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Anthropology Program Awarded Record Number of Dissertation Fellowships

The Graduate Center’s Anthropology Program was awarded a record five International Dissertation Research Fellowships (IDRFs) by the Social Science Research Council — more than any other department in any discipline in any other institution of higher education.

The fellowships support nine to 12 months of research, with an average of $21,000 in funding.

“These highly competitive SSRC awards are terrific testimony to the outstanding quality of our Anthropology Program,” said Joy Connolly, provost and senior vice president of the GC. “Our students' dynamism and intelligence constitute one major reason we were able to recruit Professor Bianca Williams to join our faculty in anthropology this coming fall. I offer them my warmest congratulations!”

Last year, the GC’s Anthropology Program and the University of Michigan's anthropology department received the highest number of fellowships among anthropology departments — three fellowships each.

The following students received awards for their dissertation research in 2017:

Nadia Augustyniak: “The Work of Care: Social Impacts and Political Dimensions of Psychological Counseling in Sri Lanka”
Caitlyn Bolton: “The Spirit of Progress: Islamic Education, Development and Modernity in Zanzibar”

Ola Galal: “Environmental Rights, Marginalization, and the Desired State in Post-Revolutionary Southern Tunisia”
Romm Lewkowicz: “Documenting the Undocumented: Experimenting the Future of Europe in the Migrant Archive”

Christopher Parisano: “Between Waste and Huacas: Cultural Patrimony and Recyclers’ Rights in Lima-Peru”


Submitted on: JUL 18, 2017

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