2020-21 American Scholar Award grantees

Thomas Baker

Thomas Baker

University of York (All Disciplines) Scholar Award, University of York - Quantum Theory

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Thomas Baker

Thomas Baker

University of York (All Disciplines) Scholar Award, University of York - Quantum Theory

Thomas earned his Master’s degree from California State University, Long Beach, which graduates higher numbers of underrepresented persons in physics. His most recent postdoctoral position has been at the Institut quantique (Université de Sherbrooke) in Québec where he studied computational techniques in physics. Major work on understanding how materials can lead to improved technologies can be found through theoretical studies of many-body physics. Thomas’s research project uses the computational tool of tensor networks to investigate the theoretical foundations of many-body physics. Notably, he will be investigating density functional theory, an efficient theory that requires approximation to work well. In England, Thomas will work with leading researchers in density functional theory as well as other research groups working on areas of interest that will make sharing and collaboration much easier. On his return to the United States, Thomas hopes to start his own research group.

Betül Basaran

Betül Basaran

Global Scholar Award, SOAS, University of London - Religious Studies

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Betül Basaran

Betül Basaran

Global Scholar Award, SOAS, University of London - Religious Studies

Betül is Professor of Religious Studies at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Her primary area of expertise is the social, economic and legal history of the Ottoman Empire. Her scholarship has considered public order and policing in Ottoman Istanbul; marital relationships between Europeans and Ottoman women in the early modern period; the ways in which Ottoman women have been constructed in court records; and questions of social justice within Ottoman society. Betül’s current project tells a historically absent story about the life and work of Princess Niloufer, who married into the Muslim ruling dynasty in Hyderabad, the largest princely state in British India, following the abolition of the Islamic caliphate in 1924. Niloufer gained recognition as a public figure dedicated to women’s empowerment during the turbulent period that led to the partition of India, and in the context of emerging women’s rights movements. Her story becomes a case study through which Betül investigates the intertwined themes of religion, international politics, and women’s agency. It also underscores the agency of Muslim women as important role models and pioneers in world history, in contrast to the contemporary western narrative most prevalent today that reduces them to mere victims or religious extremists.

Russell Bradburd

Russell Bradburd

Queen’s University Belfast (Creative Writing) Scholar Award, Queen's University Belfast - Writing

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Russell Bradburd

Russell Bradburd

Queen’s University Belfast (Creative Writing) Scholar Award, Queen's University Belfast - Writing

Rus is delighted to be teaching writing classes at Queens University-Belfast. He is also working on his latest book project, which focuses on the assimilation of refugees into Northern Irish culture through sport. He is the author of four books, including the recent All the Dreams We've Dreamed: a Story of Hoops and Handguns on Chicago's West Side and Paddy on the Hardwood: a Journey in Irish Hoops. After coaching basketball for fourteen seasons at University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP) and New Mexico State University, he left the game to pursue a life in writing.

A professor in NMSU’s MFA program, his books focus on the intersections of sport, social justice, and race. He still directs his acclaimed Basketball in the Barrio summer program in El Paso, Texas. A Chicago native, he is an accomplished fiddle player who plans to pursue this hobby in the pubs of Belfast.

Aili Bresnahan

Aili Bresnahan

University of Roehampton Scholar Award, University of Roehampton - Dance

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Aili Bresnahan

Aili Bresnahan

University of Roehampton Scholar Award, University of Roehampton - Dance

Aili is an Associate Professor of philosophy at the University of Dayton in Ohio. Her primary areas of research are the philosophy of dance, performance, aesthetics, culture, and law. Her background includes professional-level dance training and experience as a labour and employment lawyer after receiving a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, a PhD in philosophy from Temple University in Philadelphia, and work as University of Dayton’s Humanities Commons Coordinator. Aili’s research at the Centre for Dance Research at the University of Roehampton in London will explore the possibility that ethical agency in dance along aesthetic lines could serve as a model for how productive discourse could proceed in philosophy, particularly among those who hold diverse views. She plans to work with community and political dancers, scholars, and students to articulate this research as well as to participate in and watch some international dance practices and performances throughout the city, work that she feels is particularly vital now after a time of health-required but alienating social distance.

