a SWAP (Sharing Work on Appalachia in Progress) presentation with Appalachian Studies faculty and students during the 2019-2020 academic year. Recipients will provide a copy of their presentation to be shared with the wider Appalachian Studies community. 

Applications for the 2020 James S. Brown award will open in Fall 2019.


2019 Award Recipients

Madeline Dunfee, Behavioral Science, Tailoring a Successful Health Intervention for Implementation in Appalachian Communities

Erfan Saidi Moqadam, Anthropology, Reconstituting Religious Identity: Multivocal Religiosity in the Appalachian Iranian Diaspora

Julia M. Miller, Sociology, Let's Not Do Anything Drastic!: Processes of Reproducing Rural Marginalization in Education Policy Decision-making

Christopher A. Preece, S.T.E.M. Education, Chemistry Comic Books: Investigating Mental Models in Appalachian High Schools

2018 Award Recipients

Aaron Guest, Gerontology, The Impact of Rural Aging Appalachian LGBTQ Social Networks on Health

Christopher Leadingham, History, John Bowman and an Environmental Approach to Early Kentucky History

Mauri Systo, Anthropology, Gig City: Tech Revitilization and Social Justic in Chattanooga, TN

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