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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.

Abbas Barzegar
Abbas Barzegar|Abstract

Religious Studies, Emory University - Remembering Community: Historical Narrative in the Formation of Sunni Islam

Susan Lamb
Susan Lamb|Abstract

History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University - Psychiatry's First Patients: Adolf Meyer and the Founding of American Psychiatry

Anya Bernstein
Anya Bernstein|Abstract

Anthropology, New York University - Indigenous Cosmopolitans: Mobility, Authority, and a Eurasian Imaginary in Siberian Buddhism

Ruth S. Lexton
Ruth S. Lexton|Abstract

English Literature, Columbia University - The Political Imagination of Malory's "Morte Darthur"

Lucas Bessire
Lucas Bessire|Abstract

Anthropology, New York University - Channeling Hope: Two-way Radio, Sentiment, and Indigenous Sovereignty in the Gran Chaco

Jie Li
Jie Li|Abstract

Chinese Literary and Cultural Studies, Harvard University - The Past is Not Like Smoke: Memory Palimpsests of the Chinese Cultural Revolution

Joshua Calhoun
Joshua Calhoun|Abstract

English, University of Delaware - Legible Ecologies: Animals, Vegetables, and Readers in Early Modern England

Elizabeth Lorang
Elizabeth Lorang|Abstract

English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - American Newspaper Poetry from the Rise of the Penny Press to the New Journalism

Sarah Isabel Cameron
Sarah Isabel Cameron|Abstract

History, Yale University - 'From Nomadism to Socialism': Kazakhstan and the Kazakh Famine, 1921-1934

Eric Mandelbaum
Eric Mandelbaum|Abstract

Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - The Architecture of Belief

Sarah Anne Carter
Sarah Anne Carter|Abstract

History of American Civilization, Harvard University - Object Lessons in American Culture

Annie J. McClanahan
Annie J. McClanahan|Abstract

English, University of California, Berkeley - Salto Mortale: Narrative, Speculation, and the Chance of the Future

Urvashi Chakravarty
Urvashi Chakravarty|Abstract

English, University of Pennsylvania - Languages of Service in Early Modern English Drama

Townsend Middleton
Townsend Middleton|Abstract

Anthropology, Cornell University - Beings Uncanny: Knowledge and Belonging in an Age of Anthropology

Emily C. Cohen
Emily C. Cohen|Abstract

Anthropology, New York University - Bodies at War: An Ethnography of Landmines and Rehabilitation in Colombia

Sara J. Milstein
Sara J. Milstein|Abstract

Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, New York University - Expanding Ancient Narratives: Revision through Introduction in Biblical and Mesopotamian Texts

Robyn Scofield Creswell
Robyn Scofield Creswell|Abstract

Comparative Literature, New York University - Modernism and Melancholy: Arabic Poetry in a Transnational Era

Elizabeth More
Elizabeth More|Abstract

History, Harvard University - In Their Best Interests: Social Scientists, Public Policy, and the Revaluing of Working Mothers, 1940-2000

Alex Csiszar
Alex Csiszar|Abstract

History of Science, Harvard University - Centralizing the Scientific Machine: Classification and the Catalogue of the Sciences at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Hannah Weiss Muller
Hannah Weiss Muller|Abstract

History, Princeton University - An Empire of Subjects: Unities and Disunities in the British Empire, c. 1760-1790.

Tara F. Deubel
Tara F. Deubel|Abstract

Anthropology, University of Arizona - Between Homeland and Exile: Performing Poetry and Identity in Sahrawi Arab Diaspora Communities

Julie Orlemanski
Julie Orlemanski|Abstract

English, Harvard University - Symptomatic Subjects: Diagnosis, Mimesis, and Narrative in Middle English Literature

Stephanie Elsky
Stephanie Elsky|Abstract

English, University of Pennsylvania - Licensed by Custom: The Poetics of Conquest and Consent in Early Modern England

Bongsoo Park
Bongsoo Park|Abstract

American Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Intimate Encounters, Racial Frontiers: The Stateless GI Babies in South Korea and the United States, 1953-1965

Shirin A. Fozi
Shirin A. Fozi|Abstract

History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University - The Body Recast and Revived: Figural Tomb Sculpture in the Holy Roman Empire, 1080-1160

Mario Pereira
Mario Pereira|Abstract

Art History, Brown University - 'Novas Novidades’: Collecting Luxuria at the Portuguese Court, c. 1450-1521

Niklas E. Frykman
Niklas E. Frykman|Abstract

History, University of Pittsburgh - The Wooden World Turned Upside Down: Naval Mutinies in the Age of Atlantic Revolution

Natalie M. Phillips
Natalie M. Phillips|Abstract

English Literature, Stanford University - Distraction: Problems of Attention in Eighteenth-Century Literature, 1747-1818

Lily Geismer
Lily Geismer|Abstract

History, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Don’t Blame Us: Grassroots Liberalism in Massachusetts, 1960-1990

Peter Polak-Springer
Peter Polak-Springer|Abstract

History, Rutgers University-New Brunswick - Making "Recoveries:" The Cultural Politics of Territorial Appropriation in the German-Polish Upper Silesian Borderland, 1922-1971.

