International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) > Competitions

2009 IDRF Program


Ryan C. Alaniz
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Sociology
Long-Term Development in Post-Disaster Communities
Ala Alazzeh
Rice University, Anthropology
Locating Non-Violence: An Ethnographic Research of the Contemporary Palestinian Political Culture
Amanda Alexander
Columbia University, History
Property & Politics in Transition: Land in the South African Political Imagination
Sarah Aaltje Bakker
University of California, Santa Cruz, Anthropology
Ancient Moderns: Claiming Middle Eastern Christian Identity in the Netherlands
Annaliese Jacobs Bateman
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, History
Mastering the Ice to Rule the Waves: British Imperial Mythologies and the Search for the Northwest Passage, 1817-1854
Orkideh Behrouzan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Science and Technology Studies
Alternative Genealogies of Psychiatric Selves
Lihi Ben Shitrit
Yale University, Political Science
Women’s Activism in Religious Political Movements: A Study of Four Movements in Israel and the West Bank
Brett M. Bennett
University of Texas at Austin, History
Creating an Indian Ocean Rim Ecosystem: Forestry, Science, and the British Empire 1864-1963
Gautam Bhan
University of California, Berkeley, Development/Urban Planning
The Juridical City: The Politics of Public Interest and Urban Citizenship in New Delhi
Fahad Ahmad Bishara
Duke University, History
A Sea of Debt: Law, Empire and Commercial Society in the Western Indian Ocean, c. 1850-1950
Jennifer Lynne Boles
Indiana University Bloomington, History
"8 Millimeters Versus 8 Million:" Superochero Cinema in Mexico City after 1968
Hiba Bou Akar
University of California, Berkeley, City and Regional Planning
Rebuilding the Center, Expanding the Frontier: Reconstructing Post-War(s) Beirut, Lebanon
Lina M. Britto
New York University, History
The Marijuana Axis: The First Narcotics Boom and the “War on Drugs” in Colombia, 1955-1985
John A Buchanan
University of Washington, Political Science
Coercion, Commodity Capital, and Warlord Emergence in Southeast Asia
Paola A. Castaño
University of Chicago, Sociology
“The Time of the Victims”: Institutional Practices and Understandings of Violence in the National Commission of Reparation and Reconciliation in Colombia
James Chappel
Columbia University, History
The Lure of Orthodoxy: Radical Catholicism in Europe, 1920-1950
Buyun Chen
Columbia University, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Dressing the Empire: A History of Fashion in Tang Dynasty (618 – 907) China
Omar Y. Cheta
New York University, Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies/History
Commerce and Law in Late Ottoman Egypt
Sheetal Chhabria
Columbia University, History
The City's Slums: Producing Urban Poverty in Western India, 1870-1918
Matthew Conn
University of Iowa, History
Corporal Rhetorics: Sexology, Citizenship and the State in ''German-Speaking'' Central Europe, 1880-1935
Alison C. Cool
New York University, Anthropology
Translating Twins: Twin Studies and the Production of Genetic Knowledge in the Swedish Welfare State
Mona Damluji
University of California, Berkeley, Architectural & Urban Planning
Petroleum's Promise: Imaginaries of the Nation-State and Modernity in Baghdad 1948-1958
Bernard Michael Dubbeld
University of Chicago, Anthropology
Building a Respectable Home: Security and Social Differentiation in the KwaZulu-Natal Hinterland
Jonathan Echeverri Zuluaga
University of California, Davis, Anthropology
“Digital Birth”: Identity cards, mobility and the state in Senegal
Matthew H. Ellis
Princeton University, History
Envisaging Egypt: Geography and Conceptions of Space in a Desert Nation, 1841-1925
Tanwen T. H. Ellis
University of California, Berkeley, Political Science
City-States in the International Economy: Changing development strategies and social compacts in Dubai, Bahrain, Singapore, and Hong Kong
Tessa Rose Farmer
University of Texas at Austin, Anthropology
Cairo Ecologies: Water in Social and Material Cycles
Alex Fattal
Harvard University, Anthropology
Guerrilla Marketing: Information War and the Demobilization of FARC Rebels in Colombia
Corisande Fenwick
Stanford University, Anthropology
Constructing Arabs and Berbers on the peripheries of Empire: Surveying the medieval landscape of North-Eastern Morocco, 600-1200CE
Susanna Fioratta
Yale University, Anthropology
Clean Money for New Mosques: Remittances, Morality, and Contestation in the Republic of Guinea
FNU Ga er rang
University of Colorado at Boulder, Geography
Alternative (to) Development on the Tibetan Plateau: The Case of the Anti-Slaughter Campaign
Maria Galmarini-Kabala
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, History
The "Right to be Helped": Welfare Policies and Notions of Rights at the Margins of Soviet Society, 1917-1953
