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Hill Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Current Recipients:

Samantha Billing, Fall 2020

Samantha’s dissertation explores the ethnogenesis of the Miskitu - a group indigenous to the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua and Honduras - during the colonial period. She explores themes such as slavery, race, cartography, and rulership to trace how the Miskitu emerged as a recognizable ethnic group by the end of the eighteenth century. She has completed archival research in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Costa Rica, the U.K., and Spain, and has spent time in Nicaragua and the Yucatán learning indigenous languages (Miskitu and Yucatec Maya). My research was most recently funded by the SSRC’s Mellon IDRF and a Fulbright research award.

Mallory Huard, Spring 2021

Mallory is a fifth-year dual-title PhD in 19th Century U.S. History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies under the guidance of Dr. Lori Ginzberg. She has taught courses in History, WGSS, and African American Studies at Penn State. Her dissertation, "America's Private Empire: Gender and Commercial Imperialism in 19th Century Hawai'i" looks at cross-cultural encounters to examine the impact of commerce and trade on women and family structures in Hawai‘i, as well as the role of women in imperialism and colonialism.