Graduate Student Congratulations and Achievements

These are the achievements and accomplishments of our students in recent months. From funding for doctoral research to write-up grants, and from postdoctoral fellowships to publications, we celebrate these milestones in a time of enormous challenges.

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Aamer Ibraheem has been awarded the Paloheimo Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

Congratulations to PhD candidate Aamer Ibraheem who will join the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the 2024-2025 Paloheimo Foundation Predoctoral Fellow. This is a nine-month residential fellowship for scholars working in the humanities and social sciences, during which he will finish writing his doctoral dissertation, tentatively titled "Present Interruptus: Sovereignty's Reincarnation in the Golan Heights".

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Paulina Gomez awarded Office of the Provost Grant 

Anthropology doctoral student Paulina Gomez has been awarded a grant from the Office of the Provost for her project "Ordinary Indigeneities: Taíno Resurgence, Land Relations, and Embodied Sovereignties in Post-Disaster Puerto Rico"

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PhD student Jorge Alejandro Rodriguez Solorzano wins prestigious Fulbright Fellowship

Congratulations to PhD student Jorge Alejandro Rodriguez Solorzano on his acceptance into The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) fellowship program. This program is designed to provide opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies in areas of the world not generally included in U.S. curricula. 

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Congratulations Chazelle Rhoden

Graduate student Chazelle Rhoden has been awarded a Community-Driven Co-Production of Climate Knowledge Small Grant from The Center for Science and Society for her contribution to Ewe: A Digital Archive on Afro-Brazilian Forest-Based Ritual Praxes which she led alongside Reginaldo de Oliveira, Rafael Mota, and Lucas Cidreira (coordinators at the Ilé Axé Torrun Gunan temple)

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PhD student Amanda Althoff wins prestigious Smithsonian Fellowship

Congratulations to PhD student Amanda Althoff, who was awarded a pre-doctoral Smithsonian Institution Fellowship. The fellowships are made available to researchers intending to conduct independent research utilizing the resources of the Institution, and offers the opportunity to work alongside professional Smithsonian staff throughout the duration of their fellowship.

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Anna Simone Reumert publishes article in Cultural Anthropology, "Life is a Gamble"

Anna Simone Reumert, PhD Candidate and Teaching Scholar in the Department of Anthropology, was published in Vol.38, No.1 of Cultural Anthropology. Her article, "'Life is a Gamble': Labors of Mobility, Risk and Return between Sudan and Lebanon," 'foregrounds the returns of migration by following young migrant workers to Lebanon and back to subsistence farming communities in western Sudan during a time of revolution and economic crisis in both countries.' 

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Danielle Carr deposits her dissertation and takes up a new job at UCLA

Congratulations to Danielle Carr, who completed and deposited her dissertation, 'POLITICAL ANATOMIES OF THE CYBORG: liberal subjects and neural engineering,' while taking up a new job as Assistant Professor at the Institute for Genetics and Society at UCLA

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PhD Candidate Anna Kirstine Schirrer Wins Prestigious Roseberry-Nash Award

Congratulations to Anna Kirstine Schirrer, who received the Rosberry-Nash Prize for her paper: “Ancestral Lands, Ancestral Rights: International Jurisprudence and Collective Property in the Wake of the Plantation.” Awarded by the the Society of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, the prize honors an outstanding graduate paper within any field of Latin American and Caribbean anthropology. Anna will be honored this November at the American Anthropological Assocation's Annual Meeting in Seattle. 

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Brendane Tynes publishes a chapter in the edited volume, Researching Gender-Based Violence: Embodied and Intersectional Approaches (NYU Press, 2022).

Brendane Tynes has published a chapter entitled “‘Sometimes There Just Ain’t No Magic in This’: Black Women at the Nexus of Gender Violence and Erasure” in the edited volume, Researching Gender-Based Violence: Embodied and Intersectional Approaches (NYU Press, 2022).  Purchase the volume here.

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Alyssa James and Brendane Tynes interview published in The New Florida Journal of Anthropology.

Alyssa James & Brendane Tynes's interview entitled "Perspectives in Anthropology: Radical Authenticity and Self Care in Public Scholarship", has been published in The New Florida Journal of Anthropology.  Read the interview here.


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Congratulations to Alyssa James and Brendane Tynes

Congratulations to Alyssa James & Brendane Tynes on their Public Humanities Graduate Fellowships

The Public Humanities Graduate Fellowship is awarded by the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities, and provides funded opportunities for graduate students to explore a project in the context of public humanities. During the funding period, students attend bi-weekly workshops and public events, and organize a panel about their project in the end-of-year series Building Publics.

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Congratulations to Chloé Faux

Chloé Faux has been named a recipient of a Kluge Cusp Graduate Mentor Fellowship for 2022-23.

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Gustav Kalm and Zohar Elmakias receive write-up fellowships

Gustav Kalm received a write-up fellowship with the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle in Law and Anthropology, a yearlong fellowship from the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School, and a dissertation research grant from the National Science Foundation in Law and Science. Zohar Elmakias has been awarded a 2022 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

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5 Anthropology Students receive Wenner-Gren foundation fellowships to undertake field research

Congratulations to: Jenny Ni, Emily Hoffman, Alyssa James, Max Grear and Aamer Ibraheem. Emily Hoffman, Rishav Thakur, and Chazelle Rhoden are also the recipients of summer field research grants from the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life.

