MCC Doctoral Candidate Receives Prestigious Mellon/ACLS Fellowship

MCC PhD candidate Liz Koslov is among an impressive group of Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellows selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants through a rigorous peer review process. Her thesis Retreat: Moving to Higher Ground in a Climate-Changed City probes the social and cultural consequences of community-organized retreat from the coast.

Based on nearly three years of fieldwork on Staten Island, beginning shortly after Hurricane Sandy, Koslov's research follows the experiences of residents who successfully lobbied the government to buy out their storm-damaged homes and neighborhoods, which are being demolished and returned to wetlands.

Conducting extensive interviews with people involved in different facets of this collective retreat, including homeowners, renters, community leaders, activists, engineers, and government officials, Koslov develops one of the first ethnographic studies to depict the cultural practices and social processes that mediate the effects of climate change.

In an article authored for the current issue of Public Culture, Koslov frames some of the central themes of her dissertation research.