The International Institute is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 University of Michigan Fulbright student and scholar grantees for 2013-2014.


Fulbright U.S. Student Grantees for the University of Michigan

The 2013-2014 U-M Fulbright U.S. Student grantees, degrees*, colleges/schools (and departments), project countries, and projects include:

Ruben Adery, B.A., LSA (Linguistics, Spanish); Brazil; English Teaching Assistantship

Karin Bashir, B.A., LSA (International Studies, Women's Studies); Bahrain; English Teaching Assistantship

Kevin Binder, B.A., LSA (International Studies, Psychology); Turkey; English Teaching Assistantship

Stephanie Chen, B.S., LSA (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology); China; Nutritional Ecology of Golden Snub-Nosed Monkeys

Mathieu Davis, Ph.D., College of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering); South Africa; Percutaneous Heart Valve Mechanics/STEM and Biomedical Engineering Implementation

James Hammond, B.A. and B.S., LSA (History, Microbiology); Ghana; Interpreting Disability in Ghana

Sabian Hasani, B.S., LSA (Classical Archaeology, Biology); Albania; Digging through History: Analyzing the Past and Present of Albanian Archaeology

Leslie Hempson, Ph.D., LSA (History); India; The Social Fabric of Khadi: Experiments in Industry in Twentieth-Century India

Benjamin Hicklin, Ph.D., LSA (History); Jamaica; The Experience of Credit and Debt in the English Atlantic, 1660-1750

Puninder Jaitla, Ph.D., LSA (Anthropology); India; Sikh Textual Interpretation as Social Action

Josephine Kao, M.F.A., School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (Dance); Taiwan; The Body as Instrument: Looking and Listening to Ethnicity and Identity

Conor Lane, B.A., LSA (History, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Spanish); Colombia; English Teaching Assistantship

Molly Lockwood, B.A., LSA (English, Linguistics, Spanish); South Korea; English Teaching Assistantship

Lydia McMullen-Laird, B.A., Ford School of Public Policy (Public Policy); China; Exploring Chinese-Russian Relations in Northeastern China

Amre Metwally, B.S., LSA (History); Turkey; English Teaching Assistantship

Kevin Mulholland, Ph.D., LSA (Asian Languages & Cultures); Japan; Reprinting Osaka: Authorship, Copyright, and Corporatism in Nineteenth Century Japan

Alex Ocampo, B.S., LSA (Statistics); Ghana; Electronic Medical Records for Clinical Evaluations of Herbal Medicine

Michael Opper, Ph.D., LSA (Linguistics); China; Searching for General Linguistic Principles through the Minority Languages of China

Katherine Poisson, M.A., School of Education (Higher Education Administration); Montenegro; English Teaching Assistantship

Michael Prentice, Ph.D., LSA (Anthropology); South Korea; Hierarchy, Egalitarianism, and Deference within South Korean Conglomerates

Aaron Proffitt, Ph.D., LSA (Buddhist Studies); Japan; Between Two Schools: The Place of Mantra in Medieval Japanese Concepts of the Afterlife

Emily Reimann, B.A., LSA (Linguistics); Turkey; English Teaching Assistantship

Kristin Schroeder, Ph.D., LSA (History of Art); Germany; New Material Mythologies: The Realities of Clothing in Neue Sachlichkeit Portraits

Cydney Seigerman, B.S., LSA (Chemistry, Spanish); Spain; English Teaching Assistantship

Maria Taylor, Ph.D., Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning (Architectural History and Theory); Russia; Soviet City-Environment Interactions in Cold War Siberia: Krasnoyarsk, 1950s-70s

Nathaniel Tuohy, Ph.D., LSA (Anthropology); Indonesia; Children’s Quran Schools and the Islamic Revival in Urban Java

Kaitlin Twa, B.A., School of Education (Primary Education); Malaysia; English Teaching Assistantship

Hannah Wagner, B.A., LSA (International Studies, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Spanish); Ecuador; Diversifying Inclusion: Conceptions of Learning Disabilities in Southern Quito

Maria Wathen, Ph.D., School of Social Work (Social Work and Social Science-Sociology); Russia; Civic Culture, Volunteerism, and Social Welfare: Developments in Russia

Anna Wieck, Ph.D., LSA (History of Art, Museum Studies); Spain; Contending for Spanishness: Depictions of Popular Tradition on the Eve of the Civil War

Abigail Williams, B.A., Ford School of Public Policy (Public Policy); Spain; English Teaching Assistantship

John Wilson, B.A., LSA (History); Brazil; English Teaching Assistantship


*Degrees listed are either the highest degree attained or the degree currently in progress.



Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grantees for the University of Michigan

Disciplines within quotation marks are the Fulbright disciplinary categories in which the award was made. Susan Gass participated in a seminar program, rather than conducting research.


Benjamin Brose, Assistant Professor, Asian Languages & Cultures, LSA. “Theology/Religion”; Research: Xuanzang’s Skull: Buddhism, Nationalism, and Diplomacy in Modern Asia; Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan; September 2013 – May 2014.

San Duanmu, Professor, Department of Linguistics, LSA. “Linguistics”; Research: Building a Chinese Sound Inventory Database; Peking University, Beijing, China; May 2014 – August 2014.

Susan Gass, Associate Director, Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center, LSA. Seminar: Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Program; USIEF (United States—India Educational Foundation), New Delhi, India, March 2013.

Ormond MacDougald, Professor, Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, School of Medicine. “Medical Sciences”; Research: Does Activation of Sweet Taste Receptors in Fat Tissues Increase Obesity?; University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom; September 2013 – May 2014.

John Piette, Professor and Director, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine. “Medical Sciences”; Lecturing/Research: Developing Mobile Health Services for Chronic Disease Management; Bolivian Catholic University, La Paz, Bolivia; June 2014– September 2014.

Scott Spector, Professor and Chair, Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, LSA. “History” (Fulbright IFK Senior Fellow in Cultural Studies); Research: German-Jewish Subjects and Histories; International Research Center for Cultural Studies, Vienna, Austria; September 2013 – February 2014.

Sara Warber, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine. “Medical Sciences”; Research: Investigating “Nature Deficit Disorder” as a Medical Matter; University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom; January 2014– April 2014.