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Cornell's 2020-21 Fulbright-Hays Winners

The Einaudi Center is excited to announce that Cornell's 2020–21 Fulbright-Hays doctoral awardees are beginning their work in 2022, after an extended delay due to pandemic conditions.

On this page: Meet the three Cornell PhD candidates heading into the field.

The prestigious Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) fellowships cover travel, living, and research expenses for six to 12 months for the students and their families. All awardees conduct their research in languages other than English.

John Kennedy, Romance Studies


Dissertation: Debt Mobilities, Visuality, and the Shaping of Central American Migrant Liens (Director: Debra Castillo)

Kennedy's research will examine the financial underpinnings of human mobility and communal functions of debt in Guatemala, where the costs of unauthorized migration often exceed the average Guatemalan annual wage.

Man talking to people in front of sunset over water. John Kennedy at the estuarine border between Mexico and Guatemala filming an interview for his documentary Suchiate.
John Kennedy filming a documentary interview at the estuarine border between Mexico and Guatemala.

Austin Kramer wearing hat and brown jacket

Austin Kramer, Anthropology


Dissertation: Culture, Hunting, and Environmentalism in the Himalayan Fur Trade (Director: Paul Nadasdy)

Kramer's work will investigate why hunting and fur remain an important part of life and culture in the Himalayas, even when many stakeholders — from locals to Buddhist leaders and scientists — oppose the fur trade.

Six people standing in front of calligraphy. Michael Miller with archivists and friends at the regional archives office in Makassar, Indonesia
Michael Miller with archivists and friends at the regional archives office in Makassar, Indonesia.

Michael Miller, History

Indonesia and Netherlands

Dissertation: Modifying Men: Religion and Masculinity in Colonial Eastern Indonesia, 18701942 (Director: Eric Tagliacozzo)

Miller's research will explore masculinities and religious difference under late Dutch colonial rule, as Christian Indonesian men gained access to coveted colonial positions while Muslim men were pushed to the margins.