Four Stanford PhD students receive ACLS fellowships

From left, Dean Mohammed Chahim, Roy C. Lee, Caroline Culp and Alastair Su. (Image credit: Andrew Brodhead)

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has awarded 2020 fellowships to four Stanford students who are completing doctoral degrees in anthropology, art/art history, history and philosophy.

Now in its fourteenth year, the ACLS fellowship program supports promising doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences with one year of funding to support completion of a project forming the foundation of their scholarly careers. This year, 64 graduate students will be awarded up to $43,000 for their final year of dissertation research and writing. Fellows will also participate in a faculty-led job market seminar to further prepare them for postgraduate careers both within and outside of academia.

The recipients of the 2020 ACLS fellowships are:

Dean Mohammed Chahim of Seattle, Washington: Chahim’s dissertation is Draining the Infinite Metropolis: Engineering and the Banality of Disaster in Mexico City. It investigates Mexico City’s routine flooding, its massive drainage system and how engineers make it possible to imagine endless urban growth amid finite and increasingly strained environments.

Caroline Culp of Norman, Oklahoma: Culp’s research focuses on the art and material culture of Colonial and Early National America, interests culminating with her research on the 18th-century portraitist John Singleton Copley (1738-1815). Her dissertation, The Memory of Copley: Afterlives of the American Portrait, 1765-1925, traces the reception and impact of Copley’s hyper-realistic portraits from the birth of the United States to the decades following World War I.

Roy Lee of San Francisco, California: Lee’s dissertation, The Ethical Theory of Aristotle’s Eudemian Ethics, examines Aristotle’s ethical treatise, Eudemian Ethics, which is often dismissed as inferior to his more famous treatise, Nicomachean Ethics.

Alastair Su of Singapore: Su’s dissertation is Capitalism and Opium: The Transpacific Drug Economy, 1804-1881. It explores the trading of opium as an addictive commodity and global capital between China and the United States, which contributed to a flourishing transpacific economy.

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