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Piperata awarded Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant

Barbara PiperataBarbara Piperata, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholar Grant. Piperata will be affiliated with the University of São Paulo and the Federal University of Pará in Brazil, where she will teach and work on her research titled, “Tracking the Nutrition Transition in Rural Amazonia: a longitudinal and comparative approach” from September-December 2015.

Dr. Piperata is researching how economic change, including the injection of cash from the Bolsa Família Program, the world’s largest conditional cash transfer program, is influencing the livelihood strategies of rural Amazonian households and, in turn, how these changes are associated with changes in dietary patterns and individual health status – often referred to as the nutrition transition. To achieve this goal, she will work with colleagues at the University of São Paulo (USP) and the Federal University of Para (UFPa) at their long-term field sites in the Amazon Basin. They will collect new biological, economic, and ethnographic data to create a longitudinal database to track economic shifts, livelihood strategies and health over time. They will also compare these findings to longitudinal data Piperata had previously collected in communities located in and around the Caxiuanã National Forest. 

By training and integrating students from both universities in this research and working closely with staff at the newly opened Ohio State Brazil Gateway in São Paulo, this Fulbright sponsored research also aims to create lasting, collaborative research opportunities for Ohio State and Brazilian scholars.

Anyone interested in the Fulbright Scholar Program should contact Joanna Kukielka-Blaser.