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The dissertation argues that black newspapers shaped and transported black legal culture, and that black newspapers and the NAACP connected black people to local lawyers and advised victims on which areas of law might be helpful in gaining recourse in civil courts.

John Phillips Some types of mental states, such as beliefs and intentions, can be rational or irrational. Others, such as itches and visual perceptions, are not properly assessed in these terms; they are simply nonrational.

Where is the boundary between the rationally evaluable and the nonrational to be found, and how is it determined? This dissertation offers an account of rationality and of rational evaluation designed to answer these questions. This project argues that rational evaluation is a special case of the skill evaluation applicable to human endeavors generally.

It develops that claim by considering how a mental state, as opposed to an action, can constitute an endeavor, and seeks to account for differences between rationality and forms of skill displayed in other domains. In the last two decades, scholars of religion and politics have returned to the resources of the Augustinian tradition to theorize citizenship, virtue, and the place of religion in public life. The ghosts of slaves and masters live on, haunting the ongoing social meanings of blackness and whiteness in American life.

To confront a racialized world, the Augustinian tradition must reckon with its own entanglements with the afterlife of the white Christian master. Danya Pilgrim This project traces the development of the black catering industry in Philadelphia from its beginnings in the early republic through its mid-nineteenth-century heyday, and into a transitional period at the turn of the twentieth century.

The men and women who entered the catering trade transformed a line of domestic service into a thriving domestic business. They devised strategies to create multiple forms of capital as they shaped the contours of eating culture. Studying the lives of these entrepreneurs through sources such as recipes, bank records, photographs, and censuses, as well as material and print culture, reveals a legacy that extends beyond foodways.

This project, by informing discourses around everyday life and resistance, race, gender, class, and community formation, ultimately examines how African American people have fought for self-determination in every area of their lives.

Ennis Mass media, though often seen as a homogenizing force, can also encourage cultural diversity and linguistic vitality in endangered languages. Grounded in long-term ethnographic research with producers and consumers of lowland Quichua radio media in the Ecuadorian Amazon, this dissertation investigates both intended and unforeseen effects of the use of local radio media for indigenous language revitalization projects.

Quichua radio media production demonstrates that participatory media are key sites for the transmission, transformation, and, sometimes, the loss of local verbal artistry, linguistic forms, and interactional practices.

Through a fine-grained analysis of linguistic practice and verbal art on-air and in face-to-face interaction, this project shows how media production strengthens some aspects of linguistic and cultural practice, while rendering others invisible. Indigenous radio media amplifies and extends spaces to encourage the transmission of endangered languages, within which producers and listeners continue to debate and define contemporary linguistic and cultural practice.

This project foregrounds the centrality of women of color to the writings of colonial scientists, analyzing the ways in which interracial sexual encounters, while important to the experiences of men of science, were redacted from the production of transatlantic travel narratives and natural histories.

Each chapter considers modes of literary redaction, such as coded diaries and edited manuscripts, as systems of knowledge creation within enlightenment-era observational science. Interdisciplinary in scope, this research places gender and sexuality at the forefront of the history of New World science. Susanna Ferguson This dissertation is a feminist history of the concept of tarbiya, an old Arabic word for cultivation that, in the nineteenth century, came to refer to new structures of formal schooling and new pedagogies, as well as the female labor of childrearing, ethical cultivation, and subject formation in the home.

Ultimately, tarbiya promised to discipline both mothers and children; to link gendered individuals to an emerging notion of society; and to produce an Arab or Islamic world capable of facing European colonialism, the onset of mass politics, and the exigencies of modernizing reforms. Jawan Shir Rasikh This dissertation uses medieval Muslim sources to examine the Islamization of Ghur in central Afghanistan during the tenth through twelfth centuries.

