2016 Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellows Named

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2016 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows Named

Foundation names 20 Fellows in its 35th year

PRINCETON, NJ (Wednesday, April 27, 2016)– Twenty outstanding scholars have been awarded Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships for the 2015–2016 academic year.

This year’s Newcombe Fellows are completing dissertations in fields like history, anthropology, music, and Near Eastern studies, each with a focus on topics involving religious and ethical 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 Fellows represented some of the nation’s top institutions. They are working toward the Ph.D. at Columbia University, Duke University, the Graduate Center of New York, Harvard University, the Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, Princeton University, Tulane University, the University of California—Berkeley, the University of California—Santa Cruz, the University of Chicago, the University of Maryland—College Park, the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia, Washington University in St. Louis, and Yale University.

Dissertations include such topics as visual media culture and the ethics of witnessing in contemporary novels about political violence; international legal disputes over the foundations of the United States’ expansion; the role of popular and epic literature in supporting Buddhist ethical revitalization movements in eastern Tibet; and the activist persistence of southern Black women organizers and the social change they are affecting. (See the full list of Fellows below.)

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. Funded by the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, the fellowship was created in 1981 and has supported just over 1,100 doctoral candidates, most of them now noted faculty and thought leaders in their fields.

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Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows, 2016

 Catherine Arnold • Department of History, Yale University
Affairs of Humanity: Sovereignty, Sentiment, and the Origins of Humanitarian Diplomacy in Britain and Europe

Chad Córdova • French and Italian, Princeton University
The Being, or Non-Being, of the Self:  The Two Moments of French Antihumanism (1660-80 & 1960-80)

Cara Fallon • History of Science, Harvard University
Healthy Forever? Age, Disability, and Modern American Medicine

Abigail Fine • Music, University of Chicago
Objects of Veneration: Music and Materiality in the Composer-Cults of Germany and Austria (1870-1927)

Annie Galvin • English, University of Virginia
Violence and Visual Media in the Contemporary Global Novel

Caroline Garriott • History, Duke University
Coloring the Sacred: Art and Devotion in Colonial Peru and Brazil

Viviana Hong • Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago
Child’s Play and Foul Play: The ‘Dirty War’ in Contemporary Argentine Narratives

Ahmed Ibrahim • Anthropology, Graduate Center of New York
The Shari’a Courts of Mogadishu: Beyond “African Islam” and “Islamic Law”

Ujin Kim • Anthropology, University of Michigan
Ethical Management of Speech among Kazak Nomads in the Chinese Altai

Josefina Lundblad-Janjic • Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Berkeley
Shalamov’s Late Style

Laura McTighe • Religion, Columbia University
“This Day, We Use Our Energy for Revolution”: Black Feminist Ethics of Survival, Struggle, and Renewal in the new New Orleans

Natasha Mikles • Religious Studies, University of Virginia
The Taming of the King: Nyingma Ethical Revitalization and the Gesar Epic in Early Modern Tibet

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

Allison Powers Useche • History, Columbia University
Settlement Colonialism: Law, Arbitration, and Compensation in United States Expansion, 1868-1940

William Reed • Near Eastern Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Yahweh’s “Cruel Sword”: The Manifestation of Punishment and the Trauma of Exile

Kali J. Rubaii • Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz
Counterinsurgency and the Ethical Life of Material Things

Francey Russell • Philosophy, University of Chicago
Self-Opacity and Human Agency

Daniella Santoro • Anthropology, Tulane University
Wheelchair Life: Race, Disability and the Afterlife of Violent Crime in New Orleans.

Amanda Scott • History, Washington University in St. Louis
The Basque Seroras: Local Religion, Power and Gender in Northern Iberia, 1550-1800

Terrance Wooten • American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park
Lurking in the Shadows of Home: Homelessness, Carcerality, and the Figure of the Sex Offender


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