DPDF Past Research Fields and Workshops

The Dissertation Proposal Development Program originally began as a thematic fellowship program, with graduate student workshops centered upon a different set of five to six interdisciplinary research fields each year. Between 2006 and 2014, five to six research fields were selected annually though the program’s faculty field competition, in which two senior faculty with different institutional affiliations and, as relevant, disciplines proposed research fields that would serve as the basis for dissertation proposal development workshops. Graduate students then applied to participate in workshops in their research field of choice through the Student Fellowship Competition, with the workshops led by the field’s faculty team.

Following the 2014 fellowship cycle, the DPD fellowship program eliminated its faculty field competition as well as the research field component of its fellowship program and became open to all students in the humanities and social sciences who were in the early stages of dissertation proposal development. The student fellowship program was discontinued in the fall of 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Science
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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