Doctoral Candidates Win Dissertation Completion Fellowships

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Two Pitt PhD students have been named Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows by the American Council of Learned Societies. The fellowships support promising doctoral students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences with a year of funding designed to help them complete projects that will form the foundations of their scholarly careers. The program, now in its fifteenth year, is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Samuel Boateng from the Department of Music in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is working on a dissertation titled, “Jazz Ghana: Historical Perspectives, Transnational Routes, Space and Sustainability.”

Jennifer M. Farquhar from the Dietrich School’s Department of Anthropology is writing her dissertation, “Human-Environment Interactions: The Role of Foragers in the Development of Mobile Pastoralism in Mongolia's Desert-Steppe.”