David L. Boren Awards for International Study

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2014 Boren Fellows

Name
Institution**
Academic Discipline, Degree Objective

Language, Proposed Country*
Title of Proposed Project

Sabrina Ahmed
Georgetown University
International Affairs, MA
Swahili, Uganda
Swahili and Practical Experience in Uganda

Michael Airosus
Tufts University
International Affairs, MA

Arabic, Morocco
Intensive Arabic Language Study, Security Sector Reform and Border Security Challenges in Morocco
Melanie Allen
Brandeis University
International Development, MA
Twi, Ghana
Challenges to Climate Change Adaptation in Ghana
Jessica Anderson
George Washington University
Political Science, Ph.D.
Somali, Ethiopia
Making Locals: Somalia, Peacebuilding, and the Politics of Empowerment
Christopher Anderson
University of Iowa
Political Science, Ph.D.
Georgian, Georgia
Attitudes Towards the Use of Force in Georgia
Sarah Andrews
University of Virginia
Political Science, Ph.D.
French, Senegal
Does Agricultural Policy Benefit the Rural Poor Under Multiparty Elections in Senegal?
Michael Aposporos
University of Maryland
Public Administration, MA
Mandarin, China
Intensive Chinese Language Study for Public Policy Coursework and Academic Internship
Kent Boydston
University of California, San Diego
International Affairs, MA
Korean, South Korea
NGOs in North Korea: Opportunities and Challenges for U.S. Policy
Chad Bringhurst
University of Denver
International Affairs, MA
Slovenian, Slovenia
Intensive Slovene Language Study & Research on the Slovenian Financial Crisis
Nathaniel Broekman
Tufts University
International Affairs, MA
Turkish, Turkey
(Neo)-Ottoman Kinship: a Determinant of Turkish Foreign Policy in the Balkans?
Devanne Brookins
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Urban Planning, Ph.D.
Twi, Ghana
Decentralized Land Management for the Urban Poor
Alison Brooks
Emory University
Public Health, MPH
Swahili, Tanzania
The Danger of a Single Story: Addressing National Security Through Public Health
Erin Bucherl
The Citadel
Medical Sciences, MA 
Swahili, Tanzania
Swahili Language: Steps Toward Better Global Health
Alyssa Budoff
University of Illinois, Chicago
Public Health, MPH
Haitian, Haiti
Building Community Resilience: Developing Culturally Appropriate Disaster Risk Reduction Education
Mark Buttweiler
University of California, San Diego
International Affairs, MA
Korean, South Korea
Emerging Foreign Aid Policy in the Republic of Korea
Katie Casstevens
University of Texas
Public Administration, MA
Portuguese, Brazil
Overcoming Vulnerabilities though Resiliency and Empowerment: A Study of Youth in a São Paulo Favela
Phillip Chang
Monterey Institute of International Studies
International Affairs, MBA
Korean, South Korea
Korean Language and Studies
Laura Chirot
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Political Science, Ph.D.
Vietnamese, Vietnam
Private enterprise development and foreign investment
Woon Cho
Tufts University
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Mandarin and Korean Language and Culture Study
Stefani Chow
George Washington University
International Affairs, MA
Tagalog, Philippines
Tagalog Language Study, Combating Human Trafficking, and Strengthening the Rule of Law
Jillian Christie
American University
International Affairs, MA
Swahili, Tanzania 
Peacebuilding with Congolese Refugees
Madeline Clark
University of Texas
Environmental Studies, MA
Arabic, Morocco
Geospatial Data for Real-Time Communication: Where does GIS fit into Water Management Policy?
Anne Clay
Arizona State University
Biology, MS
Korean, South Korea
Meeting the Challenge of Zoonotic Diseases and Other Biological Threats: The Role of Seoul Grand Park

