David L. Boren Awards for International Study

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2013 Boren Fellows

Name
Institution**
Academic Discipline, Degree Objective

Language, Proposed Country*
Title of Proposed Project

Joseph Adams
Middlebury College
Linguistics, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Arabic Language and Linguistics
Amelia Altz-Stamm
University of Texas
Public Administration, PhD
Arabic, Jordan
An Assessment of Water User Associations in the Jordan Valley
Cameron Asam
Brandeis University
International Affairs, MA
Bahasa, Indonesia
Understanding Disaster Risk Reduction on the Indonesian Archipelago
William Baldwin
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS
Language & Literature, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
Swahili Language and Culture Study Program
Lauren Barr
American University
International Relations, PhD
Arabic, Morocco
Morocco: Negotiating Parliamentary Change
Lauren Bieniek
Tufts University
International Affairs, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
Intensive Swahili Language Study and Private Sector Development Internship
Juliet Blalack
University of Virginia
Journalism, MA
Arabic, Morocco
Media Diversity in Morocco
Edward Borden, Jr.
Florida State University
Criminal Justice, Ph.D.
Arabic, Jordan
Perceptions of Government Legitimacy and its Effect on Crime in the Middle East
Evan Boucher
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS
Area Studies, MA
Arabic, Jordan
The Humanitarian and Regime Stability Crisis of Syrian Refugees
Nina Brekelmans
Georgetown University
Area Studies, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Intensive Language and Cultural Immersion
April Brewer
University of Chicago
Social Work, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
Swahili Study for Social Work in Zanzibar, Tanzania
Jonas Brown
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Intensive Arabic Language Study
Sarah Brown
Clark University
History, Ph.D.
Kinyarwanda, Rwanda
Gender and Agency During the Rwandan Genocide: A Comparative Study of Female Rescuers and Perpetrators
Ruth Carlitz
University of California, Los Angeles
Political Science, Ph.D.
Swahili, Tanzania
Visibility and Accountability: The Politics of Public Goods Provision in Tanzania
Christopher Carothers
Political Science, Ph.D.
Korean, South Korea
Ask the Neighbors: South Korean and Chinese Perspectives on the Pyongyang Regime
James Casey
Princeton University
History, Ph.D.
Arabic, Jordan
Advanced Arabic Language Study and Research
Michael Celone
Tulane University
Public Health, MPH
Swahili, Tanzania
Schistosomiasis Control in Tanzania
Lawrence Coig
George Washington University
Area Studies, MA
Portuguese, Brazil
A Study of the Brazilian Private Sector Through Practicum and Language Immersion

John Connors
Arizona State University
Geography, Ph.D.

