Rui Gao has won this year’s Marvin B. Sussman Best Dissertation Award for her 2011 thesis Eclipse and Memory: Public Representation of the War of Resistance in Maoist China and its Official Revision in the Post-Mao Era. The department hopes to hear Rui present on her dissertation on May 8th. The Rui Gao dissertation has already won the University’s John Addison Porter Prize, a literary award given annually by Yale to the best work of scholarship in any field “where it is possible, through original effort, to gather and relate facts or principles, or both, and to present the results in such a literary form as to make the product of general human interest.” This award is among the highest the university confers. (The prize was established in 1872 in honor of Professor John Addison Porter, B.A. 1842).