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Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows


The Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships Program awards 65 fellowships annually. The fellowships support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing.

This program is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Read more about this fellowship program.

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Nisa Ari
Nisa Ari|Abstract

History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Parity and Disparity: Cultural Politics and the Formation of Palestinian Art

Julia Mavis Lewandoski
Julia Mavis Lewandoski|Abstract

History, University of California, Berkeley - Indigenous Proprietors Across Empires in North America, 1763-1891

David Atenasio
David Atenasio|Abstract

Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago - Collective Responsibility by Agreement

Kerry Manzo
Kerry Manzo|Abstract

English, Texas Tech University - When We See It, We Shall Be Happy: The Mbari Movement, Queer Emergence, and Counterpublics in the Production of African Literature

Amiri Ayanna
Amiri Ayanna|Abstract

History, Brown University - The Ethics of Everyday Life: Vernacular Devotional Literature by Women in Germany's Long Fifteenth Century

Andrea Marston
Andrea Marston|Abstract

Geography, University of California, Berkeley - Thieves of Patria: Vertical Politics in Plurinational Bolivia

Fabio Battista
Fabio Battista|Abstract

Comparative Literature, City University of New York, The Graduate Center - Cultural Translation in Early Modern Italy: Fiction and English Affairs, 1590-1690

Hiroaki Matsusaka
Hiroaki Matsusaka|Abstract

History, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Transpacific Anti-Imperialism: Social Movements and Race-Making in Migrant and Minority Cultures in the United States and East Asia, 1919-1951

Burcu Baykurt
Burcu Baykurt|Abstract

Communications, Columbia University - The City as Data Machine: Local Governance in the Age of Big Data

James McNally
James McNally|Abstract

Music, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - São Paulo Underground: Creativity, Collaboration, and Cultural Production in a Multi-Stylistic Experimental Music Scene

Tania Bhattacharyya
Tania Bhattacharyya|Abstract

History, Columbia University - Ocean Bombay: Space, Itinerancy, and Community in an Imperial Port City, 1839-1945

Adeana McNicholl
Adeana McNicholl|Abstract

Religious Studies, Stanford University - Hungry Ghosts and Celestial Seductresses: Preta Narratives in Early South Asian Buddhism

Kathryn A. Catlin
Kathryn A. Catlin|Abstract

Anthropology, Northwestern University - Archaeology of Marginal Settlements and Environmental Change in Hegranes, North Iceland

Lucas M. Mueller
Lucas M. Mueller|Abstract

History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Toxic Relationships: Poisons, Health, and the Politics of Science and Trade in the Postcolonial World

Amanda R. Cheong
Amanda R. Cheong|Abstract

Sociology and Social Policy, Princeton University - Access to Civil Registration as a Mode of Stratification

Elizabeth Newton
Elizabeth Newton|Abstract

Music, City University of New York, The Graduate Center - Lo-fi Recordings and the Reproduction of Affect, 1988-1996

Eunsung Cho
Eunsung Cho|Abstract

History, Columbia University - The Thread of Juche: Vinalon, a Figuration between Science and Society in North Korea, 1948-1970

Elsa A. Noterman
Elsa A. Noterman|Abstract

Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Vacant Geographies: Dispossession, Resistance, and Speculative Futures in Philadelphia’s Abandoned Properties

Margaret K. Clark
Margaret K. Clark|Abstract

Classics, University of Texas at Austin - Laying the Groundwork: Agricultural Land in the Roman Agricultural Imaginary

Elizabeth O'Brien
Elizabeth O'Brien|Abstract

History, University of Texas at Austin - Intimate Interventions: The Cultural Politics of Reproductive Surgery in Mexico, 1790-1940

Jonathan D. Cohen
Jonathan D. Cohen|Abstract

History, University of Virginia - For a Dollar and a Dream: State Lotteries and American Inequality

Benjamin Ogrodnik
Benjamin Ogrodnik|Abstract

History of Art, University of Pittsburgh - The Rise of Ruin Cinema: Working-Class Filmmaking in the US Rust Belt

