David L. Boren Awards for International Study

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2016 Boren Fellows

Name
Institution
Academic Discipline

Language, Proposed Country
Title of Proposed Project

Hilary Adams
Tufts University 
International Affairs, MA
Russian, Georgia
Russian Language and Frozen Conflicts in the Caucasus
Khalid Abdulqaad
Webster University
International Affairs, MA
Russian, Kazakhstan
International Regional Studies
Dania Alawadi
American University 
Political Science, PhD
Arabic, Qatar
Civil-Military Relations in the GCC: Tribesmen & the State
Eric Anderson
University of California, San Diego
International Affairs, MA

Korean, South Korea
South Korea's North Korea Policy on US interests

Lukas Anderson
George Washington University 
Area Studies, MA
Persian, Tajikistan
Persian Study and Thesis Research
Kelly Anderson
University of Maryland 
Geography, PhD
Portuguese, Mozambique
Contextualizing Drivers & Outcomes of Rural-Urban Migration
Margaret Ariotti
Pennsylvania State University 
Political Science, PhD
Wolof, Senegal
Local Governance and Regime Stability in Senegal
Amber Atteridge
Tufts University
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Integrated Arabic Study Plan
Kathleen (Casey)  Bahr
Georgetown University 
Area Studies, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Arabic Acquisition & Refugee Interactions
Jonathan Barsness
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 
Political Science, PhD
Arabic, Jordan
Roots of Defection in Arab Civil-Military Relations
Elisheva Bellin
Long Island University, Brooklyn 
Psychology, PhD
Hebrew, Israel
Unmasking Posttraumatic Growth: Pathogenic and Salutogenic Sequelae of Growth after Trauma
Stephanie Berger
Georgia State University 
Business, MS
Russian, Belarus
The Role of Information Systems in Belarusian Customs
Suham Borjas
University of Maryland
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Amman, Jordan- Qasid Arabic Institute
Alexander Borowski
American University 
International Affairs, MA
Korean, South Korea
The Dilemma of South Korea's National Security Law
Nathan Bradley
Johns Hopkins Unviersity, SAIS
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Conceptualizing Sino-U.S Relations
Rikki Brown
University of Chicago 
Social Sciences, MA
Azerbaijani, Azerbaijan
Language and Education Policy in Azerbaijan and Eurasia
Brian Bumpas
Georgetown University 
Area Studies, MA
Mandarin, China
Nationalism and the Chinese Space Program
Christian Burstall
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Advanced Mandarin and Economic Security Studies
Christopher Carson
George Washington University 
International Affairs, MA
Russian, Kyrgyzstan
Economic Policy and Trade Relations in Kyrgyzstan
Leo Carter
University of Texas
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Chinese Language and the Environment and Security Nexus
Jeanne Choi
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS 
International Affairs, PhD
Japanese, Japan
A Plan for a Career to Promote Energy Security in East Asia
Michael Corcoran
Columbia University 
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Mandarin Study and Understanding Chinese-African Relations
Bradford Coyle
University of Illinois 
Economics, MS
Korean, South Korea
Intensive Korean Language and Culture Program
Adam Craig
Drexel University 
Engineering, PhD
Hebrew, Israel
Research at Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Hannah Dannenfeldt
George Washington University
International Affairs, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
African Flagship Languages Initiative: Swahili
Katherine Delavan
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS 
International Development, MA
Serbian, Serbia
Serbian Intensive Language & Cultural Immersion
Kaia DeMatteo
University of Massachusetts, Boston 
Social Sciences, PhD
Swahili, Tanzania
Advanced Swahili Study and Community Engagement in Tanzania
Benjamen, DoVale
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS
International Development, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
African Flagship Languages Initiative: Swahili
Mark Duerksen
Harvard University 
Area Studies, PhD
Yoruba, Benin
Mapping Routes to Urban Accommodation and Security in Cotonou
John Ellington
Georgetown University 
International Affairs, PhD
Persian, Tajikistan
Persian Language Study in Dushanbe
Alexander Erdmann
Ohio State University 
Linguistics, PhD
Arabic, United Arab Emirates
Processing Arabic: Generating Intelligent Representations of Messy Data
Christian Flores
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS 
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Hopkins-Nanjing Center Study
Meghan Gable
George Washington University 
International Development, MA
Hindi, India
Indian Climate Change Response and Domestic Reform
