CUNY Graduate Center Awards more than $1.3 Million in 2012–13 Dissertation Fellowships

August 15, 2012 | CUNY Graduate Center

Associate Provost for Humanities and Social Sciences Louise Lennihan announced that the CUNY Graduate Center has awarded 2012–13 dissertation fellowships to seventy level-three doctoral candidates totaling $1,307,430 in stipends and tuition remission. “In this time of financial constraint,” she said, “I am especially pleased that we were able to increase the total number of awards, raise the stipends of major awards from $18,000 to $22,000, and add tuition coverage to many smaller awards.” She congratulated the winners and extended thanks to those faculty members who served on the review panels and undertook the painstaking process of ranking the proposals. The award-winning Dissertation Fellows, their doctoral programs and dissertation topics, and the name and amount of each award are listed below.

Peter Aigner (History), “Daniel Patrick Moynihan and the Reconstruction of Liberalism, 1965–1996,” Levy Dissertation Fellowship, $22,000.

Hari Kiran Akula (Chemistry), “Facile C-4 Modification of Pyrimidine Nucleosides: Development of Novel Therapeutic Agents,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Sara Appleby (Psychology), “Guilty Stereotypes: The Social Psychology of Race and Suspicion in Police Interviews and Interrogations,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

James Arnett (English), “Eliot’s Spinoza: Realism, Affect, and Ethics,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Zeynep Aytug (Business), “Benefits of Multicultural Experiences in Decision-making: Higher Cognitive Complexity, Better Processes, Better Decisions,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Amy Baker (Social Welfare) “Unmasking the Female Face of Foreclosure: Gender Disparities in Lending and Foreclosure,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Raffaele Bedarida (Art History), “Export/Import: The Promotion of Contemporary Italian Art in the United States 1938–1968.” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Carwill Bjork-James (Anthropology), “Claiming Space, Redefining Politics: Urban Protest and Grassroots Power in Bolivia,” MAGNET Dissertation Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Tara Burk (Art History), “Let the Record Show: Mapping Queer Art Activism in New York City, 1987–1995,” Center for Place, Culture, and Politics Dissertation Fellowship, $10,000 plus tuition.

Andrew Cappetta (Art History), “Pop/Art: The Birth of Underground Music and the British Art School, 1960–1980,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Helen Chang (Political Science), “Looking Beyond Electoral Institutions: Explaining Variations in Electoral Behavior and Outcomes,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Shahrina Chowdhury (Anthropology), “Sociality, Stress, and Reproduction in Female Chacma Baboons,” Carell Dissertation Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Jennifer Corby (Political Science), “Reclaiming Time—Temporality, Subjectivity, and Agency in Modernity,” Mellon Dissertation Fellowship/Committee for Globalization and Social Change, $10,000.

Gwen D’Amico (Music), “Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and World War II: The Intersection of the Politics of War and Opera in New York City,” Segal Dissertation Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Daisy Deomampo (Anthropology), “The New Global ‘Division of Labor’: Reproductive Tourism in Mumbai, India,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Anne Donlon (English), “‘We See Them Differently’: Social Networks and Radical Documentary Forms between the World Wars,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Chana Etengoff (Psychology), “Perhaps my Children Have Sinned: Family and Individual Development around Issues of Religious Lifestyle Practices and Sexual Preference,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

John Fuller (Theatre), “Body, Farming, Space: Tanaka Min’s Experimental Practice,” Capelloni Dissertation Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Harmony Goldberg (Anthropology), “Tell Dem Slavery Done: Domestic Workers United and the Remaking of Workers Struggle,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Saygun Gokariksel (Anthropology), “Of Truths, Secrets, and Loyalties: Purification of the State in Postsocialist Poland,” Center for Place, Culture, and Politics Dissertation Fellowship, $10,000 plus tuition.

Kiersten Greene (Urban Education), “Teacher Voice and the Education Policy-Practice Gap,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Christopher Grove (Anthropology), “Common Sense Disrupted? Indiana as Battleground and Bellwether,” Center for Place, Culture, and Politics Dissertation Fellowship, $10,000 plus tuition.

