Pitt Law Professor Debbie Brake is the 2011 recipient of the Iris Marion Young Award for Political Engagement. The Young Award for Political Engagement honors Iris Marion Young, a philosopher and social theorist of international renown. Young was a professor in GSPIA during the 1990s before taking a position as Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago in 2000. She died in 2006 of cancer.
At Pitt, Young was a galvanizing presence, active in the Women’s Studies Program as well as within GSPIA. During her time in Pittsburgh, Young volunteered and organized on behalf of peace and social justice, fair labor practices, adult literacy, and children’s rights, among other causes, and she worked to combat hate groups and poverty.
GSPIA and the Women’s Studies Program inaugurated the award in 2008 to honor Young’s memory and recognize a member of the Pitt community whose actions have had political impact within the University or beyond.
Sponsorship for this award is done so through the Women's Studies Program, Center for Metropolitan Studies Program, University Center for Social and Urban Research, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Cultural Studies Program, and the Department of Sociology.