2017 Newcombe Fellows Named

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2017 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows Named

Foundation names 21 Fellows in its 36th year

PRINCETON, NJ (Tuesday, May 2, 2017)–Today, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has announced awards to 21 exceptional scholars who make up this year’s class of Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows.

The Newcombe Fellowship is the nation’s largest and most prestigious award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. The highly selective program provides each Fellow with a 12-month award of $25,000 to support the final year of dissertation work.

The 2017 Fellows are writing on such topics as literary representations of the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, from 1650 to 1865; the definition of sin as a violation of divine law; how religion has shaped institutional structures and experiences of mass incarceration in the United States; and blasphemy as a legal category in early and medieval Islamic history. (See the full list of Fellows below.)

Fellows are completing their research at some of the nation’s top institutions. They are working toward the Ph.D. at Brown University, the University of Chicago, Duke University, Harvard University, the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, Princeton University, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Funded by the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, the Fellowship was created in 1981 and has supported just over 1,200 doctoral candidates, most of them now noted faculty and thought leaders in their fields. The Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences.

For more information on the Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship, please visit http://woodrow.org/fellowships/newcombe/.


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Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows, 2017

Daniel Cochran • University of Wisconsin – Madison, art history
Building the Body of Christ: Art, Architecture, and the Formation of Early Christian Identities

Zebulon Dingley • University of Chicago, anthropology
Kinship, Capital, and the Occult on the South Coast of Kenya

Samuel Gavin • University of Pittsburgh, philosophy
Constitutivism and Natural Normativity in Ethics

Ean High • Northwestern University, English
Quakerism, Silence, and the Religious Body in American  Literature, 1650–1865

Randeep Hothi • University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, Asian languages & cultures
Sikhism Will Be Televised: Recognition and Religion-Making At Diasporic-Sikh Television Networks

Craig Iffland • University of Notre Dame, theology
Following and Not-Following the Divine Law

Sarah Islam • Princeton University, Near Eastern studies
Blasphemy as a Legal Category in Early and Medieval Islamic History

Gustavo Maya • Princeton University, religion
Resisting Exploitation: The Farmworker Struggle for Justice and the Ethics of Means

Alexander McKinley • Duke University, graduate program in religion
Mountain at a Center of the World

Kalonji Nzinga • Northwestern University, learning sciences
The Social Conscience of Rap: Moral Socialization Within Hip-Hop Culture

Cyrus O’Brien • University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, anthropology and history
Faith in Imprisonment: Religion and the Development of Mass Incarceration in Florida

Daniel Platt • Brown University, American studies
Race, Risk, and Financial Capitalism in the United States, 1870–1940

Jennifer Quigley • Harvard University, Harvard Divinity School
Divine Accounting: Theo-economic Rhetoric in the Letter to the Philippians

Hannah Scheidt • Northwestern University, religious studies
Practicing Atheism: Culture, Media, and Ritual in the Contemporary Atheist Network

Brian Smithson • Duke University, cultural anthropology
Piety in Production: Moviemaking as Improvised Religious Practice in Benin

Debby Sneed • University of California—Los Angeles, archaeology
The Life Cycle of Disability in Ancient Greece

Emiko Stock • Cornell University, anthropology
Touching History: An Anthropology With Images | Cham | Sayyids | Cambodia | Iran

Elizabeth Thelen • University of California—Berkeley, history
Intersected Communities: Urban Histories of Rajasthan, c. 1500 – 1800

Sabine Tsuruda • University of California—Los Angeles, philosophy
Moral Agency and the Workplace

Daisy Vargas • University of California—Riverside, history
Mexican Religion on Trial: Race, Religion and the Law in the U.S.- Mexico Borderlands

Arthur Zárate • Columbia University, history
Disciplining the Soul: Materialities of Belief and Moral Technologies of Self on the Eve of Islamic Revival in Egypt, 1947–1967


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