The Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs (RCGA) Summer International Research Grants fund overseas research for Middlebury College juniors and seniors preparing to write senior theses.

2019 Grant Awards

John Carew ’20, Comparative Literature; Molecular Biology and Biochemistry | Jordan (distinguished as a Lesley T. Ketzel ‘49 Scholar): HIV in the Jordanian, Chilean, and United States Imaginaries: How does literature reflect and create a public health response?

Jess Garner ’19.5, International and Global Studies - European Studies | Italy and Germany: The Medieval Moorings of Modern Antisemitism: Painting Otherness in “Bible Moralisées”

Chica Morrow ’20, Economics | Japan: “Moai”: The role of rotating savings and credit associations in health outcomes in Okinawa, Japan

Marianna Odoy ’20, Comparative Literature | Germany and Jordan: Tracking the Displacement of Syrian Migrant Literature

Akhila Roy Chowdhury ’20, Political Science | India: The Structural Framework of Active Indian Politics and Its Effect on Political Success and Efficiency

2018 Grant Awards

Henry Burnett ’18.5, Comparative Literature | Senegal and Martinique: Paradox of Place: The Complex Relationship of Black Identity and Geography in Poems of Négritude and The New Negro

Adam Druckman ’19, Political Science | Canada and England: Cultural and Social Practices Contributing to Wrongful Conviction: A comparative analysis of the US, Canada, England, and Wales

Kelsie Hoppes ’18.5, Political Science & Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies | South Africa: Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Post-Apartheid South Africa: A global approach to reproductive politics

Muhammad Garda Ramadhito ’19, International and Global Studies | Turkey: The New Turkey: The rise of Muslim nationalism and illiberal democracy in Erdogan’s Turkey

William Simpson ’18.5, French | France (distinguished as a Lesley T. Ketzel ‘49 Scholar): “I pay my part for Lafayette”: The memory of the Larayette Escadrille at the centennial

Lulu Zhou ’19, Sociology | China: Go Hard and/or Go Home? Migrant children’s negotiation of educational choices, aspiration, and attainment in Beijing, China

2017 Grant Awards

Ana Sanchez Chico ’18, Economics | Kenya: The Impacts of a Violence Prevention Intervention in Kibera, Kenya

Hanna Laird ’18, Political Science | Sweden and Norway: Housing and Settlement Policies for Immigrants in Norway and Sweden: A Comparative Assessment of Policy’s Impact on Integration

Sylvia Lynch ’18, International and Global Studies | Cameroon and Tanzania - Awarded the Lesley T. Ketzel ‘49 Fellowship for Integrating Research with Study Abroad (distinguished as a Lesley T. Ketzel ‘49 Scholar): ‘La Vie en Blanche’: The Gendered Experience of Women with Albinism in Cameroon and Tanzania

Naing Phyo ’18, International and Global Studies | United Kingdom: Understanding the Anglo-Burmese Relations during the Late 18th and 19th Century: The Structural and Political Courses of the Three Anglo-Burmese Wars

Vassily Zavoico ’17.5, Environmental Studies and Biology | Norway: Population Dynamics and Spatial Behavior of Svalbard Reindeer (Rangifer Tarandus Platyrhynchus) in a Quickly Changing Climate

2016 Grant Awards

Alaa Abdelfattah ’17, Economics | Egypt: Assassinated Dreams: A Fictional Story about the Egyptian Revolution

Jacob Faber ’16.5, Environmental Studies | Canada: The (Green?) Machine(s?) in the Garden: Sustainable development and social equity in Eeyou Istchee-James Bay, Québec

Amir Firestone ’17, Sociology/Anthropology | Germany: Ingredients of Integration: A Study of Collaborative Cooking Classes as Mechanisms of Social and Cultural Integration of Syrian Refugees in Germany

Jordan Killen ’17, Environmental Studies and Sociology/Anthropology | Spain: The Myth of Marinaleda: Ideology and the Creation of Utopia in an Andalusian Village

