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ACLS Names 65 Dissertation Completion Fellows in 2017


2017 DCF

Photograph by Allison Martino. Asokwa, Ghana, 2015. This photograph shows cloth makers printing an adinkra cloth with calabash stamps, wood combs, and handmade badia dye as visitors observe. In her dissertation, Allison Martino explores how changes in the making, use, and meaning of adinkra over time intersect with wider social life in Ghana.

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the 2017 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows. The 65 fellows were selected from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants through a rigorous, multi-stage peer-review process. Now in its eleventh year, the fellowship program provides a $30,000 stipend and up to $8,000 in research funds and university fees to advanced graduate students in their final year of dissertation writing.

“The fellows are completing their degrees at 36 different US universities, and their work represents the broad range of disciplines that this program supports, including literature, philosophy, media studies, ethnic studies, linguistics, sociology, and archaeology,” said ACLS Program Officer Rachel Bernard. “Most fellows will spend the 2017-18 academic year at their computer screens as they distill insights from research that has taken them to Iran, Iceland, Azerbaijan, Peru, and northwestern Australia, and from ancient Pompeii to medieval Granada, nineteenth-century Africa, and present-day San Francisco.”

The fellowship offers promising graduate students a year of support to focus their attention on completing projects that form the foundations of 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 a 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.

