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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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Arash Abazari
Arash Abazari|Abstract

Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University - Hegel’s Logic of Essence as the Ontology of Power in Capitalism

Weiwei Luo
Weiwei Luo|Abstract

History, Columbia University - Account Due: Making Citizenship and Sovereignty in Qing China, 1674-1894

Nadya Bair
Nadya Bair|Abstract

Art History, University of Southern California - The Decisive Network: Magnum Photos and the Art of Collaboration in Postwar Photojournalism

Manissa Maharawal
Manissa Maharawal|Abstract

Anthropology, City University of New York, The Graduate Center - Protest Cultures of the New “Lost Generation”: Urban Dissent, Direct Action, and Affective Politics Post-Occupy

Heather Berg
Heather Berg|Abstract

Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara - Porn Work: Adult Film at the Point of Production

Sean Mallin
Sean Mallin|Abstract

Anthropology, University of California, Irvine - Becoming Blight: Property and Belonging in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Jeffrey Blevins
Jeffrey Blevins|Abstract

English, University of California, Berkeley - The Poetry of Logic and the Logic of Poetry, 1895-1931

Hannah Marcus
Hannah Marcus|Abstract

History, Stanford University - Banned Books: Medicine, Readers, and Censors in Early Modern Italy, 1559-1664

Elise L. Bonner
Elise L. Bonner|Abstract

Music, Princeton University - Catherine the Great and the Origins of Russian Opera in Late Eighteenth-Century St. Petersburg

Martin Y. Marinos
Martin Y. Marinos|Abstract

Communication, University of Pittsburgh - Post-Socialism, Right-Wing Populism, and the Construction of a (Neo)liberal Media Sphere: Political Discourse and Social Change in Bulgaria

Jay Borchert
Jay Borchert|Abstract

Sociology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Mass Incarceration, the Profession of Corrections, and the Way Prison Workers Construct Meanings about Their Participation in Our Punishment State

Cecilia Márquez
Cecilia Márquez|Abstract

History, University of Virginia - The Strange Career of Juan Crow: Latino/as, African Americans, and the Making of the US South, 1940-2000

Mattie Burkert
Mattie Burkert|Abstract

English, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Speculative Enterprise: Public Finance and the London Theater, 1688-1763

Jamie Martin
Jamie Martin|Abstract

History, Harvard University - Governing the World Economy: Economic Expertise and the Reshaping of Global Order, 1916-1948

Chelsea R. Burns
Chelsea R. Burns|Abstract

Music, University of Chicago - Listening for Modern Latin America: Identity and Representation in Concert Music, 1920–1940

Nathaniel Miller
Nathaniel Miller|Abstract

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago - Tribal Poetics in Early Arabic Poetry: The Case of Ashʿār Banī Hudhayl

Lindsay A. Caplan
Lindsay A. Caplan|Abstract

Art History, City University of New York, The Graduate Center - Open Works: Between the Programmed and the Free, Art in Italy from 1962 to 1972

Cameron Moore
Cameron Moore|Abstract

East Asian Studies, Princeton University - Text as Tradition: Han Commentary and the Rise of Classical Scholarship

Maura Capps
Maura Capps|Abstract

History, University of Chicago - All Flesh Is Grass: A Political Ecology of Agrarian Improvement in Britain’s Settler Empire, 1780-1850

Erin Mosely
Erin Mosely|Abstract

African and African American Studies, Harvard University - The Future of Rwanda’s Past: Transitional Justice, Archival Practice, and the Remaking of History after Genocide

Elizabeth Ann Cecil
Elizabeth Ann Cecil|Abstract

Religious Studies, Brown University - Mapping a Contested Landscape: Religion, Politics, and Place in the Making of Pāśupata Identity, Sixth-Ninth Century CE

Emily Ng
Emily Ng|Abstract

Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley - A Time of Lost Gods: Madness, Possession, and the Return of Spirits in Contemporary China

Wesley Byron Chaney
Wesley Byron Chaney|Abstract

History, Stanford University - Land, Trade, and the Law on the Sino-Tibetan Border, 1723-1911

