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11/03/2009 12:34pm

Deondra Rose Receives the 2014 Barbara King GSLT Legacy Leadership Award.

The Barbara King GSLT Legacy Leadership Award is given to a GSLT graduate who has made a significant contribution to his/her chosen field or community. The award is named after Barbara King, a local business/community member, who was a vocal advocate for education. She believed in the mission of GSLT and made important contributions to the organization.


Dr. Deondra Rose

GSLT is proud to announce that Dr. Deondra Rose is the recipient of the Barbara King GSLT Legacy Leadership Award.  Dr. Rose joins only two other graduates who have received this award for outstanding achievement in their chosen field or profession…or outstanding contribution to a community.  Coincidentally, one of the other recipients is a member of Deondra’s GSLT class.

If I were to list all of Dr. Rose’s achievements during the twelve years since her high school graduation, we would be here for a while.  However, I would like to share a few so that you will understand why the GSLT Board of Directors is presenting this award.

Dr. Rose graduated from Norcross High School and GSLT in 2002.  Her interest in government and politics was apparent during this time when she served as campaign manager for Mary Squires of Norcross who went on to win a seat in the Georgia Senate.  Dr. Rose received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Georgia in three years, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.  Upon graduation, she was accepted to law school and also crowned Miss University of Georgia where she won both the talent and interview segments.  In fact, I heard from some of her classmates that she wowed the audience with a rousing rendition of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” on her violin.  She spent the next year traveling the state, representing the University of Georgia, and preparing for the Miss Georgia pageant.  During this time, she reached back to her adult leaders in Gwinnett as she crafted a platform of youth leadership for every school in Georgia.

Following the completion of her undergraduate work and her reign as Miss UGA, Dr. Rose participated in then Senator Barack Obama’s “Yes We Can” Political and Campaign training program which resulted in her moving to Minnesota.

It was around this time she decided not to attend law school because she realized she had a passion for working on scholarly research projects.  As a result, she pursued her M.A. in Government at Cornell University which she received in 2009.  In 2012, she completed her doctoral work earning her Ph.D. in Government with a specialization in American Politics and Public Policy. During this time, she received the Best Paper Presentation Award at Yale University and the Dean’s Prize for Distinguished Teaching by Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences.


As a result of these and other awards, in 2011, the University of Georgia Alumni Association honored Dr. Rose as one of the recipients of its “40 Under 40” awards.

In 2013, Dr. Rose received numerous awards for her dissertation including the prestigious

  • Leonard D. White Award for the Best Dissertation in the Field of Public Administration and the
  • Walter Dean Burnham Award for the Best Dissertation in History and Politics.

In case you are curious about her dissertation research…Dr. Rose analyzed the development of landmark U.S. higher education policies—such as the National Defense Education Act of 1958, the Higher Education Act of 1965, and Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments…and the impact these programs have had on the gender dynamics of American citizenship.  In addition to public/social policy and the politics of gender, her research interests also include American Political Development, political behavior, race and politics, and inequality.

Last August, the American Political Science Association issued the following statements on Dr. Rose’s work in a press release during its annual meeting in Chicago where she was honored.

“Rose presents a nuanced and multi-faceted approach/ to assessing the origins and consequences of progressive educational reform/ on women’s educational attainment and political engagement in the United States.  The dissertation is impressive in its scope and depth, and it sheds new light on the dynamics of gender policies and their impact.”

At the present time, Dr. Rose is a postdoctoral fellow at Notre Dame where she also teaches.  She is still considering attending law school and later working as a public defender.

GSLT is honored to present the Barbara King GSLT Legacy Leadership Award to such a distinguished graduate who represents all that GSLT stands for in its mission of Learning, Teaching, and Serving.

UPDATE on 10/12/2014: Dr. Rose is an assistant professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.