  • Chloe Ahmann (Anthropology, The George Washington University) Cumulative Effects: Reckoning Risk on Baltimore's Toxic Periphery
  • Maryam Alemzadeh (Sociology, University of Chicago) Revolutionary Armies and Mechanisms of Institution-building: The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps in the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988)
  • Tony Andersson (History, New York University) Environmentalists with Guns: Conservation, Revolution, and Counterinsurgency in El Petén, Guatemala, 1944-1996
  • Mohamad Ballan (History, University of Chicago) The Scribe of the Alhambra: Lisān al-Dīn ibn al-Khaṭīb, Sovereignty, and History in Nasrid Granada
  • Héctor Beltrán (Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley) Disenchanted Hacking: Technology, Startups, and Alternative Capitalisms from Mexico
  • Jess Bird (History, Temple University) Do the Hustle: Municipal Regulation of New York City’s Underground Economy, 1970-Present
  • Alex Hudgins Bush (Film and Media, University of California, Berkeley) Cold Storage: A Media History of the Glacier
  • Paola Cépeda (Linguistics, State University of New York, Stony Brook) Negation and Time: Against Expletive Negation in Temporal Clauses 
  • Jian Ming Chris Chang (East Asian Languages & Cultures, Columbia University) Communist Miscellany: The Paperwork of Revolution
  • Taylor Clement (English, Florida State University) Visualizing Verse in Early Modern England
  • Andrew J. Collings (History, Princeton University) The King Cannot Be Everywhere: Royal Governance and Local Society in the Reign of Louis IX
  • Jessica Cooper (Anthropology, Princeton University) Uncomfortable Justice: Care and Conviction in California's Mental Health Courts
  • Graham Cornwell (History, Georgetown University) Sweetening the Pot: A History of Tea and Sugar in Northwest Africa, 1850-1960
  • Barnaby Crowcroft (History, Harvard University) Decolonization in Britain’s Empire of Protectorates, 1945-1970
  • Devin Sanchez Curry (Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania) Believers
  • Helen Cushman (English, Harvard University) Producing Knowledge in the Middle English Mystery Plays
  • Christian B. Flow (History, Princeton University) Writing the Thesaurus of Latinity: A Study in the History of Philological Practice
  • Alborz Ghandehari (Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego) Post-Revolutionary Fervor: Class and Gender in Iranian Social Movements since 2002
  • Lelia M. Glass (Linguistics, Stanford University) The Pragmatics and Semantics of (Non)distributive Predication
  • Anne Gray Fischer (History, Brown University) Arrestable Behavior: Women, Police Power, and the Making of Law-and-Order America, 1930-1980
  • Sandra Jasmin Gutierrez (Native American Studies, University of California, Davis) Juchari Uinapekua!: Community, Sociopolitical Organization, and Indigenous Autonomy Practices in Michoacán’s P’urhépecha Region, 1979-2015
  • Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky (History, Stanford University) Refugees and Empires: North Caucasus Muslims between the Ottoman and Russian Worlds, 1864-1914
  • Nabeel Hamid (Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania) Being and the Good: Natural Teleology in Early Modern German Philosophy
  • Karen B. Hanna (Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara) Makibaka!: A Feminist Social History of the Transnational Filipina/o American Left, 1969-1992
  • Tiana Bakic Hayden (Anthropology, New York University) Traders in Uncertainty: An Ethnography of Law(lessness) and (Dis)order in Mexico’s Central Food Market
  • Joshua Hudelson (Music, New York University) Spectral Sound: A Cultural History of the Frequency Domain
  • Faisal Husain (History, Georgetown University) Flows of Power: The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, 1546-1831
  • Philip Janzen (History, University of Wisconsin-Madison) Africa and the Atlantic Imagination: An Intellectual History of Empire and Black Internationalism in the Twentieth Century
  • Ethan Jerzak (Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley) Paradox in Thought and Natural Language
  • Alix Johnson (Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz) Compromising Connections: Icelandic Information Infrastructure and the Making of Marginality 
  • Adrienne Kates (History, Georgetown University) Maya Autonomy and International Capitalism in Mexico's Chewing Gum Forests, 1886-1947
  • Matthew L. Keegan (Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University) Commentarial Acts and Hermeneutical Dramas: The Ethics of Reading al-Hariri’s Maqamat
  • Joseph Kellner (History, University of California, Berkeley) The End of History: Radical Responses to the Soviet Collapse
  • Magdalena Kolodziej (Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Duke University) Empire at the Exhibition: The Imperial Art World of Modern Japan, 1907-1945
  • Firat Kurt (Anthropology, Columbia University) Folds of Authoritarianism: Financial Capitalism, Mobilization, and Political Islam in Turkey
  • Ulug Kuzuoglu (History, Columbia University) Overcome by Information: Psychogrammatology and Technopolitics of Script Invention in China, 1892-1986
  • William Lempert (Anthropology, University of Colorado Boulder) Broadcasting Indigenous Futures: The Social Life of Aboriginal Media
  • Alessandra Link (History, University of Colorado Boulder) The Iron Horse in Indian Country: Native Americans and Railroads in the US West, 1853-1924 
  • Megan Lukaniec (Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara) A Grammar of Wendat 
  • Jane C. Manners (History, Princeton University) “Infinitely Dangerous to the Revenue of the United States”: The Great New York Fire of 1835 and the Law of Disaster Relief in Jacksonian America 
  • Allison Joan Martino (History of Art, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor) Stamping History: Stories of Social Change in Ghana’s Adinkra Cloth
  • Kirsten Noelle Mendoza (English, Vanderbilt University) Representations of Race, Rape, and Consent in English Drama, 1590-1660
  • Rachel Nolan (History, New York University) “Children for Export”: A History of International Adoption from Guatemala 
  • Milad Odabaei (Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley) Giving Words: Translation and History in Modern Iran
  • Matthew Omelsky (English, Duke University) Fugitive Time: Black Culture and Utopian Desire
  • Colleen O'Reilly (History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh) Visual Pedagogy in Cold War America: Berenice Abbott, Will Burtin, and the International Visual Literacy Association 
  • Sayd Priscilla Randle (Anthropology, Yale University) Replumbing the City: Climate Adaptation Urbanisms in Los Angeles
  • María Enid Rodríguez (Theology and Religious Studies, Catholic University of America) What God Really Said: The Function of the “Word of God” in Assyrian, Hebrew, Greek, and Arabic Prophetic Literature
  • Domenica G. Romagni (Philosophy, Princeton University) The Hard Problem of Consonance and Its Place in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy
  • John A. Romey (Music, Case Western Reserve University) Popular Song, Opera Parody, and the Construction of Parisian Spectacle, 1648-1713
  • Natasha M. Roule (Music, Harvard University) Reviving Lully: Opera and the Negotiation of Absolutism in the French Provinces, 1685-1750
  • Joseph C. Russo (Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin) Texan Hard-Luck: Social Ecology in Southeast Texas’s Golden Triangle
  • Danica Savonick (English, City University of New York, The Graduate Center) The Promise of Aesthetic Education: On Pedagogy, Praxis, and Social Justice 
  • Casey Schmitt (History, College of William & Mary) Bound among Nations: Labor Coercion in the Early-Seventeenth-Century Caribbean 
  • Christopher Seeds (Sociology, New York University) Life Without Parole: Emergence of a Late-Twentieth-Century American Punishment
  • Edward Flavian Shore (History, University of Texas at Austin) Avengers of Zumbi: The Nature of Fugitive Slave Communities and Their Descendants in Brazil 
  • Katherine Smoak (History, Johns Hopkins University) Circulating Counterfeits: Making Money and Its Meanings in the Eighteenth-Century British Atlantic 
  • Tim Sorg (History, Cornell University) Imperial Neighbors: Empires and Land Allotment in the Ancient Mediterranean World 
  • Jessie L. Speer (Geography, Syracuse University) Reimagining Home: Homeless Narratives As a Critique of Urban Housing
  • Alexios Tsigkas (Anthropology, The New School) Discerning Value: Taste As an Economic Fact
  • Elena Turevon (Cultural Anthropology, Duke University) Devil in the Water, Lights on the Mountain: Anthroposcenes from Andean Peru 
  • Stefan Vogler (Sociology, Northwestern University) Ruling Sexuality: Law, Expertise, and the Making of Sexual Knowledge 
  • Claire J. Weiss (Art and Archaeology, University of Virginia) The Construction of Sidewalks as Indicator of Social and Economic Interaction in Ancient Roman Cities 
  • Hallie Wells (Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley) Moving Words: Malagasy Slam Poetry at the Intersection of Performance, Politics, and Circulation 
  • Oliver M. Wunsch (History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University) Painting against Time: The Decaying Image in the French Enlightenment

Contact: Rachel Bernard, 212-697-1505 x134



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