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Announcing the 2014 Mellon-ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows


The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the results of the 2013-14 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship competition. This year, 64 fellowships were awarded to advanced graduate students pursuing promising and ambitious PhD research from 32 universities and more than a dozen humanistic disciplines. Fellows were selected from a highly competitive pool of nearly 1,000 applicants through a rigorous, multi-stage peer-review process.

“This fellowship program intervenes at a critical juncture in a scholar’s professional development,” said Matthew Goldfeder, director of fellowship programs at ACLS. “It aims to support fellows in the final year of dissertation writing as they improve the project that will form the basis of their early postdoctoral research agenda and publications.”

ACLS is pleased to announce an increase this year in the fellowship stipend to $30,000, plus additional funds for research support and university fees, helping to ensure that fellows are able to focus on completing the dissertation. The program also hosts an intensive job market seminar to better equip fellows to embark on their postgraduate careers. Now in its eighth year, the program is made possible by a generous 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.

Joel Anderson (Medieval Studies, Cornell University)
Imagining Universal Government at the Edge of the World: Institutional Forms in Norse Bishops’ Lives

Hillary Angelo (Sociology, New York University)
How Green Became Good: Urban Greening as Social Improvement in Germany’s Ruhr Valley

Stephanie Bosch Santana (African and African American Studies, Harvard University)
Forms of Affiliation: Nationalism, Pan-Africanism, and Globalism in Southern African Literary Media, 1950-present

Jennifer S. Bowles (Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Hands on the Green Leaf: Everyday Dwelling in Argentina’s Yerba Mate Country

Benjamin Breen (History, University of Texas, Austin)
Tropical Transplantations: Drugs, Nature, and Globalization in the Portuguese and British Empires, 1640-1750

Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis (Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame)
Ministers of Christ’s Word: Benedictine Women Religious in Early and Central Medieval England

Andrew A. Cashner (Music, University of Chicago)
Faith, Hearing, and the Power of Music in Hispanic Villancicos, 1600-1700

Patrick R. Chappell (English, Rutgers University, New Brunswick)
Recirculations: Objects, Plotting, and the Second-Order Economies of Nineteenth-Century British Fiction

Laurence Coderre (East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley)
Consuming Revolution: Yangbanxi as Material Culture of the Chinese Cultural Revolution

Alice M. Cotter (Music, Princeton University)
Sketches of Grief: Genesis, Musical Development, and Revision in the Operas of John Adams, Peter Sellars, and Alice Goodman

Shannon C. Cram (Geography, University of California, Berkeley)
Unmaking the Bomb: The Cultural Politics of Waste, Health, and Science at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation

Britt Dahlberg (Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania)
Envisioning Post-Industrial Futures: Community Activism and Government Environmental Health Science

Michael Jason Degani (Anthropology, Yale University)
The City Electric: Infrastructure and Ingenuity in Postsocialist Tanzania

Rowan W. Dorin (History, Harvard University)
Expulsions of Foreign Moneylenders in Medieval Europe, 1200-1450

Jeffrey A. Erbig, Jr. (History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Where Nomads and Mapmakers Meet: Rethinking Borderlands from the Río de la Plata, 1700-1805

Elisabeth Fink (Institute of French Studies and History, New York University)
Elections and the Politics of Mobilization: Voting in French West Africa, 1944-1960

Laura Lynn Garofalo (Classics, Johns Hopkins University)
Reconstructed Pasts and Retrospective Styles in Flavian Rome

Rebecca Gaydos (English, University of California, Berkeley)
Technologies of Expression: Writing Poetry in Postwar America

Jonathan Gebhardt (History, Yale University)
Global Cities, Incoherent Communities: Communication, Coexistence, and Conflict in Macau and Manila, 1550-1700

Stefanie Graeter (Anthropology, University of California, Davis)
Lead to the Laboratory: The Ethics and Science of Lead Exposure Politics in Central Peru

Christopher Gratien (History, Georgetown University)
“The Mountains are Ours”: Settlement, Ecology, and the Late Ottoman Frontier, 1856-1956

Assaf Harel (Anthropology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick)
“The Eternal Nation Does Not Fear a Long Road”: Theological Conceptions of Time among Jewish Settlers

Lauren Heintz (Literature, University of California, San Diego)
Lawless Liaisons: Kinship, Interraciality, and Queer Desire in the U.S. Hemispheric South, 1791-1865

Ariane Helou (Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz)
Figures of Voice in Early Modern Europe

Leon J. Hilton (Performance Studies, New York University)
Theaters of the Mind: Autism, Disability, and the Performance of Neurological Difference

Sarah Thompson Hines (History, University of California, Berkeley)
Water Rules: Urbanization and the Transformation of Cochabamba’s Waterscape, 1879-2000

Sylvia W. Houghteling (History of Art, Yale University)
Politics, Poetry and the Figural Language of South Asian Textiles, 1600-1730

Isabel Huacuja Alonso (History, University of Texas, Austin)
Radio for the Millions: Hindi-Urdu Broadcasting at the Crossroads of Empire

