David L. Boren Awards for International Study

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2016 Boren Fellows

Name
Institution
Academic Discipline

Language, Proposed Country
Title of Proposed Project

Hilary Adams
Tufts University 
International Affairs, MA
Russian, Georgia
Russian Language and Frozen Conflicts in the Caucasus
Dania Alawadi
American University 
Political Science, PhD
Arabic, Qatar
Civil-Military Relations in the GCC: Tribesmen & the State
Lukas Anderson
George Washington University 
Area Studies, MA
Persian, Tajikistan
Persian Study and Thesis Research
Kelly Anderson
University of Maryland 
Geography, PhD
Portuguese, Mozambique
Contextualizing Drivers & Outcomes of Rural-Urban Migration
Margaret Ariotti
Pennsylvania State University 
Political Science, PhD
Wolof, Senegal
Local Governance and Regime Stability in Senegal
Kathleen (Casey)  Bahr
Georgetown University 
Area Studies, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Arabic Acquisition & Refugee Interactions
Victoria Barber
Tufts University 
International Affairs, MA
Russian, Latvia
Russian Language Study at the Education Center Durbe in Riga
Jonathan Barsness
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 
Political Science, PhD
Arabic, Jordan
Roots of Defection in Arab Civil-Military Relations
Elisheva Bellin
Long Island University, Brooklyn 
Psychology, PhD
Hebrew, Israel
Unmasking Posttraumatic Growth: Pathogenic and Salutogenic Sequelae of Growth after Trauma
Stephanie Berger
Georgia State University 
Business, MS
Russian, Belarus
The Role of Information Systems in Belarusian Customs
Alexander Borowski
American University 
International Affairs, MA
Korean, South Korea
The Dilemma of South Korea's National Security Law
Nathan Bradley
 
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Conceptualizing Sino-U.S Relations
Erin Brau
New York University 
Education, MA
French, Senegal
French in Senegal
Rikki Brown
University of Chicago 
Social Sciences, MA
Azerbaijani, Azerbaijan
Language and Education Policy in Azerbaijan and Eurasia
Brian Bumpas
Georgetown University 
Area Studies, MA
Mandarin, China
Nationalism and the Chinese Space Program
Christian Burstall
 
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Advanced Mandarin and Economic Security Studies
Christopher Carson
George Washington University 
International Affairs, MA
Russian, Kyrgyzstan
Economic Policy and Trade Relations in Kyrgyzstan
Jeanne Choi
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS 
International Affairs, PhD
Japanese, Japan
A Plan for a Career to Promote Energy Security in East Asia
Elisheva Cohen
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 
Education, PhD
Arabic, Jordan
Teaching and Learning to be a Refugee
Michael Corcoran
Columbia University 
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Mandarin Study and Understanding Chinese-African Relations
Bradford Coyle
University of Illinois 
Economics, MS
Korean, South Korea
Intensive Korean Language and Culture Program
Adam Craig
Drexel University 
Engineering, PhD
Hebrew, Israel
Research at Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Hannah Dannenfeldt
 
International Affairs, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
African Flagship Languages Initiative: Swahili
Katherine Delavan
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS 
International Development, MA
Serbian, Serbia
Serbian Intensive Language & Cultural Immersion
Kaia DeMatteo
University of Massachusetts, Boston 
Social Sciences, PhD
Swahili, Tanzania
Advanced Swahili Study and Community Engagement in Tanzania
Mark Duerksen
Harvard University 
Area Studies, PhD
Yoruba, Benin
Mapping Routes to Urban Accommodation and Security in Cotonou
John Ellington
Georgetown University 
International Affairs, PhD
Persian, Tajikistan
Persian Language Study in Dushanbe
Alexander Erdmann
Ohio State University 
Linguistics, PhD
Arabic, United Arab Emirates
Processing Arabic: Generating Intelligent Representations of Messy Data
Christopher Facer
University of Washington 
Area Studies, MA
Turkish, Turkey
Intensive Turkish Culture and Language Study
Sam Fishman
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS 
International Affairs, MA
French, Senegal
Casamance-Gambia Cross-Border Field Research
Christian Flores
 
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Hopkins-Nanjing Center Study
Meghan Gable
George Washington University 
International Development, MA
Hindi, India
Indian Climate Change Response and Domestic Reform
Amy Garcia
Texas A&M University 
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Mandarin Language, Cultural Immersion, and HSK Preparation
Allison Goforth
Brandeis University 
International Development, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
Addressing Human Trafficking in Tanzania
Wyatt Gordon
University of Hawaii, Manoa 
Urban Planning, MA
Bahasa Indonesian,
Indonesia Participatory Municipal Governance in Indonesia
Erin Greenwalt
American University 
International Affairs, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
Women Preventing Violent Extremism in Africa
John Guen-Murray
George Washington University 
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
An Integrated Approach to Advanced Study of Chinese Language
Melodie Ha
 