2015 Grant Awards

Catherine Brennan Delattre ’16, Neuroscience | Brazil: Capoeira: The Effect of an Afro-Brazilian Movement Art on State Anxiety, State Self-Efficacy, and Prosocial Behavior Tendencies

Timothy Fraser ’16, International and Global Studies | Japan: Restarting the Sendai Reactor: Ecology of Japanese Civic Activism Post-Fukushima

Esme Valette ’16, Comparative Literature | Cameroon: Behind Bars: The Subjugation of Women and the Power of the Pen in Tu T’appelleras Tanga by Calixthe Beyala and Vaste est La Prison by Assia Djebar

2014 Grant Awards

Linnea Burnham’14.5, French and History | France: De la Main à la Machine: La Modernisation de l’Industrie Laitière Française, 1880-1900

William Gevertz ‘14.5, Political Science | Bosnia-Herzegovina: Out of The Frying Pan: Reflections on International State Building in Bosnia-Herzegovina

2013 Grant Awards

Rajsavi Anand ’14, History and Biochemistry: Examining the creation of a Sikh identity in the era leading up to and including the partitioning of India

Vincent Mariano ’14, Sociology and Anthropology: The Body and Christ: The Intersection of Spiritual and Corporeal Care in Catholic Philippines

Bradley Osborne ’13.5, Environmental Studies: Nature, the Right’s Bearer: A Study of Environmental Theory and Practice in Ecuador

Samuel Peisch ’13.5, Political Science: The Livingstone NGO Study: The Effect of NGOs on Improving Health in Livingstone, Zambia

2012 Grant Awards

Samuel Koplinka-Loehr ’13, Independent Scholar: Environmental Justice: Until Justice Rolls Down Like Water: Environmental Justice in Yunnan, China

Anil Menon ’13, Economics and History: The Silver Crisis in India

Savant Man Shrestha ’13, Economics and Spanish: Effects of the Global Financial Crisis on Migrant and Non-migrant Households in Huehuetenango, Guatemala

2011 Grant Awards

Arthur Choo ’12, Political Science and Sociology & Anthropology: Administering Integration: North Korean Refugee Resettlement in South Korea

David Tyler Gibson ’12, International Politics and Economics: The Effects of China’s 2008 Contract Law on Labor Organization

Kyle McHenry Hunter ’12, Political Science: Present at the Creation: Norm Promotion and LGBT rights in International Politics

Pui Shen Yoong ’12, International Politics and Economics: Evaluating Brazil’s Bolsa Familia: Do Local Governments Matter?

2003-2010 Grant Awards


Shabana Basij-Rasikh ‘11, international studies major, “Suicide in the Form of Self-immolation as an Increasing Response to Domestic Violence in Afghanistan

Maxwell Benjamin ’11, economics and mathematics double major, “Testing Worker Output Evaluation Differences between American and Japanese Citizens.”

Molly Brister ’11, international studies major

Proposed research topic: “Legal ramifications of the Ottoman millet system on sectarian relations in Lebanon.”

Research presented at 2011 RCFIA International Research Travel Grant Presentations: “The Women’s Movement in Modern Lebanon (1920-1990): A Critical Reassessment.”

Alhaji Jalloh ’11, political science major, “The Influence of Economic Development in Religious Extremism in Mali and Senegal.

Xiaoxue Weng ’11, international politics and economics major

Proposed research topic: “Political Factors that Shape Japanese Emergency Assistance Abroad.”

Research presented at 2011 RCFIA International Research Travel Grant Presentations: “The Politicization of Japanese Humanitarian Aid: What Political and Economic Factors Shape the Process?”


Elissa Bullion ‘10, sociology and anthropology major, “Moche Social Structures Evidenced in Archaeological Sites of San Jose de Moro, Peru.”

Forrest Orme ‘10, history major, “Personal, Religious, and Intellectual Motivations of Cyrus Hamlin for the Development of a Westernized Education System in the Middle East.”

Elizabeth Sutcliffe ’10, sociology and anthropology major, African studies minor, “The Impact HIV/AIDS Denialism on the South African people.”


