A number of students affiliated with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies have received prestigious grants for the 2018-2019 academic year, including seven Fulbrights.

Award recipients range from a PhD student studying migrant integration in Europe to a recently-graduated Kellogg International Scholar helping rural patients seek cancer treatment in Africa.

“These are top-caliber students, and the fact that so many of them received these grants shows the quality of both our academic programs and our scholarly community,” said Paolo Carozza, director of the Kellogg Institute. “We’re proud of them, and we’re excited about the real-world experiences they’ll gain thanks to these awards.”

The Fulbright US Student Program offers grants for research and teaching opportunities abroad for recent graduates and graduate students. A quarter of the University of Notre Dame’s 27 Fulbright recipients for 2018-2019 are associated with Kellogg.

Kellogg students who received Fulbrights are:

  • PhD Fellow Kristina Hook, (anthropology and peace studies) Fulbright Study/Research Grant to Ukraine. Her dissertation examines the dynamics and legacy of the Soviet-era Holodomor mass atrocities, and how they influence modern interpretations of Ukraine’s current armed conflict. 
  • Doctoral Student Affiliate Maryam Rokhideh, (anthropology and peace studies) Fulbright Study/Research Grant to Rwanda. Rokhideh studies conflict and wellbeing in the African Great Lakes, and has conducted research with international NGOs on issues related to development, peacebuilding, and post-conflict reconstruction. She previously received a Kellogg Graduate Research Grant for work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Doctoral Student Affiliate Andrea Peña Vasquez (political science), Fulbright Study/Research Grant to Spain. Her research focuses on migration from sub-Saharan Africa to Western Europe, with an emphasis on factors that promote or inhibit immigrants’ social, political, and economic integration in their new societies. She previously received a Kellogg Graduate Research Grant for this work.
  • International Scholar Luke Maillie ’18, Fulbright Study/Research Grant to Tanzania. The physics in medicine major and International Development Studies minor  is continuing work on a project he pursued throughout his undergraduate career, in part through an Experiencing the World Fellowship: designing rural-to-urban referral systems that streamline the diagnosis process for cancer patients in Africa. He previously received a Kellogg/Kroc Undergraduate Research Grant.
  • DeJorie Monroe ’16, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Argentina. Monroe was a Spanish major and minored in Latin American Studies, a program administered by the Kellogg Institute.
  • Kellogg International Scholar Natasha Reifenberg ’18, Fulbright Study/Research Grant to Chile. The philosophy major and sociology and Glynn Family Honors Program minor has studied issues related to law, reproduction, incarceration, and gender, with a focus on Latin America. In Chile, she will study changing societal attitudes and legal and political strategies toward gender-based violence.
    Reifenberg also was named a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship. Thirty-two students from the US receive the honor each year based on scholarship, their commitment to the common good, and their leadership potential.
  • Francesco Tassi ’18, Fulbright Study/Research Grant to Italy. An international economics and peace studies major and international development studies minor, Tassi previously received a Kellogg/Kroc Undergraduate Research Grant and has researched refugee and migrant integration in Germany and Italy.

Students winning other awards are:

  • Doctoral Student Affiliate Angela Lederach (anthropology and peace studies), Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Award from the United States Institute of Peace. The award supports 10 months of dissertation writing. Lederach’s dissertation focuses on grassroots peacebuilding processes in rural northern Columbia and the formal implementation of peace accords between the Columbian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia, or FARC. Her previous 22 months of ethnographic research in Colombia was funded in part by the Kellogg Institute.
  • Doctoral Student Affiliate Leslie MacColman (sociology, peace studies), received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher award from the Notre Dame Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning and the Graduate School. Her dissertation research focuses on local governance, institutional change, and police reform in Latin America. Her recent research in Argentina was supported by a Kellogg Graduate Research Grant.
  • PhD Fellow Patrícia Rodrigues, (anthropology), Research Experience for Graduate Students award from the National Science Foundation. She studies the historical and anthropological bases for indigenous claims to territory and legal protection of archaeological sites and ecological resources in Brazil.
  • PhD Fellow Lucía Tiscornia, Kellogg Outstanding Doctoral Student Contributions. The award recognizes a doctoral student affiliate for outstanding contributions to the intellectual life of the Kellogg Institute. Tiscornia, who is studying how post-conflict societies deal with criminal violence, organized a spring workshop on the challenges that face female researchers who study violence and has helped extend the reach of the Varieties of Democracy project to South Africa and Central America.
  • Eunice Agyapong ’19, Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The U.S. Department of State grant program helps students study or intern abroad to gain skills critical to national security and economic competitiveness. Agyapong is a biological sciences major and international development studies minor, and she previously received an Experiencing the World Fellowship and Kellogg/Kroc Undergraduate Research Grant.

Meanwhile, Faculty Fellows Sara Sievers and Jim McAdams received Kellogg Undergraduate Mentoring Awards at Kellogg’s Senior Award Ceremony in May for their work in advising undergraduate research.

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