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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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Kurt Andrew Beals
Kurt Andrew Beals|Abstract

German Literature and Culture, University of California, Berkeley - From Dada to Digital: Experimental Literature and Commercial Culture

Nicholas Adrian Knouf
Nicholas Adrian Knouf|Abstract

Information Science, Cornell University - The Embolus and the Ostium of the Sonic Field

Phillip Emmanual Bloom
Phillip Emmanual Bloom|Abstract

History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University - Descent of the Deities: Early Icons of the Water-Land Ritual and the Transformation of the Visual Culture of Song (960-1279) Religion

Riyad Sadiq Koya
Riyad Sadiq Koya|Abstract

History, University of California, Berkeley - Indian Indentured Labor, Imperial Citizenship, and the Geography of Legal Pluralism, 1850-1955

David W. Bond
David W. Bond|Abstract

Anthropology, The New School - Hydrocarbon Frontiers: Science and Politics in the BP Oil Spill

Jeb Lit
Jeb Lit|Abstract

History, Princeton University - A Reformation of Tears: Christianity and the Invention of Western Emotions

Melissa May Borja
Melissa May Borja|Abstract

History, Columbia University - "To Follow the New Rule or Way”: Hmong Refugee Resettlement and the Practice of American Religious Pluralism, 1976-1990

John F. López
John F. López|Abstract

Architectural History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - The Hydrographic City: Mapping Mexico City's Urban Form in Relation to its Aquatic Condition, 1521-1700

Larissa Brewer-Garcia
Larissa Brewer-Garcia|Abstract

Romance Languages, Hispanic Studies, University of Pennsylvania - Beyond Babel: Translations of Blackness in Colonial Peru and New Granada

Noora Anwar Lori
Noora Anwar Lori|Abstract

Comparative Politics, Johns Hopkins University - Unsettling State: Non-Citizens, State Power, and Citizenship in the United Arab Emirates

Rosie Bsheer
Rosie Bsheer|Abstract

History, Columbia University - Making History, Remaking Place: Archives, Exhibitions, and Historical Geographies in Saudi Arabia

Duncan MacRae
Duncan MacRae|Abstract

Classics, Harvard University - The Books of Numa: Writing, Tradition, and the Making of Roman Religion

Tekla Lenore Bude
Tekla Lenore Bude|Abstract

English Language and Literature, University of Pennsylvania - Mystical Song and Musical Postures in Late Medieval England: Text, Self, Performance

David Jones Marshall
David Jones Marshall|Abstract

Geography, University of Kentucky - A Children’s Geography of Occupation: Imaginary, Emotional, and Everyday Spaces of Palestinian Childhood

Katharine A. Burnett
Katharine A. Burnett|Abstract

English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville - The Dixie Plantation State: Antebellum Fiction and Global Capitalism

Tara A. McKay
Tara A. McKay|Abstract

Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles - Invisible Men: The Construction and Diffusion of Global Health Priorities Concerning AIDS

Emily Chua
Emily Chua|Abstract

Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley - Writing for the Masses after Mao: The Ethics and Economics of News Production in Contemporary China

Megan C. McNamee
Megan C. McNamee|Abstract

History of Art, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Picturing Number: Visualizing Quadrivial Concepts in the Central Middle Ages

Cyd Cipolla
Cyd Cipolla|Abstract

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University - "After These Horrendous Crimes, that Creature Forfeits His Rights”: The Violent Sex Offender as Exceptional Criminal

David J. Medeiros
David J. Medeiros|Abstract

Linguistics, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - The Morpho-Syntax of Imperatives

Noah Constant
Noah Constant|Abstract

Linguistics, University of Massachusetts Amherst - Contrastive Topic: Meanings and Realizations

Patrick Mello
Patrick Mello|Abstract

English, University of Notre Dame - Toleration, Persecution, and the Novel

Doreen Densky
Doreen Densky|Abstract

German Studies, Johns Hopkins University - Literary Advocates: The Rhetoric and Poetics of Speaking-For in Franz Kafka

Eliot Michaelson
Eliot Michaelson|Abstract

Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles - This and That: An Inquiry into the Meaning and Use of Highly Context-Sensitive Terms

