David Stoll (Sociology/Anthropology) has been awarded a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a project titled Six Weeks on the US/Mexican Border. The grant will fund trips to three border regions — the Sonora Desert of Southern Arizona, the Rio Grande Valley in southeast Texas, and the Imperial Valley of Southern California. Throughout his travels he will talk to migrants, aid workers and law enforcement personnel in order to achieve his prime objective: first-hand experience of the issues along the border to augment his research on labor migration from Central America.
Jacob Tropp (History) has been awarded a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for a project titled Imagining the Past in the Present: Mozambique’s Complex Colonial Legacies. The grant will support a three-week trip in fall 2015 to study first-hand the complex legacies and meanings of Mozambique’s colonial past. The purpose of this study is to derive new historical themes, images, and insights that can be used to enliven and update the Mozambique components of particular courses he teaches. He plans to visit significant commemorative sites — museums, art galleries, monuments, and other national heritage sites in the northeastern coastal areas as well as in the capital city Maputo.
Febe Armanios (History) has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend program in support of her book project, Satellite Ministries: The Rise of Christian Television in the Middle East. The grant provides support for full-time research and writing this summer as she completes work on this long term research effort. Satellite Ministries—the first study of its kind—traces the history of Christian media missions from ca. 1980 to the present, focusing on the tension between channels backed by charismatic and evangelical groups in the United States and Europe and those developed by local Christians in the Middle East.
In addition, Febe has been awarded a Visiting Fellowship from Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program (ILSP) for next fall to work on a new project: Halal Food: A Historical and Legal Exploration.
Catherine Combelles (Biology) has received a sabbatical grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to support her 2015-16 academic leave. The grant will cover leave salary and expenses related to research that she will be conducting at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) in Toulouse, France. This grant will enable Catherine to acquire advanced metabolomic approaches for use in studies on the microenvironment of the developing follicle in cow ovaries.