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.


The ASA congratulates the following ASA member recipients of the 2019 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships!

Kessie Alexandre (Anthropology, Princeton University) Floods and Fountains: Toxicity and Revitalization through Newark's Waterworks

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

Rebecca H. Hogue (English, University of California, Davis) Archipelagos of Resistance: Anti-Nuclear Writing of Oceania, 1975-2018

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

Liz Kinnamon (Gender and Women's Studies, University of Arizona) Attention as Method: Marxism, Feminism, and the Politics of Presence

Renee Shelby (History and Sociology, Georgia Institute of Technology) Designing Justice: Sexual Violence, Technology, and Citizen-Activism

Randa May Tawil (American Studies, Yale University) Tracing Empire: Race, Gender, and Migration from Syria through North America


Post date: May 3, 2019

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