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ACLS Names 66 Dissertation Completion Fellows


Ibn_Balkhi_Manuscript_on_Astronomy Detail from Abū Maʻshar. Kitāb al‐mawālid. 850 CE. Wikipedia. 27 April 2016. Digital Image of Manuscript. Ma’shar’s works are cited by 2016 fellow Margaret Gaida in her project on the transmission and reception of Arabic astrology in medieval Europe.

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the 2016 cohort of Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows. The fellows, who each receive a $30,000 stipend and up to $8,000 in research funds and university fees, are advanced graduate students in their final year of dissertation writing. They were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants through a rigorous, multi-stage peer review process.

Together, these 66 fellows capture the diversity of humanistic scholarship today. “They are finishing their degrees at 32 US universities, and their topics of research span time and space, from class relations in ancient Palestine to environmental policy in contemporary California,” said ACLS Program Officer Rachel Bernard. “Fellows employ an array of methods to better understand our world, by, for example, conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Kenya, studying a modern multilingual Manchurian literary corpus, or delving into colonial-era archives in Chile and Argentina.”

The fellowship offers promising scholars a year of support, free from other responsibilities, to focus their attention on completing projects that they will build on throughout their careers and that will help shape a generation of humanistic scholarship. The program, which is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, also includes an intensive faculty-led academic job market seminar hosted by ACLS, to further prepare fellows for their postgraduate careers.

