Professor Vicky Lawson wins Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award

Professor Vicky Lawson wins the UW Graduate School’s 2010 Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award.

For a profile in University Week, click here.

Portrait of Vicky LawsonHer research has included studying the migration of Ecuador’s rural poor to that South American nation’s cities, seeing how their lives, particularly those of poor women, were affected by economic development. She also has studied the effects of poverty in the rural Pacific Northwest.

Most recently she has been part of a study conducted simultaneously in the United States, Scandinavia, Argentina and South Africa to see how the middle class reacts politically in the face of crisis, namely the global economic meltdown of 2008. Scholars in each country are employing similar methods, and Lawson’s students are a key part of her work.

“Students come into the field with me and get to see the messiness of doing qualitative research,” she said. “That’s one of the qualities I hold dear, collaborating with students, showing them the messy inside of research rather than just talking about it in the classroom.”

Professor Lawson was also recently featured in an NPR segment, “From Maps To Apps: Where Are We Headed?”

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