Samuel Galen Ng
Samuel Galen Ng|Abstract

American Studies, New York University - Embodying Pain: The Politics of Black Mourning in the United States, 1917-1955

A.T. Coates
A.T. Coates|Abstract

Religious Studies, Duke University - Fundamentalist Aesthetics: Sensation and Scripture in Early Twentieth-Century American Fundamentalism

Melinda Latour O'Brien
Melinda Latour O'Brien|Abstract

Musicology, University of California, Los Angeles - Music and Moral Repair in Early Modern France

Brian J. Cuddy
Brian J. Cuddy|Abstract

History, Cornell University - Wider War: American Force in Vietnam, International Law, and the Transformation of Armed Conflict, 1961-1977

Kaneesha Cherelle Parsard
Kaneesha Cherelle Parsard|Abstract

American Studies and African American Studies, Yale University - Improper Dwelling: Space, Sexuality, and Colonial Modernity in the British West Indies, 1838-1962

Megan Johanna Daniels
Megan Johanna Daniels|Abstract

Classics, Stanford University - The Queen of Heaven and a Goddess for All the People: Religion, Cultural Evolution, and Social Development in Iron Age Greece

José Juan Pérez Meléndez
José Juan Pérez Meléndez|Abstract

History, University of Chicago - The Business of Peopling: Colonization Companies and the Making of Imperial Brazil, 1815-1878

Arash Davari
Arash Davari|Abstract

Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles - Revolutionary Reconstruction: Narrative, Subjectivity, and State Consolidation in Iran

Connor M. Pitetti
Connor M. Pitetti|Abstract

English, State University of New York, Stony Brook - The City at the End of the World: Eschatology and Ecology in Twentieth-Century Science Fiction and Architecture

Bathsheba R. Demuth
Bathsheba R. Demuth|Abstract

History, University of California, Berkeley - The Power of Place: Modern Ideology and Arctic Ecology in the Bering Straits, 1848-1988

Sarah M. Quesada
Sarah M. Quesada|Abstract

Iberian and Latin American Cultures, Stanford University - Textual Memorials of a Transatlantic America: Ruins and Monuments of the African Diaspora in Luso-Hispanic and Latino/a Narratives

Lee Elizabeth Douglas
Lee Elizabeth Douglas|Abstract

Anthropology, New York University - Producing Historical Knowledge in a World of Absence: Forensic Science, Cultures of Documentation, and the Politics of Memory in Post-Franco Spain

Kelly Mee Rich
Kelly Mee Rich|Abstract

English, University of Pennsylvania - States of Repair: Institutions of Private Life in the Postwar British Novel

Rebecca Elliott
Rebecca Elliott|Abstract

Sociology, University of California, Berkeley - Underwater: Floods and the Social Classification, Pricing, and Distribution of the Risks of Climate Change in the United States

Alfonso Salgado
Alfonso Salgado|Abstract

History, Columbia University - The Party Family: The Private Life of Communists in Twentieth-Century Chile

Rebecca M. Evans
Rebecca M. Evans|Abstract

English, Duke University - Unnatural History: Ecological Temporality in Post-1945 American Literature

Stephanie Savell
Stephanie Savell|Abstract

Anthropology, Brown University - The Right to Security: Militarized Policing and Its Alternatives in Rio de Janeiro

Rebecca L. Fall
Rebecca L. Fall|Abstract

English, Northwestern University - Common Nonsense: The Production of Popular Literature in Renaissance England

Akshya Saxena
Akshya Saxena|Abstract

Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Vernacular Englishes: Language and Democratic Politics in Post-liberalization India

Sofia Fenner
Sofia Fenner|Abstract

Political Science, University of Chicago - Life after Co-optation: Possibility and Change in Authoritarian Regimes

Timothy E. Shenk
Timothy E. Shenk|Abstract

History, Columbia University - Inventing the American Economy

Emi Foulk
Emi Foulk|Abstract

History, University of California, Los Angeles - Signposts for the Way: Grammar, Phonology, and Ideology in Eighteenth-Century Japan

