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Friday, October 02, 2009

SSRC Announces Winners of 2010 Book Fellowships

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) has named six winners of its 2010 Book Fellowship, all of whom are past recipients of its International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF). The new fellows will use their awards to assist with the preparation of their first scholarly monographs, on topics ranging from Japanese imperialism in Manchuria to global Islam in Portugal.

"This is a talented and diverse group of new Ph.D.s, all of whom participated in the IDRF program when they were conducting overseas research for their dissertations,” said Daniella Sarnoff, director of the SSRC’s IDRF program. “They join thirteen other past IDRF fellows who are part of our new book publishing initiative in cooperation with Columbia University Press.”

The 2010 book fellows will attend a two-day workshop in New York City in December. Each will also work in collaboration with a developmental editor to transform his or her dissertation into a publishable manuscript. Fellows will then have the opportunity to submit their completed manuscripts for review with Columbia University Press.

The program is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

2010 SSRC-CUP Book Fellows

Michelle Johnson, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Bucknell University
Regional Expertise: Africa / Western Europe
IDRF Year: 1998
Project Title: Arguing through Ritual: African Custom and Global Islam in Portugal

Kathleen Keller, Assistant Professor of History, Eckerd College
Regional Expertise: Africa
IDRF Year: 2004
Project Title: Colonial Suspects: Suspicious Persons and Police Surveillance in French West Africa, 1914-1939

Miriam Kingsberg, Assistant Professor of History, University of Colorado
Regional Expertise: East Asia
IDRF Year: 2007
Project Title: The Poppy and the Acacia: Opium and Imperialism in Japanese Manchuria

Lauren Minsky
, Assistant Professor of History, North Carolina State University
Regional Expertise: South Asia
IDRF Year: 2001
Project Title: Medicine That Works: An Agrarian History of Health and Healing in Colonial Punjab

Romola Sanyal, Postdoctoral Fellow, Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University
Regional Expertise: MENA/South Asia
IDRF Year: 2006
Project Title: Architectures of Displacement: On Identity and Refugee Space in Beirut and Calcutta

Matthias vom Hau, Lewis-Gluckman Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Brooks World Poverty Institute, University of Manchester
Regional Expertise: Latin America
IDRF Year: 2003
Project Title: Contested Inclusion: Transformations of Nationalism in Mexico, Argentina, and Peru

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