About the 2022 Winner:
Kellen A. Kane (he/him/his) is a Research Fellow at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy affiliated with the General Service Administration’s Office of Evaluation Sciences. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Organized into three papers, “Health, Wealth, and Representation: Three Essays on LGBTQ+ Politics and Policy” focuses on several aspects of LGBTQ inequality in terms of public policy design, implementation and outcomes as well as in descriptive representation. The dissertation promises to make original contributions to knowledge in these areas by posing questions that have been unanswered and by adopting a mixed method approach in which he collects and combines a variety of data sources and develops new measures and analytical strategies.
Applicants must have successfully defended the prospectus for their dissertation, or intend to defend their prospectus by July 31, 2023. To qualify, an applicant’s dissertation prospectus must be an empirical study of LBGT topics; a prospectus in political theory is not eligible for the Kenneth Sherrill Prize.
Each year after receiving the Prize, the Prize committee must receive a report from prior recipients stating if the dissertation has been completed and if so, receive an abstract of the completed dissertation, and if not, a timetable detailing expected trajectory to completion.