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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.

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Jennifer Ann Adair
Jennifer Ann Adair|Abstract

History, New York University - In Search of the “Lost Decade”: The Politics of Rights and Welfare During the Argentine Transition to Democracy, 1982-1990

Gloria Kim
Gloria Kim|Abstract

Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester - Transmissions: Public Health Campaigns and Ambient Media in the Era of Global Health under US Health Security

Raquel Albarrán
Raquel Albarrán|Abstract

Romance Languages, Hispanic Studies, University of Pennsylvania - Colonial Assemblages: Objects, Territories, and Racialized Subjects in Pre-Independence Latin America

Erin Lambert
Erin Lambert|Abstract

History, University of Wisconsin-Madison - “In my flesh I shall see:” Resurrection and Devotional Identity in Sixteenth-Century Europe

Catherine M. Appert
Catherine M. Appert|Abstract

Ethnomusicology, University of California, Los Angeles - Hip Hop in Between: Producing Diasporic Music in Senegal

Samson W. Lim
Samson W. Lim|Abstract

History, Cornell University - Siam's New Detectives: A History of the Police, the Press, and Conspiracy in Thailand

Daniel Asen
Daniel Asen|Abstract

History, Columbia University - Dead Bodies and Forensic Science: Cultures of Expertise in China, 1800-1949

Rachel M. Lindsey
Rachel M. Lindsey|Abstract

Religion, Princeton University - Vernacular Photography and the Visual Archives of Nineteenth-Century American Religion

Elif M. Babül
Elif M. Babül|Abstract

Anthropology, Stanford University - The State in Training: European Union Accession and the Making of Human Rights in Turkey

Alexandra Lukes
Alexandra Lukes|Abstract

French, New York University - The Bounds of Nonsense: Reading, Interpreting, Translating

Abigail Krasner Balbale
Abigail Krasner Balbale|Abstract

History, Harvard University - Between Kings and Caliphs: Religion and Authority in Sharq al-Andalus, 542-640 AH/1145-1243 C.E.

Austin Prosser Johnson Mason
Austin Prosser Johnson Mason|Abstract

History, Boston College - Listening to the Early Medieval Dead: Religious Practices in Britain, 400–1000 C.E.

Brenda C. Baletti
Brenda C. Baletti|Abstract

Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Amazonia is OURS! Governance, Resistance, and new Socio-territorialities in the Lower Brazilian Amazon

Matthew Benjamin Matteson
Matthew Benjamin Matteson|Abstract

History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Between Architectures: Institutionalization and Architectural Discourse in Early Twentieth-Century Poland

Amanda Baugh
Amanda Baugh|Abstract

Religious Studies, Northwestern University - Faith in Place: Greening Chicago Religious Communities

Petra Spies McGillen
Petra Spies McGillen|Abstract

German Language and Literature, Princeton University - Aesthetics in Information Overload: The Notebooks and Working Methods of Theodor Fontane

Sarah Besky
Sarah Besky|Abstract

Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison - The Darjeeling Distinction: Changing Agricultural Practice, Regimes of Value, and Visions of Justice

Amy Moran-Thomas
Amy Moran-Thomas|Abstract

Anthropology, Princeton University - Chronic Life and Makeshift Medicine: The Diabetes Pandemic and Its Paradoxes in the Margins

Christine Scippa Bhasin
Christine Scippa Bhasin|Abstract

Theatre & Drama, Northwestern University - Nuns on Stage in Counter-Reformation Venice,1570-1750

Alexandra K. Murphy
Alexandra K. Murphy|Abstract

Sociology, Princeton University - The Social Organization of Suburban Poverty: An Ethnographic Community Study of Everyday Life among the African American Suburban Poor

Fahad Ahmad Bishara
Fahad Ahmad Bishara|Abstract

History, Duke University - A Sea of Debt: Histories of Commerce and Obligation in the Western Indian Ocean, 1850-1940

Mary Murrell
Mary Murrell|Abstract

Sociocultural Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley - The Open Book: Digital Form in the Making

Shira Niamh Brisman
Shira Niamh Brisman|Abstract

History of Art, Yale University - Art and the Epistolary Mode of Address in the Age of Albrecht Dürer

Amy C. Offner
Amy C. Offner|Abstract

History, Columbia University - Anti-Poverty Programs, Social Conflict, and Economic Thought in Colombia and the United States, 1948-1980

