University of Pittsburgh 
University Center for International Studies 

Global Studies Center
Fall 2015
Volume 2, No. 1

September 4, 2015
In This Issue
From the Director
Greetings and welcome back! I'm pleased to introduce the revamped Fall 2015 Global Studies Newsletter. We're working to get the newsletter to you early each term, to alert you to upcoming events and opportunities. In this issue, you'll find news and updates on our faculty, staff, and programs, as well as information about some exciting new initiatives in the Center. Our Spring newsletter will have the same format, preparing you for the semester ahead; it will also include links to our Annual Report, with its comprehensive review of our activities over the past year. These changes are part of our ongoing effort to communicate efficiently and effectively with you about the many activities happening under the auspices of the Center.

During my brief tenure as Director, I've often been asked - by faculty, students, and other colleagues - a deceptively simple question: "What exactly IS global studies?" By this they don't mean "what is the Global Studies Center ?" The Center has developed a niche and an identity within UCIS and Pitt as a hub for innovative teaching, research, and programming around global health, human rights and human security, and inequalities (our thematic foci). We also serve as a key node in an important evolving network connecting many globally-focused faculty and centers around the University, from the School of Law to GSPH, GSPIA, and beyond. We support faculty research and teaching; offer popular and growing certificate programs, a BPhil degree, and academic and career advising for students; provide FLAS support in several key global languages; host Heinz and Malmberg fellows from around the world in professional programs at the University; direct Pitt's unique and exciting Multiregional Academic Program (MAP); undertake extensive and innovative outreach to the K-12 community in our region and with partners all over the country and, increasingly, the world - and much, much more.

But as recipients of our newsletter, you probably know all of this. When people ask me, "What is global studies?" I take them to be asking a substantive  intellectual question about what makes global studies distinct. After all, many people in the University community are familiar with our outstanding regional or area studies centers - but the globe is not an "area." Nor is Global Studies an "et cetera" center, covering those regions of the world where UCIS does not have established programs. While we are keenly interested in all regions of the world, our role is not to fill in those important gaps.

The simplest answer I can give to this question is that global studies is primarily concerned with the transnational . It seeks to identify and understand trends, structures, processes, and interactions that take place across time and space, especially those that cross familiar borders and boundaries - whether political, cultural, or psychological. The "global" in global studies is not primarily a geographical marker; rather, it designates a focus on the multiplicity of interconnections that affects us and our social, economic, cultural, political, and natural environments. Sometimes these effects manifest locally, sometimes nationally, regionally, or across the entire planet (often quite unevenly). Whatever the case, global studies is mainly a way of thinking these interconnections.

Global studies, as this brief overview indicates, is a very broad tent. We welcome you into it, and I would be delighted to speak with you about how your own interests might articulate with our work and how we might create partnerships and collaborations to advance our overlapping interests. This is an exciting time for international studies at the University, and I'm delighted to have the opportunity to continue building the Global Studies Center with you for the future

Dr. Michael Goodhart
Interim Director, Global Studies Center (NRC Title VI, FLAS)
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science  
GSC Faculty Fellow
Prof. Terry Smith 
GSC names Professor Terry Smith inaugural Global Studies Faculty Fellow!

Each year, the GSC selects one outstanding University of Pittsburgh faculty member whose scholarship supports the Center's research, curricular, and outreach priorities. We are delighted to announce the selection of our inaugural Faculty Fellow for the 2015-16 academic year, Dr. Terry Smith, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory in the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Professor Smith will use his award to support a public discussion on the theme Coevality: Ethical Being in a Time of Total Change.

The Faculty Fellowship is designed to advance and showcase faculty research related to GSC's themes. The fellowship will provide up to $5,000 for travel, research, and curricular development and up to an additional $15,000 in support of a major scholarly event (e.g., workshop, conference, exhibition, performance, seminar, research collaboration). For further details on the next Faculty Fellow competition are available here .

