Two GC Students Earn AAUW Fellowships

The American Association of University Women (AAUW), one of the world’s leading supporters of graduate women’s education, awarded 2018–2019 fellowships to two Graduate Center students.
“These trailblazers are breaking the mold in nontraditional fields and redefining what leadership and expertise look like,” AAUW CEO Kimberly Churches said in an announcement. “AAUW is proud to support them with the resources necessary to excel in their chosen fields.”
Fellowship recipients must demonstrate scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.

The Graduate Center congratulates its two fellowship winners.

Sumru Atuk, a doctoral candidate in political science originally from Turkey, received an International Fellowship to continue her studies in the United States. She analyzes the politics of femicide in contemporary Turkey, investigating the institutional, discursive, and legal practices that maximize women’s precariousness and justify violence against women in general, and femicide in particular. She is working on a side project that compares the femicidal contexts of Turkey and Mexico.

head shot of Graduate Center student LeiLani DowellLeiLani Dowell, a doctoral candidate in English whose interests include ethnic studies and queer studies, received an American Fellowship. Her project investigates the rhetoric of the media, activists, and the court surrounding the case of the New Jersey Four, a group of lesbians and gender nonconforming people imprisoned for defending themselves against an attack in New York’s Greenwich Village in 2006.

"It means a lot to me that the AAUW, which has long advocated for women in the U.S. academy, would choose to support my particular work," Dowell said. "I continue to feel blessed to be doing this work at The Graduate Center, where I have found a community of colleagues and rigorous thinkers concerned with social justice."

Submitted on: AUG 7, 2018

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