CLIR Names 2017 Mellon Dissertation Fellows

Washington, DC, April 4, 2017—Seventeen graduate students have been selected to receive awards this year under the Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources program, which CLIR administers.

The fellowships are intended to help graduate students in the humanities and related social science fields pursue research wherever relevant sources are available; gain skill and creativity in using primary source materials in libraries, archives, museums, and related repositories; and provide suggestions to CLIR about how such source materials can be made more accessible and useful.

The fellowships carry stipends of up to $25,000 each to support dissertation research for periods ranging from nine to twelve months.

Bench Ansfield
Born in Flames: Arson, Racial Capitalism, and the Reinsuring of the Bronx in the Late Twentieth Century
Yale University

William Bamber
Visual Transnationalism and the Spread of the Fez from Ottoman Turkey to South Asia, 1876-1908
University of Washington

Eddie Bonilla
Debating the “Fronteras” and “Fanning the Flames”: Centro de Acción Social Autónomo, the August 29th Movement, and Chicano Marxism During the Chicana/o Movement, 1968-1990
Michigan State University

Yuting Dong
Empire on the Ground: Railway Towns and Urban Encounters in Japan’s Manchuria (1905-45)
Harvard University

Robert Franco
Revolution in the Sheets: The Intimate Politics of the Mexican Left, 1901-1981
Duke University

Hazem Jamjoum
Capitalist Commodification and Cultural Hegemony: Music and Power in Egypt, 1903-1938
New York University

Yi Lu
Socialist Pulp: Print and Information in Revolutionary China, 1940-1980
Harvard University

Megan McDonie
Explosive Encounters: Volcanic Landscapes, Indigenous Knowledge, and Cultural Exchange in Early Modern Mesoamerica
Penn State University

Marijana Misevic
Literacy and Multilingualism in the Early Modern Ottoman Balkans
Harvard University

Murad Mumtaz
Sufi Icons: Mapping an Unexplored Genre of Indian Devotional Painting
University of Virginia

Diane Oliva
Earthquakes in the Eighteenth-Century Musical Imagination
Harvard University

Laura Quinton
Ballet Imperial: Dance and the Reinvention of the British State, c. 1945-70
New York University

Hosung Shim
Central Asia’s Last Nomad Conquerors: The Zunghars between China, Russia, and Tibet
Indiana University Bloomington

Halimat Somotan
The Making and Unmaking of a Capital City, Lagos and Post-colonial Nigeria, 1951-1976
Columbia University

Lucia Tang
Virtue Aesthetics: Ugliness and Female Exemplarity in Early and Medieval China
University of California at Berkeley

Tara Tran
Hospitality Engendered: Women’s Bodies, Empire, and Humanitarianism in Cambodia, 1863-1954
Johns Hopkins University

Sim Hinman Wan
Hybrid Architectural Import: Dutch and Chinese Philanthropic Establishments in the Seventeenth-Century Urbanization of Indonesia
University of Illinois at Chicago