Florentina Dedu-Constantin, one our lecturers in French, has won the Graduate Schoolʼs 2017 Distinguished Dissertation Award. Florentina, who recently received her PhD, won the award for her dissertation "The Good Distance: Proust and Sociability" in the Humanities & Fine Arts category. The Distinguished Dissertation Award includes a $1000 prize and represents an original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline. The UW Graduate School has sent her dissertation to the Council of Graduate Schools as the University of Washington's institutional nomination for the 2017 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation in the Humanities and Fine Arts. Congratulations Florentina!