DPDF Competition Recipients 2010

The fourth DPDF Program offers training in preparing dissertation research and funding proposals to student fellows. The 12 student fellows who are participating in each field are drawn from 42 universities and 29 disciplines or interdisciplinary studies (including history, sociology, anthropology, geography, education, art history, history of science, political science, geography, religious studies, English, and others). The 72 fellows were selected from 523 applicants. Their dissertation proposals offer original and promising contributions to the 2010 research fields.

After Secularization: New Approaches to Religion and Modernity

Joseph L Blankholm
Columbia University, Religion
Atheist Heterodoxy and the Limits of the Secular and the Religious
Caroline M Block
Johns Hopkins University, Anthropology
Sacred Studies and Secular Processes: The Affective Religion of Scholarship in Orthodox Women’s Talmud Programs
David T Buckley
Georgetown University, Government
Secular Evolution: Understanding Democratic Change in State-Religion Relations
Chelsea J Gordon
Comparative Literature
Deathless Bodies: Artificial Personhood and Theaters of Incorporation in Late Medieval and Early Modern England
Annie Hardison-Moody
Emory University, Religion
When Religion Matters: A comparative study of Religious and Human Rights Practices in Gender Justice Activism in the United States and Liberia
Alex Eric Hernandez
Savage Liberties: A Social History of Theodicy
Kristen E Kao
Political Science
The Nexus Between Citizenship Religion in the Middle East
Hikmet Kocamaner
University of Arizona, Anthropology and Near Eastern Studies (Dual PHD Degree)
Whither the Secular Public? Islamic Television and the Question of Pluralism in Turkey
Justin M Reynolds
Columbia University, History
Sacred History: Secularization and the Meaning of History in Transatlantic High Culture 1945-1955
James M Robertson
New York University, History
Messianic communism in Yugoslav leftist thought: 1930-1960
Hesham Sallam
Georgetown University, Government
Indispensable Arbiters: Political Islam and Authoritarian Renewal in the Arab World
Sarah Elizabeth Shortall
Harvard University, History
Converts into Apostates: Rethinking the Secularization of French Intellectual Culture, 1880-1940

Discrimination Studies

Melissa A Adler
Information Studies
For SEXUAL PERVERSION see PARAPHILIAS: The Social Construction and Regulation of Sexual Deviance in the Library of Congress Catalog, 1910-2010
Rengin B Firat
University of Iowa, Sociology
The role of moral emotions in discrimination
Rachel Elizabeth Fish
Testing Racial Bias in Referral of Students to Special Education Testing
Trevor Hoppe
Public Health, Surveillance and Criminalized Sex in the Era of HIV
Katrina Nancy Jirik
History of Science and Medicine
Through the Eyes of Women: cultural aspects of discrimination against people with cognitive impairments in the United States 1876-1930
Angela Ju
Political Science
Left Behind?: Effects of Cuban Immigration into the United States on Domestic Racial Politics in Cuba
Anna Koch
New York University, Hebrew and Judaic Studies
Reconstructing Jewish Life in Italy and Germany
Anna L. Krome-Lukens
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, History
Caring for “Defective Humanity”: Women and Eugenics Ideology in North Carolina, 1903-1944
Aniuska Luna
Nova Southeastern University, Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Historical discriminations of “the other” in war iconography: Implications for conflict analysis and resolution
Michael S North
Princeton University, Psychology
An Intergenerational, Prescriptive Approach to Ageism: Succession, Identity, and Consumption
Stephanie D. Reichelderfer
University of Maryland, History
“Building the Cultural Bridge”: Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino Student Responses to Discrimination in America and Abroad, 1910-1945
Shomon Shamsuddin
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Urban Studies and Planning
Choosing Class: The Impact of Community College Coursework on Earnings and Employment

Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Contentious Politics

Marie Elizabeth Berry
Mass Violence and the Political Empowerment of Women: A Global Comparison
Quinlan Bernhard Bowman
Political Science
Participation as Cooperation or Contention?: The Case of Participatory Governance Councils in Venezuela
Erik Cleven
Purdue University Main Campus, Political Science
Informal Networks and Formal Institutions: Understanding the Dynamic Role of Social Capital in Political Violence in Africa
Elisabeth Fink
New York University, French Studies and History
Elections and Empire: Voting in French West Africa, 1945-1960
Janice Kreinick Gallagher
Cornell University, Government
Legalization’s effect on the claims-making of non-state actors
Beth Gharrity Gardner
The Interrelations Among Social Movements: The Diffusion of Contention and Movement Emergence Stories
Mimi Kim
Social Welfare
The Anti-Violence Movement and Demands for Justice: Examining the Paradoxes of Political Success
Nicole C. List
Local Geographies of Contention: Comparing Struggles over Peri/urban Land Politics and Authority in Senegal
Eric Lob
Princeton University, Near Eastern Studies
A Tale of Two Revolutions: Contentious Politics in Mid-Twentieth Century Syria and Iran
Jill R Rosenthal
Emory University, History
Aid and Political Identity: An Examination of the Relations between Humanitarian Aid and Ethnic Identities in the Kivu Provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Elizabeth A Sharrow
Political Science
Policy Feedback as Contentious Politics: Title IX and the Political Construction of Gender
Elena Shih
Globalizing Morality and Justice: Sites of Contention Within Faith-Based and Rights-Based Organizations in the Transnational Anti-Trafficking Movement

