Doctoral Grad Receives Prestigious
Yale Prize for Written Scholarship

Sayd Randle ’18 Ph.D., an ethnographer and political ecologist who graduated this week with a joint degree in Environmental Studies and Anthropology, received a prestigious Yale award for scholarship written in a way to make it of general human interest.
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Sayd Randle ’18 Ph.D., center, with her parents, Julia and Russell Randle.
Randle was awarded the John Addison Porter Prize for her dissertation, “Replumbing the City: Water(s) and Space in Los Angeles.” Her research traces efforts by engineers, activists, plumbers, artists, and everyday city dwellers to remake the city’s contested waterscape, excavating the meanings, values, and “spatial imaginaries” that guide their work.
The award was established in 1872 by the Kingsley Trust Association (The Scroll and Key Society) in honor of the late professor and physician, who graduated from Yale in 1842. The award is open to all students enrolled in Yale University for a degree.
“Building from rich ethnographic work at several scales of analysis, Randle offers a comprehensive look at efforts to rethink and rework the water system in Los Angeles during an age of climate change and volatile shifts between periods of drought and deluge,” a citation states. “In doing so, Randle offers significant contributions to multiple fields from the history of Los Angeles to environmental justice.”
This fall, Randle will begin a postdoctoral appointment with the University of Southern California’s Society of Fellows in the Humanities.
PUBLISHED: May 24, 2018
Note: Yale School of the Environment (YSE) was formerly known as the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). News articles posted prior to July 1, 2020, refer to the School's name at that time.