Glovsky Wins ACLS/Mellon DCF

  Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships  
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the 2019 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows. The 67 fellows, who hail from 42 US universities, comprise one of the most institutionally diverse cohorts in the history of this fellowship. They were selected from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants through multiple stages of peer review. Now in its thirteenth year, the fellowship program offers promising graduate students a year of funding so that they can focus their attention on completing projects that form the foundations of their scholarly careers.

“The innovative research undertaken by our Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows represents the future of scholarship in the humanities and social sciences,” said ACLS program officer Valerie Popp. “The fellows’ work spans a broad range of time periods, geographic regions, and disciplines, including philosophy, literature, gender studies, music, history, and sociology. Amid such diverse research topics, several notable themes emerged this year, including the study of carceral states; the exploration of connections among culture, politics, and ecological change; and a focus on labor in communities around the world.”

The fellowship provides a $30,000 stipend and up to $8,000 in research funds and university fees to advanced graduate students in their final year of dissertation writing. The program, which is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, also includes a faculty-led academic job market seminar, hosted by ACLS, to further prepare fellows for their postgraduate careers.

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows and project titles are listed below; for more information about the recipients and their projects, click here.

Celia Abele (French and Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University) Collecting Knowledge, Writing the World: An Enlightenment Project?
Kessie Alexandre (Anthropology, Princeton University) Floods and Fountains: Toxicity and Revitalization through Newark’s Waterworks
William Bamber (Near and Middle East Studies, University of Washington) Fez & Sherwani: Self-fashioning, Consumption, and Ottoman Influence in Nineteenth-Century South Asia
John Bardes (History, Tulane University) Mass Incarceration in the Age of Slavery and Emancipation: Fugitive Slaves, Poor Whites, and Prison Development in Louisiana, 1805-1898
Anita N. Bateman (Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University) Ethiopia in Focus: Photography, Nationalism, Diaspora, and Modernization
Lorenzo Bondioli (History, Princeton University) Peasants, Merchants, and Caliphs: Capital and Empire in Fatimid Egypt, 900-1200 CE
Svetlana Borodina (Anthropology, Rice University) Needed Subjects: An Ethnography of the Formation of the Inclusion Complex in Russia
Benjamin Bradlow (Sociology, Brown University) Urban Origins of Democracy and Inequality: Governing São Paulo and Johannesburg, 1985-2016
Sean Kim Butorac (Political Science, University of Washington) States of Insurrection: Race, Resistance, and the Laws of Slavery, 1690-1876
Margarita Mercedes Castroman (English, Rutgers University-New Brunswick) Collecting Race: The Archival Impulse in Twentieth-Century Black Literature and Culture
Rafael Cesar (Spanish and Portuguese, New York University) Fictions of Racelessness: The Latin American Racial Imaginaries of Angola, 1901-2002
Sandy F. Chang (History, University of Texas at Austin) Across the South Seas: Gender, Intimacy, and Chinese Migrants in British Malaya, 1870s-1930s
Meghna Chaudhuri (History, New York University) A Measure of Value: Life, Land, and Agrarian Finance in South Asia, 1830-1950
Gabrielle E. Cornish (Musicology, University of Rochester) Sounding Socialist, Sounding Modern: Music, Technology, and Everyday Life in the Soviet Union, 1956-1975
Ioanida Costache (Music, Stanford University) Sounding Romani Sonic-Subjectivity: Counterhistory, Identity Formation, and Affect in Romanian-Roma Music
Kyle Ellison David (History, University of California, Irvine) Children of the Revolution: Childhood and Conflict in Rural North China, 1937-1948
Kate Driscoll (Italian Studies, University of California, Berkeley) Torquato Tasso among the Muses: Gendered Communities of Readership and Response in Early Modern Italy
David E. Dunning (History, Princeton University) Writing the Rules of Reason: Notations in Mathematical Logic, 1847-1937
Usmaan M. Farooqui (Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst) Precarious Pipes: Governance, Informality, and the Politics of Access in Karachi
Sarah E.K. Fong (American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California) Making Citizens: Racialization, Settler Colonialism, and the Logics of Social Welfare, 1865-1924
Camila A. Gavin (Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego) Chicanas in Solidarity with Chile: Transnational Feminisms, the Chicana/o Movement, and Culture
Matthew Ghazarian (Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University) Famine and Sectarianism in Ottoman Anatolia, 1839-1894
David Newman Glovsky (History, Michigan State University) Belonging Beyond Boundaries: Constructing a Transnational Community in a West African Borderland since 1867
Daniel A. Grant (Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison) Fluid Geographies: Race, Boundaries, and Territory in the Colorado River Borderlands
Maricarmen Hernandez (Sociology, University of Texas at Austin) To Build a Home: Informal Settlements and Environmental Inequality in Esmeraldas, Ecuador
Rebecca H. Hogue (English, University of California, Davis) Archipelagos of Resistance: Anti-Nuclear Writing of Oceania, 1975-2018
Gerard Holmes (English, University of Maryland, College Park) Discretion in the Interval: Emily Dickinson’s Musical Performances
Poyao Huang (Communication and Science Studies, University of California, San Diego) Becoming HIV Negative on PrEP: The Material Culture of HIV Medicine and Gay Taiwanese Men’s Sexual Health
Taryn D. Jordan (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University) Black Soul: A Feminist Genealogy of Feeling from the Colombian Exchange to Black Lives Matter
Hyeok Hweon Kang (East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University) A Hundred Crafts: Technology, Knowledge, and the Military in Late Chosŏn Korea, 1592-1910
Anna Karpusheva (Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Kansas) In Search of a Form for Soviet Trauma: Svetlana Alexievich’s Prose between History and Literature
Anna Kelner (English, Harvard University) Tempting Visions: Women’s Visionary Writing and Its Regulation in Late Medieval England
Matthew Kilbane (English, Cornell University) Lyric Accompaniment: Poetry, Media, Society
Liz Kinnamon (Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Arizona) Attention as Method: Marxism, Feminism, and the Politics of Presence
Charles A. Kollmer (History of Science, Princeton University) From Elephant to Bacterium: Microbes, Microbiologists, and the Chemical Order of Nature
Allison Korinek (French Studies and History, New York University) Lost in Translation: Language and Colonial Rule in Nineteenth-Century French Algeria
Jesús Luzardo (Philosophy, Fordham University) Nostalgic Pasts, Ironic Futures: On the Temporal Modalities of Whiteness
Claire E. Nashar (English, University at Buffalo, State University of New York) Bad Translator: Experimental Translation in New North American Poetry
Brianna Nofil (History, Columbia University) Detention Power: Jails, Camps, and the Origins of Immigrant Incarceration, 1900-2002
Carolina Ortega (History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) De Guanajuato to Green Bay: A Generational Story of Labor, Place, and Community, 1926-2010
Yalcin Ozkan (Sociology, University of Massachusetts Amherst) Righting a Death on the Job: The Politics of Fatal Work Accident Lawsuits in Turkey
Andrea Pauw (Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, University of Virginia) Verses to Live By: Aljamiado Poetry in Mudejar and Morisco Communities
Caro Pirri (Literatures in English, Rutgers University-New Brunswick) Settlement Aesthetics: Theatricality, Form, Failure
Julie M. Powell (History, The Ohio State University) The Labor Army of Tomorrow: Masculinity and the Internationalization of Veterans’ Rehabilitation, 1914-1924
Elizabeth Joy Reynolds (East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University) Economies of the High Plateau: Monasteries, Merchants, and Ulak Transportation in Tibet, 1904-1959
Emma Rodman (Political Science, University of Washington) The Idea of Equality in America
Valentina J. Rozas-Krause (Architecture, University of California, Berkeley) Memorials and the Cult of Apology
Sonia Rupcic (Anthropology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor) Righting Sexual Wrongs? Personhood, Intent, and Sex in a former South African Homeland
Michael L. Sabbagh (Sociology, Wayne State University) Tax Foreclosure, Racialized Dispossession, and Belonging in Post-2008 Detroit
Nicolás Sánchez (Romance Studies, Duke University) The Minted-City: Money, Value, and Crises of Representation in Nineteenth-Century Colombia, 1825-1903
Allison M. Serraes (English, University of Mississippi) Carceral Matrix: Black Women’s Writing in Response to Mass Incarceration, 1963-2017