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Mandarin Intensive Language Study and Cultural Immersion
Ryan Hammond
University of Notre Dame 
Philosophy, PhD
Hindi, India
Living Without "Desire": Indian Philosophical Approaches
Mariam Haris
University of Maryland 
Public Administration, MA
Urdu, India
Urdu Language Study and the Triggers of Radicalization
Sara Hedlund
University of Denver 
International Affairs, MA
Bosnian, Bosnia Herzegovina
Finding a Way Forward?: Social Distance in Post-War Bosnia
Ariel Hermitt
Carnegie Mellon University 
Public Administration, MS
Portuguese, Mozambique
Portuguese Language and Mozambican Culture Immersion
Melissa Honey
George Washington University 
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Intensive Arabic Language towards Greater Security
Justine Jacob
New York University 
Public Administration, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Intensive Arabic Study & Livelihoods for Refugees in Camps
Anita Joshi
Monterey Institute of International Studies 
Public Administration, MA
Portuguese, Mozambique
Community Resilience: Impact of Climate Change in Mozambique
Mpaza Kapembwa
Georgia Institute of Technology 
International Affairs, MS
Mandarin, China
Language Study and Guided Research at ACC
Shaki Kar
 
International Affairs, MA
Hindi, India
Aspiring Foreign Affairs Officer
Kyle Kaufman
Brandeis University 
International Development, MA
Russian, Kazakhstan
Russian Language Study and Academic Internship in Kazakhstan
Miriam Keep
University of Illinois 
Urban Planning, MA
Arabic, Morocco
Arabic Study and Urban Development Research in Morocco
Brian Kim
University of Hawaii, Manoa 
Languages, MA
Korean, South Korea
Nationalism of North Korean Defectors
Janice Kim
University of Pennsylvania 
International Development, MS
Korean, South Korea
Building Peace on the Korean Peninsula
Lambrini Kolios
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS 
International Affairs, MA
Portuguese, Brazil
Portuguese Language Study and Cultural Immersion in Brazil
Katie Larson
Indiana University 
Public Administration, MA
Arabic, Jordan
The Impact of Water Policy on Income Mobility in Jordan
Emily Legutko
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York 
Criminal Justice, MA
Portuguese, Brazil
Portuguese and U.S.-Brazil Bilateral Relations
Samuel Lind
University of California, San Diego 
Mathematics, PhD
Portuguese, Brazil
Intensive Mathematics and Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro
Kyle Long
Columbia University 
Education, PhD
Arabic, United Arab Emirates
The Public Diplomacy Role of American Universities Abroad
Shaza Loutfi
University of Illinois, Chicago 
Urban Planning, MA
Turkish, Turkey
Turkish Language Study and Refugee Research
Tara MacKinnon
Syracuse University 
International Affairs, MA
Portuguese, Brazil
Portuguese Proficiency & Perspective on Economic Development
Matthew Matsuyama
University of California, San Diego 
International Affairs, MA
Japanese, Japan
Advanced Japanese Language Study at Hitotubashi University
Megan Mattson
 
International Development, MA
Arabic, Oman
Examining Public Health Progress in the Omani Sultanate
Kelly McEtchin
San Diego State University 
International Affairs, MS
Bahasa Indonesian, Indonesia
The Significance of Studying Abroad in Indonesia
Charles McGrath
San Diego State University 
International Affairs, MS
Russian, Kazakhstan
Intensive Language Study
Brooke McManigal
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 
Public Administration, MA
Arabic, Morocco
Intensive Arabic Langauge Study in Morocco
Angel Mills
University of Pennsylvania 
Education, MS
Portuguese, Brazil
Language Study and Internship
Ruth Moon
University of Washington 
Communications and Journalism, PhD
Rwanda, Rwanda
Journalism for Democracy in Rwanda
Sarah Moore
Georgetown University 
Area Studies, MA
Mandarin, China
Mandarin Study and Research on Innovation in China
Brian Moore
Georgetown University 
Area Studies, MA
Mandarin, China
Tsinghua University's Chinese Language Program
Natalie Muganda
Texas A&M University 
Public Administration, MS
Swahili, Tanzania
Advanced Swahili Immersion Program in Tanzania
Saba Naseem
 
