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CES awards travel grants for research

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The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) continues its long tradition of promoting and funding student research on Europe. Nearly 30 undergraduates will pursue thesis research and internships in Europe this summer, while 18 graduate students have been awarded support for their dissertations over the coming year.

Undergraduate senior thesis travel grants fund summer research in Europe for juniors in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences preparing senior theses on political, historical, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual trends in modern or contemporary Europe. A list of the recipients and research, follows:

Sophie Alexander, “Authority and Subversion in French Feminist Theory”; Christopher Altchek, “Les etrangers et les immigrés: The Transformation of Debate on Integration in France”; Sebastien Arnold, “Investigating the Role French and British Leaders Played in Changing Cold War Dynamics, 1981-85”; Michelle Cho, “Women, War and Peace in the Political Writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau”; Eleanor Conover, “The Slave Ship: Voices of Atlantic Crossings in British Abolitionism”; Martin Eiermann, “German Colonial Violence, and the Linkages Between Colony and Metropolis”; Lauren Fulton, “Civil Society and the Social Integration of Immigrants in the UK”; Madeline Haas, “British 19th Century Public School Service Ethic”; Daniela Joffe, “Proto-Existentialism and the Absurd in the Work and Thought of Marcel Proust”; Eugene Kim, “A Deafening Silence: British and American Reactions to the Warsaw Uprising, August-October 1944”; Linda Liu, “19th Century Proto-Zionism and Racialism in George Eliot’s Conception Of Cultural Difference”; Elsa Paparemborde, “Comparative Analysis of the Western Newspaper Coverage of the Suez and Iraq Wars (1956-2003)”; Anna Shabalov, “A Study of Historical Memory in Soviet and Post-Soviet Latvia”; Noah Silver, “Commissaries of Justice: Mixed Commission Courts and British Suppression of the Atlantic Slave Trade”; Erika Tschinkel, “Hans Kelsen on the Punishment of War Criminals During WWII and the Surrounding Debate”; and Charles Wells, “Socialist-Speak: The Ethnic Minority Response to Party Socialist Rhetoric.”

CES is sponsoring the following undergraduates to take part in summer internship opportunities. Alumni at the Harvard Club of the United Kingdom have worked with CES to provide opportunities in business, philanthropy, political analysis, marketing, media/publishing, research, and consulting. In France, students gain international legal experience; in Poland and Bugaria, students have the chance to teach through the WorldTeach summer program; and in the Czech Republic students learn about online publishing.

Elizabeth Brook ’10, Value Retail, Bicester, England; Hayley Margio ’10, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London; Betsy Mead ’10, Transitions Online, Prague, Czech Republic; Rares Pamfil ’10, Arcadia, London; Jonathan Tam ’10, King’s College, Cambridge, England; Max Wong ’10, Pell Frischmann, London; Linnea Sundberg ’09, Corrour Estate, Scotland; Wesley Hopkin ’11, Labour MP Ed Miliband, London; Jeffrey Overall ’11, Liberal Democrat MP David Howarth, London; Cory Kind ’12, WorldTeach, Bulgaria; Peter Hedman ’10, WorldTeach Bulgaria, Bulgaria; Inna Ryzhik ’12, WorldTeach, Poland; and Lukasz Zbylut ’12, WorldTeach, Poland


Graduate summer travel grants fund summer research in Europe for doctoral students writing dissertations on political, historical, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual trends in modern or contemporary Europe. The recipients are as follows: Vessela Hristova, “Fieldwork in Belgium, Austria and Italy for a Dissertation Chapter on Accommodation of National Diversity in EU Biotech Regulation”

Philipp Lehmann, “A History of the German Encounter with Real and Imagined Deserts from Frederican Prussia to the Last Years of the Third Reich”

Erik Linstrum, “Conquest of the Mind: The Psychology of the British Empire, 1989-1963”

Peter McMurray, “Multicultural Sustain and Decay: The Persistence of Traditional Music and Performance Poetry in Macedonia and Kosovo”

Ruxandra Paul, “The Wandering European or The De Facto Birth of the EU Citizen — New Migration Trends within the Boundaries of the Enlarged EU”

Stephen Walsh, “Uncertain Peripheries: The Austrian Army in Galicia”

Rachel Wellhausen, “When Governments Break Contracts: Effects of Expropriation and Default on Ukraine’s Economic Reputation”

Graduate dissertation research fellowships fund graduate students who plan to spend up to a year in Europe conducting dissertation research. The recipients are as follows:

Frédérique Baumgartner, “Robert and the Transformation of the Cultural Experience during the French Revolution”

Lara Belkind, “Design as Politics: Visions for Les Halles and Conflicting Discourses of Populism and Exclusion”

Erica Dobbs, “Unity Through Unions? Organizing Citizenship in New Immigration States”

Heidi Evans, “The Production of News: Germany and the Global News Cartel, 1900-1931”

Philip Fileri, “French Political Thought and European Integration, 1975-1992”;

Julie Kleinman, “Parisian Crossroads: Remaking Social and Political Life at the Gare du Nord”

Ward Penfold, “Transatlantic Private Law: Sociological Jurisprudence in France and the United States, 1871-1957”

Sabrina Peric, “Silver Bosnia: Precious Metals and Society in the Western Balkans”

Andrew Spadafora, “Fact and Value: Advocates of Objectivity in Central European Social Science and Public Law, 1890-1914”

Tristan Stein, “The Mediterranean and the English Empire of Trade, 1660-1740”

Graduate Dissertation Writing Fellowships are intended to support doctoral candidates as they complete their dissertations. The award allows students to spend a final year dedicated to writing.

Davide Cantoni, “Essays of Natural Experiments in Economics History”

Alex Csiszar, “Centralizing the Scientific Machine: Classification and the Catalogue of the Sciences at the Turn of the Twentieth Century” (award declined for Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Early Career Fellowship)

The following students who were also selected to receive this grant but were subsequently awarded Whiting Fellowships in the Humanities:

Kristin Poling, “The Inner Frontier: Opening Germany’s Urban Borders, 1750-1900”

Brendan Karch, “Nationalism on the Margins: Upper Silesians between Germany and Poland, 1866-1960”