Mertha, Andrew : Seed Grant, 2013-2014


Andrew Mertha (Government)

College of Arts and Sciences
Project Title: 
Development of a “Cornell in Cambodia” Study Abroad Infrastructure
Project Abstract: 
The purpose of this project is to develop a new course to be offered in Siem Reap, Cambodia during the winter session on the international and domestic politics of the country, with a particular focus on the role of China. Siem Reap is the small city at the doorstep of Angkor Wat, a site that lends itself to many subjects from history and politics to art, dance, religious studies and more. Siem Reap is also one of the foremost sites of NGO activity in Cambodia, making it ideal for developing service learning opportunities for students. This grant will be used to create a solid set of networks and partnerships in Cambodia to serve as study abroad infrastructure for the course which may also support future Cornell courses which could be offered by a range of faculty. It will also support associated in-country, pre-departure, and post-trip activities such as visiting potential sites for field trips, meeting with local organizations and educational institutions, and exploring avenues and partnerships for an international service learning and/or engaged research course and internships for students. A program evaluation will also be conducted both pre-departure and after returning to Ithaca to gather feedback from students and debrief with program’s primary partner, the Center for Khmer Studies.