Marcus Bach Projects Funded 2005–Present

AWARDS for 2021-22

Jessica Dzielinski, Art and Art History, "Lost and Found"

Garrett Taylor Lewis, History, “Ourselves and Others: Native Alliances, Nationhood, and Social Identity in the Northeastern Borderland, 1689-1838”

Wenxin Li, Music, “Dream Butterfly Dream”

Jeremy Lowenthal, English, “Sound in Memoriam: Airing Trauma on the BBC Third Programme”

Emma Silverman, Theatre Arts, “The Morality of Holocaust Tourism”


AWARDS for 2020-21

Steven Glavey, Theatre, "Bal des Ardents"

Joseph TenHulzen, History, "Peacemaking and Religious Tolerance in the Valentinois during the French Wars of Religion (1562-1598)"

Lei Wang, English, "From Here to Here"

Bambi Whitaker, English, "Investigating Enchantment and Disenchantment in Golden Age British Detective Fiction"


AWARDS for 2019-20

Chris Henderson, American Studies, "Pleasurable Labors: Fandom, Community and the Contested Performance of Place."

Troy Mills, Religious Studies, "The Rastafari and The Nation of Islam: From Black Internationalism to Globalization, 1960s - 1980s."

Juana New, Cinematic Arts, "The Cartographic Impulse and the Emergence of other Americas in Contemporary Latin American Documentary Cinema."

Caitlin Simmons, English, "Dispossession and Survivance in the Literature of Atrocity."


AWARDS for 2018-19

Iva Patel, Religious Studies, "Devotional Lyrics and their Pedagogy of Thinking in Swaminarayan Hindu Devotion"

Pranav Prakash, Religious Studies, "Reimagining Sufi Poetics in South Agia: The Literary Works of Hasan Sijzi Dihlavi (1253-c.1336)"

Rachel Walerstein, English, "Masculine Gestures: How (Some) Men Performed Modernism"


AWARDS for 2017-18

Jing-Fu Jeffrey Chiou, Music, to complete his dissertation, "Using Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching to Cultivate a Classical Performing Musician’s Professional Mindset"

Erica Damman, Interdisciplinary PhD Program, Environmental Humanities, to complete her dissertation, "Playing within the Trouble: Critical Art Games and Environmental Thought"

Aldrin Tinashe Magaya, History, "Christianity, Culture and the African Experience in Marange: 1932-1960"


AWARDS for 2016-17

Stephanie Grossnickle-Batterton, American Studies, to complete her dissertation, "Ye Shall Know Them By Their Clothes: Rhetorics of Women's Religious Dress in the United States 1865-1920."

Miriam Janechek, English, to complete her dissertation, "Faith in the Golden Age: Imagining Religion in Victorian Children's Literature."

John R. Kennedy, Religious Studies, "En el Nombre de Dious: Baroque Piety, Local Religion and the Last Will and Testament in Late Colonial Monterrey."

Salvatory Stephen Nyambo, History, "The Roots of African Christianity in East Africa: Conversion, Slave Emancipation and Translation in Western Tanzania, 1878-1960."


AWARDS for 2015-16

Noaquia Callahan, History, to complete her dissertation, "Divided Duty: African American Feminist Transnational Activism and the Lure of the Imperial Gaze, 1888-1922."

Kyle Dieleman, Religious Studies, to complete his dissertation, "Battle for the Sabbath in the Dutch Reformation: Desecration or Devotion."

Jennifer Loman, English, to complete her dissertation, "Christian Hospitality, Shame, and the Making of an American Ethos."

Aihua Zheng, History, to complete her dissertation, "Shaku Sōen and Rinzai Zen in Modern Japan: 1868-1919."


AWARDS for 2014-15

Shuhita Bhattacharjee, English, to complete her dissertation, “The Conversion Cornucopia:  Religion, Secularism, and Gender in Victorian Colonial Conversion Narratives on India; 1870-1914.”