E. Mara Green
University of California, Berkeley, Anthropology
Everyday Signs: Rural Deaf Nepalis, Social Interaction, and the Remaking of Language
Anjali Clare Gupta
University of California, Berkeley, Environmental Science
“Modernized Life is how Things are Now” : A Study of People and Park Relations around Chobe National Park, Botswana
Kevan Harris
Johns Hopkins University, Sociology
The Martyrs' Welfare State: Social Bases of the Post-Revolutionary Regime in Iran
Ying Hu
Stanford University, History
The Jasak's Court: Legal Institution and Practice in Qing Mongolia
Aliya Iqbal-Naqvi
Harvard University, Area and Cultural Studies
Abu'l Fazl: Creator of the Akbarian Idea
Brian Jacobson
University of Southern California, Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts
Studios Before the System: Architecture, Technology, and Early Cinema
Omotayo T. Jolaosho
Rutgers University, Anthropology
Performance and Community Mobilization in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Jakub Kakietek
Emory University, Political Science
Governments and Germs: Electoral Market Imperfections and the Politics of AIDS in Developing Democracies
Renata Nicole Keller
University of Texas at Austin, History
Capitalizing on Castro: Mexico's Foreign Relations with Cuba, 1959-1969
Julie O. Kleinman
Harvard University, Anthropology
Parisian Junction, Transnational Crossroads: Remaking Social and Political Experience at the Gare du Nord
Michael James Levien
University of California, Berkeley, Sociology
From Dams to Special Economic Zones: The Changing Political Economy of Dispossession in India
Annette Damayanti Lienau
Yale University, Literature
In the Spirit of Bandung: The Comparative Evolution of Postcolonial Literatures in Indonesia, Egypt, and Senegal (1905 to Present)
Louisa Lombard
Duke University, Anthropology
Raiding Sovereignty in Central African Borderlands
Kurt Thomas MacMillan
University of California, Irvine, History
Hormonal Bodies: A Transregional History of Sex and Race in Constitutional Medicine, 1911-1965
Pedro Monaville
University of Michigan, History
Global 1968 in Kinshasa: From a Student Massacre to Ruins in a Postcolonial University
Kathleen Carey O'Brien
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Anthropology
Generational Modernities: Gender and the Politics of Evangelical Indigenous Religiosity in Chimborazo, Ecuador
Adedamola O. Osinulu
University of California, Los Angeles, World Arts and Cultures
Venues of Transformation: Pentecostal Spaces in Lagos, Nigeria
Wazhmah Osman
New York University, Communications
Thinking Outside the Box: Television and Gender in the Afghan Culture Wars
Yekaterina Oziashvili
City University of New York Graduate Center, Political Science
Electoral Systems, Political Parties, and Stability of the Ethnofederal State: The Case of Russia
Sarah Elizabeth Parkinson
University of Chicago, Political Science [ project summary ]
Sixty years after the first Palestinian camps were established in Lebanon, refugee districts have become sites of a vibrant, multifaceted, and frequently contentious political debate. While the Palestinian polity has always reflected multiple ideologies, the PLO dominated military and social institutions in Lebanon from the mid-1960s until it withdrew in 1982. Afterwards, as Palestinians in Lebanon encountered war, occupation, reconstruction, and internal conflict, novel groups and forms of political order emerged within the camps. My project asks how new organizations filled the void left by the PLO and why different camps followed drastically divergent political trajectories. I focus on three critical themes: analyzing interactions between Palestinian groups and external actors such as Hizb Allah; evaluating the consequences of inter-factional competition for social capital and prestige; and building an understanding of how and when Palestinian organizations drew upon different social and political resources. I argue that groups’ varied use of local social networks and strategic international alliances to gain influence led to distinctive patterns of organizational development and divergent practices of intra-camp governance. Methodologically, this dissertation combines ethnographic techniques with organizational and network analysis to focus on political organizations as the central brokers between local Palestinian communities and external actors such as the Lebanese state and the international community. It contributes to theoretical literature by showing that organizational approaches are particularly well-suited to explaining how political order(s) can develop in contexts where the state is weak or absent. I also challenge previous scholarship on both the Middle East and on militant factions by combining organizational perspectives with work on governance, mobilization, and political violence.
