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2017-18 ARHU FULBRIGHT RECIPIENTS

Last updated: April 25, 2017

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates to create their own study/research projects or teach English abroad. The program provides unique opportunities in over 140 countries for students to gain international experience, personal enrichment and cultural exchanges. For more information on the Fulbright program, visit us.fulbrightonline.org or contact University of Maryland's (UMD) National Scholarships Office at fulbright@umd.edu.

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.

ARHU Recipients

Sarah Blumberg, Spain

Sarah Blumberg, ’16 Spanish and biological sciences, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Spain for the 2017-18 academic year. At Maryland she was a member of the University Honors Program, and participated in the America Reads / America Counts program. In addition to her English teaching duties in Spain, Ms. Blumberg will engage the host community by volunteering to teach yoga classes in a social service organization such as the Red Cross. She also plans to implement an after-school mindfulness meditation program for students and teachers. Upon her return to the U.S., Ms. Blumberg will pursue graduate study in a therapy-based field such as Physician Assistant Studies or School Psychology. She will continue to teach yoga and offer bilingual classes. She also looks forward to using her Spanish skills to volunteer as a medical translator in her free time.

Joshua Klein, Germany

Joshua Klein, a Ph.D. student in the Department of History, has been awarded a 2017-18 Fulbright for research in Germany. His project title is: “Europe in the German Imagination: 1939-1957.” Mr. Klein’s research will examine the changing idea of ‘Europe’ in mid-20th century German political culture. His project spans the Nazi period through the initial postwar decade, and involves exploring a wide range of Nazi propaganda and postwar periodicals located in the federal archives of Berlin. He will analyze numerous contested meanings of "Europe," and explore how or if Nazism influenced the way postwar Germans negotiated a European identity. He has secured affiliations with the Freie Universität Berlin and the Bundesarchiv in Berlin. Upon his return to the U.S., Mr. Klein will complete his dissertation and pursue a professorship. His academic advisor at Maryland is Jeffrey Herf.

Leanne Rohrbach, Germany

Leanne Rohrbach, 16 German and psychology, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Germany for the 2017-18 academic year. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Rohrbach plans to volunteer with local community programs providing mental health education and outreach. Additionally, she hopes to improve her German speaking skills by attending local cultural or educational events with native speakers. After completing her Fulbright year, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in social work or counseling psychology. She would like to work with children at an educational institution or at a non-profit organization.

Hirbod Sajjadi, Czech Republic

Hirbod Sajjadi, ’15 government and politics and philosophy minor, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to the Czech Republic for the 2017-18 academic year. While at Maryland, Mr. Sajjadi was a member of the Persian Cluster of the Language House Immersion Program. His proposal builds on his experience teaching in Iran as well as his student activism at UMD. While teaching in the Czech Republic, Mr. Sajjadi will engage with the local community by participating in Sokal, a form of gymnastics that has played an important role in the creation of Czech identity. He will also volunteer with an organization that helps people with disabilities. After returning to the U.S., he intends to work for a non-profit organization devoted to advancing human rights and aiding disadvantaged population. Eventually he plans to attend law school to study international human rights law.

Gavriel Schreiber, Taiwan

Gavriel Schreiber, ’17 philosophy and Chinese minor, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Taiwan for the 2017-18 academic year. At Maryland he is a member of the Honors Humanities program in the Honors College, and has participated in the Global Fellows program. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Schreiber will either establish or contribute to an after-school baseball program to build camaraderie and trust with his students and other local youth. He also enjoys cooking and so he plans to host regular meals where he invites his students’ friends, families, and neighbors to sample Western dishes. Upon his return to the U.S., Mr. Schreiber plans to attend law school and pursue a career in international business law with the U.S. Department of State or Department of Commerce.

Kate Spanos, Brazil

Kate Spanos ’16, Ph.D. theatre and performance studies, has been awarded a postdoctoral Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to study dance in Brazil. She will be based at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco in Recife for six months, starting in January 2018. Kate’s project is entitled “The Frevo Tradition and Pernambucan Cultural Identity in Recife, Brazil." Frevo is an energetic music and dance that is performed at Recife’s annual Carnival and it is symbolic of the culture the state of Pernambuco in northeastern Brazil. Frevo originates from capoeira, a better known Afro-Brazilian art form, but it represents a particular regional variation on Brazilian national identity. This research aims to understand the political role of such performed cultural expression, how it serves to engage communities, create value for popular culture, and empower marginalized individuals. The project is an extension of Kate's dissertation research, which focused on similar themes in dance, music, and festival on the Caribbean island of Montserrat.

Abigail Trozenski, Germany

Abigail Trozenski, ’17, MA German, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Germany for the 2017-18 academic year. She is a 2015 alumna of the Catholic University of America. Ms. Trozenski is a former student athlete, and she plans to complement her teaching duties by finding an athletic program where she can help coach a swim team. She will engage with elementary schools, where swimming is taught in third grade, and teach children the basics and more complicated aspects of the sport. She also has a deep interest in volunteering with organizations in her placement area that serve refugees and asylum seekers. Upon her return to the U.S., Ms. Trozenski will apply to Ph.D. programs in Germanic studies. She hopes to become a university level professor and spend her career teaching German language and literature.