Awards won by Encounters students

Jochen Arndt has been awarded an SSRC-IDRF (Social Sciences Research Council-International Dissertation Research Fellowship) funded by the ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies) for 2012-2013. With the help of this award he is conducting research in multiple locations: Edinburgh (Scotland), Cambridge, Oxford and London (England), Herrnhut (Germany), and Cape Town, Grahamstown and Johannesburg (South Africa) in order to conduct research in missionary society archives there for the next nine months. His project, “Missionary Linguists, African Converts and the Making of the Xhosa Nation, 1799-1930” will show how Missionary Linguists and African Converts together created the Xhosa Nation and ethnic identity of modern-day South Africa.

Julie Fountain has received the Provost's Award for Graduate Research (Fall 2010) from the UIC Graduate College and the Marion S. Miller Dissertation Fellowship (2012-2013) from the History Department. These funds have contributed to researching and writing her dissertation, "Modern Jobs for Modern Women: Female Military Service in Britain, 1945-1962," which explores the tensions surrounding women's work in the 1950s while telling the story of the first women to serve in the British armed forces during peacetime. The project covers not only the policy decisions that shaped women's military role in this period, but also the ways the women themselves understood their service.

Michael Goode was awarded the 2010-11 Friends of the MCEAS dissertation fellowship at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation, “Gospel Order among Friends: Colonial Violence and the Peace Testimony in Quaker Pennsylvania, 1681-1722,” examines slavery, imperial warfare, and the settler-Indian trade in alcohol as interrelated forms of violence in colonial Pennsylvania and situates Quaker peace discourse – what Friends termed “the peace testimony” – within the broader Anglo-American concern with family order and violence on the colonial frontier. During 2011-12, Goode was a graduate scholar-in-residence at the Newberry Library, and he also won several short-term research fellowships, including a one-month residential fellowship at the Library Company and Historical Society of Pennsylvania. He was also awarded the Dean’s Award in 2011-12.

Melissa Hibbard has won a 2012-2013 Fulbright IIE Award for Poland, and an American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Research Fellowship for East European Studies. Melissa's project is tentatively entitled "Child Health and Welfare in Poland, 1914-1950." Melissa is in Warsaw on a Fulbright during academic year 2012-13, where she is working in the state archives, various libraries, and the Jewish Historical Institute collection. The dissertation focuses on Poland in the aftermath of the First World War, looking at the way the new state constructed networks of care to manage the needs of its population of vulnerable children (including child refugees and war orphans). It encompasses both Jewish and Polish-Catholic populations, international as well as local assistance, and both state welfare and private philanthropic aid to demonstrate how Polish society envisioned the future of its children and who should have responsibility for shaping that future.

Jenna Nigro has received the Dean's Scholar Award, a dissertation completion fellowship from the UIC Graduate College. Her dissertation, "Cultivating Subjects: Agricultural, Scientific, and Moral Experiments and the Making of French Senegal, 1817-1870," examines French agricultural schemes, missionary projects, and varied economic and political strategies in Senegal to show how experimentation with different colonial models shaped the development of the colony.

Peter Strickland has been awarded the Deena Allen Memorial Fellowship, as well as the John B. and Theta Wolfe Fellowship for 2012-13 by the History Department.  These fellowships have allowed him to travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland to conduct research in the records of both individuals and key organizations critical to the development of Ulster unionism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Peter’s project, “Forging an Ulster Unionism: Empire, Gender, and Violence, 1893-1912,” examines the role of discourses on gender, empire and violence in shaping an Ulster-specific brand of unionism during these crucial formative years.