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Doctoral Candidate Edward Shore Wins Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Fri, June 2, 2017
Doctoral Candidate Edward Shore Wins Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Ph.D. Student Edward Shore, in Lisbon

Story by Rebecca Adeline Johnston, Ph.D Student, UT History Dept.

History doctoral student Edward Shore has been awarded a 2017 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

This prestigious award, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is intended to allow advanced doctoral students to spend a year focused on finishing their dissertations. Edward was one of only 65 chosen from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants who will get to take advantage of the $30,000 stipend and $8,000 in travel research funding that comes with the award.

“The fellows are completing their degrees at 36 different US universities, and their work represents the broad range of disciplines that this program supports, including literature, philosophy, media studies, ethnic studies, linguistics, sociology, and archaeology,” said an ACLS press release. “Most fellows will spend the 2017-18 academic year at their computer screens as they distill insights from research that has taken them to Iran, Iceland, Azerbaijan, Peru, and northwestern Australia, and from ancient Pompeii to medieval Granada, nineteenth-century Africa, and present-day San Francisco.”

For his part, Edward will be working on his dissertation, “Avengers of Zumbi: The Nature of Fugitive Slave Communities and their Descendants in Brazil,” which examines that population’s ongoing struggle for subsistence rights and access to natural resources in the Atlantic Rainforest of São Paulo. You can hear more about the project from Edward himself thanks to his “3 Minute Thesis” video.

Eddie currently serves as Public History Editor for Not Even Past, the department’s public history venue. He has written extensively for the site, including a series of articles about becoming historians called the Public Historian, several book reviews (even a record review), and a collection of essays:

Read Eddie’s blog, Jorge Washington: Current Affairs & Pop Culture in the Americas, and follow his work on twitter @EdwardFShore.

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