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

  • Sophia Balakian (Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) "The Fraudulent Family": Humanitarianism, Security, and Competing Ethical Claims in Refugee Resettlement from Kenya
  • Sara Ballance (Music, University of California, Santa Barbara) Learning to Listen: Musical Hearing and the Construction of Musicality in the Nineteenth Century
  • Joshua Paul Batts (East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University) Circling the Waters: The Keicho Embassy and Japanese-Spanish Relations in the Early Seventeenth Century
  • A.J. Bauer (Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University) Before Fair and Balanced: Conservative Media Activism and the Rise of the New Right
  • Alyse Bertenthal (Criminology, Law, and Society, University of California, Irvine) (Un)Natural Law: Environmental Governance in the Owens Valley, California
  • Andrea L. Brock (Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) Rome at Its Core: Reconstructing the Environment and Topography of the Forum Boarium
  • Emily Brooks (Anthropology, University of California, Irvine) The Hidden Drought: Groundwater Politics in California’s Low Desert
  • Tristan G. Brown (History, Columbia University) The Veins of the Earth: Law, Geomancy, and the Transformation of Property in Modern China, 1865-1928
  • Morgan Day Frank (English, Stanford University) Schools of Fiction: American Literature and the Modern Educational System, 1880-1920
  • Brendan de Kenessey (Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Joint Practical Deliberation
  • Rosanna Dent (History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania) Studying Indigenous Brazil: The Xavante and the Human Sciences, 1958-2015
  • Samuel Dolbee (History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University) The Locust and the Starling: People, Insects, and Disease in the Ottoman Jazira and After, 1860-1930
  • Patrick Ellis (Film and Media, University of California, Berkeley) Aeroscopics: Cartographic Spectacles from Panorama to Film
  • Rachel Ellis (Sociology, University of Pennsylvania) Conviction behind Bars: Religion in a Twenty-First-Century American Women’s Prison
  • Joanna Fiduccia (Art History, University of California, Los Angeles) Hollow Man: Alberto Giacometti and the Crisis of the Monument, 1935–1946
  • Mark D. Fisher (Political Science, University of California, Berkeley) Democracy, Autocracy, and Democratic Heroism in Thucydides' Peloponnesian War
  • Stephanie Lynn Freeman (History, University of Virginia) Looking over the Horizon: Nuclear Abolitionism and the End of the Cold War, 1979-1989
  • Margaret Gaida (History of Science, University of Oklahoma) Encounters with Alcabitius: Reading Arabic Astrology in the Latin West, 950-1560
  • Filippo Gianferrari (Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame) Dante and Thirteenth-Century Latin Education: A Study in Medieval Christian Humanism
  • Anne Gillman (Political Science, Johns Hopkins University) Making Culture, Moving Margins: State-Society Interactions within Brazilian Cultural Policy
  • Timothy M. Griffiths (English, City University of New York, Graduate Center) Bricolage Propriety: The Queer Practice of Black Uplift, 1890-1905
  • Angelina Grigoryeva (Sociology, Princeton University) Mass Participatory Finance in the Era of Growing Inequality
  • George Charles Halvorson (History, Columbia University) Valuing the Air: The Politics of Environmental Regulation from the Clean Air Act to Carbon Trading
  • Lenora Hanson (English, University of Wisconsin, Madison) Riotous Life: The Rhetoric and Politics of Romantic Organisms
  • Sonia Hazard (Religion, Duke University) The Touch of the Word: Evangelical Cultures of Print in Antebellum America
  • Jacob Hobson (English, University of California, Berkeley) Exegetical Theory and Textual Communities in Late Anglo-Saxon England
  • Morgan Hoke (Anthropology, Northwestern University) Feeding Babies, Feeding Inequalities: An examination of changing economic activity, infant feeding, and early growth in Nuñoa, Peru
  • Joshua A. Hubbard (History and Women's Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) Reproductive Subjects: The Global Politics of Health in Nationalist China
  • Tyler Huismann (Philosophy, University of Colorado, Boulder) Aristotle on Accidental Causation
  • Shehab Ismail (History, Columbia University) Engineering Metropolis: Contagion, Capital, and the Making of British Colonial Cairo, 1882-1922
  • Amy Johnson (History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Twitter and the Body Parodic: Creating and Regulating a Global Speech Genre
  • Marysia Jonsson (History, New York University) Carving Doors: Tolerance, Cultural Exchange, and Diplomacy during the Great Northern War, 1700-1721
  • Janet Kay (History, Boston College) Old, New, Borrowed, and Buried: Burial Practices in Britain, 350-550 CE
  • George Anthony Keddie (Religious Studies, University of Texas, Austin) Revelations of Ideology: Apocalyptic Class Politics in Early Roman Palestine
  • Soo-Young Kim (Anthropology, Columbia University) A Future Continuously Present: Everyday Economics in Athens
  • Liz Koslov (Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University) Retreat: Moving to Higher Ground in a Climate-Changed City
  • Sharon Kunde (English, University of California, Irvine) Down in the Dirt: Undoing Transcendentalism
  • Nicole Labruto (History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Growing Energy, Generating Plants: Brazilian Biofuel Science in the Age of Climate Change
  • Katherine Lennard (American Culture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) Uniform Threat: Manufacturing the Ku Klux Klan’s Visible Empire, 1905-1937
  • Elizabeth Lhost (South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and History, University of Chicago) Between Community and Qanun: Documenting Islamic Legal Practice in Nineteenth-Century South Asia
  • Marina Magloire (English, Duke University) Whosoever Doubts My Power: Conjuring Feminism in the Interwar Black Diaspora
  • Alexander M. Mazzaferro (English, Rutgers University, New Brunswick) “No Newe Enterprize”: Empirical Political Science and the Problem of Innovation in the Colonial English Americas
  • Nikhil Menon (History, Princeton University) Planned Democracy: Citizenship, Development, and the Practices of Planning in Independent India, 1947-1967
  • Noémie Ndiaye (English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University) Marking Blackness: Embodied Techniques of Racialization in Seventeenth-Century European Theater
  • Huong Thi Diu Nguyen (History, University of Washington, Seattle) Living the Vietnam War: A Social History of the City of Hue, 1957-1967
  • Samuel Parler (Music, Harvard University) Musical Racialism and Racial Nationalism in Commercial Country Music, 1915-1953
  • James Phillips (History, New York University) Human Material: Psychoneurology and the Science of the New Man in Russia and the Soviet Union, 1904-1938
  • Samuel Reis-Dennis (Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) I Do Blame You: Responsibility in Real Life
  • Erin Reitz (Art History, Northwestern University) From Oakland to Outer Space: The Political Geographies of the Black Panthers, 1966-1982
  • Sarah Roth (English, Northwestern University) An Interesting Situation: Reproduction and the Un-Domestication of the Victorian Novel
  • Tom Sapsford (Classics, University of Southern California) The Life of the Kinaidoi
  • Cheryl Mei-ting Schmitz (Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley) Another Day of Work: The Morality of Chinese Money in Postwar Angola
  • Aarti Sethi (Anthropology, Columbia University) The Life of Debt in Rural India
  • William E. Sherman (Religious Studies, Stanford University) Mountains and Messiahs: Revelation, Language, and Afghan Becomings
  • Evelyn Shih (East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley) The Cold War Comic: Power and Laughter in Taiwan and South Korea 1948-1979
  • Adriana Monica Solomon (Philosophy, University of Notre Dame) On the Interaction between Mathematical Methods and Metaphysics in Isaac Newton’s Writings: The Case of Mathematical Forces
  • Swati Srivastava (Political Science, Northwestern University) Configurations of Sovereignty: Public and Private Authority Negotiations in World Politics
  • Alexander Statman (History, Stanford University) A Global Enlightenment: History, Science, and the Birth of Sinology
  • Alexandra J. Steinlight (History, New York University) Salvaging Paper, Capturing Experience: Constructing France’s Wartime Archives, 1944-1979
  • Paige L. Sweet (Sociology, University of Illinois, Chicago) Trauma, Domestic Violence, and Hybrid Medicalization
  • Kathryn Takabvirwa (Anthropology, Stanford University) On the Threshing Floor: Roadblocks and the Policing of Everyday Life in Post-Crisis Zimbabwe
  • Emily Morgan Talbot (History of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) The Photographic Effect: Making Pictures after Photography, 1875-1905
  • Miya Qiong Xie (Comparative Literature, Harvard University) The Literary Territorialization of Manchuria: Spatial Imagination and Modern Identities in East Asian Literature
  • Ruben D. Yepes (Art and Art History, University of Rochester) Affecting the Conflict: Mediations of the Colombian War in Contemporary Art and Film
  • Bryanne Young (Communication Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) “Killing the Indian in the Child”: Political Formations of Life and Materialities of Death in the Canadian Indian Residential School System
  • Jesse Zarley (History, University of Maryland, College Park) Toward a Transandean Mapuche Politics: Ritual and Power in Chile and Argentina, 1792-1862

Contact: Matthew Goldfeder, 212-697-1505 x 124

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