Lily Rajan wins Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information

Press release
July 1, 2021
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Lacey Torge,

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2021 Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information. We are granting this year’s award to Lily Rajan of the University of Washington Information School, based on her dissertation project, titled, “Encountering Ambiguity in Information Systems: from Classification Theory to Design Approaches.”

The award committee stated:

“Lily Rajan’s dissertation is an exciting and unique approach to studying ambiguity in information systems. Whereas ambiguity is generally regarded as a problem in information science, Rajan addresses ambiguity in all its complexity—not only as limitation, or even harm, but as something positive that affords possibilities. Although ambiguity is fundamental to LIS, Rajan shows that it remains underexamined. She asks compelling questions about the concept and her innovative methodology investigates it with a new lens. Rajan is putting a number of critical theorists and philosophers in direct dialogue with LIS scholars. We look forward to seeing the completed dissertation.”

The award consists of $1000 and a certificate suitable for framing.

Since this award is for ongoing research, other applicants who are still working on their dissertations will be eligible to enter their work next year, and we encourage them to do so.

For more information about the award, please visit