ARHU’s Fulbright recipients will be studying or teaching English in a wide array of countries, including Germany, Brazil and Spain. Three undergraduates and four graduate students earned Fulbright awards.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program enables qualified undergraduates, graduate students and recent alumni to design their own study or research plans or to teach English in over 155 countries. It provides unique opportunities for international experience, personal enrichment and an open exchange of ideas with citizens of other nations. Over 8,000 applicants competed for these awards in 2011. For more information on the Fulbright program, visit us.fulbrightonline.org or contact UMD's National Scholarships Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE: Announcements are made on a rolling deadline as the various host countries make their decisions. We will keep this list as current as possible as additional winners are announced.
Jessica Gross, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Germany
Jessica Gross, a senior earning degrees in Germanic studies and kinesiology, has been selected as a 2012-2013 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Germany. She will be placed at a German high school, where she will collaborate with English language teachers and serve as an American cultural ambassador. Gross, who plans to one day work in the public health field, hopes to complement her English teaching duties by contributing to sports and exercise programs at her German school, perhaps even introducing students to her favorite sport, Lacrosse. Additionally, she will be provided the opportunity to begin pursing her master’s at a University in Germany, with hopes to study sports medicine. Back to top.
Allison Johnson, School of Music, Poland
Allison Johnson, a senior music education major, will be an English teaching assistant at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. While at Maryland, Allison gained valuable experiences as a resident assistant, teaching assistant and president of an International Music Fraternity. While in Poland, in addition to being an English teaching assistant, she will explore Polish music pedagogy while volunteering with local schools' music programs. Back to top.
Isabelle Kaplan, a Ph.D. student in the Department of History, has been awarded a 2012-13 Fulbright to study in Azerbaijan. She will research the performance history of Uzeyir Hajibeyov's "Leili and Mejnun," considered the first Azerbaijani national opera. She will explore the work's role in the formation of Azerbaijani cultural and national identity and as a bridge between the cultures of East and West, in the prerevolutionary, Soviet, and post-Soviet periods. With the assistance of the Azerbaijani Diplomatic Academy (ADA) in Baku, Kaplan will conduct research in relevant archives, libraries, and cultural institutions. The ADA’s rector will also help Isabelle gain key contacts with cultural actors of the Soviet era.
After her Fulbright year Kaplan will write an article for publication based on her research. She will also include this material in her dissertation on the construction of artistic canons in the Turkic republics of the Soviet Union and successor states. Back to top.
Scott Moore, History, Austria
Scott Moore, a Ph.D. student in history, has been awarded a 2012-13 Fulbright award for study in Austria. He will spend the 2012-13 academic year in Vienna examining how the Habsburg Empire utilized their system of compulsory education to build and develop loyalty to the state among its citizens.
Moore will carry out his research at the Austrian State Archives and the Austrian National Library in Vienna. With the help of his affiliates, Drs. Margarete Grander and Ernst Bruckmüller, noted scholars of the late Habsburg Empire, Moore will share his work with the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the University of Vienna. Moore’s work will challenge traditional views of the Habsburg Empire and expand our understanding of the state’s role in forming national identity.
Shawn Moura, History, Brazil
Shawn Moura, a Ph.D. student in history, has been awarded a 2012-13 Fulbright for study in Brazil. Moura will investigate the role that women and household economies had in developing the post-World War II Brazilian economy.
Moura will conduct his research at archives in Campinas and in Rio de Janeiro. He will share his work with scholarly communities at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas and the Universidade Federal Fluminense, where he will be affiliated. Moura’s research will reveal the centrality of women as producers and consumers in developing Brazil’s post-war economy, and will have wider implications in understanding consumer culture in Brazil and beyond.
After his Fulbright year Moura will complete his dissertation under the guidance of Dr. Daryle Williams. His dissertation examines how government officials, advertisers, and industrialists sought to shape the domestic sphere, particularly women's behavior as consumers and housewives. Back to top.
David Olson, a double-B.A. graduate in Theater and Government and Politics has been awarded a Fulbright student grant to teach English in Latvia in 2012-13.
As a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at a Latvian University, David will draw on his extensive experience in theatrical writing and direction to help his students learn English through performance. After completing his year in Latvia, David hopes to pursue graduate work in International Relations with a focus on the role artists and international arts collaborations play in conflict resolution and peace building. Back to top.
N’Mah Yilla, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Spain
N’Mah Yilla, a M.P.S. candidate in Arabic, has been awarded a 2012-13 Fulbright for study in Spain. Yilla’s project comes in the wake of the recent establishment of the Islamic Council of Spain (ICS), which will be the official representative body for all Muslims in Spain. She will examine the differences in the goals and initiatives of two of Spain’s most prominent Muslim organizations, one that is an ICS member and one that is not. She hopes to learn how these differences could affect Spanish government partnerships with the Muslim community.
Yilla will be based in Barcelona, where she will work with Professor Ricard Zapata-Barrero, an expert in immigration policy and Spain’s Muslim immigrant community, at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. She will also travel to Valencia to research The Higher Islamic Council of Valencia, a founding member of the ICS.
After her Fulbright year, Yilla will publish her research and pursue a career with the U.S. Department of State. Back to top.