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Columbia Graduates receive prestigious postdoctoral fellowships

Stefan Tarnowski is the recipient of an Early-Career Research Fellowship at Corpus Christi College, at the University of Cambridge, for a term of 4 years. Omer Shah has received the Chau Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Anthropology at Pomona College. 

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Wenner-Gren recognizes Benjamin Liberatore and Stephanie Ratte

Benjamin Liberatore and Stephanie Ratte have received Wenner-Gren grants to pursue their doctoral field research. Well done!

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Stephanie Ratte and Fern Thompsett receive field research awards.

Both Stephanie Ratte and Fern have won fellowships for their field research from the National Science Foundation. Congratulations!

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Columbia PhD students, Alyssa James and Eduardo Romero Dianderas bring home major prizes from this year's AAA meetings.

Alyssa James won the Johnnetta B. Cole Award at the AAA meetings and Eduardo Romero Dianderas won the Roy A. Rappaport prize from the Environment and Anthropology Society.

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Danielle Carr published an essay in Psyche, Aeon's flagship journal.

The article, 'Brain scans look stunning, but what do they actually mean?' can be accessed here.

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Howie Taylor publishes essay on German reparations

Howie Rechavia Taylor publishes “The Herero and Nama Genocide, the Holocaust, and the Question of German Reparations“ with E-International Relations. Read the essay here

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Danielle Carr publishes a review essay in The Nation

Danielle Carr has published a review essay dedicated to Carl Zimmer's 'Planet of Viruses'. In her thoughtful account of science, the pretense at neutrality, and magical thinking, Carr's essay, 'A Virus without a World: The Politics of Science Writing,' warns us that "most stories about magical universes end with the people trying to escape them." Read the essay here.

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Omer Shah and Hadeel Assali win major postoctoral fellowships


Congratulations to Omer Shaw, who has been named an Early Career Fellow, in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia, and to Hadeel Assali who is a recipient of an ACLS postdoctoral fellowship, as part of the 'The Emerging Voices on Environmental Justice' at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Irem Az and Chloé Faux win awards from the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality

Congratulations to Irem Az, for being named a Graduate Fellow of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, for 2021-2022. And congratulations as well to Chloé Faux on her receipt of the 2021 Elaine Combs-Schilling Memorial Fellowship.

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Anna Kirstine Schirrer wins fellowship award from the American-Scandinavian Foundation for 2021-22

Congratulations to Anna Kirstine Schirrer, who is also a Career Development Fellow with the GSAS Compass office at Columbia University, for this award.

Dakota Straub wins Wenner-Grenner fellowship

Congratulations to Dakota Straub on the receipt of her Wenner-Gren for dissertation field research.


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Hala Habib and Alexander Maier honored with major fellowships

Congratulations to Hala Habib, who is the recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada doctoral dissertation fellowship, and to Alexander Maier, who adds an NSF fellowship to his other awards for field research this year.

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Jasmine Pisapia has received a 2021 postdoctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Jasmine's postdoc will have her assume a position with the new Sensory Ethnography program at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada.

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Wenner-Gren recognizes several Columbia anthropology students with field research grants for 2021

Congratulations to Shishir Bail, Alexander Maier, Akshay Ragupathy, Brendane Tynes and Joel van de Sande on their Wenner-Gren Fellowships.

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Danielle Carr and Marina Alamo Bryan have received Dissertation Write-up Grants

Danielle Carr has received a GSAS Lindt Dissertation Writing Fellowship, and Marina Alamo Bryan has received an ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Congratulations!

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Two Columbia doctoral students win SSRC IDRF awards

Congratulations to Alexander Maier and Aamer Ibraheem on their receipt of SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowships for field research!

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Alexandria Mitchem has received a Rust Family Foundation Grant

Alexander's grant supports research on 'Excavating the Roots of Bartram’s Botanical Gardens: Scientific Place in 19th Century America'. Congratulations!

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Alyssa James and Brendane Tynes have won a Racial Justice Mini-Grant

Alyssa A.L. James and Brendane Tynes have been awarded one of the inaugural 'Racial Justice Mini-grants' for their podcast, 'Zora's Daughters.' The grant program is funded through a partnership with the Office of University Life, the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life. For more on the award, click here. (Feb 2021)

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Irem Az published a new volume of poetry, 'Our Sheer Living' (in Turkish)

Irem Az's new volume of poetry, Our Sheer Living [Sade Yasadigimiz] has just been published in Turkish by Nod Publishing (Nod Yayınları). From the publisher: Our Sheer Living is a book of ethno-poems, accrued and layered over the process of E. Irem Az’s ethnographic research in the Soma coal basin, in Aegean Turkey. These poems constitute a rare example of and against their genre as they carry the sounds of miners, women, children, the youth, and the workless. (Feb 2021)