Dyson Fulbright Winners
2018 Dyson Fulbright Award Winners
KELSEY PARKER ’18
IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE MAJOR AND RECIPIENT OF A FULBRIGHT AWARD TO CONDUCT RESEARCH IN ZAMBIA.
A part of the Student-Faculty Undergraduate Research Program with Professor of Biology Marcy Kelly, she will conduct a comparative study of the soil ecology of active and restored mine sites in Zambia, in order to determine what is necessary to treat them. After completing her Fulbright, she plans to pursue a doctoral degree in conservation biology and a career in ecosystem restoration.
JANETTA REBOLD BENTON
IS A DISTINGUISED PROFESSOR OF ART HISTORY ON THE NEW YORK CITY CAMPUS. SHE IS THE RECIPIENT OF A FULBRIGHT AWARD TO CHINA.
During the spring 2018 semester, she will be a visiting professor at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou (near Shanghai), where she will be teaching American art history to graduate students. This is her second Fulbright, as she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in fall 2012, teaching graduate students at European University in St. Petersburg, Russia.
2017 Dyson Fulbright Award Winners
Matthew Mainzer '17
IS A DOUBLE MAJOR IN ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE AND RECIPIENT OF A FULBRIGHT AWARD DURING THE 2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR FOR AN ENGLISH TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP AT THE INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF NOVI PAZAR IN SERBIA.
A Marine Corps veteran, Mainzer will attend Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies after completing his Fulbright, and plans on a career as a US Foreign Service Officer.
IS A PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY ON THE NEW YORK CITY CAMPUS AND IS THE RECIPIENT OF A FULBRIGHT AWARD TO SOUTHEAST ASIA, INCLUDING THAILAND, CAMBODIA, AND LAOS.
From October 2017 through April 2018, she will continue her research on the mental health and psychosocial recovery of child victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Her proposed project, “Prevention and Protection Practices for the Successful Identification, Recovery and Reintegration of Victims of Child Trafficking in Southeast Asia,” has received strong support from international university host institutions, United Nations agencies, governments, and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs). In addition to conducting interviews with key informants to facilitate the design and implementation of culturally appropriate psychosocial recovery and reintegration programs for victims of child trafficking, Dr. Rafferty will provide workshops for representatives from U.N. and governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and residential aftercare recovery programs for child victims.
2016 Dyson Fulbright Award Winners
Rachel Fauth ‘15
is an English Language and Literature major who received an English Teaching Assistantship for South Korea.
Rachel Fauth is a Fulbright winner for an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to South Korea for the 2016-2017 grant period. She will be teaching English as a second language to South Korean students as well as North Korean defectors. Combining her abilities as a teacher and artist, she will encourage an intellectual exchange by using aspects from both American and Korean culture as classroom materials. Rachel is particularly interested in working with the organization Teach North Korean Refugees, which seeks to not only tutor English to defectors, but enable them to “write their own stories.” She hopes her time abroad will provide an immersive study of theoretical barriers separating native from foreigner and citizen from refugee.
Faced with serious linguistic challenges, Rachel looks forward to exploring what it takes to communicate and finding alternative modes of connection. By the end of the grant year, she aims to produce a video documentary of her experience that captures genuine and unexpected moments of reciprocity between people.
Kyla Korvne ‘15
is a Political Science and Peace and Justice Studies major. She will research female political participation and empowerment in Senegal.
Believing that new female politicians and leaders in Senegal can shed much-needed light on the process and strategies involved in political empowerment, Kyla’s research will utilize a qualitative case study methodology to identify the process of empowerment that led Senegalese women to run and in many cases be elected for office, including how they began the process, the obstacles they faced throughout and how they overcame them. She will compile the interviews, analyze the interview data, and identify commonly cited obstacles and the tactics used to overcome them, including actors involved and the level of intentionality and awareness regarding strategies used. Once analyzed, the data from her project will create a framework of empowerment tactics for female political participation.
Jessie Meredith ‘16
is a Political Science and Peace and Justice Studies major minoring in Middle Eastern Studies. She will conduct research in Jordan on urban refugees and city planning in Amman.
Jessie will investigate how city planning strategies can help efforts to accommodate urban refugees. She will study how well urban refugees in Amman, Jordan have been accommodated as city residents and evaluate the urban planning strategies used in Amman in two ways: how they affected urban refugees in particular and how that has changed over time. This approach will allow the research to yield the lessons learned through the different waves of refugees that Amman has taken in throughout its recent history. As the final product of this project, Jessie will produce a report detailing her research findings and conclusions. She will aim to provide a guide through the lessons learned by city planners in regard to serving refugees in their city and highlight which planning decisions negatively impacted refugees. A potential outcome will be an answer as to in what areas there are opportunities for city planning mechanisms to be used to address refugee needs.
IS A PROFESSOR OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES ON THE NEW YORK CITY CAMPUS AND IS THE RECIPIENT OF A FULBRIGHT AWARD TO POLAND.
In spring 2016, he will research the ethno-linguistic factors that point to a high degree of multiculturalism and multilingualism in the early modern Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. He will then compare his findings with today’s Europe and the progress it has made towards political, cultural, and linguistic unity.