Crossing Academic Boundaries

Once again, Carnegie Mellon proves to be a truly interdisciplinary place.

Usually given to economists and social policy experts, Jessie B. Ramey (HS ’91, ’03, ’09) won the National Academy of Social Insurance’s (NASI) John Heinz Dissertation Award for her work as a historian.

Ramey’s dissertation -- “A Childcare Crisis: Poor Black and White Families and Orphanages in Pittsburgh, 1878-1929” -- examines the role of orphanages as vehicles of child care. She looked at how orphanages affect everything from the family and social welfare to gender and religion.

Honored for her unique perspective, Ramey thinks it speaks volumes of Carnegie Mellon’s excellence in interdisciplinary education.

For more read the release or visit the Department of History’s website.

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