Casey Hale (Music), “Different Placements of Spirit: African American Musicians Historicizing in Sound,” Spiaggia Dissertation Award, $5,000 plus tuition.

Trevor Jockims (Comparative Literature), “The Magic Lantern: Modern Poetry and the Visual Arts,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Emily Johnston (Economics), “Pricing Kernels and Market Distress,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Amruta Joshi (Chemistry), “Nickel-catalyzed Cross-coupling Reactions of Primary Alkyl Halides and Secondary / Tertiary Alkyl Organometallic Nucleophiles,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Lauren Kaplan (Art History), “Crossing the Atlantic: Italians in Argentina 1916–1946,” Levy Dissertation Fellowship, $22,000.

Nazia Kazi (Anthropology), “The Struggle for Recognition: Muslim American Spokesmanship in the Age of Islamophobia,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Alan Koenig (Political Science), “Near to God: Apocalyptic Thought and the American Right,” Mellon Dissertation Fellowship/Committee for the Study of Religion, $10,000.

Fiona Lee (English), “Reading Nation in/as Translation: A Transnational Cultural Archive of the Formation of Malaysia,” Mellon Dissertation Fellowship/Committee for Globalization and Social Change, $10,000.

Amalia Leguizamon (Sociology), “Roundup Ready Nation: The Political Ecology of Genetically Modified Soy in Argentina,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Jian Li (Linguistics), “The Rise of Disyllables in Old Chinese: the Role of Lianmian Words,” Provost’s Office Dissertation Award, $5,000 plus tuition.

Ying Liu (Earth and Environmental Sciences), “Selective Removal of Arsenic from Groundwater Using Zero-Valent Iron: The Potential of Iron Sulfides,” Doctoral Students’ Council Award, $5,000 plus tuition.

Reagan Lothes (English), “The Angel in the House and the Angel of History: Sylvia Plath Writes War, Women, and Modernism,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Robert Machado (English) “Metachromatics: Applied Color across Media in the Age of Composite Pictures (1839–1908),” Doctoral Students’ Council Award, $5,000 plus tuition.

Ryan Mann-Hamilton (Anthropology), “What the Tides May Bring: Economic Transitions, State Machinations, and Popular Dissent in Samana, Dominican Republic,” Center for Place, Culture, and Politics Dissertation Fellowship, $10,000 plus tuition.

Zoe Meleo-Erwin (Sociology), “Banding Together: Biosociality, Weight Loss Surgery, and Neoliberal Discourses around Obesity,” Mellon Dissertation Fellowship/Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies, $10,000.

Stanley Mirvis (History), “Sephardic Family Life in the Eighteenth-Century British West Indies,” Braham Dissertation Award, $5,000.

Ereshnee Naidu (Sociology), “Redemption Songs: The Role of Symbolic Reparations in Post Conflict Societies,” Bunche Dissertation Fellowship, $12,000.

Michael O’Keeffe (Physics), “Rotational Effects in Nanomagnets and Superconducting Devices,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Amber Pabon (Urban Education), “Where You Think All the Brothas Are At?: An Empirical Study on Black Male Teachers in a Time of Educational Crisis,” MAGNET Dissertation Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

William Perez (Biology), “Origin of Land Plants and Evolutionary History of the Freshwater Green Algal Genus Tolypella,” MAGNET Dissertation Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Norman Perlmutter (Mathematics), “Inverse Limits of Elementary Embeddings of Models of Set Theory,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Paul Polgar (History), “Standard Bearers in the Cause of Liberty and Equality: Reinterpreting the Origins of American Abolitionism,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Anthoula Poulakos (Psychology), “Language in Context: A Longitudinal Investigation of Perinatal Risk and Family Influences on Preschool Language Development,” Doctoral Students’ Council Award, $5,000 plus tuition.

