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2018

  • Mariel Barnes was awarded the NSF, DAAD Fellowship, Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies Fellowship from Freie Universität (Young Academics and Scientists), a Humane Studies Fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, Adam Smith Research Fellowship from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a Graduate School Research Travel Grant and an International Research Travel Grant from the Einaudi Center.  Her dissertation research investigates the political foundations of everyday violence against women in Europe.
  • Minqi Chai won the R.J. Smith fellowship and the Reppy fellowship.
  • Colin Chia won the Carpenter Fellowship for one semester, Einaudi Travel Grant, and will be a Visiting Junior Fellow at the Graduate Institute of Geneva in Spring 2019.
  • Debak Das was awarded the 2018 Chateubriand Fellowship, 2018 Michele Sicca Grant for Research in Europe, the Stephen and Margery Russell Award, a Research Travel Grant from the Graduate School, and the India Research Fellowship from the Wilson Center, Washington, DC.
  • Naomi Egel won the Einaudi-SSRC DPD, Reppy Director’s Fellowship, a Carpenter Fellowship for one semester, and honorable mention for the NSF GRF.
  • Kevin Foley one semester C.V. Starr Fellowship.
  • Mariano Giusti-Rodriguez was awarded the Provost’s Diversity Fellowship for one semester.
  • Robert Lincoln Hines was awarded Marion and Frank Long Fellowship for AY 2018-2019.
  • Julius Lagodny won a 2018 Michele Sicca Grant for Research in Europe, Mercatus Center Adam Smith award, and a Research Travel Grant from the Graduate School.
  • Claire Leavitt was the recipient of the Russell Distinguished Teaching Award.
  • Lin Le won a research travel grant from both Einaudi Center and Cornell’s East Asia Program for summer 2018.
  • Cameron Mailhot won an Einaudi Travel Grant (Vilnius, Lithuania) and a Purdue Peace Project/Milt Laurenstein Grant.
  • Vincent Mauro won a Mario Einaudi International Research Travel Grant, an Inequality Seed Grant from the Center for the Study of Inequality, and a graduate fellowship from the Latin American Studies Program.
  • Catharina Obermeier won the SSHRC.\
  • Pauliina Patana won a Research Travel Grant.
  • Aditi Sahasrabuddhe won the 2018 Kahin Prize.
  • Jose Sanchez-Gomez – won the Einaudi-SSRC DPD.
  •  Mariano Sanchez-Talanquer won APSA's 2018 William Anderson's award "for the best dissertation in the general field of federalism or intergovernmental relations.
  • Mariana Sanchez-Talanquer and Nicole Weygandt were co-recipients of the 2018 Esman Prize
  • Gregory Thaler won the Science, Technology & Environmental Politics Section of the American Political Science Association for the Virginia Walsh Dissertation Award, which is given for the best dissertation in the field of science, technology and environmental politics.
  • Jimena Valdez Tappata won a Research Travel Grant from the Graduate School.
  • Tim Vasko was awarded a Research Travel Fellowship from the Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas.
  • Diane Wong was awarded the Don T. Nakanishi Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Service in Asian Pacific American Politics and the Susan Clarke Young Scholars Award at APSA's Urban Politics Section. She was also was inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society and recognized as one of the Graduate School Deans Scholars.
  • Jessica Zarkin Notni won the Andrew Kohut Fellowship for her research to understand whether Latin Americans have become increasingly concerned with issues pertaining to crime in the last five decades. Second, whether this phenomenon is present only in Latin American countries that have experienced a rise in insecurity. And, third, to begin exploring the causal mechanisms that explain why citizens are turning to the military to provide public order in the region even though, as my own research with professor Gustavo Flores-Macías has shown, policies that have militarized law enforcement have been widely ineffective at procuring security for Latin American citizens.
  • Christopher Zepeda-Milan won the ASA Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movement for the best book in collective behavior and social movements.

