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Previous MGR Prize Winners

THE MARLEIGH GRAYER RYAN COLLEGE STUDENT WRITING PRIZEPast Competition Winners Archive


2015

Graduate Prize Winner

Hayden Kantor

Cornell Univeristy

“A Dead Letter of the Statute Book: The Strange Bureaucratic Life of The Bihar Food Economy and Guest Control Order, 1950-1954″

This paper has been published in revised form in the journal South Asian History and Culture (2016). The published version is available here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19472498.2016.1168098

Undergraduate Prize Winner

Ayman A. Khondker

Colgate University

“The Factors Affecting South Asian National Hierarchy”

Undergraduate Honorable Mention Winner

Lisbeth DaBramo

Hamilton College

“Situating Gender in Water-Related Issues: Regional Perspective from Jaipur and Varanasi”

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2014

Graduate Prize Winner

Phillip Guingona

University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Warlords and Dancing Beauties: A Study of Early Twentieth-century Sino-Philippine Bilateral Media Representations

Undergraduate Prize Winner

Tatenda Pasipanodya

St. Lawrence University

Democratic Tendencies: Wealth, the Middle Class, and the Prospects for Chinese Democracy

Undergraduate Honorable Mention Winner

Chika Okuyama

Hofstra University

Francis Ford Coppola and Japanese Culture

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2013

Graduate Prize Winner

Rafal Stepien

Columbia University

The Impossibility of Language: Poetic Modes of Apophasis in Buddhist and Islamic Mystical Literature

Undergraduate Prize Winner

Kai R. Wasson

University at Buffalo, State University of New York

The Power of Invisibility: American Empire in the Conundrum Yasukuni Shrine

Undergraduate Honorable Mention Winner

Eric Lee

Binghamton University, State University of New York

Empress Liu: Agency, Regency, and Bureaucracy

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2012

Graduate Prize Winner

Jeffrey Gower

University at Buffalo

Knowledge Management and Transfers between North and South Korea at the Kaesong  Industrial Complex

(No undergraduate prize awarded in 2012.)

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2011

Undergraduate Prize Winner

Nora Langan

St. Lawrence University

Sino-African Relations: Mutually Beneficial?

Undergraduate Prize Honorable Mention

Fernando Gomez

St. Lawrence University

Cities of Dreams: Examining the Ideology of Colonial Architecture in India

Graduate Writing Prize Winner

Helena Zeweri

The New School

Generating the Collective through Text: Afghan American Writings on Belonging and the Homeland

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2010

Undergraduate Prize

Jacob Birchard

St. Lawrence University

State Intervention in India: An Analysis of Bureaucratic Change and Its Impact on Economic Growth

Honorable Mention/Undergraduate Prize

Nick Ogonek

Bard College

Mizuko Kuyo and Blame in Contemporary Japanese Buddhism

Graduate Prize

Kyoung-Lae Kang

University of Rochester

Maternal Face and Voice in Public Prosecutor and Teacher: Its Symbolism upon Korean Modern History

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2009

Undergraduate Prize

Julia Burke

University at Buffalo, SUNY

The Expanding Network of the Uyghurs: The Past and Prospects of the East Turkestan Independence Movement

Honorable Mention/Undergraduate Prize

Kara Cooperrider

Colgate University

Maneuvering the Space in Between: The Hijras of India and the Gender Politics of Nation Building

Graduate Prize

Anouluk Kittikhoun

Graduate Center, City University of New York

A Geographical Analysis of the Revolution in Laos

Honorable Mention/Graduate Prize

Kevin Carrico

Cornell University

Re-centering China: The Cantonese In and Beyond the Han

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2008

Undergraduate Prize

Kevin H. Keepper

Saint Lawrence University

Intellectual Property Rights in China: Capacity and Incentive for Proper Enforcement in China

Graduate Prize

Chien-Ju Lin

Binghamton University, SUNY

Gender and Labor In East Asia

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2007

Undergraduate Prize

Joshua Evan Schlachet

Cornell University

Human Warmth: Comfort Women & Destabilizing Historical Narrativism Towards Multiplicity of Voice

