On May 9, 2018, The Office of Graduate Studies at Rice University announced the Rice Special Endowed Fellowships for 2018-2019. Among the awarded was Nikki Moore, an PhD candidate in the Department of Art History, who received a 2018-2019 Lodieska Stockbridge Vaughn Fellowship award. The Vaughn Fellowship is awarded to Rice students who show evidence of outstanding achievement and promise.
Nikki Moore, working with thesis director Fabiola LĂłpez-DurĂˇn, plans to complete her dissertation, Agritectures of the Green Revolution: Architecture, Art and the Agrilogistics of Transnational Aid from the United States to the Caribbean Region, 1930-1978, in the upcoming year. Her current object-oriented research focuses on the industrialization of food-based commodities and concurrent development practices in modern Latin America, focusing on their symbiotic relationship to art and architectural practice.
Previously, Ms. Moore had completed a S.M.Arch.S at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2005, and continued her graduate studies at the European Graduate School (EGS), working with Avital Ronell toward a dissertation on mit-sein as conceived by Martin Heidegger and troubled by Jacques Derrida. Moore is a fellow with the University Based Institute for Advanced Studiesâ€™ Intercontinental Academia. Her work has received support from the Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Brown Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation along with a Special Citation from the Graham Foundation for the Carter Manny Award, and her research has been published in Europe, Brazil and the United States.