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Undergraduate Grant Recipients

2015-16 / 2014-15 / 2013-14 / 2012-13 /
2011-12 / 2010-11 / 2009-10 / 2008-09


Grace Choi
Political Science / Philosophy
Adviser: Rogers Smith
Project: Ethnic Self-Identification Among Cambodians, Laotians, Hmong, and Vietnamese

Sarah Engell
Adviser: Kathy Peiss
Project: Moral Education in Public Schools

Nicolas Garcia
Political Science
Advisers: Matthew Levendusky and John J. DiIulio
Project: "The Changing Faith of Latinos on American National Politics"

Marco Herndon
Urban Studies
Adviser: Tamara Walker
Project: LGBTQ rights in Peru

Vanessa Koh
Adviser: Kathleen D. Hall and Adriana Petryna
Project: "Disrupting Citizenship: The Fate of Migrant Workers in Contemporary Singapore"

Ethan LaFrance
Political Science / Modern Middle Eastern Studies
Adviser: Ian Lustick
Project: "The Legacy of the 1982 Turkish Constitution and the Denationalization of Citizenship in the Era of the Justice and Development Party"

Arjun Malik
Political Science / Economics
Adviser: Robert Vitalis
Project: The Irreligious in Egypt (with Hani Warith)

Varun Menon
History / Premed
Adviser: Walter A. McDougall and Frederick R. Dickinson
Project: "Upstart Republic: The United States Congress in the Age of Democratic Revolutions"

Aaron Senior
History / Political Science
Adviser: Michael Zuckerman
Project: "The American Reactions to the French Revolution and the Place of American Fraternity within the Early Republic"

Hani Warith
Political Science / Philosophy
Adviser: Robert Vitalis
Project: The Irreligious in Egypt (with Arjun Malik)


Claudia Acha
International Relations
Adviser: Isa Camyar, International Relations
Project: “International Drug Control Under Siege? Power Politics and Bolivia’s Nationalization of the Global War on Drugs”

Anwar Akrouk
Adviser: Antonio Feros, History
Project: “The Relationship of Early Arab Nationalists with Ethnic and Religious Minorities within the Ottoman Empire, 1908-1918”

Dawn Androphy
Adviser: Kathy Peiss, History
Project: “Before Liberation: Political Ideology and Self-Expression in the U.S. Homophile Movement, 1950-1965”

Antonio Cotzias
PPE/Political Science
Adviser: Jeff Green, Political Science
Project: “On Exploring the Relationship between Tragedy and Democracy in the Classical Period”

Shuhao Fan
Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Adviser: Sumantra Sen, PPE
Project: “Bargaining and Influence in an Authoritarian Regime: The Case of China's Legislature”

Jessie Goldman
Adviser: Walter Licht, History
Project: “The Decline of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America, 1945-55”

Abigail Koffler
Adviser: Amy Offner, History
Project: “Pachakutik in the Classroom: Indigenous Revolt and Education Policy in Ecuador”

Kimberly Kolor
Religious Studies
Adviser: Justin McDaniel, Religious Studies
Project: “Muslims and Tamils in Sri Lanka: An Ethnography of Everyday Interactions”

Will Marble
Mathematical Economics/Political Science
Adviser: John Lapinski, Political Science
Project: “The Effect of Convenience Voting on the Behavior of Voters and Campaigns”

Madeleine Stevens
Adviser: David Eisenhower, Annenberg School
Project: “Women Politicians in the U.S. and France: A Comparative Study of Media Coverage”


Serena Covkin
Adviser: Stephanie McCurry, History
Project: “Women’s Associations in the Civil War”

Shabnam Elahi
Adviser: Fran Barg, Medicine
Project: “Risk Communication and Asbestos Exposure”

Yessenia Gutierrez
Biology / Latino and Latin American Studies
Adviser: Emilio Parrado, Sociology
Project: “Becoming American: The Process of Belonging and Identity Formation in the Emerging Latin American Immigrant Community in Philadelphia”

Julia Kelsoe
Adviser: Margo Todd, History
Project: “The Court of the Star Chamber”

Amanda Mauri
Health and Societies
Adviser: Arnold Rosoff, Wharton School
Project: “The Consequences of a Constitutional Right to Health”

Urja Mittal
Political Science / Economics / Finance (Wharton)
Adviser: Marc Meredith, Political Science
Project: “Public Opinion and Political Accountability”