2017

  • Mariano Giusti-Rodriguez was awarded the Provost’s Diversity Fellowship for one semester.
  • Steffen Blings was awarded Cornell’s Center for Teaching Excellence, “2016 Cornelia Ye Outstanding TA Award.”
  • Robert Braun at Northwestern University
    •   Annual Theda Skocpol award for the best dissertation on comparative-historical sociology by the American Sociologica Association
    •  Ernst B. Haas Best Dissertation Award 2017, European Politics and Society Section of the American Political Science Association. 
    •  Walter Dean Burnham Best Dissertation Award 2017, Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association. 
    •  Best Dissertation Award 2017, Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association. 
    •  Aaron Wildavsky Best Dissertation Award 2017, Religion and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association
  • Minqi Chai was awarded a Research Travel Grant from the Einaudi Center and the Southeast Asia Program. 
  • David Cortez was awarded the 2016 Fund for Latino Scholarship award for his research on ethnic and racial identity with particular focus on intersectional and situational identity salience.
  • Debak Das was awarded the Frank and Marion Long Fellowship from the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and a Herbert I. Flournoy Fellowship from Cornell’s Government Department. He was also appointed the Director's Fellow at the Reppy Institute for 2016-17. 
  • David De Micheli was awarded Fulbright-Hays DDRA and National Science Foundation DDRIG grants to conduct research on racial reclassification and political identity formation in Brazil.
  • Kevin Duong has won the 2017 APSA Leo Strauss Award for best dissertation in the field of political philosophy, for his dissertation, “Democratic Terror: Redemptive Violence and the Formation of Nineteenth Century France.”  
  • Alex Dyzenhaus was awarded a SSHRC fellowship.
  • Kevin Foley was awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship to study Burmese during the 2017-18 academic year. He also was awarded a 2017-18 Travel Grant Award to conduct research in China from the East Asia Program (EAP) and a fellowship from the American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) to conduct short-term research in Indonesia in spring 2018.
  • Lincoln Hines was awarded the EAP East Asian Language Study Grant (LSG) for the summer 2017.
  • Julius Lagodny was awarded a Herbert I. Flournoy Fellowship from Cornell’s Government Department.
  • Claire Leavitt was awarded a Herbert I. Flournoy Fellowship from Cornell’s Government Department.
  • Natalie Letsa was awarded a Herbert I. Flournoy Fellowship from Cornell’s Government Department.
  • Jessica Notni was awarded a Herbert I. Flournoy Fellowship from Cornell’s Government Department.
  • Pauliina Patana was awarded a Mellon International Dissertation Research fellowship from the SSRC, a Chateaubriand fellowship from the Embassy of France in the U.S and a TTS scholarship from the Thanks to Scandinavia Foundation for her research on local-level variation in the rise and popularity of right-wing populist parties in Western Europe.   She was also awarded the Department’s Kahin Prize.
  • Catherine Reyes-Housholder has won this year’s APSA dissertation prize awarded by the Women and Politics Research Section for her dissertation, "Presidentas, Power, and Pro-Women Change.”
  • Erica Salinas was awarded a 2016-2017 APSA Minority Fellowship.
  • Jose Sanchez-Gomez was a Latin American Studies Program (LASP) Fellow 2016-2017. He was awarded a Herbert I. Flournoy Fellowship (Cornell’s Government Department), and won a LASP Summer Research Travel Grant and a Einaudi Center Research Travel to conduct research in Chile. He was also awarded the Kohut Fellowship from the Roper Center for his research on public opinion in Chile (1966-2016).
  • Darin Self was awarded a summer FLAS and a 2017-2018 FLAS.  He was also awarded a one-semester Lee Teng-hui Fellowship and a Herbert I. Flournoy Fellowship from Cornell’s Government Department.
  • Mallory Sorelle, now at Lafayette College, was awarded the Esman Prize, and is the recipient of the E.E.Schattschneider Award for the best dissertation on American politics for her dissertation, “Democracy Declined: The Failed Politics of Consumer Credit.”
  • Megan Delphia Shanks-Booth was awarded a Research Travel Grant from the graduate school.
  • Timothy Vasko was awarded a Research Travel Fellowship from the Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas.
  • Youyi Zhang and a colleague from Tsinghua University/University of Yangon were awarded a grant from International Growth Center (IGC), a UK-based research institute, for a series of survey experiments on Myanmar public perceptions of Chinese investment. He was also awarded a dissertation grant from Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, and travel grants from the Southeast Asia program and the Institute for African Development.

2016

  • Elizabeth Acorn was awarded a doctoral fellowship from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
  • Amanda Cheney was awarded a C.V. Starr Fellowship from the East Asia Program.
  • Kevin Foley was awarded a Southeast Asia Program Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) for the academic year 2016-17 and a Herbert I. Flournoy Fellowship from Cornell’s Government Department.
  • Mariana Giusti-Rodriguez was recently awarded the Penn Predoctoral Fellowship for Excellence through Diversity. 
  • Wendy Leutert was awarded a Smith Richardson World Politics & Statecraft Fellowship for dissertation fieldwork in China and a Flournoy Fellowship for joint research on Chinese firms' changing role in overseas infrastructure development (with Youyi Zhang). 
  • Caitlin Mastroe is the recipient of a 2015-2016 START Terrorism Research Award (TRA) and an American Studies Graduate Research Grant for her dissertation field-research on countering violent extremism efforts in the US.
  • Sarah Maxey was awarded an NSF grant for 2016-2017 for her dissertation research on foreign policy attitudes and humanitarian justifications in U.S. interventions. 
  • Martijn Mos was awarded the Luigi Einaudi Fellowship for Dissertation Research from the Cornell Institute for European Studies, 2016-2017 for his project on "The Limits of Tolerance?: Ethnic and Sexual Minority Rights in a Post-Enlargement Europe." 
  • William Pennington was the recipient of the Deanne Gebell Gitner ’66 a Family Annual Prize for Teaching Assistants.
  • Erica Salinas was awarded the 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship for her research on the political implications of gang suppression policies in Latina/o neighborhoods and the Herbert I. Flournoy Fellowship from Cornell’s Government Department. 
  • Darin Self was awarded a FLAS fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year from the Southeast Asia Program and a honorable mention for NSF.
  • AshLee Smith was awarded the 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship for her research on federalism and state politics with an emphasis on the politics of poverty and inequality, welfare policy, and policy implementation and evaluation.
  • Danielle Thomsen is the winner of the American Political Science Association’s 2015 E.E. Schattschneider Award for the best dissertation in American politics, for her dissertation, “Party Fit in the U.S. Congress: The Intersection of Ideology, Political Parties, and Gender.”
  • Diane Wong was awarded the Provost’s Diversity Fellowship for one semester in the 2016-17 academic year.
  • Simon Velasquez was awarded the Provost’s Diversity Fellowship for one semester in the 2016-17 academic year.
  • Youyi Zhang was awarded a C.V. Starr Fellowship from the East Asia Program and a Reppy Fellowship.