Aurelie Evangeline Perrier
Georgetown University, History
Family Matters, Native Affairs: Negotiating Sex, Gender and the Family in Colonial Algeria (1830-1914)
Kendra Christen Ponniah
Brown University, Anthropology
Decentralizing Democracy: Urban Participation in Chavez's Venezuela
Linda Rodriguez
Harvard University, Art History/Architecture
Artistic Production, Race, and History in Nineteenth-Century Cuba
Laurencio O. Sanguino
University of Chicago, History
Large-Scale Emigration between Mexico and the United States, 1916-46
Nicholas Rush Smith
University of Chicago, Political Science
Citizen Tsotsi: Violent Crime in Democratic South Africa
Claudio Sopranzetti
Harvard University, Anthropology
Constituting mobilities: Ice-cubes, Newspapers, and Motor-Taxis in Bangkok CBD
Sophia Chloe Stamatopoulou-Robbins
Columbia University, Anthropology
West Bank Waste: Governance and Garbage in Two Post-Oslo Municipalities
Jonathan J. Stillo
City University of New York Graduate Center, Anthropology
Magic Mountains in Romania: Citizenship, Poverty and the New Role of Tuberculosis Sanatoria
Megan A. Sullivan
Harvard University, Art History/Architecture
Concrete Nations: The Avant-Garde and Nation Building in Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela
Carla Ann Takaki Richardson
University of California, Santa Cruz, Anthropology
Converting Loss to Advantage: Science and the Reinvention of Failure in Japan
Mrinalini Tankha
Brandeis University, Anthropology
Cubanos Convertibles: Meanings of Multiple Currencies in Cuba
Philip Thai
Stanford University, History
Capital, Commerce, and Political Economy in Southeast China, 1842-1949
Lisa A. Ubelaker
Yale University, History
Americas Mapped: Mass Media and the Making of an “American” Geography during World War II
Nathaniel Parker VanValkenburgh
Harvard University, Anthropology
Out of Urbs, Civitas: The Archaeology of Spanish Conquest, Colonization, and Forced Migration in the Zaña and Chamán Valleys, Peru
Saiba Varma
Cornell University, Anthropology
Many Lives of Suffering: Human Rights and Psychiatry in Practice in Kashmir
Jaime L. Wadowiec
State University of New York at Binghamton, History
The Afterlives of Empire: Immigration and the Politics of Difference in Decolonized France, 1962-1974
Chika Watanabe
Cornell University, Anthropology
Cultivating Transformation in Burma/Myanmar: Ideals, Knowledge, and Capacity Building Trainings by a Japanese NGO
Matthew E. West
Columbia University, Anthropology
Intellectual Property and the Knowledge Economy's Global Division of Labor: Producing Green-Technology between Taiwan and China
Rebecca J. Woods
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology and Society
Bred to the Purple: Imperial Livestock and Colonial Places
Jinting Wu
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Education
Citizenship at a Crossroad--Education, Tourism, and Migrancy in a Chinese Hmong Village
Timothy Ming-Chih Yang
Columbia University, History
Sciences of Modernity: Taiwan in Colonial and Postcolonial Times
YundanNima YundanNima
University of Colorado at Boulder, Geography
Converting Pastures to Grasslands:State Interventions into Pastoral Livelihoods and Grassland Ecosystems of Tibet
Ran Zwigenberg
City University of New York Graduate Center, History
Mute Memories: Menmotic sites of Hiroshima, 1945-1995