Emilie Connolly
Emilie Connolly|Abstract

History, New York University - Indian Trust Funds and the Routes of American Capitalism, 1795-1865

Jesse J. Olsavsky
Jesse J. Olsavsky|Abstract

History, University of Pittsburgh - “Fire and Sword Will Do More Good”: Fugitives, Vigilance Committees, and the Making of Revolutionary Abolitionism, 1835-1859

Sarah Louise Cowan
Sarah Louise Cowan|Abstract

History of Art, University of California, Berkeley - Mending Abstraction: Howardena Pindell’s Nonrepresentational Black Feminisms, 1967-1986

Sean O'Neil
Sean O'Neil|Abstract

History, Columbia University - The Art of Signs: Symbolic Notation and Visual Thinking in Early Modern Europe, 1550-1750

Natalie Deam
Natalie Deam|Abstract

French and Italian, Stanford University - The Fantastic Natural and the Evolutionary Imagination in Nineteenth-Century France

Helen Panagiotopoulos
Helen Panagiotopoulos|Abstract

Anthropology, City University of New York, The Graduate Center - The Question of Money: State, Protest, and Informal Currencies in the Wake of Greece’s Economic Crisis

Bakary Diaby
Bakary Diaby|Abstract

English, Rutgers University-New Brunswick - Sensing Meaning: Aesthetics and Vulnerability in the Romantic Age

Amanda Perry
Amanda Perry|Abstract

Comparative Literature, New York University - The Cuban Revolution, Race, and Pan-Caribbean Futures

Myisha S. Eatmon
Myisha S. Eatmon|Abstract

History, Northwestern University - Public Wrongs, Private Rights: African Americans, Private Law, and White Violence during Jim Crow

John Phillips
John Phillips|Abstract

Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Cognitive Agency and the Possibility of Rational Evaluation

Matthew J. Elia
Matthew J. Elia|Abstract

Religious Studies, Duke University - Ethics in the Afterlife of Slavery: Race, Augustinian Politics, and the Problem of the Christian Master

Danya Pilgrim
Danya Pilgrim|Abstract

American Studies and African American Studies, Yale University - Gastronomic Alchemy: How Black Philadelphia Caterers Transformed Taste into Capital, 1790-1925

Georgia C. Ennis
Georgia C. Ennis|Abstract

Anthropology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Mediating Endangerment: Local Radio and Language Vitality in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Elizabeth Polcha
Elizabeth Polcha|Abstract

English, Northeastern University - Redacting Desire: The Sexual Politics of Colonial Science in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World

Susanna Ferguson
Susanna Ferguson|Abstract

History, Columbia University - Tracing Tarbiya: Women, Childrearing, and Education in Egypt and Lebanon, 1850-1939

Jawan Shir Rasikh
Jawan Shir Rasikh|Abstract

South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania - The Rural in Medieval Afghanistan: Islamization of the Region of Ghur in Tenth through Twelfth Centuries

Javier Fernandez Galeano
Javier Fernandez Galeano|Abstract

History, Brown University - Contested Sexualities: Male Homosexuality and the State in Twentieth-Century Argentina and Spain

Melissa Reynolds
Melissa Reynolds|Abstract

History, Rutgers University-New Brunswick - “Gentyll Reader Ye Shall Understande”: Practical Books and the Making of an English Reading Public, 1400-1560

Robby Finley
Robby Finley|Abstract

Philosophy, Columbia University - Logic in Accounts of the Potential and Actual Infinite

Rachel N. Schine
Rachel N. Schine|Abstract

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago - On Blackness in Arabic Popular Literature: The Black Heroes of the Siyar Sha‘biyya, Their Conception, Contests, and Contexts

Beverly Fok
Beverly Fok|Abstract

Anthropology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Land Reclamation from the Ground Up

John B. Seitz
John B. Seitz|Abstract

History, Iowa State University - Science and the Steppe: Agronomists, Nomads, and the Settler Colony on the Kazakh Steppe, 1881-1917

Macario Mateo Garcia
Macario Mateo Garcia|Abstract

Anthropology, University of Virginia - In Here for a Reason: Mobility, Animacy, and Becoming Human in the Correctional United States