Swahili, Tanzania
Sustainable Development: Understanding the Social and Environmental Impacts of Agricultural Development
Stone Conroy
Georgetown University
Political Science, MA
Hausa, Nigeria
Hausa Study in Nigeria: Conflict Stabilization and Development in a Region of Rising International Security Concerns
Jaime Cordes
Georgetown University
Area Studies, MA
Serbian, Serbia
Youth and Civil Society Empowerment in Serbia
Melissa Creary
Emory University
Public Health, Ph.D.
Portuguese, Brazil
Sickle Cell Disease in Brazil: Race, Policy, and Population Health
Jarrod Crockett
Seton Hall University
Language & Literature, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Intensive Arabic Language Study in Jordan
DeNealia Cunningham
Howard University
Law, JD
Arabic, Qatar
Intensive Arabic Language Study at Qatar University
Ana Maria Defillo
New York University
International Affairs, MS
Portuguese, Brazil
Human Trafficking in the Americas: How Brazil and the U.S Can Lead the Region
John Delurey
University of Arkansas, Little Rock
Environmental Sciences, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
Solar Mamas: the Impacts of Solar Energy Electrification on Women's Empowerment in Zanzibar
Tony Demchak
Kansas State University
History, Ph.D.
Russian, Russia
Choice and Foreign Technology in the Russian and Soviet Navies, 1905 to 1940
Ryan Donaghy
University of California, Los Angeles
Education, Ph.D.
Turkish, Turkey
Examining the Institutionalization of University-Based Women's Studies Programs in Turkey
Kara Downey
Stanford University
Political Science, Ph.D.
Russian, Kyrgyzstan
National Identity and Political Stability in Post-Soviet Central Asia
Zachary Dunn
Oregon State University
Public Administration, MPP
Swahili, Kenya
Swahili Language Study and Microinsurance Impact Analysis in Kenya
Emme Edmunds
Cornell University
Sociology, Ph.D.
Hindi, India
Reproductive Health Information and Services in Delhi, India: The Differences Between Desired and Actual Resources
Emily Ernst
University of Texas
Area Studies, MA
Urdu, India
Intensive Urdu in Lucknow, India
Jeanine Finley
American University
International Relations, MA
Swahili, Uganda
Effectiveness of Institutions and Policies Employed to Achieve Stakeholder Participation in the Nile Basin
Zach Fredman
Boston University
History, Ph.D.
Mandarin, China
Perilous Alliance: Sino-American Encounters in Wartime China, 1941-1946
Sarah Gates
University of Denver
International Affairs, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
Swahili Language Study and Research on Youth Peacebuilding
Kyle Gibson
American University
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Israel
Engaging the Youth Bulge: Youth and Conflict Prevention in the Palestinian Territories
Olivia Gilmore
American University
International Affairs, MA
Portuguese, Brazil
Water Governance and Conflict in Brazil: A Comparative Study of Participatory Mechanisms for Conflict Resolution
Sarah Graveline
Georgetown University
International Affairs, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
COIN in the Age of Light Footprints: Kenyan Military Planning on the Frontlines of Insurgency
Ashley Greene
University of Notre Dame
History, Ph.D.
Swahili, Uganda
Narratives of Power: The Construction and Transmission of National History in Post-Independence Uganda
Adam Grimm
Georgetown University
Area Studies, MA
Mandarin, China
Climbing the Ladder of Innovation: China's Investment in Education and Research and Implications for U.S. Policy
Tiffany Grobelski
University of Washington
Geography, Ph.D.
Polish, Poland
EU Law, Civil Society, and the Re-Mapping of Environmental Politics in Poland
Hannah Haegeland
University of Washington
Area Studies, MA
Urdu, India 
Urdu Language STudy and Transnational South Asian Political Dialogue
Jennifer Hagan
American University
International Affairs, MA
Tagalog, Philippines
Philippine Labor Migration and Prevention of Trafficking in Persons
Alison Heslin
Emory University
Sociology, Ph.D.
Bengali, India
Food Security and Political Stability in South Asia: A Comparative Study of Food Riots in India and Bangladesh
Daniel Hoshizaki
Yale University
Environmental Sciences, MS
Khmer, Cambodia
Khmer Language Study and Mekong River Water Resource Management
Eric Hundman
University of Chicago
Political Science, Ph.D.
Mandarin, Taiwan
Innovative Deviation: Tactical Decision-Making on Qing China's Battlefields
Laura Jagla
University of Denver
International Affairs, MA
Portuguese, Mozambique
Portuguese Language Study and a Study of State-Building, Youth, and Media in Mozambique
Ben Jalowsky
University of Chicago
History, MA
Portuguese, Brazil
Reformation and Rehabilitation: Brazilian Drug Policy and U.S. Bilateralism
Amanda Jessen
Georgetown University
International Affairs, MA
Turkish, Turkey
Illegal Trafficking and Political Violence in Turkey: Where Do Women Fit In?
