This spring, a number of graduate students in the UCI School of Humanities have been awarded external fellowships that will allow them to travel internationally for research and mentorship; to dedicate themselves to writing their dissertations; and to study with faculty scholars across the nation.

Kyle David, Ph.D. candidate in history, has been awarded a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, which provides 9-12 months of funding to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences entering the final year of the Ph.D. David’s dissertation, "Children of the Revolution: Childhood and Conflict in Rural North China, 1937-1948," argues that children played a constitutive role in the Chinese Communist revolution as agents of transformation and objects of state paternalism.

Sharrissa Iqbal, Ph.D. candidate in visual studies, has been awarded the Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art. The fellowship enables Iqbal to dedicate her time to finishing her dissertation, “Alternative Abstractions: Art and Science in 20th Century Los Angeles," which examines the work of artists Helen Lundeberg, Mary Corse, and Frederick Everslay.

Amanda Mixon, Ph.D. candidate in comparative literature, has been awarded the American Association of University Women's (“AAUW”) Dissertation Fellowship, which will offset Mixon’s expenses while completing their dissertation. Their dissertation, “Queerer, My God, to Thee: Twentieth-Century White Southern Lesbian Writers & Anti-Racist Praxis,” frames Lillian Smith, Rita Mae Brown, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Mab Segrest, and Dorothy Allison as a distinct political tradition whose concern with how people are trained to inhabit and (re)produce whiteness radically departs from anti-racist political thought and activism among white Southern women of nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Anandi Rao, Ph.D. candidate in comparative literature, has been awarded the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship with the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT. The fellowship will enable her to complete her dissertation on Shakespeare translations in India. While at MIT, she will be supervised by Diana Henderson, professor of literature and Shakespeare scholar.

Yao Pei, Ph.D. candidate in German has been awarded a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst German Academic Exchange Service (“DAAD”) fellowship, which will enable her to conduct dissertation research in Germany on the cultural exchange between German/Austrian and Chinese Modernism. While in Germany, Pei will study with her host, Professor Birgit B. Nübel in Leibniz Universität Hannover, and will visit different archives, including Koblenz, Munich, Stuttgart, Bochum. Pei’s dissertation is on German/Austrian modernist writer Robert Musil and Chinese modernist philologist Zhang Taiyan.

Pictured: Sharrissa Iqbal, Ph.D. candidate in visual studies. Credit to UCI Ph.D. Program in Visual Studies
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