Matthew B. Shutzer
Matthew B. Shutzer|Abstract

History, New York University - Extractive Ecologies: Fossil Fuels, Global Capital, and Postcolonial Development in India, 1870-1975

Zoltán Glück
Zoltán Glück|Abstract

Anthropology, City University of New York, The Graduate Center - Security and Social Transformation: An Anthropology of Kenya’s War on Terror, 1998-2018

Haeden E. Stewart
Haeden E. Stewart|Abstract

Anthropology, University of Chicago - In the Shadow of Industry: Toxic Legacies of Mill Creek Ravine

Tamara Golan
Tamara Golan|Abstract

History of Art, Johns Hopkins University - Hans Fries and Niklaus Manuel: Evidence, Inquiry, and Knowledge in Swiss Painting, 1430-1530

Tomonori Sugimoto
Tomonori Sugimoto|Abstract

Anthropology, Stanford University - Rearticulated Sovereignty: Indigenous Claim-Making in Urban Taiwan

Luke Gramith
Luke Gramith|Abstract

History, West Virginia University - Liberation by Emigration: Italian Communists, the Cold War, and West-East Migration from Venezia Giulia, 1945-1949

Peter Tan
Peter Tan|Abstract

Philosophy, University of Virginia - Counternomics

Caroline Grego
Caroline Grego|Abstract

History, University of Colorado Boulder - Hurricane of the New South: Disruption, Dispossession, and the Great Sea Island Storm of 1893

Joseph M. Thompson
Joseph M. Thompson|Abstract

History, University of Virginia - Sounding Southern: Music, Militarism, and the Making of the Sunbelt

Julia Jong Haines
Julia Jong Haines|Abstract

Anthropology, University of Virginia - Archaeology at Nineteenth-Century Bras d’Eau, Mauritius: Intimate Spaces and Industrial Landscapes of Indentured Laborers

Sonia Tycko
Sonia Tycko|Abstract

History, Harvard University - Captured Consent: Bound Service and Freedom of Contract in Early Modern England and English America

Ashlee Hart
Ashlee Hart|Abstract

Anthropology, University of Buffalo, State University of New York - Convening Cultures in Thrace: Evaluating Interaction through Ceramic Technological Choices

Emily Vasquez
Emily Vasquez|Abstract

Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University - (Pre)diabetic Nation: Diagnosing Risk and Remaking Medicine in Mexico

Stephen Chase Evans Hopkins
Stephen Chase Evans Hopkins|Abstract

English, Indiana University Bloomington - The Infernal Laboratory: Hell and Apocryphal Hermeneutics in the Medieval North Sea

Alex-Thai Dinh Vo
Alex-Thai Dinh Vo|Abstract

History, Cornell University - From Anticolonialism to Mobilizing Socialist Transformation in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, 1945-1960

April Hovav
April Hovav|Abstract

Sociology, University of Southern California - The Global Market for Wombs: A Study of the Transnational Surrogacy Industry in Mexico

Jennifer Walker
Jennifer Walker|Abstract

Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Sounding the Ralliement: Republican Reconfigurations of Catholicism in the Music of Third Republic Paris, 1880–1905

Caitlin Keliiaa
Caitlin Keliiaa|Abstract

Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley - Unsettling Domesticity: Native Women and US Indian Policy in the San Francisco Bay Area

Alex Werth
Alex Werth|Abstract

Geography, University of California, Berkeley - Disturbing the Gentrified City: The Racial/Spatial Politics of Nuisance and Joy in Oakland

Ian Kretzler
Ian Kretzler|Abstract

Anthropology, University of Washington - Landscapes of Survivance: Archaeology of Reservation Lifeways at Grand Ronde

Tyler Zoanni
Tyler Zoanni|Abstract

Anthropology, New York University - In the Image of God: Disability and Christianity in Uganda

Emily Laskin
Emily Laskin|Abstract

Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley - Geopoetics and Geopolitics: Landscape, Empire, and the Literary Imagination in the Great Game