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Gaining Perspective: The Mellon Fellowships at Rackham

Graduate students find different ways to make ends meet during the summer. With dissertations and job searches on their minds, summer can be fraught with the need for funding, experience, and time to conduct research and continue writing. Tough choices often lead to choosing the practical need to pay the rent over furthering graduate work. Not for the Mellon Fellows, however.

New Rackham Dean Carol A. Fierke

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As the new Dean of the Rackham Graduate School, I am very excited to work with graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni to continue to innovate and improve graduate education and to recruit the best scholars to the University of Michigan. I am so pleased to be a part of the broader Rackham community that encompasses more than 8,000 master’s and doctoral students in 18 schools and colleges. I am proud to be associated with our 112,000 alumni around the world who represent some of the most respected and accomplished researchers, educators, industry leaders and policymakers.

The Parents of Anthro-History

Like all graduate programs, the program in Anthropology and History has a distinct culture. In recent years, the small Anthro-History department has also had a plethora of families in their midst, a fact that has shaped their bonds as a community and strengthened their role as scholars in unique and unexpected ways.