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2010-2011 Grant and Scholarship Recipients

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grants

ImageFour doctoral candidates from The Ohio State University have been awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Hays grant by the U.S. Department of Education. Benjamin Gatling, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Catalina Hunt, Department of History, Cameron Jones, Department of History and Ian Lanzillotti, Department of History, are the recipients of the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) grants.

These Fulbright-Hays DDRA awards represent more than $180,000 in research funding for 2010-2011. There were only 142 Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grants awarded this year.

Benjamin GatlingBenjamin Gatling, Department of Near Easter Languages and Cultures, will conduct research for his dissertation in Tajikistan for 12 months examining the topic of Poetry, Power, and Pedagogy: Sufi Ritual in Tajikistan. His project examines the performance of classical Persian poetry within Sufi zikr ritual in Tajikistan using the theoretical framework of the ethnography of speaking and performance from the discipline of ethnology/folkloristics. Gatling will conduct an in-depth ethnography of the ritual life of two Sufi orders. He will examine the relationship of performance to Persian written tradition, Sufi pedagogy, power relationships within the order, and how and if these concepts intersect with larger transnational Islamic discourses. At a broader level as Islamic institutions have proliferated in the countries of post- Soviet Central Asia, this research is concerned with the continued salience of Sufi orders as social movements in Tajikistan. Gatling earned his B.A. in International Studies and Russian Language and Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2003) and his M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from The Ohio State University (2008). His faculty advisor is Margaret Mills.

Catalina HuntCatalina Hunt, Department of History, will travel to Turkey and Romania for ten months to conduct her dissertation research on the Changing Identities at the Fringes of the Late Ottoman Empire: The Turks & Tatars of Dobruca, 1839-1914. Hunt's project examines how political identities changed at the periphery of the Ottoman Empire amongst the Turkish and Tatar communities of Dobruca, which shifted from being a frontier (uc) province of the Empire to one of Romania in 1878 (Treaty of Berlin). She hypothesizes that state policies, the reaction of Dobruca's Turks and Tatars to these policies, and transnational networks (the Young Turks) altered the political identity of the two communities between the Tanzimat reforms (1839-78) and World War I (1914). The project contributes to research on Dobruca within the context of studies on imperialism, nationalism, and frontiers. Hunt earned her B.A. in Ancient and Medieval Romanian and World History (1998), M.A. in Ancient and Medieval History of the Black Sea Region (1999) and a PhD (2005) in Ottoman History all from Ovidius University in Romania. Her faculty advisor is Carter Findley.

Cameron JonesCameron Jones, Department of History, will conduct research for six months in Peru and six months in Spain examining the role of frontier missions as a critical component of Spain's imperial enterprise. The Missionaries of Santa Rosa de Ocopa on the Frontiers of Bourbon Peru, 1700 - 1824 project examines the changing political, economic, and ideological conflicts between the Franciscan missionaries based out of the college of Santa Rosa de Ocopa in Peru and the Spanish state during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, based on research in Spain and Peru. Jones hypothesizes that the conflicts in Santa Rosa de Ocopa were representative of a broader pattern of clerical reform incited by a new philosophy of regalism in Madrid, complicated by the realities of secular and religious partnership and limited resources on the ground. He will argue that Ocopa missionaries were not agents of the government, but rather had spiritual goals of their own. Jones earned his B.A. in History from Brigham Young University (2006) and his M.A. in Latin American History from The Ohio State University (2009). His faculty advisor is Kenneth Andrien.

Ian LanzillottiIan Lanzillotti, Department of History, will travel to Russia for nine months to research the role of states in forging national consciousness, governance and security in multiethnic and multiconfessional states, and the legacies of colonialism and empire. Lanzillotti's dissertation, Ethno-Nationalism and Interethnic Relations in the North Caucasus: Kabardino-Balkaria, 1858-1991, examines the history of interethnic relations and national identity formation in Kabardino-Balkaria, an unusually peaceful republic in Russia's strategically important North Caucasus region. He will trace the historical processes that have, over the longue durée, contributed to Kabardino-Balkaria's current socio-political landscape. He will examine tsarist and Soviet policies that have led to interethnic tension in the region. His research will also highlight the state policies that have prevented Kabardino-Balkaria's tensions from exploding into violent conflict. Lanzillotti earned his B.A. in History and Russian language from the University of South Florida (2005) and his M.A. in Russian East European Studies from Indiana University (2008). His faculty advisor is Nicholas Breyfogle.

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 2011 award, should contact Joanna Kukielka-Blaser.