Current Winners

Reinhard Bendix Memorial Fellowship

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Term:
AY19-20
Department:
Sociology
It is well-established in the research literature that authoritarianism leaves behind cultural and institutional legacies that make it difficult for countries to develop robust democratic regimes and the rule of law. Indeed, the prevailing view is that the legacies of authoritarianism are wholly negative and work as a barrier to building judicial state capacity once a transition to electoral democracy has taken place. This body of work, however, cannot explain why some countries that experienced authoritarian regimes are more successful than others in building strong and effective judicial...Read more
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Term:
AY19-20
Department:
History
My dissertation project investigates how U.S.-sponsored democracy promotion evolved in Eastern Europe over roughly sixty years, from the end of WWII to the early 2000s, with research focusing primarily on the last 3 decades of this period. It analyzes American anti-communist efforts before and after 1989 and explores the interlocking roles played by U.S. foreign policy strategists, Eastern European émigré activists, and Eastern Bloc dissidents throughout these years. From the perspective of American democracy promotion, the collapse of communism in Europe did not represent a caesura of any...Read more
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Term:
AY19-20
Department:
History
My dissertation is a multi-sited study of the collapse of Britain's core industries over the course of the late 20th century, with comparisons and connections to similar histories industrial decline in Western Europe, Canada, and the US. It examines the economic and political causes of deindustrialisation, and the social and cultural impacts of industrial decline on working class neighbourhoods, with a particular focus on the experience of women and ethnic minorities, who are often overlooked in such studies. It concludes with a study of the efforts of government and residents, particularly...Read more