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Mellon grants to faculty for international research, teaching

January 17, 2013

Nearly two dozen Indiana University Bloomington faculty and graduate students have received grants in the first round of funding made possible by the Mellon Innovating International Research and Teaching program.

The MIIRT program is funded through a $750,000 award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Mellon award supports a three-year program to foster new directions in international and area studies that include collaborations among faculty in the humanities, social sciences, and professional schools throughout the Bloomington campus. It also will extend opportunities for faculty and students to engage in collaborations in international, area and global studies.

According to IU Bloomington Vice Provost for Research Sarita Soni, recipients in the first round are a diverse group, including faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and its new School of Global and International Studies; the Maurer School of Law; the Jacobs School of Music; the School of Education; and the IU Libraries.

“The number of faculty and schools involved in this new grant program speaks to the fruitful collaborations the Mellon funding is making possible,” says Soni, . “The international regions covered by the awarded projects are truly wide-ranging, from Brazil, China and India to Peru, South Africa and Vietnam.”

Soni and Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel are co-principal investigators on the Mellon grant.

In each of the three project years, there are four funding programs, all of which are new initiatives at IU Bloomington: faculty short-term fellowships, graduate short-term fellowships, curriculum development fellowships and innovative workshops.

Mellon Innovating International Research and Teaching award recipients:

Faculty Short-Term Fellowships — $20,000

  • Ling-Yu Hung, Department of Anthropology, “Tao River Archaeological Project: Environment, Population, and Technology in Neolithic and Bronze Age NW China”
  • Chien-Jer Charles Lin, East Asian Languages and Cultures, “The Influence of Non-Alphabetic Phonetic Orthography on Mandarin Speech Perception”
  • Jennifer Goodlander, Department of Theatre and Drama, “National Identity/Traditional Arts: Shadow Puppetry in Indonesia and Cambodia”
  • Alex Lichtenstein, Department of History, “Margaret Bourke-White and the Dawn of Apartheid in South Africa”
  • Phuc Phan, Jacobs School of Music, “Laying the Foundation for the First Vietnamese Requiem”
  • Christiana Ochoa, Maurer School of Law, “Rethinking the Rule of Law: Observations and Proposals on the Role of Law and Lawyers in Development Programming”

Graduate Student Short-Term Fellowships — $20,000

  • Malika Bahovadinova, Department of Anthropology, “Flexible Bureaucracies: International Organizations’ Growing Influence on Public Policy in Tajikistan”
  • Timothy Grose, Central Eurasian Studies, “The Uyghurs of the Xinjiang Class: Education, Ethnic Identity, and the Zhonghua Minzu Discontent Members”
  • Catalin Cristoloveanu, Department of History, “A Violent Negotiation: Collectivization and the Conflict Over Land in Romania, 1949-1962”
  • Shahin Kachwala, Department of Gender Studies, “Gender, Violence, and Nationalism: India’s Independence Struggle, 1919-1939”
  • Margaret Remstad, School of Education, “A Human Rights Approach to Intercultural Bilingual Education in Peru”

Innovative Curriculum Development — $20,000

  • Asma Afsaruddin and Nader Morkus, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, “Understanding Arab Societies in a Globalizing World”

Innovative Workshops — $5,000

  • Lynn Hooker, Central Eurasian Studies, “Building a ‘Virtual Roma Cultural House’: A Workshop of the Development of an Online Resource in Romani Studies”
  • Marion Frank-Wilson, Wells Library, “Future Trends in Area Studies Librarianship-Partnerships
  • Oner Ozcelik, Central Eurasian Studies, “Intensive Workshop on Distance Teaching and Learning for Less Commonly Taught and Critical Languages”
  • Akinwumi Adesokan, Comparative Literature, “Digital Paradox: Piracy, Ownership, and the Constraints of African Screen Media”
  • Alex Lichtenstein, Department of History, “Exhibiting Margaret Bourke-White in South Africa”
  • Maria Shardakova, Department of Slavic Studies, “Business Communication Across the Atlantic”

More information about the MIIRT program is available on the website for the IU Bloomington Vice Provost for Research.

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