Abigail Blum ‘09, a political science major, African studies minor, “Overcoming the ‘Hollow Ring:’ The Implementation of Socioeconomic Rights Rulings in South Africa”

Nicole Conti ’09, an art history major, “Illness and Devotion on Hieronymus Bosch’s Triptych of the Temptation of St. Anthony in Lisbon”

Ria Shroff ’09, a Spanish major, “Cuerpo femenino, arte y memoria: Eva Perón y sus representaciones artísticas y Literarias” (Feminine body, art and memory: Eva Perón and her artistic literary representations)


Sage Bierster ‘07, an international studies major with a focus on Latin America, sociology/anthropology and Portuguese, ”Os Meninos da Casa Dom Bosco: Coming of Age in a Shelter”

Amanda Goodwin ‘07, a political science major, “Ethnic Minority Voting Behavior Explained: Resources, Mobilization and Motivation in Context of the 2005 British Election”

Talia Lincoln ’08, a sociology/anthropology major, “Non-governmental Organizations in Northern Thailand”


Aglaya Glebova ’07, history of art and architecture major, “Representations of Women in Natalia Goncharova’s Early Work.”

Mateal Lovaas ’07, international studies major, “Africa on Stage: Understanding the West’s Collective Representation of Sub-Saharan Africa through a Comparative Analysis of Children’s Literature and International Development.”

Courtney Matson ’07, international studies major, “The Politics of Epidemic: How Government and Civil Society Address HIV/AIDS Crisis in the People’s Republic of China.”

Rachel Rosenfeld ‘07, international studies major, “Jewberia: The Struggle to Define Russian Jewish Identity in the Postmodern Period.”

Devin Wardell ‘07, international studies major, “Beautiful Craft, Beautiful Life: The Manufacturing Philosophy of William Morris.”


Grace Armstrong 
‘06, independent scholar, “North-South Copyfights: Ideology and Copyright in the United States and Brazil.”

Rachel Dunlap ’06, English and theater joint major, “Brave, Sexy, and Tired: The Collected Experiences of Senegalese Women.”

Helen Price Massey ‘06, international studies major, “An Analysis of Leadership in the Fight against HIV/AIDS: The Cases of South Africa, Malawi, and Uganda.”

Danielle Naugle ‘06, sociology/anthropology and Spanish double major, “The Afro-Uruguayans of Montevideo: Blackness, Discrimination, and Identity.”

Pauley Tedoff ’06, sociology/anthropology major, “Marriage by Correspondence: A Sociocultural Exploration of Matrimony between Swiss Men and Mauritian Women.”

Nathalie Wolfram ’06, English major, “ ‘Scenes Not Inferior to Any in England’: Creating the Stage in Eighteenth-Century Exeter and York.”


Naomi Cookson
 ’05, history major, “Greening a Red China: The Development of Environmental Civil Society in the People’s Republic of China.”

Amichai Kilchevsky ’05, international politics and economics major, “Peace and Economic Interdependence in the Middle East.”

Yohanne Kidolezi ’05, economics major, “Household Surveys and Street Child Labor: Evidence for Selection and Reporting Bias.”

Leslie Lartey ’05, political science major, “Examining the Link Between Democracy and Decentralization in West Africa: A Case Study of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.”


Lila Buckley ’04, Chinese and sociology/anthropology double major, “The Newborn Kingdom: Voices of Urban Chinese Women and the Politics of Reproduction.”

Brian Hoyer ’03.5, international studies major, “Nipke Kikupe: Dependency, Reciprocity, and Paradoxes of Food Aid in Lugufu Refugee Camp, Kigoma, Tanzania.”

Rituraj Mathur ’04, international politics and economics major, “Insurgency and Development: The Case of Assam.”

Kristina Rudd ’04, independent scholar in international development studies, “Death is Following Us: The Impoverishment of the Ugandan Batwa Associated with Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.”

Andrei Takhteyev ’03, international politics and economcs and German joint major, “Deutsche unter Deutschen? Die Einwanderungspolitik der BRD und die Eingliederung von Russlanddeutschen” (Germans among/under Germans? The FRB’s Immigration Policy and the Integration of “russia”-Germans).

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