Amy Garcia
Texas A&M University 
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Mandarin Language, Cultural Immersion, and HSK Preparation
Allison Goforth
Brandeis University 
International Development, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
Addressing Human Trafficking in Tanzania
Erin Greenwalt
American University 
International Affairs, MA
Swahili, Tanzania
Women Preventing Violent Extremism in Africa
Melodie Ha
Georgetown University
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Mandarin Intensive Language Study and Cultural Immersion
Ryan Hammond
University of Notre Dame 
Philosophy, PhD
Hindi, India
Living Without "Desire": Indian Philosophical Approaches
Mariam Haris
University of Maryland 
Public Administration, MA
Urdu, India
Urdu Language Study and the Triggers of Radicalization
Sara Hedlund
University of Denver 
International Affairs, MA
Bosnian, Bosnia Herzegovina
Finding a Way Forward?: Social Distance in Post-War Bosnia
Ariel Hermitt
Carnegie Mellon University 
Public Administration, MS
Portuguese, Mozambique
Portuguese Language and Mozambican Culture Immersion
Melissa Honey
George Washington University 
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Intensive Arabic Language towards Greater Security
Justine Jacob
New York University 
Public Administration, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Intensive Arabic Study & Livelihoods for Refugees in Camps
Anita Joshi
Monterey Institute of International Studies 
Public Administration, MA
Portuguese, Mozambique
Community Resilience: Impact of Climate Change in Mozambique
Mpaza Kapembwa
Georgia Institute of Technology 
International Affairs, MS
Mandarin, China
Language Study and Guided Research at ACC
Shaki Kar
Georgetown University
International Affairs, MA
Hindi, India
South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative
Miriam Keep
University of Illinois 
Urban Planning, MA
Arabic, Morocco
Arabic Study and Urban Development Research in Morocco
Brian Kim
University of Hawaii, Manoa 
Languages, MA
Korean, South Korea
Nationalism of North Korean Defectors
Christine Kim
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Public Health, PhD
Swahili, Uganda
Quality Improvement for Community-based Family Planning
Janice Kim
University of Pennsylvania 
International Development, MS
Korean, South Korea
Building Peace on the Korean Peninsula
Lambrini Kolios
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS 
International Affairs, MA
Portuguese, Brazil
Portuguese Language Study and Cultural Immersion in Brazil
Katie Larson
Indiana University 
Public Administration, MA
Arabic, Jordan
The Impact of Water Policy on Income Mobility in Jordan
Emily Legutko
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York 
Criminal Justice, MA
Portuguese, Brazil
Portuguese and U.S.-Brazil Bilateral Relations
Samuel Lind
University of California, San Diego 
Mathematics, PhD
Portuguese, Brazil
Intensive Mathematics and Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro
Kyle Long
Columbia University 
Education, PhD
Arabic, United Arab Emirates
The Public Diplomacy Role of American Universities Abroad
Shaza Loutfi
University of Illinois, Chicago 
Urban Planning, MA
Turkish, Turkey
Turkish Language Study and Refugee Research
Tara MacKinnon
Syracuse University 
International Affairs, MA
Portuguese, Brazil
Portuguese Proficiency & Perspective on Economic Development
Jeffrey Marhall
Syracuse University
Communications and Journalism, MA
Urdu, India
Intensive Urdu Language Study
Chelsea Matson
University of Minnesotta, Twin Cities
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Isreal
Language Immersion and Internship in Israel
Matthew Matsuyama
University of California, San Diego 
International Affairs, MA
Japanese, Japan
Advanced Japanese Language Study at Hitotubashi University
Kelly McEtchin
San Diego State University 
International Affairs, MS
Bahasa Indonesian, Indonesia
The Significance of Studying Abroad in Indonesia
Charles McGrath
San Diego State University 
International Affairs, MS
Russian, Kazakhstan
Intensive Language Study
Brooke McManigal
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 
Public Administration, MA
Arabic, Morocco
Intensive Arabic Langauge Study in Morocco
Angel Mills
University of Pennsylvania 
Education, MS
Portuguese, Brazil
Language Study and Internship
Ruth Moon
University of Washington 
Communications and Journalism, PhD
Rwanda, Rwanda
Journalism for Democracy in Rwanda
Sarah Moore
Georgetown University
Area Studies, MA 
Mandarin, China
Mandarin Study and Research on Innovation in China
Natalie Muganda
Texas A&M University 
Public Administration, MS
Swahili, Tanzania
Advanced Swahili Immersion Program in Tanzania
Laura Mulvey
Tufts University
International Affairs, MA
Bahasa Indonesian, Indonesia
Indonesian Environmental & Climate Security