Russell Conner
International Affairs, MA

Arabic, Jordan
Qasid/MALIC in Jordan
Perry Copes II
Syracuse University
International Affairs, MA
Persian, Tajikistan
Intensive Persian Language Study and Cultural Immersion
Kathryn Curtis
University of Michigan
Public Administration, MA
Portuguese, Brazil
Growing for Good: Evaluating Methods for Bolstering Food Security in Brazil
Nicole De La Loza Rivera
Antioch University, Los Angeles
Public Administration, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
Women's Economic Development
Amber Demery
Syracuse University
International Affairs, MA
Japanese, Japan
Japanese Language and Culture & the U.S. Rebalance to Asia
Tara Di Cassio
International Affairs, MA 
Arabic, Jordan
Qasid Arabic Institute: Amman, Jordan
Jessica Drun
Georgetown University
Area Studies, MA
Mandarin, Taiwan
The Security Implications of Taiwan's Upcoming Election
Sara Emamian
George Washington University
Public Health, MPH
Swahili, Tanzania
The Effect of Family Planning on Maternal and Child Health
Eric Ewing
Carnegie Mellon University
International Development, MS
Russian, Russia
St. Petersburg IMARES Program
Crystal Felima
University of Florida
Anthropology, Ph.D.
Haitian, Haiti
Documenting Disaster Management Partnerships and Collaborations in Northern Haiti
Sandrea Fernandez
Brandeis University
International Development, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Intensive Arabic Language Study & Internship Identifying Alternatives to Irregular Migration for the Vulnerable Populations of Women and Youth
Marina Flider
University of Texas
Literature, Ph.D.
Hebrew, Israel
Hebrew Language Study and Dissertation Research at Tel Aviv University in Israel
Amanda Fogle-Donmoyer
University of Maryland
Education, Ph.D.
Zulu, South Africa
Citizenship & Democracy Education in Post-Apartheid KwaZulu-Natal
David Ford
University of Arkansas
Public Administration, MA
Arabic, Oman
Study of Arabic

