Kristopher Mecholsky wins James Olney Distinguished Dissertation Award
This year's James Olney Distinguished Dissertation Award goes to Kristopher Mecholsky, author of "Adaptation as Anarchist: A Complexity Method for Ideology-Critique of American Crime Narratives." This award recognizes the excellence of a dissertation by a Ph.D. student in English who graduated within the calendar year of 2012.
At our spring English Department Award Ceremony, Kris will receive a modest cash prize and a copy of LSU Professor Emeritus (and long-time editor of The Southern Review) James Olney's bookMemory and Narrative. Kris is also our departmental nominee for the university-wide Distinguished Dissertation competition.
Many thanks to the dissertation directors who made nominations--including most specifically Carl Freedman, who worked with Kris--and also to the selection committee for reading such a substantial body of research in so short a time.