Professor Smith is a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities; a board member of the Andy Warhol Museum; and a Membré Titulaire of the Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art. His distinctions include the 2010 Mather Award for art criticism from the College Art Association (USA); the 2010 Australia Council Visual Arts Award; and a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the National Institute for Experimental Arts, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (2010-14). Professor Smith's many book publications include What is Contemporary Art? (University of Chicago Press, 2009); Contemporary Art: World Currents (London: Laurence King; Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice-Hall, 2011 and 2012); and Thinking Contemporary Curating (New York: Independent Curators International, 2012)
Global Academic Partnership (GAP) Grant 
Restructured GAP!
The Global Academic Partnership (GAP), first launched in the fall of 2001, is an initiative of the GSC, UCIS, and the Office of the Provost. Since AY 2012-13, the program has included additional award funding from the Japan Iron and Steel Federation Endowment in cooperation with the Asian Studies Center.

The GAP program is designed to help Pitt scholars build and sustain meaningful global partnerships, to enrich the intellectual environment at Pitt through bringing innovative events and programming to campus, and to support and amplify the priorities of the Global Studies Center. The program supports academic events at the University of Pittsburgh that are interdisciplinary in approach, global in scope, and involve international partners.

GAP has been significantly revamped for the coming award cycle. While we will make up to two "traditional" GAP awards, providing up to $20,000 to sponsor a scholarly conference or workshop, we will begin making two-year awards of up to $40,000 to support two academic years of innovative and integrated programming in a variety of formats. We have also relaxed many of the criteria regarding faculty eligibility and international partnerships.

For additional details on the restructured GAP program and application, please click here . The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
Faculty Development Seminar
Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human

As part of the Provost's Year of the Humanities initiative, the GSC, in cooperation with the Humanities Center, will host a year-long faculty development workshop entitled "Humanizing the Global, Globalizing the Human" The purpose of the seminar is to bring colleagues from the humanities and the social sciences together for a series of lectures and workshops in which they will jointly explore questions that highlight the urgency of thinking globally about the humanities and humanistically about globalization. There will be eight sessions, one each month throughout the academic year.

The first session on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 9:00 am, in 4217 Posvar Hall, will be devoted to planning the remaining public lectures and faculty seminars in the series. The GSC invites applications from faculty in the humanities, social sciences, and related professional schools to participate. To apply, please send a current CV and a one-page statement explaining why you would like to participate, what you think you could offer to the group, and how you hope to benefit from the seminar, to Dr. Thomas Allen ( ). A GSC committee will select up to 15 faculty members to participate in the seminar series and will attempt to balance participation from various disciplines and schools.
GSC Opening Reception 
for students, faculty, staff and friends!

Wednesday, September 9, 4:00 pm, 4130 Posvar Hall
Learn about the various events, programs and funding opportunities the GSC offers through this chance to meet with our staff, as well as student peers, faculty colleagues and others. Great food served too!
GSC Faculty Salon!

Thursday, September 17, 4:30 pm, 4100 Posvar Hall
Faculty are invited to our next Global Studies Faculty Salon, an informal, late-afternoon occasion for socializing with colleagues who share research interests. The September Salon will bring colleagues together in a relaxed setting to discuss faculty opportunities sponsored by the GSC.

We hope you can join us for drinks, snacks, and conversation! You might see some familiar faces as well as meet new people from many departments and schools around the University. You might even discover potential collaborators on future Global Academic Partnership (GAP) grants or other joint projects. If you know of colleagues who share an interest in research collaborations and cross-disciplinary work, and especially in this month's theme of migration, please invite them to join us as well.

RSVP by Monday, September 14th if you plan to attend with an email to Unanticipated guests are most welcome!
Mini Course Fall 2015

Brazil Today: Economy, Technology and People

Friday, September 11 to Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sennott Square, Room 2400, University of Pittsburgh


Brazil Today is a one-credit (Pitt)/three-unit (CMU) mini course consisting of 14 hours of classes over a weekend, with a major paper assignment to be completed for credit. This course is created for undergraduate and graduate students. However, K-12 educators and business and community members are welcome to attend all or part of the course for free.