Jessica Hurley (English, University of Pennsylvania)
The Affective Life of Apocalypse: Race, Sexuality, and Citizenship in the Nuclear Age

Suzanne Kahn (History, Columbia University)
Divorce and the Politics of the American Social Welfare Regime, 1969-2001

Matthew Kruer (History, University of Pennsylvania)
The Susquehannock War: Native Americans, Bacon’s Rebellion, and the Forging of the Covenant Chain

Malgorzata Kurjanska (Sociology, University of California, Berkeley)
Imperial States and Civic Legacies: Associational Life in Pre-WWI and Interwar Poland

Antoine Lentacker (History, Yale University)
Signs and Substances: Publicity, Information, and Trust in the Drug Markets in France and Austria, 1880-1950

Brian P. Long (Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame)
Towards the Cultural History of the Twelfth-Century Translation Movement

Stephanie C. Maher (Anthropology, University of Washington)
Barça ou Barzakh: The Social “Elsewhere” of Failed Clandestine Migration Out of Senegal

Kathryn A. Mariner (Anthropology, University of Chicago)
Intimate Speculation: The Flows and Futures of Private Agency Adoption in the United States

Maya Maskarinec (History, University of California, Los Angeles)
Building Rome Saint by Saint: Sanctity From Abroad at Home in the City, Sixth-Ninth Century

Aleksandar Matovski (Government, Cornell University)
Popular Dictators: The Attitudinal Roots of Electoral Authoritarianism

Michael Patrick McCulloch (Architecture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Building the Working City: Designs on Home and Life in Boomtown Detroit, 1914-1929

Amy Myrick (Sociology, Northwestern University)
The Politics of Text: How Textual Norms Shape Substantive Agendas in U.S. Constitutional Amendment Advocacy, 1900-2010

Adam Joseph Nazaroff (Anthropology, Stanford University)
Entanglement: A Study in Neolithic Resource Exploitation in the Middle East

James A. Palmer (History, Washington University in St. Louis)
Gold, Grain, and Grace: Piety and Community in Late Medieval Rome

Helen Pfeifer (History, Princeton University)
To Gather Together: Cultural Encounters in Sixteenth-Century Ottoman Literary Salons

James Robert Pickett (History, Princeton University)
The Persianate Sphere during the Age of Empires: Islamic Scholars and Networks of Exchange in Central Asia, 1747-1917

Kristina E. Poznan (History, College of William and Mary)
Becoming Immigrant Nation-Builders: The Development of Austria-Hungary’s National Projects in the United States, 1880s-1920s

Cassidy Cody Puckett (Sociology, Northwestern University)
The Geek Instinct: Technological Change, Digital Adaptability, and Social Inequality

Alicia Puglionesi (History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University)
The Astonishment of Experience: Americans and Psychical Research, 1885-1935

Gregory Rosenthal (History, State University of New York, Stony Brook)
Hawaiians Who Left Hawai’i: Work, Body, and Environment in the Pacific World, 1786-1876

Christopher S. Santiago (English, University of Southern California)
Sonic Displacement, Sonic Placemaking: The Poetics of Diaspora in Yoko Tawada, Jessica Hagedorn, M.I.A., and Cathy Park Hong

Jensen Sass (Sociology, Yale University)
Commodification as Corporate Strategy: Monsanto and the Remaking of American Farming

Stuart Schrader (American Studies, New York University)
American Streets, Foreign Territory: How Counterinsurgent Knowledge Militarized Policing and Criminalized Color

Elizabeth Searcy (History, Brown University)
The Unconscious Mind in America, 1880-1917

Heeryoon Shin (History of Art, Yale University)
Building a “Modern” Temple Town: Architecture and Patronage in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Banaras

Sarah Shortall (History, Harvard University)
Soldiers of God in a Secular World: The Politics of Catholic Theology, 1905-1950

Christy Spackman (Food Studies, New York University)
Transforming Taste: Aesthetics in Medicine and Food

Brian A. Stauffer (History, University of Texas, Austin)
Victory on Earth or in Heaven: Religion, Reform, and Rebellion in Michoacán Mexico, 1869-1877

Preston Stovall (Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh)
Existence, Essence, and Excellence: Kind Terms, Modal Operators, and the Subjunctive Conditional

Edgar Curtis Taylor (Anthropology and History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Making Spatial and Historical Contexts: Racial Thought and Urban Life in Uganda, 1959-1972

Christy Thornton (History, New York University)
Sovereignty and Solidarity: The Mexican Revolution and the Origins of the Postwar Order, 1919-1948

Whitney A. Trettien (English, Duke University)
Cut/Copy/Paste: Composing Devotion at Little Gidding

Christopher Michael Turner (Philosophy, DePaul University)
Aristotle and the Cynics on Happiness and Misfortune

Craig D. Warmke (Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Numbers and Necessity

Jerry Chuanghwa Zee (Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley)
The Windy State: Dust Storms and a Political Meteorology of Contemporary China

Iskandar Zulkarnain (Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester)
“Programming” the Archipelago: Digital Visual Cultures and Nationalism in Indonesia

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