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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.

Joel Anderson
Joel Anderson|Abstract

Medieval Studies, Cornell University - Imagining Universal Government at the Edge of the World: Institutional Forms in Norse Bishops' Lives

Antoine Lentacker
Antoine Lentacker|Abstract

History, Yale University - Signs and Substances: Publicity, Information, and Trust in the Drug Markets in France and Austria, 1880-1950

Hillary Angelo
Hillary Angelo|Abstract

Sociology, New York University - How Green Became Good: Urban Greening as Social Improvement in Germany’s Ruhr Valley

Brian P. Long
Brian P. Long|Abstract

Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame - Towards the Cultural History of the Twelfth-Century Translation Movement

Stephanie Bosch Santana
Stephanie Bosch Santana|Abstract

African and African American Studies, Harvard University - Forms of Affiliation: Nationalism, Pan-Africanism, and Globalism in Southern African Literary Media, 1950-present

Stephanie C. Maher
Stephanie C. Maher|Abstract

Anthropology, University of Washington - Barça ou Barzakh: The Social “Elsewhere” of Failed Clandestine Migration Out of Senegal

Jennifer S. Bowles
Jennifer S. Bowles|Abstract

Anthropology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Hands on the Green Leaf: Everyday Dwelling in Argentina´s Yerba Mate Country

Kathryn A. Mariner
Kathryn A. Mariner|Abstract

Anthropology, University of Chicago - Intimate Speculation: The Flows and Futures of Private Agency Adoption in the United States

Benjamin Breen
Benjamin Breen|Abstract

History, University of Texas at Austin - Tropical Transplantations: Drugs, Nature, and Globalization in the Portuguese and British Empires, 1640-1750

Maya Maskarinec
Maya Maskarinec|Abstract

History, University of California, Los Angeles - Building Rome Saint by Saint: Sanctity From Abroad at Home in the City, Sixth-Ninth Century

Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis
Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis|Abstract

Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame - Ministers of Christ’s Word: Benedictine Women Religious in Early and Central Medieval England

Aleksandar Matovski
Aleksandar Matovski|Abstract

Government, Cornell University - Popular Dictators: The Attitudinal Roots of Electoral Authoritarianism

Andrew A. Cashner
Andrew A. Cashner|Abstract

Music, University of Chicago - Faith, Hearing, and the Power of Music in Hispanic Villancicos, 1600-1700

Michael Patrick McCulloch
Michael Patrick McCulloch|Abstract

Architecture, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Building the Working City: Designs on Home and Life in Boomtown Detroit, 1914-1929

Patrick R. Chappell
Patrick R. Chappell|Abstract

English, Rutgers University-New Brunswick - Recirculations: Objects, Plotting, and the Second-Order Economies of Nineteenth-Century British Fiction

Amy Myrick
Amy Myrick|Abstract

Sociology, Northwestern University - The Politics of Text: How Textual Norms Shape Substantive Agendas in US Constitutional Amendment Advocacy, 1900-2010

Laurence Coderre
Laurence Coderre|Abstract

East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley - Consuming Revolution: Yangbanxi as Material Culture of the Chinese Cultural Revolution

Adam Joseph Nazaroff
Adam Joseph Nazaroff|Abstract

Anthropology, Stanford University - Entanglement: A Study in Neolithic Resource Exploitation in the Middle East

Alice M. Cotter
Alice M. Cotter|Abstract

Music, Princeton University - Sketches of Grief: Genesis, Musical Development, and Revision in the Operas of John Adams, Peter Sellars, and Alice Goodman

James A. Palmer
James A. Palmer|Abstract

History, Washington University in St. Louis - Gold, Grain, and Grace: Piety and Community in Late Medieval Rome

Shannon C. Cram
Shannon C. Cram|Abstract

Geography, University of California, Berkeley - Unmaking the Bomb: The Cultural Politics of Waste, Health, and Science at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation

James Robert Pickett
James Robert Pickett|Abstract

History, Princeton University - The Persianate Sphere during the Age of Empires: Islamic Scholars and Networks of Exchange in Central Asia, 1747-1917

Britt Dahlberg
Britt Dahlberg|Abstract

Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania - Envisioning Post-Industrial Futures: Community Activism and Government Environmental Health Science

Kristina E. Poznan
Kristina E. Poznan|Abstract

History, College of William & Mary - Becoming Immigrant Nation-Builders: The Development of Austria-Hungary’s National Projects in the United States, 1880s-1920s

Michael Jason Degani
Michael Jason Degani|Abstract

Anthropology, Yale University - The City Electric: Infrastructure and Ingenuity in Postsocialist Tanzania

Cassidy Cody Puckett
Cassidy Cody Puckett|Abstract

Sociology, Northwestern University - The Geek Instinct: Technological Change, Digital Adaptability, and Social Inequality

Rowan W. Dorin
Rowan W. Dorin|Abstract

History, Harvard University - Expulsions of Foreign Moneylenders in Medieval Europe, 1200-1450

Alicia Puglionesi
Alicia Puglionesi|Abstract

History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University - The Astonishment of Experience: Americans and Psychical Research, 1885-1935

Jeffrey A. Erbig Jr.
Jeffrey A. Erbig Jr.|Abstract

History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Where Nomads and Mapmakers Meet: Rethinking Borderlands from the Río de la Plata, 1700-1805

Gregory Rosenthal
Gregory Rosenthal|Abstract

History, State University of New York, Stony Brook - Hawaiians Who Left Hawai'i: Work, Body, and Environment in the Pacific World, 1786-1876

Elisabeth S. Fink
Elisabeth S. Fink|Abstract

Institute of French Studies and History, New York University - Elections and the Politics of Mobilization: Voting in French West Africa, 1944-1960