For additional details including course description and learning outcomes, please click  here.
Upcoming Fall Events
For Students:
Hot Topics Over Coffee

"Dissecting Global Conflicts,"  informal networking for students and GSC staff.
Friday, November 6, 2015, 3:30 pm, 4217 Posvar Hall
Exchange views and ideas and learn where to get involved with groups taking on these important issues. Turkish coffee and delicious snacks served. 

International Career Toolkit Series
Introducing students to the multitude of careers available by meeting and interacting with professionals in a variety of fields. Students will gain insight on career choices, what specific careers entail, how to articulate and prepare for short and long term career goals, and utilize the resources at Pitt to make their goals a reality.  Each year a few career fields are selected. Stay tuned if you don't see a career path you are interested in this year. For further information click here.

October 2:  Exploring Careers in the Arts.... at the Warhol.
Meet and greet with Eric Shiner, director of  The Andy Warhol Museum , and Pitt alum (BPhil, History of Art and Architecture & Japanese '94).  After the meeting with Mr. Shiner, we'll have time to tour the museum.  Transportation provided.

October 23:  Making your gap year count. 
Want to go abroad after college? Not sure of your path of study for graduate school? Exploring options for work in the US or abroad after college....
3 PM 4217 WWPH

November 20: Careers in Communications and Expression. 
A selection of career choices for students who are adept at communicating either with a pen, a computer, a camera or a microphone.
3 PM, 4217 WWPH

Global Dialogues 2015: Turkey

Addressing some of the compelling issues of our time, and building on our successful dialogue with Egyptian students and faculty, GSC will host a series of three discussions with students and faculty at Yasar University in Turkey. Students will gain insight into  how these issues impact policy and politics in our respective countries, how attitudes may differ based on different world experiences, and how to identify common concerns and responses. Short articles related to each topic will be posted on the GSC website prior to each session. Chris Belasco, University of Pittsburgh, and Ayselin Yildiz, Yasar University, will serve as moderators.

All sessions will begin at 11:00 am in 4217 Posvar Hall.
"Inequality and Poverty"
Friday, October 16, 11:00am
Co-sponsored by the Ford Institute for Human Security, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
"Population and Migration"
Friday, October 30, 11:00am
"Conflict and the Proliferation of Weapons"
Friday, November 6, 11:00am
For Faculty:
CERIS Book Discussion

Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace, by Robert Matson, Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. 

Please join other K-16 educators and librarians to participate in this book discussion and both expand your self-knowledge and bring new ideas to your curriculum.

Friday, October 30, 2015, 5:00 pm dinner (Dining Room, Administration Bldg); 8:00 pm discussion (Reeves Memorial Library), Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA.  Participate in person or via videoconference.
Co-sponsored by the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic studies (CERIS) and Seton Hill University. To attend dinner and book discussion , register here .
For All:
Conference: "Containing Threat Convergence, Exploiting Threat Divergence: U.S. Strategy in Dealing with Emerging Threats"

Thursday-Friday, September 10-11, University Club, Ballroom B
Funded by a Global Academic Partnership (GAP) grant and co-sponsored by the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies and GSPIA. Find out more here.
National Security Symposium: Media, Citizenship and Democracy

Inaugural event moderated by Dr. Luke Peterson, Department of History.
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 10:00 am, University Club, 123 University Pl., Pittsburgh, PA.  Co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the Ridgway Center for International Security Studies. Find out more and register here.
FLAS and GSSA Fellows
Announcing GSC FLAS and GSSA Fellows!

