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Graduate Students in the News

We are proud to announce the unparalleled success of the students in our graduate program in Medical Anthropology and Global Health in obtaining highly competitive national grant awards to support their doctoral dissertation research. Twelve current students have received a National Science Foundation Dissertation Research Improvement Grant and three students have received an award from the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program.

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Less than 20% of applicants to this highly competitive program are rated as ‘must fund’, making the success of the students (past and present) listed below particularly noteworthy. For more information on NSF Dissertation Research Improvement Grants, see:

Sarah Miller-Fellows, “Cultural and Social Mediation of Diagnostic Genetic Technologies” 2015-2017 (Doctoral Dissertation Research)

Allison Schlosser, “Changing Views of Social Roles among Clients in a Residential Addiction Treatment Program” 2013-2017 (Dissertation Research)

Sarah Rubin, “An Ethnographic Investigation of Postnatal Depression in Sociocultural Context” 2010-2011 (Doctoral Dissertation Research)

Nadia El-Shaarawi, “Living in Liminality: Experiences of Displacement Among Involuntary Refugees” 2009-2011 (Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant)

Meghan Halley, “Negotiating Sexuality: Adolescent Initiation Rituals and Cultural Change in Rural Southern Tanzania” 2009-2010 (Dissertation Research)

Stephanie McClure, “Body Culture, African American Girls, and Physical Activity Engagement” 2009-2012 (Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant)

Joseph Galanek, “Sociocultural Context of Mental Illness in Prisons” 2008-2010 (Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant)

Margaret Winchester, “The Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and Chronic Illness” 2008-2009 (Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant)

Maggie Zraly, “Social Inequality and Resilience among Youth Heads of Household in Rwanda” 2008-2010 (International Research Fellowship Program)

Sarah Rundall, “Challenged Lives – The Experience of Disability in a Himalayan Buddhist and Muslim Community” 2007-2010 (Dissertation Research)

Alex Bridges, “Cognition and Religion: Religiosity in Tibetan Buddhist Monasticism as a Test Case” 2007-2010 (Dissertation Research)

Kate Masley, “Living the “Latina Paradox”: An Ethnography of Pregnant Latinas in Cleveland, Ohio.” 2004 -2006 (Doctoral Dissertation Research)

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad award

Only about 130 of these highly competitive grants are awarded annually. For more information on this award, see:

Brad Casucci

“Trachoma Intervention and the Maasai of Losho, Kenya: An Interaction of Health Cosmologies” – 2009

Sarah Rubin

“Motherhood and Emotional Distress in a South African Township” – 2010

Francis Manzella

“Dis-Embodied Experiences of Cosmetic Surgery Tourism in Urban Brazil” – 2016


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