Doctorate Recipient Eiko Strader Honored for Dissertation

Eiko Strader
Eiko Strader

Eiko Strader, a 2017 Ph.D. recipient in sociology, has been honored with a 2018 Council of Graduate Schools / ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for her dissertation on immigration and wage inequality.

The awards recognize outstanding research by graduates in the fields of mathematics, physical sciences, and engineering and social sciences

Strader received the award in social sciences for her dissertation, “Immigration and Within-Group Wage Inequality: How Queuing, Competition, and Care Outsourcing Exacerbate and Erode Earnings Inequalities.”

In response to the policy rhetoric regarding the economic threat of increased immigration to low-educated, native-born men in the labor market, Strader analyzed 100 metropolitan areas between 1980 and 2007 to better understand the regional differences in the way immigration affects wages. She concludes that “the wage effects of immigration are the result of gendered, raced and classed queuing processes, as well as changes in household production decisions.” 

Strader is currently assistant professor of public policy and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at The George Washington University.

Bestowed annually since 1982, the dissertation awards recognize recent doctoral recipients who have made unusually significant and original contributions to their fields. ProQuest, an international leader in dissertation archiving, discovery, and access, sponsors the awards, and an independent committee from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) selects the winners. Two awards are given each year, rotating among four general areas of scholarship. The winners receive a certificate, a $2,000 honorarium and funds for travel to the awards ceremony.

Also receiving a 2018 award during the during the council’s 58th Annual Meeting Dec. 5-8 in Washington, DC., was Mohamed S. Ibrahim, who completed his dissertation on microfluidic biochips for his doctorate in electrical and computer engineering at Duke University.

“The Distinguished Dissertation Awards recognize the significant contributions young scholars make in their disciplines,” said CGS President Suzanne T. Ortega. “Dr. Ibrahim and Dr. Strader’s work demonstrates the value and impact of graduate education to the world.”