A Record Six Graduate Center Ph.D. Candidates Awarded ACLS Dissertation Fellowships, With More Than $35,000 in Funding Each
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- A Record Six Graduate Center Ph.D. Candidates Awarded ACLS Dissertation Fellowships, With More Than
Top (L-R): Jack Crawford, Jessica Larson, China Sajadian; Bottom: Amir Reicher, Yasemin Ozer, Kyong Mazzaro
Two Graduate Center Ph.D. candidates in Art History were awarded 2021 Luce/ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies) Dissertation Fellowships in American Art, and four Ph.D. candidates were awarded Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships. The fellowships provide stipends of $38,000 and $35,000 respectively for the academic year beginning this summer, as well as funds for research costs and university fees.
The total of six winners is a record for The Graduate Center in the last decade. This year’s fellows span the fields of art history, politics, and anthropology.
Winners of the Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art 2021:
- Jack Crawford (Art History) for “Flamboyant Abundance: Performing Queer Maximalism, 1960–1990,” which theorizes an aesthetic of “unmitigated flamboyance and urgent exaggeration” and explores the fields of film, dance, theater, and cabaret performance, primarily in New York City.
- Jessica Larson (Art History), who focuses on architecture, for “Building Black Manhattan: Architecture, Art, and the Politics of Respectability, 1857–1914,” an examination of the architecture of charitable and reform institutions built for African Americans in late 19th-century Manhattan.
Winners of the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2021:
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- Kyong Mazzaro (Political Science) for “The Politics of Media Freedom: Contestation, Inclusiveness, and the Experience of Anti-Press Violence in Venezuela, Mexico, and Brazil,” which draws on over 4,000 case narratives, field interviews, and historical documents to investigate the ways that political rivalries result in violence against the media and restrictions on its freedom.
- Yasemin Ozer (Anthropology) for “Syrian Lives Beyond the Refugee Camp: Urban Belonging and Improvising Care in Istanbul,” an ethnography of ethics and care practices based on a year of research in Istanbul’s “Little Syria” neighborhoods.
- Amir Reicher (Anthropology) for “Between Two Messiahs: An Ethnography of Outpost Settlers in the West Bank,” which draws on 20 months of fieldwork in the area to explore the paradoxical relationship between the settlers and the state.
- China Sajadian (Anthropology) for “Debts of Displacement: Syrian Refugee Farmworkers at the Lebanese-Syrian Border,” based on ethnographic research in the Lebanese-Syrian borderlands that explores “debts of displacement” from Syrian farmworkers’ loss of seasonal mobility during the Syrian war.
Submitted on: MAY 12, 2021
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