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Sophie Wallerstedt wins Turner Award

June 24, 2014

The winner of the Turner Award for the outstanding Honors thesis in the College of Liberal Arts for the 2013 calendar year is Sophie E. Wallerstedt, a major in history. Her thesis, "Politicians and Prostitutes Make Strange Bedfellows: A History of Commercialized Sex and Regulation in Early Minneapolis," was completed under the supervision of Professors Gail Dubrow and Kevin Murphy.

Honorable mention was awarded to Jillian Ryks, a journalism major whose thesis, "A Content Analysis of Women's Issues in Cable News: Election 2012," was completed under the supervision of Professor Daniel Wackman.

Congratulations, Sophie and Jillian!

The Turner award is named for political science professor Emeritus John E. Turner, a globally recognized leader in social sciences who received his master's degree (1949) and his PhD (1950) from the University of Minnesota. His distinguished career at the University of Minnesota spanned nearly four decades. His outstanding scholarship was underscored in 1974 when he was made a Regents' Professor. During his tenure he was also awarded the Morse-Alumni Award for Undergraduate Teaching. He authored, co-authored, and edited approximately thirty publications during the course of his career. He was instrumental in the creation of the International Studies Association, the premier scholarly association for the study of international relations. In his numerous leadership roles he served as an influential public figure who contributed to the world of social science in countless ways.

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