Elizabeth Rankin | November 11, 2017
Stefanie Israel de Souza, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology and a Ph.D. fellow and dissertation year fellow in the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, has been awarded a Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. She is one of just 10 students from across the country to win the prestigious award, which supports Ph.D. candidates in their final year of dissertation completion.
The Guggenheim Foundation focuses its funding on the study of violence and aggression in relation to issues such as social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships.
That’s a perfect fit for Israel de Souza, whose dissertation investigates police reform and violence in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro in the context of mega events like the Olympic Games. She calls the fellowship “a great honor.”
“It is encouraging to know that a foundation that exclusively supports research on violence believes that my work has something important to contribute,” she says. “On a practical level, after years of fieldwork, I am thankful to have the combined support of Guggenheim and Kellogg to complete my dissertation writing.”
Previously, she received SSRC and Fulbright grants, as well as a USAID-Notre Dame Global Development Fellowship and a Kellogg Graduate Research Grant, for the field research upon which the dissertation is based.