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2012 Research Funding Awards


The 2020 cluster is awarding the following funding in 2012:


2020 Visiting Ph.D. student fellowship

Terri Donofrio, Department of Communication (Focus: Rhetoric and Peace Studies), University of Maryland, College Park

Title: "From Memory to Action:" Mutability, Memory, and Agency in U.S. Mediations of Genocide Cessation Discourse

Terri's dissertation project is concerned with rhetorical constructions of memory and agency in the resolution fo a prominent tension confronting U.S. mediations of genocide cessation discourse.


2020 USC graduate student summer research fellowship

Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye, Department of Art History

Jennifer is interested in determining how particular Pre-Columbian images survived intentional acts of destruction during colonization and whether the reclamation of these images by contemporary Mexican artists can be considered as an act of resistance.  This summer she will revisit the path through which the Mixtec Codex Selden traveled, from the rural town of Jaltepec to the Bodleian Library and Oxford, and begin to theorize this movement from source community to collecting institution by participating in the Decolonizing Knowledge and Power Summer School in Barcelona.

Heather Ashby, Department of History

Heather's project examines the global political network that emerged uniting people who considered racism, colonialism, fascism, and anti-Semitism as linked together. She argues that we can see the antecedents of the Jewish genocide by looking at the transnational struggles during the 1930s against fascism, racisim, anti-Semitism, and capitalism.

Max Felker-Kantor, Department of History

Title: Race, Control, and Resistance: The Struggle Against Police Repression in late-Twentieth Century Los Angeles

Max's project examines the relationship between the Los Angeles Police Department and communities of color in Los Angeles between 1965 and 1992. It explores the policies developed by the LAPD and other law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles in the wake of the Watts unrest to maintain social control and the response of African American and Mexican American activists to combat repression and police abuse.

Melody Shekari, Gould School of Law

Melody's research will involve historical analysis of how laws and legal institutions have aided or prevented opposition group effors to resist genocide. In particular, she will study how national legal systems have integrated and applied international law and whether this has helped efforts to resist genocide, especially in Burundi in both 1972 and 1993.  This summer, she will travel to Burundi and Tanzania.



2020 USC undergraduate student summer research grants

Danielle Mercado, Department of History
Danielle's thesis will focus on the Guatemalan Civil War and explore various forms of resistance to violence and genocide.  Her research will revolve heavily on interviews conducted with survivors and witnesses of the violence.

Daniella Newman, Department of History
This summer, Daniella plans to further explore nonmilitary resistance of the Iranian Jews to the Islamic Revolution of Iran. Forms of resistance include emigration, maintenance of a strong Jewish identify despite the hardships, and reading censored litereature or poetry.