Harvard doctoral candidates Daniel Fried and Curie Virag have been named winners of the 2002 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship competition by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Fried and Virag join 31 doctoral candidates from 17 universities nationwide to receive the award, which supports original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. Newcombe Fellows will receive $16,500 each to support 12 months of full-time dissertation research and writing.
Fields of study for the 2002 fellows range from art history to political science. Their topics include both traditional areas of inquiry (medieval hagiography, aesthetics, ethics) and more contemporary issues (human rights, capital punishment, evolution of 20th century gender equity).
Fried, a comparative literature concentrator, won for his dissertation, “The Social Location of Allegoresis.” Virag, who studies East Asian languages and civilizations, won for “That Which Encompasses the Myriad Cares: Subjectivity, Epistemology, and the Ethics of Emotion in Medieval China.”