Connor Doak
Connor Doak|Abstract

Slavic Languages and Literature, Northwestern University - Poetry in the Matador's Cape: Masculinity in the Work of Vladimir Mayakovsky

Ali Colleen Neff
Ali Colleen Neff|Abstract

Cultural Studies/Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Generation “Fly to Fly”: Sounding Bodies, New Cosmopolitanisms, and Urban Transformation in the Sounds and Styles of Senegalese Women’s Pop

Erica Dobbs
Erica Dobbs|Abstract

Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Constituents without Citizenship: Migrant Political Incorporation in New Destination Countries

Niels Niessen
Niels Niessen|Abstract

Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - A North Wind: The New Realism of the French-Walloon "Cinéma du Nord"

Marina Dobronovskaya
Marina Dobronovskaya|Abstract

Historic Preservation, University of Delaware - The Material Culture of Stalinism: The City of Novgorod, Urban Reconstruction, and Historic Preservation in the Soviet Union after World War II, 1943-1955

Anne O'Donnell
Anne O'Donnell|Abstract

History, Princeton University - A Noah's Ark: Moving to Moscow, Material Life, and Information in Revolutionary Russia, 1916-1924

Andrew Eschelbacher
Andrew Eschelbacher|Abstract

Art History, University of Maryland, College Park - Labor in the Cauldron of Progress: Jules Dalou, the Inconstant Worker, and Paris's Memorial Landscape

Howard Pashman
Howard Pashman|Abstract

History, Northwestern University - Making Revolution Work: Law and Politics in New York, 1776-1783

Paul Flaig
Paul Flaig|Abstract

Comparative Literature, Cornell University - Weimar Slapstick: American Eccentrics, German Grotesques

Thomas Welsh Patteson
Thomas Welsh Patteson|Abstract

Music, University of Pennsylvania - Universal Instruments: Music, Technology, and Modernism in the Weimar Republic

Thomas Jacob Fleischman
Thomas Jacob Fleischman|Abstract

History, New York University - Three Little Pigs: Industrial Agriculture and Garden Farming in the German Democratic Republic, 1970-1989

Charles Andrew Rathkopf
Charles Andrew Rathkopf|Abstract

Philosophy, University of Virginia - Complex Systems and Non-reductive Explanation

Matthew Fox-Amato
Matthew Fox-Amato|Abstract

History, University of Southern California - Exposing Humanity: Slavery, Antislavery, and Early Photography in America, 1839-1865

Emiliano Ricciardi
Emiliano Ricciardi|Abstract

Musicology, Stanford University - The Musical Reception of Torquato Tasso's “Rime,” 1572-1620

Jessica M. Frazier
Jessica M. Frazier|Abstract

History, Binghamton University, State University of New York - Making Connections in Vietnam: Transnational US Women Activists and the Meanings of Race, Gender, and Revolution, 1965-1975

Zachary Samalin
Zachary Samalin|Abstract

English, City University of New York, The Graduate Center - The Masses Are Revolting: The Aesthetics of Disgust in the Late Victorian Novel

Edward Moore Geist
Edward Moore Geist|Abstract

History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Two Worlds of Civil Defense: State, Society, and Nuclear Survival in the USA and USSR, 1945-1991

Debapriya Sarkar
Debapriya Sarkar|Abstract

English, Rutgers University-New Brunswick - Possible Knowledge: Forms of Literary and Scientific Thought in Early Modern England

Aimee M. Genell
Aimee M. Genell|Abstract

History, Columbia University - Empire by Law: Ottoman Sovereignty and the British Occupation of Egypt

Andrew Thomas Simpson
Andrew Thomas Simpson|Abstract

History, Carnegie Mellon University - Making the Medical Metropolis: Academic Medical Centers and Urban Change in Pittsburgh and Houston, 1945-2010

Guadalupe Gonzalez Dieguez
Guadalupe Gonzalez Dieguez|Abstract

Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University - Isaac ibn Latif (1210-1280) between Philosophy and Kabbalah: Timeless and Timebound Wisdom

Danielle C. Skeehan
Danielle C. Skeehan|Abstract

English, Northeastern University - Creole Domesticity: Women, Commerce, and Kinship in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Writing

