George Andrei (History) was recently awarded a Fulbright fellowship to carry out dissertation research in Romania.
Joey Cleveland (Anthropology) has received a Fulbright-Hays award to support his dissertation research in Mongolia during 2021-22.
Szabolcs László (History) contributed “We Understand Each Other: Writers from Eastern Europe and the Global South at the International Writing Program (1970s)” to the collective volume The Cultural Cold War and the Global South: Sites of Contest and Communitas, edited by Kerry Bystrom, Monica Popescu, and Katherine Zien and scheduled for publication by Routledge in Summer 2021. The chapter examines the global encounter of non-Western intellectuals at the literary residency program created by the American poet Paul Engle in Iowa City. A shortened version of the work will appear in Hungarian as “Értjük egymást: Kelet-Európa és a globális Dél írói az Iowai Nemzetközi Íróprogramban” in the April issue of the periodical Korunk [Our Age]. He also delivered a presentation under the title “The Transnational Kodály Method: Mapping the Network of Music Educators during the Cold War (1960s-70s)” at Globalizing Eastern Europe – New Perspectives on Transregional Entanglements, an international conference organized by the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) in cooperation with the Leibniz-Science Campus. In addition, he is recipient of the 2021 Mildred Throne–Charles Aldrich Award by the State Historical Society of Iowa Board of Trustees, which selected his “The Shock of Seeing the Freedom of American Life: The Iowa International Writing Program as Cultural Diplomacy during the Cold War” (The Annals of Iowa, spring 2020), as the most significant article on Iowa history published in a professional history journal during the previous calendar year.
Dafna Rachok (Anthropology) received an ASEEES Dissertation Research Grant in LGBTQ Studies to conduct dissertation research in Ukraine.
John Stanko (Political Science) has been selected as a fellow for this year's Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA. Chosen from the finest Russian Studies programs in the world, MSSR fellows improve their understanding of Russia and hone their analytical skills under the guidance of leading experts from the United States, Russia, China, and Europe.
Polina Vlasenko (Anthropology) is defending her PhD dissertation in June and will be Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Akron in 2021-22.