2015 English Program Dissertation Fellowships and Prizes

Dissertation Year Fellowships 2015-2016

Lynn Kadison Dissertation Year Fellowship
Rewarding excellent scholarship and dedicated service to the English Program

Chris Eng
Dislocating Camps: On State Power, Queer Aesthetics, and Asian/Americanist Critique
Supervisor: Kandice Chuh

Livia Woods
Heavy Expectations: Reading Pregnancy in the Victorian Novel
Supervisor: Talia Schaffer

Alumni and Faculty Dissertation Year Fellowship, given this year in memory of Frank Duba

Rachel Kravetz
Victorian Characters: Idea and Image in British Literature
Supervisor: Tanya Agathocleous

Alumni and Faculty Dissertation Year Fellowship

Allen Strouse
The Purpose of Literature:The Male Prepuce in Patristic Literary Theory and Vernacular Poetic Practice
Supervisor: Steven Kruger

The Millennium Dissertation Year Fellowship

Diana Epelbaum
“I own I love the vegitible world extremely”: The Gender of Genre and Women’s Natural History Writing, 1700-1800
Supervisor: Duncan Faherty

The Robert Adams Day Dissertation Year Fellowships

Heather Zuber
Self-Made: Mapping the Pursuit of Upward Mobility in British and American Literature, 1719-1837
Supervisor: Carrie Hintz

Yair Solan
Writing the Projected Image: American Fiction and Early Screen Culture
Supervisor: Hildegard Hoeller

The Calder Dissertation Year Fellowship

Sharmaine Browne
Through a Phenomenological Lens:  Radical Romantics and their Responses to Technology
Supervisor: Alan Vardy

Morton Cohen Dissertation Year Travel Grant

Paul Fess
Resonant Texts: The Politics and Practices of 19th-century African American Musical Cultures of Print from Abolitionism to the Player Piano
Supervisor: David Reynolds

Sean Gerrity
A Canada in the South: Slave Marronage in Antebellum American Literature
Supervisor: Eric Lott

English Program Dissertation and Teaching Prizes 2015


The Diana Colbert Award for Innovative Teaching

Kristina Huang

The Melvin Dixon Prize for the Best Dissertation in African American Studies

Tristan Striker
Errant Memory in African American Literature of the Long 19th Century
Supervisor: Robert Reid-Pharr

The Calder Prize for Distinguished Work in Early Modern Studies

Sarah Outterson Murphy
Playing Dead: Staging Ghosts, Corpses, and Statues in Early Modern Drama
Supervisor: Tanya Pollard

The Robert Adams Day Prize for the Best Dissertation Involving Interdisciplinary Work

Kiran Mascerenhas
Works in Progress: Child Characters in Victorian and Postcolonial Fiction, 1814 – 2006
Supervisor: Ashley Dawson

The Irving Howe Prize for the Best Dissertations Involving Politics and Literature

Christopher Ian Foster
Black Migrant Literature, New African Diasporas, and the Phenomenology of Movement
Supervisor: Robert Reid-Pharr

Alison Klein
The Ties That Bind: Gender, Race, and Empire in Caribbean Indenture Narratives
Supervisor: Ashley Dawson

The Alfred Kazin Prize for the Best Dissertation in American Literature and Culture

Sara Rutowski
The Literary Legacy of the Federal Writers’ Project
Supervisor: Morris Dickstein

The Monette Prize for the Best Dissertation in Lesbian/Gay Studies

Allen Durgin
Depressives and the Scenes of Queer Writing
Supervisor: Robert Reid-Pharr

The English Program Prize for Distinguished Work in Romanticism

Leila Walker
Touching Time: Forms of Romantic Temporality
Supervisor: Nancy Yousef

The English Program Prize for Distinguished Work in Feminist Studies

Emily Sherwood
Precarious Wife: Narratives of Marital Instability in Medieval and Early Modern Literature
Supervisor: Mario DiGangi

The Alumni and Doctoral Faculty Prize for the Most Distinguished Dissertations of the Year Given this year in memory of Frank Duba;
and the Publication Subvention Award for Distinguished Dissertations

Andrew Dicus
Traumatic Familiarity: Fictions and Theories of Community in the Eighteenth Century
Supervisor: Nancy Yousef

Stefania Heim
Dark Matter: Susan Howe, Muriel Rukeyser, and the Scholar’s Art
Supervisor: Joan Richardson