David L. Boren Awards for International Study

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2015 Boren Fellows

Name
Institution
Academic Discipline

Language, Proposed Country
Title of Proposed Project

Anasthasia Agyemang
Pace University
Public Administration, MA
Twi, Ghana
Youth and Political Participation in New Democratic Societies: Technology and Civil Society in Political Discourse
Azal Ahmadi
Johns Hopkins University
Public Health, Ph.D.
Wolof, Senegal
The Relationship Between Migration and Engagement in HIV Care Among Vulnerable Women 
Nighet Ahmed
Auburn University
Education, Ph.D.
Arabic, Morocco
Language and Culture: Building Bridges to Strengthen Peace, Understanding, and U.S. National Security
Katherine Akkaya
Northeastern University
Law, JD
Kurdish, Turkey
Analysis of the Legality of the Kurdish Irregular Forces in Turkey and Syria
Gokh Alshaif
University of California, Santa Barbara
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Arabic Language Study and Women's Empowerment in Jordan
Eduardo Alvarez Gutierrez
University of Illinois
Area Studies, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Intensive Study of Advanced Level Arabic and Specialized Language Training 
Matthew Anderson
Georgetown University
Theology and Religious Studies, Ph.D.
Arabic, Jordan
Religious Freedom in Contemporary Islamic Thought
Nicholas Anderson
University of Washington
International Affairs, MA
Japanese, Japan
Adapting US Policy on the Verge of New Japanese Foreign Policy
Samantha Andrews
Fordham University
Economics, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Food Security in Jordan: The Impact of Government Policies on Domestic Wheat Production
Kathryn Appelman
American University
International Affairs, MA
Uighur, China
Radicalization with Chinese Characteristics: Inequality and Islam in China’s Far West
Vanessa Arwa
University of New Orleans
Urban Planning, MS
Swahili, Tanzania
Language, Culture and Youth Advocacy in Tanzania
Zenobia Azeem
Columbia University
Public Administration, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Arabic Language Study and Research on Jordanian-Syrian Community Building Mechanisms
Oumar Ba
University of Florida
Political Science, Ph.D.
Swahili, Kenya
Political Violence, Human Rights Governance, and Justice in Kenya
Bria Ballard
University of Maryland
Public Administration, MA
Arabic, Jordan
The Arabic Language and Culture in Jordan
Keely Bakken
Indiana University
Area Studies, MA
Turkish, Turkey
Turkish Propagation of Transnational Identity in Turkic Central Asia
Jacqueline Banks
University of California, Santa Barbara
Geography, Ph.D.
French, Senegal
A Demographic Study of Women's Empowerment, Gender Inequality and Fertility Outcomes in Francophone Senegal
Ryan Barrett
University of Missouri, Saint Louis
Political Science, Ph.D.
Russian, Belarus
Belarus 25 Years Later: A Case in the Transition of Post-Communist Europe.
Sarita Barton
Washington University in Saint Louis
Social Work, Ph.D.
Akan, Ghana
Host Community Perceptions of International Volunteers
James Batchelder
Georgetown University
International Affairs, MA
Urdu, India
Urdu Study and Policy Internship in India
Elizabeth Batty
University of California, San Diego
International Affairs, MA
Portuguese, Brazil
Intensive Portuguese Study and Spatial Analysis of the Economic Implications of Increased Oil Production in Brazil
Elizabeth Bleuer
George Washington University
International Development, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
Combating Terrorism: The Nexus of Swahili and Urban Refugee Policy and Programming
Paul Boccaccio
University of Maryland
Library Science, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
Intensive Study of Swahili and Research on Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure in Tanzania
Jonathan Brands
Tufts University
International Development, MA
Georgian, Georgia
Georgian and Russian Language Studies
Phoebe Brauer
University of California, Los Angeles
Urban Planning, MA
Burmese, Burma
The Management of Internally Displaced Persons in Sittwe, Myanmar & Intensive Burmese Study
Arik Burakovsky
Tufts University
International Affairs, MA
Polish, Poland
Polish Foreign Policy in the Wake of the Ukrainian Crisis
Binta Ceesay
Georgetown University
Public Health, MPH
Swahili, Tanzania Swahili Language: A Pathway to Global Health Advancement
Paul Christiansen
University of Denver
International Development, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
Strengthening Communities through Health: The Swahili Experience
Virginia Chu
University at Albany, State University of New York
Biology, Ph.D.
Portuguese, Brazil
Vector-borne Disease: Collaborative Research on the Major Brazilian Vector of Malaria, Anopheles Darlingi
Marcia Croft
Purdue University
Agricultural and Food Sciences, Ph.D.
Swahili, Kenya
Security Through African Leafy Vegetables
Lara Crouch
Georgetown University
Area Studies, MA
Mandarin, China
Mandarin Study with an Internship in U.S.-China Relations and Research on Cyber Issues
Mahlet Daniel
George Mason University
International Affairs, MA
Portuguese, Mozambique
African Flagship Languages Initiative
Anne Desiderio
University of Michigan
Area Studies, MA
Arabic, Qatar
Building a Knowledge-Based Economy and the Effects of Globalization on Postsecondary Education in Qatar
Sebastian Dettman
Cornell University
Political Science, Ph.D.
Bahasa Indonesian, Indonesia
Bearing the Burden for Local Democracy? Citizen Participation and Influence in Indonesia
Ryan Drysdale
Syracuse University
International Affairs, MA
Thai, Thailand
Understanding Thai and Thai Civil Society
Shayan Enferadi
Texas A&M University
International Affairs, MA
Persian, Tajikistan
Persian Language and Cultural Immersion
Speed Estebo
Tufts University
International Affairs, MA
Russian, Georgia
Russian Language Study at Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University.
Marty Evenson
University of Denver
International Affairs, MA
Serbian, Serbia
Intensive Serbian Language Study Effects of European Union Active Leverage on Serbian Public Opinion & Political Behavior
Kelsey Fish
George Washington University
Communications and Journalism, MA
Arabic, Morocco
Linguistic Pluralism and Notions of National Identity in Moroccan Print News

