Stanford doctoral candidates named Mellon/ACLS Fellows, receive financial support for dissertations

Stanford PhD students LELIA GLASS and VLADIMIR HAMED-TROYANSKY were named 2017 Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Dissertation Completion Fellows.

Glass and Hamed-Troyansky were among 65 fellows selected from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants. Fellows are awarded a $30,000 stipend and up to $8,000 in research funds and university fees. The financial support is designed to assist fellows in their final year of dissertation writing.

Lelia Glass
Lelia Glass

Glass, who is pursuing a PhD in linguistics, is researching how we understand sentences describing the actions of multiple individuals.

For example, in the sentence “Alice and Bob smiled,” we infer that “Alice smiled” and that “Bob smiled.” Conversely, in the sentence, “Alice and Bob lifted the table,” it’s unclear if they each lifted the table individually or worked together to lift it.

Glass’ dissertation asks: How should we represent the meanings of these different sentences?  Moreover, what is the difference between “smile” and “lift the table” that causes these sentences to be understood in these different ways?

Glass earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in linguistics from the University of Chicago and Stanford, respectively.

Hamed-Troyansky, a PhD candidate in modern Middle Eastern history, examines refugee migration and resettlement in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea regions prior to World War I. His dissertation focuses on Muslim refugees from Russia’s North Caucasus region who resettled throughout the Ottoman Empire, from Kosovo and Anatolia to Syria and Iraq.

Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky
Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky

By investigating the political economy of refugee resettlement and refugees’ social and cultural networks, Hamed-Troyansky explores the impact of late Ottoman refugee resettlement on the making of the modern Middle East.

Hamed-Troyansky has conducted archival research across the Middle East and Eastern Europe, including in Turkey, Jordan, Bulgaria and Russia. He earned his undergraduate degree in Arabic and international relations from the University of St. Andrews and his master’s degree in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

The American Council of Learned Societies, a private, nonprofit federation of 74 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. In 2017, ACLS will award more than $20 million to more than 300 scholars across a variety of humanistic disciplines.