Cory Gundlach, School of Art & Art History, to complete his dissertation, "Anonymity, Invention, and Reclamation: Lobi Art in Public and Private Collections."

Christian Haunton, Anthropology, to complete his dissertation, “Religion, Change, and Material Culture:  An archaeological Examination of the Amana Colonies.”

Sumeyye Pakdil Kesgin, Religious Studies, to complete her dissertation: “Uncovering Turkish Women’s Identity:  State, Religion, and Gender.”

James Chan Yu, Creative Writing, to complete his MFA thesis:   “A Credit to Your Rice and Other Stories.”


AWARDS for 2013-14

David Greder, Religious Studies, to complete his disssertation, "Prophecy, Eschatology, and the 1641 Irish Rebellion."

Katherine Massoth, History, to complete her dissertation, "As is the Custom of the Country:  Gender, Cultural Practices, and Ethnic Identity in Arizona and New Mexico, 1846-1941."

Quince Mountain, English (Nonfiction Writing), to complete his MFA thesis, "You Are a Prince".


AWARDS for 2012-13

Lynne Larsen, Art & Art History, to complete her dissertation, "The Royal Palace of Dahomey: Symbol of a Transforming Nation."

Anna Stenson Newnum, English, to complete her dissertation, "The Poetry of Religion and the Prose of Life: The Path from Evangelicalism to Immanence in British Women's Religious Poetry and Prose, 1835-1925."


AWARDS for 2011-12

Christina Ortiz, Anthropology, to complete her dissertation, “What Does it Mean to ‘Belong’ in a Rural Midwestern Meatpacking Town?”

Ezra Lincoln Plank, Religious Studies, to complete his dissertation, “Creating Perfect Families: The French Reformed Church and Family Formation, 1559-1685.”

Jessica Wilson, English (Nonfiction Writing), to complete her MFA thesis, "Road Worth Walking."


AWARDS for 2010-11

James Lambert, English, to complete his dissertation, “Religious Joy in Early Modern Literature.”

Jennifer Silverman, Playwrights' Workshop in Theatre Arts, to develop her thesis project, “Six Bright Horses.”


AWARDS for 2009-10

Bounnak Thammavong, Art and Art History, to exhibit his MFA thesis project in metalsmithing, "Binary Tales."

Karissa Haugeberg, History, to complete her dissertation, "Women in the Anti-Abortion Movement, 1960-2000."


AWARDS for 2008-09

Crystal Ann Gauger, Art and Art History, to complete her dissertation, tentatively titled “Transcending History: The Religious Paintings of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.”

June Melby, English (Nonfiction Writing), to complete her MFA thesis, "Little House on the Astroturf."


AWARDS for 2007-08

Nicole Buscemi, English, to complete her doctoral dissertation, "Diagnosing Narratives: Illness, the Case History, and Victorian Fiction."

Anita Gaul, History, to complete her dissertation, "Bishop John Ireland’s Catholic Colonization Project and the Formation of Rural Ethnic Parishes on the Minnesota Frontier, 1876-1905."


AWARDS for 2006-07

Mamadou Badiane, Spanish and Portuguese, to work on a doctoral dissertation comparing Negrismo and Négritude.

Caroline Campbell, History, to continue her study of women members of the French nationalist group the Croix de Feu.

Brett Gaul, Philosophy, to develop a doctoral dissertation exploring the ways in which Augustine's philosophy was related to the dominant pagan philosophies of his day.

Ben Otto, English (Nonfiction Writing), to develop a book-length study documenting the civil war occurring in Nepal.


AWARDS for 2005-06

David Puderbaugh, Music, to complete a study of the Estonian National Song Festivals in 1938 and 1947 exploring the intersections of art and politics.

Carla Carlargé, French and Italian, to complete her thesis exploring alternative discourses of fundamentalism in literary works by authors from four Arabic-speaking countries of the Mediterranean basin.

Andy Douglas, English (Nonfiction Writing), to complete a memoir of his life as a monk in Asia after a childhood in the U.S.


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