Seven PhD students in History will travel to eight countries for dissertation research, thanks to fellowships from the Fulbright US Student Program. History garnered the most grants, 37 percent, made to the University of Chicago in 2016–17. The Fulbrighters' interests ranges from ancient Greece to China:
- Jamal Abed-Rabbo says, "I'll be visiting archives around Madrid, especially El Escorial, examining Islamic legal rulings and treatises from the kingdom of Granada at the end of Muslim Spain." His dissertation is titled "Jurists and the Problem of Christian Hegemony in Late Naṣrid Granada."
- Roy Kimmey III will spend his Fulbright year in Hungary doing pre-dissertation research. His wide-ranging interests include nationalism, religion, and music.
- Daniel Knorr writes: "To research my dissertation about the relationship between government institutions and local identity and social organizations in Jinan, Shandong province, during the Ding Dynasty (1644–1912), I will spend seven months in Jinan conducting research at local archives and libraries while based at Shandong University and three months in Beijing, where I will use materials held at the First Historical Archives and the National Library."
- Deirdre Lyons says "my dissertation examines family life and citizenship after the 1848 abolition of slavery in the French Antilles. I will be working in archives in Aix-en-Provence, Paris, Martinique, and Guadeloupe. I also plan to attend doctoral seminars at the Université de Paris 1."
- Eric Phillips will travel to Austria for archival research on his dissertation: "Economy, Nation, and State in the Habsburg Monarchy and Its Successor States, 1900–1938."
- Emily Rap will travel to Paris for "research for my dissertation on the role of the legal system as a mechanism of reform in France prior to the 1789 Revolution. Working in the French National Archives and regional archives, I will analyze legal disputes between peasants and their lords at the end of the eighteenth century in order to gain insight into popular uses of the law to challenge the seigneurial system of the Old Regime."
- Joshua Vera studies change in Athenian religion and identity after the Roman conquest (146 BC). He will dig in two places for answers—the archives and archaeological sites: "I will scour the archives of the Agora excavations, conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and then I will examine the archaeological sites to map out a theoretical model of these changes on the ground."
Joanne M. Berens, MFA'93, jberens[at]uchicago.edu