Allison Burkette

Allison Burkette

Durham University Scholar Award, Durham University - Anthropological Linguistics

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Allison Burkette

Allison Burkette

Durham University Scholar Award, Durham University - Anthropological Linguistics

As a sociolinguist with interests that centre on the relationship between language and the material world, Allison’s research is interdisciplinary in nature and involves a lot of conversations. She interviews people about their lives and has long conversations with academics about ideas that reach across disciplinary lines. Her two main achievements are solo book projects: Language and Material Culture (2015) and Language and Classification (2018), the latter of which looks at the way that ceramic artifacts are classified within different sub-fields of archaeology. Delving into the world of archaeology fulfilled a childhood dream and also provided the inspiration for the project she will be working on as a Fulbright scholar. In Durham, Allison will exercise her inner archaeologist as she investigates how artifact meaning is created, re-created, and re-fashioned over time using an archaeological approach (chaîne opératoire) and the concept of ‘natural histories of discourse’ from linguistics. Her Fulbright is making possible the kinds of interactions and connections that motivate Allison to keep exploring and to keep deepening her understanding of language and its role in society.

Caitlyn Butler

Caitlyn Butler

University of Sheffield Scholar Award, University of Sheffield - Environmental Engineering

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Caitlyn Butler

Caitlyn Butler

University of Sheffield Scholar Award, University of Sheffield - Environmental Engineering

Caitlyn is an associate professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She previously worked in the Department of Engineering at Arizona State University and did her graduate work in Environmental Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Caitlyn’s research focuses on wastewater treatment, emphasising the use of biofilms systems in remediating environmental contaminants. She received a highly competitive NSF CAREER award for early career faculty for a novel approach to wastewater treatment using granular biofilms. She has also received grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop the Microbial Fuel Cell Latrine that directly converts human waste into compost and electricity. Caitlyn has also pursued research supported by the Department of Energy, Air Force SBIR program, and Environmental Protection Agency. She has received a number of recognitions, including the Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, given by UMass College of Engineering and an Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering and Science Award, given by the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.

Kermit Davis

Kermit Davis

Loughborough University Scholar Award, Loughborough University - Industrial Engineering

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Kermit Davis

Kermit Davis

Loughborough University Scholar Award, Loughborough University - Industrial Engineering

Kermit is the Immediate-President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). He became a Fellow of HFES in 2013 and American industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) in 2019. His research has gained national and international recognition by receiving prestigious awards including: the Volvo Award in Low Back Pain Research in Biomechanical Studies for the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (2002), the Alice Hamilton Award in Human Services (2003), the Liberty Mutual Prize for the International Ergonomic Society (2003) and the Bernice Owen Award of Research in Safe Patient Handling (2018). Kermit is the graduate program director of the Environmental and Occupational Hygiene and Occupational Safety and Ergonomics programs at the University of Cincinnati. His research has concentrated on the reducing ergonomic stressors of healthcare workers and patients in healthcare settings (e.g. hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home health care).

Lanta Davis

Lanta Davis

Queen's University Belfast (Irish Literature) Scholar Award, Queen's University Belfast - English Language & Literature

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Lanta Davis

Lanta Davis

Queen's University Belfast (Irish Literature) Scholar Award, Queen's University Belfast - English Language & Literature

Growing up on a farm in South Dakota, Lanta’s love of books allowed her to travel the world and embark on countless adventures. At first, literature was an escape into new worlds. Later, however, she realised that fiction could also reveal truths about the world, and that even literature about “faraway” places could teach her much about home. Her research on Northern Irish writers has led her to believe that literature about the Troubles can help teach the rest of the world – especially those parts that are becomingly increasingly polarised – how to creatively resist forces of oppression, develop resilience, and forge pathways to reconciliation. While the peace process is far from over she is excited to see the remarkable strides the people of Belfast and the researchers at Queen’s have made in reconciliation efforts. She hopes to learn from the experiences of the Irish and Northern Irish people and bring these lessons back home, where she is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the John Wesley Honors College at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Andrea Freeman

Andrea Freeman

King’s College London Research Scholar Award, King's College London - Civil Liberties

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Andrea Freeman

Andrea Freeman

King’s College London Research Scholar Award, King's College London - Civil Liberties

Andrea Freeman is Professor of Law at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law. She teaches Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Race and Law, Food Law and Policy, and Comparative Social Justice and Constitutional Law. In Spring 2017, she visited at U.C. Berkeley School of Law. In Summer 2018, she was the Distinguished Scholar of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School. Freeman writes and researches at the intersection of critical race theory and food policy, health, and consumer credit. She is the author of Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice, a forthcoming book, Food Oppression, two book chapters, and a dozen law review articles. She has presented her work at the leading United States law schools and internationally in France, India, Mexico, and Canada. Freeman serves on the Litigation Committee of the Hawai'i chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, as Chair-Elect of the AALS Constitutional Law section and is a Founding Member of the Academy of Food Law and Policy. A graduate of the University of Toronto and the U.C. Berkeley School of Law, she clerked for Judge Jon O. Newman of the Second Circuit and former chief Judge José A. Fusté in the District of Puerto Rico after law school. 

Alisha Falberg

Alisha Falberg

Fulbright-Schuman European Union Affairs Program, International Whaling Commission - International Relations

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Alisha Falberg

Alisha Falberg

Fulbright-Schuman European Union Affairs Program, International Whaling Commission - International Relations

Alisha is excited to continue her career in marine mammal conservation in the U.K. with the International Whaling Commission. As a recipient of a 2020-2021 Fulbright-Schuman European Union Affairs Program Grant, Alisha will be conducting research and policy work for the IWC's Office of the Executive Secretariat. Her work will explore how this international organization pursues consensus in its whale conservation work, will examine the protection and use of the global oceanic commons, and will assist the IWC in this process. Alisha went to law school to specialize in environmental law, with an emphasis on endangered species and marine mammal protection. She is currently an Attorney-Advisor with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, under the U.S. Department of Commerce. Alisha currently lives in Alaska, where she is an avid outdoors enthusiast. She enjoys rock climbing, cycling, hiking, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and yoga. She also is involved in the performing arts community and teaches tap dance at a local ballet studio.

Rinat Gabitov

Rinat Gabitov

Lancaster University (STEM) Scholar Award, Lancaster University - Geochemistry

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Rinat Gabitov

Rinat Gabitov

Lancaster University (STEM) Scholar Award, Lancaster University - Geochemistry

Rinat’s research interests lie in studying geological and environmental systems through analysing the chemical makeup of rocks and minerals, such as those found in cave deposits. Caves are carbonate archives that contain not only unvalued records on paleoclimate but also records on anthropogenic activity. He intends to combine his experience in experimental geochemistry with the environmental expertise of personnel at the Lancaster Environment Centre to conduct research on the development of the geochemical tool for reconstructing the industrial nitrate emissions. The Lancaster Environment Centre hosts a unique technique allowing the analysis of nitrogen in carbonate minerals. In the future, Rinat expects to further his Fulbright research project level by using a developed geochemical tool in performing the analysis of nitrogen in different cave samples from Europe and North America. Rinat will enjoy spending three months in UK by visiting castles, museums, and universities in Lancaster, Manchester, Leeds, and of course Liverpool, birthplace of the Beatles. He is especially looking forward to exploring on foot, which is not often possible in the USA.

Peter Gottschalk

Peter Gottschalk

SOAS University of London Reasearch Scholar Award, School of Oriental and African Studies - Interreligious Studies

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Peter Gottschalk

Peter Gottschalk

SOAS University of London Reasearch Scholar Award, School of Oriental and African Studies - Interreligious Studies

Peter is excited to return to London to continue his research on British imperialism and its engagement with Muslims and South Asia. As the heart of empire, London resonates with a complicated past while manifesting in its contemporary communities the vibrant echoes of that past’s consequences. Peter’s Fulbright project seeks to explore the dynamics of that past with an eye on their current expressions. British imperialism facilitated the coalescence of a globalised Anglophone news network that reciprocally facilitated globalised visions of humanity and religion. This network communicated ideas and emotions promoting Islamophobia, anti-Muslim sentiment, and religious tolerance. Using Anglophone newspapers published in India, the UK, and the US in the last two centuries, his research will examine both the imaginaries and the emotions perpetuated through reporting as well as considering how these established ideas and sentiments are evident today. Far from his usual haunts at Wesleyan University in Connecticut where he is Professor of Religion, Peter will also welcome the opportunity to pursue his passions for birding and nautical history in the UK.

