Einaudi Center announces seed and small grant recipients

Jennifer Downs in Tanzania
Dr. Jennifer Downs of Weill Cornell Medical College won a seed grant for her work organizing female scholars. The photo shows her conducting field work in Tanzania. 

By Nicole M. Ang

The Einaudi Center has awarded five seed grants and four small grants to Cornell faculty members to support their international research. Recipients come from seven departments in six Cornell colleges.

The seed grant program supports the preparation of external funding requests while the small grant program supports and cosponsors conferences, workshops, seminars, and other events. 

Seed grant recipients

  • Jennifer Downs (Center for Global Health, Weill Cornell Medical College). Global Women’s Health Research Conference: Establishing the First Cohort of Female Global Scholars ($10,000)
  • Shannon Gleeson (Departments of Labor Relations, Law & History, School of Industrial and Labor Relations). Transnational Approaches to Immigrant Labor Rights Advocacy ($10,000)
  • Sturt Manning (Department of Classics, College of Arts & Sciences). Building a Timeframe with Dendrochronology for Byzantine Cultural Heritage in Cyprus ($10,000)
  • Aleksandr Mergold (Department of Architecture, College of Art, Architecture and Planning).  Modelling Spolia: Visualizing Mechanisms and Phenomena in Material Reuse ($10,000)
  • Katja Poveda (Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences). Effect of Landscape Simplification on Pollinators in the Tropical Andes ($10,000)

Small grant recipients

  • Caitlín Barrett (Department of Classics, College of Arts & Sciences). “Better to Dwell in Your Own Small House:” Households of Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt in Context ($5,000)
  • Lourdes Casanova (Emerging Markets Institute, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management). Emerging Multinationals in a Changing World ($5,000)
  • Michael Fontaine (Department of Classics, College of Arts & Sciences). Teaching Ettore Ferrari’s monument to Giordano Bruno ($600)
  • Sabrina Karim (Department of Government, College of Arts & Sciences). Endline Survey for Election Violence Project in Liberia ($5,000)

Selections for both grant programs were based on the projects’ potential to advance research by junior faculty, to bring long-term discernible benefits to international studies at Cornell, and to conform to the highest academic standards.

Faculty and programs are expected to use the awards within the coming year to mobilize additional external support for their projects. The Einaudi Center works closely with the recipients to support these efforts.

Nicole M. Ang is a student at Cornell Law School and a graduate student administrative assistant at the Einaudi Center.