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Research Fellowships

Matthew Erie

CMS offers a fellowship competition for undergraduate and graduate students to fund travel and research on related topics. Students interested in applying are encouraged to apply through the Einaudi Center ( and note “Comparative Muslim Societies” as the Primary Program on their application.

Listed below are some examples of past recipients of the CMS Fellowship grant who have successfully conducted research on Muslim societies thanks to this opportunity.

Holiday Powers, Ph.D. candidate in History of Art and Visual Studies

Project Title: Exhibiting Moroccan Modernism in Paris

Powers’ dissertation addresses the “relationship between artistic practice and the building of national identity in the post-colonial period.” She received a travel grant to explore Moroccan Modernism in Paris museum exhibitions, allowing her to address the question of how modern and contemporary Moroccan art is accessible and useful within the larger society and political culture and to look at the lasting repercussions of the colonial relationship between Morocco and France.


Joseph Florence, Ph.D. candidate in Government

Project Title: Effects of International Economic Integration on Middle Eastern Authoritarian Regimes

Florence studies the “intersection of international economics and domestic political contestation” in the Middle East. His travel grant to Syria allowed him to familiarize himself with economic systems and their impact on daily life, to build professional contacts with Syrian scholars, and to conduct historical and ethnographic case studies on the effects of economic integration on Middle Eastern governments.


Brita Lorentzen, Ph.D. candidate in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Project Title: Reconstructing Urban Development and Timber Trade in Late Ottoman Jaffa through Dendrochronological Analysis

Lorentzen’s project led her to Israel to conduct tree-ring dating on historical Ottoman structures. This work offered insight on Ottoman urban development, trade patterns, and forest exploitation, and contributed to an initiative aimed at preserving Jaffa’s cultural heritage and educating the public about its history.


Matt Erie, Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology

Project Title: The New Silk Road: China and Islam in the 21st Century

Erie’s research examines China’s engagement with the Arab world, specifically looking at how China and Islam have affected each other in terms of shaping policies of religion, ethnicity, and customary law. His research grant allowed him to visit Cairo, a locus for exchange between Chinese and Arab Muslims. He examined how Chinese Muslims who have studied in Cairo act as ambassadors of the Arab world and how they influence Chinese policy and official thought.