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July 14, 2004

UI Graduate College Awards Dissertation Fellowships

The University of Iowa Graduate College has awarded 17 fellowships to select students in their final year of graduate studies. The Ada Louisa Ballard and Seashore Dissertation-Year Fellowships were established to help doctoral students in the humanities complete the writing of their dissertations. Each carries a stipend of $1,500 per month plus tuition and is awarded for up to 12 months.

Doctoral students must be nominated for this award by their department. To be eligible for nomination, students must have completed all doctoral degree requirements except the dissertation, and be in the final phase of writing the dissertation.

Funds for the Ballard Fellowship were bequeathed by the late Professor Clarence E. Cousins in honor of his mother. Cousins was for many years a member of the Department of French and Italian. Seashore Fellowships were initiated by Leslie Sims, former dean of the Graduate College, and approved by the Graduate Council as part of the Graduate College Strategic Plan.

For summaries of these students' dissertation topics, visit the Graduate College website at More information about UI Graduate College Fellowships is available online

Fellowship winners and their dissertation titles are listed alphabetically according to discipline:

Art and Art History
--Kathryn Floyd, "Documenta (1955-2002): The History of a German Exhibition"

American Studies
--Sharon Romeo, "The Politics of Unlawful Sex: Reconstructing Women's Citizenship Status in the Era of Slave Emancipation, St. Louis, 1861-1876"

--Gudrun Willett, "Acceptable Migrants? Former Soviets on the Streets of Amsterdam"

--Lara Aho, "The Praise of Kings and Poetic Authority in Theocritus' Idylls"

Communication Studies
--Rachel Whidden, "Making the Improbable Probable: A Rhetorical Reconciliation"

--Mark Bruce, "Sovereign Amnesias: Literature, Nationalism, and the Shadow of Scotland in Fourteenth-Century Britain"
--Anthony Enns, "Communicating with the Dead in the Electric Age: Mediations of Perception, Embodiment, and Consciousness from Mesmerism to Cybernetics"
--Marty Gould, "Role Britannia: Theatricality and Empire in the Victorian Period"
--Amy Spellacy, "Neighbors North and South: Reading the Inter-American Discourse of the Good Neighbor Policy, 1928-1948"

--Ned Bertz, "Race, Nationalism, and the Indian Diaspora of Tanzania in the Twentieth-Century History of the Indian Ocean World"
--Catherine Denial, "'A proper light before the country:' The Shifting Politics of Gender and Kinship among the Ojibwe, Dakota, and non-Native communities of the Upper Midwest, 1825-1845"
-- Nathan Godley, "'Almost-Finished Frenchmen:' The Jews of Algeria and the Question of French National Identity"
--Rebecca Pulju, "The Woman's Paradise: Gender and Consumer Culture in France, 1945-1968"

Interdisciplinary Studies--French
--Sophie Watt, "The 1937 Madagascar Plan and the Construction of Minority Identities in late Third Republic France"

--Kathryn Fenton, "Frontiers, Boarders, Boundaries: Cross-Cultural Encounters in the New York City Musical Press's Reception of Giacomo Puccini's La fanciulla del West"

Second Language Acquisition
--Idoia Elola, "The Complexity of Revision in the Foreign Language Classroom and the Creation of a Foreign Language Revision Model"

--Kathleen Costello, "The Role of Popular Music in Literature: Gender, Race and Sexuality in Contemporary Caribbean Literature"

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