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Five Alumni win Guggenheims

April 24, 2015

Five GSAS graduates have won 2015 fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to pursue research projects. Nationwide, 75 scholars, artists, and scientists were chosen from a pool of more than 3,100 applicants. The Graduate School’s newest alumni fellows are Thomas Christensen, Timothy J. Kehoe, Jonathan Rieder, Beryl Satter, and Brenda E. Stevenson.

Thomas Christensen (PhD 1985, Music), the Avalon Foundation Professor of Music and the Humanities, University of Chicago: “Fétis and the Tonal Imagination: Discourses of Tonality in Nineteenth-Century France.” He also won a 2015 American Council of Learned Studies fellowship in support of this work. Over 1,000 scholars applied for this award, and only 70 were granted.

Timothy J. Kehoe (PhD 1979, Economics), the Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Economics, University of Minnesota: “The Impact of Trade Liberalization: Lessons from NAFTA.” He has been an adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis since 2000 and has received numerous research grants and awards, including nine from the National Science Foundation.

Jonathan Rieder (PhD 1979, Sociology), professor of sociology, American Studies, Jewish Studies, and Human Rights Studies, Barnard College and Columbia University: “Crossing Over: Black-White Encounters in the Transition from Rhythm and Blues to Soul and Rock.” Rieder has also received the Sheila Biddle Ford fellowship to work on this project. He will spend the next academic year at Harvard University’s W.E.B. DuBois Research Institute.

Beryl Satter (PhD 1992, History), professor of history, Rutgers University, Newark: “ShoreBank, Development, and the Fight Against Black Economic Marginalization.” She will spend summer and fall 2015 doing archival research in Chicago on Shore Bank, which was started by activists in 1973 in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago to remedy discriminatory practices rampant throughout the banking industry that denied capital to African American individuals, families and businesses.

Brenda E. Stevenson PhD 1990 (History), professor of history, University of California, Los Angeles: “Fanny’s World of Women: Generations of Enslaved Black Women in North America.” Her research will focus on the lives of slave women in the United States from colonial times through the antebellum era. Next fall, she will be in residence at the National Humanities Center at Research Triangle in North Carolina, and in the spring of 2016, she will work at the American Academy in Berlin. Stevenson was also selected for a fellowship at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Studies and Behavioral Studies, which she will use in 2016-17.