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.