SHASS Research Fund names 10 recipients for 2018

The annual SHASS analysis Fund aids MIT research in the humanities, arts, and social sciences that shows guarantee of earning an essential contribution towards the proposed section of task. The 10 recipients for 2018 tend to be:

Nikhil Agarwal, assistant professor of economics: The near-universal coverage of dialysis treatments under Medicare, including for folks under age 65, is exclusive inside U.S. medical care system. Agarwal intends to use their SHASS analysis funding to analyze formerly collected data to explore whether and just how Medicare reimbursement rates impact the quiality of dialysis treatment and client effects.

Charlotte Brathwaite, associate professor of music and movie theater arts: SHASS analysis investment will help “Forgotten haven: Grazettes Sun,” a film project by director Brathwaite. Motivated when you’re united together with her estranged cousin for the first time, Brathwaite plans to take a small team for a analysis visit to the Gold Coast (Ghana, Benin, and Togo) to excavate the jigsaw problem of record and memory and to determine places considerable to her own ancestry as well as the trans-Atlantic slave-trade.

Sarah Brown, director of design for songs and movie theater arts: SHASS analysis funding will allow Brown to participate the production of Gregory Spears’ opera, “Fellow Travelers,” which dramatizes the lives of Americans whose jobs had been ended and resides had been transformed throughout the “Lavender Scare,” a period within the cool War when LGBTQ individuals were expelled from the government because of their sexual identities.

Lerna Ekmekcioglu, associate teacher of history: Ekmekcioglu’s money will help her ongoing book and digital humanities task, “Feminism in Armenian: An Interpretive Anthology plus Digital Archive.” With Melissa Bilal, a going to scholar with MIT background, Ekmekcioglu traces the development of Armenian feminist thought from the 1860s to the 1960s. It will be the first collection in English on the topic.

Malick Ghachem, associate teacher of record: Ghachem’s book increasing of plantation capitalism in Haiti during the 1720s, “The Old Regime and Haitian Revolution,” would be translated into French using the support of SHASS analysis funding, making the task offered to Francophone scholars in France and somewhere else in the French-speaking world. Funding will even allow Ghachem to present their research in France upon its publication by Éditions Karthala plus the Centre intercontinental de recherches sur les esclavages.

Frederick Harris, Jr., manager of wind and jazz ensembles for music and theater arts: aided by the assistance of SHASS analysis investment, Harris plans to start studying the life and music job of Herb Pomeroy (1930-2007) toward a biography with the working title of “It’s the Note You Don’t Enjoy: The musical lifetime of Herb Pomeroy.” In addition to portraying Pomeroy’s personal life, this book will evaluate the 3 significant areas of his musicianship: trumpeter, director/conductor, and educator.

Mark Harvey, senior lecturer in music and theater arts: SHASS analysis Fund support will allow the recording and production of an innovative new album of initial compositions by Harvey, all carried out with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. The centerpiece will soon be “Swamp-a-Rama,” a composition at turns satirical and serious that reacts to the present sociopolitical weather in the usa. 

Sabine Iatridou, teacher of linguistics: In Dutch and German, concern words including “what” are identical to existential terms eg “something.” How does a single word have these two various meanings? Which meaning came first-in the introduction of the language? What does that inform us about the improvement language much more usually? Iatridou will explore these questions with all the support of SHASS study financing in control with peers from the University of Amsterdam.

Seth Mnookin, teacher of relative media studies/writing: Funding will support a fresh book dedicated to the cultural, historical, and scientific underpinnings of how exactly we age, as well as on analysis efforts made to extend both lifespan and healthspan. In inclusion to supplying a detailed overview of research that could reframe how exactly we think of the aging process, the book offer readers helpful tips to what age related issues could be mitigated by modifications to lifestyle, health interventions, or pharmacological treatments — and which routes in order to avoid.

Ariel White, assistant professor of governmental science: With an unprecedented quantity of material, White along with her peers will use a textual evaluation tool to evaluate the language familiar with report on criminal activity, asking whether also to what extent local media outlets focus mainly on crimes dedicated by nonwhite suspects. They’ll also evaluate the connection between reporting styles and actual crime data to see whether these magazines accurately mirror the level and form of criminal activity.

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