Brown-Kruse Fellows

Three stipends of $3,000 each are awarded annually to support graduate student research in the humanities. This year, two partial stipends of $1,500 each were also awarded. Nominees are put forward by departments and must have reached the stage in their respective programs where they are expected to be undertaking research toward the completion of a thesis or dissertation. A call for Brown-Kruse Fellowship applications will be available in the spring of 2014.

These grants are made possible by the generous gift of Maggie and Corey Brown ’92 and of Gayle and Layne Kruse ’73, members of the Glasscock Center Development Council.

Academic Year 2013-2014

Staci Willis, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology, will be working on a dissertation investigating the development and preservation of the tradition of sewn boats in the North Adriatic during the Roman Empire. Several sewn boats have been discovered in the river systems and along the coastal zone of the northern Adriatic Sea; these represent a distinct form of craftsmanship within the Roman Empire. She will examine excavation reports and photographs, excavated boat remains, epigraphic sources, contemporary texts, and modern ethnographies of various crafts in order to contextualize Adriatic sewn boats within the broader social background of the Roman Empire. Her goal is to forge a link between the physical boat remains and the cultural identity of the boat builders while answering the question of why this particular local tradition was preserved in a relatively small geographic region over an extended period of time.

Fiona C. Wilmot, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography, will be working on a dissertation entitled “Making Mangroves: Ecologies of Mangrove Restoration for Climate-Change Mitigation in El Salvador, 2010-2013.” She will use interpretive methods such as discourse analysis of archival documents and coded and transcribed interviews to examine the question of how being a ‘rescatista’ (peasant mangrove restorer) for climate change mitigation produces new meanings about nature and place. She will also analyze the governance of ecosystem restoration for climate-change mitigation, the material circumstances of the ‘rescatistas,’ and the question of whether “carbon colonialism,” or the use of developing countries as sites of carbon-fixing, describes the practices in El Salvador. One of her goals is to explore the repercussions of the ‘rescatista’ restoration experience for other places where carbon-fixing demands labor.

Marshall A. Yokell, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History, will be working on a dissertation that studies the members of the Imperial German diplomatic corps in South America and investigates their impact in this sphere of diplomatic activity. He will examine the early stages of German globalization, especially the nation’s attempt to extend its influence by developing the infrastructure of its colonies in areas such as South America. In his efforts to explore the themes of race, trans-nationalism, globalization, and how the European states viewed and depicted “developing nations,” he will study correspondences both between German diplomats and the German Foreign Office and between the diplomats and their networks with military officials, businessmen, religious and educational leaders, and the Germans who lived in South America.

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