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Congratulations to the 13 anthropology graduate students named to the 2017 class of Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows. The fellows were selected from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants through a rigorous, multi-stage peer-review process. Now in its eleventh year, the fellowship program 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 fellowship offers promising graduate students a year of support to focus their attention on completing projects that form the foundations of their careers and that will help shape a generation of humanistic scholarship. 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.
Chloe Ahmann (Anthropology, The George Washington University, AAA member) Cumulative Effects: Reckoning Risk on Baltimore's Toxic Periphery
Héctor Beltrán (Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, AAA member) Disenchanted Hacking: Technology, Startups, and Alternative Capitalisms from Mexico
Jessica Cooper (Anthropology, Princeton University, AAA member) Uncomfortable Justice: Care and Conviction in California's Mental Health Courts
Tiana Bakic Hayden (Anthropology, New York University) Traders in Uncertainty: An Ethnography of Law(lessness) and (Dis)order in Mexico’s Central Food Market
Alix Johnson (Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz, AAA member) Compromising Connections: Icelandic Information Infrastructure and the Making of Marginality
Firat Kurt (Anthropology, Columbia University, AAA member) Folds of Authoritarianism: Financial Capitalism, Mobilization, and Political Islam in Turkey
William Lempert (Anthropology, University of Colorado Boulder, AAA member) Broadcasting Indigenous Futures: The Social Life of Aboriginal Media
Milad Odabaei (Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, AAA member) Giving Words: Translation and History in Modern Iran
Sayd Priscilla Randle (Anthropology, Yale University, AAA member) Replumbing the City: Climate Adaptation Urbanisms in Los Angeles
Joseph C. Russo (Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, AAA member) Texan Hard-Luck: Social Ecology in Southeast Texas’s Golden Triangle
Alexios Tsigkas (Anthropology, The New School, AAA member) Discerning Value: Taste As an Economic Fact
Elena Turevon (Cultural Anthropology, Duke University) Devil in the Water, Lights on the Mountain: Anthroposcenes from Andean Peru
Hallie Wells (Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley) Moving Words: Malagasy Slam Poetry at the Intersection of Performance, Politics, and Circulation