Chad Jewett (PhD 2015) has been awarded the 2016 Bradford Dissertation Prize of the St. George Tucker Society for his dissertation “Aesthetic Activism: Race, Ethnicity, Literary Experimentalism, and the U.S. South.” His dissertation committee consisted of Veronica Makowsky (Major Advisor), Clare Eby, and Cathy Schlund-Vials. The Fellows of the Tucker Society will read a chapter of Chad’s dissertation in advance and discuss it with him in a session devoted to the dissertation at their annual conference at the end of July. The Melvin E. Bradford Dissertation Prize is an annual competition that recognizes the best dissertation written on any aspect of the American South.The award was established in 1993 in honor of the late Mel Bradford, Professor of Literature at the University of Dallas. The recipient of the Bradford Prize is awarded $1,000 and expenses to attend the annual meeting. The St. George Tucker Society is an interdisciplinary scholarly organization dedicated to the study of the American South. Founded in 1990, it holds an annual meeting for members and guests during the summer “lay-by” season. These meetings feature presentations by established and beginning scholars. Papers are circulated in advance of the meeting and sessions focus on the engagement between the presenter and the audience.