Matthew V. Bender is an associate professor in the Department of History at the College of New Jersey. During his fellowship year he will work on a project entitled Water Brings No Harm: Knowledge, Power, and the Struggle for Water on Kilimanjaro. This project examines struggles over the control, management, and meaning of water on Mount Kilimanjaro, East Africa, from the early nineteenth century to the present.Janam Mukherjee received his PhD from the University of Michigan in the History and Anthropology Program in 2011. Dr. Mukherjee will spend his fellowship year at the program refining his dissertation, entitled Hungry Bengal: War, Famine, Riots, and the End of Empire 1939-1946, into a scholarly publication. His work looks at the interconnected events of this time period through the lens of hunger to reconstruct a complex account of the of India’s journey to independence.Rheana (Juno) Salazar Parreñas received her PhD in Anthropology from Harvard University in 2012. Dr. Parreñas’s dissertation, Arrested Autonomy: An Ethnography of Orangutan Rehabilitation, looks at practices of care and concepts of freedom at two wildlife centers in Malaysia from the viewpoint of various stakeholders. During her year in residence here, Dr. Parreñas will turn her dissertation into a book.Gabriel Rosenberg is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of History at Duke University. Dr. Rosenberg received his PhD from Brown in 2011. As a fellow, Dr. Rosenberg will work on his project, Purebred: Making Meat and Eugenics in America, 1880-1940. This project traces the purebred animal’s journey and its effects on gender and race throughout the American food system.
Rishabh Kumar Dhir is a PhD candidate in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. A recipient of the 2012 Albert Gallatin Fellowship in International Affairs, he will be spending this year completing his PhD research examining the interactions between development discourses, conservation movements, and nomadic tribals in the Indian context. His research also explores issues surrounding poverty, criminality, resource use, and governance.