Robert Steel
Robert Steel|Abstract

Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh - Planning for Failure

Grant Gordon
Grant Gordon|Abstract

Political Science, Columbia University - Monitoring Conflict to Deter Violence

Mark A. Stoholski
Mark A. Stoholski|Abstract

Comparative Literature, Emory University - Affecting the Logos

Linda R. Gosner
Linda R. Gosner|Abstract

Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University - Mining Matters: Rural Communities and Industrial Landscapes in Roman Iberia, Third Century BCE-Second Century CE

Anushree L. Subramaniam
Anushree L. Subramaniam|Abstract

Economics, University of Chicago - Incentives for Pharmaceutical Innovation and Associated Welfare Implications: Evidence from the Orphan Drug Act

Timothy W. Grinsell
Timothy W. Grinsell|Abstract

Linguistics, University of Chicago - Semantic Indecision

Hillary A. Taylor
Hillary A. Taylor|Abstract

History, Yale University - “But if the poore man speak, they say, What fellow is this?”: Language and Social Relations in Early Modern England, 1550-1750

Serra M. Hakyemez
Serra M. Hakyemez|Abstract

Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University - Kurds Before the Court: Law, Terrorism, and Sovereignty

Kyla Thomas
Kyla Thomas|Abstract

Sociology, Princeton University - Hidden (Dis)Advantages of Class: How Cultural Signals of Class Shape Hiring Outcomes

Heidi Hart
Heidi Hart|Abstract

Carolina-Duke Program in German Studies, Duke University - Contrary Voices: Heine, Hölderlin, and Goethe in the Music of Hanns Eisler

Denise M. Vigani
Denise M. Vigani|Abstract

Philosophy, City University of New York, The Graduate Center - Construing Character: Virtue as a Cognitive-Affective Processing System

Heidi Hausse
Heidi Hausse|Abstract

History, Princeton University - Life and Limb: Technology, Surgery, and Bodily Loss in Early Modern Germany, 1500-1700

Maria Vinogradova
Maria Vinogradova|Abstract

Cinema Studies, New York University - Amateur Cinema in the Soviet Union, 1957-1991: History, Ideology, and Culture

Jenna Healey
Jenna Healey|Abstract

History of Science and Medicine, Yale University - Sooner or Later: Age, Pregnancy, and the Reproductive Revolution in Late Twentieth-Century America

Peter W. Walker
Peter W. Walker|Abstract

History, Columbia University - The Church Militant: The American Émigré Clergy and the Making of the British Counterrevolution, 1763-1792

Alanna Hickey
Alanna Hickey|Abstract

English, Northwestern University - The Forms of National Belonging: The Politics of Citizenship in Nineteenth-Century Native American Print Poetry

Sean F. Ward
Sean F. Ward|Abstract

English, Duke University - War Worlds: Violence, Sociality, and the Forms of Twentieth-Century Transatlantic Literature

Tamara Kneese
Tamara Kneese|Abstract

Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University - Digital Afterlives: Patterning Posterity through Networked Remains

Delia D. B. Wendel
Delia D. B. Wendel|Abstract

Urban Planning and Design, Harvard University - Space and the Ethics of Transition: Rebuilding Rwanda after the 1994 Genocide

Whitney E. Laemmli
Whitney E. Laemmli|Abstract

History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania - The Choreography of Everyday Life: Rudolf Laban and the Analysis of Modern Movement

Alper Yagci
Alper Yagci|Abstract

Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst - Managing the Agricultural Biotechnology Revolution: Responses to Transgenic Seeds in Developing Countries

Charles Lesch
Charles Lesch|Abstract

Government, Harvard University - The Ethical Commonwealth: Social Citizenship and the Moral Life of Political Communities

Corinna Zeltsman
Corinna Zeltsman|Abstract

History, Duke University - Ink under the Fingernails: Printers and the Material Politics of Print in Nineteenth-Century Mexico City

Emily Xi Lin
Emily Xi Lin|Abstract

Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Caring for Star-Children: Autism, Modernizing Families, and Ethics in Contemporary China

Anna Zogas
Anna Zogas|Abstract

Anthropology, University of Washington - Invisible Injury: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Medical Uncertainty in the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System