Jackson Postdoctoral Research Fellow Sara Silverstein has received the World History Association Dissertation Prize for her dissertation, “Doctors as Diplomats: The Origins of Universal healthcare in International Society.”

The WHA Dissertation Prize is awarded annually to a single doctoral dissertation on the subject of world, global, or transnational history. The selection committee looks for works that “examine any historical issue with global implications, including but not limited to the exchange and interchange of cultures, the comparison of two or more civilizations or cultures, or the study in a macrohistorical manner of a phenomenon that had a global impact.” Silverstein will receive a $500 award, certificate, and one-year WHA membership as part of the prize.

Silverstein’s work at the Jackson Institute focuses on the history of international social policy, refugees and migrants, and human rights. Silverstein received her Ph.D. in history from Yale in 2016, her M.Phil. from Oxford University in 2009, and her A.B. summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 2007.

In 2018, she will take up a position as Assistant Professor of History and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut.