Fulbright Grantees conducting projects in 2010-2011 academic year

Brian Brege (Ph.D. Candidate in History), Italy: In looking at the Grand Duchy of Tuscany’s efforts to create an overseas empire, Brian’s research aims to offer a deeper interpretation of the role of secondary powers in colonization.

Philippe de Koning (B.A. in International Relations, ‘10), Japan: Philippe will study Japanese nuclear disarmament policy and specifically analyze the external, political factors that affect it.

Lauren Finzer (B.A. in Human Biology, ‘09), India: Lauren will investigate the effects of the rapid rise of supermarkets in India on fruit and vegetable consumption, in the context of public health policy.

Amanda Gelender (B.A. in Drama and Political Science, ‘10), Bangladesh: Amanda will research the intersection of grassroots theatre and children’s welfare by studying Bengali NGOs that advocate for youth rights and by working with Bengali theatre companies.

Yesica Hernandez (B.A. in Sociology and Film Studies, '10) Peru: Yesica will film and edit a documentary on the influence Afro-Peruvian music has had, and continues to have, in ameliorating race relations in Peru.

Kathryn Hymes (M.S. in Computational & Mathematical Engineering, ‘09), Hungary: Hosted at two universities in Budapest, Kathryn will study mathematical linguistics, focusing on graph theory and its applications to natural human language.

Sarah Ives (Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology), South Africa: Sarah’s ethnographic study will examine the laborers, production, and marketing of South African rooibos (red) tea and the relevant post-apartheid policies in play.

Melissa Jones (B.A. in Urban Studies, ‘10), Spain: Melissa will examine the dramatic transformation of the northern Barcelona waterfront that took place in the last 30 years.

Jillian Keenan (M.A. in Journalism, ‘09; B.A. in English, ‘08), Singapore: Through research at the Asian Shakespeare Intercultural Archive and an internship at a Singaporean theatre company (TheatreWorks), Jillian will study multicultural interpretations of Shakespeare.

Karen Knee (Ph.D. Candidate in Geological & Environmental Sciences), Ecuador: Karen will assess water quality in streams in the northwestern Ecuadorian Andes and investigate how these results relate to urban development, agriculture, and mining.

Lily Kornbluth (B.A. in Human Biology, ‘10), Germany: Lily’s research project in language development will use eye-tracking measures to study the influence of visual context in children’s comprehension of spoken German.

Amy Kwon (B.S. in Biomechanical Engineering, ‘10), South Korea ETA: Amy will teach English in an elementary school in Korea and conduct a side project learning about Korean philosophies of health care.

Kim Liao (B.A. in Modern Thought & Literature, ‘06). Taiwan: Kim will study opposition movements in post-war Taiwan and trace the life and actions of her grandfather, a political leader; this research will be used to complete a family memoir.

Jessie Liu (B.A. in Human Biology, ‘09), Ecuador, Galapagos Islands: In Puerto Ayora Jessie will conduct a survey-based research project examining the relationship between water quality and issues of public health.

Ken Martinez (M.A. in Russian Area Studies, ’10), Russia ETA: Ken will teach conversational English, and for his side project he will study upward social mobility in Russia.

Nimi Mastey (B.A. in Human Biology, ‘10), India: Nimi’s research project will compare self-perceived social support and self-care practices between widowed women living with families and those living independently in ashrams.

Thomas McFadden (B.A. in Human Biology, ‘08), New Zealand: Tom will pursue coursework and research at the University of Otago to study means and methods of communicating science to the general public in the digital age.

Sarah Mummah (B.A. in Human Biology, ‘10), Mexico: Sarah will research how elderly women in rural Mexico are managing chronic illnesses in the face of longer life expectancies and fading family structures.

Andrew Plan (B.A. in Human Biology, ‘10), Philippines: Andrew will evaluate school-based deworming programs in the islands of Luzon and explore the issues facing current implementation of these initiatives.

Nikhil Saralkar (M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, ‘10), India: To help address the electricity needs of rural India, Nikhil’s project will develop distributed renewable electricity generation systems for villages in Maharashtra.

Samuel Stone (B.A./B.S. in International Relations and Mathematics, ‘10), Russia: Sam will pursue coursework in Moscow to explore perspectives on Russian foreign policy and also conduct a research project on Russian youth opinion of global issues.

Joanna Sturiano (Ph.D. Candidate in Japanese Literature) Japan: Joanna will research a community of Tokyo women writers working in the late ‘20s; this study will, in part, analyze the role of the writers’ relationships on literary production.

Molly Vallor (Ph.D. Candidate in Japanese Literature), Japan: Molly will translate and comment on the poetry of Zen Buddhist monk and teacher Muso Soseki, with attention to the interplay between religion and poetics.

Sarah Vick (B.S. in Physics, ‘10), Germany: At the University of Heidelberg, Sarah will develop and fabricate a specialized detector designed for the study of x-ray emitting interstellar objects.

Mark West (M.A. in Education, ’09), Azerbaijan ETA: In addition to teaching composition and reading to university students, Mark will help train English language faculty and research teacher development and teacher evaluation programs in Azerbaijan.


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