2015 Women’s Studies Fellows Announced

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FOR RELEASE: March 11, 2015

Susan Billmaier | Program Officer, Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies | (609) 452-7007 x310
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WOODROW WILSON Foundation Announces Women’s Studies Fellows for 2015

Foundation names ten Fellows in program’s 41st year

PRINCETON, NJ—Ten new Fellows have been named recipients of the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies. (See list below).

The 2015 Fellows are writing on topics such as reproduction in the context of chronic disease, algorithmic detection of child abuse images, and changing feminist visions at the UN from 1975 to 1995. Among them, they represent Binghamton University (SUNY), the University of California, Los Angeles, Indiana University, the John Hopkins University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, the University of Missouri, New York University, and Rice University.

Created in 1974, the WW Women’s Studies Fellowship is still the only national program to support doctoral work on women’s and gendered issues. The Fellowship supports the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses these topics in interdisciplinary and original ways. Each Fellow is granted $5,000 for expenses such as research-related travel, data work/collection, and supplies connected with completing their dissertations. In addition, their dissertation titles are publicized with leading scholarly publishers at the conclusion of the dissertation year.

The program has supported more than 500 Ph.D.s in various fields and includes a Pulitzer Prize winner, two MacArthur Fellows, eight Guggenheim Fellows, a number of Fulbright Fellows, and many others who have achieved significant distinctions in their fields.

For more information on the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies, please visit http://woodrow.org/fellowships/womens-studies .

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About the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Founded in 1945, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation(www.woodrow.org) identifies and develops the nation’s best minds to meet its most critical challenges. The Foundation supports its Fellows as the next generation of leaders shaping American society.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies, 2015 

Abby Goode • English, Rice University
Democratic Demographics: A Literary Genealogy of American Sustainability

Deneil Hill • History, Binghamton University (SUNY)
Shifting Feminist Visions at the UN: Self-Determination, Sexuality, and Human Rights, 1975–1995

Julie Johnson Searcy • Anthropology/Communication and Culture, Indiana University
When Life and Death Meet: Reproduction in the Context of Chronic Disease

Ayse Neveser Koker • Political Science, University of Michigan
Gendering “East” and “West:” Transnational Politics of Belonging in France and the Ottoman Empire (1718–1905)

Amy Krauss • Anthropology, The Johns Hopkins University
In the Shadow of Law: Healthcare Institutions, Feminist Networks and Reproductive Rights Politics in Mexico

Joan Morgan • American Studies, New York University
The Pleasure Principle: Moving from a Politics of Silence to Politics of Pleasure in Black Feminist Thought

Megan Peiser • English, University of Missouri
British Women Novelists and the Review Periodical, 1790–1820

Cassia Roth • History, University of California, Los Angeles
A Miscarriage of Justice: Reproduction, Medicine, and the Law in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1890–1940)

Jayne Swift • Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota
Lusty Ladies: A History of Sex Worker Counterpublics, Activism, and Thought

Mitali Thakor • History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, & Society (HASTS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Counter-Networked: Anti-Trafficking, Algorithmic Detection of Child Abuse Images, and Feminist Technology Design


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