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Historic preservation doctoral student awarded prestigious fellowship

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9:26 a.m., May 25, 2012--Marina Dobronovskaya, a University of Delaware doctoral candidate studying historical preservation, has been awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship by the Mellon Foundation and American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) for her research on urban planning and historic reconstruction of Soviet cities following World War II.

Her dissertation, “The Material Culture of Stalinism: The City of Novgorod, Urban Reconstruction, and Historic Preservation in the Soviet Union after World War II, 1943-1955,” aims to analyze the ideology of urban planning and the philosophy and plans for reconstruction of historic towns.

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Further, Dobronovskaya hopes to explore “how decisions were made, and the difference between plans and results; to place Soviet reconstruction and preservation policies in comparative Western-European context; and to show what impact postwar reconstruction has had on present-day urban planning and preservation policies.”

The Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships Program awards 65 fellowships annually. The fellowships support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing.

The program is made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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