Mascorella Receives Prestigious Acknowledgment of Dissertation Work

April 14, 2016

Anna Mascorella, Ph.D. candidate in the History of Architecture and Urban Development (HAUD) program was recently awarded the prestigious Luigi Einaudi Fellowship for Dissertation Research from the Cornell Institute for European Studies and Cornell's Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. This competitive fellowship is only available to doctoral students at Cornell who undertake research in modern European government, history, economics, and related social science fields.

The fellowship will allow Mascorella to spend the 2016–17 academic year in Rome, Italy. For her dissertation, "Restoration, Displacement, Appropriation: Negotiating the Baroque Legacy in Fascist Rome," she will research at the Archivio Centrale dello Stato and the Archivio Storico Capitolino, among other institutions, museums, and sites across the city.

"This is a major coup for Anna — who will be in Rome next year researching the PNF's [Partito Nazionale Fascista/National Fascist Party] complex negotiation of the Baroque legacy in the city's urban fabric," says Mascorella's special committee chair, Medina Lasansky, Michael A. McCarthy Associate Professor of Architectural Theory. "We all eagerly await her completed dissertation." Lasansky also thanks Mary Norman Woods, professor in architecture; and Claudia Lazzaro, professor and director of graduate studies (history of art), for their continued guidance in Mascorella's area of research and work to date on her dissertation.

The Luigi Einaudi Graduate Dissertation Fellowship consists of a graduate student stipend, in absentia fees, and enrollment in Cornell's student health insurance plan.

In addition to the Luigi Einaudi Graduate Dissertation Fellowship, Mascorella also received the 2015 Manon Michels Einaudi Grant for dissertation research in Rome and was recently notified of a citation of special recognition from the Graham Foundation's highly competitive 2016 Carter Manny Award program for dissertations in architecture. The reviewers noted that Mascorella's work was "among a small and impressive group of projects selected for this honor" and they "believe [her] project will make an important contribution to architecture."

By Edith Fikes


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