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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.

Please note: affiliations shown are as of time of award. Please click on fellows' names for current information.

Sarah C. Alexander
Sarah C. Alexander|Abstract

English, Rutgers University-New Brunswick - London Street Life and Literary Form: Victorian Aesthetics of Poverty

Valeria Manzano
Valeria Manzano|Abstract

Latin American History, Indiana University Bloomington - The Making of Youth in Argentina: Culture, Politics, and Sexuality, 1958-1975

Yuen Yuen Ang
Yuen Yuen Ang|Abstract

Political Science, Stanford University - State, Market, and Bureau-Contracting in Contemporary China

Ashley Marshall
Ashley Marshall|Abstract

English, Pennsylvania State University - The Practice of Satire in England, 1650-1770

Kelly E. Arenson
Kelly E. Arenson|Abstract

Philosophy, Emory University - Pleasure and the Absence of Pain: Reading Epicurus' Hedonism Through Plato's "Philebus"

Chris Meckstroth
Chris Meckstroth|Abstract

Political Science, University of Chicago - Democracy as Struggle and Regime: On the Theory of Democratic Change

Gergely Baics
Gergely Baics|Abstract

History, Northwestern University - Feeding Gotham: A Social History of Urban Provisioning, 1780-1860

Kathryn Merkel-Hess
Kathryn Merkel-Hess|Abstract

History, University of California, Irvine - A New People: Rural Modernity in Republican China

Brian C. Ballentine
Brian C. Ballentine|Abstract

Comparative Literature, Brown University - How To Do Things with Hard Words: New Language and Social Identities in Early Modern England

Daniel L. Newsome
Daniel L. Newsome|Abstract

History of Science, City University of New York, The Graduate Center - Quadrivial Pursuit: An Interdisciplinary History of the Mathematical Arts in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance

Stefan Bargheer
Stefan Bargheer|Abstract

Sociology, University of Chicago - Moral Entanglements: The Emergence and Transformation of Bird Conservation in Great Britain and Germany, 1800-2000

Elizabeth Jane Norcliffe
Elizabeth Jane Norcliffe|Abstract

Linguistics, Stanford University - Syntactic Variation in Cross-Linguistic Perspective: A View from Yucatec Maya

Edward G. Baring
Edward G. Baring|Abstract

History, Harvard University - The Young Derrida and French Philosophy, 1946-67

Brian T. O'Camb
Brian T. O'Camb|Abstract

English Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Towards a Monastic Poetics: Poetic Art and Social Function in the Exeter Book Maxims

Jordan E. Bear
Jordan E. Bear|Abstract

Art History, Columbia University - Without a Trace: Early Photography and the History of Visual Objectivity

Scott G. Ortman
Scott G. Ortman|Abstract

Anthropology, Arizona State University - Genes, Language, and Culture in Tewa Ethnogenesis

Ashly Jensen Bennett
Ashly Jensen Bennett|Abstract

English, Cornell University - Shameful Spectacles: Affect, Gender, and Subjectivity in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel

Nikos Alexander Pappas
Nikos Alexander Pappas|Abstract

Musicology, University of Kentucky - Patterns in the Sacred Musical Culture of the American South and West, 1760-1860

Benjamin Mark Benus
Benjamin Mark Benus|Abstract

Art History, University of Maryland, College Park - The Cologne Progressive Style and the Birth of the Modern Pictogram

Alyssa Park
Alyssa Park|Abstract

History, Columbia University - Borderland between Korea and Russia: Creating State Boundaries, Migration, and Ideologies, 1860-1937

Benjamin H. Brose
Benjamin H. Brose|Abstract

Religious Studies, Stanford University - Buddhist Empires: Clergy-Court Relations in Medieval China

Emily J. Pawley
Emily J. Pawley|Abstract

History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania - “The Balance Sheet of Nature”: Calculating the New York Farm, 1835-1860

Maria I. Casas-Cortes
Maria I. Casas-Cortes|Abstract

Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Dissenting Expertise: Action Research, Feminist Social Movements, and the Democratization of Knowledge in a Globalizing Spain.

