Doctorate in Feminist Studies student receives Institute for Citizens & Scholars scholarship


Claire Urbanski, a PhD candidate in Feminist Studies, has been named a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Thesis Fellow by the Institute for citizens and academics (formerly the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation).

The Newcombe Fellowship is the largest and most prestigious award for PhD. candidates in human and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values.

It is designed to encourage original and meaningful study and also help the PhD. applicants complete their thesis work in a timely manner. Each fellow receives a scholarship of $ 27,500 over 12 months to support their final year of writing.

Urbanski’s thesis, On Sacred and Stolen Lands: Desecration and Spiritual Violence as U.S. Settlement Colonialism, examines “the consolidation and reproduction of the empire of the United States through the desecration of indigenous sacred sites and the resulting patterns of colonial spiritual violence.”

As a public member of the Humanities Institute at UCSC in 2016, she spent her summer working at the Arizona State Museum, one of the largest state-operated archaeological repositories in the country for objects, artifacts, and artifacts. human remains unearthed. The repository manages the Native American graves. and repatriation law claims and protocol.

“Numerous archaeological digs in Arizona have resulted in the excavation of Indigenous burial sites,” Urbanski noted after completing his THI scholarship. “ASM spends a lot of time reviewing documents from past excavation projects. I have spent most of my time cataloging and sorting archaeological and archival material for grave goods and human remains so that they can be repatriated to their descendants or affiliated communities.

the THI Public Fellows The program provides doctoral students in the humanities with the opportunity to participate in research, programming, communications, and fundraising in a wide variety of non-profit organizations, cultural institutions, and businesses. The aim of the scholarships is to enable students to apply and broaden their skills in a non-university setting while pursuing higher education.

The Newcombe Thesis Fellowship is an integral part of the portfolio of the Institute for Citizens & Scholars in Higher Education. More than 1,200 Newcombe Fellows have been nominated since the first round of the competition in 1981.

Fellows in the early years of the program are now senior faculty members of leading research universities and selective liberal arts colleges, curators and directors of major scholarly archives, and leaders and decision-makers of organizations. nonprofits and government agencies at the cabinet level.

Over the past decade, national honors such as the MacArthur Fellowship, Pulitzer Prize in History, Guggenheim Fellowship, and Election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences have been awarded to more than a dozen Newcombe Fellows.


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