Penn Ph.D. Student, Two Alumnae Awarded 2014 Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowships

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460May 12, 2014

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has awarded a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship to a University of Pennsylvania doctoral candidate and two alumnae.

This year’s 22 Fellows will receive a 12-month award of $25,000 to complete dissertations related to questions of religious and ethical values.

Ceyda Karamursel, a doctoral candidate in history at Penn, is writing a dissertation titled “The Worlds of Slave Women in the Late Ottoman Empire and Early Turkish Republic, 1858-1933.”

Arielle Levites, who earned a master’s degree from Penn in 2009 and is now a doctoral candidate at New York University, is working on a dissertation titled “Raising Jewish Spirits: American Jews, Religious Emotion and the Culture of Contemporary American Spirituality.”

Amy Rothschild, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn in 1998 and is now a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of California, San Diego, is working on a dissertation titled “Victims and Veterans: Memory, Nationalism and Human Rights in Post-Conflict East Timor.”

The Newcombe Fellowship is the nation’s largest award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences. More information is available at

Note: Dissertation titles are subject to change. The titles reflected were correct at the time the awards were made.