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Israel
Intensive Arabic Study
Carey Neill
University of Denver 
International Affairs, PhD
Russian, Latvia
Advanced Russian Immersion and Doctoral Research
Kaitlyn Neuberger
Tufts University 
International Affairs, MA
Somali, Djibouti
Countering Violent Extremism Amongst Somali Populations
Gabriella Neusner
American University 
International Affairs, MA
Bahasa Indonesian, Indonesia
Deforestation and Forest Governance in Indonesia
Noella Niati
University of South Carolina 
Education, PhD
French, Senegal
Girls' Education in Senegal
Sabrina Papazian
Stanford University 
Anthropology, PhD
Armenian,
Armenia Analyzing Armenian Heritage as a Tool of Diplomacy
Brian Papke
Georgetown University 
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Jordan
An Investment in Understanding
Drew Pederson
University of Denver 
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Morocco Democratization in the Maghreb: Why Morocco Wasn't Tunisia
Nicholas Pehlman
City University of New York 
Political Science, PhD
Russian, Ukraine
Democratic Police Reform in Ukraine and Georgia
Amanda Pentecost
Drexel University 
Engineering, PhD
Korean, South Korea
Understanding Nanoparticle-Immune System Interactions
Ryan Pereira
Georgetown University 
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, United Arab Emirates
Intensive Arabic Language Study and CVE Internship
David Peyton
Northwestern University 
Political Science, PhD
Rwanda, Rwanda
Urban Security Dynamics in Africa’s Great Lakes Region
Maya Ramaswamy
University of Iowa 
Public Health, PhD
Tamil, India
Preserving the Indian Agricultural Workforce
Amanda Rauh
George Mason University 
International Affairs, MS
Arabic, Jordan
One Year at Qasid Arabic Institute & Generations for Peace
Clinton Reiswig
Arizona State University 
Public Administration, MS
Arabic, Jordan
Arabic Language and Refugee Security Policy Analysis
Monica Ruiz
Tufts University 
International Affairs, MA
Russian, Estonia
A Blend of 21st Century Warfare: Hybrid Approaches in Estonia
Nathaniel Samuelson
University of Michigan 
Area Studies, MA
Tagalog, Philippines Capacity Building for the Armed Forces of the Philippines
Michael Schuster
University of Nebraska 
History, MA
Arabic, Israel
Impact of the Arab Spring on the Arab/Israeli Coexistence in Haifa
Shreyan Sen
Stanford University 
Engineering, MS
Bengali, Bangladesh
Bangla Language Training and Water Research in Dhaka
Phoebe Shelor
University of Illinois 
Languages, MA
French, Senegal
Intensive French and Wolof Language Study
Joseph Shepard
Indiana University 
Area Studies, MA
Kyrgyz, Kyrgyzstan
Democracy in Kyrgyzstan: Understanding Corruption
Courtney Silver
University of Colorado at Boulder 
Languages, MA
Russian, Kazakhstan
Russian Language Study in Almaty, Kazakhstan
Latasha Solomon
George Mason University 
Area Studies, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Qasid Training and Center for Strategic Studies Internship
Joseph Suszczynski
Ohio Northern University 
Law, JD
Albanian, Kosovo
Border Security in Kosovo and the Balkans
Adriel Taslim
University of California, San Diego 
International Affairs, MA
Thai, Thailand
Language and Culture: Enhancing International Dialogue
Julia Tenyotkin
Monterey Institute of International Studies 
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China Understanding the Nuances of the South China Sea Dispute
Zachary Uram
University of Pittsburgh 
Law, JD
Portuguese, Brazil
Bilateral Trade Relations with Brazil
Peter Valente
American University 
International Affairs, MA
Japanese, Japan
Assessing the Future of U.S.-Japan Security Cooperation.
Tahina Vatel
American University 
International Affairs, MA
Haitian, Haiti
Integrating U.S. Foreign Assistance Projects in Haiti
Kelly Vorndran
George Washington University 
Area Studies, MA
Mandarin, Taiwan
Intensive Mandarin Language Study in Strategic Taiwan
Ian Wallace
Tufts University 
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Monitoring Chinese Economic Leadership: Intensive Mandarin Language Study and Culture Immersion In China
Patricia Weng
University of California, San Diego 
International Affairs, MA
Korean, South Korea
Advanced Korean at Hanyang & Demographic Crisis Research
Taylor Wettach
Georgetown University 
Area Studies, MA
Japanese, Japan
Japanese Maritime Security and the U.S.-Japan Alliance
Caroline Yarber
 
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
International Studies in Mandarin at Hopkins Nanjing Center
Sean Yu
Georgetown University 
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Sean Yu Boren Fellowship- IUP Academic Year Program
Edith Yuh
University of California, San Diego 
International Affairs, MA
Cantonese, China
A Study of Cantonese and Academic Freedom in Hong Kong
Yizhi Zhang
George Washington University 
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
The Impact of the One Belt One Road on China's Western Regio