Shelleen Greene

Shelleen Greene

University of Leeds Distinguished Chair Award, University of Leeds - Film Study

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Shelleen Greene

Shelleen Greene

University of Leeds Distinguished Chair Award, University of Leeds - Film Study

Shelleen is an associate professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include Italian cinema, Black European Studies, and postcolonial studies. Her book, Equivocal Subjects: Between Italy and Africa – Constructions of Racial and National Identities in the Italian Cinema (Bloomsbury/Continuum, 2012), examines the representation of mixed-race subjects of Italian and African descent in Italian cinema.

Her work has also been published in Postcolonial Italy: Challenging National Homogeneity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and California Italian Studies.

Julia Haggerty

Julia Haggerty

Fulbright Global Scholar Award, Scotland's Rural Colleges - Geography

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Julia Haggerty

Julia Haggerty

Fulbright Global Scholar Award, Scotland's Rural Colleges - Geography

Julia Haggerty is Associate Professor of Geography in the Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University, where she holds a joint appointment in the Montana Institute on Ecosystems. Haggerty teaches courses in human, economic and energy resource geography at MSU. She also leads the Resources & Communities Research Group in studying the ways rural communities respond to shifting economic and policy trajectories, especially as they involve natural resources. As a Fulbright Global Scholar, Haggerty will conduct a comparative analysis of rural land inequality politics and land market interventions in the United Kingdom (Scotland), New Zealand and Australia.  

Elliott Hoey

Elliott Hoey

Loughborough University Scholar Award, Loughborough University - Health Communication

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Elliott Hoey

Elliott Hoey

Loughborough University Scholar Award, Loughborough University - Health Communication

Elliott conducted his PhD research in linguistics at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in The Netherlands and comes to Loughborough by way of the University of Basel. His research interests span conversation analysis, gesture studies, and discourse-functional linguistics and he recently published a book about silence in conversation, When Conversation Lapses: The Public Accountability of Silent Copresence. His Fulbright project will examine palliative care consultations, with an eye toward improving conversations about death and dying. By working on video-recorded consultations in a hospice, he aims to uncover the recurrent communicative practices that people use in advancing or discouraging talk about death. This research will proceed in close collaboration with top scholars of social interaction at Loughborough and the support of the Institute for Advanced Studies. The project will produce empirical evidence to inform policy, training, and guidelines regarding how to converse about death and dying. Elliott is excited to develop a network of scholars, advocates, and practitioners in the palliative care field, and he is also looking forward to training his ear for the different regional varieties of British English.

Caitlin Hutchison

Caitlin Hutchison

University of York (History of Art) Scholar Award, University of York - Art History

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Caitlin Hutchison

Caitlin Hutchison

University of York (History of Art) Scholar Award, University of York - Art History

Caitlin graduated from the University of Delaware in 2019 with a PhD in Art History, focusing on the art and material culture of the early medieval period. Previously, she earned an MA in Art History from the University of Notre Dame, where she spent a summer in Ireland studying modern Irish at the National University of Ireland-Galway, and a BA in History from Ferris State University in her home state of Michigan while playing basketball on an athletic scholarship. Caitlin’s Fulbright project explores the nature of early medieval boundary markers and art of the border regions in United Kingdom and Ireland. In addition to teaching at the University of York, she looks forward to traveling extensively throughout Great Britain to observe and research such monuments and discuss medieval and modern borders with academic and public audiences alike. She is especially motivated to better understand the mechanisms of using art to mark and maintain territory and assert regional and cultural identities, both in the Middle Ages and modern-day.

Kimberly Ilsovay

Kimberly Ilsovay

Global Scholar Award, Queen's University, Belfast - Education

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Kimberly Ilsovay

Kimberly Ilsovay

Global Scholar Award, Queen's University, Belfast - Education

During Kimberly’s career in the field of education, she has taught a wide range of grade levels and student populations. She began in early childhood and now works with higher education institutions around the world. She is touted as a champion for diversity and inclusion. Her extensive travel for work in study abroad and service immersion programs, teaching workshops and higher education courses for teachers, and promotion of international partnerships was the inspiration for her Global Fulbright project. Connecting people locally and internationally is her passion. Her project seeks to develop and strengthen international partnerships in education to enhance the co-constructed development of inclusive and intercultural curricula and applied research. Kimberly is excited to return to Belfast and Ecuador to continue her collaborative work for this project.