Lakeshia Ford
American University
International Affairs, MA

Twi, Ghana
Communication, Developmen,t and Trade Intelligence in Ghana
Tyler Garner
American University
International Affairs, MA
Korean, South Korea
Analyzing the Effects of Demographic Transition on South Korean National Security
Stephanie Gentle
Monterey Institute of International Studies
Environmental Studies, MA
Kyrgyz, Kyrgyzstan
The Role of Youth in Food Security and Sustainable Development
Michelle Grise
Yale University
History, Ph.D.
Russian, Kazakhstan
Advanced Russian Language Study and Soviet Aid to Pakistani Industry
Allen Groue
University of Denver
International Affairs, MA
Bahasa Indonesian, Indonesia
Indonesian Credit Card Fraud and its Impact on the U.S. Export Sector
Kimberly Guiler
University of Texas
Political Science, Ph.D.
Turkish, Turkey
Electing Islam: The Politics of Islamist Success
Emily Hauser
University of Florida
Political Science, Ph.D.
Hausa, Ghana
British Colonialism and Post-Independence Democratization in Ghana
Cassidy Henry Pearson
University of Kentucky
International Affairs, MA
Russian, Russia
Extensive Russian Language
Brett Hine
University of Michigan
Area Studies, MA
Mandarin, China
A Year of Academic and Cultural Immersion at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center
Caroline Hoffmann
New York University
Area Studies, MA
Arabic, Morocco
Religious Coexistence and Political Stability in Moroccan Society
Loren Hoffmann
University of Washington
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Advanced Mandarin Studies and Freedom of Residence and Movement
Willis Hughes
Georgetown University
Social Sciences, MA
Georgian, Georgia
The Growth of Georgia and its International Implications
Julie Hundersmarck
Georgetown University
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Intensive Arabic Language Study and Cultural Immersion
Quinton Jones
Texas A&M University
International Affairs, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
Swahili Language Study and Academic Research on Gender Security in Swahili Countries
Nazanin Kaussari
Wake Forest University
Linguistics, MA
Persian, Tajikistan
Persian Language and Culture Study and Immersion
Nathan Keegan
University of the District of Columbia
Computer and Information Sciences, MS
Portuguese, Brazil
The Lua Programming Language: Advanced Scripting for Cybersecurity
Joshua Key
University of Texas, Arlington
Economics, MA
Thai, Thailand
Thai language, Economics, and U.S. Commercial Service Internship
Guru Amrit Khalsa
American University
International Affairs, MA
Hindi, India
India's Policies to Reduce C02 Emissions
Katherine Kilduff
San Francisco State University
Geography, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
Swahili Language and Baseline Study of Drinking Water Resources in Eastern Unguja Island
Min Ku
American University
Law, JD
Japanese, Japan
Legal Analysis of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution
Katherine Leggiero
Monterey Institute of International Studies
International Development, MS 
Arabic, Jordan
CIEE Arabic Language Immersion Program & Internship with Search for Common Ground
Natalie Linton
Oregon State University
Public Health, Ph.D.
Bengali, Bangladesh
Study of Bangla and Disaster Resilience Among Populations with Chronic Conditions in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Ryan Lloyd
University of Texas
Political Science, Ph.D.
Portuguese, Brazil
Patronage-based and Policy-based Voting in Brazil: A Multi-method Study
Molly Maguire-Marshall
American University
International Development, MA
Hindi, India
Youth Vulnerabilities in Urban India
Andrew Mascelli
George Washington University
International Affairs, MA
Russian, 
Russian Language and Foreign Policy
Melody Maxwell
Ohio State University
Agricultural and Food Sciences, Ph.D.
Portuguese, Brazil
Portuguese and Public Health in Brazil: a Study of Culture and Zoonoses Priority
Morgan Maxwell
Virginia Commonwealth University
Psychology, Ph.D.
Portuguese, Brazil
Evaluating the Impact of Culture on the Quality of HIV Prevention Service Delivery in Brazil
Manon McGuigan
University of Chicago
Area Studies, MA
Arabic, Morocco
The Political Economy of English in Morocco
Margaret McKenzie
Tufts University
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Kuwait
Intensive Arabic Study | Resilience in the Persian Gulf
Peter McNamee
Georgetown University
International Affairs, MA
Portuguese, Brazil
Reducing Urban Youth Violence through Workforce Development and Educational Programming
Rebecca Miller
University of Missouri, Columbia
Political Science, Ph.D.
Setswana, South Africa
Beyond Dictators: The Political Consequences of Natural Resource Wealth
Dorothy Ohl
George Washington University
Political Science, Ph.D.
Arabic, Jordan
Arab Military Responses to Domestic Unrest: The Jordanian and Iraqi Cases
Cassandra Olson
Ohio State University
Languages, MA
Mandarin, China
Diaoyu/Senkaku Dispute: The Impact of Economic Diplomacy
Amy Panikowski
University of Florida
Geography, Ph.D.
Zulu, South Africa
Woven Livelihoods: Women's access to and use of natural resources in KwaZulu-Natal
Sarah Parsons
American University
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Israel
Enhancing Democracy in the West Bank: Youth Inclusion in Civil Society and the Political Process
Joy Peplinski
University of Illinois, Chicago
Biology, Ph.D.
Portuguese, Brazil
Rio Claro, Brazil: Team Member in Ecological Research
Hanna Petro
University of California, Los Angeles
History, Ph.D.
Turkish, Turkey
Shifting Sands: A history of Turkey's relationship with Saudi Arabia
Brian Pikaard
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Area Studies, MA
Russian, Russia
Six-Month Intensive Language Study Program in Russia
Courtney Queen
University of Pittsburgh
Social Work, Ph.D.
Swahili, Tanzania
The Psychological Impact of Female Genital Cutting
Marisa Ranieri
New York University
Social Sciences, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
Intensive Kiswahili Language Study and Exploration of Alternative Formulations of Identity and Affiliation
Thomas Rhoden
Northern Illinois University
Political Science, Ph.D.
Karen, Thailand
Karen Language Intensive Yearlong Study
Sheila Rivera
University of Denver
International Development, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
Reformed Youth: Reforming How We Approach Youth Unemployment
Kyle Rohrich
Tufts University
International Affairs, MA
Azerbaijani, Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani Language Immersion: Strengthening Linguistic Expertise in Turkic Eurasia
Zachary Rybarczyk
American University
Public Administration, MA
Arabic, Morocco
Water Access and Government Policies in Rural Morocco
Rachel Salzman
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS
Area Studies, Ph.D.
Russian, Russia
Rebranding BRIC: Russia's Campaign to Unite the Rising Powers
Luke Sanford
University of California, San Diego
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Intensive Mandarin Study and Investigating Chinese Perspectives on Emerging Trans-Boundary Water Issues in the Himalayas
Yevgen Sautin
University of Chicago
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, Taiwan
Taiwan and the U.S. Asian Pivot
Shanna Scherbinske
University of Washington
Anthropology, Ph.D.
Somali, Kenya
"In the Crocodile's Teeth": The Meaning of Resettlement for Transnational Somali Communities in Seattle and Kenya
Erin Swails
University of Virginia
Environmental Studies, Ph.D.
Bahasa Indonesian, Indonesia
Investigating the Impacts of Land Use Change on Global Climate in Indonesia
Hari Swaminathan
American University
International Affairs, MA
French, Senegal
African Languages Initiative - French
Philip Shirk
University of Florida
Biology, Ph.D.
Swahili, Tanzania
Preserving and maintaining ecological services in East Africa via biodiversity conservation
Sydney Skov
Brandeis University
International Development, MA
Bengali, India
Strengthening U.S. National Security by Combatting Human Trafficking; Victim Centered and Culturally Relevant Approaches
John Soileau
University of Illinois
Anthropology, MA
Portuguese, Brazil
Assessing Rural Livelihoods in Brazil’s Lower Amazon: Quilombola Communities and Sustainable Environmental Management
Lauren Speakman
Georgetown University
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Arabic Study and Original Research in Jordan
Andrew Spear
International Affairs, MA 
Mandarin, China
Hopkins-Nanjing Center to Achieve High Advanced Mandarin Chinese
William Spisak
Fordham University
International Development, MA
Arabic, Morocco
Language, Education, and Economic Opportunity
Nathan Stackpoole
University of Washington
International Affairs, MA
Japanese, Japan
Language Study and the US-Japan Relationship in Emerging Issues of International Security
Jordan Sturgis
Georgia Institute of Technology
International Affairs, MS
Persian, Tajikistan
Intensive Persian Language Study and An Assessment of Illicit Energy Networks
Hannah Sullivan
Georgetown University
Linguistics, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Women, Peace and Security
Aubrey Thibaut
International Affairs, MA
 
