Past Fellows

Each year, the Center for German & European Studies awards six to eight fellowships to outstanding University of Minnesota graduate students in the social sciences and humanities for dissertation projects that advance our understanding of Europe. Since its inception in 2009, 36 Hella Mears Fellowships have been awarded totaling $144,000. The center is immensely grateful for this generous gift and investment in supporting the next generation of scholars and teachers.


Ana Anderson, Spanish and Portuguese
“Syntax in Contact: Variable Use of the –ra Morpheme in the Spanish of Galicia”

Tanja Andic, Sociology
“Anticipating the Future in Serbia: How Do Young People Imagine and Plan for Work in a Globalized Labor Market?”

Scott Ehrenburg, Spanish and Portuguese
“Lying and Dying for the Plural: Transformations of Queer Iberian Cinema”

Maria Hofmann, German, Scandinavian & Dutch
“Precarious Images: Documenting Human Tragedy”

Solveig Mebust, Musicology
“The Craft of Music: Norwegian Women as Music Patrons, 1870-1920”

Dylan Mohr, Cultural Studies/Comparative Literature
“Prisoners of No Nation: The Political Lives of Captive Art”

Charlotte Soulpin, French and Italian
“Composing with the Dead: Media Technology in French Literature, Cinema, and Television”


Colleen Bertsch, Musicology/Ethnomusicology
“Transylvanian Folk Violinists: The Role of Musical Techniques in Identity Performance”

Rachel Gibson, French and Italian
“Liquid Spaces, Liquid Selves: Negotiating Mercantile Identity in the Medieval Mediterranean”

Kristina Golubiewski-Davis, Anthropology
“Networks of the Past: A Case Study of the Central European Bronze Age”

Lia Mitchell, French and Italian
“Scientific Marvelous: Speculative Fiction and Technologized Experience in the Third Republic”

Erma Nezirevic, Spanish and Portuguese
“Spain Interrupted: Examining Spanish Representations of Violence in the Former Yugoslavia”

Sharon Park, History
“Constructing Americans’ Responsibility to Give: Foreign and Humanitarian Aid to Child refugees after World War II”

Djordje Popovic, Cultural Studies/Comparative Literature
“The Concept of Statelessness in Second World Literature”

Amanda Taylor, English
“Fabricating the Martial Body: Anatomy, Affect, amd Armor in Early Modern England and Italy”

Meagan Tripp, German, Scandinavian & Dutch
“Dance on the Page, Poetry on the Stage: Encounters between Modernist German Poetry and Dance”