Larry Kessler

Larry Kessler

Cancer Research UK Scholar Award, Cancer Research UK - Oncology

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Larry Kessler

Larry Kessler

Cancer Research UK Scholar Award, Cancer Research UK - Oncology

In 2018 there were almost 10 million cancer deaths worldwide. New promising technologies are often called precision medicine. The effectiveness of precision medicine depends on accurate diagnostic testing, but the field of precision medicine generally lacks data on clinical utility. The CanTest framework developed in the UK, suggests that post-implementation surveillance provides an opportunity to examine effects on the health care system and on important population health indicators, such as stage of disease and survival. However, these opportunities are underutilised. Larry proposes a paradigm to enhance these diagnostic tests while simultaneously reducing their potential peril to patients and the health care system. Larry is Professor in the Department of Health Services in the School of Public Health, University of Washington. He has over 40 years of experience in health services research and his work in cancer surveillance at the National Cancer Institute of NIH substantially changed the way in which the US performs cancer surveillance. He will continue this long-standing commitment to improving cancer surveillance by developing an international repository for post-market collection of evidence on precision diagnostic tests in cancer.

Darren Kew

Darren Kew

U.S. Friends of Queen’s University Belfast Visiting Professorship Award, Queen's University Belfast - Peace & Conflict Resolution

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Darren Kew

Darren Kew

U.S. Friends of Queen’s University Belfast Visiting Professorship Award, Queen's University Belfast - Peace & Conflict Resolution

Darren is Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He studies the relationship between conflict resolution methods – particularly interfaith and inter-ethnic peacebuilding – and democratic development in Africa. Much of his work focuses on the role of civil society groups in this development. He has also been a consultant on democracy and peace initiatives to the United Nations, USAID, US Institute of Peace, the US State Department, as well as to a number of NGOs, including the Carter Center. He monitored the last six Nigerian elections and the 2007 elections in Sierra Leone. Darren is author of numerous works on Nigerian politics and conflict resolution, including the book Civil Society, Conflict Resolution, and Democracy in Nigeria. Research interests include: civil society, conflict prevention, and transnational civil society development; religion, ethnicity, and conflict resolution; international security and crisis intervention in Africa; conflict resolution efforts as grassroots approaches to promoting democracy; Conflict and democracy in Africa (especially Nigeria), including elections; international negotiation and mediation.

Laura Migliorino

Laura Migliorino

British Library Eccles Centre Scholar Award, The British Library - Photography

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Laura Migliorino

Laura Migliorino

British Library Eccles Centre Scholar Award, The British Library - Photography

Laura is a Professor of Art at Anoka-Ramsey Community College near Minneapolis. She has received numerous grants from the Jerome Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, and was both the Community College Humanities Affiliated Fellow at The American Academy in Rome as well as a 2019 recipient of The James Weldon Johnson Foundation Fellowship. Her work is in numerous collections and her exhibition history is international in scope and spans over 30 years. She has also been featured in DWELL, Artsy, Huffington Post and Midwestern Gothic. Laura is thrilled to be at the Eccles Center for American Studies for six months in 2021. She will be photographing the archives related to Rosamond Johnson and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, two musicians of colour whose musical work was influential and powerful in their time. Rosamond Johnson, an African American who collaborated with his famous brother James Weldon broke many racial barriers while living in London. He also formed a rich friendship with musical genius Coleridge-Taylor, a mixed-race Englishman who defied challenges and became an international star. Laura will tell their story through photography.

Calvin Schermerhorn

Calvin Schermerhorn

University of Nottingham Scholar Award, University of Nottingham - US History

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Calvin Schermerhorn

Calvin Schermerhorn

University of Nottingham Scholar Award, University of Nottingham - US History

Calvin is a historian of slavery, capitalism, and African American inequality.

He is Professor of History at Arizona State University, a prize-winning teacher, and the author of three books on slavery, Money Over Mastery, Family Over Freedom: Slavery in the Antebellum Upper South (2011), The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815-1860 (2015), and Unrequited Toil: A History of United States Slavery (2018). His next book is titled The Plunder of Black America: How the Racial Wealth Gap Was Made and Why It's Growing.

