Current Winners

Reinhard Bendix Memorial Fellowship

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Term:
AY 17-18
Department:
ESPM
Irrigated agriculture is spreading across the Chihuahuan Desert. Where huge ranches once dominated, farming communities have sprung up and continue to spread despite conservation efforts to halt the advance. Conversion rates and patterns differ across the Mexico-US border, and this comparison provides one lens of analysis for my research. Using extensive in-depth interviews bolstered with textual data, I am tracking the history of land use and conversion across the western corner of the Chihuahua-New Mexico borderland. Mexico’s post-Revolution land reform is one key piece of the puzzle, as...Read more
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Term:
AY 17-18
Department:
Sociology
My dissertation is a study of media depictions of gentrification in San Francisco, CA and Baltimore, MD from 1990 to 2014. The media plays a central role in meaning-making, both reflecting and shaping the public’s perceptions of social processes. Americans gain insight and exposure to the experiences of others through journalists’ coverage. Using newspapers, I document how the media portrays the process of gentrification over time and how that varies by the social, political, and economic conditions of San Francisco and Baltimore to better understand common perceptions, assumptions, and...Read more
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Term:
AY 17-18
Department:
Political Science
Sarah Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley, focusing on international relations, comparative politics, and methods. She is interested in authoritarian regimes, foreign policy, and religion and politics in the Asia-Pacific. She has written on topics ranging from major power dynamics in the context of multilateral institutions in the Asia-Pacific, to church-state relations in China. Her dissertation project focuses on explaining the selective treatment of Christian churches in authoritarian China, in the context of a rapidly...Read more