June 09, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News

Jenny Corke

50 Scholars Honored with Yearlong Fellowships

Cambridge, Mass.—Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study has announced the names of 37 women and 13 men selected to be 2006–2007 Radcliffe fellows. At Radcliffe, the fellows—among them 16 humanists, 14 scientists, 10 creative artists and 10 social scientists, working on projects ranging from a study of integrated intelligence in robotics to a biography of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s sister—will work individually and across disciplines on projects chosen for both quality and long-term impact.
“We are delighted to welcome these distinguished scholars and artists to Radcliffe. We look forward to watching their work evolve and change in the course of this fellowship year,” said Drew Gilpin Faust, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Lincoln Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard.
Now in its sixth year, the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a highly competitive program that has provided yearlong residencies to more than 300 award-winning writers, artists, scientists and other scholars. Past fellows include Pulitzer Prize–winning writers Geraldine Brooks and Caroline Elkins; geophysicist and planetary scientist Maria Zuber; historian Darlene Clark Hine; anthropologist husband-and-wife team Jean and John L. Comaroff; and philosopher Sari Nusseibeh. Selected from a pool of more than 700 applicants, the 2006–2007 fellows are a diverse group of distinguished scholars from eight countries and 28 universities. Nine are current Harvard University faculty and scholars.

Creative Arts Fellows
Selected artists include Shimon Attie, who will create a large-scale installation for the Nobel Peace Prize Center in Oslo, Norway, that gives magical and enchanted visual form to the story and tale of the Oslo Peace Accords. Allegra Goodman, who recently published her fifth book, Intuition (Dial Press, 2006), will work on a collection of short stories set during the dot.com era and a novel titled The Cookbook Collection, about a woman who collects cookbooks but does not cook.

Humanities Fellows
For the first time, Radcliffe will welcome a cluster of scholars in the humanities. Radcliffe’s thematic clusters are groups of fellows who work both individually and collectively in their fields. Past clusters have studied cosmology and theoretical astrophysics, randomness and computation, and immigration. This year, four historians—John Demos from Yale University; Jane Kamensky from Brandeis University; Suzanne Lebsock from Rutgers University; and William S. McFeely from the University of Georgia—will explore the promise and perils of biography as a mode for understanding the past.

Science Fellows
Selected scientists include Megan Núñez, a junior faculty member at Mount Holyoke College whose interdisciplinary research—combining ideas from organic chemistry, biochemistry and physical chemistry—focuses on DNA repair. Cassandra Fraser, a professor of chemistry at the University of Virginia, will pursue a project that aims at developing biomaterials with important diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Stuart Shieber, the James O. Welch, Jr. and Virginia B. Welch Professor of Computer Science at Harvard, will investigate properties of grammar formalisms used in natural-language processing.

Social Sciences Fellows
Among the selected social scientists is Nancy Scheper-Hughes, a professor of anthropology at the University of California Berkeley, who will continue work on her book manuscript, “The Ends of the Body: Global (In)Justice and the Traffic in Human Organs.” John Diamond, a professor of sociology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will use survey and interview data to examine structural, institutional and cultural factors that shape students’ achievement in affluent suburbs.

In addition to this year’s class of 50 fellows, there will be one professor in residence and three graduate fellows. The professor in residence, Carolyn Abbate, holds the Radcliffe Alumnae Professorship and is a professor of music at Harvard and one of the world’s foremost musicologists. The three graduate fellows are part of a new program, the Radcliffe Dissertation Completion Fellowship, available to students at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. They include Cybelle Fox, who will work on her dissertation in social policy, “Race, Immigration and the Politics of Welfare in American Society, 1900–1950”; Katarina Mucha Sussner, who will work on her dissertation in biological anthropology, “The Influence of Acculturation on Early Childhood Feeding, Nutritional Status and Obesity: A Study of Latino Immigrant Mothers and Children”; and Therese Leung, who will work on her dissertation in sociology, “The Motherhood Wage Penalty Revisited.”
Unique among the nation’s centers for advanced studies, the Radcliffe Institute hosts academic researchers, as well as artists, musicians, fiction writers and professionals. Applicants are evaluated at two levels of review. In the first level, two leaders in each applicant’s field evaluate and rank the applicant. The top applicants are then submitted to a fellowship committee, which selects the fellowship class. The 2007–2008 fellowship applications for creative artists, humanists, and social scientists are due Oct. 2, 2006; applications for natural scientists and mathematicians are due Dec. 4, 2006 (postmarked for materials sent by mail).
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions and creative arts. Within this broad purpose, the Institute sustains a continuing commitment to the study of women, gender and society. For more information about the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program, please call 617-495-8212 or visit www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/fellowships/.

2006–2007 Radcliffe Institute Fellows

Professor in Residence

Carolyn Abbate
Radcliffe Alumnae Professor
Harvard University
Overlooking the Ephemeral


Abeer Alwan
Lillian Gollay Knafel Fellow
University of California at Los Angeles
Electrical Engineering
Speech Perception in Noise: Models and Applications

Shimon Attie
Mildred Londa Weisman Fellow
Independent Artist
Visual Arts
A Tale of Nobel Dreams

C. Edwin Baker
University of Pennsylvania
The Possibility of and Foundations of Legitimate Law

Elizabeth Bradley
Edward, Frances, and Shirley B. Daniels Fellow
University of Colorado
Computer Science
Computers, Chaos, and Choreography

Julie Buckler
Evelyn Green Davis Fellow
Harvard University
Cultural Studies
Russian Imperial Masterworks and Their Post-Histories

Giovanni Capoccia
Rita E. Hauser Fellow
Oxford University
Political Science
Militant Democrats: Political Repression in Western Europe

Bruce Carruthers
Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow
Northwestern University
Credit and Credibility: The Evolution of Economic Trust

Pierrette Cassou-Noguès*
Institut de Mathématiques de Bordeaux, Université Bordeaux 1
Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
Newton Trees and Algebraic Curves

Ganmaa Davaasambuu
Harvard School of Public Health
Medical Sciences
Milk, Dairy Intake, and Risk of Endometrial Cancer: A Twenty-Two-Year Follow-Up

John Demos**
Yale University
The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic

John B. Diamond
Harvard University
At the Crossroads of Success and Struggle

Frank Dobbin
Harvard University
Equal Opportunity in Practice: What Works?