Graduate Prize

Yu-Ling Huang

Binghamton University, SUNY

Negotiating Health in Thailand: AIDS, Global Patent Regime, and Health Social Movement

The 2007 Pre-Collegiate Student Writing Prize Competition

[In Cooperaton with Asia for Educators, Columbia University, and the New York Council for History Education]

Winner – First Prize

Omar Hayes

Spring Valley High School, Spring Valley, NY
(Teacher: Christopher Ferraro)

The Economic and Political Effects of Burmese Opium Trade 1886-present

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2006

Tie–Undergraduate Prize

Maria Marangos

Fordham University – College at Lincoln Center

Modernizing Through Tradition: Kyoto’s Development in Meiji Period

Samuel L. Sapirstein

Bard College

Civil Unrest in Contemporary China: Some Implications for U.S.-China Relations

Honorable Mention/Undergraduate Prize

Alexander Gordon

Cornell University

The Role of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in the Primary Health Care and Economy of People in Lower Mustang (Nepal)

(No Graduate Prize Awarded in 2006)

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2005

Undergraduate Prize

Daniel Schwartz

Binghamton University, SUNY

Terror and Revolt: Examining Al Qaeda through the Lens of the Satsuma Rebellion

Honorable Mention/Undergraduate Prize 

Theresa McNutt

University at Buffalo, SUNY

The Double-Standard of Cross-Genderization in Japanese Theatre

Graduate Prize

Jeongsuk Joo

University at Buffalo, SUNY

From Periphery to Center: The Rise of the Korean Film Industry Since the Late 1990s and Ironies of its Success

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2004

Undergraduate Prize

Alexandra Geertz

Hamilton College

Seat Reservation for Women in Local Panchayats: An Analysis of Power

Honorable Mention/Undergraduate Prize 

Linda Stein

Columbia University

Death for Death: A Comparison of Three Classic Revenge Dramas

Graduate Prize

Seo-Hyun Park

Cornell University

Islands for Cash: Economic Influence Strategies and the Russo-Japanese Territorial Dispute

Honorable Mention/Graduate Prize

Samuel Yunxiang Liang

Binghamton University

Ephemeral Households, Splintered City: Be(tween) Tradition and Modernity in Flowers of Shanghai

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2003

Undergraduate Prize

Renee Karl

LeMoyne College

Women in Practice: A Comparative Analysis of Gender and Sexuality in India

Honorable Mention/Undergraduate Prize

Aaron Edelstein

Union College

Abortion and Buddhism

Graduate Prize

Fang Qiang

University at Buffalo

Were Chinese Rulers above the Law: Aspects of the Theory and Practice of the Rule of Law in Chinese History

Honorable Mention/Graduate Prize

Nosheen Ali

Cornell University

The Politics of Conservation in the Khunjerab National Park, Pakistan Explorations and Insights

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2002

Undergraduate Prize

Emily McRae

Union College

Gender, Self and Enlightenment: A Feminist Analysis of Buddhism

Honorable Mention/Undergraduate Prize

Kevin Carrico

Bard College

Chairman Mao’s Good Soldier: The Many Faces of Lei Feng

Graduate Prize

Linda Rui Feng

Columbia University

Snatching the Last Word(s): Value-driven Suicides and the Role of Narrative in Chinese Literary History

Honorable Mention/Graduate Prize

Heather Fried

University at Buffalo

A Prismatic Image of Identity

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2001

Undergraduate Prize

  1. Andre Foisy

University at Buffalo

Free Aceh Movement: A Nosological Problem

Honorable Mention/Undergraduate Prize

Jane Lim

Cornell University

Alternative Identities: Anti-Communism and the ‘ASEAN’ Way

Graduate Prize

Ping Chou

New School for Social Research

Imagining Formosa Through Western Writings, 17th-19th Century: A Buddhist Middle Way Discourse Analysis

Honorable Mention/Graduate Prize

Naveen Zaidi

Cornell Law School

The Controversies behind the H-1B Visa Program: Truth or Myth