Eric Johnson
George Mason University
International Affairs, MS
Arabic, Oman
Intensive Arabic Language Study in Oman
Elizabeth Kaknes 
University of Virginia
Political Science, Ph.D.
Portuguese, Brazil 
Portuguese Language Training and Policy Evaluation Research in Brazil
Elinor Kasting
Georgetown University
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Weathering the Storm: The Political Stability Balancing Act
Conor Kennedy
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS
Political Science, MA
Mandarin, China
Master's Degree at the SAIS Program of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in China
Elizabeth Kerley
Harvard University
History, Ph.D.
Russian, Russia
Circumstantial Democrats: (Post)-Soviet Elites and the Problem of International Norms
Stephen Kim
Tufts University
International Affairs, MIA
Korean, South
Korea Intensive Korean Language Study
Andrew Kirst
University of California, Santa Barbara
International Affairs, MA
Portuguese, Mozambique
Rural Development and Portuguese Language in Mozambique
Nicholas Knowlton
University of Florida
Political Science, Ph.D.
Akan, Ghana
Trajectories of Democracy in Africa: Ghana as a Least-Likely Case
Jessica Kuntz
University of Pittsburgh
Economics, MPA
Bosnian, Bosnia Herzegovina
An Intensive Study of the Bosnian Language and the Use of Public Goods to Defuse Economic Instability in Bosnia Herzegovina
Laura Kwong
Stanford University
Engineering, Masters - PhD
Bengali, Bangladesh
Study of Bangla and Urban Sanitation in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Eileen Lee
University of California, Irvine
Public Health, MA
Cantonese, Hong Kong, China
Cantonese Language Study and Public Health Promotion
Sonya Lee
University of California, San Diego
International Affairs, MIA
Korean, South Korea
Intensive Korean Language Study and Research on the Lives of North Korean Refugees From the Beginning to the End
Jenna Lindeke
American University
International Affairs, MA
Japanese, Japan
Japan as a Development Power: Gender in Japanese Development NGOs in India
Jing Ling Liu
Tufts University
Public Health, MA
Mandarin, China
The Role of Social Enterprises in China's Public Health System
Trinh Luu
University of California, Berkeley
Language & Literature, Ph.D.
Vietnamese, Vietnam
Law, Literature, and the State in Postsocialist Vietnam
Daniel MacDuff
American University
International Affairs, MA
Russian, Russia
Russian Language Study Program
Eli Magana
University of California, Berkeley
Area Studies, MA
Japanese, Japan
The Pyongyang Connection: Uncovering North Korea's Support Network in Japan
Joanna Maggard
Middlebury College
 Language & Literature, MA
Arabic, Jordan
The Center for Arabic Study Abroad: A Year of Intensive Arabic Study
Francis Manzella
Case Western Reserve University
Anthropology, Ph.D.
Portuguese, Brazil
Adolescent Narratives of Social Exclusion and Immobility
Jennifer Mark
University of Washington
Public Health, Ph.D.
Swahili, Kenya
Improving Prevention of Neonatal HIV in a Three-Country Health Systems Study of Africa
Sarah Mathews
University of California, Los Angeles
Area Studies, MA
Yoruba, Nigeria
African Language Initiative
Laura McAdams
University of Pennsylvania
Education, M Ed.
Arabic, Jordan
Intensive Arabic Language Study and Academic Internship
Christopher McCarthy
University of California, San Diego
 International Affairs, MA
Mongolian, Mongolia
The Importance of Strong U.S.-Mongolia Relations
Emily McCready
Brandeis University
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Growing Instability in Jordan and the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Anthony Medrano
University of Wisconsin, Madison
History, Ph.D.
Malay, Malaysia
Criminal Currents: Smugglers, Traders, and Pirates in Malaysian Waters
Byron Meinerth
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS
Economics, MA
Mandarin, China
Effects of Cross-Straits Relations on Taiwan's Political Recognition in Central America
Caitlin Milder
Johns Hopkins University
Public Health, MPH
Japanese, Japan
Language Study and Radiological Research in Japan
Garret Mitchell
George Washington University
Linguistics, MA
Russian, Russia
Russian Language Study
Ibraam Nashed
American University
International Affairs, MA
Persian, Tajikistan
Winning the Ideological Battle: The U.S.'s Role in the Persian-Speaking World
Sarah Norris
Monterey Institute of International Studies
International Affairs, MA
Russian, Russia
Reaching Out to Russia Through Nuclear Policy and Cooperation - Building Language to Build Trust
Suzie Oh
George Washington University
International Affairs, MA
Korean, South Korea
Advanced Korean Language Study and Working with the Settlement and Integration of North Korean Refugees in South Korea
Sean O'Keefe
University of Arkansas, Little Rock
Public Administration, MPA
Arabic, 
