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70 Fellowships Awarded to Advanced Graduate Students


The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the results of the 2014-15 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship competition. ACLS made 70 awards, which include a $30,000 stipend plus up to $8,000 for research and university fees, to advanced graduate students in their final year of dissertation writing. Fellows from 29 universities and nearly 20 fields of humanistic study were selected from a pool of close to 1,000 applicants through a rigorous, multi-stage peer review process.

"Scholars, at this critical juncture of their professional development, need the uninterrupted time to write and complete their dissertations that this fellowship provides," said Matthew Goldfeder, ACLS director of fellowship programs. "ACLS enlists a panel of senior scholars, who themselves represent the diversity of the humanities, to select fellows poised to make significant contributions to knowledge and discourse over their careers."

ACLS also hosts for fellows an intensive faculty-led seminar on preparing for the academic job market to further help propel them into their postgraduate careers. The program is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows and project titles are listed below; for more information about the recipients and their projects, click here.

  • Arash Abazari (Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University) Hegel’s Logic of Essence as the Ontology of Power in Capitalism
  • Nadya Bair (Art History, University of Southern California) The Decisive Network: Magnum Photos and the Art of Collaboration in Postwar Photojournalism
  • Heather Berg (Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara) Porn Work: Adult Film at the Point of Production
  • Jeffrey Blevins (English, University of California, Berkeley) It All Coheres: The Poetry of Logic in America and England, 1895-1930
  • Elise L. Bonner (Music, Princeton University) Catherine the Great and the Origins of Russian Opera in Late Eighteenth-Century St. Petersburg
  • Jay Borchert (Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) Mass Incarceration, the Profession of Corrections, and the Way Prison Workers Construct Meanings about Their Participation in Our Punishment State
  • Mattie Burkert (English, University of Wisconsin, Madison) Economic Market Structures and the London Theater, 1672-1763
  • Chelsea R. Burns (Music, University of Chicago) Listening for Modern Latin America: Identity and Representation in Concert Music, 1920-1940
  • Lindsay A. Caplan (Art History, City University of New York, Graduate Center) Open Works: Between the Programmed and the Free, Art in Italy from 1962 to 1972
  • Maura Capps (History, University of Chicago) All Flesh Is Grass: Cultivation as Conservation in Britain’s Settler Empire, 1780-1850
  • Elizabeth Ann Cecil (Religious Studies, Brown University) Mapping a Contested Landscape: Religion, Politics, and Place in the Making of Pāśupata Identity, Sixth-Ninth Century CE
  • Wesley Byron Chaney (History, Stanford University) Land, Trade, and the Law on the Sino-Tibetan Border, 1723-1911
  • Andrew Coates (Religious Studies, Duke University) Fundamentalist Aesthetics: Sensation and Scripture in Early Twentieth-Century American Fundamentalism
  • Brian Cuddy (History, Cornell University) Wider War: American Force in Vietnam, International Law, and the Transformation of Armed Conflict, 1961-1977
  • Megan Johanna Daniels (Classics, Stanford University) The Queen of Heaven and a Goddess for All the People: Religion, Cultural Evolution, and Social Development in Iron Age Greece
  • Arash Davari (Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles) Revolutionary Reconstruction: Narrative, Subjectivity, and State Consolidation in Iran
  • Bathsheba R. Demuth (History, University of California, Berkeley) The Power of Place: Modern Ideology and Arctic Ecology in the Bering Straits, 1848-1988
  • Lee Elizabeth Douglas (Anthropology, New York University) Producing Historical Knowledge in a World of Absence: Forensic Science, Cultures of Documentation, and the Politics of Memory in Post-Franco Spain
  • Rebecca Elliott (Sociology, University of California, Berkeley) Underwater: Floods and the Social Classification, Pricing, and Distribution of the Risks of Climate Change in the United States
  • Rebecca M. Evans (English, Duke University) Unnatural History: Ecological Temporality in Post-1945 American Literature
  • Rebecca L. Fall (English, Northwestern University) Common Nonsense: The Production of Popular Literature in Renaissance England
  • Sofia Fenner (Political Science, University of Chicago) Life after Co-optation: Possibility and Change in Authoritarian Regimes
  • Emi J. Foulk (History, University of California, Los Angeles) Signposts for the Way: Grammar, Phonology, and Ideology in Eighteenth-Century Japan
  • Grant Gordon (Political Science, Columbia University) Monitoring Conflict to Deter Violence
  • Linda Gosner (Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University) Mining Matters: Rural Communities and Industrial Landscapes in Roman Iberia, Third Century BCE-Second Century CE
  • Timothy W. Grinsell (Linguistics, University of Chicago) Semantic Indecision
  • Serra M. Hakyemez (Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University) Kurds Before the Court: Law, Terrorism, and Sovereignty
  • Heidi Hart (Carolina-Duke Program in German Studies, Duke University) Contrary Voices: Heine, Hölderlin, and Goethe in the Music of Hanns Eisler
  • Heidi Hausse (History, Princeton University) Life and Limb: Technology, Surgery, and Bodily Loss in Early Modern Germany, 1500-1700
  • Jenna Healey (History of Science and Medicine, Yale University) Sooner or Later: Age, Pregnancy, and the Reproductive Revolution in Late Twentieth-Century America
  • Alanna Hickey (English, Northwestern University) The Forms of National Belonging: The Politics of Citizenship in Nineteenth-Century Native American Print Poetry
