2017 Women’s Studies Fellows Announced

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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 2017

PRINCETON, NJ (April 25, 2017) – The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has announced ten outstanding Ph.D. candidates who will receive Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies for the upcoming academic year.

The 2017 Fellows are completing doctoral work at the University of Arizona, Brown University, CUNY Graduate Center, University of California—Irvine, University of California—Santa Barbara, Indiana University, New York University, and Rutgers University—New Brunswick. They represent departments such as history, political science, comparative literature, and feminist studies.

The WW Women’s Studies Fellowship, still the only national program of its kind after 43 years, 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.

This year’s Fellows are covering topics such as sexual policing of women in the 20th century; Arab women’s literature in France, Britain, and the United States; the history of international adoption from Guatemala; and Republican women and the evolution of women’s representation in Congress.

Each Fellow receives $5,000 towards expenses from research-related travel, data work/collection, and/or supplies connected with completing their dissertations. At the conclusion of the dissertation year, information about Fellows’ dissertations is shared with leading scholarly publishers.

Since 1974, the program has supported more than 500 Ph.D.s in various fields. Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Fellows include a Pulitzer Prize winner, two MacArthur Fellows, numerous 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.


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, 2017

Rosie Bermudez • University of California—Santa Barbara, Chicana and Chicano studies
Doing Dignity Work: Alicia Escalante and the East Los Angeles Welfare Rights Organization, 1967–1974

Lindsey Breitwieser • Indiana University, gender studies
Dead Mothers, Live Births: Postmortem Pregnancies and the Necropolitics of Biological Life

Anne Gray Fischer • Brown University, history
Arrestable Behavior: Women, Police Power, and the Making of Law-and-Order America, 1930–1980

Karen Hanna • University of California—Santa Barbara, feminist studies
Makibaka!: A Feminist Social History of the Transnational Filipina/o American Left, 1969–1992

Alexandra Magearu • University of California—Santa Barbara, comparative literature
Phenomenologies of Embodiment in Transnational Arab Women’s Literature in French and English

Dana Murphy • University of California—Irvine, English
Divine Quiet: Phillis Wheatley’s Gentle Mastery of Meter, Genre, and Address

Rachel Nolan • New York University, history
“Children for Export”: A History of International Adoption from Guatemala

Tatiana Rabinovich • University of Arizona, Middle Eastern and North African studies
Laboring on the Margins: Muslim Women, Precarity, and Potentiality in Russia

Danica Savonick • CUNY Graduate Center, English
The Promise of Aesthetic Education: On Pedagogy, Praxis, and Social Justice

Catherine Wineinger • Rutgers University—New Brunswick, political science
Gendering the GOP: Republican Women and the Evolution of Women’s Representation in Congress



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