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    ACLS Fellow Rian Thum presented his research on Islamic China at the 2018 ACLS Annual Meeting 

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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.

Sophia Balakian
Sophia Balakian|Abstract

Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - "The Fraudulent Family": Humanitarianism, Security, and Competing Ethical Claims in Refugee Resettlement from Kenya

George Anthony Keddie
George Anthony Keddie|Abstract

Religious Studies, University of Texas at Austin - Revelations of Ideology: Apocalyptic Class Politics in Early Roman Palestine

Sara Ballance
Sara Ballance|Abstract

Music, University of California, Santa Barbara - Learning to Listen: Musical Hearing and the Construction of Musicality in the Nineteenth Century

Soo-Young Kim
Soo-Young Kim|Abstract

Anthropology, Columbia University - A Future Continuously Present: Everyday Economics in Athens

Joshua Paul Batts
Joshua Paul Batts|Abstract

East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University - Circling the Waters: The Keicho Embassy and Japanese-Spanish Relations in the Early Seventeenth Century

Liz Koslov
Liz Koslov|Abstract

Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University - Retreat: Moving to Higher Ground in a Climate-Changed City

A.J. Bauer
A.J. Bauer|Abstract

Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University - Before Fair and Balanced: Conservative Media Activism and the Rise of the New Right

Sharon Kunde
Sharon Kunde|Abstract

English, University of California, Irvine - Down in the Dirt: Undoing Transcendentalism

Alyse Bertenthal
Alyse Bertenthal|Abstract

Criminology, Law, and Society, University of California, Irvine - (Un)Natural Law: Environmental Governance in the Owens Valley, California

Nicole Labruto
Nicole Labruto|Abstract

History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Growing Energy, Generating Plants: Brazilian Biofuel Science in the Age of Climate Change

Andrea L. Brock
Andrea L. Brock|Abstract

Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Rome at Its Core: Reconstructing the Environment and Topography of the Forum Boarium

Katherine Lennard
Katherine Lennard|Abstract

American Culture, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Uniform Threat: Manufacturing the Ku Klux Klan’s Visible Empire, 1905-1937

Emily Brooks
Emily Brooks|Abstract

Anthropology, University of California, Irvine - The Hidden Drought: Groundwater Politics in California’s Low Desert

Elizabeth Lhost
Elizabeth Lhost|Abstract

South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and History, University of Chicago - Between Community and Qanun: Documenting Islamic Legal Practice in Nineteenth-Century South Asia

Tristan G. Brown
Tristan G. Brown|Abstract

History, Columbia University - The Veins of the Earth: Law, Geomancy, and the Transformation of Property in Modern China, 1865-1928

Marina Magloire
Marina Magloire|Abstract

English, Duke University - Whosoever Doubts My Power: Conjuring Feminism in the Interwar Black Diaspora

Morgan Day Frank
Morgan Day Frank|Abstract

English, Stanford University - Schools of Fiction: American Literature and the Modern Educational System, 1880-1920

Alexander M. Mazzaferro
Alexander M. Mazzaferro|Abstract

English, Rutgers University-New Brunswick - “No Newe Enterprize”: Empirical Political Science and the Problem of Innovation in the Colonial English Americas

Brendan de Kenessey
Brendan de Kenessey|Abstract

Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Joint Practical Deliberation

Nikhil Menon
Nikhil Menon|Abstract

History, Princeton University - Planned Democracy: Citizenship, Development, and the Practices of Planning in Independent India, 1947-1967

Rosanna Dent
Rosanna Dent|Abstract

History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania - Studying Indigenous Brazil: The Xavante and the Human Sciences, 1958-2015

Noémie Ndiaye
Noémie Ndiaye|Abstract

English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University - Marking Blackness: Embodied Techniques of Racialization in Seventeenth-Century European Theater

Samuel Dolbee
Samuel Dolbee|Abstract

History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University - The Locust and the Starling: People, Insects, and Disease in the Ottoman Jazira and After, 1860-1930

Huong Thi Diu Nguyen
Huong Thi Diu Nguyen|Abstract

History, University of Washington - Living the Vietnam War: A Social History of the City of Hue, 1957-1967

Patrick Ellis
Patrick Ellis|Abstract

Film and Media, University of California, Berkeley - Aeroscopics: Cartographic Spectacles from Panorama to Film

Samuel Parler
Samuel Parler|Abstract

Music, Harvard University - Musical Racialism and Racial Nationalism in Commercial Country Music, 1915-1953

Rachel Ellis
Rachel Ellis|Abstract

Sociology, University of Pennsylvania - Conviction behind Bars: Religion in a Twenty-First-Century American Women’s Prison

James Phillips
James Phillips|Abstract

History, New York University - Human Material: Psychoneurology and the Science of the New Man in Russia and the Soviet Union, 1904-1938

Joanna Fiduccia
Joanna Fiduccia|Abstract

Art History, University of California, Los Angeles - Hollow Man: Alberto Giacometti and the Crisis of the Monument, 1935-1946

Samuel Reis-Dennis
Samuel Reis-Dennis|Abstract

Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - I Do Blame You: Responsibility in Real Life

Mark D. Fisher
Mark D. Fisher|Abstract

Political Science, University of California, Berkeley - Democracy, Autocracy, and Democratic Heroism in Thucydides' Peloponnesian War

Erin Reitz
Erin Reitz|Abstract

Art History, Northwestern University - From Oakland to Outer Space: The Political Geographies of the Black Panthers, 1966-1982

Stephanie Lynn Freeman
Stephanie Lynn Freeman|Abstract

History, University of Virginia - Looking over the Horizon: Nuclear Abolitionism and the End of the Cold War, 1979-1989