Mandarin, China 
Hopkins-Nanjing Center Year-Long Study Plan
Benjamin Tsui
International Affairs, MA 
Mandarin, China
China Studies at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center
Jason Warner
Harvard University
Area Studies, Ph.D.
Amharic, Ethiopia
Ethiopia, the African Union, and Pan-African Collective Security
Marjorie Wass
George Washington University
International Affairs, MA
French, Senegal
Senegal: French, Gender, Politics and Security
Sonya Weston
Tufts University
International Affairs, MA
French, Senegal
French Language Study and Research in Senegal
Else Wolff
Colorado School of Mines
Engineering, MS
Spanish, Argentina
Formalization of Artisanal and Small Scale Mining in Latin America and Intensive Language Study
Calita Woods
American University
International Affairs, MA
Japanese, Japan
Active Pacifism and its Implications
Sam Yi
Harvard University
Public Administration, MA
Mandarin, China
Advanced Mandarin Capability & Economic Research
Nahyun Yoo
New York University
Public Administration, MA
Japanese, Japan
Management of Nuclear Power Plants and Waste: Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Incident
Daniel Zimmer
University of Chicago
Political Science, MA
Turkish, Turkey
Barricades and Bullhorns: The Dynamics of Protest and Police Response in Contemporary Istanbul

Please note that this list is subject to change should recipients decline their awards and alternates be promoted to awardees.

 *Proposed countries may change due to regional concerns and changes in students' programs.
**The institution listed is the student's most recent institution at the time of application.