Northwestern University-SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Program​

Northwestern was chosen by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) as one of five universities to bring together humanities and social science scholars in pre-doctoral research summer institutes. Faculty from across clusters, certificates, and disciplines actively guide twelve humanities and social science PhD students, who are in their second and third years, in designing effective research questions, methodologies, contexts, and interventions. Participants gain practical, theoretical, and writing insights from experienced faculty and other students outside their disciplines. Throughout this program, students build their professional networks and audiences, benefit from interdisciplinary mentorship, and engage in conversations that lead to innovative dissertation projects.

The program will provide:

  • Up to $5,000 funding for 6-10 week summer research trip
  • Interdisciplinary and interuniversity faculty-led workshops: June 7-11, 2017 in Pittsburgh and September 13-17, 2017 in Minneapolis
  • Professional network-building opportunities while you design effective research questions, methodologies, contexts, and interventions

Eligibility: second or third year students who are prepared to research and write their dissertation prospectus or research funding proposal/fellowship application in summer 2017.

Northwestern University – SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development (DPD) Program 2017-2018 participants

  • Morgan Clark, Department of Sociology (WCAS); Gender and Sexuality Studies Cluster
    • “Skanks Need to Pay with Their Lives”: Sexual Harassment in Online Communities
  • Gideon Cohn-Postar, Department of History (WCAS)
    • “Mind How You Vote, Boys”: Economic Intimidation and the Construction of an Illiberal Political Culture, 1873-1900
  • Maria de Simone, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama (Department of Theatre, SoC); Gender and Sexuality Studies Cluster and Certificate
    • Exchanging Race, Connecting Culture: Racial and Ethnic Impersonations on the Chicago Vaudeville Stage, 1897-1924
  • Thomas Love, Department of Art History (WCAS); Critical Theory Cluster
    • “Could Fairies Be Socialists?”: Left Radicalism and Alternative Sexualities in Berlin, 1968-1989
  • Jahara “Franky” Matisek, Department of Political Science (WCAS); Program of African Studies
    • Strong Militaries in Weak States: An alternative path to state-building in Africa?
  • Bennie Niles, Department of African American Studies (WCAS); Gender and Sexuality Studies Cluster
    • Changing the Game: Black Athletes, Sports Cultures, and the Dilemma of Black Gender
  • Zachary Nissen, Department of Anthropology (WCAS); Latin American and Caribbean Studies Certificate; Gender and Sexuality Studies Certificate
    • Negotiating Change: Histories of Everyday Life at Aventura, Belize.
  • William Richardson, Department of Sociology (WCAS)
    • The Urban Settler Colonial Present: Racial Residential Segregation and White Settlers' Relationship to Land
  • Vanessa Tonelli, Musicology Program (Bienen); Gender and Sexuality Studies Cluster
    • Early Modern Music, Politics, and Gender at the Venetian Ospedali Grandi: A New Perspective on the All-Female Musical Ensembles
  • Cintia Vezzani, Department of Spanish and Portuguese (WCAS); Critical Theory Cluster
    • Shared Secrets, Public Lies: The Crisis of Marriage in Turn-of-the-Century Brazilian Literature
  • Brianna White, Department of Political Science (WCAS); Comparative and Historical Social Science (CHSS) Cluster
    • Locked In: How Inmates Influence the Political Behavior of State Legislators
  • Guangshuo Yang, Department of History (WCAS); Gender and Sexuality Studies Cluster; Asian Studies Graduate Cluster
    • Defining Animals, Building the Chinese Nation: The Invention, Discipline, and Protection of Non-Human Beings in 20th Century China