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Susan Tarrow Summer Research Fellowship


Sophie Partington (Sociology and French)

Title: "The Emergence, Expansion, and Perceived Merits of Obligatory Language Training in French Immigrant Integration Policy"

Abstract: The recent migration crisis in the European Union (EU) has led many member countries as well as the EU itself to re-evaluate and revise immigrant integration policies. The links between national integration policies and outcomes are inherently complex and not always clear. France has a long history of immigration and subsequently of national immigration policy. Most recently in September 2018, a new law on asylum and migration was adopted in France. A key component of this new law is a strengthening of French language ability requirements placed upon immigrants seeking long-term residency in France relative to previous laws (2016 Contrat d’intégration républicaine (CIR) and 2006 Contrat d’accueil et d’intégration (CAI)). Sophie and her research partner, Laura DeMassa, propose a collaborative research project based in Paris, France for six weeks during the summer of 2019 where they will explore the historical evolution and impact of national immigration policy in France with respect to obligatory French language ability through (1) analysis of historical documentation at the National Library of France and (2) a series of interviews with staff at a wide range of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that serve the immigrant population in the Greater Paris area. This spring, prior to departing for Paris, under the supervision of Prof. Weiss and with ongoing instruction in professional French research communication from Prof. Tabeling and other Romance Studies professors, they will refine the focus of the library-based document research and finalize the composition of interview questions in French. Through this summer field research experience, they aim to enrich their academic work towards their common minor in European Studies and gain valuable research experience for developing our future senior thesis work in their degree areas of Sociology and French (Partington) and Government and English (DeMassa).
Previous years



Marcellin Ma (History) was awarded the Susan Tarrow Fellowship for his proposal entitled “The U.S. Relief Operation in Unoccupied Southern France.” With the aid of this grant, Fresco will be able to conduct on-site archival research in Paris and Southern France over the summer of 2018, in the hopes of recreating the moment in time on the southern coast of the “free zone” of France during World War II when American Ambassador Leahy and American Red Cross representatives were surrounded by thousands of cheering French children and waves of American flags from Marseilles to Nice as desperately needed supplies from America were distributed to starving French families. Ma seeks to investigate the assertion that President Roosevelt’s decision not to abandon unoccupied France and to send aid to the “free zone” won the hearts and minds of French people for decades to come.


Alexandra Donovan was awarded the Susan Tarrow Summer Research Fellowship for her proposed work entitled “The Gravity of Play in Public Space”. She intends to look at the growing discourse on how to better facilitate risky, innovative play. She plans to conduct her research by experiential, spatial and social analyses of European playscapes. She will spend seven weeks studying several exemplary play spaces in Scandinavia, Germany, and France.


Tamar Law was awarded the Susan Tarrow Summer Research Fellowship for her proposed work entitled “Bodies and Conservation: An examination of gendered implications of conservation projects in post-colonial Madagascar.” She intends to examine the gendered implication of conservation policy in a post-colonial context, through the interplay of body politics and wildlife conservation within Madagascar. Tamar will have the opportunity to spend 6 weeks at the Overseas Territories Archives Department in Aix-en-Provence, France, and hopes that her work will produce a holistic study of the pitfalls of specific conservation strategies within Madagascar that impede the engagement of women and ignore cultural gender roles and reinstate colonial gender expectations. 


Sheridan Tekosky was awarded the Susan Tarrow Fellowship Award for his proposed work entitled, “The Dubbed Outlook: An investigation into the Contemporary Effects of Enforced Dubbing in a Fascist Regime”. He intends to examine the current effects of the once Fascist rhetoric reflected in foreign language television programs and films shown in Italy. Sheridan will have the opportunity to spend up to eight weeks in Rome and hopes that his work will help to reveal important attitudes about France and Italy’s political and artistic histories.


Mingming Koh (Economics and Government) was awarded a Susan Tarrow Summer Research Fellowship to conduct research on her project entitled, “How Electoral Incentives Shape Immigration Policies: A European Perspective”. She plans to spend two months in France and Italy. Her work will also focus on how racial tensions have played a role in the electoral processes. This will be one part of her upcoming honors thesis, in which she addresses the same issues from different countries perspectives.


Jonathan Davis (History) was awarded a Susan Tarrow Fellowship to conduct research on his project, "The Jews of Touraine and the Final Solution."


Hannah Stamler (History, French) was awarded a fellowship to research her project, "The ‘Clandestine Prostitute’: Women & Public Spaces in Haussmann’s Paris", a study of how women navigated modern Paris and the implications of their presence in new public spaces.


Alexander Taratino (Government, Italian Studies) was awarded the Susan Tarrow Fellowship to conduct research in Italy for his project, "Ethnomusicology and the Italian Political Sphere", a study of how migrant cooperation with host country through music can create an opportunity for a political identity.


Stephany Hull (Classics) was awarded the Susan Tarrow Fellowship to conduct research in France and Italy for her project, “Paulinus of Nola: His Literary Circle, World & Theology of the Physical.”


Dmitri K. Koustas (Industrial and Labor Relations, Law & Society) was awarded the Susan Tarrow Fellowship for Research in Europe. His research project will take place in the United Kingdom in the summer of 2008 and will examine “The Strength of Labour v Labor: A Comparative Study of the Influence of Labor in Politics in the UK and the US.”


Elliot Singer (Anthropology) was awarded the Susan Tarrow Fellowship for Research in Europe. His research project will take place in Germany in the summer of 2007 and will examine “The Liberal Reaffirmation: Germany Rediscovers Its Reform Judaism.”


Anny Hal Fenton (Sociology) was awarded the first Susan Tarrow fellowship for Research in Europe. Her research project will take place in the United Kingdom in the summer of 2006 and will examine “’Family Environment’ and the Recruitment of Skinheads in London.” She plans to incorporate her findings in an honors thesis when she returns to Cornell for her senior year.