Kirby Lynn Brown
Kirby Lynn Brown|Abstract

English, University of Texas at Austin - Stoking the Fire: Nationhood in Early Twentieth-Century Cherokee Writing

Ana Hedberg Olenina
Ana Hedberg Olenina|Abstract

Comparative Literature, Harvard University - Gesture, Affect, Expression: Psychophysiology and Theories of Performance in Literature and Cinema of the 1910s-1920s

Derek Scott Burdette
Derek Scott Burdette|Abstract

Art History and Latin American Studies, Tulane University - Miraculous Crucifixes and the Construction of Mexican Colonialism: The Artistic, Devotional, and Political Lives of Mexico City’s Early-Colonial Cristos

Ceren Ozgul
Ceren Ozgul|Abstract

Anthropology, City University of New York, The Graduate Center - From Muslim Citizen to Christian Minority: Tolerance, Secularism, and “Double-Conversion” In Turkey

Nathan Riley Carpenter
Nathan Riley Carpenter|Abstract

History, University of California, Davis - Defining Sovereignty along a West African Frontier: Environment, Society, and the Creation of the Senegal–Guinea Border, 1850–1925

Mauro Pasqualini
Mauro Pasqualini|Abstract

History, Emory University - The Adventures of the Unconscious: A Cultural History of Psychoanalysis in Italy, 1922-1968

En-Chieh Chao
En-Chieh Chao|Abstract

Anthropology, Boston University - Women of Fire, Women of the Robe: Gendered Subjectivities amid Charismatic Christianity and Normative Islam in Java, Indonesia

Zakir Paul
Zakir Paul|Abstract

Comparative Literature, Princeton University - Disarming Intelligence: From Proust and Valéry to the NRF and Beyond

Thomas M. Cirillo
Thomas M. Cirillo|Abstract

Classics, University of Southern California - Categorizing Difference: Biology, Race, and Politics in Late Classical Greece

Natalie H. Porter
Natalie H. Porter|Abstract

Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Threatening Lives: Controlling Avian Flu in Vietnam's Poultry Economy

Kevin P. Coleman
Kevin P. Coleman|Abstract

History, Indiana University Bloomington - A Camera in the Garden of Eden: Fabricating the Banana Republic

Andre Redwood
Andre Redwood|Abstract

Music, Yale University - The Eloquent Science of Music: Marin Mersenne's Uses of Rhetoric in the Harmonie Universelle (1636)

Jonathan D. Cottrell
Jonathan D. Cottrell|Abstract

Philosophy, New York University - “Fictions of the Imagination” in Hume’s ‘Treatise’

Sandra Rozental
Sandra Rozental|Abstract

Cultural Anthropology, New York University - Mobilizing the Monolith: Patrimonio, Collectivity, and Social Memory in Contemporary Mexico

Helen Anne Curry
Helen Anne Curry|Abstract

History of Science, Yale University - Accelerating Evolution, Engineering Life: Science, Agriculture, and Technologies of Genetic Modification, 1925-1955

Laurencio O. Sanguino
Laurencio O. Sanguino|Abstract

History, University of Chicago - The Origins of Mexican Migration

Nicholas D'Avella
Nicholas D'Avella|Abstract

Anthropology, University of California, Davis - “From Banks to Bricks”: Architecture, Investment, and Neighborhood Life in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Jessica A. Schwartz
Jessica A. Schwartz|Abstract

Music, New York University - Resonances of the Atomic Age: Hearing the Nuclear Legacy in the United States and the Marshall Islands, 1945 - 2010

Alan Shane Dillingham
Alan Shane Dillingham|Abstract

History, University of Maryland, College Park - Indigenismo and its Discontents: Bilingual Teachers and the Democratic Opening in the Mixteca Alta of Oaxaca, Mexico, 1954-1982

Sarah Seidman
Sarah Seidman|Abstract

American Civilization, Brown University - Venceremos Means We Shall Overcome: The African American Freedom Struggle and the Cuban Revolution, 1959-1979

Andrea Gadberry
Andrea Gadberry|Abstract

Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley - The Lies That Bind: Lying and Attachment in Early Modernity

Anna R. Stewart
Anna R. Stewart|Abstract

English, University of Texas at Austin - Beyond Obsolescence: The Reconstruction of Abolitionist Texts

