TAMU Ag PhD Grad Wins National Dissertation Award

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Dr. Hannah Russell, a 2019 Ph.D. graduate from the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications at Texas A&M University,  has been selected to receive the KPMG Outstanding Dissertation Award for her contribution to gender-related research. The award recognizes her exceptional scholarly research in her dissertation, titled ‘The Effects of Gender Inequity on Global Food Insecurity.’ KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing audit, tax, and advisory services.

Shown in photo are Dr. Hannah Russell and her Dissertation Committee Chair, Dr. Manuel Piña, Jr.

Dr. Russell’s dissertation examines women’s role in broad aspect of food and agriculture. The dissertation includes a scoping study identifying research-based literature that addresses the relationship between gender inequity and food insecurity and carries out a cross-sectional, nonexperimental analysis of the impact of gender inequity on global food insecurity. The cross-sectional, nonexperimental study presents empirical evidence on the relationship between gender inequity and food insecurity across 112 countries. Results indicate that higher levels of gender inequity are associated with lower levels of basic human needs being met, higher levels of corruption, lower female education, and lower gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. This research provides empirical results on which experts can base practice and policy decisions.

Her graduate committee included Drs. Gary Briers, Shannon Deer, Valerie Hudson, Manuel Piña, Jr. (chair), and Tobin Redwine.

Dr. Derek Dalton, President of the Gender Issues and Work-Life Balance Section (GIWB) said, “Dr. Russell has made a major impact on gender research with her dissertation, which identifies women as a vital resource in the business of agriculture.  We commend her for her hard work and dedication that culminated with her doctorate. We also commend Dr. Russell’s dissertation committee at Texas A&M University. The Section is thankful for support from the KPMG Foundation that enables the Section to recognize such distinguished research.”

The KPMG Outstanding Dissertation Award is made annually by the GIWB Section of the American Accounting Association. The 2020 award includes a plaque and a cash prize, which will be presented at the Section’s annual meeting in August in Atlanta, Georgia. The GIW’s objective to promote knowledge and encourage research in gender issues and worklife balance by identifying areas in need of research, facilitating the exchange of ideas and findings, and providing opportunities for exposure of research results.


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