Morris and Anita Broad Fellows 2014-2015

Each year, the Morris and Anita Broad Fellowship Award offers both junior faculty and doctoral students an opportunity to advance and develop their academic research at early stages in their careers. The fellowship provides funds for diverse projects and allows recipients to supplement other resources to advance their research. This academic year, the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 recipients of the Morris and Anita Broad Fellowship Award.

Faculty Awards:

  • Dr. April Merleaux, professor in the Department of History, will use the fellowship funds to conduct research for a book-length project on the environmental history of the United States’ international anti-narcotics policies. Dr. Merleaux hopes to develop a proposal for a longer period of dedicated research.
  • Dr. Hitomi Yoshio, professor in the Department of Modern Languages and an affiliated faculty member of the Asian Studies Program, will use the funds to travel to Japan to conduct archival research for an article on an important Japanese writer, Mieko Kawakami. Dr. Yoshio will meet with the author to discuss her works and do related field work in Tokyo and Osaka

Student Awards:

Department of Politics and International Relations

  • David Tooch will use the fellowship funds to present the paper “Israel’s Technology Transfers as Tools of Diplomacy in Africa” at the annual meeting of the Association of Israel Studies at Ben Gurion University, Israel;
  • Lukas Danner will travel to Munich, Germany, to do archival research at the Institute of Sinology to advance his research on the interstate peace between China, Korea and Japan during the Ming and Qing periods;
  • Dimmy Herard will travel to New York City to do archival research at the Schomburg Center to advance his dissertation on the process of democratization in Haiti;
  • Shamsuddin Karimi will conduct archival and field research in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on the role of identity politics in Tajik foreign policy;
  • David Suarez will do archival and field research in North Africa and Spain on the development of Sahrawi nationalism in Western Sahara;
  • Michael Bender will conduct archival and field research in India, the UK and Israel on the role of identity in the relationship between India and Israel. “When I was an undergrad sophomore, I had a professor that got me interested in India and Israel. I took all the courses I needed and, in my last year, I became interested in the Jews of India and came to FIU,” said Bender. “The fellowship funds are crucial. I need to further my research by doing fieldwork. I need to travel to Israel and India for interviews and the fellowship is giving me that opportunity.”

Department of History

  • Judith Mansilla will conduct research at the National Archive in Lima, Peru, to advance her dissertation on the capacity of the imperial administration to manage governance after natural disasters in late 17th century Peru;
  • Micah Oelze will travel to São Paulo, Brazil, to explore connections between music, the social sciences and state-formation; the research focuses on São Paulo’s Department of Culture project to record the music of Amerindian and Afro-Brazilian communities.
  • Gregory Weimer will conduct archival research at the Library of Congress; his dissertation examines the political context of slave law in the United States and Brazil;
  • Lindsey Maxwell will use her fellowship to support research for her dissertation on the origins and growth of the Pentecostal movement in the United States and South Africa. “I am honored to receive this fellowship because it gives me the fantastic opportunity to conduct archival research that would have been monetarily difficult for me as a PhD student,” said Maxwell. “It is wonderful to have support from these donors that will enable me to further my knowledge, complete my dissertation, apply for other grants and fellowships and ultimately inform and inspire my students.”

Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies

  • Alex Huezo will conduct field research in Colombia, investigating the effects and outcomes of aerial fumigation as part of US-supported efforts to eradicate illicit crops in that country;
  • Suzana Mic will use the fellowship to transcribe interviews for a dissertation that examines cultural politics of climate change adaptation in Miami;
  • Alessandra Rosa will present findings at the CITASA Symposium at UC Berkeley. “This fellowship will assist me in attending a symposium, where I will present part of my findings regarding the 2010-2011 University of Puerto Rico (UPR) student movement,” said Rosa. “This is really important to me because presenting my work in front of important scholars will provide me the chance to network and receive feedback for future studies. The funds will help me immensely.”

Department of Modern Languages

  • Maria Sol Echarren will conduct archival research in Spain on the cross-Atlantic relationships between 19th century literature and art in Spain and Latin America. “Going to Spain as a Spanish literature major is the best thing that could happen to me and to be able to go and look at the resources first hand is amazing,” said Echarren. “I can look at the resources first hand and I’ll be able to compare Spanish literature and art. Without the funds, I would not be able to do any of this – they give me the opportunity to further my research and look at collections that are not available anywhere else.”

For more information about the Morris and Anita Broad Fellowships Award please contact SIPA associate director for operations Pedro Botta at