Sindhu Nandhakumar
Political Science
Adviser: Eileen Doherty-Sil, Political Science
Project: “The Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Committee in Sri Lanka and the Promotion of Democracy”

Mauricio Novelo
Comparative Literature / English
Adviser: Rachel Ellis Neyra, English
Project: “Latin American Indigenes and Representations of Citizenship in a Globalized World”

Elie Peltz
Adviser: Ian Lustick, Political Science
Project: “Civil Society Peacebuilding in Israel-Palestine and Northern Ireland”

Shawn Teo

Political Science
Adviser: Frederick Dickinson, History
Project: “The Development of National Identity in Singapore”


Humna Bhojani
Political Science
Adviser: Ian Lustick, Political Science
Project: "Arabs in East Jerusalem"

Robert Franco
Adviser: Ann Farnsworth-Alvear, History
Project: "El Parasio de Las Mujeres: Women's Suffrage in Ecuador, 1895-1929"

Stephen Fritz
Adviser: Thomas Sugrue, History
Project: "The South Carolina Progressive Democratic Party, 1944-1948"

Naomi Fujiki
Adviser: Vanessa Ogle, History
Project: "Human Rights Watch and the Helsinki Final Act: The Role of An American Human Rights Nongovernmental Organization At the End of the Cold War"

Michael Gutierrez
Hispanic Studies
Adviser: Rachel Ellis Neyra, Romance Languages
Project: "Democratic Spaces in Cuban Hip-Hop"

Ting Cho Lau
Political Science
Adviser: Jeffrey Green, Political Science
Project: "Derek Parfit, Moral Theory, and Political Communities"

Jun Youb Lee
Adviser: Walter Licht, History
Project: "The Great Peace March of 1986"

Lee Marcus
Health and Societies
Adviser: Xu Lan, Graduate School of Education
Project: "Social Position and Citizenship Identities Among Middle School Adolescents in a Higher Education Partnership After-School Program"

Laurel Ma
History / African Studies
Adviser: Lee Cassanelli, History
Project: "National Identity Construction in the Zimbabwean Crisis"

Kristin Zuhone
Political Science
Adviser: Brendan O'Leary, Political Science
Project: "Rioting in the Banlieues and Questions of Citizenship in France"


Meghna Chandra
Political Science
Adviser: Tulia Falleti, Political Science
Project: “NGOs and Conceptions of Citizenship in Bogota, Columbia and La Paz, Bolivia"

Adam Croom
Adviser: Robin Clark, Linguistics
Project: “Game Theoretic Pragmatics and the Socio-Politics of Face”

John Gee
Adviser: Warren Breckman, History
Project: “An Intellectual Biography of Rawls’ Theory of Justice”

Melissa Goodman
Political Science
Adviser: Jessica Stanton, Political Science
Project: “Humanitarian Law and Foreign Policy in the Afghanistan War”

Meghan Hussey
International Relations
Adviser: Brendan O’Leary, Political Science
Project: “Criminals of Political Prisoners? The Management of the 1980-1981 Hunger Strikes in Northern Ireland by the Governments of the UK an Ireland”

Emily Kern
History (Diplomatic)
Adviser: Arthur Waldron , History
Project: “GI Jupp: German-American Identity and Citizenship in World War II”

Galileu Kim
Political Science and Economics
Adviser: Tom Callaghy, Political Science
Project: “The Paris Club: Politics and the Impacts of Debt Restructuring in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico”

Quratul-Ann Malik
Political Science
Adviser: Ian Lustick, Political Science
Project: “Does Pakistan Have a Tipping Point? An Agent-Based Modeling Analysis”

Michael Morse
Political Science
Adviser: Marc Meredith, Political Science
Project: “Political Impacts of Felon Disfranchisement”

Zachary Propert
Comparative Literature
Adviser: Lydie Moudileno, Romance Language
Project: “The Media War and Political Discourse in Mali”

Adam Saltzman
Adviser: Kok-chor Tan, Philosophy
Project: “When Is Terrorism Justified?”

