Fulbright-Hays Grants Go to Three GC Students for Research in Brazil and Senegal

Three Graduate Center students were awarded grants through the Fulbright-Hays: Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) program, a highly competitive program that supports research overseas in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.
Chris Carlson (Sociology), who received a grant of more than $42,000, has already left for his nine-month trip to Brazil, where he is conducting research on economic development and regional inequality. “Brazil is an interesting case of uneven development, with a fairly highly developed southern region and a much poorer northern region,” he says. “I am hoping to find archival sources that can help me explain how these regional differences came about historically, and what their primary causes are.”
Samuel Novacich (Anthropology), who received a grant of about $60,000 to support a year of research, will also head to Brazil, where he is studying the relationship between aesthetic practices and political and social life in Rio de Janeiro. “I look at typically mundane activities, like putting on makeup or painting a house, and ask how, by covering surfaces with color, favela residents unsettle middle-class and elite expectations of appearance and truth, and in the process, create new political possibilities for themselves,” Novacich says.
Lynne Stillings (Ethnomusicology), who won a grant of more than $35,000, will conduct research in Dakar for her dissertation, “Performing Empowerment: Children’s Rights and Musical Participation in Senegal.” Stillings is also the recipient of a Doctoral Student Research Grant, a Franziska Dorner Fund for Musical Research grant, and a Provost’s Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from The Graduate Center for summer research in 2015 and 2016.

Submitted on: DEC 21, 2018

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