Dissertation Fellows

The Nanovic Institute currently awards fellowships to support graduate students writing dissertations on topics within European studies. The Paul G. Tobin Dissertation Fellowship and the Dominica and Frank Annese Fellowship in Graduate Studies fund graduate students over the course of an academic year as they conduct research and write their dissertations. These awards allow students to devote full attention to their project for an entire academic year. 

Ala Fink

Ala Fink

2019-20 Dissertation Fellow

Department of English, University of Notre Dame

Ala’s dissertation, “Re-forming Righteousness: Milton’s Hebraic Poetics,” argues that Milton’s theology and exegesis of righteousness is informed by Hebrew and Jewish exegesis, and that an ethics of righteousness shapes the poetics of Milton’s major poems. A second, long-term project involves the comparison of conceptualizations of literal interpretation in Reformation exegesis through an analysis of early modern discourse on literalism and the exegesis that attends it. She has presented papers at the Northeast MLA, the Newbery Library, and the RSA. She is a recipient of The Nanovic Institute Dissertation Fellowship and has served as an assistant editor for Milton Studies.