Penn State Harrisburg

American Studies doctoral student receives dissertation award

Jennifer Dutch

Jennifer Dutch

Jennifer Dutch, an American Studies doctoral candidate, has received a $5,000 Alumni Association Dissertation Award from Penn State’s Graduate School for the spring 2012 semester for her dissertation “Someone’s In the Kitchen: The Value of Home Cooking Traditions in the Twenty-First Century.”

Dutch, of Hershey, is the first Penn State Harrisburg student to receive the award. She was recognized by the Graduate School Alumni Society on Saturday, March 24.

Among the most prestigious honors available to Penn State graduate students, the dissertation award recognizes achievement in scholarship and professional accomplishment by providing full-time doctoral students with funding and recognition.

“Jennifer is an emerging star in American cultural studies and making a place for herself in the broader realm of American Studies,” said Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Folklore Simon Bronner. “The research that she has conducted and channeled into presentations and publications addresses central issues within the interdisciplinary field, combining historical and cultural research methods to incisively treat the question of cooking culture in America.”