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Recent Student Awards

We commend these Sociocultural Wing graduate students for their recent academic achievements.

Degree Accomplishments

Ph.D. Completion

YearStudent NameAdvisor(s)Dissertation Title
2019 Maya Costa-Pinto Srinivas, S. The City in Flux: Navigating Urbanism(s) through Waterways in Goa, India
2019 Christian Doll Smith, J. H.  The Post-State State: Sovereignity, Futurity and Urban Life in Independent South Sudan
2019 Laura Meek Smith, J. H. & Giordano, C. Pharmaceuticals in Divergence: Embodied Experiments and World-Making Tastes in Tanzania
2019 Jane Saffitz Smith, J. H.  Lightness and Visibility: Violence, the Unseen and Albinism Rights in Tanzania
2018 Meghan Donnelly de la Cadena, M. & Dumit, J. Practices of Perserverance: Violence, Impossible Information, and Critical Journalism in Mexico
2018 Adam Liebman Zhang, L. Turning Trash into Treasure: Shadow Economies and Toxic Ecologies in Kunming, China

Advancement to Doctoral Candidacy

YearStudent NameAdvisor(s)
2019 Benjamin Bean Klima, A. M. 
2019 Adam Kersch de la Cadena, M. & Giordano, C.
2019 Eveleen Sidana Srinivas, S.
2019 Mercedes Villalba Choy, T.
2019 Nathan Lane Sawyer, S.
2019 Alexander Robins Donham, D. & Smith, J. H.

External Fellowship, Grants, and Awards

2019

YearStudent NameAdvisor(s)Fellowship/Grant/Award

2019

Taylor Bell

Giordano, C.

NSF - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG)

2019

Justin Malachowski

Joseph, S.

US Embassy Tunis Cultural Affairs Office – Project: SEE DJERBA: Media Arts Project

2019

Justin Malachowski

Joseph, S.

European Mediterranean Foundation for Human Rights – Project: EL Warcha: Collaborative Design Studio

2019

Justin Malachowski Joseph, S.

Blum Center Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Development (PASS) Research Grant

2018

YearStudent NameAdvisor(s)Fellowship/Grant/Award

2018

Justin Haruyama

Smith, J. H.

Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

2018

Meichun Lee

Zhang, L.

Dissertation Fellowships for ROC Students Abroad, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation

2018

Justin Malachowski

Joseph, S.

Countering Violent Extremism Fund – Project: El Warcha: Collaborative Design Studio

2018

Justin Malachowski

Joseph, S.

US Embassy Tunis Cultural Affairs Office  - Project: INTERFERENCE: International Light Art Project

2018

Justin Malachowski

Joseph, S.

UNESCO Networks of Mediterranean Youth Grant – Project: INTERFERENCE: International Light Art Project

2018

Sofia Rivera

de la Cadena, M.

Miguel Velez Fellowship

2018

Muneeza Rizvi

Joseph, S.

Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC)

Department and Campus Awards

Crook Research Award

YearStudent NameAdvisor(s)
2018 Morganne Blais-McPherson Giordano, C.
2018 Kristi Onzik Sawyer, S.

Kautz Family Award

YearStudent NameAdvisor(s)
2019 Ayanda Manqoyi Donham, D. L. & Smith, J. H.
2019 Yuting Yin Zhang, L. & de la Cadena, M.

Sociocultural Wing Summer Fellowship

YearStudent NameAdvisor(s)
2019 Onur Arslan de la Cadena, M.
2019 Morganne Blais-McPherson Giordano, C.
2019 Thiago de Oliveira Braga Zhang, L.
2019 Rebecca Jones Choy, T. K.
2019 Ayanda Manqoyi Donham, D. L. & Smith, J. H.
2019 Ivan Montenegro Perini de la Cadena, M.
2019 Yuting Yin Zhang, L. & de la Cadena, M.

UC Davis Provost's Dissertation Year Fellowship

YearStudent NameAdvisor(s)
2018 Meichun Lee Zhang, L.

UC Davis Graduate Studies Travel Award

YearStudent NameAdvisor(s)
2019 Sofia Rivera de la Cadena, M.

UC Davis Other Campus Awards

YearStudent NameAdvisor(s)Fellowship/Grant/Award
2019 Ivan Montenegro Perini de la Cadena, M. Racial Capitalism Grant (Mellon Research Initiative)
2019 Onur Arslan de la Cadena, M. Suad Joseph Graduate Student Research Award for Middle East and/or South Asia Studies
2019 Tory Brykalski Joseph, S. Feminist Research Institute (FRI) Graduate Collaboratory Fellowship
2019 Ayanda Manqoyi Donham, D. L. & Smith, J. H. Racial Capitalism Grant (Mellon Research Initiative)
2019 Anne O'Connor de la Cadena, M. & Biagioli, M. Graduate Fellowship: Cornell Summer School of Criticism and Theory
2019 Eveleen Sidana Srinivas, S. Indian Ocean Worlds Grant (Mellon Research Initiative)
2019 Mercedes Villalba Choy, T. HATCH Summer Research Grant
2018 Rebecca Jones Choy, T. K. 2018-19 DHI Reading & Writing Group Award

Publications

  • Badiey, N. & Doll, C. (2018). Planning amidst precarity: utopian imaginings in South Sudan, Journal of Eastern African Studies, 12:2, 367-385, DOI: 10.1080/17531055.2018.1408305
  • Uccelli, F. & Garcia-Llorens, M. (2018). “Tránsitos en zapatillas de marca: Jóvenes limeños en contextos de crecimiento económico” [Journeys in brand-name sneakers: young limeños and economic growth] Bolivian Research Review,13:1, 117-132. 
  • Villalba, M. (2019). Fervent Manifesto. https://nolibros.org/fervent-manifesto

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