Fellowship Recipients


Rocca Dissertation Research

2016

Aaron Young, City and Regional Planning. A Field of Meaning: The Urban Land Question in South Africa
Alexis Schaffler, Landscape Architecture. The emergence of multifunctional infrastructure in Johannesburg
Brittany Birberick, Socio-cultural Anthropology. Photography and urban transformation in Johannesburg, South Africa
Erin Torkelson, Geography. Black Tax: Gender and Generation in South Africa
James Mizes, City and Regional Planning. Marketing Dakar: The politics of value in urban West Africa
Kaitlyn Gaynor, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. Wildlife ecology in shared spaces: Effects of human activity on animal behavior, distribution, and population dynamics in post-war Mozambique
Paul Thissen, Political Science. Legacy Institutions and Political Order in Weak States
Rachel Strohm, Political Science. Political impacts of welfare expansion in Africa
Stephen McIsaac, Anthroplogy/Medical Anthropology. The Shifting Terrains of Violence and Trauma in Post-apartheid South Africa

2015

Adam Lichtenheld, Political Science. Forced migration as a weapon of war
Alice Sverdlik, City and Regional Planning. Infrastructure in Nairobi's Informal Settlements
Caroline Ritter, History. The Cultural Project of the Late British Empire in Africa
Danny Choi, Political Science. Strongmen or Strawmen: Incumbent Survival in Emerging African Democracies
Hallie Wells, Anthropology. Malagasy Slam Poetry at the Intersection of Politics, Performance, and Transnational Circulation
Katherine Seto, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. Fish, Fishers, and Fleets: Marine Resource Competition and the Impacts for Sustainability and Conflict in West Africa
Lindsay Bayham, Sociology. Social Ties and Socio-economic Mobility in Ghana
Sam Dubal, Anthropology. Against Humanity: Life, Violence, and Rebellion in an African Postcolony
Selina Makana, African American Studies. Soldiering Women: Gender and Militarized Armed Struggle in Southern Africa and Cuba
Sylvan Herskovitz, Agricultural and Resource Economics. Causes and Consequences of Intensive Sports Betting in Uganda

2014

Cheryl Schmitz, Anthropology. Chinese economic and social practices in Angola
Cullen Goldblatt, Comparative Literature. Political Imagination in Historical Narratives (Thiaroye, Dakar and District Six, Cape Town)
Jason Price, Anthropology. Holy Ghost Inc: Inside a Malawian Ministry of Deliverance
Joseph Lample, Education. Educational Re-contextualization in Uganda
Joshua Williams, Performance Studies. Performance and Ecology in East Africa
Marlee Tichenor, Anthropology. Artemisinin and the Senegalese Fight against Malaria
Peter Dixon, Sociology. International Criminal Law, Transitional Justice, Global Governance, D.R. Congo
Sarah Holcombe, Public Health. Legal Reform in Sub-Saharan Africa: Ethiopia’s 2005 Reform of Criminal Code on Abortion
Tristan Nunez, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. Hippopotamus Ecology and Conservation in a Changing Kenya
Victoria Massie, Anthropology. Transnational Uses of Genetic Ancestry Testing Among African Americans
Youssef Carter, Anthropology. Religious Subjectivities, Spiritual Networks, and Diasporic Existence among African-American and Senegalese Muslims
Zachary Burt, Energy and Resources Group. Drinking Water Access in Developing Countries

2013

Aaron deGrassi, Geography. Agricultural Investment and Accumulation in Post-Conflict Oil-Boom Angola
Allan Mugishagwe, Music. On Choreographing Productive Citizenship: The Cultural Work of Music in NGOs in Uganda
Caroline Ritter, History. The Cultural Project of the Late British Empire in Africa
Chelsea Johnson, Political Science. Implementing Peace: Power sharing in post-conflict societies
Jessica Crewe, Comparative Literature. Distant Reading: Narrative Theory at the Edge of Empire
Jonathan Cole, History. Medicalizing Maternity: Gender, Health, and the Politics of Reproduction in twentieth-century Senegal
Kathryn Fiorella, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. Natural Resource Use, Livelihoods, and Health Outcomes: Interactions of fishery resources in Western Kenya
Merrill Baker-Medard, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. Sunken Treasures: Marine Conservation & Gendered Resource Use During Madagascar's Political Crisis
Miriam Tsalyuk, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. The Cultural Project of the Late British Empire in Africa
Peter Dixon, Sociology. Transitional Justice in the Congo
Rachel Niehuus, Anthroplogy/Medical Anthropology. Institutions of Healing in the DRCongo
Tendro Ramaharitra, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. Linking rural household's decision to land use and land cover change around Makira Protected Area, Madagascar
Zachary Levenson, Sociology. Surplus Cities: Transit Camp and Forced Removals after Apartheid

