Mark Claster Mamolen Dissertation Workshop


mamolen_pospuestoAbout the Dissertation Workshop

Created in memory of Mark Claster Mamolen (1946-2013), a lifelong friend of Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and dedicated member of the Hutchins Center National Advisory Board, the Mark Claster Mamolen annual Dissertation Workshop on Afro-Latin American Studies seeks to support the best doctoral dissertations on Afro-Latin American topics anywhere in the world.

Every year, the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, will invite graduate students working on dissertations related to Afro-Latin American studies to submit a proposal to the annual Mark Claster Mamolen Dissertation Workshop on Afro-Latin American Studies. Doctoral students at universities anywhere in the world, who are at the dissertation writing stage, from any discipline, may submit an application. The only condition is that their dissertations deal with Afro-Latin American topics broadly defined, covering any time period, from colonial times to the present. Proposals can be submitted in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.

Interested students will submit a three-page proposal (double space) summarizing their dissertation topic and one letter of support from their academic adviser. Up to ten students will be selected to participate in the workshop. They will submit a dissertation chapter (up to 50 pages, double space) in English, Spanish, or Portuguese that will be circulated among workshop participants. The Workshop will meet at Harvard in early May.

The Afro-Latin American Research Institute will cover lodging and living expenses for all participants and will provide support for travel expenses for students who cannot get funding from their institutions. Students should indicate in their proposal whether they require travel support.

This initiative is s supported by a bequest from Mark Claster Mamolen (1946-2013), the Weatherhead Center of International Affairs, the Ford Foundation, and the International Academic Program of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (IAP UAM).

Mark Claster Mamolen

Mark Claster Mamolen was a successful businessman and entrepreneur who enjoyed a childhood friendship with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. That friendship grew into brotherhood through their mutual affection and shared experiences both as children and adults. Mark was a committed and engaged supporter of Skip's' work at the Hutchins Center and served on the Center's Advisory Board until his death. 

Mark received his B.A. in Economics and his MBA from George Washington University and a JD from the University of Chicago. He was a Life Member of the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School, a member of the Dean's International Council at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies of the University of Chicago, Board Advisor to Intellectual Property Development, Inc., and the Advisory Board Member of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University.

Mark Claster Mamolen Dissertation Workshop Alumni


Fernanda Bretones Lane

Mark Claster Mamolen Dissertation Workshop 2017 Alumna
PhD Candidate, History Department at Vanderbilt University
Fernanda Bretones Lane is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at Vanderbilt University. She is interested in Latin American and Atlantic... Read more about Fernanda Bretones Lane
Rita Brito

Rita Brito

Mamolen Dissertation Workshop Alumna 2018
The project approaches the candomblé – an Afro-Brazilian religion – from the perspective of its spatial configuration. Drawing from both anthropology and... Read more about Rita Brito
Taylor  Coleman

Taylor Coleman

Mark Claster Mamolen Dissertation Workshop Alumna 2022
Ana Paula Cruz

Ana Paula Cruz

Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro
“Contexturas da terra no vale do Iguape: Direitos, Conflitos e Organização Política. (1871-1962)”
Ana Paula Cruz, quilombola membro da Comunidade de Santiago do Iguape, no Recôncavo da Bahia, doutoranda em História Social pela Universidade Federal... Read more about Ana Paula Cruz

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