Louise Siddons

Louise Siddons

British Library Eccles Centre Scholar Award, The British Library - Art History

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Louise Siddons

Louise Siddons

British Library Eccles Centre Scholar Award, The British Library - Art History

Louise is an associate professor of art history at Oklahoma State University, where she teaches courses in American and Native American visual and material culture. She has published on topics from the eighteenth century to the present and is active as an independent curator and dance instructor. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2005 and joined the faculty at Oklahoma State in 2009. From 2009-2014, she was also the founding curator and co-director of the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art. Her most recent monograph is Centering Modernism: J. Jay McVicker and Postwar American Art. Her research has been supported by several institutions including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Terra Foundation for American Art and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She was a 2018 Summer Scholar at the Eccles Centre, and as a Fulbright scholar she looks forward to returning to the unparalleled holdings in queer theory and Native American history at the British Library. During her fellowship, she will be completing her book about photographer Laura Gilpin, lesbian networks, and mid-century Navajo sovereignty.

Amy Silva-Smith

Amy Silva-Smith

Edinburgh Napier University Scholar Award, Edinburgh Napier University - Adult Health and Nursing

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Amy Silva-Smith

Amy Silva-Smith

Edinburgh Napier University Scholar Award, Edinburgh Napier University - Adult Health and Nursing

Amy is a nurse researcher interested in developing strategies to initiate and maintain physical activity after stroke. Her clinical practice as a nurse practitioner spanned 21 years of her overall nursing career, 33 years. In addition to current work, she has engaged in projects with stroke caregivers as they begin the new role and older adults studying their participation in prevention and screening tests. Amy has served in numerous administrative roles including interim dean, associate dean for academic affairs and operations, and department chair. She has received over $1 million in external funding and was named the Carole Schoffstall Endowed Professor in 2020.

Her hobbies include bicycling, hiking, kayaking, weaving, and knitting.

Anna Squicciarini

Anna Squicciarini

Fulbright Cyber Security Scholar Award, King's College London - Computer & Info Systems Security

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Anna Squicciarini

Anna Squicciarini

Fulbright Cyber Security Scholar Award, King's College London - Computer & Info Systems Security

Anna will return to London after a successful sabbatical in 2017, to pursue new research ideas and new life adventures with her family. Her Fulbright project will explore mental models related to cloud security and documents sharing. She will develop user centred studies and semiautomated mechanisms to help users protect content that is shared and co-managed via online remote cloud providers. Her time at King’s College London will allow her to interact with top researchers in the field, as well as fostering existing collaborators. Anna is an Associate Professor at the Pennsylvania State University, where she heads the Cybersecurity Area group. Her research focus is on privacy, access control and security topics in general. She has over 100 publications in the field and her work is supported by several funding bodies. Her Fulbright will give Anna the opportunity to share her work internationally and develop new approaches to content protection. Plus, Anna’s 11-year-old daughter will return to the British school she attended in 2016.

Ashli Stokes

Ashli Stokes

Scotland Visiting Professorship Award, University of Edinburgh, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences - Communication, Journalism & Related Programs

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Ashli Stokes

Ashli Stokes

Scotland Visiting Professorship Award, University of Edinburgh, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences - Communication, Journalism & Related Programs

Much is made in the U.S. about “Scots-Irish” identity, where real (or imagined) connections to Scottish culture provide moments of celebration, particularly in the Appalachian region. Ashli’s Fulbright project will explore how Scots talk about their identity through foods that may be seen in the ways that Appalachians, past and present, talk about them. By using food as a lens to better understand contemporary Appalachian American and Scottish identity, it will theorise implications for regionalism, sectarianism, and nationalism in today’s world. At the University of Edinburgh Ashli will conduct fieldwork, analysing food organisations, those serving traditional and contemporary Scottish cuisine, and consumers. Joining the University’s FRIED network of food researchers, she plans to cook for its graduate students, inviting them to blog along with her about the nation’s cultural identity as seen through its food. In addition to bringing traditional Southern Appalachian ingredients in her suitcase, Ashli’s family will also experience Scotland’s unique culture by eating their way around the country and talking to its people.