Christopher S. Santiago
Christopher S. Santiago|Abstract

English, University of Southern California - Sonic Displacement, Sonic Placemaking: The Poetics of Diaspora in Yoko Tawada, Jessica Hagedorn, M.I.A., and Cathy Park Hong

Laura Lynn Garofalo
Laura Lynn Garofalo|Abstract

Classics, Johns Hopkins University - Reconstructed Pasts and Retrospective Styles in Flavian Rome

Jensen Sass
Jensen Sass|Abstract

Sociology, Yale University - Commodification as Corporate Strategy: Monsanto and the Remaking of American Farming

Rebecca Gaydos
Rebecca Gaydos|Abstract

English, University of California, Berkeley - Technologies of Expression: Writing Poetry in Postwar America

Stuart Schrader
Stuart Schrader|Abstract

American Studies, New York University - American Streets, Foreign Territory: How Counterinsurgent Knowledge Militarized Policing and Criminalized Color

Jonathan Gebhardt
Jonathan Gebhardt|Abstract

History, Yale University - Global Cities, Incoherent Communities: Communication, Coexistence, and Conflict in Macau and Manila, 1550-1700

Elizabeth Searcy
Elizabeth Searcy|Abstract

History, Brown University - The Unconscious Mind in America, 1880-1917

Stefanie Graeter
Stefanie Graeter|Abstract

Anthropology, University of California, Davis - Lead to the Laboratory: The Ethics and Science of Lead Exposure Politics in Central Peru

Heeryoon Shin
Heeryoon Shin|Abstract

History of Art, Yale University - Building a "Modern" Temple Town: Architecture and Patronage in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Banaras

Christopher Gratien
Christopher Gratien|Abstract

History, Georgetown University - “The Mountains are Ours”: Settlement, Ecology, and the Late Ottoman Frontier, 1856-1956

Sarah Shortall
Sarah Shortall|Abstract

History, Harvard University - Soldiers of God in a Secular World: The Politics of Catholic Theology, 1905-1950

Assaf Harel
Assaf Harel|Abstract

Anthropology, Rutgers University-New Brunswick - “The Eternal Nation Does Not Fear a Long Road”: Theological Conceptions of Time among Jewish Settlers

Christy Spackman
Christy Spackman|Abstract

Food Studies, New York University - Transforming Taste: Aesthetics in Medicine and Food

Lauren Heintz
Lauren Heintz|Abstract

Literature, University of California, San Diego - Lawless Liaisons: Kinship, Interraciality, and Queer Desire in the US Hemispheric South, 1791-1865

Brian A. Stauffer
Brian A. Stauffer|Abstract

History, University of Texas at Austin - Victory on Earth or in Heaven: Religion, Reform, and Rebellion in Michoacán, Mexico, 1869-1877

Ariane Helou
Ariane Helou|Abstract

Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz - Figures of Voice in Early Modern Europe

Preston Stovall
Preston Stovall|Abstract

Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh - Existence, Essence, and Excellence: Kind Terms, Modal Operators, and the Subjunctive Conditional

Leon J. Hilton
Leon J. Hilton|Abstract

Performance Studies, New York University - Theaters of the Mind: Autism, Disability, and the Performance of Neurological Difference

Edgar Curtis Taylor
Edgar Curtis Taylor|Abstract

Anthropology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Making Spatial and Historical Contexts: Racial Thought and Urban Life in Uganda, 1959-1972

Sarah Thompson Hines
Sarah Thompson Hines|Abstract

History, University of California, Berkeley - Water Rules: Urbanization and the Transformation of Cochabamba’s Waterscape, 1879-2000

Christy Thornton
Christy Thornton|Abstract

History, New York University - Sovereignty and Solidarity: The Mexican Revolution and the Origins of the Postwar Order, 1919-1948

Sylvia W. Houghteling
Sylvia W. Houghteling|Abstract

History of Art, Yale University - Politics, Poetry and the Figural Language of South Asian Textiles, 1600-1730

Whitney A. Trettien
Whitney A. Trettien|Abstract

English, Duke University - Cut/Copy/Paste: Composing Devotion at Little Gidding

Isabel Huacuja Alonso
Isabel Huacuja Alonso|Abstract

History, University of Texas at Austin - Radio for the Millions: Hindi-Urdu Broadcasting at the Crossroads of Empire

Christopher Michael Turner
Christopher Michael Turner|Abstract

Philosophy, DePaul University - Aristotle and the Cynics on Happiness and Misfortune

Jessica Hurley
Jessica Hurley|Abstract

English, University of Pennsylvania - Ground Zero at the City on a Hill: Apocalypse and the Politics of Form in the Nuclear Age

Craig D. Warmke
Craig D. Warmke|Abstract

Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Numbers and Necessity

Suzanne Kahn
Suzanne Kahn|Abstract

History, Columbia University - Divorce and the Politics of the American Social Welfare Regime, 1969-2001

Jerry Chuanghwa Zee
Jerry Chuanghwa Zee|Abstract

Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley - The Windy State: Dust Storms and a Political Meteorology of Contemporary China

Matthew Kruer
Matthew Kruer|Abstract

History, University of Pennsylvania - The Susquehannock War: Native Americans, Bacon's Rebellion, and the Forging of the Covenant Chain

Iskandar Zulkarnain
Iskandar Zulkarnain|Abstract

Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester - "Programming" the Archipelago: Digital Visual Cultures and Nationalism in Indonesia

Malgorzata Kurjanska
Malgorzata Kurjanska|Abstract

Sociology, University of California, Berkeley - Imperial States and Civic Legacies: Associational Life in Pre-WWI and Interwar Poland