Carey Neill
University of Denver 
International Affairs, PhD
Russian, Latvia
Advanced Russian Immersion and Doctoral Research
Gabriella Neusner
American University 
International Affairs, MA
Bahasa Indonesian, Indonesia
Deforestation and Forest Governance in Indonesia
Noella Niati
University of South Carolina 
Education, PhD
French, Senegal
Girls' Education in Senegal
Sabrina Papazian
Stanford University 
Anthropology, PhD
Armenian,
Armenia Analyzing Armenian Heritage as a Tool of Diplomacy
Brian Papke
Georgetown University 
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Jordan
An Investment in Understanding
Drew Pederson
University of Denver 
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Morocco Democratization in the Maghreb: Why Morocco Wasn't Tunisia
Nicholas Pehlman
City University of New York 
Political Science, PhD
Russian, Ukraine
Democratic Police Reform in Ukraine and Georgia
Amanda Pentecost
Drexel University 
Engineering, PhD
Korean, South Korea
Understanding Nanoparticle-Immune System Interactions
Ryan Pereira
Georgetown University 
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, United Arab Emirates
Intensive Arabic Language Study and CVE Internship
David Peyton
Northwestern University 
Political Science, PhD
Rwanda, Rwanda
Urban Security Dynamics in Africa’s Great Lakes Region
Maya Ramaswamy
University of Iowa 
Public Health, PhD
Tamil, India
Preserving the Indian Agricultural Workforce
Amanda Rauh
George Mason University 
International Affairs, MS
Arabic, Jordan
One Year at Qasid Arabic Institute & Generations for Peace
Clinton Reiswig
Arizona State University 
Public Administration, MS
Arabic, Jordan
Arabic Language and Refugee Security Policy Analysis
Giovanni Ricci
University of Chicago
Anthropology, PhD
Czech, Czech Republic
Engineering Contemporary Politics: tech work and the PPCZ
Monica Ruiz
Tufts University 
International Affairs, MA
Russian, Estonia
A Blend of 21st Century Warfare: Hybrid Approaches in Estonia
Nathaniel Samuelson
University of Michigan 
Area Studies, MA
Tagalog, Philippines Capacity Building for the Armed Forces of the Philippines
Shreyan Sen
Stanford University 
Engineering, MS
Bengali, Bangladesh
Bangla Language Training and Water Research in Dhaka
Phoebe Shelor
University of Illinois 
Languages, MA
French, Senegal
Intensive French and Wolof Language Study
Joseph Shepard
Indiana University 
Area Studies, MA
Kyrgyz, Kyrgyzstan
Democracy in Kyrgyzstan: Understanding Corruption
Mariah Shuler
Texas A&M University
International Affairs, MA
Arabic, Oman
Geospatial Arabic in Oman
Courtney Silver
University of Colorado at Boulder 
Languages, MA
Russian, Kazakhstan
Russian Language Study in Almaty, Kazakhstan
Latasha Solomon
George Mason University 
Area Studies, MA
Arabic, Jordan
Qasid Training and Center for Strategic Studies Internship
Joseph Suszczynski
Ohio Northern University 
Law, JD
Albanian, Kosovo
Border Security in Kosovo and the Balkans
Marjorie Tanner
John Hopkins University, SAIS
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
MAIS at The Johns Hopkins Nanjing Center
Adriel Taslim
University of California, San Diego 
International Affairs, MA
Thai, Thailand
Language and Culture: Enhancing International Dialogue
Julia Tenyotkin
Monterey Institute of International Studies 
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China Understanding the Nuances of the South China Sea Dispute
Colin Thompson
Tufts University
International Affairs, MA
Korean, South Korea
Korean Study Plan at Sogang University
Zachary Uram
University of Pittsburgh 
Law, JD
Portuguese, Brazil
Bilateral Trade Relations with Brazil
Tahina Vatel
American University 
International Affairs, MA
Haitian, Haiti
Integrating U.S. Foreign Assistance Projects in Haiti
Kelly Vorndran
George Washington University 
Area Studies, MA
Mandarin, Taiwan
Intensive Mandarin Language Study in Strategic Taiwan
Ian Wallace
Tufts University 
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Monitoring Chinese Economic Leadership: Intensive Mandarin Language Study and Culture Immersion In China
Patricia Weng
University of California, San Diego 
International Affairs, MA
Korean, South Korea
Advanced Korean at Hanyang & Demographic Crisis Research
Christine Wright
University of Missouri, Columbia
Education, PhD
Arabic, Morocco
Education NGOs, Youth Development and Democratic Outcomes
Caroline Yarber
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS 
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
International Studies in Mandarin at Hopkins Nanjing Center
Sean Yu
Georgetown University 
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
Sean Yu Boren Fellowship- IUP Academic Year Program
Yizhi Zhang
George Washington University 
International Affairs, MA
Mandarin, China
The Impact of the One Belt One Road on China's Western Regio