2021-22 British Scholar Award grantees

Orkun Akseli

Orkun Akseli

Elon University Award, Elon University - Commercial Law

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Orkun Akseli

Orkun Akseli

Elon University Award, Elon University - Commercial Law

Orkun is an Associate Professor of Commercial Law at Durham University Law School. He has published extensively on the modernisation and harmonisation of secured transactions law. His research has focused on the laws relating to secured credit, and the social and economic impact of these laws with reference to the financing of SMEs. He studied law in Turkey and the United States before completing his PhD at the University of Manchester. He is excited for the opportunity provided by the Fulbright Commission to spend time doing research and teaching at Elon University Law School. His research will be on the influence of the UCC Article 9 on international secured transactions law texts that aim to modernise national laws. He is a keen runner and foodie as well as have a keen interest in history. He hopes to explore North Carolina and the South during his time in the USA.

Joerg Arnscheidt

Joerg Arnscheidt

All Disciplines Scholar Award, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee - Environmental Sciences

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Joerg Arnscheidt

Joerg Arnscheidt

All Disciplines Scholar Award, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee - Environmental Sciences

Joerg’s fascination with water chemistry and aquatic biology started with a makeshift laboratory and aquariums and the garden pond of his parental home. Dedicated academics in Düsseldorf and in Dresden further nurtured this interest in aquatic sciences. After a PhD on acidification he first worked in commercial water analysis and is now a senior lecturer at Ulster University’s School of Geography and Environmental Sciences with research interests in water quality and aquatic ecology.

As a water scientist, he is looking forward to the opportunity of spending time at the Great Lakes in Sandra McLellan’s laboratory at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where he wants to investigate methods of monitoring faecal water pollution with bacterial sediment markers. He also intends to get involved with Milwaukee’s volunteer organisations in freshwater conservation and the support of people with Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) for a transatlantic sharing of experience.

Henry Birt

Henry Birt

Lloyd’s Scholar Award, Pennsylvania State University - Agriculture

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Henry Birt

Henry Birt

Lloyd’s Scholar Award, Pennsylvania State University - Agriculture

Just as humans make associations with ‘good bacteria’ in their gut, plants too form important connections with microbes that influence their health. Henry investigates these relationships within agricultural systems to find new ways we can produce food sustainably. As a Fulbright Scholar at The Microbiome Center at The Pennsylvania State University, Henry will investigate how microbes interact with plants at the end of a drought period and how this could influence climate change in the future. At Penn State, Henry will have access to long term experimental sites, world-class analytical equipment, and some of the best research minds in the field. Henry’s research career has had international collaboration at its core. From the Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil to banana production on the doorstep of The Great Barrier Reef in Australia, exchanging ideas internationally has been the lifeblood of much of Henry’s work. In Pennsylvania Henry is keen to experience the rich culture: from the college football atmosphere at Penn State, to Amish farming techniques.

Daniel Cash

Daniel Cash

All Disciplines Scholar Award, New York University's Stern Business School - Business Law

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Daniel Cash

Daniel Cash

All Disciplines Scholar Award, New York University's Stern Business School - Business Law

Daniel is a Senior Lecturer at Aston University’s Law School. He exclusively researches the Credit Rating Industry and its regulation, operation, and impact upon the financial sector. He has founded the Credit Rating Research Initiative, bringing together leading voices in the field to push for a better environment within the sector. Daniel has also founded Aspiring Black Lawyers, an initiative designed to address the distinct underrepresentation of Black and Mixed-Heritage people in the legal sector by working with students and connecting them to specialists who can aid their development. At New York University’s Stern Business School, Daniel aims to establish the new credit rating initiative and develop a field-leading textbook on the credit rating field. By bringing together some of the world’s leading scholars and practitioners, the book will hopefully form a bridge between the field in the US and the UK. That bridge will be developed to inspire impactful collaboration in particular fields, like finding credit-rating based resolutions to global issues such as the debt renegotiation standstill affecting the world’s most vulnerable countries. Daniel will be exploring different areas of the US to learn about its deep history.

Rebecca Charlton

Rebecca Charlton

All Disciplines Scholar Award, The George Washington University - Adult Development & Aging

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Rebecca Charlton

Rebecca Charlton

All Disciplines Scholar Award, The George Washington University - Adult Development & Aging

Rebecca completed her PhD examining the associations between changes in the brain and cognitive abilities in middle-aged and older adults. Several years ago a conversation with a friend raised the question “What happens to autistic people when they get older?” Realising that we know very little about ageing for autistic people, Rebecca has since been working to answer that question. Most researchers investigating autism focus on childhood development. Rebecca brings her expertise on ageing, age-related changes and disorders to ask questions about ageing and autism. As a Fulbright Scholar, Rebecca will be working with colleagues at the George Washington University for four months. Combining expertise in ageing with expertise in autism and developmental trajectories, Rebecca will examine the relationship between cognitive abilities, physical and mental health across the adult lifespan. Rebecca can often be found hiking on the South Downs and is looking forward to exploring the countryside around Washington. She’s also hoping to visit the Kennedy Centre and the Library of Congress.

