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2009-2010 Grant and Scholarship Recipients

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grants

Image Three doctoral candidates from The Ohio State University have been awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Hays grant by the U.S. Department of Education. Matthew Curtis, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures, Amelia Hubbard, Department of Anthropology, and David McLaughlin, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, are the recipients of the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) grants.

Matthew Curtis
Matthew Curtis

Three doctoral candidates from The Ohio State University have been awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Hays grant by the U.S. Department of Education. Matthew Curtis, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures, Amelia Hubbard, Department of Anthropology, and David McLaughlin, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, are the recipients of the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) grants. These Fulbright-Hays DDRA awards represent over $105,000 in research funding for 2009-2010. There are only approximately 130 Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad awards given annually nationwide.

Curtis will conduct research for his dissertation in Kosovo and Albania for 12 months examining the topic of Slavic-Albanian Language Contact, Convergence, and Coexistence. Curtis was inspired by an article by Robert Greenberg which proposed that a handful of overlooked linguistic similarities between the dialects of Western Macedonian and Southwestern Montenegrin were evidence of an older South Slavic dialect that crossed over to the current territory of Albania and Kosovo. He hopes his research uncovers the mystery of South Slavic dialectology and strengthens the understanding of the mutual cultural and linguistic influence that the languages of Slavic and Albanian had on one another.

Amelia Hubbard
Amelia Hubbard

Hubbard will travel to Kenya for six months to conduct her dissertation research on the origins and development of regional trading networks along Kenya’s coast. This study will examine dental traits and human DNA in populations residing in Taita (inland) and Swahili (coastal). The purpose of the research is to determine the degree of biological relatedness (biodistance) between these two populations; and re-examine commonly used methods of biodistance analysis to determine whether these methods can accurately assess biodistance among populations. The results of this study will provide a baseline for future comparative archaeological research into long-term changes in the biological relationships between the Taita and Swahili populations due to the development of regional trading networks.

McLaughlin’s research will take him to Brazil where he will spend nine months researching the topic: Sampling Hip Hop and Making Noise: Transcultural Flows, Citizenship, Identity in Brazilian Hip Hop.

David McLaughlin
David McLaughlin

His project will examine Brazilian hip hop as a space of contestation in which marginalized Brazilians of all ethnicities lay claims to citizenship and identity, pursue social justice, and contest economic dislocation. It will examine the transnational flow of hip hop and the use of foreign art forms to address local and national issues, thereby situating hip hop within the Brazilian (anthropophagi/cultural cannibalization) and Latin American (transculturation) traditions of hybridity.

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies in the United States

The Office of International Affairs administers the Fulbright-Hays program for Ohio State. Grant competitions are held annually. Doctoral candidates interested in applying for the FY 2010 award, should contact Joanna Kukielka-Blaser.