Sarah Roth
Sarah Roth|Abstract

English, Northwestern University - An Interesting Situation: Reproduction and the Un-Domestication of the Victorian Novel

Margaret Gaida
Margaret Gaida|Abstract

History of Science, University of Oklahoma - Encounters with Alcabitius: Reading Arabic Astrology in the Latin West, 950-1560

Tom Sapsford
Tom Sapsford|Abstract

Classics, University of Southern California - The Life of the Kinaidoi

Filippo Gianferrari
Filippo Gianferrari|Abstract

Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame - Dante and Thirteenth-Century Latin Education: A Study in Medieval Christian Humanism

Cheryl Mei-ting Schmitz
Cheryl Mei-ting Schmitz|Abstract

Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley - Another Day of Work: The Morality of Chinese Money in Postwar Angola

Anne Gillman
Anne Gillman|Abstract

Political Science, Johns Hopkins University - Making Culture, Moving Margins: State-Society Interactions within Brazilian Cultural Policy

Aarti Sethi
Aarti Sethi|Abstract

Anthropology, Columbia University - The Life of Debt in Rural India

Timothy M. Griffiths
Timothy M. Griffiths|Abstract

English, City University of New York, The Graduate Center - Bricolage Propriety: The Queer Practice of Black Uplift, 1890-1905

William E. Sherman
William E. Sherman|Abstract

Religious Studies, Stanford University - Mountains and Messiahs: Revelation, Language, and Afghan Becomings

Angelina Grigoryeva
Angelina Grigoryeva|Abstract

Sociology, Princeton University - Mass Participatory Finance in the Era of Growing Inequality

Evelyn Shih
Evelyn Shih|Abstract

East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley - The Cold War Comic: Power and Laughter in Taiwan and South Korea, 1948-1979

George Charles Halvorson
George Charles Halvorson|Abstract

History, Columbia University - Valuing the Air: The Politics of Environmental Regulation from the Clean Air Act to Carbon Trading

Adriana Monica Solomon
Adriana Monica Solomon|Abstract

History and Philosophy of Science, University of Notre Dame - On the Interaction between Mathematical Methods and Metaphysics in Isaac Newton’s Writings: The Case of Mathematical Forces

Lenora Hanson
Lenora Hanson|Abstract

English, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Riotous Life: The Rhetoric and Politics of Romantic Organisms

Swati Srivastava
Swati Srivastava|Abstract

Political Science, Northwestern University - Configurations of Sovereignty: Public and Private Authority Negotiations in World Politics

Sonia Hazard
Sonia Hazard|Abstract

Religion, Duke University - The Touch of the Word: Evangelical Cultures of Print in Antebellum America

Alexander Statman
Alexander Statman|Abstract

History, Stanford University - A Global Enlightenment: History, Science, and the Birth of Sinology

Jacob Hobson
Jacob Hobson|Abstract

English, University of California, Berkeley - Exegetical Theory and Textual Communities in Late Anglo-Saxon England

Alexandra J. Steinlight
Alexandra J. Steinlight|Abstract

History, New York University - Salvaging Paper, Capturing Experience: Constructing France’s Wartime Archives, 1944-1979

Morgan Hoke
Morgan Hoke|Abstract

Anthropology, Northwestern University - Feeding Babies, Feeding Inequalities: An Examination of Changing Economic Activity, Infant Feeding, and Early Growth in Nuñoa, Peru

Paige L. Sweet
Paige L. Sweet|Abstract

Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago - Trauma, Domestic Violence, and Hybrid Medicalization

Joshua A. Hubbard
Joshua A. Hubbard|Abstract

History and Women's Studies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Reproductive Subjects: The Global Politics of Health in Nationalist China

Kathryn Takabvirwa
Kathryn Takabvirwa|Abstract

Anthropology, Stanford University - On the Threshing Floor: Roadblocks and the Policing of Everyday Life in Post-Crisis Zimbabwe

Tyler Huismann
Tyler Huismann|Abstract

Philosophy, University of Colorado Boulder - Aristotle on Accidental Causation

Emily Morgan Talbot
Emily Morgan Talbot|Abstract

History of Art, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - The Photographic Effect: Making Pictures after Photography, 1875-1905

Shehab Ismail
Shehab Ismail|Abstract

History, Columbia University - Engineering Metropolis: Contagion, Capital, and the Making of British Colonial Cairo, 1882-1922

Miya Qiong Xie
Miya Qiong Xie|Abstract

Comparative Literature, Harvard University - The Literary Territorialization of Manchuria: Spatial Imagination and Modern Identities in East Asian Literature

Amy Johnson
Amy Johnson|Abstract

History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Twitter and the Body Parodic: Creating and Regulating a Global Speech Genre

Ruben D. Yepes
Ruben D. Yepes|Abstract

Art and Art History, University of Rochester - Affecting the Conflict: Mediations of the Colombian War in Contemporary Art and Film

Marysia Jonsson
Marysia Jonsson|Abstract

History, New York University - Carving Doors: Tolerance, Cultural Exchange, and Diplomacy during the Great Northern War, 1700-1721

Bryanne Young
Bryanne Young|Abstract

Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - “Killing the Indian in the Child”: Political Formations of Life and Materialities of Death in the Canadian Indian Residential School System

Janet Kay
Janet Kay|Abstract

History, Boston College - Old, New, Borrowed, and Buried: Burial Practices in Britain, 350-550 CE

Jesse Zarley
Jesse Zarley|Abstract

History, University of Maryland, College Park - Toward a Transandean Mapuche Politics: Ritual and Power in Chile and Argentina, 1792-1862