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The Graduate College Announces Recipients of  2014–15 Dissertation Completion Fellowships

The Graduate College is pleased to announce that four WMU doctoral students have been named recip­ients of Dissertation Completion Fellowships for the 2014–15 academic year.

The 2014–15 Dissertation Completion Fellowship recipients are as follows:

Caitlyn P. Dial - Department of History:  Ms. Dial will receive a full-year fellowship for her dissertation titled Only the River Remains: History and Memory of the Eastland Disaster in the Great Lakes Region, 1915-present. Her dissertation advisor is Dr. Mitch Kachun. Ms. Dial’s dissertation examines memorial and commemorative attention to the tragic capsizing of the excursion ship Eastland, which sank in dock in Chicago in 1915, killing hundreds of passengers during the boarding process. Her research addresses important questions about the process of public and private commemorations and the construction of individual and collective memories related to the event.

Patrick W. Harris - Department of History:  Mr. Harris will receive a full-year fellowship for his dissertation Communal Coalescence: Christian Coexistence in 12th Century Toledo.  Dr. Larry J. Simon is the dissertation advisor. Mr. Harris’s dissertation is about the pluri ethno-religious nature of post-conquest Toledo, metropolitan see of Castile and home to one of the larger Jewish communities in Medieval Europe. Toledo, a famed “School” of Translators and a place where Christian conquerors formed an urban atoll on a sea of conquered Muslims, figures prominently in both Castilian nationalist historiography and contemporary scholars of convivencia.

Abdel Mawgoud M. M. Mohammed - Department of Geosciences: Mr. Mohammed will receive a full-year fellowship to complete his dissertation Hydrochemical Characteristics and Potential Tectonic Influences on Groundwater Quality of the Continental-Scale Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System (NSAS).  His dissertation advisor is Dr. Alan E. Kehew. Mr. Mohammed’s research concerns the origin and the management of the groundwater in the Nubian Sandstone aquifer, one the largest aquifers in the world, and one that is vital to the population of much of North Africa, including Egypt. His research is in accord with the University’s mission of “globally engaged” research that has international implications.

Emily A. Zerndt - Department of Political Science: Ms. Zerndt will receive a full-year fellowship for her dissertation Democracy Promotion and the Commercialization of Freedom House. Her dissertation advisor is Dr. Emily Hauptmann. Ms. Zerndt’s dissertation is the first in-depth scholarly study of the influential New York-based think tank, Freedom House. Specifically, she examines the history of the development of Freedom House’s well-known system for assigning numeric democracy and freedom scores to countries all over the world. There has been virtually no scholarly attention either to how Freedom House arrives at them or to its evolving rationale for defining “democracy” or “freedom” in the particular ways it does.

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