- Fellowship year:2013-2014
- University: Columbia University
- Dissertation Topic/Category: United States
- Dissertation Title: The Work of Empire: The U.S. Army, Military Labor, and the Making of American Colonialism in Cuba and the Philippines, 1898-1913.
My dissertation investigates how the U.S. army's management of the work of warfare and governance in Cuba and the Philippines between the Spanish-American War and the end of the military administration of the Moro Provinces shaped colonial politics, culture, and social relations in these territories, as well as transformed the army itself. The dependence of the U.S. military on the labor of Cubans, Filipinos, and American enlisted men for conquering and ruling these islands created a tense social terrain between U.S. army officers, on one hand, and on the other, America's new colonial subjects and the American soldiery. Consequent struggles to determine the contours of what I conceptualize as a specifically American and colonial variant of "military labor"- in other words, conflict over the political institutions and rules, social practices and goods, and cultural configurations of discourse and representation that shaped the work of the U.S. army in these years- decisively influenced and laid bare the contradictions plaguing America's peculiar colonialism in the early twentieth century.