Heather Taussig

Heather Taussig

Cardiff University Scholar Award, Cardiff University - Social Work

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Heather Taussig

Heather Taussig

Cardiff University Scholar Award, Cardiff University - Social Work

Heather’s career has focused on creating and using evidence to improve outcomes for children who have experienced child maltreatment and placement in foster care. In high school, she began volunteering at a shelter for children in out-of-home care. Despite their exposure to substantial adversity, these children demonstrated exceptional resilience. As she continued her studies, however, Heather learned that the statistics painted a much bleaker picture. Twenty years ago she designed a mentoring and skills training program for young people in foster care entitled Fostering Healthy Futures, which has been tested in three randomised controlled trials and has demonstrated efficacy in a number of domains. A ten-year follow-up study with young adults who were placed in foster care during preadolescence provides rich longitudinal data that she looks forward to analysing during her Fulbright award period. Heather plans to collaborate with researchers and students at Cardiff University to develop more innovative and contextually-sensitive prevention programming for youth. During her time in Cardiff, she and her husband plan to take advantage of the many opportunities for theatre-going at the Millennium Centre and hiking long-distance trails.

Jennifer Vanderpool

Jennifer Vanderpool

University of Liverpool Scholar Award, University of Liverpool - Art

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Jennifer Vanderpool

Jennifer Vanderpool

University of Liverpool Scholar Award, University of Liverpool - Art

A native of the Mahoning Valley in Northeast Ohio, Jennifer is a Los Angeles-based social practice artist who works across mediums to reveal relationships between physical landscapes and the unseen forces that shape them, knitting together narratives about forgotten institutions, people, and communities. Working in the Department of Philosophy’s Art, Aesthetics and Cultural Institutions program, Vanderpool’s Fulbright project investigates how late-twentieth-century and early-twenty-first-century deindustrialisation impacted British manufacturing communities in the Industrial North of England. Her Fulbright project developed from Untold Stories, an on-going investigation of post prosperity communities in the Midwest beginning with explorations of her hometown Youngstown, Ohio, and then Akron. Some of Vanderpool’s recent exhibitions include Garment Girl at Heritage Space, Hà Nội; Flores Para El Trueque with Mercadito & Mentidero, Bogotá, and with No Lugar – Arte Contemporáneo and La Huerta y La Maquina, Quito; Super Natural at the National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow. Jennifer enjoys modern dance and is an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians MLB team.

Justin Vickers

Justin Vickers

University of Surrey Scholar Award, University of Surrey - Music History, Literature, & Theory

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Justin Vickers

Justin Vickers

University of Surrey Scholar Award, University of Surrey - Music History, Literature, & Theory

Justin is Associate Professor of Music at Illinois State University. His research centres on music in twentieth-century Britain and Benjamin Britten in particular. He is currently writing The Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts: A History of the Britten–Pears Era, 1948–1986. Together with Vicki P. Stroeher he is editing and contributing to Benjamin Britten in Context. He edited (again with Stroeher) and contributed to Benjamin Britten Studies: Essays on An Inexplicit Art. He has written on the lost ‘Epilogue’ to Britten’s ‘Holy Sonnets of John Donne’ and contributes regularly to programming for the Britten-Pears Foundation. He has written on Peter Maxwell Davies’s first two symphonies and his Antarctic Symphony in The Sea in the British Musical Imagination and elsewhere. An accomplished tenor, Justin has performed around the world from Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center to Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, Moscow’s International House of Music, Vienna’s Stephansdom, and Britten’s The Red House. He has lectured on Britten, Peter Pears, Michael Tippett, the English Opera Group, and the Aldeburgh Festival.

Hope Wabuke

Hope Wabuke

National Library of Scotland Scholar Award, National Library of Scotland - Writing

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Hope Wabuke

Hope Wabuke

National Library of Scotland Scholar Award, National Library of Scotland - Writing

Hope Wabuke is a Ugandan American poet, essayist, and writer. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection The Body Family (forthcoming from Haymarket Books) and the poetry chapbook collections her, The Leaving, and Movement No.1: Trains. She has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA), the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women Writers, The Poetry Foundation, The New York Times Foundation, Cave Canem, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women Writers. Hope has been published widely in various magazines, among them The Guardian, The Paris Review Daily, and Guernica. Hope writes literary and cultural criticism for NPR and is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; she is also a former contributing editor for The Root, where she originated a column on African diasporic literature, and a founding board member and former Media & Communications Director for the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction.

