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Princeton University Center awards grants to study cultural policy

Date: June 2, 2003

Princeton, N.J. – The Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies has selected two Mellon Foundation Doctoral Fellows in Cultural Policy and six Mellon Foundation Research Affiliates in Cultural Policy to receive grants for the 2003/2004 academic year.

Since 1998, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Center has been making awards every year to graduate students at Princeton and area universities to support research and writing on topics germane to cultural policy. The Center awards $15,000 doctoral fellowships to students who are writing a dissertation on some aspect of cultural policy and $4,000 project grants to students who are working on smaller projects related to arts and culture in America. Over the last 5 years, more than 25 grants have been awarded to students working in a variety of disciplines, including architecture, sociology, anthropology, English, politics, public policy, music and history.

This year, doctoral fellowships were awarded to Gabriel Rossman, department of sociology, and Thierry Rigogne, department of history. Rossman is studying the effects of media ownership on content in newspapers, movies and on radio stations. Rigogne is completing a dissertation on the book trade in eighteenth-century France, focusing on the geography of publishing and the effects of censorship and regulation.

Five project grants were awarded to Princeton graduate students – Meredith Bostwick, School of Architecture; Ted Coffey, department of music; Hannah McLaughlin, department of English; Maria McMath, department of anthropology; and Yue Zhang, department of politics. One grant was made to Rutgers University student Steven Holochwost, department of music. In the area of architecture, Bostwick is studying planning and design at historic black colleges and universities, while Zhang is analyzing preservation policies in Beijing, Paris, and Chicago in order to understand the tensions between modernization and traditional culture. McLaughlin is examining the economics of publishing and the relationship between amateur and academic history; and McMath is writing on hip-hop in France and the interaction of art, politics, and racial identity. Finally, two affiliates are studying contemporary music composition and its dissemination to audiences. Coffey is examining several case studies of innovative techniques for connecting new music to audiences; and Holochwost is studying how cultural policy can aid in the dissemination of contemporary classical music.

The Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies was created to improve the clarity, accuracy and sophistication of discourse about the nation's artistic and cultural life. Its programs and activities are designed to create an infrastructure of well-trained scholars who have access to regularly collected information about cultural organizations, activities and providers and who produce timely research and analysis on key topics in arts and cultural policy.


For more information, please contact:

Steven Tepper
Deputy Director of the Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies



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