The project shows that processes of Islamization in rural regions in Afghanistan were made up of complex sets of temporal and spatial contingencies; these included prolonged political and cultural bargainings, exchanges, and military encounters between diverse social groups in rural and urban regions to gain access to, and control of, political and social resources. The project reveals that acculturation of Islam in medieval Afghanistan was as dynamic in its remote regions like Ghur as it was in imperial cities like Balkh and Ghazni, which have traditionally received the most attention.

Javier Fernandez Galeano This project explores how state authorities, scientific experts, and sexual nonconformists battled over the meanings of male homosexuality in Argentina and Spain between the s and s. The predominant historical narrative traces an arc from the nineteenth-century medical view on homosexuality as a distinct ontology to the liberation movements of the s. However, this project shows that medical taxonomies in Argentina and Spain replicated commonly held categories based on sexual role and social behavior, instead of establishing a view of homosexuals as a distinct group.

Melissa Reynolds This project traces the rise of vernacular practical books in England as evidence for the growth of a reading public newly appreciative of the utility of the written word.

After , this practical knowledge was transferred into printed books that remained popular until the mid-sixteenth century. As a comparison of over of these practical books in manuscript and print, this project reveals the continuity of everyday concerns that structured English life over a period of seismic cultural upheaval, even as it confirms the printing press as an agent of change.

It explores how even minor changes to the presentation, transmission, and circulation of knowledge rippled outward, transforming how English people conceived of their roles as readers, writers, and consumers of knowledge.

Robby Finley This dissertation presents a new defense of logical pluralism, the view that there are many equally good accounts of logical consequence. The defense is composed of two parts: It then argues that charitable interpretations of the historical positions on the infinite should lead one to endorse a logical pluralism.

Schine This dissertation offers the first in-depth study of racial difference, and specifically blackness, in premodern Arabic popular literature.

These varied extracts incorporate several subgenres, permitting a view of how "race talk" manifests across literary forms such as narrative prose, poetry, and extradiegetic dialogue. In its interim stages, moreover, artificial land is legally and materially indeterminate: What claims can nation states make to such shifting sands? What exactly is being reclaimed in reclamation? Seitz At the end of the nineteenth century, Russian imperial officials hoped to transform the Kazakh steppe from a region dominated by nomads into an agricultural zone of settled peasant farmers.

This project examines the ideas and actions of agricultural scientists to illustrate how science was fundamental to remaking the steppe and an inherent part of the colonial project.

While it was not until the Soviet period that sedentary agriculture achieved supremacy, this dissertation uncovers the colonial roots of this development. Macario Mateo Garcia This dissertation explores how incarcerated people and correctional staff utilize mobility to construct what it means to be alive and human.

These new regulations place captives inside single-person eight-by-twelve-foot cells for most hours of the day and violently limit access to material and social relations. It simultaneously examines how and why correctional staff utilize mobility both to elevate themselves to human status and position prisons as both natural and inevitable.

Tracking the intersections of fossil fuel infrastructures, legal regimes, new corporate forms, geological knowledge, ideologies of development, and adibasi autonomy movements, the project demonstrates how these economies of extraction frame long-term political crises of Indian democracy and development in the twentieth century. Since the bombing of the US embassy in , Kenya has experienced a number of terrorist attacks that have had a profound impact on the country.

Issues around security have assumed a place at the center of national politics, transforming the institutions of state security. Using archival research, participant observation, and in-depth interviews, this project studies the broader security-led transformation of Kenyan society over the past two decades. Stewart This dissertation studies the history of Mill Creek Ravine, one of the first industrial areas in Alberta, Canada.

Formerly a site of industrial activity and home to a large working-class community, the ravine is now a city park; however, industrial remains still mark the ravine and pollute the soil. This investigation of the history of Mill Creek Ravine provides insight into the specific ways in which the lure of industrial jobs produced and polluted working-class life in early twentieth-century Edmonton, as well as how industrial detritus defines how the local environment was lived, conceived, and designed.

The combination of archaeological investigation with environmental science and ethnography produces a map of the ongoing social and environmental impacts of industrial remains over the past hundred years. Tamara Golan This dissertation explores the intersections between artisanal and juridical epistemologies in the work of two early modern Swiss artists, Hans Fries and Niklaus Manuel.