2012

Allan Mugishagwe, Music. The Cultural Work of Music in NGOs: Uganda
April Sizemore-Barber, Performance Studies. Over the rainbow? Constituting Queerness and Performing Nation in Post-(post)-Apartheid South Africa
Beth Rabinowitz, Political Science. Reversal of Fortune: Regime Strategies and Political (In)Stability in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, 1950-2000
George Willcoxon, Political Science. Insurgency and the State: Core Institutions under Extreme Stress
Jason Price, Anthropology. Mental Health Care Delivery in Malawi
Jeffrey Schauer, History. Imperial Ark: wildlife policy and colonial governance in East and Central Africa, 1890-1974
Jonathon Repinecz, French. Whose Hero?: Reinventing the Epic in French West African Literature
Joseph Godlewski, Architecture. History of Zoning Strategies in Calabar, Nigeria
Joshua Craze, Anthropology. Notions of territory in Abyei, Southern Sudan
Joshua Williams, Performance Studies. Performance and Political Violence in East Africa during the Cold War
Margaret Frye, Sociology/Demography. The Recursive Reconstruction of Future Aspirations in Southern Malawi
Miriam Tsalyuk, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. Using satellite imagery to assess the impacts of herbivore distributions with application to rangeland management and conservation in Southern Africa
Oluwakemi Balogun, Sociology. Contesting Nationalisms: Gender, Globalization and Cultural Representation in Nigerian Beauty Pageants
Sharone Tomer, Architecture. Architectural Practices after Apartheid: Urban Imaginings and Nation Building in Cape Town, 1984 to 2010
Willa Friedman, Economics. Local Economic Conditions and Participation in the Rwandan Genocide

2011

Alice Kelly, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. Putting the "Fortress" into Fortress Conservation: Militarizing State Control in Waza National Park, Cameroon
Allan Mugishagwe, Music. NGOs and Values Education: The Cultural Work of Music in Uganda
Brendan McSherry, Political Science. What impact will the Muslim Manifesto actually have on the 2010 General Elections?
Bruno Reinhardt, Anthropology. African modernity and the rhetoric of charisma: becoming a pastor in contemporary Ghana
Christopher Golden, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. The interaction between natural resource use and human health outcomes in rural Madagascar
Jonathan Cole, History. In Sickness and in Health: Urban Space and the Social Contexts of Health and Disease in Dakar, 1914-1996
Kehinde (Kenny) Ajayi, Economics. School Choice and the Returns to Schooling
Leticia Cesarino, Anthropology. Biofuels in Brazil and Ghana
Sarah Sawyer, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. Habitat Suitability and Landscape Connectivity in the Takamanda-Mone Region of Cameroon
Sarah Zimmerman, History. A Social History of West African colonial soldiers who served in French Empire
Steve Bellan, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. Understanding the spatiotemporal distribution of wildlife disease with opportunistic surveillance and scavenger movement data:
Tobias Warner, Comparative Literature. Conceptions of Literacy and Literature in Senegalese Fiction, Poetry and Film

2010

Abdoulaye Sy, Agricultural and Resource Economics. Civil Conflicts and the Spread of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Sub Saharan Africa
Beth Rabinowitz, Political Science. A comparative analysis of changes in political stability in Ghana & Cote d'Ivoire, from 1950-2000
Dan Fahey, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. War in DR Congo, 1996-2008
Duncan Allard, Music. Popular Music and Urban Livelihood in Zimbabwe
Jonas Hjort, Economics. Development economics and female empowerment in East Africa
Joshua Dimon, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. Strategic Institutions and Collaborative Extractives? A Paradox of Fossil Fuel Development and Community-Based Natural Resource Management in Mozambique
Marcel Paret, Sociology. Immigration and State-Economy Relations: A Comparative Study of Post-WWII Labor Systems in California and South Africa
Oluwakemi Balogun, Sociology. The Cultural Politics of Beauty Pageants in Nigeria
Steve Bellan, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. Ecology of anthrax and scavengers in Etosha National Park

2009

Brendan McSherry, Political Science. Religion and Political Polarization in Tanzania
Carrie Cizauskas, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. Ecology of anthrax in Etosha National Park, Namibia
Charles Kirubi, Energy and Resources Group. Assessment of Community-Based Electric Micro-Grids as an Option for Off-grid Rural Electrification in Kenya
China Scherz, Medical Anthropology. Childhood and the Ethics of Care: Orphan Support and NGOs in Central Uganda
Duncan Allard, Music. Popular Music and Urban Livelihood in Zimbabwe
Erin Mahaffey, Anthropology. Social Marketing in Tanzania
Jay McEntee, Integrative Biology. The Diversification and Conservation of Eastern Arc Mountain Double-Collared Sunbirds
Jennifer Brass, Political Science. Surrogates for Government? NGOs and the State in Africa
Rachel Giraudo, Anthropology. Tourism and Cultural Heritage at the Tsodilo Hills, Botswana
Sarah Zimmerman, History. Social History of the Tirailleurs Senegalais in French Colonial Wars