Brigid Doherty
David and Roberta Logie Fellow
Princeton University
Art History
Homesickness for Things

Marwa El Shakry
The Joy Foundation Fellow
Harvard University
Darwinian Conversions: Science, Religion, and Politics in Egypt and Greater Syria

Wendy Espeland
Northwestern University
Commensurate Worlds: How We Do Things with Numbers

Maria Evangelatou
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
Art History
Weaving Christ’s Body: Clothing, Femininity, and Sexuality in the Marian Imagery of Byzantium

Cassandra Fraser
University of Virginia
Designing Matter

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
Frieda L. Miller Fellowship
Trinity College
Disenchantment of the World: A Novel

Allegra Goodman
Independent Writer
The Cookbook Collector: A Work in Progress

Alma Guillermoprieto
Rita E. and Gustav M. Hauser Fund Fellow
Independent Writer
Many Mexicos, a Lot of Songs: How Culture Grows

Major Jackson
University of Vermont
Urban Renewal

Nozima Kamalova
Legal Aid Society of Uzbekistan
Human Rights Law
The War on Terror and Its Implication to Civil Rights in Uzbekistan

Jane Kamensky**
Emeline Bigelow Conland Fellow
Brandeis University
A Tale of Seven Cities: The Life and Times of Gilbert Stuart

Ranjana Khanna
Duke University
Literature and Women’s Studies
Asylum: The Concept and the Practice

Emilio Kourí
Burkhardt Fellow
University of Chicago
The “Indian Community” in Mexican Social Thought

Michèle Lamont
Matina S. Horner Distinguished Visiting Professor
Harvard University
Cream Rising: Finding Excellence in the Social Studies and the Humanities

Suzanne Lebsock**
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellow
Rutgers University
The Summer of ’44: Farming for Freedom

Megan Marshall
American Fellow
Independent Writer
Ebe: The Untold Story of Hawthorne’s Forgotten Sister

William S. McFeely**
Constance E. Smith Fellow
University of Georgia (Emeritus)
Life History: Biography and Its Borders

Anita Mehta
SN Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Calcutta
The World in a Grain of Sand

Peggy J. Miller
Helen Putnam Fellow
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Cultivating Children’s Self-Esteem: Discourse and Practices of Self-Enhancement

David P. Mindell
University of Michigan
Life Sciences
The Microevolution-Macroevolution Continuum Book Project

Meenakshi Narain***
Jeanne Rosselet Fellow
Boston University
Development of Techniques to Identify the Signatures of Little Higgs Models at the Large Hadron Collider with the ATLAS Detector

Megan Núñez
Helen Putnam Fellow
Mount Holyoke College
Chemical Biology
Needle in a Haystack: Removing Base Lesions from DNA

Tayhas Palmore
Grass Fellow
Brown University
Engineering and Medical Science
At the Bioelectronic Interface: Creating Smart, Adaptable, Microelectronic Circuitry

Leah Price
Walter Jackson Bate Fellow
Harvard University
The Stenographic Imagination: Literature and the Office in Britain, 1837–1937

Nancy Scheper-Hughes
Vera N. Schuyler Institute Fellow
University of California at Berkeley
The Ends of the Body: Global (in) Justice and the Traffic in Human Organs

Anna Schuleit
David and Roberta Logie Fellow
Independent Artist
Visual Arts

Stuart Shieber
Benjamin White Whitney Scholar
Harvard University
Computer Science
A Unified View of String and Tree Relations

Marjorie J. Spruill
Hrdy Fellow
University of South Carolina
Women’s Rights and Family Values: Gender and America’s Right Turn

Christine Stansell
Mary I. Bunting Institute Fellow
Princeton University
A Political History of American Feminism, 1776–2002

Antónia Szabari
Bunting Fellow
University of Southern California
Less Rightly Said: The Literature of Insult in the French Reformation

Maria Tatar
Marion Cabot Putnam Fellow
Harvard University
Reading for Life: Children’s Stories and Their Transformative Power

Francesca Trivellato
Bunting Fellow
Yale University
Images and Practices of Cosmopolitanism in European Commercial Society 1500–1800

Katherine Vaz
Harvard University
Below the Salt

Manuela Veloso
Sargent-Faull Fellow
Carnegie Mellon University
Computer Science
Integrated Intelligence: Robots, Teams of Robots, and Beyond

Marie-France Vigneras***
Université de Paris 7, Denis Diderot
The p-adic and mod p Local Langlands Correspondence

Clea T. Waite
Radcliffe-Harvard Film Study Center Fellow
Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen Konrad Wolf
Film/Video Making

Amy Waldman
New York Times
British Islam

Anthony Zee
Augustus Anson Whitney Scholar
University of California at Santa Barbara
Gravity, Neutrino, and Writing

*Spring only
**Humanities cluster
***Fall only