DPDF Past Research Fields and Workshops

DISSERTATION PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM>> DPDF STUDENT FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION

The DPDF Program was originally designed as a thematic fellowship program, each year centered upon a different set of five to six interdisciplinary research fields. Each field was proposed by two senior faculty with different institutional affiliations and, as relevant, varied disciplinary specializations. Students then applied for fellowships in their research field of choice, with workshops led by the field’s faculty team.

Following the 2014 fellowship cycle, the DPDF Program will no longer include research fields in its application process. Instead, the fellowship will be open to all students in the humanities and social sciences who are beginning to formulate proposals for their dissertation research.

Please browse the links below for information on past DPDF research fields, trainings, and fellows:

2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014

2007

Black Atlantic Studies

Field Directors:

  • Andrew Apter, Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles, History
  • Percy C. Hintzen, Professor, University of California, Berkeley, African American Studies

Rethinking Europe: Religion, Ethnicity, Nation

Field Directors:

  • William Rogers Brubaker, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, Sociology
  • John Richard Bowen, Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor in Arts and Sciences, Washington University, Anthropology

The Political Economy of Redistribution

Field Directors:

  • Jonathan Rodden, Professor, Stanford University, Political Science
  • Erik Wibbels, Associate Professor, Duke University, Political Science

Visual Culture

Field Directors:

  • Vanessa Schwartz, Professor, University of Southern California, History
  • Anne Higonnet, Ann Whitney Olin Professor at Barnard, Columbia University, Art History

Water Sustainability: Society, Politics, Culture

Field Directors:

  • Steven Caton, Professor of Contemporary Arab Studies, Harvard University, Anthropology
  • Benjamin S. Orlove, Lecturer, Columbia University, and Professor, University of California, Davis, Environmental Science

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2008

Animal Studies

Field Directors:

  • Harriet Ritvo, Arthur J. Conner Professor of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, History
  • Janet Browne, Aramont Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University, History of Science

Critical Studies of Science and Technology Policy

Field Directors:

  • Clark Miller, Associate Professor of Science Policy and Political Science, Arizona State University, Political Science
  • Sheila S. Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard University, Science and Technology Studies at Harvard Kennedy School

Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change

Field Directors:

  • Brent Yarnal, Professor, Pennsylvania State University, Geography
  • Tom Evans, Associate Professor, Indiana University Bloomington, Geography

Muslim Modernities

Field Directors:

  • Bruce Lawrence, Professor, Duke University, Religion
  • Charles Kurzman, Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sociology

Urban Visual Studies

Field Directors:

  • M. Christine Boyer, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Architecture, Princeton University, Architecture
  • Edward Dimendberg, Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine, Film and Media Studies/Visual Studies/German

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2009

Critical Agrarian Studies

Field Directors:

  • Marc Edelman, Professor, City University of New York Graduate Center, Anthropology
  • Wendy Wolford, Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Professor, Cornell University, Development Sociology

Cultures and Histories of the Human Sciences

Field Directors:

  • Emily Martin, Professor, New York University, Anthropology
  • Elizabeth Lunbeck, Professor, Vanderbilt University, History

Empires of Vision

Field Directors:

  • Sumathi Ramaswamy, Professor, Duke University, History
  • Martin E. Jay, Professor, University of California, Berkeley, History

Revitalizing Development Studies

Field Directors:

  • Andrew Schrank, Professor, University of New Mexico, Political Science and Sociology
  • Ben Ross Schneider, Ford International Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Political Science

State Violence

Field Directors:

  • Stathis Kalyvas, Arnold Wolfers Professor, Yale University, Political Science
  • Ivan Ermakoff, Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Sociology

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2010

After Secularization: New Approaches to Religion and Modernity

Field Directors:

  • Vincent P. Pecora, Gordon B. Hinckley Professor of British Literature and Culture, University of Utah, English
  • Jonathan Sheehan, Professor, University of California, Berkeley, History

Discrimination Studies

Field Directors:

  • Lisa G. Materson, Associate Professor, University of California, Davis, History
  • Samuel R. Lucas, Professor, University of California, Berkeley, Sociology

Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Contentious Politics

Field Directors:

  • Doug McAdam, Professor, Stanford University, Sociology
  • Sidney Tarrow, Emeritus Professor, Cornell University, Government

Multiculturalism, Immigration, and Identity in Western Europe and the United States (International Field)

Field Directors:

  • Christophe Bertossi, Senior Researcher, l’Institut Français des Relations Internationales, Migrations, Identité, Citoyenneté
  • Nancy Foner, Distinguished Professor, City University of New York Graduate Center, Sociology

Spaces of Inquiry

Field Directors:

  • Stuart W. Leslie, Professor, Johns Hopkins University, History of Science and Technology
  • Carla Yanni, Professor, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Art History

Virtual Worlds

Field Directors:

  • Tom Boellstorff, Professor, University of California, Irvine, Anthropology
  • Douglas Thomas, Associate Professor, University of Southern California, Communication

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2011

Bridging, Bonding and Bordering: Migrant Strategies and State Policies (International Field)

Field Directors:

  • Virginie Florence Guiraudon, Research Professor at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Political Science
  • Ruben Hernandez-Leon, Associate Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, Sociology

Global Indigenous Politics

Field Directors:

  • Bret Gustafson, Associate Professor, Washington University in St. Louis, Anthropology
  • José Antonio Lucero, Associate Professor, University of Washington, Jackson School of International Studies

Migration and Gender Studies

Field Directors:

  • Donna Gabaccia, Professor, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, History
  • Katharine M. Donato, Professor of Sociology and Chair, Vanderbilt University, Sociology

Provincializing Global Urbanism: Toward Multiple Urban Futures

Field Directors:

  • Helga Leitner, Professor, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Geography
  • Ananya Roy, Professor, University of California, Berkeley, City and Regional Planning

Science/Art Studies

Field Directors:

  • Peter Galison, Professor, Harvard University, History of Science
  • Caroline A Jones, Professor of Art History and Director of HTC, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art

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2012

Ecological History

Field Directors:

  • Peter Perdue, Professor, Yale University, History
  • Stevan Harrell, Professor, University of Washington, Anthropology

Gender Justice in the Era of Human Rights

Field Directors:

  • Dorothy Hodgson, Professor and Chair, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, Anthropology
  • Pamela Scully, Professor of Women's Studies and African Studies, Emory University, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Governing Global Production

Field Directors:

  • Tim Bartley, Associate Professor, Ohio State University, Sociology
  • Layna Mosley, Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Political Science

Mediated Futures: Globalization and Historical Territories

Field Directors:

  • William Mazzarella, Professor, University of Chicago, Anthropology
  • Arvind Rajagopal, Professor, New York University, Media, Culture, and Communication

New Approaches to Transnationalism and Migratory Circulation (International Field)

Field Directors:

  • Khachig Tölölyan, Professor, Wesleyan University, Humanities
  • Emmanuel Ma Mung, Director of Research, University of Poitiers, CNRS
  • Thomas Lacroix, Research Fellow, University of Poitiers

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2013

Critical Approaches to Human Rights

Field Directors:

  • Amy Ross, Associate Professor, University of Georgia, Geography
  • Chandra Lekha Sriram, Professor, University of East London, Law and International Relations

Global Commodity Studies

Field Directors:

  • Judith Carney, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, Geography
  • Paul E. Gootenberg, Professor, State University of New York at Stony Brook, History and Sociology

Mobility, Empowerment and Precarity in African Migration (International Field)

Field Directors:

  • Loren Landau, Associate Professor, University of the Witwatersrand, Political Science and Sociology
  • Stephen Lubkemann, Associate Professor, George Washington University, Anthropology and International Affairs

Postcolonial Identities and Decolonial Struggles: Creolization and Colored Cosmopolitanism (International Field)

Field Directors:

  • Gurminder Bhambra, Professor, University of Warwick, Sociology
  • Nico Slate, Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, History

Public Finance and Society: The New Historical Fiscal Sociology

Field Directors:

  • Isaac William Martin, Associate Professor, University of California, San Diego, Sociology
  • Ajay K. Mehrotra, Professor, Indiana University Bloomington, Law and History

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2014

Development and Migration (International Field)

Field Directors:

  • Ronald Skeldon, Professorial Fellow, University of Sussex, Geography
  • Josh DeWind, Research Director, Social Science Research Council

Immigrants and Their Homeland Connections: Transnationalism in Historical Perspective

Field Directors:

  • Roger Waldinger, Distinguished Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, Sociology
  • Nancy L. Green, Directrice d'études (Professor), École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Centre de Recherches Historiques (Center for Historical Studies)

Making the Biotech Body: Technologies, Knowledge, and Global Markets

Field Directors:

  • M. Susan Lindee, Professor/Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, History and Sociology of Sciencey
  • Karen-Sue Taussig, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Anthropology

Modernity and Autochthony: The Question of Land-Based Group Identity

Field Directors:

  • Vincent P. Pecora, Gordon B. Hinckley Professor of British Literature and Culture, University of Utah, English
  • Peter Geschiere, Professor of African Anthropology, University of Amsterdam, Anthropology and Sociology

Oceanic Studies: Seas as Sites and Subjects of Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Field Directors:

  • Brenda Chalfin, Professor, University of Florida, Anthropology
  • Gaurav Desai, Professor, Tulane University, English and African and African Diaspora Studies

State Building and Governance in Retrospect and Prospect

Field Directors:

  • Andrew Schrank, Professor, University of New Mexico, Political Science and Sociology
  • Marcus Kurtz, Professor, Ohio State University, Political Science

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