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) awardees for AY16 are:

Undergraduate Awards: 
Maria Sofia Barboza, Anthropology - Portuguese
Amanda Chan, Sociology and Bachelor of Philosophy in International Studies - Persian
Amber Montgomery, History - Arabic

Graduate Awards: 
Darius Bittle-Dockery, Anthropology (PhD) and Master's of Public Health, Graduate School of Public Health - Arabic
Miranda Hogsett, Social and Comparative Education (PhD), School of Education - Arabic
Chelsea Pallatino, Behavioral and Community Health (PhD), Graduate School of Public Health - Hindi
Katelyn Sives, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (Master's) - Portuguese
Kyle Watson, Juris Doctor, School of Law - Arabic 
I ndia Wilson, Master's in Business Administration and Master's in International Business, Katz Graduate School of Business - Portuguese 

Global Studies Student Ambassadors (GSSA) for AY16 are: 

Margaret Mallonee, Economics and International and Area Studies 
Dolly Prabhu, Anthropology and Biological Sciences 
Sandhya Subramanian, Health Sciences 
Rebecca Wallace, History and International and Area Studies 
Aly Yingst, Biological Sciences and International and Area Studies 

Crystal Christophe, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs 
Alexis Vargas, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs 

Global Studies Graduate Student Assistant (GSA) for AY16 is: 

Abraham Kim, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Peace Corps Representative

Funding: Application Dates and Deadlines
Application dates and deadlines to remember!