Abraham M. Geil
Abraham M. Geil|Abstract

Literature / Film Studies, Duke University - The Face of Recognition: Politics and Aesthetics of Facial Representation from Silent Cinema to Cognitive Neuroscience

Audrey Truschke
Audrey Truschke|Abstract

South Asian Studies, Columbia University - Cosmopolitan Encounters: Sanskrit and Persian at the Mughal Court

Christopher Gibson
Christopher Gibson|Abstract

Sociology, Brown University - Civilizing the State: The Urban Politics of Universal Health Care and Declining Inequality in Brazil

Lisa A. Ubelaker
Lisa A. Ubelaker|Abstract

History, Yale University - Americas Mapped: Mass Media and the Construction of “American” Geography, 1938-1948

Leanne Good
Leanne Good|Abstract

History, University of California, Los Angeles - Land and Legitimacy: The Transition from Agilolfing to Carolingian Bavaria, 700-900

Sam C. Vong
Sam C. Vong|Abstract

History, Yale University - Compassionate Politics: The History of Indochinese Refugee Migration and the Transnational Politics of Care, 1975-1994

Thomas A. Grano
Thomas A. Grano|Abstract

Linguistics, University of Chicago - Control and Restructuring at the Syntax-Semantics Interface

Mingjie Wang
Mingjie Wang|Abstract

Communications, University of Colorado Boulder - “All Migrant Workers on the Earth Are One Family”: An Ethnographic Study of Vernacular Rhetorics of Emerging Public Space in a Transitional China

Adam Dylan Hefty
Adam Dylan Hefty|Abstract

History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz - Labor and Lamentation: A Philosophical Genealogy of Acedia, Subjective Labor, and Depressed Mood

Andrew C. Warne
Andrew C. Warne|Abstract

History, Northwestern University - Making a Judeo-Christian Nation: How the Christian Right Embraced Jews, Supported Israel, and Redefined a Tradition

Michael Hunter
Michael Hunter|Abstract

East Asian Studies/History, Princeton University - Sayings of Confucius, Deselected

Joshua M. White
Joshua M. White|Abstract

History, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Catch and Release: Piracy, Slavery, and Law in the Early Modern Ottoman Mediterranean

Murad Idris
Murad Idris|Abstract

Political Science, University of Pennsylvania - Genealogies of Peace: Friendship, Enmity, and Self through the Mirrors of Western and Muslim Political Thought

Kristoffer Whitney
Kristoffer Whitney|Abstract

History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania - A Knot in Common: Science, Politics, and Values in Crowded Nature

Jennifer Jahner
Jennifer Jahner|Abstract

English, University of Pennsylvania - Sacra Jura: Literature, Law, and Piety in the Era of Magna Carta

Amrys O. Williams
Amrys O. Williams|Abstract

History of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Cultivating Modern America: 4-H Clubs and Rural Development in the Twentieth Century

Lauren Virginia Jarvis
Lauren Virginia Jarvis|Abstract

History, Stanford University - In a Time of Prophets: The Nazareth Baptist Church, Community, and Authority in South Africa, 1910-1980

Peter Joseph Wirzbicki
Peter Joseph Wirzbicki|Abstract

History, New York University - Black Intellectuals, White Abolitionists, and Revolutionary Transcendentalists: Creating the Radical Intellectual Tradition in Antebellum Boston

Pasha Mohamad Khan
Pasha Mohamad Khan|Abstract

South Asian Studies, Columbia University - The Broken Spell: The Romance Genre in Late Mughal India

Colleen P. Woods
Colleen P. Woods|Abstract

History, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Bombs, Bibles, and Bureaucrats: The United States, the Philippines, and the Making of Global Anti-Communism, 1945-1960

Melanie A. Kiechle
Melanie A. Kiechle|Abstract

History, Rutgers University-New Brunswick - “The Air We Breathe”: Nineteenth-Century Americans and the Search for Fresh Air

Emily Zazulia
Emily Zazulia|Abstract

Music, University of Pennsylvania - Verbal Canons and Notational Complexity in Fifteenth-Century Music

S.E. Kile
S.E. Kile|Abstract

Chinese Literature, Columbia University - Experimenting in the Limelight: Li Yu's Cultural Production in Early Qing China

Ran Zwigenberg
Ran Zwigenberg|Abstract

History, City University of New York, The Graduate Center - The Bright Flash of Peace: Hiroshima in the World, 1945-1995