Dorothy S. Thomas Award

The Dorothy S. Thomas Award has been established by the Population Association of America (PAA) in honor of Dorothy S. Thomas and is presented annually for the best graduate student paper on the interrelationships among social, economic and demographic variables. The Award consists of a cash prize and a certificate, to be presented at the PAA Annual Meeting.

Eligibility: The research must be undertaken while the author is a pre-doctoral student in an accredited graduate program. The paper must have both theoretical and empirical aspects. Two or more students may share the award for a collaborative study, but a paper jointly authored by a student and a member of the faculty is not eligible. An individual is eligible for one year following completion of the study. Published papers are acceptable. 

Length: The paper should be journal length; up to 12,000 words (including main text, references, end/footnotes, and appendix text) and up to 10 tables and graphs (combined, including appendices). Papers that exceed this limit will not be considered.

Submission Procedures: The 2019 submittal deadline was January 31, 2019. Students should email the paper and a letter from their research advisor confirming eligibility to

Past recipients:
2019: Margot Moinester
2013: Deirdre Bloome and Christopher M. Muller