AmericanCouncilsResearchFellowships major grants for independent, overseas research and language training

Previously Funded Projects in Central Asia

Dr. Kristoffer Rees
Assistant Professor, Indiana University East
Final Report: Recasting the Nation: Heroes, Monuments, and State-Building in Post-Independence Kazakhstan

Katherine MacDonald
Masters Student, Syracuse University
Final Report: Rural Access to Irrigation for Kitchen Gardens in the Context of Water Management Reform

Kramer Gillin
Ph.D. Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Final Report: Land Reform, Pasture Management, and Livestock Mobility in Tajikistan’s Rasht Valley

Megan Kennedy
Doctoral Candidate, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Final Report: Bilingualism in the Former Soviet Union

Lisa Sangmi Min
Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Berkeley
Final Report: North Korea at the Margin and Beyond the Divide in the Soviet Korean Imagination

Anna Whittington
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Michigan
Final Report: Forging Soviet Citizens: Ideology, Identity, and Stability in the Soviet Union, 1930-1991
Kazakhstan, Tajikistan

Mark Jenkins II
M.A. Candidate, Western Washington University
Final Report: Being Yaghnobi: Expressions of Identity, Place, and Revitalization as a Minority in Tajikistan

Kathryn Dooley
Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University
Final Report: Consumerism, Self-Fashioning, and Cultural Change in Postwar Soviet Central Asia, 1945-1985

Jonathon Dreeze
Graduate Student, Ohio State University
Final Report: On Regional Variations in the Soviet Empire: Joseph Stalin's Cult of Personality and Soviet Propaganda in Central Asia

Samuel Buelow
Ph.D. Candidate, Indiana University - Bloomington
Final Report: Invisible Visivilities: Strategies for Activism and Daily Life by LGBT Kyrgyzstanis

Rebekah Ramsay
Ph.D. Candidate, Emory University
Final Report: Cultural Revolution in Early Soviet Kazakhstan, 1921-1941

Daniel Beben
Ph.D. Candidate, Indiana University - Bloomington
Final Report: Sacred Narratives and Communal Identity among the Ismailis of Tajikistan, 1700 - 1924

Dr. Christopher Whitsel
Associate Professor, North Dakota State University
Final Report: Mapping the Education Market

Khashayar Beigi
Ph.D. Candidate, University of California - Berkeley
Final Report: Health and Illness in Cultural and Religion Contexts in Tajikistan

Jacob Feming
Ph.D. Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Final Report: Meanings, Values, Walnuts: How Harvesters, Foresters, and Conservationists Understand and Access Kyrgyzstan’s Walnut-Fruit Forest

James Pickett
Doctoral Candidate, Princeton University
Final Report: The Persianate Ulama in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Central Asia

Dr. Emily O'Dell
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University
Final Report: Legislating the Religious and National Parameters of Islam: Recent Fatwas from Turkmenistan

Natalie Belsky
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Chicago
Final Report: Journey to Survival in the East: Soviet Jewish Life in Evacuation during the Second World War
Kazakhstan, Russia

Todd Drummond
Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Policy, Michigan State University
Final Report: A Construct Validity Study of the New University Admissions Test in Kyrgyzstan: What is the Evidence?

Michelle Reid Hamel
Ph.D. Candidate in Demography, University of California, Berkeley
Final Report: Tajikistan Household Labor, Migration and Fertility Panel with Women's Time Use Survey (Does labor migration erode human capital and increase gender inequality in sending countries?) (Evidence from Tajikistan)

Blake Puckett
Research Scholar and Associate Instructor, Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington
Final Report: Exporting the Rule of Law to Central Asia: International Actors and Local Perspectives
Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan

Megan Rancier
Pre-doctoral Candidate, University of California, Los Angeles
Final Report: The Kyl-Kobyz, the Conservatory, and 'Ethno-Rock': Contemporary Kazakh Music, National Identity, and Inter-ethnic Relations in Almaty, Kazakhstan

William Sumits
Pre-doctoral Candidate, School of Oriental and African Studies
Final Report: The Shashmaqam musical tradition in the 19th century and its relation to the 12 maqam tradition of the late-medieval period in Central Asia

Dr. Alan J. DeYoung
Professor, University of Kentucky
Final Report: Making Market Choices in Higher Education: How Students Choose Universities and Specializations and how Universities Create New Specializations in Contemporary Kyrgyzstan

Dr. Amanda E. Wooden
Assistant Professor, Bucknell University
Final Report: Environmental Concern and Popular ‘Mobilizability’ in Kyrgyzstan: Identifying Public Opinion, Elite Perceptions, Conflict Potential & Political Will

Maria Blackwood
Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University
Final Report: Personal Experiences of Nationality and Power in Soviet Kazakhstan, 1917-1953

Jipar Duishembieva, Ph.D.
Visiting Lecturer, Evergreen State College
Final Report: From Rebels to Refugees: Experiencing Displacement in the Aftermath of the Revolt of 1916 in Central Asia

Isaac Scarborough
Ph.D. Candidate, London School of Economics and Political Science
Final Report: Tajikistan’s Perestroika: Reconsidering Reform and its Aftermath (1985-­‐1991)