2008

Charles Kirubi, Energy and Resources Group. As if Institutions Matter: The Case of Rural Electric Mini-grids in Kenya
China Scherz, Medical Anthropology. Orphan Care and Children’s Rights in Uganda
Dan Fahey, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. Post-Conflict Development in Uganda, 1986-2006
Erin Mahaffey, Anthropology. Publicity, Secrecy, and Medical Confidentiality in Zanzibar, East Africa
Jessica Leino, Economics. Essays on social service provision in developing countries: evidence from Kenya
Karen Weinbaum, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. Sustainability of bushmeat hunting in Central Africa
LaToya Beck, African Diaspora Studies. Performing (Racial) Identity in Postcolonial India: Sidis, Blackness, and Diaspora
Mahad Ibrahim, Information Management. An Institutional Eye on ICT4D projects: How do institutional policies and practices reflect and affect utilization of Egyptian IT
Mark Massoud, Jurisprudence and Social Policy. Law in a Failed State: Grassroots Legal Groups and Development in Sudan

2007

David Cohen, Archaeology. The Archaeology of Culture Contact on the Kalahari's Fringe, Botswana
Ethan Yeh, Economics. Sex Work as a Response to Risk in Kenya
Ippolytos Kalofonos, Medical Anthropology/Public Health/Medicine. HIV/ AIDS interventions in Central Mozambique
Jenny Aker, Agricultural and Resource Economics. Of Markets and Famines: Understanding Market Performance during the 2005 Niger Food Crisis
Mark Massoud, Jurisprudence and Social Policy. Law in a Failed State: Grassroots Legal Groups and Development in Sudan
Natoschia Scruggs, African Diaspora Studies. Engendering Somali Refugee Resettlement in Egypt and the United States
Wendy Turner, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. Coinfections between gastrointestinal parasites and anthrax in ungulates of Etosha National

2006

Andrew Lyons, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. An investigation of land use and cover change dynamics using a multi-agent system model
Catherine Corson, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. Rethinking Conservation and Development in Madagascar
Charles Kirubi, Energy and Resources Group. Evaluating the Impacts of Modern Energy Services on Microenterprises in Kenya
Gaidi Faraj, African Diaspora Studies. Radical Black Underground
Ippolytos Kalofonos, Medical Anthropology/Public Health/Medicine. HIV/AIDS Interventions in Central Mozambique
Ivy Mills, African Diaspora Studies. Sutura: Subalternity, Disclosure and the Gendering of the Senegalese Subject
Martha Johnson, Political Science. Unsettling the Bureaucracy: Presidential Leadership and State Institutions in Post-2000 Senegal
Michael Nelson, Political Science. African State Power: on the influence of African states in the international legal system
Rachel Robinson, Demography. An Analysis of African Responses to Rapid Population Growth
Rebecca Ghanadan, Energy and Resources Group. Public Services or Commodity Goods? The Social and Political Significance of Electricity Reforms in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Robin Turner, Political Science. States and markets revisited: nature tourism and the local political economy

2005

Andrew Lyons, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. An investigation of land use and cover change dynamics using a multi-agent system model
Catherine Corson, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. Rethinking Conservation and Development in Madagascar
David Cohen, Archaeology. Culture-contact at the Kalahari's edge; the archaeology of serfdom, trade, marriage, and poverty, Botswana, c. AD 500- AD 1500
George Wittemyer, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. The Spatial and Social Structure of the Sumburu Elephant Population
Ivy Mills, African Diaspora Studies. Sutura: Subalternity, Disclosure, and the Gendering of the Senegalese Subject
Kristin Reed, Environmental Science, Policy & Management. Washing Ashore: The Tides of Oil Capitalism and Violence in Northern Angola
Laura Hubbard, Anthropology. Lusaka sounds, Johannesburg markets: making and selling culture in Southern Africa
Rebecca Ghanadan, Energy and Resources Group. Negotiating Reforms: The Politics of Urban Energy in Tanzania (Social and Political Significance of Energy Reforms)
Robert Bailis, Energy and Resources Group. Social and technical analysis of charcoal production in Narok, Kenya
Robin Turner, Political Science. Tourism and the local political economy in Kenya and South Africa
Ruth Uwaifo-Oyere, Agricultural and Resource Economics. Geopolitic and time differences in returns to education in Nigeria: fact or fantasy?
Saida Hodzic, Medical Anthropology. Sites of Contention: NGO Interventions against Female Genital Cutting in Ghana