David Asher Ghertner
David Asher Ghertner|Abstract

Geography, University of California, Berkeley - Conjuring the World-Class Future: The Political Economy of Slum Demolition and Environmental Improvement in Delhi, India

Rebecca Reich
Rebecca Reich|Abstract

Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University - Methods of Madness: Diagnosis and Self-Definition in Late Soviet Literature

William J. Gibbons
William J. Gibbons|Abstract

Musicology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Eighteenth-Century Opera and the Construction of National Identity in France, 1875-1918

Martin Renner
Martin Renner|Abstract

History, University of California, Santa Cruz - Conservative Nutrition: The Industrial Food Supply and its Critics, 1912-1962

Pablo F. Gómez
Pablo F. Gómez|Abstract

History, Vanderbilt University - Bodies of Encounter: African and European Health Practices in the Early Modern Nuevo Reino de Granada

William Cole Roskam
William Cole Roskam|Abstract

History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University - Variations on ‘the Model Settlement’: Shanghai Building Culture and Modern Architecture, 1842-1937

Bridget L. Guarasci
Bridget L. Guarasci|Abstract

Anthropology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Refracting the State: Iraq's Southern Marshes as a Modality of Expertise, Humanitarianism, and Sovereignty

Karen Routledge
Karen Routledge|Abstract

History, Rutgers University-New Brunswick - In These Latitudes: American and Inuit Stories of Survival, 1850-1915

James P. Hare
James P. Hare|Abstract

Religion, Columbia University - The Garland of Devotees: Nabhadas's Bhaktamal and Modern Hinduism

Caroline Emily Shaw
Caroline Emily Shaw|Abstract

History, University of California, Berkeley - Recall to Life: Britons, Foreign Refugees and Modern Refuge 1789-1905

Paula Pears Hastings
Paula Pears Hastings|Abstract

History, Duke University - Race, Nation, and Geographies of Sub-Imperialism in the British Empire: Canadian Aspirations in the Caribbean Basin, 1884-1936

Cassander Lavon Smith
Cassander Lavon Smith|Abstract

Early American Literature, Purdue University - Interruptions, Disruptions and a Wall of Silence: A Study of African-American Representations 1542-1760

John North Hopkins
John North Hopkins|Abstract

Art History, University of Texas at Austin - The Topographical Transformation of Archaic Rome: A New Interpretation of Architecture and Geography in the Early City

Anton Braxton Soderman
Anton Braxton Soderman|Abstract

Modern Culture and Media, Brown University - Playing with Media Histories: Video Games through the Lens of Modernity

Katie Hornstein
Katie Hornstein|Abstract

History of Art, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Episodes in Political Illusion: The Proliferation of War Imagery in France, 1804-1856

Justin Sytsma
Justin Sytsma|Abstract

History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh - Phenomenal Consciousness as Scientific Phenomenon? A Critical Investigation of the New Science of Consciousness

Lauren Anne Jacobi
Lauren Anne Jacobi|Abstract

Art History, New York University - The Architecture and Urbanism of Banks in Early Modern Italy, ca. 1400–1600

Zeb J. Tortorici
Zeb J. Tortorici|Abstract

History, University of California, Los Angeles - Contra Natura: Sin, Crime, and Unnatural Sexuality in Colonial Mexico, 1600-1800

Alvaro E. Jarrin
Alvaro E. Jarrin|Abstract

Cultural Anthropology, Duke University - Cosmetic Citizenship: Beauty, Surgery and Inequality in Southeastern Brazil

Matthew C. Underwood
Matthew C. Underwood|Abstract

History of Science, Harvard University - Ordering Knowledge, Re-Ordering Empire: Science and State Formation in the English Atlantic World, 1650-1688

Rebecca Carol Johnson
Rebecca Carol Johnson|Abstract

Comparative Literature, Yale University - Oriental and Occidental Tales: A History of the Novel in Translation

Alan Verskin
Alan Verskin|Abstract

Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University - The Evolution of the North African Muslim Jurists’ Response to European Rule and Influence from the Fifteenth to the Nineteenth Century

Shona H. Johnston
Shona H. Johnston|Abstract

History, Georgetown University - Papists in a Protestant World: The Catholic Anglo-Atlantic in the Seventeenth Century

Matthew W. Vitz
Matthew W. Vitz|Abstract

History, New York University - Resources of Revolution: Environmental Politics in the Valley of Mexico, 1900-1950.

Alyson E. Jones
Alyson E. Jones|Abstract

Musicology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Playing out: Women Instrumentalists and Women's Ensembles in Contemporary Tunisia

Alex Wellerstein
Alex Wellerstein|Abstract

History of Science, Harvard University - Knowledge and the Bomb: Nuclear secrecy in the United States, 1939-2008

Ozan Karaman
Ozan Karaman|Abstract

Geography, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - (Re)-Making Space for Globalization: Entreprenuerial Urbanism and the Politics of Dispossession in Istanbul

Ann Marie Wilson
Ann Marie Wilson|Abstract

History, Harvard University - Taking Liberties Abroad: Americans and International Humanitarianism, 1820-1920

Matthew J. Karp
Matthew J. Karp|Abstract

History, University of Pennsylvania - This Vast Southern Empire: The South and the Foreign Policy of Slavery, 1833-1865

Johanna Elisabeth Wolff
Johanna Elisabeth Wolff|Abstract

Philosophy, Stanford University - Is a Radical Critique of Metaphysics Possible?

Demetra Kasimis
Demetra Kasimis|Abstract

Political Science, Northwestern University - Drawing the Boundaries of Democracy: Immigrants, Citizens, and the Polis in Ancient Greek Contexts

Winnie Won Yin Wong
Winnie Won Yin Wong|Abstract

Art History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - After the Copy: China, Dafen Village, and the Hand-Painted Art Product

Kathryn LaFrenz Samuels
Kathryn LaFrenz Samuels|Abstract

Archaeology/Anthropology, Stanford University - Developing Heritage and Traveling Expertise: The Rise of International Programs in Heritage Management

Chad D. Wriglesworth
Chad D. Wriglesworth|Abstract

English, University of Iowa - Geographies of Reclamation: A Literary History of the Columbia River Basin

Jonathan P. Lamb
Jonathan P. Lamb|Abstract

English Literature, University of Texas at Austin - Shakespeare's Writing Practice: "Literary" Shakespeare and the Work of Form