Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (Japanese)

2018-2019 Library Enhancement Grant

Christopher Smith, on behalf of the Japanese program in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures received a Library Enhancement Grant to acquire materials necessary to expand the library’s collection of primary source material and scholarship in the fields of Japanese comics and animation, manga, and related visual cultural fields. The grant will add to the UF Smathers Libraries’ comics collection with more foundational primary and secondary sources in manga studies, focusing mainly on primary source material from the 1950s to the 1980s. Adding both English language and Japanese language materials will benefit faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students studying and doing research in Japanese, English, or Film and Media Studies Programs.

Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science
2018-2019 Rothman Doctoral Fellow

Alexandria Wilson received a Rothman Doctoral Fellowship for her dissertation project titled “Framing Exploitation: The Women’s Movement and Anti-trafficking Policy in East Central Europe.” She used her funds to conduct fieldwork in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia.

Ph.D. Candidate, History
2018-2019 Tedder Doctoral Fellow

J. Lucien D. (Luc) Houle is the Program Coordinator at the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere.  He was awarded the 2019 Waldo W. Neikirk Award for the Graduate Student Summer Residency at the National Humanities Center.  He earned his B. A. in History from University of North Florida and his M. A. in History from the University of Florida.

Luc received a Tedder Doctoral Fellowship for his dissertation project titled “On the Margins of Medieval Power: Ramon Berenguer V and Mobility,” which explores how power functioned in thirteenth-century Provence and the implications of this for a broader understanding of mobility and power in the Middle Ages. Read More “Luc Houle”

Ph.D. Candidate, Religion
2018-2019 Rothman Doctoral Fellowship

In her dissertation, The Goddess and Dancing Śiva in the Multiple Ritual Worlds of Chidambaram Shaw takes a Goddesscentric approach to the stories and life of Chidambaram, which is a temple town famous for being home to Dancing Śiva. This approach allows her to explore a myriad of narrative layers, which are often overlooked when a study focuses upon a male deity and the elite males who worship him. Her overarching research questions ask: how does turning to Goddess stories, to the Goddess within the God stories, to marginalized voices along with elite ones, and to the practices of regular people enrich the historical archive? How does this grow our understanding of Hindu temples and Hindu Traditions? Read More “Jodi Shaw”

Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology and Criminology & Law
2018-2019 Rothman Doctoral Fellow


Tameka Samuels-Jones addressed questions about conflicting state regulations and indigenous cultural beliefs in the Blue and John Crow Mountains of Jamaica in her talk. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015 the site is still threatened by illegal deforestation, water pollution, and poaching. Focusing on three groups — the maroons, Rastafarians, and local coffee farmers — Samuels-Jones’ work provided insight into the cultural and legal factors that determine how to govern natural resources successfully. Read More “Tameka Samuels-Jones”

Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies
2018 Rothman Faculty Summer Fellow

Dr. Chauca received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship to finish conducting research for my current book project titled “Missionary Polemics and the Making of Early Modern Amazonian Knowledge”, which is under contract with Routledge’s Studies in Global Latin America Series. Thanks to the Rothman fellowship, Dr. Chauca was able to travel to Rome, Italy to work at the central archives of the Franciscan and Jesuit Orders. Read More “Robert Chauca”

School of Music
2018 Rothman Faculty Summer Fellow

Dr. Butler received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship for her  project titled “The Operatic Prima Donna and Celebrity Culture.” She traveled to the Newberry Library in  Chicago, IL for archival research to consult the Howard Mayer Brown Collection of opera librettos, the rich holdings of manuscript musical scores on microfilm, and contemporary conduct manuals for women.

Department of History
2018 Rothman Faculty Summer Fellow

Dr. Harland-Jacobs received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship for her  project titled “The Catholic Question and the British Empire, 1710s-1830s.” She used the funds to write the last chapter of the manuscript, and put the entire first draft of the book through a final revision before submitting.

Harland-Jacobs’ research focused on how early-modern and modern empires managed religious diversity and established the boundaries of imperial citizenship. She posited a “spectrum of incorporation” wherein the ways in which attitudes and policies toward people were incorporated into an expanding empire ranged from persecution to accommodation. To make this case, Harland-Jacobs mined key texts in colonial archives.

Her talk focused on Catholics in the British Isles and British Empire between 1710s and 1830s with an emphasis on the latter years. She shared that while an anti-Catholic and pro-Protestant agenda was at the heart of British empire building in the 17th and 18th centuries, religious identity was less significant in defining citizenship than one’s willingness to express loyalty to the monarch and ability to contribute to the expansion of a loyal, peaceable, stable, and productive “Pax Brittanica.”


Departments of Biology and History
2018 Rothman Faculty Summer Fellow

Dr. Smocovitis received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship for her project titled “Masuo Kodani, Genetics, and the Japanese American Experience.” She used the funds to travel to archival collections in Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay area in completion of the final phase of research. Read More “Vassiliki (Betty) Smocovitis”

Center for African American Studies
2018 Rothman Faculty Summer Fellow

Dr. Henson received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship for his project titled “Race, Gender, and Bahian Hip-Hop Cultures.” He used the funds for fieldwork in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. Examining the “diaspora from below” Henson looks at how Bahian hip-hop cultures are created by people in everyday acts, particularly through music and popular culture. Read More “Bryce Henson”