Dr. Amy Thompson Awarded the UNM Popejoy Dissertation Prize

Departmental News

Posted:  Apr 20, 2022 - 12:00pm

Dr. Amy Thompson (UNM PhD, 2019) has been awarded the UNM Tom L. Popejoy Dissertation Award  for her dissertation Comparative Processes of Sociopolitical Development in the Foothills of the Southern Maya Mountains.  Dr. Thompson is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas (Austin).

The Tom L. Popejoy Dissertation Prize was established as a permanent memorial to the late Tom L. Popejoy, President of the University of New Mexico from 1948 to 1968. The award recognizes and encourages the highest level of academic excellence. Competition for the prize is structured on a three-year rotation, so that in one year, the departments of Art and Art History (including MFA) and Humanities are asked to submit their best dissertations; in the next, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics & Statistics; and last, Social Sciences and Education (including EdD). See below for a 3-year rotation schedule.