  • Tamara Kneese (Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University) Digital Afterlives: Patterning Posterity through Networked Remains
  • Whitney E. Laemmli (History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania) The Choreography of Everyday Life: Rudolf Laban and the Analysis of Modern Movement
  • Charles Lesch (Government, Harvard University) The Ethical Commonwealth: Social Citizenship and the Moral Life of Political Communities
  • Emily Xi Lin (Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Caring for Star-Children: Autism, Modernizing Families, and Ethics in Contemporary China
  • Weiwei Luo (History, Columbia University) Account Due: Making Citizenship and Sovereignty in Qing China, 1674-1894
  • Manissa Maharawal (Anthropology, City University of New York, Graduate Center) Protest Cultures of the New "Lost Generation": Urban Dissent, Direct Action, and Affective Politics Post-Occupy
  • Sean Mallin (Anthropology, University of California, Irvine) Becoming Blight: Property and Belonging in Post-Katrina New Orleans
  • Hannah Marcus (History, Stanford University) Banned Books: Medicine, Readers, and Censors in Early Modern Italy, 1559-1664
  • Martin Marinos (Communication, University of Pittsburgh) Post-Socialism, Right-Wing Populism, and the Construction of a (Neo)liberal Media Sphere: Political Discourse and Social Change in Bulgaria
  • Cecilia Márquez (History, University of Virginia) The Strange Career of Juan Crow: Latino/as, African Americans, and the Making of the US South, 1940-2000
  • James Robert Martin (History, Harvard University) Governing the World Economy: Economic Expertise and the Reshaping of Global Order, 1916-1948
  • Nathaniel Miller (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago) Tribal Poetics in Early Arabic Poetry: The Case of Ashʿār Banī Hudhayl
  • Cameron Moore (East Asian Studies, Princeton University) Text as Tradition: Han Commentary and the Rise of Classical Scholarship
  • Erin Mosely (African and African American Studies, Harvard University) The Future of Rwanda’s Past: Transitional Justice, Archival Practice, and the Remaking of History after Genocide
  • Emily Ng (Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley) A Time of Lost Gods: Madness, Possession, and the Return of Spirits in Contemporary China
  • Samuel Galen Ng (American Studies, New York University) Embodying Pain: The Politics of Black Mourning in the United States, 1917-1955
  • Melinda Latour O'Brien (Musicology, University of California, Los Angeles) Music and Moral Repair in Early Modern France
  • Kaneesha Cherelle Parsard (American Studies and African American Studies, Yale University) Improper Dwelling: Space, Sexuality, and Colonial Modernity in the British West Indies, 1838-1962
  • José Juan Pérez Meléndez (History, University of Chicago) The Business of Peopling: Colonization Companies and the Making of Imperial Brazil, 1815-1878
  • Connor M. Pitetti (English, State University of New York, Stony Brook) The City at the End of the World: Eschatology and Ecology in Twentieth-Century Science Fiction and Architecture
  • Sarah Margarita Quesada (Iberian and Latin American Cultures, Stanford University) Textual Memorials of a Transatlantic America: Ruins and Monuments of the African Diaspora in Luso-Hispanic and Latino/a Narratives
  • Kelly Mee Rich (English, University of Pennsylvania) States of Repair: Institutions of Private Life in the Postwar British Novel
  • Alfonso Salgado (History, Columbia University) The Party Family: The Private Life of Communists in Twentieth-Century Chile
  • Stephanie Savell (Anthropology, Brown University) The Right to Security: Militarized Policing and Its Alternatives in Rio de Janeiro
  • Akshya Saxena (Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) Vernacular Englishes: Language and Democratic Politics in Post-liberalization India
  • Timothy Shenk (History, Columbia University) Inventing the American Economy
  • Robert Steel (Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh) Planning for Failure
  • Mark Stoholski (Comparative Literature, Emory University) Affecting the Logos
  • Anushree L. Subramaniam (Economics, University of Chicago) Incentives for Pharmaceutical Innovation and Associated Welfare Implications: Evidence from the Orphan Drug Act
  • Hillary A. Taylor (History, Yale University) “But if the poore man speak, they say, What fellow is this?”: Language and Social Relations in Early Modern England, 1550-1750
  • Kyla Thomas (Sociology, Princeton University) Hidden (Dis)Advantages of Class: How Cultural Signals of Class Shape Hiring Outcomes
  • Denise M. Vigani (Philosophy, City University of New York, Graduate Center) Construing Character: Virtue As a Cognitive-Affective Processing System
  • Maria Vinogradova (Cinema Studies, New York University) Amateur Cinema in the Soviet Union, 1957-1991: History, Ideology, and Culture
  • Peter W. Walker (History, Columbia University) The Church Militant: The American Émigré Clergy and the Making of the British Counterrevolution, 1763-1792
  • Sean F. Ward (English, Duke University) War Worlds: Violence, Sociality, and the Forms of Twentieth-Century Transatlantic Literature
  • Delia D. B. Wendel (Urban Planning and Design, Harvard University) Space and the Ethics of Transition: Rebuilding Rwanda after the 1994 Genocide
  • Alper Yagci (Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst) Managing the Agricultural Biotechnology Revolution: Responses to Transgenic Seeds in Developing Countries
  • Corinna Zeltsman (History, Duke University) Ink under the Fingernails: Printers and the Material Politics of Print in Nineteenth-Century Mexico City
  • Anna Baker Zogas (Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle) Invisible Injury: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Medical Uncertainty in the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System
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