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Ann J. Morning Award Statement

The 2005 ASA Dissertation Award, which honors the best dissertation in the 2004 calendar year, was awarded at the 2005 ASA meeting to Ann Morning (“The Nature of Race: Teaching and Learning About Human Difference”) and Amélie Quesnell-Vallée (“Pathways from Status Attainment to Adult Health: The Contribution of Health Insurance to Socioeconomic Inequities in Health in the U.S.”)

“The Nature of Race” is the culmination of Ann Morning's longstanding research on the origin and meanings of racial classification. Rather than simply accept the usual platitude that race is “socially constructed,” Morning seeks to identify precisely how that construction takes place, how the general public comes to understand racial differences, and how scientific knowledge about racial difference is disseminated to lay people.