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)
Undergraduate FLAS Academic Year Applications Deadline: March 1, 2016
Undergraduate FLAS Summer Applications Deadline: February 15, 2016
Graduate FLAS Academic Year Applications Deadline: February 15, 2016
Graduate FLAS Summer Applications Deadline: February 15, 2016
The GSC awards FLAS Fellowships for an academic year or summer study to undergraduate and graduate students. FLAS Fellowships provide a stipend, tuition remission and medical insurance for students studying one of the following Less Commonly Taught Languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Swahili and Turkish. For additional details on the application process, please click  here . For FLAS related questions, please contact Veronica Dristas ( ).
Newman Award for International Intergenerational Project Initiatives
Deadline: March 15, 2016
The Newman Award provides up to $1,000 to defray the expense of international travel incurred by University of Pittsburgh graduate and rising undergraduate students involved in an academic project with an international intergenerational component (not conference participation). Applicants must also be enrolled in a UCIS certificate program. Intergenerational projects involve the participation of a community's older and younger persons in planned, ongoing interactions that address a social issue confronting the community. Application details are available  here . For questions, please contact Dr. Thomas Allen ( ).
Global Studies Student Ambassador (GSSA) Fellowship
Deadline: March 18, 2016
Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the GSC's certificate program are eligible to apply for a GSSA Fellowship. Contingent upon funding, the Fellowship will provide a partial tuition remission for the fall 2016 term and (upon approval of student's performance as a GSSA) the spring 2017 term in exchange for ten hours work per week. Additional details and the application process are available  here . Questions should be directed to Elaine Linn ( ).
GSC Domestic Travel Fund for Students
Deadline: Rolling
GSC provides grants up to $500 for domestic travel within the U.S. for students enrolled in the Center's certificate or BPhil program. Supported activities include presenting at or attending conferences, workshops or symposia; or conducting research related to the student's global focus. Grant funds must be expended by June 30th. Additional information and applications are available  here . Questions should be directed to Elaine Linn ( ).
GSC Tuition Remission for Graduate Students Studying Less Commonly Taught Languages
Deadline: Rolling
The center offers a supplemental tuition remission to cover the equivalent of one to five credits of LCTL study. Students must be enrolled in the GSC certificate program and be studying one of the following LCTLs: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Swahili, or Turkish. Additional details and application are available here. Questions should be directed to Elaine Linn (
Carl Malmberg Fellowship
Deadline: Thursday, March 31, 2016
The Carl Malmberg Fellowship (named after Carl Paul Malmberg, a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho) brings an accomplished professional from Lesotho to the University of Pittsburgh at an early point in her or his career for an academic term of non-degree non-credit study (fall 2016 or spring 2017) and internship related to community health care. The Fellowship provides support for international transportation, lodging, health insurance and a stipend to cover food and living expenses. Additional details can be found  here . All questions concerning the Fellowship should be directed to Dr. Thomas Allen ( ).
H.J. Heinz Company Foundation Fellowships
Deadlines vary by program; please check the deadline for the school to which you intend to apply.
Heinz Fellowships are granted to individuals from developing countries who demonstrate potential as future leaders in the public, government, non-profit or private sectors. The Fellowship is aligned with specific Master's programs of Pitt professional schools. The GSC no longer directly accepts Heinz applications. If you are interested in applying for the Fellowship, please indicate that when submitting your Master's program application. Pitt professional schools with potential Heinz support include the Graduate School of Public Health, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the School of Law and the School of Nursing. Fellows will receive one to two years of support in the form of a living stipend and a program and professional activities fund. Additional information can be viewed 
here . Questions may be directed to Dr. Thomas Allen ( ).
In addition to the grants above offered or administered by Global Studies, the University Center for International Studies offers the following support opportunities:
International Studies Fund (ISF)
Deadline: March 15, 2016
ISF funds support student research on international issues or in international settings up to $1,000. "International" is defined as relating to another country or culture, comparative analysis covering more than one country or culture, studies of international relations or of transnational activities, or studies which examine topics related to global issues. Full-time graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Pittsburgh from all schools and campuses are eligible to submit a proposal, including international degree-seeking students. ISF grants may not be used for tuition, language study, internships and other non-research related expenses; nor for conference, workshop or symposium travel. Full details can be viewed  here . Please contact Denise McCloskey ( ) for questions.
Nationality Rooms Scholarships
Deadline: January 7, 2016 (undergraduate); January 21, 2016 (graduate)
Nationality Rooms Scholarships enable Pitt students to immerse themselves in a foreign culture for a period of five weeks or more. Programs submitted must be acceptable for course credit. Further details can be viewed  here . For questions, please contact Cristina Lagnese ( ).
Study Abroad Scholarships
Deadline for SAO Scholarships (which differ from SAO program application deadlines): Spring 2016 - October 30, 2015; Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 - March 4, 2016
The Study Abroad Office offers a limited number of scholarships to help support students wishing to study abroad who need financial support. The scholarships are competitive and will not cover the entire cost of a program. Additional details are available  here . Questions should be directed to the Study Abroad Office ( ).
Faculty Grants Competition
In AY16, GSC is offering ten types of competitive grants to eligible Pitt faculty affiliated with the center. Arts and Sciences and professional school faculty whose research and teaching are related to one or more of the following foci are eligible: Global Health, Human Rights/Human Security, and Inequalities. Additional details on the grant programs for Pitt faculty can be found here, and for community college and minority serving institutions (MSI) faculty here. All questions concerning the grant programs may be directed to Dr. Thomas Allen (
Deadline for grant types 1-5: Monday, October 26, 2015
1. Domestic Travel Grants: maximum $500
2. International Travel Grants: maximum $1,000
3. Curriculum Development Grants: maximum $1,500
4. Research Grants: maximum $2,000
5. Domestic Travel Grants for LCTL Instructors: maximum $500
Deadline for grant types 6-10: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
6. Global Studies Faculty Fellow: maximum $20,000
7. Global Academic Partnership (GAP) Grants: maximum $40,000
8. Domestic Travel Grants for Community College and MSI Faculty: maximum $500
9. International Travel Grants for Community College and MSI Faculty: maximum $2,000
10. Study Abroad Scholarships for Community College and MSI Faculty: maximum $2,000
CERIS Curriculum Development Grants
Deadline: Rolling
A total of $2,000 will be available for small grants. To receive updates from CERIS, please contact Elaine Linn at . More information is available  here .
UCIS Endowed Visiting Professorship in Contemporary International Issues
Deadline: Monday, November 23, 2015
The Visiting Professorship in Contemporary International Issues is funded by a generous endowed gift from Mr. William F. Benter and the Benter Foundation. For the 2016-17 academic year, UCIS invites applications from faculty whose disciplinary expertise includes the Middle East. We particularly welcome applications that include a focus on global health, human rights/human security and/or inequalities. Candidates from any discipline and at any rank may apply. The Visiting Professor will be appointed for the fall and spring terms of the academic year. Additional details on the Visiting Professorship are available here. All questions concerning the Visiting Professorship may be directed to Dr. Thomas Allen ( ).
In addition to the grants above offered or administered by Global Studies, the University Center for International Studies offers the following support opportunity:
Hewlett International Grant Program
Deadlines: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 and Sunday, February 28, 2016
Hewlett awards include small grants ($500 and $1,500), large grants (up to $3,500), and major impact grants (up to $5,000). Additional details are available  here . Questions may be addressed to Denise McCloskey ( ). 

