Jackson School Assistant Professor Vanessa Freije has won the Latin American Studies Association Mexico Dissertation Prize and the Margaret A. Blanchard Dissertation Prize, the latter for which is awarded by the American Journalism Historians Association for the best dissertation on mass communication history.
Her dissertation “Journalists, Scandal, and the Unraveling of One-Party Rule in Mexico, 1960-1988” explored the role of political scandals in the unraveling of Mexico’s one-party rule.
Her current work builds upon this research to investigate the relationship between scandal and democracy, journalism and everyday practices of governance, and the mediated nature of Mexican citizenship.
Freije received her Ph.D. and M.A. in History from Duke University. Previously, she held a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Fellowship and a pre-doctoral fellowship with the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, UC San Diego. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow of the Dartmouth College Society of Fellows, and will return to the Jackson School to teach in fall 2016.