Stevens Graduate Fellowship

The Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science was established in 1998 in memory of Dr. Benjamin H. Stevens (1929-1997), an intellectual leader whose selfless devotion to graduate students as teacher, advisor, mentor, and friend continues to have a profound impact on the field of Regional Science. Graduate students enrolled in Ph.D. programs in North America are eligible to compete for the Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in support of their dissertation research in Regional Science.

Faculty at all North American Ph.D. programs are asked to encourage their best students to apply for the Twenty-First Stevens Graduate Fellowship, which will support the winning student’s dissertation research in the field of Regional Science with a fellowship of $30,000 for the 2021-2022 academic year. The application deadline is February 15, 2021. Full submission guidelines may be found at

Margaret Bock, a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at West Virginia University was selected as the winner of the Twentieth Annual Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science. The Fellowship has been providing a 2020–2021 Academic Year stipend of $30,000 to support Ms. Bock’s dissertation research entitled, “The Road Less Traveled: Economic Analysis of Roads and Highways.”

The research investigates the connection between roads and highways on several aspects of urban and rural locales including commuting, mortality, and mayoral elections. The results of this dissertation will be of wide-ranging interest to regional scientists and policymakers given current interest in the state of infrastructure in the United States, poising Ms. Bock to make several scholarly and practical contributions. Ms. Bock’s doctoral research is supervised by Joshua Hall, Professor and Chair of Economics at West Virginia University.

In addition to selecting the Fellowship recipient, the Selection Committee identified two applicants as meriting special recognition in the 20th Annual Competition:  Melissa Haller, Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), supervised by David Rigby; and Sydney Schreiner, Ph.D. student in Agricultural, Environmental, and Developmental Economics at The Ohio State University, supervised by Mark Partridge.

The Committee thanks the 24 students who entered the competition in 2020, as well as their dissertation supervisors.

The 20th competition winner and finalists were recognized at the awards session of the November 9–13, 67th North American Meetings of the RSAI, which were held virtually due to the Covid pandemic.

This 2020 Stevens Fellowship competition was overseen by a Selection Committee composed of: Elizabeth Mack, Geography, Michigan State University (Chair); Amanda Weinstein, Economics, The University of Akron; Daoqin Tong, Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University; Nicholas Nagle, Geography, University of Tennessee, and Steven Deller, University of Wisconsin, Madison. At its 2020 meeting, NARSC Council expressed its gratitude to Amanda Weinstein for her five years of service on the Selection Committee and appointed Shaoming Cheng, Florida International University, to replace her, beginning with the 2021 competition.

The Stevens Fellowship Committee administrates the Stevens Fellowship Fund on behalf of the North American Regional Science Council; its members are: Tony Smith, Chair; David Plane, Secretary; Michael Lahr, Treasurer; Janet Kohlhase; and Neil Reid, Executive Director of NARSC.

The Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science has been awarded to the following students:

2000  Michael J. Greenwald (University of California,Irvine; Marlon Boarnet, advisor)

2001  Rachel Franklin (University of Arizona; Brigitte Waldorf, advisor)

2002  Jung Won Son (University of California-Los Angeles; Leobardo Estrada, advisor)

2003  Alison Davis Reum (North Carolina State University; V. Kerry Smith, advisor)

2004  Nicholas Nagle (Univ. of California-Santa Barbara; Stuart H. Sweeney, advisor)

2005  Xiaokun Wang (University of Texas at Austin; Kara Kockelman, advisor)

2006  Joshua Drucker (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Harvey Goldstein

and Edward Feser, advisors)

2007  Alvin Murphy (Duke University; Patrick Bayer, advisor)

2008  Paavo Monkkonen (University of California, Berkeley; David E. Dowall, advisor)

2009  Elizabeth Mack (Indiana University; Tony H. Grubesic, advisor)

2010  Adam Storeygard (Brown University; J. Vernon Henderson, advisor)

2011  Peter Richards (Michigan State University; Robert Walker, advisor)

2012  Ran Wei (Arizona State University; Alan Murray, advisor)

2013  Zhenhua Chen (George Mason University; Kingsley Haynes, advisor)

2014  No award made

2015  Ahmadreza Faghih Imani (McGill University; Naveen Eluru, advisor)

2016  Nick Tsivanidis (University of Chicago; Chang-Tai Hsieh, advisor)

2017 Lindsay E. Relihan (University of Pennsylvania; Gilles Duranton, advisor)

2018 Daniel Crown (The Ohio State University; Mark Partridge, advisor)

2019 Prottoy A. Akbar (University of Pittsburgh, Randall Walsh, advisor)

2020 Margaret Bock (West Virginia University, Joshua Hall, advisor)

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