Jordan: Advanced Studies in Literary Arabic, Syrian Colloquial, and Arabic-Language Literature with a Clinton School Capstone Project
Scott Olsen
Arizona State University
History, MA
Russian, Russia 
The Soviet Union & Cold War Politics in Somalia
Rachel Palmer 
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Arabic Language Study and Research on Women in Humanitarian Crises
Darci Pauser
Syracuse University
International Affairs, MPA
Turkish, Turkey
The Other Two Dimensions of Security: Achieving Global Sustainability Through Strategic Diplomacy and Development
Jacob Pester
Pennsylvania State University
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Priority Language in a Priority Country
Amy Porter
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Education, Ph.D.
Wolof, Senegal
Small Business in Senegal: Institutionalizing Entrepreneurship
Allison Quatrini
George Washington University
Political Science, Ph.D.
Mandarin, China
"Party" Politics: Ethnic Minority Holiday Celebrations and Ethnic Identity Formation
Sierra Ramirez
American University
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Israel
Studying Arabic and Water Security in the West Bank
Brett Reilly
University of Wisconsin, Madison
History, Ph.D.
Vietnamese, Vietnam
International Military Advising and the Armed Forces of the Republic of Vietnam
Victoria Ryan
Johns Hopkins University
Public Health, MPH
Amharic, Ethiopia
Population, Health, and Environment Interventions to Improve Maternal and Child Health in Ethiopia
Garik Sadovy
North Carolina State University
Computer Science, MS
Bahasa Indonesian, Indonesia
GIS for Environmental Applications in Indonesia
Jennifer Sewall
George Washington University
Language & Literature, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
Intensive Swahili Language and Development Studies at the State University of Zanzibar and the University of Dar es Salaam
Kartikeya Singh
Tufts University
Environmental Sciences, Ph.D.
Hindi, India
Let There be Light: Scaling Technologies for the Base of the Pyramid
Nickolas Smith
Portland State University
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Advanced Arabic Language Acquisition and Research Analysis on Cyber Security as it Relates to U.S. Regional Interests
Nike Start 
University of San Francisco 
Economics, MA
Arabic, Morocco
Development Policy Reform of the Microfinance Sector in Morocco
Audrey Stevens
Georgetown University
Area Studies, MA
Turkish, Turkey
Who is Neo-Ottoman? AKP Elections and Identity
Chase Stoudenmire
University of Arkansas
History, MA
Georgian, Georgia
Humanizing International Relations: Educational Exchange and Public Diplomacy
Amanda Stueve
Texas A&M University
Political Science, MIA
Arabic, Jordan
Standard Arabic and Inter-Religious Relations in Jordan
Tye Sundlee
Georgetown University 
Business, MBA
Tajik Tajikistan 
Tajik Entrepreneurship and the New Silk Road Strategy
Robert Tender II
American University
International Affairs, MA
Twi, Ghana
Improving Education Disparity in Ghana
Julie Tippens
University of Arizona
Public Health, Ph.D.
Swahili, Tanzania
Household Resilience and Psychosocial Coping Among South Sudanese Refugees in Nairobi, Kenya
Whittney Tom
George Washington University
International Affairs, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
Swahili: A Language for Partnership - The African Language Initiative in Zanzibar
Jay Totte
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS
International Affairs, MA
Portuguese, Mozambique
Mozambique Portuguese Language Study and Displacement and Migration Research
Morgan Tucker
Monterey Institute of International Studies
Public Administration, MPA
Portuguese, Brazil
HIV/AIDS Care in Rio de Janeiro
Jacob Vawter
Georgetown University
International Affairs, MS
Japanese, Japan
Contemporary Nationalism in Japan: Risks and Opportunties for the U.S.
Scott Weiner
George Washington University
Political Science, Ph.D.
Arabic, Kuwait
The Integration Of Power: Explaining Government-Tribe Relations in the Arab Gulf
Travis Wessler
Saint Mary's University
International Affairs, MA
Turkish, Turkey
What Kurdistan Means for US Security
Kristen Whited
Brandeis University
Language & Literature, MPP
Korean, South Korea
Korean Language Study for Engagement with North Korean Refugees
Alexander Wilner
Georgetown University
Language & Literature, MA
Persian, Tajikistan
Persian Language Study in Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Jackson Woods
George Washington University
Political Science, Ph.D.
Mandarin, China
Nationalism and the New Media in China

Please note that this list is subject to change should recipients decline their awards and alternates be promoted to awardees.

 *Proposed countries may change due to regional concerns and changes in students' programs.
**The institution listed is the student's most recent institution at the time of application.