A generous gift from the Friends of Stanford University Foundation in Taiwan recently enabled the Stanford Global Studies Division to award “Global Perspectives” grants to help fund summer SGS graduate student research.

“The applicants’ projects demonstrate the geographical range and academic depth of our MA programs,” said Norman Naimark, Director of Stanford Global Studies.  “Their research will take them to many parts of the world where they will engage issues including HIV transmission, police security, women’s soccer, Asian art, and more.  We’re pleased to be able to provide this funding for M.A. students and look forward to hearing in detail about their work.”

Congratulations to the summer 2014 recipients:

Alexandra Broner (Center for African Studies) will be an intern with Danya International Kenyan Limited in Nairobi, Kenya, to conduct monitoring and evaluation work on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in peri-urban communities. 

Jessie Brunner (International Policy Studies) will spend a month in Phnom Penh to work on the Voices for Reconciliation project with Stanford’s WSD Handa Center on Human Rights and International Justice.

Jessie Bullock (International Policy Studies) will travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to analyze the data collected by the NGO Rio Como Vamos (RCV) in its “Perceptions of Rio” survey.  She will augment it with questions about security and the police, and perhaps create a new instrument that focuses on security.

Asia Chiao (Center for East Asian Studies) will be an intern at the Asia Society (New York) focusing on contemporary art issues and then conduct in-depth research on specific artists at the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong.

Chen Fang (Center for East Asian Studies) will travel to China and Japan to interview participants in the Yan’an Rectification Movement, a political movement launched by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from 1942 to 1944.

Taylor Mayol (Center for African Studies) is taking an 8-week Kinyarwanda intensive language course in Kigali, Rwanda, in preparation for writing about Rwandan political affairs during the lead up to the 2017 presidential election.

Monzurat Oni (Center for African Studies) is planning to travel to Nigeria for a comparative study of political-religious discord, researching movements to enact Sharia law in certain states, as well as the terroristic acts of the group known as Boko Haram and their effects on political discourse.

Megan Shutzer (International Policy Studies) will travel to Zanzibar to complete a documentary about a Zanzibar’s women’s soccer team, the New Generation Queens. She plans to edit the film, record narration for the film, and fill in gaps in footage. 

Walter Thompson-Hernandez (Center for Latin American Studies) is spending six weeks in Brussels, Belgium, to study the impact of immigration there from Turkey, Latin America, and Northern Africa on race relations, assimilation, and identity.

Xiang Zhai (Center for East Asian Studies) will travel to China and Japan to research indemnity issues from WWII between the two nations that still have contemporary relevance.

Jinan Zhang (Center for East Asian Studies) will travel to China to study county level governments and their role in the country’s rapid economic growth including behaviors of party leaders and lower-level civil servants.