IUPLR-CUNY DSI Program Fellow

The Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) awards this fellowship to no more than seven doctoral students annually who are completing dissertations in the field of Latino Studies. Recipients are selected from six grant-eligible IUPLR member institutions: The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, CUNY Centro for Puerto Rican Studies, The Center for Mexican and Mexican American Studies and the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, The Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Houston, The Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA, and the Latin America and Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Recipients of the IUPLR/Mellon CUNY DSI Fellowship:

Allison GuessAward Recipient: Allison Guess, Ph.D. Candidate
Institution: CUNY Graduate Center
Discipline: Earth and Environmental Studies (Human Geography)
Dissertation Title: 16th Century Discontinuous Black Land Story and the Insistent Unsettling Crisis of the New World


Dr. Felix Rodriguez

Award Recipient: Felix Rodriguez, PhD
Institution: The Pennsylvania State University
Discipline: Art Education
Dissertation Title: Mapping Contested Identities in Dominican Art Education: An Historical Inquiry (2019)
Update: Dr. Rodriguez is the Supervisor of Art Education at the Ministry of Education in the Dominican Republic. Currently, he is completing a book chapter for Dustin & Sinner’s Artwork Histories: Transnational Perspectives in Art Education.
Award Recipient: Nadiah Rivera Fellah, PhD
Institution: The CUNY Graduate Center
Discipline: Art History
Dissertation Title: Stills of Passage: Photography and Migration in the US-Mexico Borderlands, 1978-1992 (2019)
Update: Dr. Rivera Fellah is the Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Earlier this year, she published an article in the History Journal of Photography titled, “Graciela Iturbide’s Cholos/as Series: Images of Cross-Border Identities”.
Award Recipient: Erin Michaels, PhD
Institution: The CUNY Graduate Center
Discipline: Sociology
Dissertation Title: The Structurally Adjusted School: School Restructuring and Youth Political Incorporation in Suburban America (2018)
Update: Dr. Michaels is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Currently, she is working on a book project analyzing how key 21st century education reforms intended to improve education for Latinx and Black are actually mechanisms of educational inequality.
Award Recipient: Luis Guzmán Valerio, PhD
Institution: The CUNY Graduate Center
Discipline: Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures
Dissertation Title: Perspectives from the Streets and the Classrooms in the Same 'Hood: Linguistic Landscapes of Sunset Park, Brooklyn (2018)
Update: Dr. Guzmán Valerio served as Interim Program Director for the Secondary Spanish Education in the School of Education at CCNY in the Spring of 2020.  Currently, he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at CCNY and Brooklyn College. A forthcoming publication will be included in Multilingualism, Translanguaging, and CUNY-NYSIEB, edited by the City University of New York-New York State Initiative on Emergent Bilinguals.
Dr. Ryan Mann HamiltonAward Recipient: Ryan Mann-Hamilton, PhD
Institution: The CUNY Graduate Center
Discipline: Cultural Anthropology
Dissertation Title: What the Tides May Bring: Political “Tigueraje” Dispossession and Popular Dissent in Samaná, Dominican Republic (2016)
Update: Dr. Mann-Hamilton is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at LaGuardia Community College. Among his publications is “The Routes of Rhythm: Reggae and Antillean Black Identity” from Pan African Spaces: Essays on Black Transnationalism.

Last Updated: 12/17/2020 11:00