Stuart Dunmore

Stuart Dunmore

Royal Society of Edinburgh Scholar Award, Harvard University - Socio-Lingiustics

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Stuart Dunmore

Stuart Dunmore

Royal Society of Edinburgh Scholar Award, Harvard University - Socio-Lingiustics

Stuart is a research fellow at the University of Sussex, and also at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on the sociolinguistics of minority language use, ideology, and cultural identities, with particular reference to Celtic language communities in Britain and Canada. In 2019 his first book 'Language Revitalisation in Gaelic Scotland' was published, while his British Academy postdoctoral fellowship (2016-19) assessed the role of 'new' speakers in language learning initiatives and policy interventions in Scotland and Nova Scotia. Stuart’s Fulbright research will build on this work to examine social networks of Scottish Gaelic speakers and learners among the Nova Scotia diaspora community in Boston, and how such speakers' learning motivations and identities may compare to the better known Boston Irish diaspora. This research will inform chapters of his second monograph with Edinburgh University Press. During his scholarship Stuart will be working with distinguished colleagues in Celtic at Harvard University. He also hopes to have some time to indulge his passions for (ice) hockey and rowing.

Alison Eardley

Alison Eardley

Smithsonian Scholar Award, The Anacostia Community Museum - Cultural Psychology

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Alison Eardley

Alison Eardley

Smithsonian Scholar Award, The Anacostia Community Museum - Cultural Psychology

Alison is a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Westminster. She will be working with the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum on a project exploring place-identity, belonging, memory, and the relationship between the museum and its local communities. What is surprising about this project is not that a cognitive psychologist is a Fulbright-Smithsonian scholar, but rather that more psychologists are not already working within museums. Alison’s research on attention, multisensory processing, mental representation and memory can enrich sector-wide understandings of visitor experience and audience engagement. Nevertheless, Alison has learnt that whilst scientists and museums may share some common language and goals, their respective understandings are often underpinned by different meaning and assumptions. This project provides her with the opportunity to understand museums and the US from within. In so doing, Alison’s interdisciplinary lens will provide important insights into longstanding and new museum sector goals: serving communities, democratising decision making on museum narratives, broadening participation, enhancing access, and redefining museums in the 21st century.

Nicola Guess

Nicola Guess

All Disciplines Scholar Award, Johns Hopkins/Tufts University/Good Food Institute - Clinical Nutrition

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Nicola Guess

Nicola Guess

All Disciplines Scholar Award, Johns Hopkins/Tufts University/Good Food Institute - Clinical Nutrition

Nicola is a registered dietitian and academic. Her research looks at the role of high protein diets in the maintenance of good health. Historically, people have gotten most of their protein from animal protein, which has a detrimental impact on the environment compared to other foods. A key question moving forward is whether we can meet our protein requirements sustainably. During her Fulbright, Nicola will spend time at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Tufts University in Boston, and at the non-profit Good Food Institute. The overall aim of her project is to ensure that the sustainable protein sector can meet the growing needs of consumers into the future. The strength of spending time in multiple institutions is that sustainable food is truly a multi-sector issue and will require collaboration between the agricultural, climate science, food technology, production, food service, and nutrition science communities. On her return to the UK, Nicola intends to continue working with her new collaborators to help guide UK industry, food policy and nutrition science towards a more sustainable future. Nicola is fascinated with US political history and is looking forward to visiting the multiple museums and historical sites around Baltimore, Washington DC and Boston.

Katherine Harrison

Katherine Harrison

Smithsonian Scholar Award, National Air and Space Museum - Mass Communications

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Katherine Harrison

Katherine Harrison

Smithsonian Scholar Award, National Air and Space Museum - Mass Communications

Katherine is Senior Lecturer in Media in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities at Leeds Beckett University. She completed her Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded PhD in Visual Culture at Lancaster University, during which time she was a visiting researcher at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. As a Fulbrighter, she returns to Washington to investigate the visual culture of the 20th-century Space Age using the archives and expertise of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. She is particularly interested in imagery of Planet Earth produced from an ‘outside’ perspective by astronauts and space technologies, and its influence on public understandings of the ‘home planet’. The archival research is part of a wider project that interrogates the visual culture of the emerging 21st-century Space Age; an era in which commercial spaceflight operators have begun to generate privatised perspectives back on Earth and out into the cosmos. These privileged perspectives have the potential to shape future understandings of our collective ‘home planet’ and its status as a place of return or merely a place of origin. While in the USA, Katherine hopes to visit the Kennedy Space Center to see a rocket launch.

