During the fellowship period, Dr. Gina Sherriff worked on her project, which examined the true crime novel in Latin America, an emerging literary genre that employed the style and conventions of detective fiction to narrate real-life crimes. Her research links themes within both the detective novel and documentary narrative and relates them to the emerging genre of true crime while examining ways the true crime novel can influence political and social activism in Latin America. As a result of her work, she submitted two articles to journals for review: one about Vargas Llosa’s Lituma en los Andes, and the other about Roberto Bolaño’s 2666.
Dr. Megan Remmel collected voter turnout records from Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. After transcribing and inputting the election returns, she then used them to create the voter turnout for all statewide races, state legislative races, judicial elections, and local ballot measures. By doing so, she was then able to calculate the voter roll-off, the percentage of voters who participated in the “top” races of president, senator, or governor (depending on the election) but did not participate in a subsequent race on the ballot. As a result of her work, she has submitted an article with a collaborator to a political science journal.
Over the course of six weeks, Dr. Travis Morris was able to complete several chapters, resulting in the completion of a book manuscript to Lexington Books. In his book, he examines twelve leading violent jihadi and neo-Nazi demagogues active over the past sixty years. A mixed methodological approach was used to analyze the life and work of neo-Nazi and violent jihadi demagogues from a socio-ecological perspective that was used to examine the relationship between social/political context, biographical details, propaganda, and ideology. The book focuses on the specific forms of propaganda, the context surrounding it, and the author’s biographical details, in order to better understand information warfare.
Dr. Tara Kulkarni focused her research on the city of Pune, India and its water resources. Pune is the second largest city in Maharashtra; a highly urbanized state characterized by expanding cities that house approximately 42.5% of its population (approximately 2.5 million in 2001 and projected to be 5.7 million by 2027). The city currently supplies over 650 million liters of water per day to its residents through a 2000 km long pipeline. On the treatment side, approximately 68% of the city’s sewage of over 300 million liters daily is treated by five sewage treatment plants. As development expands and imposes additional burdens on the already strained water resources, efforts made by the Pune Municipal Corporation as well as private builders and developers were researched, focusing on green storm water infrastructure, water conservation, treatment, and water harvesting practices. The case study will be documented in an upcoming book on water resources planning exemplifying ongoing efforts in the Asian subcontinent, as the prospect of water insecurity looms large.
During his fellowship period, Dr. Rowly Brucken built upon his previous research into the origins of international human rights law by investigating human rights history, legal norms, and how human rights and American foreign policy have intersected between the American Revolution and the end of the Cold War. As a result of his efforts, he completed a book prospectus, a work of synthesis that borrows insights from a range of authors who have written about specific human rights-related issues in U.S. foreign policy. It anchors them to a larger thematic narrative that situates each one within a continuum of American foreign policy concerns dating from the start of the republic. The prospectus, table of contents, and the first chapter will go to Northern Illinois Press, whose editor has expressed an interest in issuing a book contract. Based on this research, he also presented a paper at the “Human Rights, Violence, and Dictatorship” conference in Krakow, Poland in December 2015.