With the growing impetus to verify miracles and visions through judicial examination, artists in this region developed innovative strategies of representation that embraced, navigated, and adapted to new concepts of the sacred redefined by the judicial inquisitio inquiry.

They thus imparted a new kind of epistemic value to their work, one that was generated by the material presence of the image and guaranteed by a novel valuation of the manual labor and skill of the artist. Tomonori Sugimoto As more and more indigenous subjects settle in urban areas, how do their political claims change? Based on ethnographic research in urban Taiwan since , this dissertation suggests that new forms of indigenous politics and indigenous-state relations are emerging in the wake of the massive urbanization of indigenous Austronesian people in Taiwan.

It argues that urban indigenous claim-making has implications for how indigenous belonging, rights, and entitlements can be conceived today and in the future, creatively rearticulating indigenous sovereignty in the settler colonial city. Luke Gramith In the years after World War II, several thousand Italians from the Italo-Yugoslav borderlands emigrated eastward across the emerging Iron Curtain, hoping to start new and better lives in communist Yugoslavia. This dissertation explores what these migrants hoped communism would be and how the experiences of everyday life under the preceding fascist dictatorship shaped these hopes.

Marxist doctrine played a relatively minor role in shaping their expectations. Despite being rather mundane in its motivations, this migration was misconstrued as subversive, catalyzing Cold War divisions.

Ultimately, the project offers a new, bottom-up approach to early Cold War history, exploring how ordinary people understood, navigated, and shaped this critical period. Peter Tan This project examines philosophical issues raised by a certain kind of counterfactual claim prevalent in science: These counterfactuals describe what would have happened if certain laws of nature had been different. For example, if there were no hydrogen bonding, water would be gaseous at room temperature.

The project shows that careful attention to counternomics in science raises special problems for existing philosophical theories of modality. Among other things, the project concludes that meaningful counterfactuals cannot be accounted for entirely in terms of which things are possible or necessary. The second part of the project examines philosophical aspects of some ways that counternomics appear within science, specifically, how experimentation can provide evidence for counternomic hypotheses, how counternomics and counterfactuals generally can contribute to scientific explanation, and the nature of scientific modal epistemology.

Caroline Grego In August , the Great Sea Island Storm struck South Carolina with winds of miles per hour, killing between 1, and 5, people, almost all African American, and leaving 30, sea islanders homeless and destitute.

The hurricane, which wreaked havoc on lives, economies, and island environments, was a crisis that spurred the transformation of the sea islands from a place with a robust black political community after the US civil war to a sanitized space of white leisure by the mid-twentieth century. In the wake of the hurricane, black sea islanders and white South Carolinians hotly contested the recovery process. Ultimately, the consolidation of white supremacy under Jim Crow relied on black dispossession rather than the exploitation of black labor.

Thompson This project traces the economic and symbolic connections between popular music and the US Cold War military. This musical-military relationship taught country music fans, generally considered to be small government conservatives, to accept an unprecedented level of government growth as the military-industrial complex expanded across the Sunbelt.

The social landscape of this small island in the southwestern Indian Ocean was transformed during the first quarter of the nineteenth century as colonists capitalized on the sugar boom and, post abolition, indentured people migrated from India to replace enslaved people as workers on expanding sugarcane fields.

This work draws comparisons to other archaeologies of plantations and coerced labor to contextualize the uniqueness of the period of indenture and colonial diaspora in the Indian Ocean world. This dissertation studies the rise of consent as a determinant of legitimate master-servant relationships.

Topics examined include parish apprenticeship, colonial indentured servitude, military impressment, and prisoner of war conscription and transportation. The project shows that compulsory service relationships included a component of consent that grew in importance over the course of the seventeenth century, driven by migration, warfare, and colonization. These changes affected the terms of morality and legality in social relations, not always for the better. No more than 1 page.

