Wayne State University

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Edward M. Wise Dissertation Fellowship

1994 - 2010

Through the Edward M. Wise Dissertation Fellowship the Humanities Center offers $12,000 in support each year to one student in the final stages of writing his or her dissertation. The recipient receives the stipend over an eight-month period.

Applicants for this fellowship must be doctoral candidates writing dissertations in the humanities, arts, or related disciplines. These disciplines include philosophy, language, linguistics, literature, history, jurisprudence, archaeology, comparative religion, ethics, the arts, those aspects of social sciences that have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods, and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment.

The awardees in the 2009-2010 competition will be honored with a luncheon in Spring of 2010. We congratulate following winners for the excellent dissertation research toward the fulfillment of their PhD degrees in the humanities at Wayne State.


Elizabeth J. Durham Smith
“The Intersection of Image, Rhetoric and Witnessing:  A Rhetorical Examination of the Abu Ghraib Prisoner Abuse Scandal”

Renuka Gusain
“On Beauty and Ethics in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries”

Maria D. Ramos
Classical & Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
“Jorge Volpi’s Trilogy as Mirror, Window and Bridge of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Mexican Postmodern Literature”