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Graduate Students Awarded Bilinski Fellowships

Congratulations to History graduate students Mark Dries, Rajbir Judge, and Melanie Peinado! Mark, Rajbir, and Melanie were each awarded a prestigious Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Educational Foundation Dissertation Writing Fellowship by the UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies for the 2017-2018 academic year. This fellowship, generously funded by the Bilinski Educational Foundation, provides support for doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences as they develop and complete their dissertations. 

Melanie Peinado, a third year student, is researching modern Chilean history under the direction of Professor Marian Schlotterbeck. She previously received a Tinker Foundation grant from the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas for her research in Chile, which helped form the basis of her second year research project, "Treating Social Ills: Medical Students, Physicians, and Popular Front Politicians in Chile, 1904-1942."

Rajbir JudgeRajbir Judge, a seventh year student, is finishing his dissertation entitled, "Occult Intrigue: Sikhs, Anti-Colonial Resistance and the Theosophical Society" chaired by Professor Sudipta Sen. In the past, Rajbir was awarded the Fulbright-Hays DDRA fellowship, the American Institute of Pakistan Studies fellowship, and the American Institute of Indian Studies fellowship. Rajbir was also the co-winner of the Emile G. Scholz Prize in 2012 for his second year research paper, "Black Skin, White Breasts: Colonial Subjectivity, Miscegenation, and the Theosophical Society."

Mark Dries

Mark Dries, also a seventh year student, researches early Peruvian history. His dissertation, overseen by Professor Charles Walker, is entitled, "The Mercurial Menace: Health and Indigenous Labor in the Mines of Huancavelica, Peru, 1570-1700." Previously, Mark was the recipient of the Fulbright-Hays DDRA fellowship and the UC Davis Humanities Institute Fellowship.