Required only if you are interested in being considered for one of the following special purpose fellowships:. No additional interest statement is required. In your research description, describe how your research relates to Adolescent Studies. No more than 2 pages. Each letter of recommendation should be no more than 4, characters spaces included , which is approximately words or one single-spaced page. We can only accept letters of recommendation through the online system.

Please note that only a single recommendation letter will be accepted. If you have two or more advisors, they should submit a joint letter of recommendation. Graduate School Fellowships Office gradfunding unc. Advancement Board Give Now. No service appointment, fellowship, scholarship or outside employment may be held during the award period without prior approval from the Graduate School.

Students generally are not permitted to accept other appointments, fellowships, or outside employment during the fellowship year. You must be nominated by your graduate program for College Dissertation Completion Fellowships; the College does not accept applications directly from students.

If you are interested in being nominated, contact your program's director of graduate studies to learn more about your program's nomination procedures. Additional eligibility criteria include matriculation into a graduate program in fall or later, evidence of significant progress toward writing the dissertation at the time of application, and expected degree conferral before the beginning of the fall term. Students must be eligible for G during the fellowship year.

Priority will be given to students who have submitted at least one chapter for faculty review and who will be on the job market in Download the Dissertation Completion Fellowship application. College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Research Fellowships are intended to help advanced graduate students in the College make significant progress on their dissertations.

During the fellowship year, students have the opportunity to focus full time on their dissertation research and writing. Students must be formally admitted to Ph. You must be nominated by your graduate program for College Dissertation Year Research Fellowships; the College does not accept applications directly from students.

Download the Dissertation Year Research Fellowship application. College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Travel Awards are intended to assist students traveling to and presenting at major national and international conferences. Travel awards are not intended for travel expenses associated with research.

Some departments and research groups also offer research travel funding. You are not eligible for a College Graduate Student Travel Award if you are on academic probation or on leave at the time of the nomination deadline. Because travel awards are disbursed through your bursar account, if you have an outstanding balance on your account, you may not be eligible to receive an award. You must be nominated by your graduate program for College Graduate Student Travel Awards; the College does not accept applications directly from students.

Each program is allowed to nominate up to three students total. Download the Graduate Student Travel Award application. This application is a fillable PDF. McCormick III to support basic science research and to honor his grandfather and father. Each February, the disciplines of astronomy, biology, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, earth and atmospheric sciences, microbiology, physics, and zoology are invited to submit one nominee each for the grants.

Nominations are due to the College Graduate Office each March. If you're a graduate student who would like to be nominated for a McCormick Science Grant, notify your department directly and submit a one-page description of your collaborative work with your faculty mentor and please separately provide your curriculum vitae.

Your faculty mentor and the department will then need to submit a supporting letter that explains the nature of your collaboration and how this collaboration is the most deserving. Ochoada Fellowship was established to honor the memory of Matias L.

Ochoada, who was a researcher at the IU Cyclotron Facility. The donors have requested that the recipient of the award should be a graduate student in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, with a strong preference for a woman but with no preference for area of study. Extra consideration should be given to those nominees who demonstrate good citizenship, strong character, a history of public service, and are likely to be activists in their professional and extra-professional lives.

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Dissertation completion fellowships provide advanced doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences with an academic year of support to write and complete their dissertation. Dissertation completion fellowships can be broadly categorized into the following types: interdisciplinary, thematic, discipline-based, residential, and teaching. Below is a sample list of fellowships that Notre Dame students have applied for – this list is by no means exhaustive of the opportunities available.

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The Graduate School Dissertation Completion FellowshipsApproximately one hundred and twenty () fellowships are available annually to allow students to devote full time to writing the dissertation with the goal that the dissertation will be completed during the tenure of the fellowship. Other MSU financial support, held simultaneously with the fellowship, cannot exceed a. The Dissertation Fellowship helps to offset a scholar's living expenses while she completes her dissertation.