Green School Announces the 2016-2017 Morris and Anita Broad Fellows

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, SIPA is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 recipients of the Morris and Anita Broad Fellowship Award.

Faculty Awards

Iqbal Akhtar, Department of Religious Studies

This award will be used to lay the groundwork for a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) application to create the first English-Kacchī dictionary and the development of the first freely downloadable Kacchī font as part of a multi-member effort to preserve the endangered Kacchī language.

Can Chen, Department of Public Administration

This award will be used for travel to China to collect data from a variety of Chinese official statistics and to interview Chinese transportation and planning officials about the selection of appropriate urban transportation sustainability indicators.

Eric Lob, Department of Politics & International Relations

This award will be used for research for a second book project on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s overall history and activities in Africa. Research will be conducted at the Library of Congress and National Archives.

Todd Makse, Department of Politics & International Relations

This award will be used to conduct a study using spatial analysis to explore how variations in social spaces impact political behavior and communication.

John Oates, Department of Politics & International Relations

This award will be used to hire a research assistant to assist in collection and analysis of data on the authority of international organizations.

Students Awards

Sebawit Bishu, Department of Public Administration

This award will be used to cover costs associated with focus group interviews at a professional conference, the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

Bibek Chand, Department of Politics & International Relations

This award will be used towards travel expenses associated with data collection to analyze how increasing competition between India and China during critical historical junctures affect Nepal’s role as a buffer. The quantitative and qualitative data collection requires archival visits to the three countries: United Kingdom, India and Nepal.

Nakhyeok Choi, Department of Public Administration

This award will be used to attend the 2016 annual conference of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM) in Seattle WA, as well as to conducting surveys and purchase books to further research.

Nikoloz Esitashvili, Department of Politics & International Relations

This award will be used for travel expenses to conduct research at the Library of Congress and the National Archives in Washington, D.C. to study the threat perceptions of the U.S. government and its EU allies immediately after WWI, WWII and the Cold War as well as at the George Bush Presidential Library in College State, TX to access the quantitative data for statistical analysis of market imperfections in the military production.

Mariama Jaiteh, Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies

This award will be used to cover travel expenses to conduct field research in the Gambia. Research aims to disentangle and examine the Gambia’s tourism-based sexual economies by exploring the various ways Gambian men and women maneuver to meet Global North (mostly European) tourists to make a living and sometimes dramatically improve their life conditions following, eventually, migration to Europe.

Jacqueline Lyon, Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies

Research Project: The award will be used for transcription services by a bilingual FIU undergraduate student to transcribe approximately 15.5 hours of audio recordings for research on the impact of policy changes by the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Tribunal that links its denationalization of generations of Haitian migrants to deep-seated racial self-hatred.

Jeffrey Maslanik, Department of Politics & International Relations

This award will be used for travel expenses to Sweden to conduct interviews and collect data on the labor market integration of refugees in Sweden since the 1990s.

Seyed Mousavi, Department of Politics & International Relations

This award will be used for travel expenses to Cuba and Iran to conduct interviews/archival work and to access available scholarly materials in libraries with departments dedicated to the international affairs of Cuba/Iran. The research aims to explore ‘Anti-Americanism,’ its evolution and its effects on the international system focusing on two concepts of ‘independence’ and ‘anti-hegemonic spaces’ by triangulating the foreign policies of the U.S., Iran and Cuba.

Yonas Mulat, Department of Politics & International Relations

This award will be used to cover travel expenses to conduct field research in Washington D.C., in the summer of 2016, to identify the conditions under which a country's regional and international influence grows, or a country emerges as a regional power or hegemon, by using Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa as a case. Archival research will be based on books and manuscripts at the Library of Congress.

Ross Nedervelt, Department of History

This award will be used toward travel expenses to the British National Archives, British Library, and the National Maritime Museum in London during the summer 2016 semester. Additionally, will allow for the collection of digital images of documents detailing the North American colonies’ political and economic connections to Bermuda and the Bahamas prior to the American Revolution.

Orçun Selçuk, Department of Politics & International Relations

This award will be used to cover travel expenses to conduct field research in Ecuador and Venezuela to study public opinion polarization in Ecuador, Venezuela and Turkey.

Auzeen Shariati, Department of Criminal Justice

This award will be used to cover travel expenses to conduct field research in Colorado Springs, CO for a case study in a college campus to investigate the real-life situations of implementing the method of crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) and to gather data through conducting interviews, focus groups and participant observations.

Ricardo Taboada, Department of History

This award will be used to cover travel expenses to conduct field research in Cuba on the social, political and intellectual history of Cuban lawyers from 1860 to 1920, a period when Cuba experienced a crucial political transition from colony to republic, and being one of the first historical accounts on Cuba’s legal profession. Additionally, funds will cover costs for data acquisition and transcription while also working in the Cuban archives.

For more information about the Morris and Anita Broad Fellowships Award please contact Pedro Botta at bottap@fiu.edu.