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Major accomplishments within the History Department

Modified: April 20, 2016

The History Department is pleased to announce that five of its graduate students have recently won major fellowships to conduct research overseas.  Three graduates won Fulbrights, and two won the Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) from the Social Science Research Council.   

The IDRF is a highly-competitive research fellowship awarded to students from the disciplines of anthropology, area and cultural studies, art history and architecture, education, environmental science, ethnomusicology, film studies, geography, history, literature, political science, and sociology.  Eighty recipients were selected this year from a total of 1,000 submitted applications from graduate students at 116 universities.

Laura Noboa received a Fulbright Research Fellowship that will take her to Italy in 2016-17.  She will be examining how queen-consorts in Renaissance Italy were able to exercise real political power in the face of the restrictive stereotypes that limited the public roles of women. 

Vanda Rajcan received a Fulbright Research Fellowship that will take her to Slovakia in 2016-17.  She is working on Slovakia’s incomplete reckoning with crimes committed by its own citizens during the Holocaust.

Joy Sales received a Fulbright Research Fellowship that will take her to the Philippines in 2016-17.  She will be researching anti-Marcos activism for her dissertation on Filipino diaspora activism in the twentieth century. 

Marcos Leitao De Almeida received an IDRF that will take him to Angola, Congo, and Belgium in 2016-17.  He will be researching the social and intellectual history of slavery in the lower Congo between 500 B. C. E. and the nineteenth century.  He will conduct archival research in Belgium and will undertake linguistic fieldwork in Angola and Congo. 

William FitzSimons received an IDRF that will take him to Uganda, Ethiopia, and Kenya in 2016-17.  His project uses historical linguistics to recover the early history of decentralized pastoralist societies in the semi-arid borderlands of East Africa.  He will conduct linguistic field research at multiple sites, collecting linguistic data to reconstruct socio-political vocabularies dating to c. 1000 CE.

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