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Graduate Fellowship Winners

These fellowships are made possible by the generous support of the Marion and Frank Long family, the Jesse F. and Dora H. Bluestone family, and an anonymous donor. Click here to learn more about the Reppy Institute’s graduate fellowship program.

Radwa Saad

Recipient of Jesse F. and Dora H. Bluestone Peace Studies Fellowship

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Radwa Hesham Saad is a Ph.D. student in the Africana studies and research center department. She is interested in the role of the military in state-building processes as well as issues of peace and conflict in Africa. She holds an MSc in Security studies from King's College London.

Research Project
"What are we fighting for? Conscription, Resistance and Citizenship in Post-Colonial States"

My project explores how understandings of citizenship are contested, appropriated, or expanded through the dual acts of compliance and resistance to obligatory military service. Through a comparative study of contemporary conscription practices in Egypt and Morocco, I examine why colonial states still conscript in a world where interstate warfare is becoming largely obsolete and why citizens may comply in the absence of immediate political and material benefits. I ask: what type of convergences, political bargains and concessions emerge from the state’s demand for self-sacrifice and how do these agreements shape constellations of citizenship? In doing so, I seek to contribute to a more expansive theory of citizenship that reflects post-colonial understandings of statehood, violence, civic rights and duty.

Sebastian Diaz Angel

Recipient of Marion and Frank Long Fellowship

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Sebastian Diaz Angel is a Ph.D. student in the department of history. His research traces intersecting histories of environment, technology, and politics in the Cold War.

Research Project
“Weaponizing the Wilds. Counterinsurgency mappings and the geographical engineering of development in Cold War Latin America”

My dissertation explains how and why, during the 1950s and 1960s, and early 1970s, technocratic elites, liberal modernizers, progressive reformers, and cold warriors —both in North and South America— envisioned Latin America's tropical rainforests as vast underdeveloped wastelands requiring to be mapped, surveilled, colonized, re-engineered, and cultivated. Under further hyper-modernist visions, the Amazon River and other major "wild" streams of the continent needed to be tamed, dammed, channelized, and regulated. I study one of the most ambitious, dramatic, and hubristic of these projects: the "South American Great Lakes System" (SAGLS), an unimplemented infrastructural plan to "modernize" the Amazon River basin by creating a series of massive channelized, interlocked, and navigable artificial reservoirs –hence, a South American "Great Lakes System" like that in North America— allegedly providing inexpensive transportation, inexhaustible sources of hydropower, and a new landscape for planned colonization, mechanized agroindustry, large scale mining, and counterinsurgency operations.

Previous Winners

Eun A Jo

Recipient of the Jesse F. and Dora H. Bluestone Peace Studies Fellowship, 2020-21

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 Eun A Jo is a PhD student in the department of government, specializing in international relations, comparative politics, and peace studies. She is interested in national narratives, memory, and the domestic politics of international relations, with a focus on East Asia. Eun A describes her research initiative below. 

Research Project

"Making of an Enemy: Narratives, Traumas, and the Politics of Enmity”

I study the narrative origins of enemies. Through a comparative study of national narratives in two postcolonial democracies, South Korea and Taiwan, I examine how enemy narratives rise and fall. In doing so, I hope to provide novel insights about how states’ narrative projects during moments of profound transition—such as decolonization and democratization—can shape politics of international reconciliation. The Jesse F. and Dora H. Bluestone Peace Studies Fellowship will allow me to begin fieldwork and conduct archival research in South Korea and Taiwan in Spring 2021. 

Sarah R. Meiners

Recipient of the Marion and Frank Long Fellowship, 2020-21

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Sarah R. Meiners, originally from Wisconsin, attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison before arriving at Cornell where she is currently a PhD student in the department of history. She is predominately a historian of the twentieth century United States, and her research interests include immigration and refugee policy, childhood and youth, and empire, interventionism, and foreign relations. 

Research Project

“Whose Children? The Making of the United States’ Cold War Child Refugee Policy"

My dissertation historically analyzes the United States’ child refugee policy from approximately 1945 to 1995 by examining various child refugee populations from Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. I question how policymakers and advocates defined and constructed policy around the “child refugee,” and I am particularly interested in understanding how foreign policy, notions of racialized, politicized childhood, and humanitarianism determined the recognition of children as refugees. I will use the Marion and Frank Long Fellowship to conduct archival research at a variety of sites--including presidential libraries, the Center for Migration Studies archives, and university collections--and to collect oral histories. I hope this project will broaden our understanding of the historical origins of the U.S.’ current child refugee policy, including parent-child separations and incarceration, and provide knowledge useful for fundamentally altering how we conceive of and treat all migrants. 

Bruno Seraphin

Recipient of the Marion and Frank Long Fellowship, 2019-20

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Bruno Seraphin is a PhD candidate in sociocultural anthropology and a graduate minor in American Indian and Indigenous studies at Cornell University. His research areas include environmental anthropology, anti-colonial American studies, and film studies. A settler scholar originally from Wampanoag land in eastern Massachusetts, Bruno is an award-winning filmmaker with a BFA in film and television from NYU and an MA in folklore from University of Oregon. 

Research Project

“Indigenous Karuk and Settler Colonial Fire Politics and Practices in Northern California”

My dissertation research partners with the Indigenous Karuk Tribe to examine fire exclusion policies in the US West as a form of colonial governance animated by military logics and highlights the perspectives of Indigenous fire practitioners. Living on Karuk territory in northwestern California full time since August 2020, I am learning how the ongoing resurgence of Karuk cultural burning can be an alternative to the ascendant and self-defeating paradigm of fire exclusion, a tool for stewarding regional ecosystems, and a way to enhance Karuk community wellbeing. Through participant observation, semi-structured interviews, and collaborative video projects, I work with Karuk cultural fire experts, US Forest Service staff, local NGOs, and others to learn about the obstacles and opportunities that arise as diverse community members come together to strategize more just and regenerative fire futures for the region. The Marion and Frank Long Fellowship will allow me to carry the project through the complete 2021 fire season, during which I will be on the ground with prescribed fire crews and Indigenous communities working to dismantle colonial systems and advance climate justice.