Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, October 23, 2009

University among top schools in nation for Fulbright scholars, students

Seven U-M faculty scholars and 28 U-M students have been awarded Fulbright Fellowships for 2009-10.

Among the faculty scholar winners, U-M’s Ann Arbor campus led the country in the U.S. State Department-funded Fulbright awards, along with Michigan State University and the University of Oregon, each receiving seven awards. UM-Flint also produced a Fulbright Scholar.

Among the student winners, U-M tied with Stanford University, producing 28 winners each. Only three universities produced more: Northwestern University (32), the University of Chicago (31) and Brown University (29). A total of 111 U-M students applied, although an especially large class, 144, already has applied for next year’s Fulbrights.

The purpose of the Fulbright Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. The State Department makes Fulbright fellowships available to more than 1,500 U.S. students annually to study, conduct research, teach English or train in the creative arts in more than 140 countries worldwide. The competition is administered at U-M through the International Institute.

The U-M Fulbright Scholars (seven from the Ann Arbor campus and one from UM-Flint) and their destinations include:

• Alina Clej, Language and Literature (non-U.S.), Romania

• Janet Hart, Anthropology, France

• Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola, Language and Literature (non-U.S.), Colombia

• Kelly Ann Kowatch, Seminar Program, Germany

• Diane Larsen-Freeman, TEFL/Applied Linguistics, Austria

• Mary Jo Kietzman, Language and Literature (non-U.S.), Kazakhstan

• Carl Rodemer, Art, Germany

• Albert Shih, Engineering, Taiwan

U-M’s 2009-10 Fulbright Fellows and their destinations and topics of study are:

• Beenish Ahmed, B.A., LSA (Political Science, South Asian Studies); United Kingdom — South Asians in England: Oxford as a Site of Colonial Encounter

• Breonna Arder, B.A., LSA (Anthropology, Political Science, Near Eastern Studies); Egypt — Forced Migration and Refugee Studies in Cairo

• Baird Campbell, B.A., LSA (Applied Linguistics, French, Latin American and Caribbean Studies); Spain — English Teaching Assistantship

• Breton Dimick, Ph.D, Rackham (School of Music, Theatre & Dance/Ethnomusicology, Southeast Asian Studies); Vietnam — Ca tru Music: Nationalism, Regionalism, and Imperial Culture in Contemporary Vietnam

• Anna Alexandra Fodde-Reguer, Ph. D, Rackham (Chinese History and Religion); Taiwan — Cracks on a Shell and the Spirit Possessed: Divination and Religious Efficacy in Early China

• Amanda Garratt, M.A., Rackham (SNRE); Peru — Traditional Conservation in the Peruvian Amazon: Toward a Collaborative Approach

• Gregory Green, B.A., LSA (Physics, History, German); Germany — English Teaching Assistantship

• Joshua Gubler, Ph.D, Rackham (Political Science, Psychology, Middle Eastern Studies); Israel — Interethnic Aggression in Israel

• Juliet Guzzetta, Ph.D., Rackham (Italian Language and Literature); Italy — Narrative Theater: Culture and Politics to the Masses!

• Sara Jackson, Ph.D., Rackham (German Studies, Performance Studies); Germany — Constructions and Performances of Femininity and Criminality at the Turn of the Century

• Karin Jors, B.A., LSA (German, Psychology); Germany — English Teaching Assistantship

• Rebecca Kamil, B.S., LSA (Anthropology-Zoology, Jewish Cultural Studies); Turkey — English Teaching Assistantship

• Sarah Kesler, B.S., LSA (Biopsychology, Spanish); Spain — English Teaching Assistantship

• Emily Lundgren, B.A., LSA (History, Program in the Environment); Turkey — English Teaching Assistantship

• Jane Martin, M.F.A., LSA (Creative Writing); Canada — A New Chapter: Recognizing French-Canadian Heritage in America

• Susan Massey, M.Sc., Rackham (Architecture History/Theory); Australia — The Aesthetics of Performance: Regulating Architectural Style in Low-Income Housing

• Christopher McLaurin, B.A., LSA (History); South Africa — Factors in Successful Mentoring Programs for Young Male Orphans in Johannesburg

• Leyton Nelson, B.A., LSA (Chinese, Economics); Hong Kong — English Teaching Assistantship

• Gabriel Newland, B.A., LSA (Political Science); Taiwan — English Teaching Assistantship

• Charlotte Peterson, B.A., LSA (German, Linguistics); Germany — English Teaching Assistantship

• Megan Ryan, M.P.H., Rackham (SPH); Indonesia — The Impact of Decentralization on Maternal and Child Health in Indonesia

• Jessica Soley, B.A., LSA (Latin American and Caribbean Studies/Spanish); Mexico — Binational Business Grant

• Yona Stamatis, Ph.D., Rackham (School of Music, Theatre & Dance/Ethnomusicology); Greece — Rebetika, a Musical Negotiation of National Identity in Greece

• Kirti Thummala, B.S., LSA (Biological Psychology, Biological Anthropology); Sri Lanka — Exploring Meditation as a Form of Therapy for Depression

• Jack Tocco, Ph.D., Rackham (Anthropology); Nigeria — HIV/AIDS and Islamic Society in Northern Nigeria

• Dina Ufberg, B.A., LSA (Public Policy Education, International Education); Hong Kong — English Teaching Assistantship

• Rebecca Yeh, M.I.A, LSA (Middle Eastern Studies, Policy and Economic Analysis) Bahrain — Application of Islamic Finance: from Bahrain to the United States

• Yilin Zhang, B.A., LSA (Anthropology, International Relations); China — Health Insurance Decision-Making Process among Chinese Women

Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946, immediately after World War II, to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Sen. J. William Fulbright, sponsor of the legislation, saw it as a step toward building an alternative to armed conflict. For more on the Fulbright program, go to