Renee Shelby (History and Sociology, Georgia Institute of Technology) Designing Justice: Sexual Violence, Technology, and Citizen-Activism
Chelsea Rae Silva (English, University of California, Riverside) Bedwritten: Middle English Medicine and the Ailing Author
Caleb Simone (Classics, Columbia University) Enchanted Bodies: Reframing the Culture of Greek Aulos Performance
Jesse Spafford (Philosophy, City University of New York, The Graduate Center) The Coherence of Left-Libertarianism: A New Approach to Reconciling Libertarianism and Socialism
Serena S. Stein (Anthropology, Princeton University) Farmers, Donors, Settlers, Seeds: Extractivism and Convivial Ecologies in Mozambique’s Agribusiness Frontier
Shreya Subramani (Anthropology, Princeton University) Second Chance Entrepreneur: Prisoner Reentry Governance in the American City
Randa May Tawil (American Studies, Yale University) Tracing Empire: Race, Gender, and Migration from Syria through North America
Eric H. Thomas (Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Making the Frontier: Contesting Development on the Coast of Patagonia
Kemal Onur Toker (English, Brandeis University) The Poetics of the Sharing Economy: Shakespeare and Milton in the Age of the Leviathan
Nishita Trisal (Anthropology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor) Banking on Uncertainty: Debt, Default, and Violence in Indian-Administered Kashmir
Niina Maria Vuolajarvi (Sociology, Rutgers University-New Brunswick) Precarious Intimacies: Commercial Sex and Migration Under the Nordic Model
Zina B. Ward (History & Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh) Individual Differences in Cognitive Science: Conceptual, Methodological, and Ethical Issues
Rachel Q. Welsh (History, New York University) Proof in the Body: Ordeal, Justice, and the Physical Manifestation of Proof in Medieval Iberia, ca. 1050-1300
Daniel J. Williford (History, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor) Concrete Futures: Technologies of Urban Crisis in Colonial and Postcolonial Morocco
Rixt L. Woudstra (History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Countering Independence: Architecture, Decolonization, and the Design of Stability in British Africa, 1945-1963
Farren Yero (History, Duke University) Laboratories of Consent: Vaccine Science in the Spanish Atlantic World, 1779-1840

Contact: Valerie Popp,