Doctoral candidate Isabelle Havet has been awarded a Fulbright grant to study in France during the 2012-2013 academic year. During the grant period, she will research her dissertation project, entitled "Beneath the Surface: Representations of Subterranean Space, 1850-1900." Her dissertation examines how subterranean space was understood, imagined, and consumed through various media during the second half of the nineteenth century in France. Catacombs, sewers, caves, mines, the deep sea, and the newly-launched metro system all took on rich visual and textual forms in Second Empire and Third Republic France. Isabelle will consider how the underground articulated the complex and often contradictory manifestations of modernity, and participated, as it does to this day, in constructions of community identities and social space.