Seven Cornell students receive prestigious Fulbright-Hays awards for 2013-2014

This year's Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Program for the 2013-14 academic year was again delayed, leaving students less than a month for students to apply. Cornell had 15 applicants, and seven were successful in a very competitive program. Cornell was awarded a total of $215,058 in grants which was the third highest among the 34 institutions of higher education that received them.

The Fulbright-Hays Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and provides grants to colleges and universities for support of doctoral students conducting dissertation research on modern languages, area studies and development-related topics. The program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who plan to pursue a teaching career.

While the geographic range of study for the Fulbright-Hays is very broad, our applicants were concentrated in Asia (East, Southeast, and South). The titles of the successful research also illustrate the broad discipline range of the Fulbright-Hays program:

  • Andrew Amstutz (India/Bagladesh): "Finding a Home for Urdu—The Urdu Language Movement in Twentieth Century South Asia"
  • Robert Beazley (Nepal): "Gendered Mobility and Transient Livelihoods along the Trans Himalayan Highway"
  • Alice Beban (Cambodia): "Gender Dynamics of Land Reform in Cambodia"
  • Isaac Kardon (China): "Ruling the Waves and Waiving the Rules—China the United States and the Law of the Sea"
  • Rebakah Minarchek (Indonesia): "Creating Commodities in Halimun National Park Indonesia—Changing Market Access and the Impact on Food Security and Gender Relations"
  • Matthew Reeder (Thailand): "From Tributaries to Ethnic States--Survivors of Empire and New Social Categories in Early Modern Thailand"
  • Dexter Thomas (Japan): "The Japanese Hip-Hop Paradox—Affinity and Xenophobia and Black Alternative Modernity"

The Fulbright-Hays Program is one of the few programs of the Federal Government to enhance the country's understanding of other cultures and languages. The new additional emphasis on development-related topics provides a substantive encouragement to a broader spectrum of doctoral students. The Fulbright-Hays Program at Cornell is administered by the Einaudi Center. 

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