Four GC Students Receive IIE Fulbright Awards

Four Graduate Center students have received highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants in recognition of their academic and professional achievement, leadership, and service:

Ph.D. student Brian Davis (Psychology) will conduct research at Osaka Prefecture University, part of a project to explore interpersonal and structural factors associated with mental health among the LGBT Japanese population. David will work with Yuko Higashi, one of Japan’s foremost researchers in LGBT and transgender issues.

Ph.D. student Zoltán Glück (Anthropology) will research the politics of security in Nairobi, Kenya, studying that country's “war on terror” and examining how security practices and counterterrorism affect urban space and state power.

Ph.D. student Pamela Ruiz (GC/John Jay, Sociology/Criminal Justice) will conduct research at the Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios as part of her project to understand crime patterns in El Salvador through spatial analysis. Her project entails a spatial-temporal analysis of homicides in the country.

Ph.D. student Elaine Sandoval (Ethnomusicology) will be working with the University of Fine Arts in Caracas to research the development of music education in Venezuela. As a MAGNET Fellow, Sandoval mentors students in the CUNY Pipeline Program, which encourages underrepresented undergraduates to seek Ph.D.’s.


Fulbright recipients are among over 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), a private not-for-profit leader in the international exchange of people and ideas.
In collaboration with governments, foundations, and other sponsors, IIE creates programs of study and training for students, educators, and professionals from all sectors. These programs include the flagship Fulbright Program and Gilman Scholarships administered for the U.S. Department of State. IIE also conducts policy research, provides resources on international exchange opportunities and offers support to scholars in danger.

Submitted on: JUN 8, 2016

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