Faculty News
  • Haider Ala Hamoudi, Associate Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development in the School of Law, is publishing an article in the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law concerning the proposed codification of Shi'i Islamic family law in Iraq. He is also publishing a chapter in a book with the Cambridge University Press on non-state law, which concerns the use of tribal law in Iraq to resolve disputes. Both are available on the Social Science Research Network.
  • Jonathan Arac, Mellon Professor of English and Director of the Humanities Center, led a two-week seminar, June 22--July 2, on "Novels and Their Worlds" at the fifth annual Institute for World Literature, sponsored by Harvard University and held at the University of Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Shanti Gamper-Rabindran, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Economics, organized the second international conference on "The Shale Industry: A Comparison of Approaches Across Countries." She is editing a book, with cases written by colleagues from UK, France, Germany, Poland, Argentina, South Africa and China.
  • Jennifer Murtazashvili  and Ilia Murtazashvili published articles on land governance in Afghanistan in Public Choice and the Journal of Institutional Economics. They have a book on property rights in Afghanistan under review at Cambridge University Press. They also published (with Torsten Jochem) the first experimental study of social identity in Afghanistan in the Journal of Experimental Political Science. Ilia Murtazashvili and Taylor Seybolt also convened, as part of the Year of Sustainability, a debate series on "Climate Change and Conflict."
  • Lara Putnam 's book, Radical Moves: Caribbean Migrants and the Politics of Race in the Jazz Age (University of North Carolina Press, 2013), won honorable mention for the Elsa Goveia Book Prize, awarded biannually by the Association of Caribbean Historians to the best book published in the field over the preceding two years. Professor Putnam is Chair of the Department of History.
  • Taylor Seybolt, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, was appointed by GSPIA Dean Keeler as Director of the Ford Institute for Human Security. Professor Lou Picard held the position from 2011 to 2015. Seybolt will structure the Institute's agenda around themes of political violence, human rights, and governance.  
  • Emily Winerock , a Visiting Assistant Professor in History, is offering a new course for Spring 2016 that may be of interest: HIST 1058, "Global History of Dance." Please email her at if you would like to know more or have suggestions for guest lecturers or workshop presenters.
Student News
  • Madeline Kameny worked at Magee Womancare International as a Program Intern, and in Career Services at the Graduate School of Public Health. She presented her research conducted during her study abroad program in India at the ACC Meeting of the Minds conference and at the University of Pittsburgh-Penn State University Global Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Sayed Kaleem completed two semesters of Arabic instruction in an Intensive Arabic Program in Amman, Jordan. He lived with a host family where he experienced life with rationed water; and observed Ramadan during 100 degree days, and Eid with a small Jordanian community. Syed's extraordinary experience in Jordan was made possible by his receipt of the OCC Pitt Advantage Grant, a Study Abroad Office Scholarship, and an AMIDEAST Need-Based Scholarship.
  • Teresa Lane received the 2015 Newman Award for International Intergenerational Project Initiatives. She used the Award funds to initiate production of a children's story book that will have its text printed in Quechua, Spanish, and English. While in Cochabamba, Bolivia this summer, Teresa interviewed Quechua elders and organized the creation of artwork by children for the book.
  • Jonathan McMullin was a research intern at the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute. The staff he worked with included high-ranking U.S. and foreign officers, civilian experts, and State Department and USAID officials. His personal research project involved assessing the UN peacekeeping system for a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense.
  • Abigail Meinen received a Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership Fellowship to study abroad in Rabat, Morocco. While in Rabat, she studied how Moroccan art and writing give voice to women and minorities.
  • Amber Montgomery also received a Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership Fellowship. She used her Fellowship to study abroad in Amman, Jordan, where she received instruction in Modern Standard and colloquial Arabic.
  • Sandhya Subramanian received a Brackenridge Summer Research Fellowship; the University Honors College Community-Based Research Fellowship; a Global Studies Student Ambassador Fellowship; and the Fall Undergraduate Research Award. Sandhya's research focuses on public health, specifically Asian-American mental health and the over-stigmatization of mental health and mental health services.
  • Chukwuemeka "Emeka" Ukaga participated in the Engineering of the Renaissance Study Abroad Program organized by the Swanson School of Engineering last May. He was awarded a Pitt Advantage Grant which allowed him to visit Florence, Rome, Venice, and other parts of Italy while learning about engineering and architecture.
In addition, the following Global Studies students received Summer 2015 Nationality Room Scholarships:
Bradley Hanlon, David L. Lawrence Memorial Award, Moscow, Russia
Kayko Ohkawa, Japanese Room Scholarship, Tokyo, Japan
Minyoung Park, Woman's International Club Grant, San Jose, Costa Rica
Alexandra Yingst, Nationality Council Award, Bay Islands, Honduras
Darius Bittle-Dockery, Fred C. Bruhns Memorial Award Scholarship, Amman, Jordan
Corey Diehl, Josephine and John McCloskey Memorial Award, Cairo, Egypt
Abraham Kim, George F. and Mary Ann McGunagle Scholarship, Uganda