Multiculturalism, Immigration, and Identity in Western Europe and the United States

Karim Amellal
Political Science
Cultural demands from muslim community within health public services in France and the Netherlands
Emmanuelle Cadet
Particular Cultural Heritages and Nations in search of Cohesion: Analysis of comparative cultural policy between France and Lebanon
Clara Rachel Casseus
Geography and Regional Development
Migrants as Transnational Development Actors: A Comparative Case of Haitians in France and US & Jamaicans in United Kingdom
Guillaume T. MA MUNG
Representations of spatial practices in ethnic commercial districts : African and Caribbean Migrants in Paris and London
Matthieu Mazzega
Constructions and expressions of ordinary anti-racist discourses within a particular national context. The case of the white anti-racist activism in the area of Boston
Krista R Noam-Zuidervaart
The influence of national context on the intergenerational transmission of culture by second-generation immigrants: an international comparison.
Dorothée Prud’homme
Political Science
French healthcare institutions and Roma populations: representations of identities, perceptions of citizenship in a multicultural society
Angelika Frida Schlanger
Yale University, Political Science
The Integration of Religious Minorities in Western European Societies
Thomas G Soehl
Principles of Differentiaton: Comparing religious and linguistic boundaries in immigrant societies.
Jessica Sperling
City University of New York Graduate Center, Sociology
The Contextual Basis of Ethnic Identity and National Belonging: A Comparative Study of Ecuadorians in New York City and Spain
Thomas Swerts
University of Chicago, Sociology
Political Subjectivation and the Urban Condition: A Comparative study of Undocumented Immigrants’ Struggles for Citizenship in Chicago and Brussels
Evren Yalaz
Political Science
Dynamics of Muslims’ Claims-Making, Integration, and Marginalization: Muslim Associations in France and the United States

Spaces of Inquiry

Majed Akhter
University of Arizona, Geography
Built agrarian environments: Water planning and canals in Punjab, Pakistan
Roberto Chauca_Tapia
University of Florida, History
Missionary Cartography and The Forging of National Space in Western Amazonia
Phil Clements
Science on the Roof of the World: The 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition
Aimi Hamraie
Emory University, Women’s Studies
The Science & Phenomenology of the Body in Universal Design: a feminist, disability studies approach
Christopher H Heaney
University of Texas at Austin, History
Grave Expectations: Indigenous Burials, Transnational Archaeology and Local Museums in the Creation of Peru, 1780-1930
Jennifer F Kosmin
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, History
Contested Bodies: Midwives and the Politics of Reproduction in Early Modern Italy
Kathleen Curry Oberlin
Indiana University at Bloomington, Sociology
Believing It. Defending It. Proclaiming It: Using the Museum Form to Challenge Science
Karen R Robbins
Boston University, American Studies
Women Living in Cells: Institutional Sites of Learning and Reform
Brittany A Shields
University of Pennsylvania, History of Science
Place and Space in the History of Mathematics: A Comparative Study of the University of Göttingen and New York University’s Mathematical Institutes under the Leadership of Richard Courant
James Dalgoff Skee
Experiencing Science: The Built Landscapes of Charles Luckman and William Pereira
Jenna Tonn
Harvard University, History of Science
Disciplined Construction/Constructing Disciplines: The Museum and the Laboratory in the Development of American Biology, 1880-1940
Sara M Witty
Art History
The Visual Landscape of the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center

Virtual Worlds

Douglas W. Canfield
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Educational Psychology and Counseling
Authentic Encounters in Synthetic Worlds: A Discursive Investigation of Communities of Language Practice in the Metaverse.
Jonathan Corliss
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Campus, Anthropology
The Localization of Videogames in Japan
Adam Fish
The Physical and Virtual Worlds of New Media Firms
Jacob Gaboury
New York University, Media, Culture and Communication
The Politics of Griefing in Virtual Worlds
Antero D Garcia
Bridging the Virtual World & Inner-City Experiences: Utilizing Mobile Media, Critical Media Literacy to develop Inner-City Agents of Social Change
Calvin Thomas Johns
University of Texas at Austin, Anthropology
Tabletop Role-Playing Games as Models of Intersubjectivity and Virtuality in Everyday Social Life
Kimi D. Johnson
Theater, Dance and Performance Studies
Community Theatre: Contemporary Historiographic Performances in Online Role-Playing Games
Taylor Nygaard
University of Southern California, Critical Studies
The Virtual Big Sister: The Branding of Female Identity in Media Surveillance Online and Beyond
Richard J Page
The Art of Spacewar: Ethics in Virtual Conflict
Reginold A Royston
African-American Studies
Trending Diaspora: Ghana, Gamers and the Virtual World Cup
Yukari Takata
University of Florida, Mass Communication
Improving Subject Recruitment and Learning in Clinical Research Trials Through Virtual World Interactions
Stephanie K Takemoto
Claremont Graduate University, Education
Video Games, learning, and motivation: What can we learn?