Sarabeth Zielonka
Russian Languages and Literature
Adviser: Benjamin Nathans, History
Project: “The Sinyavsky-Daniel Trial and the Origins of Soviet Legalism”


Eitan Adler

International Relations
Adviser: Ian Lustick, Political Science
Project: “Identity and tensions surrounding the accidental non-Jewish Russian population in Israel”

Stephen Childs
Adviser: Stephanie McCurry, History
Project: “Averting Crisis: The Washington Peace Conference of 1861 – Its Failure, and the Quandary of the Border-States”

Rose Espinola
Latin American Studies
Adviser: Ann Farnsworth-Alvear, History
Project: “A Neo-Movimiento?: Youth-farmworker solidarity among Latino activists”

Clare Foran
Adviser: Warren Breckman, History
Project: “The Construction of Memory in Postwar France: An Analysis of Antigone by Jean Anouilh and Les Mouches by Jean Paul Sartre"

Mary Ann (Molly) Mitchell
Adviser: John Jackson, Anthropology
Project: “Nigerian Videofilm as a Means for Democratic Interventions”

Sasha Riser-Kositsky
Political Science
Adviser: Devesh Kapur, Political Science
Project: “Are Smaller States 'Better' States? Development and Governance in Jharkhand and Uttarkhand”

W. Collin Schenk
Health and Society
Adviser: David Barnes, Health and Society
Project: “Voices from Kolkata: The Politics of Health in the Slums”

Vikram Vish
Adviser: Henry Teune, Political Science
Project: “The Impact of Universities in Strengthening Citizenship and Democratic Competencies Among Undergraduate Students”

Alec Webley
Political Science
Adviser: Jeffrey Green, Political Science
Project: “The More Things Get Edited, The More They Stay the Same: Wikipedia and the Limits of Deliberative Democracy”


Eric Augenbraun

Adviser: Thomas Sugrue, History
Project: “Tuskegee in Philadelphia: The Ideological and Institutional Foundations of Leon Sullivan's Opportunities Industrialization Centers”

Adrienne Benson
Political Science
Adviser: Jeffrey Green, Political Science
Project: “Deliberative Theory and Democratic Reality: What the 2008 Presidential Nominating Caucuses Mean for Deliberative Democracy”

Boyan Gerasimov
International Relations
Adviser: Mark Pollack, Liberal Arts, Temple University
Project: “Why Do Bulgarians and Romanians Trust the European Commission More than Their Own National Governments?"

George Karandinos
Health and Societies
Adviser: Philippe Bourgois, Anthropology
Project: “The Impact and Reproduction of Violence in North Philadelphia”

Andrew Kincaid
History / Hispanic Studies
Adviser: Ronald Granieri, History
Project: "Atlantic Piracy and the Rise of the Modern Age”

Elise Miller
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
Advisers: Eranda Jayawickremeand and Martin Seligman, Psychology
Project: “Resilience in Rwanda: Exploring Post-Traumatic Well-being and its Implications for Democratic Development”

Mario Peia
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics / Psychology
Adviser: Tara J. Radin, Wharton
Project: “Businesses as Citizens: A Framework for Rights and Responsibilities in a Global Marketplace”

Aro Velmet
Adviser: Richard Leventhal, Anthropology
Project: “Remembering the Lost Decades: Identity Creation in Baltic Museums of Occupation”

Athanasia Vgontzas
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
Adviser: Adriana Petryna, Anthropology
Project: “Health Inequalities among Rural and Urban Roman In Greece”

Chloe Wayne
Finance / Africana Studies
Adviser: Andrew Lamas, Urban Studies
Project: “ The Politics of Standard Deviation: Assembling Race, Ownership, and Citizenship from the Ruins of Property Crises"


Adam Bartolanzo
Political Science
Project: “Faith-Based Initiatives in Philadelphia"

Barbara Coons
History / Biology
Project: “The Potential for Violence in 1990s Eastern Europe: Why Did Translyvania Simmer While Kosovo Boiled?"

Ani Gevorkian
International Relations
Project: “Failures of Democratization in Armenia"

Neel Lalchandani
Political Science
Project: “Afro-Centric Curricula and Citizenship in Philadelphia Schools"

Carlos Martinez-Ruiz
Cultural Anthropology
Project: “The Welfare State in Crisis: Citizenship and National Political Identity in the Mortgage Foreclosure Debacle"

Rahul Reddy
Political Science / Economics
Project: “India's 'Sons of the Soil' Movements and Intra-State Borders"

David Reinecke and Philip Rocco
Science, Technology and Society / Political Science,
Project: "Re-envisioning the Pan-European Polity: The Eurovision Song Contest and Techniques of Representation"

Priya Shankar
Political Science / South Asian Studies
Project: “Assuring Citizens Their Right to Food in India"

Sandra Zhao
Project: “Modes of Empowerment: Literacy and Democracy in India"