Kristopher Waynant

Kristopher Waynant

University of Exeter Scholar Award, University of Exeter - Organic Chemistry

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Kristopher Waynant

Kristopher Waynant

University of Exeter Scholar Award, University of Exeter - Organic Chemistry

Kristopher’s research blends organic synthetic chemistry, coordination chemistry, and functional polymeric materials. Recent work has focused on: (1) the synthesis of polymers for calcium ion recognition; (2) investigating coordination complexes of transition metals with redox-active ligands and; (3) employing polymer hydrogel modifications for selective diffusion. The research group also has interest in building cross-linkers for hydrogel based biomaterials; exploring glycosidic recognition patterns of various polypeptides for immune responses; as well as many synthetic methodological studies.

Kristopher has a passion for chemical education and continually searches for ways to adapt his research into his lectures, courses, and laboratory classrooms.

Tarah Wheeler

Tarah Wheeler

Fulbright Cyber Security Scholar Award, University of Oxford - Cybersecurity

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Tarah Wheeler

Tarah Wheeler

Fulbright Cyber Security Scholar Award, University of Oxford - Cybersecurity

Tarah is an information security researcher, political scientist, author, and poker player. She is currently a Cybersecurity Policy Fellow at New America where she leads a new international cybersecurity capacity building project with the Hewlett Foundation’s Cyber Initiative. She is a cybersecurity expert for the Washington Post and a contributor on cyber warfare for Foreign Policy. She is the author of the best-selling Women In Tech: Take Your Career to The Next Level With Practical Advice And Inspiring Stories. She has been Head of Offensive Security & Technical Data Privacy at Splunk, and Senior Director of Engineering and Principal Security Advocate at Symantec Website Security. She has led projects at Microsoft Game Studios and architected systems at encrypted mobile communications firm Silent Circle. She has spoken on information security at the European Union, at the Malaysian Securities Commission, for Foreign Policy, the OECD and FTC, as well as at universities including Stanford, American, West Point, and Oxford. She has $3640 in lifetime cashes in the World Series of Poker. Reach her at @tarah.

Nathan Wolek

Nathan Wolek

Scotland Visiting Professorship at Aberdeen, University of Aberdeen - Music

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Nathan Wolek

Nathan Wolek

Scotland Visiting Professorship at Aberdeen, University of Aberdeen - Music

Nathan is an audio artist and researcher whose work encompasses advanced signal processing techniques, audio field recording, multimedia performance, and electronic music history. He completed his Ph.D. in Music Technology at Northwestern University, and is currently Professor of Digital Arts at Stetson University. He is best known for the Granular Toolkit and LowkeyNW package, both popular extensions to Cycling74's Max environment. His music and sound installations feature rapid edits, gradually changing textures, and environmental recordings of personal significance. Nathan has presented his creative work across the United States, in addition to engagements in Korea, Germany, Norway, Canada and Brazil. His research has been featured at the ICMC, SEAMUS, CMS, ATMI and CENSE conferences. Nathan will be the 2020 artist-in-residence for the ACA Soundscape Field Station at the Canaveral National Seashore in Florida. He will then spend the early part of 2021 as the Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professor at the University of Aberdeen, his second award from the prestigious Fulbright exchange program.

Sarah Gendron

Sarah Gendron

Global Scholar Award, Queen's University Belfast - Human Rights

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Sarah Gendron

Sarah Gendron

Global Scholar Award, Queen's University Belfast - Human Rights

Sarah (Sally) Gendron is Associate Professor of French and Cultural Studies at Marquette University in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Sally is the author of Reading Repetition in the Work of Samuel Beckett, Jacques Derrida, and Gilles Deleuze (Peter Lang, 2008) and The Co-Opting of Education by Extremist Factions: Professing Hate (Routledge, 2020). She has also authored two literary translations, and numerous scholarly articles focusing on cultural propaganda, genocide, and gender studies. Sally is currently writing a book on gender-based violence in conflict settings. Titled Sub silentio, the book traces manifestations of sexual violence during national and international conflicts, the evolution of legal language proscribing sexual assault, and subsequent prosecution (or lack thereof). Modern conflicts examined include World Wars One and Two, the Baltic Wars, the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda, as well as gender-based violence within the military and at the hands of UN Peacekeepers. During the tenure of the fellowship, Sally will conduct the on-site research for three additional case studies: sexual assault during The Troubles in Northern Ireland, UK, sexual violence within the military in the Irish Republic, and the rape of Dalit women in India.