Steinhardt Doctoral Student Wins Council of Learned Societies’ Dissertation Competition

Tamara Kneese a doctoral student in Steinhardt’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, has been awarded the American Council of Learned Societies’ Dissertation Competition Fellowship. She is among four NYU graduate students to receive this honor.

Kneese’s award-winning dissertation, “Digital Afterlives: Patterning Posterity through Networked Remains,” examines the status of digital assets after death. Knees earned an MA at the University of Chicago and a BA from Kenyon College.

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) made 70 fellowship awards this year. The award, made to graduate students in their final year of dissertation writing, includes a $30,000 stipend and $8,000 for research and university fees. Fellows were selected from a pool of 1,000 applicants.

“Scholars at this critical juncture of their professional development need the uninterrupted time to write and complete their dissertations that this fellowship provides,” said Matthew Goldfeder, ACLS director of fellowship programs.


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