2016 Women’s Studies Fellows Announced

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Woodrow Wilson Foundation Announces Women’s Studies Fellows for 2016

Foundation names ten Fellows in program’s 42nd year

PRINCETON, NJ (April 12, 2016) – Today, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has announced the names of ten new Fellows who are joining the ranks of the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women Studies.

The 2016 WW Women’s Studies Fellows’ dissertations address such topics as maternal and infant health in Nationalist China; marriage, citizenship, and political sovereignty in Jordan; the modern history of Cuban domestic service; and the role of visual work, such as scrapbooks and photo albums, in the oeuvre of twentieth-century poets. This year’s Fellows also include the first Ph.D. in fiction ever supported in the program.

The Fellows are completing their graduate work at some of the nation’s top institutions, in the fields of English, history, anthropology, sociology, and art history/Latin American studies (see full list below).

The WW Women’s Studies Fellowship supports the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses women’s and gendered issues 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.

Now in its 42nd year, the WW Women’s Studies Fellowship is still the only national dissertation award for doctoral work on women’s and gendered issues. The program has supported more than 525 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 woodrow.org/fellowships/womens-studies.


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, 2016

Julia Bowes • History, Rutgers University
The Government of the Family:  The Child, The Growth of the State and the Remaking of Patriarchal Authority 1850-1930

Alison Fraser • English, University at Buffalo
Homemade (Post)Modernisms: Ephemeral Objects in the Twentieth-Century American Poetry Archive

Anasa Hicks • History, New York University
Hierarchies at Home: A Twentieth-Century History of Domestic Service in Cuba

Joshua Hubbard • History & Women’s Studies, University of Michigan
Reproductive Subjects: Chinese Women and the Politics of Global Health

Erin McCutcheon • Art History and Latin American Studies, Tulane University
Strategic Dispositions: Women, Art and Tradition in Mexico, 1975-1990

Jaimie Morse • Sociology, Northwestern University
Documenting Mass Rape: The Emergence and Implications of Medical Evidence Collection Techniques in Settings of Armed Conflict and Mass Violence

Adeola Oni-Orisan • Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
To Be Delivered: Pentecostalism and Maternal Health in Southwest Nigeria

Eda Pepi • Anthropology, Stanford University
Marital States: Kinship and Citizenship in Jordan

Misha Rai • English and Creative Writing, Florida State University
Blood We Did Not Spill: A Novel

Sarah Roth • English, Northwestern University
An Interesting Condition: Reproduction and the Un-Domestication of the Victorian Novel


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