December 22, 2005 :: No. 93
||Carrie L. Chet, assistant professor
of American studies at Cal State Fullerton, was one of
five finalists for the American Studies Association's
Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize for 2005.
|| Chet's doctoral dissertation, "What I'm Worth: White-Collar
Unemployment in a New Economy," is an ethnographic study
of unemployed white-collar high-technology workers. Chet
found that today's high-tech workers are better prepared -- emotionally,
financially and professionally -- to manage prolonged
unemployment than were previous generations of laid-off
professionals. She also concluded that workers' individualism
and their faith in the market economy shape their views
of broader issues, such as globalization, labor activism
and economic inequality. Chet earned her doctorate in
American studies at Yale University earlier this year.
She joined the Cal State Fullerton faculty this fall
and teaches "Introduction to American Studies," "American
Character," "The Search for Community" and "Ethnography
and American Culture."
The 2005 Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize
winner is Alyosha Goldstein for "Civic Poverty: An
Empire for Liberty Through Community Action," completed
at New York University. The prize has been awarded
annually since 1987. Members of the American Studies
Association include teachers and others whose interests
extend beyond their specialties, professors and students
associated with American studies programs at universities
and secondary schools, plus museum directors, librarians,
administrators and public officials.
Carrie L. Chet, American Studies, 657-278-2441,
Ko Cruz, Public Affairs, 657-278-7586, email@example.com