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Neukom Fellows '14 Announced!

The Neukom Institute is pleased to announce the 2014-2017 Neukom Fellows. These fellowships are designed as explicitly interdisciplinary positions for recent Ph.D.s whose research interests cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries, but has some computational component, whether it be a framing concept for intellectual exploration or an explicit component of the work that is pursued. All four successful candidates have a history of collaborative work across disciplines, but still show good evidence of independence and initiative. The Fellowships are two- to three-year appointments. Neukom Fellows will be mentored by faculty in at least two departments at Dartmouth, take up residence in one department, and will teach one seminar course each year on a subject of their interest. The 2014-2017 Neukom Fellows are:

James Dietrich

Mentors: Frank Magilligan, Geography
                  Brian Dade, Earth Sciences 


JamesJames will receive his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Oregon in the summer of 2014. His dissertation research has focused on creating three-dimensional terrain models of rivers and using them to study how river restoration projects in eastern Oregon have evolved over time. His research focuses on the construction of innovative instruments for data collection and developing new methods for data analysis using computer-based mapping (Geographic Information Science) coupled with remote sensing (satellite, aerial, and ground-based photography). As a Neukom fellow, James hopes to continue to improve the integration of three-dimensional data collection into large-scale river restoration monitoring programs. He will also work on refining a new data collection method he pioneered at the University of Oregon that will allow him to capture and create three-dimension surface models of moving objects such as water and lava flows. You can follow James' research on his blog,

Recent research in Glen Canyon

Joe DiGrazia

Mentors: Marc Dixon, Sociology
                  Brendan Nyhan, Government


JoeJoe is a sociologist whose work focuses on applying computational methods and novel data sources to the study of social movements, political behavior, and political beliefs. His current projects include studies examining the emergence and spread of political conspiracy theories as well as the mobilization and policy impact of social movements. His work brings together a variety of computational methods and data sources, including web scraping and the analysis of large-scale data generated by Internet users such as social media content and aggregate Internet search data. Additionally, he is working on a methodological project with colleagues at Indiana University using graph theory to analyze social science sequence data. In addition to his research, he has taught Introduction to Political Sociology (Socy 21) in the Department of Sociology.



Alice Doughty

Mentors: Meredith Kelly, Earth Sciences
                  Mary Albert, Thayer



Alice traveled to the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda in January, 2015, to assist a PhD student collecting rock samples and dating glacial retreat since the last ice age (~20,000 years ago).  The present-day Rwenzori glaciers are located only 40 km north of the Equator and, today, are restricted to high elevations (>4800 m) where the air temperature is cold, but during the last ice age, the air everywhere was cooler and glaciers flowed farther down valley.  Alice is modeling past ice extent to estimate temperature changes from today, and preliminary results suggest a 6 deg C cooling for Rwenzori glaciers to reach their ice age extent, identical to the cooling estimated from mountain glacier change in the middle latitudes of the northern and southern hemispheres.  Comparing the timing and magnitude of glacier fluctuations in different parts of the world with changes in the amount of solar radiation received has allowed Alice to challenge the leading theory of what causes ice ages.  


EARS 15: Earth's Climate: Past, Present and Future (W15, W16)

Comer Science Meeting, Wisconsin, Oct. 2014
Northeast Geological Society of America, New Hampshire, March, 2015
New England Glaciology Meeting, Massachusetts, April, 2015

International Quaternary Association, Nagoya, Japan, July, 2015
Tropical Precipitation, New York, September, 2015
Comer Science Meeting, Wisconsin, Oct. 2015
American Geophysical Union, California, Dec. 2015

Recent Publication:


Kirstyn Leuner

Mentors: Ivy Schweitzer, English
                  Mary Flanagan, Digital Humanities


KristynKirstyn is a PhD candidate in English Literature at CU-Boulder, where she is completing her dissertation on 18th-19th century media. She is a Fellow of the NEH-funded Institute for Digital Humanities (2012-13). She will devote her Neukom Fellowship to The Stainforth Library of Women Writers project, which creates a digital model of what may be the largest library of books by women authors collected in the mid-19th century, owned by Rev. Francis John Stainforth (1797-1866). When complete, this digital archive of 6,000 volumes will help scholars answer questions about the circulation, value, organization, and collection of women's writing in the 19th century. Moreover, recreating this library as an open-access resource is a recovery project that will make works by five centuries of British and American women writers available, including many that have been historically overlooked. Follow her research at and @KLeuner on Twitter.

Kirstyn is the recipient of the Innovative Seed Grant

Last Updated: 6/25/15