Shaun Williams (Folklore and Ethnomusicology) was selected as a recipient of a 12-month research fellowship through the U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program. The grant will begin in March 2018 and will fund continued research for his dissertation entitled "Rock ‘n’ Rrom: Musical Cosmopolitanism and Romani Activism in Post-Communist Romania."
Boryana Borisova (SPEA) has been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship to support her study of Russian in Russia, Georgia, or Kyrgyzstan in the upcoming summer.
Megan Burnham (REEI, RSW) received a Mellon Grant to attend the Baltic Defense College's Annual Conference on russia entitle "Russia in 2018: Challenges and Responses?" in Tartu, Estonia on March 8th and 9th. She was also accepted as an Emerging Scholar for the Milton Wolf Seminar on Media and Diplomacy, organized annually in Vienna by the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, the Diplomatic Academy of Austria, and the American-Austrian Foundation. She presented on Russian information operations in the Baltics. She received a Boren Fellowship to study Russian in Estonia for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Nicole Hash (REEI) received a Mellon Grant to attend the Baltic Defense College's Annual Conference on russia entitle "Russia in 2018: Challenges and Responses?" in Tartu, Estonia on March 8th and 9th.
Nicholas Jackson (REEI) has been awarded Title VIII funding to support his study of Bosnian in Sarajevo in the upcoming summer.
Szabolcs Laszlo (History) presented his paper “’The Propaganda of Truth’: Cold War Refugee Camps in Hungarian Communist Propaganda (1960s-70s)” in March at the 2018 Midwest Slavic Conference in Columbus, Ohio. In May, he will participate in the workshop entitled “Spatialising Culture: Methods and Approaches to Studying Space,” organized by the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture of the University of Giessen, Germany. He has additioanlly received an REEI Mellon Endowment Student Grant-in-Aid of Research to support his travel to Budapest, Hungary, where he will conduct research in the Historical Archives of the Hungarian State Security between December 2017 and January 2018, focusing on cultural and scientific relations between the U.S. and communist Hungary during the Cold War.
Mark Tyson (REEI) is the recipient of a Boren Fellowship to study Chechen in Tbilisi, Georgia during the 2018-2019 academic year.