Catherine Thomas was selected to receive the SPSSI Social Issues Dissertation Award for her dissertation, Can Psychologically and Culturally Wise Narratives of Aid Better Interrupt Cycles of Poverty and Prejudice?  Evidence from Kenya, Niger, and the U.S. In her work, according to SPSSI, Thomas “conducts lab and field experiments across diverse low-income contexts, including in the U.S., sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia, and often through interdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships with nonprofits and governments.” Thomas’s work “has been published in journals including Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and in media outlets including Time and Foreign Affairs.”