We are proud to share that our students received the following grants and fellowships:
Roberto Mosciatti won a highly competitive Rackham Predoctoral fellowship that she will use for the completion of a dissertation on the reappearance of a radical Christian cynical tradition among current-day Italian political philosophers.
Ludmila Ferrari won a highly competitive Rackham Predoctoral fellowship that she will use for the completion of a dissertation on spatial economies of violence in four instances: the War of the Triple Alianza, the promotion of Brasilia as an architectural monument of modernity in 1956, the Masacre de las Bananeras, and La Escombrera, a site successively used as sand mine, debris dump, and mass grave by a paramilitary-State alliance in Colombia.
Benjamin Ireland was named an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor by Rackham Graduate School.
Abigail Celis received a highly prestigious Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. In addition, she received a Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant and was selected to participate in Sweetland’s Dissertation Writing Institute in the spring of 2017 as she completes her dissertation on the cultural representation and creative expression of Francophone Africa and its diaspora through the poetics of material objects in stories of migration told through museums, literature, visual arts and exhibitions.
Arcelia Gutierrez has been awarded a Rackham Summer Award stipend to pursue research on the history and work of Latinx media advocacy organizations in a neoliberal mediascape.
Lauren Darnell has been awarded a Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant to pursue research on the topographies and reproduction of ethno-racial categories in the central Andean region of colonial Latin America.
Laura Pensa has been awarded a Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant to pursue research on colonial cartography produced during the 18th century for how it illuminates the mechanisms by which the Chaco region (nowadays northeastern Argentina) was geopolitically constituted both as a frontier of the empire and as a desirable land for exploration.
Mariel Martinez Alvarez won the Goizueta Foundation Pre-Prospectus Fellowship in order to continue her research into dissident Cuban exiles in Franco’s Spain.
Juan Udaondo Alegre was awarded the Great Books of Islamic Civilization Book Prize by the Department of Near Eastern Studies in recognition of his teaching and research into medieval esoteric traditions in Iberia.
Sabrina Righi was awarded a Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant in order to pursue her interest in resistance to acculturation and reverse migration between Italy and America.
Marisol Fila won a Rackham Summer Research Award to conduct research with Prof. Paulina Alberto on “Distance reading and ‘racial stories’: Using digital humanities tools to process narratives about Argentina's ‘Negro Raúl.’"
Angelica Serna Jeri was selected to participate in Sweetland’s Dissertation Writing Institute in the spring of 2016 as she completes her dissertation on the material presence and force of an early indigenous manuscript preserved by colonial Jesuit archives.
Lorena Bolaños Abarca won an Rackham International Student Fellowship/Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship and a Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant to pursue her research into late medieval and early modern Franco-Hispanic historical chronicles.
Priscila Calatayud Fernández won an Rackham International Student Fellowship/Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship for her work on anarchist social movements from the Spanish Civil War to today, prioritizing participants’ testimonials.
Mary Renda won a Community of Scholars Award from the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and a Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant to support her work on novels, films, poetry and performance that evoke natural resource extraction in Peru and Bolivia and the historical precedent for such extraction.
Ludmila Ferrari won a Rackham International Travel Grant to pursue research on several violent campaigns led against indigenous groups in Paraguay and Colombia and received an Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award. In addition, she will be working with the School of Art as editor of the Michigan Journal for Community Service and Learning and focusing on scholarship in community and art in Detroit.
Juan Leal Ugalde received a generous Rackham Summer Award to continue his research into photographic registers of Mexican Revolution (1910- 1920), the Salvadoran Civil War (1980-1992), and the Chilean Dictatorship (1973-1990).
Jaime Hernandez was awarded a FLAS Fellowship for 2016-2017 to support his studies of Portuguese in order to access to several Portuguese sources that are significant for his research.
Luis Miguel dos Santos Vicente was awarded a Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant to work in the Portuguese archives at the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, the Arquivo Nacional Torre do Tombo and the Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa dealing with Portuguese exploration of Africa and Asia, as well as literary and scientific accounts about the territories reached by the Portuguese during that period.
Felix Zamora Gomez received a Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant and funding from Prof. Gareth Williams’ John D’Arms Fellowship, thanks to which he will continue his work on repurposed museum spaces, particularly ones commemorating traumatic events and how they try to engage spectators.