PhD candidate receives inaugural Hughes Memorial Fellowship

May 12, 2017


A photo of a man with short blond hair wearing an open-collar shirt, grey blazer, and dark aviator sunglasses, standing in a street among traditional European buildings.

Adam Kozaczka, a PhD candidate in the English program, has received the inaugural Joseph Hughes Memorial Summer Fellowship. The fellowship serves to memorialize Joseph Hughes, a Ph.D. candidate in the English program from 2008 until his untimely passing in 2013. The fellowship provides support in a critical moment in the recipient's graduate studies, enabling the fellow to focus on publishing journal articles, preparing for the job market, and completing the dissertation.

Kozaczka's dissertation, tentatively titled Gentlemanliness, Character Evidence, and the British Romantic Novel’s Way Out of the Gallows, focuses on the legal problem of character as it overlaps with the novelistic problem of character in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Kozaczka's work considers the emergence of new evidentiary paradigms and argues that legal and historical notions of crime and violence rely on concepts often first worked out in novels.

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