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.

Roberto De La Noval

Roberto De La Noval

2019-20 DISSERTATION FELLOW

Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Roberto studies the history of Christian thought. His research concentrates on Eastern Christianity, from Origen of Alexandria’s biblical exegesis to medieval Byzantine theologies of religious images to 19th and 20th exiled Russian religious thinkers. He brings critical theory to bear on the study of ancient religious texts in the service of fresh and transformative readings; in turn, he uses the resources of the tradition in order to stake interventions in contemporary debates. A native speaker of Spanish who works with Russian texts, his forthcoming book is a translation of writings by the early 20th c. Marxist-turned-Orthodox priest Sergius Bulgakov, a political dissident who was exiled from his homeland.

Paul McEldowney

Paul McEldowney

2019-20 Dissertation Fellow

Department of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

A Ph.D. candidate in the Philosophy Department at the University of Notre Dame, Paul's research focuses on logic, the philosophy of logic, and the philosophy of mathematics. In his dissertation, Paul develops and defend a distinctively new model-theoretic approach to logicism inspired by recent work in model theory. He also has serious research interests in the history of 19th and 20th-century philosophy (Kant, German Idealism, Early Analytic, Pragmatism, Phenomenology). Outside of philosophy, Paul is passionate about prison education and translating Vietnamese poetry.