CONGRATULATIONS – Brett Story – Recipient of the Governor General’s Gold Medal Award

The Governor General’s Gold Medal was first awarded in 1873 by the Earl of Dufferin. This award has since become one of the most prestigious that a student at a Canadian educational institution may receive.  The Gold Medal is awarded to three students who achieve the highest academic standing at the graduate level.

Brett Story defended her dissertation in August 2015, under the supervision of Professor Deborah Cowen in the Department of Geography & Planning. Her dissertation, “Dis-placing the Prison: Carceral Space, Disposable Life, and Urban Struggle in Neoliberal America,” explores the political geographies of mass incarceration in the United States.

Dr. Story’s contributions have appeared in top international journals, as book chapters, a working paper series and in a forthcoming co-edited book from McGill University Press. She produced an hour-long radio documentary on the politics of solitary confinement for the CBC as well as an award-winning feature-length documentary film.

She has accepted a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship to support her research at the Center for Place, Culture. and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York, under the supervision of Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Congratulations Brett !