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.
Recipient of Jesse F. and Dora H. Bluestone Peace Studies Fellowship
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.
"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 Harrop and Ruth Long Fellowship
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.
“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.