Hannah Fitter 
Tufts University
International Affairs, MA

Portuguese, Mozambique
Observing Mozambique's Positive Peace

Ambar Flores
University of Illinois
Area Studies, MA
Arabic, Oman
Arabic Study and Women’s Progress in the Sultanate of Oman
Mycal Ford
American University
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Understanding the Issue of Reunification Between China and Taiwan
Juan Forrer
University of Arizona
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Understanding Chinese Influence In Latin America
Christopher Gallop
George Washington University
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Intensive Language Study at Fudan University
Dustin Gamza
University of Michigan
Political Science, Ph.D.
Russian, Kyrgyzstan
Russian Language Study and Religious Regulation and Politicization in Central Asia
Rachael Gold-Brown
Brandeis University
International Development, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
Innovative Methods to Counter Violent Extremist Recruiting among Vulnerable Youth Populations in Tanzania.
Sabina Henneberg
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS
International Affairs, Ph.D.
Arabic, Morocco
Enhancing the study of North Africa through Language
April Herlevi
University of Virginia
Political Science, Ph.D.
Mandarin, China (P.R.C.) Competition for Investment: China's Special Economic Zones
Otis Holloway
American University
International Affairs, MA
Portuguese, Mozambique
Natural Gas Emergence and Conflict Prevention in Mozambique
Jack Hoskins
Princeton University
International Affairs, MA
Hindi, India
Intensive Hindi Study and Research on Counterterrorism Policy in India
Clinton Hourigan
New Mexico State University
Economics, MA
Mandarin, China (P.R.C.)
Pathways to Peace: Mandarin Language Study
Lance Jackson
University of Southern California
International Affairs, MA
Malay, Malaysia
ASEAN Studies Program & Regional Norm Development Research
Yun Kang
University of California, San Diego
International Affairs, MA
Korean, South Korea
Intensive Language Study, Cultural Immersion, and Research on Labor Rights
Kyle Karber
University of Colorado at Boulder
Engineering, Ph.D.
Swahili, Tanzania
Swahili Language Study and Academic Research on Micro-Scale Renewable Energy Technology in East Africa
Bennett Kelley-Bell
Georgia Institute of Technology
International Affairs, MS
Wolof, Senegal
Learning Wolof in Senegal
Shant Krikorian
Monterey Institute of International Studies
International Affairs, MA
Russian, Kazakhstan
The United States and the Eurasian Union – Prospects for Nuclear Security Cooperation
Michelle Lillie
Georgetown University
International Affairs, MA
Portuguese, Brazil
Portuguese Language Study in Brazil
Steven Maddox
American University
Law, JD
Arabic, Jordan
The Impact of Water Cooperation in Jordan
Sean Madsen
University of Hawaii, Manoa
Languages, MA
Korean, South Korea
My Korean Journey
Janae Martin
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS
International Affairs, MA