Carla A. Pfeffer
Carla A. Pfeffer|Abstract

Sociology and Women's Studies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - (Trans)Formative Relationships: What We Can Learn About Identities, Bodies, and Work from the Women Partners of Transgender and Transsexual Men

Enver M. Casimir
Enver M. Casimir|Abstract

History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Champion of the Patria: Kid Chocolate, Athletic Achievement, and the Significance of Race in Cuban National Aspiration, 1928-1938

Mark T. Phelan
Mark T. Phelan|Abstract

Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Entertaining Metaphors

Maggie Clinton
Maggie Clinton|Abstract

History, New York University - Cultural Revolution in Republican China, 1927-1937

Dana Marie Polanichka
Dana Marie Polanichka|Abstract

History, University of California, Los Angeles - Creating Sacred Space in Carolingian Europe, 751-877 C.E.

Mailan S. Doquang
Mailan S. Doquang|Abstract

History of Art, New York University - Rayonnant Chantry Chapels: Architectural Additions and Changing Contexts in French Gothic

Felix Racine
Felix Racine|Abstract

History, Yale University - Literary Geography in Late Antiquity

Ahmed El Shamsy
Ahmed El Shamsy|Abstract

History and Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University - From al-Shafi'i to Shafi'ism: The Origins and Early Development of the Shafi'i School of Law in Ninth-Century Egypt

Chitra Ramalingam
Chitra Ramalingam|Abstract

History of Science, Harvard University - Electric Visions: A Visual History of the Electric Spark in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Beverley Foulks
Beverley Foulks|Abstract

East Asian Languages & Civilizations, Harvard University - Living Karma: The Religious Practices of Ouyi Zhixu (1599-1655)

Kathryn A. Rhine
Kathryn A. Rhine|Abstract

Anthropology, Brown University - AIDS, Marriage, and the Management of Ambiguity in Northern Nigeria

Lisa Goff
Lisa Goff|Abstract

History, University of Virginia - Shantytowns in the United States, 1820-1930

Jonathan David Rick
Jonathan David Rick|Abstract

Philosophy, Columbia University - Empathy and Moral Engagement: Historical Lessons from Hume, Smith, and Rousseau Towards a Defense of Moral Sentimentalism

Katja Guenther
Katja Guenther|Abstract

History of Science, Harvard University - The Ethics of Medical Practice: Clinical Uses of Reflex Theory in Early Twentieth-Century Neuropsychiatry (1870- 1950)

Maria del Mar Rosa-Rodriguez
Maria del Mar Rosa-Rodriguez|Abstract

Spanish Literature, Emory University - Simulacra and Religiosity: Muslim, Jewish, and Christian Hybridity in Sixteenth-Century Spain

Kenneth Haig
Kenneth Haig|Abstract

Political Science, University of California, Berkeley - National Aliens, Local Citizens? Immigration and Integration Politics in Japan in a Comparative Perspective

Emily Ryo
Emily Ryo|Abstract

Sociology, Stanford University - Becoming Illegal

Aaron Zachariah Hale
Aaron Zachariah Hale|Abstract

Comparative Politics, University of Florida - In Search of Peace: An Autopsy of the Political Dimensions of Violence in The Democratic Republic of Congo

Ana E. Schaller de la Cova
Ana E. Schaller de la Cova|Abstract

Anthropology, Emory University - Lessons in "Making Do" with Modernity: Islamic Knowledge, Secular Schools, and Social Change in Senegal

Sean P. Harvey
Sean P. Harvey|Abstract

U.S. History, College of William & Mary - American Languages: Indians, Ethnology, and the Empire for Liberty