Angela C. Haas
Angela C. Haas|Abstract

History, Binghamton University, State University of New York - Miracles in the Press: Religious Authority and Intellectual Autonomy in Enlightenment France

Martha Anne Sprigge
Martha Anne Sprigge|Abstract

Music History and Theory, University of Chicago - Abilities to Mourn: Musical Commemoration in the German Democratic Republic, 1945-1989

Joanna Christine Hecker
Joanna Christine Hecker|Abstract

Institute of Fine Arts, New York University - Outside Looking In: Francisco de Holanda and the Margins of Renaissance Art

Kyle Joseph Stine
Kyle Joseph Stine|Abstract

Film Studies, University of Iowa - Calculative Cinema: Technologies of Speed, Scale, and Explication

Stephanie Hinnershitz
Stephanie Hinnershitz|Abstract

History, University of Maryland, College Park - "One Raw Material in the Racial Laboratory": Chinese, Filipino, and Japanese Students and West Coast Civil Rights, 1915-1968

Barbara D. Swanson
Barbara D. Swanson|Abstract

Musicology, Case Western Reserve University - The Rhetoric of Musical Reform: Plainchant, Solo Song, Affect, and Ethics in Early Modern Rome

Christine I. Ho
Christine I. Ho|Abstract

Art History, Stanford University - Drawing From Life: Sketching, Landscape, and the Formation of Socialist Realist Guohua

Jessica Elaine Teague
Jessica Elaine Teague|Abstract

English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University - With Ears Taut to Hear: Sound Recording and Twentieth-Century American Literature

Justin Horn
Justin Horn|Abstract

Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Do Facts about Human Evolution Undermine Moral Realism?

Nick P. Valvo
Nick P. Valvo|Abstract

English, University of California, Davis - Penurious Payments: Debt, Dependence, and Communal Form in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Hannah Doherty Hudson
Hannah Doherty Hudson|Abstract

English, Stanford University - The Myth of Minerva: Publishing, Popular Fiction, and the Rise of the Novel

Sarah Elizabeth Vaughn
Sarah Elizabeth Vaughn|Abstract

Cultural Anthropology, Columbia University - Vulnerable Publics: Climate and Property in Guyana

Sarah Ives
Sarah Ives|Abstract

Anthropology, Stanford University - Tea Stories: Cultivating Value on the Margin in South Africa’s Western Cape

Lev E. Weitz
Lev E. Weitz|Abstract

Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University - Family, Law, and Society: Syriac Christians in the Abbasid Caliphate

Annaliese Jacobs
Annaliese Jacobs|Abstract

History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Companions: Knowledge, Intimacy, and Empire in British Arctic Exploration, 1818-1859

Rebecca J. H. Woods
Rebecca J. H. Woods|Abstract

History; Anthropology; and Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - The Herds Shot Round the World: Four Breeds and the British Empire, 1820-1900

Katie L. Jarvis
Katie L. Jarvis|Abstract

European History, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Politics in the Marketplace: The Popular Activism and Cultural Representation of the Dames des Halles during the French Revolution

Albert Monshan Wu
Albert Monshan Wu|Abstract

History, University of California, Berkeley - German Missionaries, Chinese Christians, and the Globalization of Christianity, 1860-1940

Erin Joyce Kappeler
Erin Joyce Kappeler|Abstract

English, Tufts University - Shaping Free Verse: American Prosody and Poetics ,1880-1920

Joseph L. Yannielli
Joseph L. Yannielli|Abstract

History, Yale University - Dark Continents: Africa and the American Abolition of Slavery

Sarit J. Kattan Gribetz
Sarit J. Kattan Gribetz|Abstract

Religion, Princeton University - Conceptions of Time and Rhythms of Daily Life in Rabbinic Literature, 200-600 CE

Ori Yehudai
Ori Yehudai|Abstract

Modern Jewish History, University of Chicago - Out from Zion: Jewish Emigration from Palestine/Israel, 1945-1967

Jaclyn H. Kirouac-Fram
Jaclyn H. Kirouac-Fram|Abstract

American Studies, Saint Louis University - “Yellow Rolling Cell Blocks”: The Urban Bus and Race in the United States