Dissertation Proposal Development Program

The College of Liberal Art’s Dissertation Proposal Development (DPD) program expands and improves formal dissertation prospectus and grant proposal development for humanities and social science doctoral students at the University of Minnesota. It is modeled on the Social Science Research Council's (SSRC) Dissertation Proposal Development program.

In 2021, approximately 24 students will be selected to participate in the program. The program includes an intensive five-day workshop in spring, followed by independent student summer research, and another intensive five-day workshop in the late summer and early fall, prior to fall research grant proposal deadlines. Student participants receive a $3,000 summer fellowship funding. Student participants must register for a 3-credit graduate seminar in the fall semester as part of the program. Faculty instructors work closely with students on preparing research questions, literature reviews, identifying grant opportunities, work plans, and writing proposals and prospectuses; the students work together in peer groups as well. The goal is to increase student success in grant competitions as well as to refine a dissertation prospectus that may help the students better concentrate their efforts and reduce time to completion. The program targets students at the end of their second or third year (depending on department expectations) in graduate school, around the time when they are articulating their dissertation prospectuses.

This initiative was initially made possible in part by a grant from the Social Science Research Council, with funds provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and with additional support from the University of Minnesota Graduate School and the College of Liberal Arts.

2021 Faculty Facilitators:

  • Karen Ho (Anthropology)
  • Mary Jo Maynes (History)
  • Shaden Tageldin (Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature)
  • Amit Yahav (English)
2021 Student Participants
  •  Alya Ansari, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
  •  Amanda Brown, Curriculum and Instruction
  •  Annika Yates, Anthropology
  •  Baruch Malewich, Political Science
  •  Berkant Caglar, Anthropology
  •  Brian Le Lay, Writing Studies
  •  Corissa Marson, Applied Economics
  •  Courtney Sarkin, Health Policy and Management
  •  Dewitt King, American Studies
  •  Elizabeth Quillen, History
  •  Emily Sumner, Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media
  •  Jacqueline James, Writing Studies
  •  Jonathan Borja, American Studies
  •  Joshua Morrison, Communication Studies
  •  Kadir Yavuz Emiroglu, Anthropology
  •  Kirstin Kuchler, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
  •  MaryGrace Trifilio, Anthropology
  •  Muhammad Osama Imran, Anthropology
  •  Nathan Buckley, Anthropology
  •  Quentin Dishman, Music
  •  Rania Madani, Anthropology
  •  Shuyi Deng, Social Policy Analysis
  •  Thanzeel Nazer, Anthropology
  •  Tibisay Navarro-Mana, History
  •  Yun Feng, Anthropology
     
2020 Student Participants
  • Aleisha Barton,  Art History        
  • Alexis Zanghi,  Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature        
  • Anne Briggs,  Music        
  • Benjamin Postone,  History        
  • Carlie Cervantes De Blois,  History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • Catherine Ulep, History        
  • Consuelo Sanchez-Bautista, OLPD - CIDE        
  • Eesha Kunduri, Geography, Environment and Society    
  • Jaan Sharma Pathak, Geography, Environment and Society    
  • Jayne Kinney,  History        
  • John Dieck,  History        
  • Kiara Padilla,  American Studies        
  • Kyle Baasch,  Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature        
  • Leah Malamut,  History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • Liz Calhoun,  Geography,  Environment and Society    
  • Magaly Ordonez, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
  • Merle Matthews, Anthropology        
  • Olga Salazar Pozos,  Spanish & Portuguese Studies        
  • Ray Balstad,  French and Italian        
  • Samhar Khalfani, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
  • Shankar Csr, History        
2019 Student Participants
  • AK Wright, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies
  • Amber Hamilton, Sociology
  • Anya Kaplan-Seem, Geography, Environment, and Society
  • Aras Koksal, Sociology
  • Brittany Knutson, Communication Studies
  • Collin Diver, Spanish and Portuguese Studies
  • Danielle Stambler, Writing Studies
  • E Ornelas, Feminist Studies
  • Emily Mitamura, Political Science
  • Hasan Tankut Atuk, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
  • Hon Ki Cheung, Music
  • Ian White, Comparative Literature
  • Isaac Asante-Wusu, Geography, Environment, and Society
  • Jeffrey Hanson, Musicology
  • John Kendall, Geography, Environment, and Society
  • Megan Moore, Sociocultural Anthropology
  • Michelle Lee, American Studies
  • Moinak Choudhury, English
  • Oforiwaa Pee Agyei-Boakye, Geography, Environment, and Society
  • Sara Seweid-DeAngelis, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
  • Shakita Thomas, Curriculum and Instruction/ Culture and Teaching
  • Snigdha Kumar, Sociology
  • SunMin (May) Hwang, Human Factors & Ergonomics
  • Vanessa Voller, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development
     
2018 Student Participants
  • Arif Hayat Nairang, Anthropology
  • Colleen Stockmann, Art History
  • Elizabeth Hazel Rickard, Theatre Arts and Dance
  • Harsha Anantharaman, Geography
  • Katherine M. Martin, Nursing
  • Kriti Budhiraja, Sociology
  • Lindsay Ilana Turner, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
  • Lisa Santosa, Geography, Environment, and Society
  • Nicholas Williams, History
  • Nina Medvedeva, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
  • Sayan Bhattacharya, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
  • Tiffany Lachelle Smith, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development
2017 Student Participants
  • Dana DeVlieger, Music
  • Eric Goldfischer, Geography, Environment, and Society
  • Ezekiel Joubert, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Harshit Rathi, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
  • Kari Campeau, Writing Studies
  • Matthew Treon, American Studies
  • Michael Kadow, History
  • Mikkel Vad, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
  • Nithya Rajan, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
  • Robin Wright, Geography, Environment, and Society
  • Vanessa Guzman, American Studies
  • Wei Ye, Anthropology