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April 29, 2013
UCHV Announces Graduate Prize Fellows for 2013-14 Academic Year

The University Center for Human Values is pleased to announce the award of the University Center’s 2011-12 Graduate Prize Fellowships to ten advanced graduate students who are working on interdisciplinary dissertations in the area of ethics and human values.


Gavin Arnall
is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of Comparative Literature.  His dissertation examines the critical reception and transformation of Marxism in Latin America and the French Caribbean, focusing on case studies from Argentina, Martinique, and Peru.  Gavin’s research interests include avant-garde poetry and poetics, literature and mass culture, film and media studies, Marx and Marxism, Postcolonial and Critical Theory, psychoanalysis, and translation.  Gavin received a B.A. in the College Scholar Program (summa cum laude) and Philosophy from Cornell University.

Margaret Chapman
is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of Politics.  Her dissertation explores voting as the central practice of democracy.  The dissertation focuses on the role that voting plays in citizens’ understanding of their relationship to (and participation in) democracy and how electoral institutions impact this understanding.  Emilee has broad interests in democratic theory, social choice theory, and the place of religion in democratic citizenship and statesmanship.  She received a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame.

Frederic Clark is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of History. He specializes in the cultural and intellectual history of early modern Europe, focusing on book history, the history of the classical tradition, and the history of historical thought. More broadly, his work ranges across Greco-Roman antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the early modern period, examining how successive historical moments defined their relationship to multiple and often contradictory pasts. His dissertation examines the emergence of historical periodization in early modern thought, especially the tripartite schema of dividing time into "ancient," "medieval," and "modern" phases. He received a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard, and an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge.

Clifton Granby is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of Religion.  His dissertation examines the ethics of self and social criticism in Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Baldwin, and Howard Thurman.  It also explores the relationship between virtue, vocation, and speaking (parrhesia) the truth in love. Clifton’s wider interests include African-American religious and political thought, classical and contemporary pragmatism, ethics, social epistemology, and the philosophy of race.  He received a B.A. in politics from Wake Forest University and an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Memphis.

Janet Hine is a sixth-year graduate student in the Department of Anthropology. Her dissertation is an ethnographic study of Canadian stem cell science. It examines the impact of regulatory mechanisms on Canadian stem cell scientists’ research, focusing on the mediating role played by university and hospital research governance practices. It explores the emerging ethical issues surrounding stem cell research as stem cell scientists become increasingly involved in translation and clinical trials, and the ways in which ethical concerns become embodied in specific research programs and practices. She has an A.B. in Anthropology from Princeton and an M.Phil. in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, where she wrote her thesis on cloning.

Amy Hondo is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of Politics. Her dissertation considers the question of historical injustice, asking why one injustice may be left in the past while another continues to demand attention in the present. Amy argues that some cases of historical injustice remain salient in the present because of the group-affecting structure of the injury. Rethinking the historically-bound injury then opens space to reconsider the normative relationship between injustice, moral agents, and the demands (and limits) of responsibility. Amy holds a B.A. in music and philosophy from Bard College and an M.A. in the humanities from the University of Chicago.

Trevor Latimer
is a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Politics.  His dissertation is a study of “localism” in American political thought.  He aims to isolate and explicate the localizing impulse as it is manifested in American political history.  The dissertation considers Anti-Federalist political thought, ante-bellum states’ rights thought, nineteenth century utopian communities, and Students for a Democratic Society.  In addition to American political thought, Trevor has interests in contemporary democratic theory and American political development. He has a B.A. in Economics and Political Science and a M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Karen Levy is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on how law and technology interact to regulate behavior, with special emphasis on legal, organizational, and technological aspects of surveillance, control, and monitoring. Her dissertation research explores the technological and legal development of electronic monitoring devices to regulate truck drivers’ work time. Karen is affiliated with Princeton’s Program in Law and Public Affairs, Center for Information Technology Policy, and Center for the Study of Social Organization, as well as NYU Law’s Privacy Research Group. Before her studies at Princeton, Karen earned her J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, and served as a law clerk in the United States Federal Courts. She is a licensed attorney and is admitted to the state and federal bars of Indiana.

Iwa Nawrocki is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of History.  Her dissertation takes up the relationship between intellectual and sociopolitical activism by looking at the role Brazilian, Nicaraguan, and Polish Progressive Catholic Intellectuals played in the democratization of their countries during the 1970s and 1980s.  She is particularly interested in the transnational dimension of these democratic struggles: the international meetings and conferences, solidarity movements, travels, and other forms of formal and informal contacts that led Catholic oppositionists to form networks that cut across national borders.  She has a Joint Honors B.A. in History and Philosophy from McGill University.

Sarah Seo
is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of History. Her dissertation examines the role of the automobile in transforming American constitutional thought and criminal procedure, which, in the process, changed understandings about the meaning of freedom and the rule of law in a modern, automotive age. She received an A.B. in History, also from Princeton, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. Prior to graduate school, she served as a law clerk for Judge Denny Chin in the Southern District of New York and Judge Reena Raggi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.