China, Mandarin
HSK Language Proficiency Certification and Energy Polict Studies

Alexi Maxwell
American University
International Affairs, MA
Japanese, Japan
Energy Shocks, Political Tension, and Carbon Mitigation--A Case Study in Japan
John McGowan
University of California, San Diego
International Affairs, MA
Japanese, Japan
Intensive Language and International Relations Study in Japan
Martin McLaughlin
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Hopkins Nanjing Center Advanced Mandarin and International Economics Studies
Melanie Meinzer
University of Connecticut
Political Science, Ph.D.
Arabic, Isreal
Making Foreign Aid Matter: Education and Political Development in the West Bank
Caryl Merten
University of Virginia
Public Administration, MA
Haitian, Haiti
Intensive Haitian Creole Language Study and Internship with the Caris Foundation
Alyssa Meyer
Indiana University
International Affairs, MA
Russian, Kyrgyzstan
Assessing the Impact of Energy Access on Daily Life in Kyrgyzstan
Benjamin Miller
University of Washington
Biology, Ph.D.
Khmer, Cambodia
Hydrology and Carbon Dynamics Supporting a Large Fishery in Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia
Nisha Mohamed
Tufts University
Agricultural and Food Sciences, MS
Hindi, India
Intensive Hindi Language Study & Research on Sanitation and the Control of Newborn Infectious Disease in India
Antonia Morzenti
School for International Training
International Development, MA
French, Senegal
Democracy, Moderate Islam and Women in Senegal
Chou Moua
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
International Development, MA
Mandarin, China
Chinese Models of Development: A Study on China's Approaches to Development and Ethnic Miao/Hmong
Taylor Nichols
University of Hawaii, Manoa
Languages, MA
Korean, South Korea
M.A. in Korean for Professionals - Overseas Component
Caroline Quinn
University of Chicago
Area Studies, MA
Arabic, Oman
Revisiting the Fatwa: Using Islamic Law to Understand Water Management Policies 
Cameron Reed
Syracuse University
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Exploring the Urban Dimensions of Fragility: Intensive Language Study and Academic Internship in Jordan
Jessica Reilly
University of Denver
International Development, MA
Quechua, Peru
Environmental Breakdown: Climate Change and Resource-driven Conflict in the Quechua Highlands of Peru
Shawn Russell
University of Massachusetts, Boston
Linguistics, MA
Bengali, Bangladesh
Intense Bangla Study &Internship Focusing on Curbing Religious-Radicalism in Bangladesh through Modern Education
Sarah Sawyer
George Washington University
Public Health, MPH
Swahili, Tanzania
Intensive Swahili Language Study and Practical Global Health Experience
David Schipf
University of Washington
Engineering, Ph.D.
Mandarin, Taiwan
Mandarin Study Coupled with Applied Science Research in Taiwan
Martin Seitz
Georgetown University
International Affairs, MS

Korean, South Korea
North Koren Refugees: An Insight into the Unknown

Mary Sloan
North Carolina State University
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Morocco
Mapping Progress in Morocco
Kathryn Smart
Monterey Institute of International Studies
International Affairs, MA
Chechen, Georgia
Immersive Language Study
Nicole Smolinske
University of Michigan
Area Studies, MA
Thai, Thailand
Intensive Thai Language Study and Internship Concerning Immigration Policy and Migrant Rights
Katelyn Stermer
University of Illinois, Chicago
Public Health, MPH
Zulu, South Africa
Zulu Language Study &  Public Health Internship
Chase Stewart
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China 
Mandarin Study and Cultural Immersion at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center
Elizabeth Teoman
Georgetown University
International Affairs, MA
Turkish, Turkey
Intensive Turkish Langauge Study & Internship
Jacob Thomas
University of California, Los Angeles
Sociology, Ph.D.
Mandarin, China
International Migration from China
Jennifer Turner
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, Taiwan
Mandarin Language Study and Analysis of Taiwan Defense Policy Process
Audrey Waldrop
Georgetown University
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Arabic Study and High Impact Partnerships for Peace and Security
Mary Elizabeth Walters
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
History, Ph.D.
Albanian, Albania
Opportunism or Compassion?: NATO’s Humanitarianism and Albanian Responses during the 1999 Kosovo Refugee Crisis
David Weil
Princeton University
Area Studies, Ph.D.
Turkish, Turkey River of Fire: Forging the Nation in Post-Imperial Izmir and Lahore
Carl Weitz-Santiago
The School for International Training
International Development, MA
 Portuguse, Brazil
Improving Portusues Language Competencies in Fortaleza, Brazil
Kalli Wells
American University
Law, JD
Arabic, Jordan
Is U.S. Military Intervention the Most Effective Means of Reducing Terrorism and Instability?
Benjamin West
University of Oregon
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Oman
Countering Violent Extremism in the Gulf
Malcolm Whitehead
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS
International Affairs, MA
Japanese, Japan Eight Months of Intensive Japanese Language and Cultural Immersion
Ethan Wilensky-Lanford
Rice University
Anthropology, Ph.D.
Uzbek, Kyrgyzstan
Transnational Aid and the Struggle for Social Cohesion in Kyrgyzstan
Samantha Winter
Rutgers University
Social Work, Ph.D.
Swahili, 
Women's relationship to Sanitation in Nairobi
Matthew Winters
Columbia University
Area Studies, MA
Bengali, Bangladesh
Promoting Food Security Through Effective Monitoring for Saline-Tolerant Agriculture Projects with Remote Sensing Data
Gloria Angebelle Yawson
Florida International University
Anthropology, Ph.D.
Portuguese, Brazil
Roots Reggae and the Making of Race, Space and Black Identities in São Luis do Maranhão, Brazil
Sebra Yen
The George Washington University
International Affairs, MA

Mandarin,Taiwan
The Importance of Taiwan: Buffer Zone and Beacon of Democracy

Channa Yu
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS
International Affairs, MA
Korean, South Korea
Advanced Korean Immersion Program 
Sophia Zhang
Georgetown University
Area Studies, MA
Japanese, Japan
Intensive Japanese Language Study and Research on North Korea through the Chongryon Lens in Japan