Heinz and Malmberg Fellows
AY 2015-16 H.J. Heinz Fellows

Stephen Juma 

Stephen Juma comes to Pitt in AY 15-16 as both a Heinz Fellow and as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant focusing on Swahili pedagogy. He is a graduate of Masinde Muliro University of Science in Kakamega, Kenya, having received a Bachelor's in Education Arts. Mr. Juma is currently a secondary school teacher in Kenya. His academic interests include African Studies, communications and journalism; while his personal interests include computers and technology, drama, and music. While at Pitt, Mr. Juma will be working with both Global Studies and the African Studies Program. 

James Ochieng 

James Ochieng is a graduate of the Moi University School of Law and the Kenya School of Law in Nairobi. He is a practicing lawyer in Kenya whose work includes pro bono legal services for the poor. Mr. Ochieng has entered Pitt's LLM program to enhance his ability to excel in academia and his skills as a practicing lawyer. His goal is to become a law school faculty member when he returns to Kenya. Mr. Ochieng's other interests include moot court competitions and football. 

Kelechi Oriaku

Dr. Kelechi Oriaku is a native of Nigeria and a graduate of the Dnipropetrovsk State Medical Academy in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. His inspiration for seeking a Master's in Public Health from Pitt stems from the myriad health issues afflicting his native land, including the high number of people living with HIV/AIDS. His travels to Asia and Europe have convinced Dr. Oriaku that the exemplary health care systems and technologies available in countries in those regions must be developed in all regions and countries around the globe, including Africa. His studies at the GSPH are concentrated in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences.