Dual-Degree CMES/LBJ student Sophia Ahmad was awarded the Emmette S. Redford Award by the LBJ School for her outstanding thesis, “Post-Reform Saudi Arabia: Space, Time, and the Reconstruction of the Social and Political Order.” Sophia’s thesis supervisor was Dr. Samy Ayoub (D/CMES) , and her readers were Dr. Jeremi Suri (History/LBJ/CMES) and Dr. Karen Grumberg (D/CMES).
The Emmette S. Redford Award has been awarded to a member of the graduating class since 1976 for outstanding research. A professional report or thesis can be nominated by the faculty. The recipient receives a monetary award at the LBJ spring graduation convocation.
For the purposes of the award, "outstanding research" is defined as an "original study, by an individual, that is of practical significance to policy makers; or develops insights, ideas, or concepts of significance to the understanding of the public policy process or the solution of a public problem. Furthermore, the study must manifest a high quality of research execution and preparation.
The award announcement noted that “Sophia’s research is deeply relevant for policymakers in the US and other countries who want to understand Saudi Arabia and assess opportunities for encouraging openness and reform.”