Shalmali Jadhav is the recipient of the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. Shalmali’s dissertation brings dalit and black feminist thought to bear on discussions on race and caste, which have tended to overlook their intersections with gender in the subjectivities of women in the global South.

David Martin received the Rackham Humanities Research Fellowship. In his dissertation, David centers the figure of the failed detective to examine the aesthetic and political stakes of indeterminacy in the works of Roberto Bolaño and Viktor Pelevin. 

Raya Naamneh received the Rackham Humanities Research Fellowship. Raya’s project is concerned with the place and roles of animals in the mediation and formation of Palestinian communal relations on and with the land under settler-colonial and capitalist structures, and specifically among peasant and Bedouin communities in the Lower Galilee region in the middle of the twentieth century. 

Ana Popovic received the Rackham Humanities Research Fellowship. Ana’s dissertation historicizes and theorizes the production of affect in scientific and literary writings on animals, focusing on the discursive iterations of sympathy and awe in nineteenth-century England and France, and the afterlife of these feelings in the first decades of the twentieth century. 

Xiaoxi Zhang was awarded the One Term Dissertation Fellowship by the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies Admissions and Fellowships Committee to work on her dissertation project, which seeks to unsettle the Western notion of “Modern Languages” by lifting into view the imperial forces at work in the “modernization” of Chinese, Portuguese, and Swahili.