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2017-2018 Fellowships Awarded

44 Recipients Chosen


The RCC is pleased to announce the 44 recipients of fellowships for the 2017-18 cohort. Once again, the committee of 5 members from both the RCC and LMU was deeply impressed by the extremely high quality of applications. The committee was only able to award fellowships to approximately 12% of the applicants. All of the following fellows will be joining us in 2017 or 2018. 

Interdisciplinary Fellowship

  • Noel Healy, Salem State University (USA), “Overcoming Carbon Lock-in: Fossil fuel Divestment and the Delegitimization of Fossil Fuels”
  • David Munns, City University of New York (USA) with Kärin Nickelsen (LMU Munich), “To Live Among the Stars: The Cold War Crusade to Engineer and Artificial Environment for Space Travel”

Outreach Fellowships

  • Sara Jones, Bath Spa University (UK), “Enduring Connections: What Does ‘Eco-Engagement’ Look (and Sound) Like?”
  • Werner Krauß, University of Hamburg (Germany), “Klimawandel als Kulturkampf? Ethnologie der Klimablogosphäre”
  • Jessica J. Lee, Independent Researcher (UK), “Der Stechlin: A Lake and Its Legacy in the Context of Climate Change”
  • Nancy Trautmann, Cornell University (USA), “Fighting for Survival: Environmental and Societal Transformations in the Peruvian Amazon”
  • Margaret Lowman, California Academy of Sciences (USA), “A Girl Who Loved Pistils—Saving Forests Through the ‘Power of One’”

Short-Term Fellowships

  • Melissa Haeffner, Margaret Barbour, Sam Grover, Fern Hames, Karen Hawke, Jessica Reeves, Ghislaine Small, Lindsay Stringer, Nicole Webster, “Women and White Space: Reflecting on Antarctic ‘Wilderness’ and Joining the ‘Transdisciplinary Dots’”
  • Javier Puente, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, “Arid Pastures and Violent Paths: El Niño 1982–1983 and the Environmental Making of Sendero Luminoso”
  • David Stradling, University of Cincinnati (USA), “Explorations Beneath the Surface: Linking Fresh and Salt Water History”
  • Janet Walker, Adrian Ivakhiv, James Schwoch, Hunter Vaughan, “Development of an International, Transdisciplinary Journal of Media and Environment”
  • Wesley Mwatwara, University of Zimbabwe, “Livestock Disease Management in Postcolonial Zimbabwe, 1980 to Present”

Writing Fellowships

  • Abosede Babatunde, University of Ilorin (Nigeria), “Environmental Change, Traditional Institutions, and Security in Nigeria’s Oil-Rich Niger Delta”
  • Roberta Biasillo, Università degli Studi Roma Tre (Italy), “Fascist Ecologies, Colonial Natures: An Environmental History of Italian Imperialism (1922–1945)”
  • Timothy Brown, Northeastern University (USA), “The Greening of Cold War Germany: Environmentalism and Social Movements across the Wall and Beyond, 1968–1989”
  • Judith Carney, University of California Los Angeles (USA), “Mangroves: Habitat of African Survival in the Atlantic World”
  • Anita Carrasco, Luther College (USA), “The Embrace of the Serpent: A Chronicle of Atacameño Life in the Face of Mining”
  • Claiton da Silva, Universidade Federal da Fronteira Sul (Brazil), “Science, Environment, and Society: Transformations on Brazilian Biome Cerrado (1950–1990)”
  • Merita Dollma, University of Tirana, Albania, “Protected Areas of Albania—Challenges of a Developing Country”
  • Catherine Dunlop, Montana State University (USA), “Mistral: Environment and Society in Nineteenth-Century France”
  • Jared Farmer, Stony Brook University (USA), “Latest Oldest Living Beings”
  • Elena Feditchkina Tracy, WWF Russia, “Resilient Environmental Governance: Leadership, Values, and Institutions”
  • Rebecca Giggs, Macquarie University, “Too Close for Comfort—Ecological Intimacy in Contemporary Art & Literature”
  • Ekin Gunduz Ozdemirci, Beykent University (Turkey), “Green Filmmaking and Environmental Practices in European Film Industries” and “Ecological Identities in New Turkish Cinema”
  • Tom Idema, Utrecht University (The Netherlands), “Environmental Posthumanism in Literature and Science: Stages of Transformation”
  • Serenella Iovino, University of Turin (Italy), “Changing Environments, Transforming Society, and Evolutionary Ecologies: Italo Calvino and the Environmental Humanities”
  • Jennifer Lee Johnson, Purdue University (USA), “Littoral Politics: Submerged Histories of an Inland African Sea”
  • Tait Keller, Rhodes College (USA), “A Global Environmental History of the First World War”
  • John Kim, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (Germany), “History of Limestone Use and Its Effects on Rivers: How We Transformed a Life-Giving Rock into a Pollutant”
  • Matthew Klingle, Bowdoin College (USA), “Sweet Blood: Diabetes and the Changing Nature of Modern Health”
  • Marcela Lopez, Center for Metropolitan Studies (Germany), “Contested Urban Waterscapes: Water, Power, and Urban Fragmentation in Medellín, Colombia”
  • Meredith McKittrick, Georgetown University (USA), “The Redemption of the Kalahari: White Settler Society and the Agrarian Imagination in Southern Africa”
  • Katherine Morrissey, University of Arizona (USA), “Visual Legacies: Reimagining the Borderlands Environment”
  • Birgit Müller, CNRS (France), “Farmers, Soils, and Seeds in Politics and Practices”
  • Qing Pei, The Education University of Hong Kong, “Climate Change Economics between Europe and China: Long-Term Economic Development of Divergence and Convergence”
  • Branwyn Poleykett, University of Cambridge (UK), “‘Eating Rich’ Ecologies of Urban Nutrition in Dakar”
  • Sumana Roy, Independent Researcher (India), “Teesta: A Death Story”
  • Helen Rozwadowski, University of Connecticut, Avery Point (USA), “Environmental History of the Ocean”
  • Aleksandar Shopov, Harvard University (USA) / University of Bonn (Germany), “Urban Farming in Early Modern Istanbul”
  • Petra van Dam, Free University Amsterdam (The Netherlands), “Swimming Rabbits”
  • Samantha Walton, Bath Spa University (UK), “Cultures of Nature and Wellbeing”
  • Michael Watts, University of California, Berkeley (USA), “A History of Oil and Water”
  • Tony Weis, The University of Western Ontario (Canada), “Ghosts and Things: The Trajectory of Animal Life”
  • Anna-Katharina Woebse, Justus Liebig University Gießen (Germany), “Waterlogged and Drained: An Environmental History of European Wetlands 1950–2000”