Joshua Hollands

Joshua Hollands

Elon University Award - U.S. History

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Joshua Hollands

Joshua Hollands

Elon University Award - U.S. History

Josh is a historian of the United States, specialising in the study of sexuality, political economy, and social movements. He completed his doctorate at UCL’s Institute of the Americas in 2019, where he is now a lecturer in US history. His research considers the history of homophobic workplace discrimination in the US South and Southwest and the movements that arose to challenge this discrimination. Josh’s research seeks to understand the role of the workplace in the rapid expansion of LGBTQ rights over the past two decades. Prior to his doctorate, Josh completed an MA in US history and politics at UCL and received a BA in American Studies from the University of Hull. At Elon, a university committed to engaged and experimental pedagogies, Josh will be teaching classes in US and LGBTQ history. He will also undertake research for his next project which is a history of the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain. As a historian of the US South, Josh is looking forward to a traveling through the region for both research and leisure. He is particularly keen to sample some of the region’s many craft breweries, as well as the South’s distinctive cuisine.

Daniel Hughes

Daniel Hughes

All Disciplines Scholar Award, University of Texas at Austin - Modern Literature

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Daniel Hughes

Daniel Hughes

All Disciplines Scholar Award, University of Texas at Austin - Modern Literature

Daniel is an alumnus of Bangor University, where he graduated with a PhD in English Literature in 2018. Daniel is also a recipient of the M Wynn Thomas New Scholar’s Prize, which recognises outstanding early-career contributions to the study of Welsh Writing in English. Austin’s Harry Ransom Center is actually home to the largest collection of Welsh literature outside the UK, and Daniel will be utilising these collections as he develops a monograph on Welsh modernist writing. Daniel will teach a course on Modern Welsh Literature in English at UT Austin, and will also give a series of public lectures on the same topic.

Daniel hopes to raise the international profile of Welsh literature and culture during his Fulbright. Daniel is also especially excited to experience South by Southwest, and plans to support the Texas Longhorns during his 12-month stay in Austin.

Ashok Kar

Ashok Kar

Royal College of Surgeons Research Award, Stanford University - Thoracic Surgery

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Ashok Kar

Ashok Kar

Royal College of Surgeons Research Award, Stanford University - Thoracic Surgery

Ashok is a trainee cardiothoracic surgeon in London and is passionate about improving outcomes for lung cancer patients. Inspired as a teen by the sequencing of the human genome project, he studied Medicine at the University of Cambridge and completed a Natural Sciences Degree in Genetics with research into cell cycle signalling. Twenty years later and after operating on hundreds of cancer patients, he believes that advancing our understanding of the fundamental biology of cancer can drive innovation in surgery. As a Fulbrighter, he will spend three months at Stanford under the supervision of Thoracic Surgeon, Professor Joseph Shrager. He will pursue inter-disciplinary translational research in collaboration with Dr Maximilian Diehn’s lab who have pioneered a novel liquid biopsy technique to detect circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) in lung cancer. Ashok is excited to undertake research trying to determine a scientific basis for how oncological surgery is performed. He grew up in Scotland and enjoys the great outdoors and is looking forward to exploring California and immersing himself in American culture.

Ella Marriott

Ella Marriott

Metropolitan Police Scholar Award, Tulane University - Police, Law Enforcement & Corrections

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Ella Marriott

Ella Marriott

Metropolitan Police Scholar Award, Tulane University - Police, Law Enforcement & Corrections

Ella Marriott completed her degree in History at Royal Holloway, University of London. Whilst there, she won a Junior Year Scholarship to Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Her scholarship studies and travel cemented her lifelong interest in the USA. After graduating, Ella joined the Metropolitan Police Service in London. Now a senior detective, she has worked across many policing areas, including rape investigation, counter-terrorism, firearms and professional standards. Her current role is in Frontline Policing at North Area, covering the London Boroughs of Haringey and Enfield. Ella is returning to Tulane University to research how the US is addressing its history of slavery, segregation and disproportionality in the criminal justice system. She will be complementing this research with meeting operational police officers and human rights advocacy organisations. Her aim is to identify opportunities for the Metropolitan Police Service to present its history and those of its communities, to improve understanding of the impact of shared experiences on today’s policing response in London.

Rachel Rolph

Rachel Rolph

Royal College of Surgeons Research Award, MD Anderson Houston - Surgical Technology

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Rachel Rolph

Rachel Rolph

Royal College of Surgeons Research Award, MD Anderson Houston - Surgical Technology

Rachel has devoted her life to medicine to make a substantive difference to those in need. Her aim is to provide patient care at the highest level through research by harnessing advances in surgical technology to define the benchmark in her chosen speciality, breast cancer surgery. Rachel studied at University of Oxford and UCL. Her personal achievements include double first-class degrees and a Scholarship from Oxford. Her clinical training provided experience in plastic and breast cancer surgery in major training centres within the UK. Rachel believes that the future of surgery is assessing innovative technologies to move the field of breast surgery forward for patient benefit. Minimally invasive surgery has been adopted in other surgical fields however is yet to be translated into breast surgery in the UK. As a Fulbrighter, Rachel plans to visit major centres in the US which have developed clinical trials into robotics in breast surgery. Her main focus will be at MD Anderson, Houston, the largest cancer hospital in the US. She is excited to study both the professional and institutional learning curves and patient outcomes associated with this new technique assessing its applicability in the UK healthcare system.