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 is a condensed matter theorist, currently a Fulbright US Scholar hosted by the University of York in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the California State University, Long Beach where was supported on the Graduate Research Fellowship while working on superconducting—magnetic proximity systems, including the solution of a 200-year-old problem known as the bead on a hoop. Thomas earned his doctoral degree from the University of California, Irvine where he worked on aspects of simulations of quantum physics for materials with the renormalization group. During this time, he was supported by the Pat Beckman Memorial Scholar through the ARCS Foundation. As the prized postdoctoral fellow at the Université de Sherbrooke in Québec, Canada, Thomas published on a variety of topics in quantum computing. In his free time, he has been exploring the history of York and getting back to swimming as the pandemic restrictions lift.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.