Cesar Seveso
Cesar Seveso|Abstract

History, Indiana University Bloomington - Violence, Mourning, and Memory: Political Rituals and Revolutionary Militancy in Argentina, 1955-1985

Nathan K. Hensley
Nathan K. Hensley|Abstract

English Literature, Duke University - Forms of Empire: Law, Violence, and the Poetics of Victorian Power

Lihong Shi
Lihong Shi|Abstract

Anthropology, Tulane University - “Little Quilted Vests to Warm Parents’ Hearts”: Transforming Reproductive Choice in Rural Northeast China

Andrew Robert Highsmith
Andrew Robert Highsmith|Abstract

History, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Demolition Means Progress: Race, Class, and the Deconstruction of the American Dream in Flint, Michigan

Sara Beth Shneiderman
Sara Beth Shneiderman|Abstract

Anthropology, Cornell University - Rituals of Ethnicity: Migration, Mixture, and the Making of Thangmi Identity across Himalayan Borders

Karen L. Hiles
Karen L. Hiles|Abstract

Musicology, Columbia University - Haydn’s Heroic Decades: Music, Politics, and War, 1795–1809

Timothy Stewart-Winter
Timothy Stewart-Winter|Abstract

History, University of Chicago - Raids, Rights, and Rainbow Coalitions: Sexuality, Race, and the Remaking of Chicago Politics, 1950-2000

Eleanor Kathryn Hubbard
Eleanor Kathryn Hubbard|Abstract

History, Harvard University - Maiden, Wife, and Widow: The Female Lifecycle in London, 1580-1640

Anna M. Stirr
Anna M. Stirr|Abstract

Ethnomusicology, Columbia University - Migration, Gender, and Nation in Nepali Dohori Performance

Beatrice Jauregui
Beatrice Jauregui|Abstract

Anthropology, University of Chicago - Shadows of the State, Subalterns of the State: Police, Authority, and ‘Law and Order’ in Postcolonial India

Kara Swanson
Kara Swanson|Abstract

History of Science, Harvard University - Banking on the Body: Milk Banks, Blood Banks, and Sperm Banks, 1910-1980

Zahra Pamela Karimi
Zahra Pamela Karimi|Abstract

History of Architecture and Art, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Aesthetics and Ethics of the Iranian Home in the Age of Globalism

Neal A. Tognazzini
Neal A. Tognazzini|Abstract

Philosophy, University of California, Riverside - The Conceptual Foundations of Moral Responsibility

Mana Kia
Mana Kia|Abstract

History and Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University - Contours of Community: Migrants from Iran in the Indian Ocean, 1730-1930

Zoe Trodd
Zoe Trodd|Abstract

American Literature / American History, Harvard University - Never the New World: American Protest Literature, the Politics of Form, and the Reusable Past of Abolitionism

Jeffrey Todd Knight
Jeffrey Todd Knight|Abstract

English, Northwestern University - Compiling Culture: Reading and the Use of Books, 1476-1676

Ema Vyroubalova
Ema Vyroubalova|Abstract

English & Comparative Literature, Stanford University - ‘These Confusions of Lewd Tongues’: Linguistic Diversity in Early Modern England, 1509-1625

Elizabeth LaCouture
Elizabeth LaCouture|Abstract

East Asian History, Columbia University - Modern Homes for Modern Families, Tianjin, China, 1860-1949

Juliet C. Wagner
Juliet C. Wagner|Abstract

History, Harvard University - Twisted Bodies, Broken Minds: Film and Psychiatry in the First World War

John P. Leary
John P. Leary|Abstract

Comparative Literature, New York University - The Long American Century: Literature, Journalism, and National Culture in the United States and Cuba, 1848-1958

Sarah Dodge Warren
Sarah Dodge Warren|Abstract

Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Urban Mapuche Identity and Definitions of Differentiated Citizenship

Megan R. Luke
Megan R. Luke|Abstract

History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University - Seeking Recognition: The Late Work of Kurt Schwitters, 1930-1948