The University Record, June 19, 2000

Four scholars named to Michigan Society of Fellows

From the Michigan Society of Fellows

The Michigan Society of Fellows has selected four new Fellows to serve three-year appointments as postdoctoral scholars and assistant professors, beginning this fall. The Fellows were selected from among nearly 300 applicants for their independent scholarship and interdisciplinary intellectual interests. During their tenure at the U-M, they will teach selected courses in their affiliated departments and continue their scholarly research.

The new Fellows, their affiliated departments and their research interests are:

  • Sharad Chari will be affiliated with the departments of Anthropology and History. He will receive his Ph.D. in geography from the University of California, Berkeley, this spring. His research is on the phenomenon of rural industrialization in India.

  • Vaughn Cooper, Department of Biology, holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in zoology and the Program in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior. He will explore the evolutionary ecology of Vibrio cholerae and related species.

  • Alka Patel, Department of History of Art, received her Ph.D. from the Department of History, and Art and Architecture at Harvard University this winter. Her area of specialization is Indo-Islamic architectural and cultural history.

  • Monica Prasad, Department of Sociology, will receive her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago this summer. She will study the rise and uneven distribution of neo-liberal policies in Europe and the United States. She plans to explore why corporatist welfare states have been displaced by neo-liberal free market orientations in Europe and elsewhere, and the limits of change.

    Fellows appointed in previous years who will continue their affiliation with the Society are Oz Frankel, history; Tiffany Holmes, art and design; Ram Mahalingam, psychology; Carla Mazzio, English; Peter Wilf, Museum of Paleontology and geological sciences; Daniel Rothenberg, anthropology; Robert Self, history; and Grand Parker, classical studies.

    The Michigan Society of Fellows was founded in 1970 with grants from the Ford Foundation and the Horace H. and Mary Rackham Funds. The Society provides financial aid and intellectual support to individuals selected for professional promise and interdisciplinary interests. Competition for the fellowships is open to eligible candidates in the physical and life sciences, engineering, social sciences and education, the humanities and the arts.