Sharina Maillo Pozo (Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages), “Between Two Islands: Dialogues between Manhattan and Quisqueya. Thirty Years of Narrative,1980–2010,” MAGNET Dissertation Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Kareem Rabie (Anthropology), “Palestine is Holding a Party and the Whole World is Invited: Housing Development, Privatization, and the Production of the State in the West Bank,” Pollis Dissertation Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Patrick Rivers (Music), “The Mad Science of Hip-Hop: History, Technology, and Poetics of Hip-Hop’s Music,” MAGNET Dissertation Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Abraham Rubin (Comparative Literature), “Kafka’s German-Jewish Reception: A Contested Literary Legacy,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Zachary Samalin (English), “The Masses are Revolting: The Aesthetics of Disgust in the Late Victorian Novel,” Mellon Dissertation Fellowship/Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies, $10,000.

Preeti Sampat (Anthropology), “Right to Land and the Rule of Law: The ‘Exceptional’ Case of Special Economic Zones in India,” Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, $22,000.

Lauren Santangelo (History), “The ‘Feminized’ City: New York and Suffrage, 1870–1917,” Center for Place, Culture, and Politics Dissertation Fellowship, $10,000 plus tuition.

Beth Saunders (Art History), “Developing Italy: Photography, History, and National Identity during the Risorgimento, 1839–1855,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Joshua Schneiderman (English), “Epistolary Poetics: The New York School and Media, 1949–1983,” Doctoral Students’ Council Award, $5,000 plus tuition.

Asaf Shamis (Political Science), “The Three Tritons and the Sleeping Masses: Rousseau, Marx, Herzl, and the Awakening Reading Public,” Braham Dissertation Award, $5,000.

Daniel Shargel (Philosophy), “Emotions as Embodied Responses,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Kutlughan Soyubol (History), “Possessed Souls, Medical Wars: Madness, Religion, and Modernity in Early Republican Turkey,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

David Spataro (Earth and Environmental Sciences), “Mutualism in the Metropolis: Gender, Race, and Class in Anti-Authoritarian Organizing in New York City,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Emily Stanback (English), “Of Johnny’s Wit and Johnny’s Glory: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Disability in British Romanticism,” Provost’s Office Dissertation Award, $5,000 plus tuition.

Sophie Statzel (Anthropology), “The Political Ethics of Intimacy in American Evangelicalism,” Mellon Dissertation Fellowship/Committee for the Study of Religion, $10,000.

Mark Sussman (English), “Vessels of Consciousness: Problems of Knowledge in the American Novel, 1890–1900,” Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, $22,000.

Harish Swaha-Krishnamoorthy (Physics), “Dynamically Tunable Metamaterials,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Marc Tollis (Biology), “Lizards and LINEs: How Selection and Demography Affect the Fate of non-LTR Retrotransposons in the Anolis Genome,” Dissertation Year Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Kaja Tretjak (Anthropology), “Beyond Left and Right: The Resurgence of Libertarianism in the U.S.,” Sponsored Dissertation Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Eva Udvarhelyi (Psychology), “Justice on the Streets—the Criminalization of Homelessness in Postsocialist Hungary,” Center for Place, Culture, and Politics Dissertation Fellowship, $10,000 plus tuition.

Alissa Vaillancourt (Classics), “Leonidas of Tarentum: A Wandering Poet in the Tradition of Greek Literature,” Provost’s Office Dissertation Award, $5,000 plus tuition.

Vanessa Weller (History), “The Medicalization of Stress: Hans Selye and Postwar America,” Altman Dissertation Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Simone White (English), “Descent: Corruption, Poetic Thinking, American Citizenship,” MAGNET Dissertation Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Karen Williams (Anthropology), “From Coercion to Consent?: Governing the Formerly Incarcerated in the Twenty-First Century United States,” MAGNET Dissertation Fellowship, $22,000 plus tuition.

Ilgin Yorukoglu (Sociology), “Acts of Belonging: Perceptions of Citizenship among Queer Turkish Women in Berlin,” Silk Dissertation Award, $5,000 plus tuition.

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