Graduate Fellows

Information on past IRCPL Human Rights Fellows, Graduate Fellows, and Undergraduate Fellows is available here.

2016-17 IRCPL Graduate Fellows

The IRCPL Graduate Fellowship is awarded each Spring to assist students with expenses directly related to research, including travel, lodging, and materials during the Fall or Summer semester.  Upon returning from their travel, students will issue reports on the results of their research.  Information on how to apply for an IRCPL Fellowship is available here.

tristan brownTristan Brown is a PhD candidate in Modern Chinese History in Columbia University’s History Department, where he is interested in geographic, spatial, and environmental histories of Asia, as well as the intersection of Chinese law and religion.  His dissertation traces changing epistemological frameworks behind claims to the earth in Modern China, and uses legal cases from the Nanbu County Archive (Sichuan Province), handwritten ritual manuscripts, family genealogies, and governmental surveys to argue that geomancy was an integral part of the functioning of the property system on the county level, both as a strategy employed by the local people for the expression of property claims as well as a means by which the state judged and enforced those claims. Tristan received a joint B.A. from Harvard College in East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, as well as his MA and MPhil in History from Columbia University.

David Horacio Colmenares is a graduate student in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures and the Institute of Comparative Literature at Columbia University. His current research focuses on the intersections between early modern European antiquarianism and the New World. He has recently been the recipient of the Connecting Art Histories in the Museum Fellowship from the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max Planck Institute for 2015.


ghazarian 2016Matthew Ghazarian 
is a PhD student in Columbia’s Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS), where he focuses on Ottoman social and economic history. His dissertation focuses on sectarianism, humanitarianism, and how they unfolded as concepts and practices in nineteenth-century Anatolia, examining this question through the lens of famine, disease, and other hardships. This project explores the ways “intervening” actors, including local authorities, state bureaucrats, and foreign missionaries, created material conditions and institutions that affected the politicization of Ottoman religious categories between 1856 and 1893. As the Ottoman Empire grappled with the ramifications of its newly-declared religious equality in 1856, how did discourses of equality and political belonging coexist with – or even make possible – divisive and exclusionary politics that have persisted to the present? His dissertation seeks to address these questions by examining not only political discourses but also how those discourses were put into practice by institutions whose policies had concrete effects on inter-communal relations among Armenians, Kurds, Turks, and others.

Andrew Jungclaus entered Columbia’s doctoral program in Religion in 2012 after receiving his bachelor’s degree in American Studies and English Literature from the College of William and Mary (2009) and his master’s degree in Theology from the University of Oxford (2011). Before coming to Columbia, Andrew spent a year as a research associate at Harvard University’s Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research exploring the concept of theodicy within American civil rights struggles. Andrew’s research focuses on the evolution of philanthropic models within a history of capitalism.

Manpreet Kaur is a PhD student in Columbia’s Department of Religion.  Her research focuses on South Asian religions, philosophy, theatre studies, and performance studies.