The Rackham Graduate School of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, has named Youngrim Kim, a 2022 Ph.D. alumna of the school, the recipient of a 2022 ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for her dissertation “Pandemic Data Publics: Surveillance Culture and Civic Action in Times of Public Health Emergencies.”
Kim, an Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at SC&I, received the award at a ceremony held at the University of Michigan on April 25, 2023. This prestigious award recognizes only the top 10 of the approximately 800 dissertations defended in 2022 by University of Michigan graduate students.
“Each year truly exceptional dissertations are recognized with the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards,” Mike Solomon, Dean and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the Rackham Graduate School, wrote in the event program. “Faculty who have served as chairs of dissertation committees nominate outstanding students who have completed their dissertations. These nominations are reviewed by a faculty panel and then read closely by postdoctoral fellows who are members of the Michigan Society of Fellows, a unique interdisciplinary community of outstanding scholars.
“The awards are co-sponsored by ProQuest, a global information-content and technology company based in Ann Arbor that publishes more than 200,000 dissertations and theses annually, including more than 800 by University of Michigan graduate students. We are delighted to have ProQuest as a partner in celebrating the accomplishments of these scholars and recognizing the excellence of their doctoral dissertations.”
Kim said her dissertation